There’s nothing like the last minute, or just being late, and if you’re anything like me, you won’t have planned out your half term events yet. I think part of the reason I havent is that its crept up on me so fast. We were out of action the last two weeks with Covid in our household so Spike was off school for 6 days, then me and T followed and it feels like February has just completely flown by. I’m not actually taking any time off this half term either, so I haven’t has as much to organise, but Spike’s auntie is coming to take her out for a few days and I thought I’d share some of the stuff I’ve found that they can do during their days out. Even if there are only 3 days and a weekend left to fill!
Puddle Jumping Championships at Martin Mere, Burscough
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust hold their puddle jumping championships across all their sites throughout February Half Term. This February from the 12th to the 20th you can visit Martin Mere and join in the fun from 2-3pm. There is a daily winner for the most splashiest, creative jump and an overall winner for the week too! I think Spike would love free reign on a puddle so I know she’d love it, and she loves Martin Mere too. There are otters and flamingoes at the park so theres plenty to do when you visit. Find out more about the Puddle Jumping Championship on the Martin Mere website.
Half term Ice Week at Guys Thatched Hamlet, Garstang
Guys Thatched Hamlet usually go big for their school holiday events and this February is no exception. They have an outdoor ice rink, with Ice Maze, Apline fun house and Avalance ride, plus other rides from February 10th to 20th. It looks like loads of fun and there are kids penguins to help them skate or for you to push them on too. Spike wasn’t a huge fan of ice skating when we took her at Christmas but she loves all the rides and the food at Guys.
Xplorer and Ice Quest at Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston
Throughout the week you can head to Brockhole Nature Reserve and enjoy their Half Term Xplorer and Ice Quest trails. These are fun little trails where you follow clues to complete an activity sheet and win a small prize or certificate. I love this nature reserve, having had my baby shower there when I was pregnant with Spike and we’ve done the Xplorer trails before but never the Ice Quest, but its good to get the kids out and about regardless of the trail. Theres also a decent play area at the site too.
Scarecow Festival at Tatton Park, Knutsford
It would appear that Manchester’s half term is a week later than ours, so if you are further that way then be sure to check out the Scarecrow Festival at Tatton Park! Tatton Park is another favourite day out for us, there are lots of walks, a lovely farm and its part of the National Trust so not only do they have the Scarecros Festival, they also have a Percy the Park Keeper trail that other National Trust sites have, you can find any others close to you using this link. We’ve done the Percy The Park Keeper trail at Aria Force in the Lake District and Spike enjoyed that, its just little activities like using binoculars to see wildlife and den building type things but will be enjoyed by most outdoors-y kids.
Exciting Science Shows
The Exciting Science show is doing a uk tour at the minute and it stops in Bolton on Wednesday 16th February, and Lytham on Sunday 20th February. If your little one is over 4 and loves science its definitely worth a visit. I’d be taking Spike if I wasnt working or if we didn’t have other plans!
Sealife and Legoland Discovery Centre, Trafford Centre
Another indoor idea, in case the weather is how its expected to be! The Sealife Centre at the Trafford Centre has a PJ Masks event over the half term, until 27th February, and Legoland Discovery Centre’s Mythica event runs from the 12th to the 27th! They look great and you can get multi-attraction tickets for them making it possible to do both in one day!
Potterspool at Otterspool Adventure, Liverpool
Again, half term week in Liverpool appears to be the week after next, but the Otterspool Adventure event centred around witches and wizards looks so much fun! We visited Otterspool last summer and there was lots to do and some gorgeous ice cream to eat… which I would still do in February haha.
Superworm Trails at Forestry England Locations
Another idea if you want to get out and about in nature is The Superworm Trails at Winlatter, Gibsurn and Delamere Forests. This is the Foresty Commison’s latest self-led trail and looks like it’ll be in place for 2022. We have been to 2 out of 3 of these forests and Spike loves them. The trail isn’t on at Grizedale yet, which is probably Spike’s favourite with all its sculptures but it coming later in the year I believe. we’ve done some of the Julia Donaldson related trails before and she’s enjoyed them so I think she’d love this one too! Its on at Delamere now, Winlatter from 12th February and Gisburn from the 19th February.
Peter Rabbit Explore & Play in Blackpool
Not strictly just for half term, but brand new so it won’t have been done before is the Peter Rabbit Explore and Play attraction in Blackpool. We’re visiting this attraction on the 20th February and I can’t wait. I think Spike is just towards the older age range of the attraction, but she does love Peter Rabbit so I think she’ll love it. Its an interactive way to explore the world of Peter Rabbit and you get to meet Peter and his friends at the Secret Treehouse!
Its likely that if the weather is too bad for the outdoors-y stuff, Spike and her auntie K will hit the cinema for Sing , go to one of the trampoline parks nearby or hit a play centre. February is always the quietest half term for events with nothing to centre them around and the bad weather putting people off from going out and about. We’d love to hear what you have planned with your little ones this week!