There’s fun to be had in Hampshire this February!

January 23, 2020

There’s plenty of fun to be had in Hampshire this February. With so much going on throughout the month, plus even more special events for the half term week, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Let’s take a look at what’s coming up this February…

Emirates Spinnaker Tower
Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Visit Paultons Park on selected dates from 15th February and enjoy a fun-filled half term with over 70 rides and attractions to enjoy, including an all new 4D film, House of Magic as well as popular themed lands Peppa Pig World, Lost Kingdom, Critter Creek and Little Africa! Advance discounted tickets! 

In February all three of the Hampshire based Go Ape Sites fully re-open their forest doors for the 2020 season, so why not reconnect with nature whilst laughing your head off and screaming your lungs out?

This half term at Emirates Spinnaker Tower children can explore the Tower, dive into their very own Spinnaker Passport, learn about towers around the world and discover some of the amazing features of our view.  Plus kids go free with the Hampshire Top Attractions voucher!

Discover Royal Romance at the Mary Rose in Portsmouth. Discover how Henry’s courtiers captured hearts with romantic letters, beautiful calligraphy and fragrant gifts. Children can make a scented bag using rose petals, and even meet Henry VIII himself!

Excitement is building at the Watercress Line as it gears up to welcome the record-breaking Flying Scotsman, the most famous steam locomotive in the world, for the first time this February! 

Share your half term with alpacas, cows and sheep by visiting Manor Farm this February. The farm will be open daily until 4pm with lots on offer. Have a go at milking the goats or grooming the horses before relaxing in the café.

Let the children loose around the farm and watch them interact with all the furry residents of Staunton Country Park. Learn more about the alpacas and visit the largest Victorian glasshouses in the country which home a wide variety of tropical plants.

Space Explorers at Milestones Museum
Space Explorers at Milestones Museum

Come along to Space Explorers – An out of this world brick adventure at Milestones Museum, Basingstoke, 15 February – 19 April 2020. Explore over 20 space-related brick models, complete two interactive mission trails, ride a flying saucer and much more! 10% off admission when you book online.

Escape the cold February weather and head into an eternal summer at Marwell Zoo’s Tropical House. Peer through lush foliage and get face-to-face with a Linne’s two-toed sloth by the cascading waterfall! With daily talks and feeds, adventure playgrounds, and hundreds of exotic and endangered animals, there’s loads to enjoy.

Get hands-on at Beaulieu this February Half-Term! Ever fancied becoming a Victorian house servant or training as a country garage apprentice mechanic? Visit from February 15th – 23rd to get hands-on with a range of fun activities, including the chance to discover curious 19th century gadgets and motoring artifacts.

What better way to get the kids into nature this half-term than with some family activities on the Isle of Wight where this February you can even build your own Sandman Snowman on the beach, or celebrate all things narrative at the IW Story Festival – this year the theme is Nature, so look out for lots of birds, bugs and animal activities – or go back in time with a guided fossil walk with the kids, led by the experts from Dinosaur Isle.

Enjoy half-term fun at Mottisfont 15 – 23 February with a Daft Doodles trail, full of silly scribbling activities inspired by the comic exhibition in the gallery. Let your imagination run wild and create a cartoon creature as you explore the gardens.

A real treat for children 2 – 7, at Whitchurch Silk Mill, as they join ‘The Adventures of the Gingerbread Man’ in a search of somewhere better. On the way he encounters amusing characters and finally learns there is no place quite like home. Thursday 20th February at 11am and 2pm. 

There’s loads to see and enjoy at the Theatre Royal Winchester. Including Raymond Briggs’ The Bear (Sat 1 – Sun 2) and CBeebies Sarah & Duck (Sat 8 – Sun 9) for kids at Theatre Royal Winchester this February. Laughs come from Alexei Sayle (Mon 3 – Tues 4) and radio comedy Round the Horne (Tues 25). Ace dance and music showcase body focussed SKIN Reimagined (Thur 6). Frankie Valli is celebrated in Oh! What a Night (Fri 7), and singer Wayne Hernandez honours Marvin Gaye (Wed 12). Spitfire Solo (Sun 9) tells of an ageing ex-Battle of Britain pilot facing a new challenge, and there’s Charles Dickens’ Victorian thriller, The Black Veil (Fri 28 – Sat 29).

Chinese New Year festival at Robin Hill
Chinese New Year festival at Robin Hill

Celebrate the vibrancy, colour and flavours of the Chinese New Year festival at Robin Hill this February half term from the 14th -22nd. Spirit of the Orient will see a fusion of sound, colour and oriental flavours with a dazzling array of award-winning illuminations and entertainment.

Get creative this half-term with some fun activities at Tudor House and SeaCity Museum, including Wizard School (5-13yrs), back by popular demand. Make a wand, brew a potion and enjoy a wizarding trail of the garden. You’ll find something for all ages and interests this half-term.

Travel back to the 18th century this February Half-Term! Located on the banks of the beautiful Beaulieu River, explore the historic shipbuilding village of Buckler’s Hard where ships for Nelson’s Navy were built. Step inside historic cottages, explore the Maritime Museum and follow the fun family trail around the village.

It’s all about birds at Itchen Valley Country Park this half-term. The ‘Whose Beak? Trail looks at beak shapes and children can make a bird box or feeder . Make & Take sessions continue on Mondays 3rd,  10th & 24th and the café is having Yorkshire Pudding week 6th-12th! 

Have fun making and painting your own genuine Airfix model to take home at the Airfix extravaganza on Tuesday 18 February at The D-Day Story. Drop in any time from 1 0am to 4pm, no need to book. On Friday 21 February join them for the first public reading of Gustav the Brave, follow the pigeon trail, see Gustav’s Dickin Medal, make a pigeon puppet and discover more about the incredible achievements of pigeons in war.

Portsmouth Guildhall Games Fest is back 1st – 2nd February! 6 zones spread over 3 floors, across 2 days and now with INSOMNIA Gaming Festival announced as a major new Content Partner! Showcasing the biggest games of all eras via consoles, PCs plus VR experiences, Escape Rooms, Pokémon League and Board Gaming!

Make the most of your time with loved ones in the great outdoors this February Half Term, on an adventure with New Forest Activities. Paddle on the stunning Beaulieu River in canoes or kayaks, or go for gold on the archery range. Whatever you decide, you’re guaranteed to have a blast! Great for all ages, see their website for available session times.

Come to Jane Austen’s House for Tuesday Tales for Tots, 18 February for rhyme, mime and song in this special storytelling session for the under 5s. Babes in arms also welcome. 10.30 – 11.15 am. There’s also Tuesday Tales for Over 5s, join in a magical storytelling session on 18 February inspired by some fabulous footwear on display in Jane Austen’s House.  Find out about the magical role of shoes in fairy tales, then listen to a traditional story featuring a rather special pair of boots, 11.45 am – 12.14 pm.

Queen Elizabeth Country Park
Queen Elizabeth Country Park

If you prefer your half terms to be more adrenaline-fuelled, then why not take advantage of the outdoor activities at Queen Elizabeth Country Park. There are two mountain bike trails which cater for different levels of experience and walks which offer stunning views of the South Downs National Park.

There’s plenty of open space and history to explore at Royal Victoria Country Park. For younger children, there is a play area for them to enjoy by the café. There is also The Chapel to explore – get a tour of the tower and learn more about all that remains of Netley Hospital.

For good mood food with spectacular views, the Lookout at Lepe Country Park has got you covered. Try the restaurant’s signature beer-battered fish and chips whilst gazing out on to a stunning panoramic view of the Solent and the surrounding beaches.

You’ll do well to find a more action-packed experience than what the Hangar @ Calshot has to offer this half term. There are climbing walls to scale, a ski slope to fly down and a zip wire ready to be conquered, all housed indoors so you can enjoy the activities whatever the weather.

What is an Owl family called? Who’s mum is called a Doe? Just a few things to find out when taking part in the New Forest Wildlife Parks Fabulous Families February half term quiz trail.