It feels like we’ve only just got back into the swing of the morning school run after the Christmas break but the half term holidays are here already! This article highlights a selection of the best February half term events in Gloucestershire.
**Please visit the attraction websites listed prior to travel as dates and activities may change**
Painswick Rococo Gardens
Experience the snowdrops at Rococo Gardens, the home of one of the largest natural plantings of snowdrops in the UK. Follow a special seasonal trail to explore the Garden in all its wintry glory and look out for clues to learn more about the plants, buildings and wildlife that make it a unique place. Normal admission applies.
Family Day, Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham
RAINY DAY ACTIVITY – On Wednesday 15th February, the Cheltenham Trust will present their first family fun day (aimed at 3-16 year olds) with exciting, accessible and interactive high-quality arts activities for kids! There will be workshops featuring circus skills, mime, clowning, carts, arts and crafts with special guests ‘The Rig’ (CBeebies) and ‘Bruce Airhead’ performing live! Children £10.50 on the door and Adults will be £3.50 on the door. Children 3 and under free of charge.
Did you know that Slimbridge is the only place in the world you can see all six species of flamingo? If this is not enough to impress your kids then they might be interested in the South West’s Puddle Jumping Championships at Slimbridge! From the 11th – 19th February visitors are recommended to grab wellies and wrap up warm so that they can jump in puddles for a chance to win splashtastic prizes. Click here for our tips on visiting WWT Slimbridge
Cotswolds Farm Park, Guiting Power
The revamped farm park reopens on the 11th February just in time for the start of the live lambing season. All of the regular attractions at the park will be open including animal encounters, animal feeding, tractor riding, digging for dinosaurs bones in the sand pits and bouncy pillows. Click here for our tips on visiting Cotswolds Farm Park
Court Farm Shop, Stoke Orchard
The February half term holidays are one of the farms busiest times of the year as they will be lambing just over 330 Ewes. All visitors need to BOOK a slot to visit the farm although it is a FREE entrance. Visitors with a ticket will be able to meet some of the new arrivals, learn the seasonal farming activity and if lucky enough, witness a lamb being born! You can choose from hourly time slots between 11am and 3pm on the 14th – 18th February.
Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury
To truly experience the great outdoors there is nowhere better to visit than Westonbirt Arboretum, home to 15,000 trees. On the 14th – 16th February between 11 – 4pm visitors will be able to make a willow heart, take part in a tree ID challenge and much more. Click here for our tips on visiting Westonbirt Arboretum
Cattle Country Adventure Park, Berkeley
Cattle Country will be reopening its doors for half term on the 11th February (open daily for the hols 10am – 4pm). This ALL WEATHER attraction offers a diverse range of fun facilities for all ages including an animal experience centre, soft play areas, a playground, a castle to explore, a beach barn, jumping pillows and trampolines. Extra events are planned for the half term holidays including calf feeding, ferret racing, donkey grooming and goat feeding. Click here for our review of Cattle Country
Puzzlewood, Forest of Dean
Reopening its doors on the 11th February is the enchanting and unique Puzzlewood, located in the beautiful and historic Forest of Dean. The 14 acres of ancient woodland provide the perfect place for kids to burn off some energy. Visitors can also visit the animals, get lost in the indoor mazes, race around the toddler racing track, play on the outdoor playground, enjoy a picnic or buy food from the cafe. Click here for our review of Puzzlewood.
Cheltenham Science Group, Cheltenham
RAINY DAY ACTIVITY – A free pop-up science centre will be taking place in Cheltenham and Gloucester over the February half term holidays. 11th, 13th & 14th 11-4pm will take place at 68 Edinburgh Place, Cheltenham, GL51 7SE. 16th-19th 11-4pm will take place at Gloucester Quays.
The Wilson Art Gallery & Museum, Cheltenham
RAINY DAY ACTIVITY – If your kids fancy being a museum explorer pop along to The Wilson 15th and 16th February (10.30am – 12.30pm) and 1.30pm – 3.30pm! They will get the chance to hunt for artifacts and explore the mysterious stories behind during hands on sessions. Appropriate for all ages but the Wilson recommend best for 5-12s. Drop in, no need to pre-book. £2 per child
Dean Heritage Centre, Forest of Dean
With five acres to explore, the centre has something for everyone including five modern galleries, outside displays, art and craft demonstrations, woodland walks and trails. Over the half term holidays the DHC is going back to its roots with a celebration of trees, creating wooden keyrings to take home and outdoor tree inspired trails. There are also different events taking place daily. See website for more details. Click here for our review of the Dean Heritage Centre.
Dean Forest Railway, Forest of Dean
RAINY DAY ACTIVITY – Travel onboard a heritage diesel train. Buy a day rover ticket and travel as much as you like throughout the day, visiting Norchard, Whitecroft and Parkend stations. This event is taking place on the two weekends of the half term holidays – 11th, 12th, 18th & 19th.
Primrose Vale, Shurdington
Although there are no specific events planned for the half term holidays, Primrose Vale is always a great FREE place to spend an hour or two with kids to play in the sandpit, ride the vintage tractor, play on the swings and slides or visit the rabbits. Hot refreshments are always available to purchase from the farm shop.
Fancy travelling a little further for a February half term family adventure? Here are a few attractions open over the half term holidays. They are all within short driving distance of Gloucestershire –
All Things Wild Nature Centre, Nr Evesham
The grand reopening of this fab ALL-WEATHER family attraction is Saturday 11th February. Kids will love the new Jungle Mayhem Soft Play Barn and the new smaller, Wild Fun Barn. In addition to the new facilities the attraction offers – animal encounters, den building, pond dipping, a huge indoor beach room, outdoor playground, a soft play area, reptile house and a dinosaur trail featuring over 20 life-size dinosaur replicas! Extra activities will also be offered during the Feb half term holidays.
Many medieval activities taking place over the February half term holidays at Warwick Castle including a Trebuchet fireball spectacular and birds of prey show, the Horrible Histories Maze as well as the opportunity to explore the castle, grounds, towers and dungeons. Click here to read our tips for visiting Warwick Castle
At-Bristol Science Centre
RAINY DAY ACTIVITY – Lots of extra activities taking place at the science centre over the half term holidays including a twisty turny topsy turvy ball run, science experiments in the frost lab and fairytale SOS where science comes to the rescue of some well-known fairytale characters! Click here for our review of At-Bristol
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, Burford
Although there are no extra events for the half term holidays there are plenty of animals and daily activities to keep kiddies entertained including – lemur and penguin feeding sessions, riding on the narrow gauge railway, petting the animals in the farmyard and 160 acres of parkland to explore. Note that due to avian influenza (bird flu) in Europe they have closed some of the bird areas. Click here for our tips for visiting Cotswold Wildlife Park
For ideas for entertaining kids in nearby Stratford-upon-Avon, including many budget and rainy day ideas, check out our guide – 11 of the BEST things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon with kids.
Are you hosting a fun February half term event in Gloucestershire that we have not listed above? Please do let us know about it by commenting below!
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