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What to do During February Half Term in Yorkshire

Quicker than you can say, "Hang on, wasn't it Christmas but a few weeks ago?!" it's the first half term of 2015.

Luckily, Yorkshire is at hand to help you keep the little ones entertained throughout the Half Term and this year there is loads going on.

 

South

Calypso Cove, Barnsley: Walk the Plank, brave Eruption and take on Terror Torrent, one of the fastest indoor water slides in the UK, before retreating to The Hideout on poolside to re-fuel and relax! Splash your way through three fantastic water flumes, fun slides, diving pool and the wave pool and be sure to watch out for friendly water fire from Sunken Galleon!

War Work at Kelham Island Museum: War Work tells the story of the impact of war upon the companies, manufacturing and workers of Sheffield through objects and documents from our collection. From the products that fed the guns of the nation's war machine, to the pesonal stories of the city's workers, this exhibition explores industry in the Steel City during the world's first global conflict.

Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre, Rotherham: Discover the well-kept beauty secrets of the animal world! Enjoy spectacular free-flying Bird of Prey and Parrot shows with a ‘catwalk' twist, and meet beautiful creatures from around the world in amazing Animal Encounters; including Lemurs, Meerkats, Owls, Snakes and more. Take part in themed crafts, activities and games, suitable for all ages!

Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley: Cannon Hall Farm will have lots of new arrivals over the half term holidays. They have 200 sheep due to lamb so there's a great chance of seeing a birth. There will also be plenty of other things to do in a fun packed week of events including the ever popular sheep and ferret races, children's indoor activities with a springtime twist, small animal petting & animal feeding in the new farmyard, milking demonstrations and free tractor & trailer rides!

Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster: Victorian Fairies Week - Psst, have you heard fairies have been seen in the gardens at Brodsworth Hall? Come along and join them as they go in search of fairies around the gardens. Make a pinhole camera to help you get a better look.

East

The Deep, Hull: Love is in the air this half term (14th to 22nd February) at Hull's award-winning aquarium. Find out how animals meet their loved ones in their fun-filled family trail around The Deep, post your completed trails in to the entry box to be in with a chance of winning a fishy prize. Join in the fantastic arts and crafts, face painting and badge making stations in the Explorers' Den (11am to 4pm). Also. watch out for the incredible divers feeding the magnificent sharks, rays and other species in their daily dive shows at 2pm! Finally, they also have exciting scatter feeds in the tropical Lagoon of Light at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm.

Dinostar: The Dinosaur Experience, Hull - the exciting, interactive dinosaur museum. A children's museum with dinosaurs! Highlights include a Tyrannosaurus rex skull, Triceratops bones you can touch and our unique Dinosaur Sound Box. Dinostar is Yorkshire's only dinosaur visitor attraction and can be found on Humber Street, part of Hull's Arts Quarter.

Ferens Art Gallery, Hull - Admission to the Ferens Art Gallery, including the Children's Gallery, is free. It has a magnificent collection of paintings and sculptures and you can enjoy refreshments in the popular café, La Loggia. It's a great place for children to show their creativity, with their family resource packs which keep everyone entertained.

North

Jorvik Viking Centre, York: The exhilarating spectacular that is the Jorvik Viking Festival is coming to town for its 31st year. Ragnarok, the doomsday of the Norse Gods, took place in York in February 2014. Following this cataclysmic clash of titans we have all woken up in a brave new Viking world - and the Vikings of JORVIK are looking forward to welcoming you back to their city in 2015! Taking our inspiration from Viking firsts you will find over 80 Norse themed events across nine days during February half term.

Yorkshire Outdoors is home to the finest country pursuit and leisure activity centre in the country. People all over the UK and beyond trust us to provide high quality, professional and thoroughly enjoyable adventures that test their skills, open their minds to unfamiliar experiences and develop their competencies. They've got some great offers this half term too, including Free Passengers with all Kids Off-Road Driving Experiences and a kids shoot free offer too!

Wildlife is the theme of February's half term events at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby. Children can give birds and bees a helping hand with a range of activities from making feeders and nest boxes to building a bee hotel. Throughout the week there will also be a Bird Nesters Trail around the centre's grounds with a prize for those who can match the nest with the right bird.

Brave visitors will find themselves in a very grave situation when The York Dungeon opens its doors for a fun-filled week of darkness, twists and turns this February half-term. An unruly pair of Grave Robbers will be taking up residence at the unique attraction to ensure plenty of mayhem and hair-raising scares. Prepare for jump-through-the-roof surprises as the gruesome grave robbers take over the Dungeon and search for corpses to sell for anatomical research. When first entering the Dungeon, visitors will be greeted by a sinister Grave Robber who is preparing for the hanging of the legendary Dick Turpin, before being warned to be on their guard as they edge their way through the darkness and tombstones of the murky St. George's Cemetery. Visitors will then get to experience the brand new Grave Robber Show, where the mischievous characters are eyeing everyone up as a potential sale - they need bodies to sell and don't mind how they acquire them!

Any day of the week during February half term you can grab your wellies and hit the trail to follow clues around the estate. You'll discover how the monks lived simply in the abbey and then be a grand guest of the Georgians in the water gardens. Wrap up warm and tag along on a wildlife wander to see what creatures you can spot, or stop by the bird hide to watch goldfinches and woodpeckers flocking to the feeders. With acres of countryside to explore, woodland play area, paths and walks, the whole family can get out and about at Fountains Abbey this February half term.

From 14th - 15th February Step back in time and experience life at Bolton Castle during its Tudor heyday. With Tudor cookery, weapon drills, herbal medicine, Tudor crafts and games and much more. From 16th - 20th February find out what Mary Queen of Scots and the rest of the Royal Stuart family did for fun and have a go at themed crafts and activities.

The first weekend of the half term sees the return of the fantastic Coastival Festival in Scarborough too. Come Back in Time with Coas­ti­val 2015 for your fix of retro, vin­tage and some of the best bits of pre­vi­ous years.

Winter Zoo at Flamingo Land is open daily across February Half Term from 10am to 4pm. In addition to Muddy Duck Farm, Reptile River and the Aquarium, the new Wallaby Walkway and The Lemurs walk-through provides visitors with an unrestricted view of these animals. Daily keeper talks include penguins, lemurs, hippos, giraffes and tigers, plus a sea lion show.

Holiday Fun at Ryedale Folk Museum. Each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the school holidays, Ryedale Folk Museum have themed cooking in the cottage, children's crafts and a museum trail. Running from 11am until 4pm, these days are a great way to entertain the family!

Whatever the weather this February half term, Come & Explore fully roofed Skipton Castle and experience over 900 years of history. Discover the dungeon, kitchens and banqueting hall and then visit the tearooms for a bowl of homemade soup.

Go Ape Dalby Forest re-opens its forest doors this February half-term for an adventurous 2014! Go Ape provides fun for all the family whatever the weather, so why not unleash your inner Tarzan and live life adventurously with a trip to the UK's leading forest adventure?

National Railway Museum, York:  Calling all future engineers, signallers and train announcers! Discover your dream job on the railways during the February school holidays. Build a railway line, repair a train and get your flag and whistle at the ready when you become a Station Guard. There are plenty of action-packed activities for the whole family to enjoy including safety sessions with the British Transport Police and hands on fun in the Chuggington play area.

How Stean Gorge is open every day. The family friendly visitor centre set in the heart of Nidderdale, North Yorkshire. Step into nature and discover How Stean Gorge. Wander along the footpaths, negotiate the wobbly bridges and venture through caves. This isn't a walk in the park, it's the real thing! As you venture along the spectacular steep-sided gorge, water rushes over large rocks carving them into fantastic shapes. Fossils from a bygone age are there for the discovery and wildlife in in abundance throughout the seasons.

Half-term art trolley making adventure at MIMA - Get busy making with family and friends over the half-term holidays and keep boredom at bay! The art trolley is packed full of cool and imaginative materials to keep you busy for hours and hours. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Have you Felt the Bubbles Melt at York's CHOCOLATE Story? Join them this half term as they pay homage to the nation's favourite minty chocolate bar: Aero - which turns 70 this year. The week of celebrations will include exhibition features, demonstrations and hands on activities for chocolate-lovers young and old. Originally created by Rowntree's in 1935, the bubbly chocolate bar continues to be one of the nation's favourite sweet treats.

West

Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds: Heart Dissection Workshops: Why is the heart one of the most important organs in the body? What exactly does it do and how does it do it? Find out the answers to these questions and more.

Struggling with ideas to keep the kids entertained - without breaking the bank - this half term? Parents from the region are now being offered a solution, as The Light in Leeds launches its brand new kids' club, Little Lights. The retail and leisure centre will be holding a programme of free fun and educational events for younger visitors throughout February half term and the rest of the year.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton. Families are invited to make their own plaster trees and to explore what might emerge from it as we look forward to springtime. They will be using wire, plaster bandage, paint and wool.

Royal Armouries, Leeds: Eastern Warriers: Japan - Throughout half term week there will be an assortment of activities for all the family which will bring history to life. Including Live demonstrations (Arming the Samurai), Handling sessions, Gallery tours and Dramatic performances (The story of William Adams).

February Fun at Stockeld Park, Wetherby. Get active in the great outdoors this February half term at Stockeld Park, in the beautiful surroundings of their Yorkshire estate. Join them for a host of activities and ‘February Fun' at Stockeld Park. With ice skating sessions for young skaters, general skating and an ice disco as well as The Enchanted Forest and the Maze to be explored, plenty to keep you busy. They are also reinstalling their indoor play for the period so you can bounce and play to your heart's content.

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. This beautiful railway, KWVR, will be running trains on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during Half Term week. So wrap up warm, head down to the tracks and experience the magic of steam in the Worth Valley.