What’s on this February in Hampshire & the Isle of Wight

January 18, 2024

What's on this February in Hampshire & the Isle of Wight

Dive into an exciting journey through Hampshire’s Top Attractions days out this February! With February half-term just around the corner, we’ve handpicked a range of experiences, from hands-on adventures to outdoor escapades. Explore hibernation dens, discover ancient explorers, and enjoy pedal-powered fun. Join us as we uncover the best of Hampshire for an unforgettable February. Let the adventure unfold!

Hands-on Experiences

Discover ancient explorers at Butser Ancient Farm this half term! Voyage through 10,000 years of history and discover how the world’s earliest adventurers navigated by starlight. A great family day out with an all-new-themed trail, hands-on activities, and much more!

Have a Hands-On half-term at Beaulieu! This February half-term, learn about life as a country mechanic in the National Motor Museum, capture great family pictures by the special Doctor Who exhibition, step back in time in Palace House as you discover curious inventions, and so much more! 

What's on this February in Hampshire & the Isle of Wight
Winchester Science Centre

It’s hibernation season but the fun doesn’t stop at Zero Degrees at Winchester Science Centre. In The Hibernation Station learn how to hibernate then venture outside to build your very own hibernation den. Back inside, live experiments and fascinating facts will delve into the science of water temperatures. Both are included free with admission! 

Explore the World Beneath the Waves an exhibition inspired by the voyage of HMS Challenger. Feel the chill of the Antarctic and become a polar researcher for the day with the British Antarctic Survey. Or get hands-on with history and try Tudor calligraphy, all at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and free with a valid ticket.

Uncover February delights at Clarence Pier! Enjoy nostalgic fun at The Putt Hutt, an 18-hole indoor adventure golf course blending history and fun. Dive into nostalgia in their three bustling arcades and indulge at the iconic Wimpy restaurant. Half-term happiness guaranteed for all ages.

There’s farming fun for everyone at Longdown Activity Farm with a fabulous daily schedule of animal activities including bottle-feeding kid goats and calves, as well as the Small Animal Encounter Barn. Exciting play areas including the all-inclusive outdoor play area featuring a wheelchair swing. Tearoom, gift shop, farm produce Shop, and Changing Room facility with adult-sized equipment. Open daily from February half-term to October half-term from 10am.

Have you ever seen a shooting star? Join Mrs Blossom Makes this February half term at Staunton Country Park for an intergalactic workshop crafting your very own Stella Shooting Star Decoration. Make your Out of This World Star from willow and decorate it by wrapping in thread and embellish with beads.

What's on this February in Hampshire & the Isle of Wight
The D-Day Story Museum

There’s an exciting week of fun family activities at The D-Day Story this February half-term. Test your code-breaking skills and take part in our family trail ‘Resist!’, make your own genuine Airfix model to take home or get crafty and design a parachute.

Visit the Army Flying Museum during Half Term for camouflage craft activities every weekday from 10am to 12.30pm. Crazy Creatures will be bringing along some fascinating reptiles on Tuesday 13th February between 10am and 2pm, and there’ll be model making on Thursday 15th February between 10am and 3pm. Included with admission.

From the fairground to the penny arcade and hopscotch to skittles, join us for fun and games at Milestones Museum this February half-term! Play giant board games, take in the fun of the fair, and enjoy traditional pub games in a fun-filled week for the whole family. 

Time to get creative at Staunton Country Park this February half term! We will provide the pens, the glitter (environmentally friendly of course) and the glue and you can leave the mess behind. Each child that is booked on will receive one piece of craft to decorate and take home. Suitable for children aged 3 and above.

Outside and Active

Choose from one of three themed activity packs to help you explore Mottisfont at your own pace this February half-term, whether you want to discover art, gardens, or the natural world. Packs include activity and identification sheets, and a pack of coloured pencils.

Looking for some fun and excitement? Whether you’re looking for things to do with family or friends Go Ape (main image) has adventure covered. With three forest locations in and around Hampshire, join them for some action-packed laughs high up in the canopy.

Paultons Park

Paultons Park will be open for half term from 10th February! Book now to join them for the BEST. DAY. EVER! Explore five incredible themed lands including Tornado Springs and Peppa Pig World. New for 2024- say hello to a cheeky group of ring-tailed lemurs! 

Be an archaeologist at the purpose-built trench at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and find hidden treasures from ages past with Family Archaeology. Celebrate Pancake Day with Family Bushcraft Cooking in the woodland and around the fire, cooking tasty treats. Take on the challenge of the ‘Biggest Garden Explorer’ enjoy the outdoors and look out for different textures, colours and shapes.

Come and meet Gregory The Goat and his friends at a mobile petting farm at Royal Armouries Fort Nelson this February half-term, a free event!

Get ready for an exhilarating week of feathered delights and penguin-themed adventures at Birldworld! Immerse yourself in a world of penguin wonder with our engaging interactive play. And for an extra special treat, seize the exclusive opportunity this week: Enjoy a one-on-one penguin feeding experience at an amazing 50% discount! Don’t miss out!

Until 18th February Hampshire residents can receive 50% off annual tickets for Gilbert White’s House. With the annual pass you get to return as many times as you like throughout the year, offering the perfect chance to discover the house, garden and grounds throughout the seasons.

Can your team intercept and protect the supply drop from opposing forces? Work together to open the crates and you might find yourselves with some handy power-ups for the final battle at Laser Squad’s epic outdoor venue. Hosted at Laser Squad Queen Elizabeth Country Park. 

Get ready for a pedal-powered adventure this February! Kickstart the families’ fitness journey by renting bikes from Cyclexperience and exploring the New Forest trails and traditional pubs. With a wide range of analogue bikes, electric bikes, and child attachments, everyone can enjoy the day out together. 

Push yourself to the limits at the third-ever BigMud event, beginning at Queen Elizabeth Country Park on 25 February. Enjoy spectacular scenery and a friendly welcome as you take on a 16-mile run or a marathon around the Meon Valley. Book now to secure your spot.

Hawk Conservancy Trust

Wrap up warm and step outside for a special evening with the owls at the Hawk Conservancy Trust! As night falls, you’ll experience their mystical owls, witnessing their graceful, silent flights in and out of the darkness. You may even have to duck as they swoop low overhead! 

Be a bee this February half term! Enjoy our self-guided trail around Hamble Valley Country Park where you will find out some fascinating facts about bees and flowers. Simply collect your trail from the Barn (10am – 3pm) and don’t forget to come back to collect your prize.

Join Staunton Country Park and Queen Elizabeth Country Park for the ‘Things that go bump in the night!’ family trail. Find out about all the animals that venture out during the darker months of the year. Each pack comes with a trail guide, pack of pencils and a craft. There’s also a special ‘Hoo-Hoo…Who? Storytelling Workshop at Queen Elizabeth Country Park on 13th February before the trail.

Indoor Experiences

Paddington™ is coming to Spinnaker Tower where he will be making appearances at intervals on each day! Friday 16th and Saturday 17th of February. Your ticket includes All-Day Admission to Spinnaker Tower, Free hot chocolate for every child, colouring activities, free Fun Trail & photo opportunities galore.  Portsmouth residents can enjoy a 20% discount on admission, ALL PO Postcodes are included.

Explore the magic of train travel and be spellbound by magic shows at the Old Goods Shed in Alresford between 10th – 18th February at The Magic of Locomotion at the Watercress Line. Wonder at the close-up tricks and entertainment on board the service trains and enjoy unlimited travel throughout the day. Learn how the magic becomes reality to make locomotives move.

Running throughout the school holidays, the popular multi-activity adventure days offer a taste of Calshot’s best activities. Designed to keep children entertained and guaranteed to send them home tired and happy! Try climbing, archery, skiing and more. Each day has a different combination of activities, and all activities are aimed at beginners.

Scale the high ropes or climbing tower, embrace your inner warrior with archery, become a sharpshooter in air-rifle shooting, and explore the passageways of our artificial cave system at Runaway’s End. They provide all specialist equipment so all you’ll need is a camera to capture some memories and a spirit of adventure!

The Amazing Bubble Man returns to Theatre Royal Winchester on Sunday 11 February with spellbinding bubble tricks and bubbles of all shapes and sizes that will conjure shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement.

Don’t miss Julius Caesar at New Theatre Royal from Icarus Theatre Collective 21-22 February, including a matinee especially for schools. Don’t miss this fresh adaptation of a Shakespearean classic that tells the riveting tale of jealousy, conspiracy, and superstition, ingeniously set in the near future, dubbed Shakespeare for the online era. This unique adaptation uses Creative Captioning to make Shakespeare more accessible to not only deaf and hearing audiences but to those for whom English may not be their first language. 

The moon is coming to Winchester Cathedral! Pop into Winchester Cathedral to marvel at its beauty or join one of the ‘Festival of the Moon’ events and activities that will be taking place in the moonlight, including a silent disco for families under the moon on Saturday 17th February at 6.00pm.

One for the adults – Stir your creativity with our Sip and Paint Experience at Bombay Sapphire Distillery on Friday the 9th of February at 7:00 pm. Craft your own piece of artwork to take home while savouring delicious cocktails throughout the evening!

There’s lots going on this month at MAST Mayflower Studios. Join them on 3rd for Chinese New Year. Family fun day on 10th with a variety of activities suitable for all ages including face painting, crafts and workshops. Peppa Pig’s Fun Day Out 10 – 11th, Pinocchio 13 – 15th and The Amazing Bubble Man on 17th combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized. 

Isle of Wight
Wightlink Ferry

This half term, take the kids to the Isle of Wight for free! Under 5s always travel free with Wightlink but when the schools break up, you can take up to two children aged 5-15 for free with every adult or senior foot passenger day return ticket. Just travel between 10 – 18 February 2024 and enjoy the savings.

Discover the history of the dinosaurs that roamed the Isle of Wight over 125 million years ago at Dinosaur Isle. For an extraordinary journey through time, step into the grandeur of Osborne, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s beloved royal residence with a winter guided tour.

Enjoy all-weather, high-energy fun with a huge range of inflatable activities set to keep the whole family entertained at Tapnell Farm. Expect bouncy slides, bouncy castles and bouncy assault courses, Helter Skelter & bungee run, drop slide & wrecking ball.  Plus, there’s a special toddler soft play zone with Paw Patrol bounce and slide, and Peppa Pig castle.

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