Feel the love this February with great activities and half term adventures!

January 26, 2017

February is full of love! It’s a nice short month after a long January, it’s a step closer to Spring, and it plays host to half term! What’s even better is our top attractions have loads going on to keep you and your family entertained this February…

Things to do this February…

Screen Shot 2017-01-11 at 08.19.26Longdown Activity Farm opens for the new season on Saturday 11th February. Enjoy lots of hands-on activities and farming fun. Droyalaon’t miss the magic and mayhem with Silly Scott who will be visiting on Friday 24thFebruary. No extra charge. Find out more here!

Can you build a submarine using only scrapheap resources? Test your skills at The Royal Navy Submarine Museum this February! Find out more here!

Pre Spring Gala – 17th – 19th February at The Watercress Line. It’s a steam extravaganza with special guest locomotives! An intensive service timetable will be in operation, with demonstration freight train, real ale bar and shed tours at Ropley and Medstead, so if you love steam or simply have a passing appreciation, this is an excellent event for the family to enjoy! Find out more here!

This half term New Forest Activities have plenty for the whole family! It’s the final month of their winter paddling where you can chose from kayaking or canoeing. It’s the best price yet! At only £16 per person, book your session now. Find out more here!

During half term week ONLY (18th – 26th February), an elegant and colourful Chinese fan dance will be performed by visiting dance troupe, Dance Vibez, in the woodland amphitheatre at Robin Hill. Find out more here!

Visit Marwell Zoo and embark on the popular Wild Explorers trail. Collect stamps of your favourite animals around the zoo to get a free sticker! Plus, look out for their playful Amur tiger and Amur leopard cubs – growing up fast. Find out more here!


Screen Shot 2017-01-16 at 15.08.15Now open! Forest Leisure Cycling’s new branch, ‘The Woods Cyclery,’ premium cycle shop, workshop and hire centre in Lyndhurst, close to some of the New forests best cycle trails. Find out more here!

From 18 February, leave your mark on The Vyne and help save this former Tudor palace as they carry out a major roof project. You can write a message or draw a picture on a tile that will go up on their new roof for a suggested donation of £5. This event runs 11am-4pm by the Brewhouse tea-room. Find out more here! 

Get ready to jump for joy this half term at Oxygen Freejumping, Hampshire’s favourite trampoline park! Along with the usual 120 connected trampolines, mega airbag and awesome obstacle course, you and the kids can enjoy trampolining games, face-painting, special deals and much more! Find Oxygen at Antelope Retail Park, Southampton SO19 8NE. Find out more here!

Try the mast climbing experience this half term at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard! Find out more!


Half term adventures…

Screen Shot 2017-01-17 at 15.49.33Between 11th – 26th February get ‘hands-on’ at Beaulieu this February Half-Term with interactive activities for the whole family! Pick up your passbook and travel through each of our activity stations to collect your stamps. Will you be able to collect them all? Find out more here!

Enjoy some New Forest-inspired fun in February at the New Forest Centre, with children’s foam printing sessions on Saturday 4th February and half term family Discovery Days on 21st and 23rd February. Get crafty whilst learning about the New Forest. Find out more here!

Sammy and Ray is Paulton’s Park brand new 4D Film which will be launching for February Half Term from the 12th February 2017. Join Sammy and Ray as they cruise the oceans. Be prepared to hold on to your seat and experience a unique encounter. Find out more here!

Tall Stories’ magical musical stage adaptation of Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler flies into NST, Nuffield Southampton Theatres – the perfect family treat this February half-term! Find out more here!

Join the Manor farm team for a weekend of activities crafts and trails based around the birds that make Manor Farm their home. Make a pine cone bird feeder to take home for the birds in your garden and a chocolate birds nest to eat yourself! Help them build a giant bird’s nest, follow their bird trail & take home a bird spotting sheet to see which birds live in your garden. Find out more here!

Screen Shot 2017-01-13 at 10.23.23Have you got what it takes to beat the navvy? Explore Fort Nelson with a Victorian navvy, participate in a series of challenges and find out how the fort was built this February half term. Find out more here!

Enjoy a ‘Scribbles and Sketches’ activity trail at Mottisfont this half-term, Saturday 18th – Sunday 26th February, inspired by the Rex Whistler exhibition. Explore Mottisfont’s grounds, finding things to make, draw and do. Find out more here!

Head to Birdworld at Farnham this half term and enjoy all things Penguin! Follow a trail, meet Percy Penguin and take part in their competition for your chance to win a Penguin feeding experience! Find out more here!

Join the Education Team at Staunton Country Park for farm themed arts and crafts, fantastic farm yard face painting and animal encounters. Plus, explore their Tractor Trail! Find out more here!

New ‘Astroball’ climb arrives at Rock Up Whiteley for February half-term! If you’re looking a for a new half term challenge, visit and try their brand new climb ‘Astroball.’ It’s one climb, with three different rope lines, ideal for racing your friends and family.  Book on-line to be an Astroball pioneer and secure your half term spherical Rock Up adventure. Find out more here!

Screen Shot 2017-01-16 at 09.07.25Head to Whitchurch Silk Mill from 18th – 21st February and meet some of the industrious Victorians who lived and worked at the Mill. Explore the jobs they did and see if you can survive ten minutes in a Victorian schoolroom, or a day in the life of a child mill worker. Find out more here! 

This Half Term at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens why not try; Climb a Tree, have a go at Archaeology or cook up a treat with Family Bushcraft creating Pancakes around the Fire. Working? Then just drop your kids off in the Ofsted registered Outdoor Adventure Holiday Club. Find out more here! 

Become an Explorer this half term at Gilbert White & The Oates Collections. Identify the birds with a garden trail, or discover more about Antarctica with their Explorer workshops and Penguin Craft Days. Find out more here!

Experience a range of fun games and pastimes played by children in Victorian England at Osborne between the 20th and 24th February between 11am and 3pm. Learn how the royal children would have lived and played at Osborne. Find out more here!

Get out in the countryside with the children this half term at the Hawk Conservancy Trust. Enjoy a full day of activities including a new passport trail, world-class flying displays, tractor rides and children can even meet an owl! Find out more here! 

Travel back to the time of the Pharaohs to create your very own mummified orange and clay canopic jar. Dress for mess, Seacity Museum will provide the rest! Find out more here! 

Join historic craft expert Deborah Woodland for some fun and hands-on craft workshops at Tudor House & Garden this February. Each session will explore a different historic skill.

Screen Shot 2017-01-26 at 10.52.00Feeling the love…

Billy Elliot the Musical, one of the most beloved shows on stage today, is coming to Mayflower Theatre in February! Find out more here!

For a limited time only, the Bombay Sapphire Distillery will be serving their signature Valentine’s cocktail, the ‘Brambled’. This sublimely delicious, tantalizing and effervescent gin and tonic twist is perfect to share with a loved one this Valentine’s day. The Brambled combines Bombay Sapphire, Fever-Tree lemon tonic water, a gently squeezed wedge of fresh lemon, then laced with Chambord. It’s available in the Mill Bar from 11th-19th February. Find out more here! 


So what are you waiting for? With so many things to do this February there’s no excuse to stay in and plenty of reasons to visit Hampshire this February half term!

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