Are you buzzed to let the kids loose from school for a week or so and spend some good quality time together? In this post, I am sharing Five things to do in the half term holidays. All the attractions suggested below have been tried and tested by my family and we only ever recommend places that we feel are good value for money and enjoyed by all.
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Become An English Heritage Member
The best £99 that I ever spent on a family activity was joining my Husband and I up for an English Heritage membership. Each adult can take up to 6 children into the grounds free. Perfect for big families. We have visited several properties with Wrest Park being our favourite. There is so much space to explore, trees to climb and gardens to admire. The house is really interesting too. You can enjoy a good lunch at the cafe or take a picnic. The park has wooden forts to scramble over and a zip wire to zoom on.
Most English Heritage properties are open all year round and host special events that are free for members. Dogs are welcome on a lead. For more information on becoming a member, click the link below.
Have a themed day at the zoo
We adore London zoo because it is always bright and colourful, no matter what the time of year is. London zoo hosts an array of themed activities during the holidays. My favourite part of the zoo is the artwork. There is an Indian themed space with Indian inspired decor to view and wall murals to admire.
This February half term at London Zoo, kids can join in with the vets in action. Taking place at the animal hospital, families will get to see how the animals are cared for at the Zoo.
Take an overnight Luxury hotel stay
So excited to share one of our most used family breaks that we take for time out. Stay, play, explore offers an overnight stay at a choice of luxury hotels along with three family activities from a choice of attractions in designated cities. We recently visited Leicester and enjoyed a day at the National space centre and a further day twin lakes theme park. For our overnight stay, we kipped at the Jurys Inn, Hinkley island. The decor was stunning and spa area perfect for a morning swim with our Daughter.
We have had a few trips to Leicester but you can also enjoy destinations such as Warwickshire and Yorkshire. Here is our review.
“Stay Play Explore short breaks are a fantastic collection of great value for money escapes for families and couples. All packages include bed and breakfast and tickets into 3 from a wide choice of exceptional experiences and what’s more, most of our family hotels have swimming pools ”
Breaks are available from £149. Check out the website below
Stay at a theme park
We have stayed at many theme parks and taken the cheapest type of accommodation which is always Camping. However, February does not offer the right weather for us Brits and so we need to up our sleeping game and opt for something or somewhere slightly warmer. We love to visit Gulliver’s land in Milton Keynes. The theme park is aimed at Children aged 12 and under and thee are other choices of entertainment too. There is a nerf zone and an indoor splash park. Gullivers offers an exciting opportunity to stay in one of their themed lodges and you can choose from a Jurassic experience or even beach huts!
Check out Gullivers Adventurers village and decide where you would love to stay!
Ride a train
Forget southwest or National Rail. We mean take a day trip out and ride miniature railways, smell the soot and feel the heat of the steam rising out of the smokestack. Go ahead and google your local miniature railway and you might be surprised at the fun themed days on offer. Hot chips in the local cafe after a day of exploring different engines would be the perfect activity for our family. As railway enthusiasts, we have visited tons of steam railways and have a few favourites.
Romney railway is a childhood favourite of mine and I finally got to take my Daughter for an authentic day out there last summer. We also love Buckinghamshire railway centre where you can experience a day out with Thomas and ride the trains.
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