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The February Half Term Holiday is nearly here, and how are you going to keep the kids entertained? February can be wet, rainy and cold which can make it really hard to keep the kids busy during the half term holiday.
Fortunatly, there are lots of things going on all around the country, from ancient castles to theatres, from parks and museums to libraries. Here is our round up of some of the best activities happening this half term all over the UK, whether they are big tourist attractions or special events the fun starts here!
Half term holiday dates vary depending on where you live. The vast majority of local authorities have their half term break from 16th to 24th February 2019, but in a few areas it is the week earlier, 9th to 17th February 2019. Our top tip is to check with your kid's school or the local authority before booking anything!
Private schools may have longer holidays.
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Europe’s largest Viking Festival returns to York in February, telling the stories of Viking women beyond the homestead through the voices of seers, queens and shield maidens – a story of women whose influence was as great as any mighty warrior.
With a parade, re-enactments and lots more viking themed events, the JORVIK Viking Festival runs from 20 – 27 February 2019.
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Little LEGO fans will be thrilled to discover that 15th to 23rd February 2019 is Junior Builder Week during February Half Term at LEGOLAND Holidays in Windsor, a stay full of building fun with family activities, treasure hunts, creative workshops and much more!
Enjoy an overnight stay at the LEGOLAND Resort or even stay in the magical LEGOLAND Castle Hotel. Spend a day doing fun Junior Builder activities, plus you can swim in the LEGO pirate themed indoor water play area and swimming pool as well!
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English Heritage have loads of things to do at their properties all over the UK - scale the ramparts of vast castles, discover woodland trails, see Stonehenge or explore underground wartime tunnels.
There is a whole raft of special events organised for the February half term break, including arts and crafts sessions and even a Victorian Fairies trail at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens in South Yorkshire.
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Go to the Panto. Oh yes you can!
In the last five years or so February pantomimes have become a pretty big thing. There are lots of pantomimes running over the February Half Term 2019 week, with both amateur and professional productions to watch.
You can find all the February Half Term pantomines for 2019 at Big Panto Guide and even get a sneak peek at all the pantos for Christmas 2019 that have already been announced.
Plus if you kids are really big theatre fans, you can find all the best shows to take the kids to in the West End with shows that all the family will love.
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The National Trust has an extensive programme of half term events at many of its properties. Enjoy some fresh air and go wild in the woods, or get creative indoors and discover intriguing stories from ages past.
You can go splashing in your wellies, build a birdbox and tick off some of your 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 at properties and open areas all over the UK.
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Visit the Orchid Festival 2019 at Kew Gardens this February, and be transported to an entrancing paradise evoking the sights, smells and sounds of Colombia.
The experience is an immersive journey through the different zones of the glasshouse where visitors will encounter staggeringly beautiful orchid displays which each represent aspects of Colombian wildlife and culture.
Entry to Kew Gardens for children is just £3.50 and under 4's go free.
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This February you can have an undersea adventure this half term at Sealife. Every Sealife centre opens a window into the magical world beneath our seas and offers close encounters for all ages with everything from humble shrimps and starfish to seahorses, sharks and stingrays.
There are centres all across the UK including London, Brighton, Cumbria, Birmingham, Manchester, Loch Lomand and Weymouth
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- Check out your local library - from story reading to craft afternoons there may be lots of events organised for half term.
- Your local leisure centre will probably be running special half term kids sessions in the swimming pool or may have a play scheme that the kids can join in
- Are you lucky enought o have an art gallery in your town or city? Many are free and will be running kids activites over half term.
- Go to your local park and enjoy all that free open space, see the grass and the trees. If you are fortunate there could be play equipment, an outdoor gym or a basketball court.
- Lots of museums are free to enter or have special discounted rates for local residents. They may also be holding special half term events, although charges may apply.
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The Royal Horticultural Society have a programme of half term events at their four locations in Harlow Carr in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Hyde Hall in Chelmsford, Essex, Rosemoor in Devon and Wisley in Surrey. The events are both outdoors and indoors, so you can go along not matter what the weather.
At Rosemoor you can see a winter sculpture exhibition, make a scarecrow at Hyde Hall and enjoy a week of mud and machines at RHS Garden Harlow Carr.
The annual Imagine Children's Festival takes place at London's South Bank Centre from 13th to 24th February 2019. Dive into the best children’s theatre, literature and music, with plenty of workshops and free events for everyone.
Draw, write, read, play, sing, dance and create with us. With over 50% of the programme free and loads to do for ages 0 – 12, you will have your half-term sorted.
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Got a head for heights? Get a fantastic view across London at The View From The Shard and head up to the UK's highest Virtual Reality experience on the open-air Skydeck. This half term you can test your balance on ‘Vertigo’ or enjoy the thrill of ‘The Slide’ travelling at up to 100 miles per hour... if you dare!
You can save up to 30% if you book in advance too.
The Bond in Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden is the official exhibition of original James Bond vehicles that feature on the films. See the archetypal Bond car, the Aston Martin DB5, Goldfinger’s Rolls-Royce Phantom III and the unforgettable Lotus Esprit S1 submersible from The Spy Who Loved Me, alongside less predictable 007 modes of transport such as the Citroën 2CV and the Crocodile Submarine.
The exhibit also includes a variety of aircraft, boats and motorcycles.
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