How can it be the February half term holidays already? It feels like the kids have only just returned to school! If like me you are wondering how you are going to keep your kids entertained over the half term holidays in Gloucestershire read on. Below is a round-up of some of the best events I can find including budget friendly days out and rainy day options. The events cover something for kids of all tastes ranging from Lego themed events for Ninjago fans to the best places to see snowdrops and lambs being born.
**Please visit the attraction websites listed prior to travel as dates and activities may change. I will continue to add events to this list over the next week so please share with your local friends, bookmark this page and keep checking back for February half term ideas!**
Best places to see snowdrops in Gloucestershire
Painswick Rococo Gardens
One of the largest natural plantings of snowdrops in the UK can be experienced at Rococo Gardens. Kids will love the brand new snowdrop themed trail and newly expanded rustic play area. Normal admission applies. (Depending on the weather, the snowdrop display is likely to be looking good until the end of February).
Snowdrop displays can also be seen at Batsford Arboretum, Colesbourne Park, Newark Park in Wotton-under-Edge, Snowshill Manor and Gardens and Cotswolds Farm. Click here for more information – 9 magical places to see Snowdrops in the Cotswolds.
Rainy day options – Gloucestershire half term events
Cheltenham Science Group, Cheltenham
The science centre will be open between 10 am and 4pm daily from 13th to 16th February. Extra special events have been planned for the half term holidays: Tuesday – investigate natural dyes, Wednesday – play with new programmable LEGO, Thursday – “Build a Crane” workshop, Friday – play with programmable LEGO. Prices FREE for children aged 0-4, £2 for children over 4 and adults, £7.50 per family (up to 5 people).
Gloucester Guildhall, Gloucester
This Lego Club sounds brilliant fun for Ninjago fans – “Recreate epic scenes, or create original adventures with Zane, Cole, Jay and Kai as they try to defeat evil and bring peace to Ninjago. Have a go at building your own Ninja base, mech’s, vehicles and dragons in this playful construction session”. Tickets limited (on 7th Feb). Book here.
The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery
Wednesday 14th February. Pop in for some arts and crafts fun. Price £3 per child. Drop in, no pre-booking required.
Theatre productions, various venues Gloucestershire
Shelter from the rain inside your local theatre! Many family friendly productions taking place over the February half term holidays including Don’t Dribble on the Dragon at Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury, the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Brainiac Live at Bacon Theatre in Cheltenham, Morgan & West Magic Show at the Subscription Rooms in Stroud and Oliver at the Sundial Theatre in Cirencester.
Best places to watch lambs being born in Gloucestershire
One of our fave things to do at this time of year is watch lambs being born. If you are lucky you may experience this for yourself at one of these local attractions…
Cotswolds Farm Park, Guiting Power
Live lambing taking place 10th Feb – 15th April. Normal admission prices apply and regular attractions at the park will be open too including animal encounters, animal feeding, tractor riding, etc.
Court Farm Shop, Stoke Orchard
Live lambing taking place 14th – 17th Feb. Booking essential. You need to call or visit the Court Farm shop to book and pick up tickets. £4 per Adult / £2 per Child / £10 per Family of Four for a one hour slot. **Spaces as of 6th Feb were very limited. Ticket includes meeting new arrivals, tour around farm, goody bag and hopefully chance to see lambs being born.
Cattle Country Adventure Park, Berkeley
Cattle Country will be reopening its doors for half term on the 10th Feb. Live lambing taking place 10th – 18th February. This ALL WEATHER attraction offers an animal experience centre, soft play areas, a playground, a castle to explore, a beach barn, jumping pillows and trampolines. Normal admission applies. Book online for 10% off. Click here for our review of Cattle Country
Budget days out – Gloucestershire February half term events
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.
St James City Farm – Gloucester. Open all year except Christmas & Boxing day
A taste of the countryside in the heart of the city of Gloucester. Run as a community project by a charity. Kids will love meeting the local animal residents (and you will love the FREE entrance!) Monday to Sunday 9.30am to 4pm. Donations very welcome. Click here to read a review of the farm by local mum.
Free play sessions – Various playgrounds around Glos – Various venues 12th – 16th February
Join the Play Rangers by Play Gloucestershire for FREE fun and outdoor play in all weathers. The The activities are targeted at 7-14 year olds although under 7’s are welcome and should be accompanied by a parent or carer. The range of activities include active play, den building, fires, arts and crafts, informal sports and games. Play sessions are taking place at playgrounds across Gloucestershire inc. Tewkesbury, Forest of Dean, Mickleton and Abbeydale.
The Model Village – Bourton-on-the-Water – Open all year, winter opening times 10-4pm
Although not as well-known as other local attractions, the Model Village is a great place to take youngsters who will enjoy peering into the many tiny house and shop windows and listening to the choir sing in the model church. The Model Village is a one-ninth scale replica of the beautiful Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water. Why not take along bread for the ducks and a picnic and spend a full day in the village. Admission – Adults £3.60, children 3-13 £2.80. Click here to read a review by local mum of two girls.
Birdland Park and Gardens, Bourton-on-the-Water
I’ve exchanged Tesco clubcard points to visit Birdland very cheaply over the February half term holidays with my two boys. For just £2.50 in Tesco clubcard vouchers you get £10 to spend on entrance tickets, bargain! It will be our first visit to Birdland, it sounds like a good day out with 500 birds including Flamingos, pelicans, penguins, cranes and storks.
Themed days at local attractions – Gloucestershire half term events
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 10th – 18th February pop along in your wellies for a chance to win splash tastic prizes. Normal admission applies.
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 12th – 15th February between 11 – 3pm kids can learn about conifers, take part in arts and crafts and go on a discovery challenge. Normal admission fees apply. The Highway Rat Activity Trail is also still in place, aimed at young children (pick up an activity pack for an additional £3). Click here for our tips on visiting Westonbirt Arboretum
Puzzlewood, Forest of Dean
Open 10th – 18th February for the half term holidays. 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.
Dean Heritage Centre, Forest of Dean
Open 13th – 19th Feb for a celebration of trees. Kids can create a wooden keyring to take home, explore outdoor tree inspired trails and take part in workshops including making a bug box and tissue tree art.Click here for our review of the Dean Heritage Centre.
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
We love this attraction as they are always investing and adding new facilities, its also a great all weather attraction with plenty to do inside. My kids love the new Jungle Mayhem Soft Play Barn and the new smaller, Wild Fun Barn. There is also animal encounters, den building, pond dipping, a huge indoor beach room, outdoor playground, 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
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. 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 and best places for afternoon tea in Stratford-upon-Avon.
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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