Plan for a fun-filled February half-term in Hampshire & The Isle of Wight!

January 11, 2019

We’ve nearly made it to the first half term school holiday of the New Year! What with the dark mornings and short evenings, make sure you make the most of those daylight hours to do something fun with the family. With special events including Chinese New Year celebrations, live science shows, and craft days, Hampshire’s Top Attractions have got the recipe for a fun-filled February half term in Hampshire!

The Mary Rose

Get Totally Tudor with Courtly Love at the Mary Rose in Portsmouth this February Half Term! Discover how Henry VIII’s courtiers captured hearts with romantic letters, beautiful calligraphy and fragrant gifts. Children can make a scented bag using dried lavender and rose petals, and even meet Henry VIII himself!

Discover family friendly events and activities to keep the kids entertained during the February half-term over on the Isle of Wight, from Electric Woods Spirit of the Orient, Victorian Fun & Games at Osborne, Fossil Walks with Dinosaur Isle, as well as miles of sands with seafront amenities including crazy golf, ten pin bowling and beach cafes.

The aquatic world is divided into the hunters and the hunted! Learn all about the amazing techniques predators have to catch their prey and the tactics that prey use to survive at Blue Reef Aquarium! Get stuck into a Predator Puzzle and join in exciting workshops, talks and competitions!

Visit Winchester Cathedral this half-term for a fun-filled day out for all the family. Pick up a free trail from the Entrance Desk and explore the ‘fascinating folk’ of Winchester Cathedral followed by finger puppet making. Entry is free for children under 16 accompanied by an adult.

Discover fascinating stories from some of the extraordinary places you can see through Spinnaker Tower’s magnificent windows. Follow the Stories from the City trail around the view, explore the information boards and answer a series of Portsmouth related questions! Colour your trail in while you are there or take it home!

Become an inventor this February half-term at Beaulieu! See wonderful machines from the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50th Anniversary exhibition and take part in activities to invent your own magical creations.

This February half term (18-22 February) explore ancient worlds at Butser Ancient Farm. Each weekday step back in time and learn ancient skills with a hands-on demonstration, take part in a themed trail around the ancient buildings and warm yourself with a hot chocolate around a roaring fire. Check out the Butser website for details of specific activities each day.

There’s family fun at Mottisfont this February with a ‘Country Capers’ half term trail, inspired by the National Trust property’s Thelwell exhibition. Explore the grounds with mischievous activities inspired by the artist’s love of the countryside. The exhibition includes child-friendly labels, too.

Enjoy the perfect fun-filled family day out at Winchester Science Centre! Discover the Science of Magic with a live science show packed full of exciting chemistry tricks and optical illusions, plus the whole family can enjoy magical, hands-on activities around the Centre. Half term activities included in admission.

Opening 16 February, LEGO® Bricktropolis and the Attack of the Mighty Monsters at Milestones Museum, Basingstoke. 26 famous buildings are under threat, be the hero or the villain in this interactive LEGO experience for all the family! Included in normal admission, plus there’s 15% off when you book online.

Calling all junior super sleuths! Inspired by local links to the great Victorian detective Sherlock Holmes we’ve created our own murder mystery game, so get your magnifying glasses and deerstalkers ready to solve the mysterious case of Ran-Tan Tommy at Fort Nelson.

Nuffield Southampton Theatres

Alongside presenting Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake on the stage, this February half term Mayflower Theatre is holding a fun filled family drama workshop on Wednesday 20 Feb suitable for little ones from 18 months to 6 years. On Friday 22 Feb they have A Play in a Day workshop based on themes from The Worst Witch for children aged 7-11 years.

Bittersweet Comedy Drama, The Shy Manifesto, is on at Portsmouth Guildhall Studio on Weds 20th February, doors 7pm. Starring Theo Ancient of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, 17 year old Callum is fed up of being told to come out of his shell.

Tall Stories’ magical musical stage adaptation of Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler flies into NST Campus, 19-24 Feb, providing the perfect family treat for February half-term! This show follows the story of the witch and her cat, who are flying happily on their broomstick when they pick up a dog, a bird and a frog. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – “CRACK” – it snaps in two… just as the hungry dragon appears! Tickets are just £12!

Celebrate Chinese New Year in colourful style at Robin Hill’s award-winning electric woods’ event, Spirit of the Orient. Taking place from 15th – 23rd February, you can spend the February half term wandering through 88 acres of ancient woodland and countryside, beautifully illuminated with unique light and sound shows. Why not stop by the Woodland Ponds for some traditional cuisine and experience the brand new Luminous Lion Dance show, take part in the 12m Chinese Dragon procession and of course, toast some giant marshmallows over the open fire pit? Tickets start from £15.50 with meal bundles available.

With Winter drawing to a close it’s time to get back outside! Head over to New Forest Activities for some awesome family days out. Hop into a canoe on a Winter Paddle, learn a new skill during a Winter Archery session or spend the day exploring The New Forest by boat and bike on a Family Adventure Day. Theres an adventure for all ages this February Half Term!

Award winning storyteller Michele O’Brien will be leading very special storytelling walks on Saturday 23 February, starting at 11am and 2pm bringing Whitchurch Silk Mill’s history to life. Michele is an actor who creates characters that takes the listener on a journey into their own imagination. Mill admission applies plus £2.50 per child

During half-term at New Forest Wildlife Park – 16th to 24th February, there will be craft activities and extra talks at the park. A Valentine’s themed quiz, “Love to Laugh” will also be running and this joke based quiz will have you leaving in fits of laughter!

Lepe Country Park
Lepe Country Park

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections is exploring Antarctica this half term, find all the Antarctic Penguins in the garden and try out some Penguin Crafts! Or why not build your own Antarctic World on our bookable session and learn about Antarctic dinosaurs!

Visit Birdworld this half term for Penguin Activity Week! Alongside a special themed trail there is arts & crafts, plus watch our penguins being fed and there’s a chance to win some great prizes!

Enjoy hands-on farming fun at Longdown Activity Farm this half-term. You can join in with their schedule of activities that run throughout the day, and children can play in the brilliant indoor and outdoor play areas.

Return to the Forbidden Planet  – presented by Encore Youth Theatre at Theatre Royal Winchester. Fasten your seat belts, set your ray guns to stun and get ready for a cosmic adventure of meteoric proportions! Bob Carlton’s smash hit West End musical takes the plot of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and raids the Bard’s other plays at will and sets it to a score of some of the greatest pop hits from the 60s and 70s including Great Balls of Fire, Good Vibrations and The Young Ones.

The New Forest Heritage Centre will be holding Discovery Days on Tuesday 19 and Thursday 21 February.  With exciting craft activities, quizzes and museum trails the family-friendly Discovery Days help you learn about the New Forest whilst having fun.  No need to book – just drop in!  Museum entry is free, crafts by donation.

Join Lepe Country Park for their Bird Aware day this half term! A fantastic event to celebrate our wonderful wintering birds, and their habitats along the Solent. With the opportunity for games, crafts and walks, alongside popular birdbox making workshops, there will be something for everyone to enjoy! Please book on their website.