Half-term events and activities happening in the country this month, from arts and crafts and nature trails to historical tours and Bond-themed quizzes.
The Museum of London
The Museum of London will be hosting various activities, from storytelling walks through Kensington Gardens and the 18th century Pleasure Gardens to a statue-making workshop and a tour tracing the archaelogical history of London’s parks.
When: February 16 to 24
Prices: Free admission
Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust Wetland Centres
Families can get up close with nature at one of the Wetland Centres across Britain, with activities ranging from wildlife watching to stargazing and guided nature reserve tours.
When: Opening times vary depending on location
Prices: Free admission for children under four years; prices vary for adults depending on location
Fossil walk in the Isle of Wight
Enjoy an archaeological tour with Dinosaur Isle, Britain’s first purpose-built dinosaur museum, discovering fossils along a beach, starting from various points including Yaverland, Shanklin, Compton and Brook. The walks last up to two hours.
When: February 17 to 23
Prices: £4.80 adult, £3.20 children between three and 15 years; £4 seniors and students. Family tickets (two adults and two children) cost £15 and £17 (two adults and three children)
Harry Potter Wand Week
Harry Potter fans can delve into the world of wizardry during Wand Week at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London. Visitors will get a behind-the-scenes look at how the wands from the films were created, with original moulds, concept art and wand designs on display. The original costume worn by the Garrick Ollivander character in the film will also be showcased for the first time at his famous wand shop.
When: February 16 to 24
Prices: £29 adults; £21.50 between five and 15 years; free for children under four years
Take a trip to Windsor Castle for its latest exhibitions including ‘60 Photographs For 60 Years’ (ends February 24) and ‘The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch’ (ends June 9). Visitors can also take a guided tour of the Great Kitchen, the oldest working kitchen in the country, running for nearly 750 years. The kitchen is currently used by the Royal Household staff for special occasions.
When: Open 9:45am to 4.15pm (last admission at 3pm); closed on February 11
Prices: £17.75 adults; £10.60 under 17 years; free for children under five years
The Eden Project
The Eden Project in Cornwall is offering a range of half-term activities, from film-making workshops for children as well as urban gardening and horticultural talks for adults.
When: February 16 to 24
Prices: £23.50 adults; £18.50 concessions; £10.50 between five and 16 years; free for children under four years
Antarctic expedition at Gilbert White’s Museum
Intrepid explorers can discover more about Captain Lawrence Oates and his South Pole expedition at the galleries of Gilbert White’s House & Garden in Hampshire. Visitors can set out on their own mini-expedition on 30 acres of the museum gardens and parkland on a mission to uncover six species of Antarctic penguins marked on a map.
When: February 16 to 24; open 10.30am to 4.30pm
Prices: £8.50 adults; £7.50 concessions, £3 under 16 years; free for under five years. Family tickets (two adults and three children) cost £20.
A family Bond experience
The Beaulieu National Motor Museum, home of the world’s largest James Bond vehicle exhibition, has a host of Bond-themed events and exhibitions planned for this month. Visitors can put their Bond-style driving skills to the test on an eight-lane Scalextric track. Guests can challenge their James Bond pop culture knowledge on a special half-term quiz trail while exploring the ‘Bond in Motion’ exhibition displaying 50 vehicles from various Bond films.
When: February 16 to 24; open from 10am to 5pm
Prices: £20 adults; £12 between 13 and 17 years; £9.95 between five and 12 years; £52.50 family (up to five people)
Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory
Explore the snowdrop-covered woodland and gardens of Nottinghamshire’s Hodsock Priory, from bird walks and talks to floral crafts as well as gardening and baking workshops. Food and country fairs will take place on certain weekends.
When: Until March 3; food and country fairs (February 16 to 17; 23 to 24)
Prices: £5.00 adult; £1 children between six and 16 years
Tree Top Adventure
Families can spend a day up in the trees, manoeuvring through a forest with Tarzan-style moves, swinging from wooden bridges and gliding down zip wires, from five metres above the forest floor. Go Ape offers tree top obstacle course experiences in 28 locations around the country.
Prices: from £16 to £32 per person