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February Half Term Days Out

Updated: Feb 24

Looking for things to do this half term? Here are my top places to visit in the UK with family.

February half term is only two weeks away. Or if you ask my daughter, "10 more days left at school." Not that we're counting or anything!


Are you excited about the break? Or do you think it's come around too soon?


I always find we're never ready for February half term. It seems to creep up out of nowhere and then we end up making a last minute rushed decision about whether to stay at home or go away. It's never planned like the rest of the year.


I actually love staying at home. There are still so many places in the UK I want to take Poppy. It means we don't have the effort of packing a suitcase up either. Anyone else dislike suitcase packing as much as me?


If you are planning on staying in the UK this February half term, I've picked out my top 5 places to go with family. Hopefully, it'll give you some inspiration if you're looking for things to do.


Comment below if there are places you'd like to recommend too. I'm always on the lookout for new ideas.


Sam x



FEBRUARY HALF TERM DAYS OUT


BEWILDERWOOD

When: Open every day half term week

Where: Norfolk & Cheshire, UK

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This place is every child's dream! Bewilderwood is a forest packed full of outdoor adventures. There are treehouses, slides, trails, storytelling and even boat trips to explore and enjoy. There are two Bewilderwood's in the UK - one in Norfolk and the other in Cheshire. Hopefully one of them won't be too far away for you to visit this half term.

This place is also ideal if you have different ages to entertain - there really is something for everyone.



EGGS ON LEGS PUPPET SHOW

When: Monday 17 February 11am - 12pm

Where: Shaw House, Newbury, UK

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Shaw House is a beautiful historic building in Newbury. I also have a soft spot for this place as it was where I got married! West Berkshire Heritage has done a great job maintaining the building as a popular attraction for families - especially during the school holidays. A regular at Shaw House is the Garlic Theatre Company who specialise in productions for young children. This February half term the company will be performing a puppet show called "Eggs on Legs". Every time we've seen a show here the children have laughed and laughed and laughed! A good one to put in the diary if you're in the area.




SPINNAKER TOWER

When: Open every day half term week

Where: Portsmouth, UK

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I love visiting Portsmouth with Poppy. There are lots of lovely things to do there for families. On first glance, I wouldn't have thought Emirates Spinnaker Tower was a good place to try with kids. However, I was completely wrong. It's a fab experience for children - as well as us adults. During February half term Spinnaker Tower is giving children the chance to own their very own Spinnaker Passport that allows them to explore the Tower, learn about towers around the world and discover new things to see from the view. There's also the option to enjoy Afternoon Tea. Did anyone say "cake"?


GRUFFALO IN THE FOREST

When: Open every day half term week

Where: Various locations around the UK

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If you haven't tried one of Forestry England's Gruffalo Trails yet, you must put it on your 2020 bucket list! I love that there are so many different Gruffalo Trails to try out all across the UK. Once you've explored one, you can still enjoy exploring more. If we're lucky enough to get dry weather this half term these trails are the perfect place to let the little ones run free. And of course, there's the fun of finding Mouse, Owl, Fox, Snake, Squirrel, the Gruffalo and the Gruffalo's child!



FOSSIL HUNTING ON THE JURASSIC COAST

When: Winter is the best season for fossil hunting

Where: Charmouth or Lyme Regis beaches, UK

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Heading to the beach in the winter months might not be the first thing you'd choose. However, did you know you're more likely to find fossils on the Jurassic Coast when it's colder? The rough weather causes more erosion revealing more fossils for us to discover. A day out at the beach in cosy coats, hats. scarves and wellies can be so much fun. You can still make sandcastles, jump waves and discover rock pools. And, if you throw in the opportunity to take home a real-life fossil, that's bound to get the kids even more excited. Don't worry if you don't find a fossil. You can take stones and shells home to paint instead!



Finally, if none of these activities take your fancy I was contacted about a new league table for "2020's most family-friendly towns and cities" created by PlayLikeMum. Apparently, the best place to visit in the UK with the kids is Plymouth. Why? There are 21 kids attractions there! So if you are thinking of taking a short break away, maybe Plymouth is the place to be.


I'll be back next week with an exclusive preview of my Spring Collection for 2020. I can't wait to share it with you.


P.S. For more ideas about places to visit in the UK with your family check out my "Cheap Days Out With The Family" post.



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