What to do this February half term

8th February 2017

The Christmas holidays might be a distant memory but with half term and warmer weather on the horizon, who cares? Children will be full of excitement – however busy parents, well; they’ll probably be full of dread.

Just what do you do with a child (maybe a whole gang of them) for one whole week?

Fear not! Just like everything else a good plan can help. So we’ve put together some ideas that are quite good to have up your sleeve for when restlessness strikes.

Illustration of the Eden Project in Cornwall

Visit Cornwall

Cornwall is an amazing place – and for those of us who live the Midlands or below it’s fairly easy to reach. There are a whole host of things to keep everyone occupied – maybe a coastal garden one day, a gallery or museum the next, or perhaps something a little more active – surf schools, boat trips, cliff top walking, cycling… take your pick.

And don’t forget the more iconic attractions; St Michael’s Mount, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Minack Theatre, Tate St Ives, Land’s End, Tintagel Castle and the Eden Project are not-be-missed!

Our favourite hotel pick this end of the country is of course the family and dog friendly Watergate Bay Hotel. Head here to relish in contemporary Cornish comfort.

Oh and if you’re nearby why not call by our Padstow Store? It’s nestled right in the heart of this charming little fishing port.

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Hit the books!

This one might be met with a little resistance, but trust us – if your persistence pays off and you get them through the doors of your local library, they’ll probably thank you in years to come for allowing their imagination run wild.

And if they still need convincing, tell them cool people don’t like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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Into the National Trust?

Come rain or shine there’ll be plenty of family fun during February half-term at places the National Trust looks after. Enjoy some fresh air and go wild in the woods, or get creative indoors and discover intriguing stories from years gone by. With locations all over the country, there’s sure to be a National Trust property near you that your little ones would love to discover.

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Take a trip to Avon Valley

Close to Bath or Bristol? If so we can recommend Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park – the park is a little adventure-lover’s dream. Hours can be spent joyfully exploring the country walks, saying hello to the animals, enjoying the play areas and much more. If you’re not sold, they’ll be completed exhausted afterwards – so you’ll be guaranteed a quiet night.

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Chichester marks the spot

This self-guided treasure hunt themed treasure trail is perfect if you live in (or are going to be visiting) Chichester. As you follow the Trail route, can you solve the sneaky clues set on existing buildings, permanent features and monuments to discover the location of the buried treasure?

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Get crafty in Burnham Market

Are you going to be entertaining budding creatives this half term? If so we recommend Mabel’s Paint Pot. A place where little one’s will be able to unleash their inner artist and get crafty in a truly enchanting environment.

What have you got planned this half term?

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