Who’s ready for half term?

Just as the evenings are beginning to get lighter and the daffodils are starting to bloom, Yorkshire’s gearing up for a week of family fun. So put those school book bags away and enjoy a week of sharks, fairies, dinosaurs and slime!

Meet a pair of Loggerhead Sea Turtles

The Deep, Hull

See a variety of sharks and rays, including White Tip Reef sharks, Nurse Shark, Grey Reef Sharks, Zebra Sharks, Honeycomb Whiptail Rays and Green Sawfish. This half term visitors can also learn about how climate change is affecting our oceans and what this means for the animals who live there. Take part in the ocean acidification challenge and find out how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is affecting our sea creatures.

Climb aboard a Dinosaur Train

Keighley Worth Valley Railway, Haworth

Get up close with an animatronic 8ft T-Rex and a mischievous Velociraptor and learn how to be a dinosaur ranger at Keighley Worth Valley Railway. There’ll be cute baby dinosaurs for those not quite brave enough to meet the bigger boys, and live reptiles waiting to make new friends. Don’t forget to pick up your activity sheet on arrival and enjoy dinosaur egg spotting at each station.


Spot the Fairies 

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens, Doncaster

Fairies are hiding all around the gardens of Brodsworth Hall and Gardens. Pick up a trail sheet from the visitor centre and head out on an adventure to find them all. You might even stumble upon a fairy village as you go! The improved and updated play area at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens is now open so parents can relax on a picnic bench with a coffee from the nearby café while the kids climb, swing and slide.

Trek through a Rainforest

SEA LIFE Scarborough

Cast your fears aside and brave the new Rainforest Adventure at SEA LIFE Scarborough. Come face-to-face with Green Tree Pythons, Day Geckos and Poisonous Arrow Dart Frogs alongside much, more. Ranger Andy invites everyone to discover the brand new Rainforest Adventure with him this half term. A storm has hit SEA LIFE Scarborough and he needs help to unearth what lies beneath the surface of the Rainforest.

Embark on a Voyage of Discovery

Captain Cook Museum, Whitby

Explore a treasure trove of artefacts and discover one of the world’s greatest explorers in the heart of Whitby. The Captain Cook Museum is set in the 17th century house where the young James Cook lodged as an apprentice. It was here that Cook trained as a seaman and acquired those maritime skills which led to his epic voyages of discovery.

Feed a Pygmy Goat

Lightwater Valley, Ripon

Younger Children will love Lightwater Valley this half term with a spectacular line up of magic and illusions. The Magic Show will leave audiences spellbound by tricks while the amazingly colourful jungle themed UV Puppet Show is guaranteed to make everyone smile. The Petting Farm will also be at Lightwater Valley this half term with lots of cute and cuddly animals for visitors to pet and feed, including rabbits, lambs, donkeys, calves, alpacas and pygmy goats.

See who’s checking into the Bug Hotel

Tropical Butterfly House, Sheffield

Join the fun family 'Bug Hunt' trail around the wildlife park at Tropical Butterfly House and who knows what you might discover! Find out why bugs are so important at the ‘Meet the Minibeast’ talk and learn about ‘Beautiful Butterflies’ and their amazing lifecycle in the Butterfly House.

Don’t forget to visit the lemurs, meerkats, owls, otters, snakes, and other amazing animals during unforgettable animal encounters throughout the day.

Experiment with slime

Stockeld Park, Wetherby

Enjoy some weird science experiments and lots of slime at Stockeld Park this half term. The Dragons Den winners Sublime Science who will be hosting some workshop style shows throughout the day full of scientific surprises, smoke, flying things & plenty of slime. There’s plenty to keep your little scientists busy in between workshops with the Enchanted Forest, Magical Maze and the 630 square meter ice rink.

Come face to face with a T-Rex skull

Dinostar, Hull

For a roar-some day out, look no further than Hull’s Dinostar to hear a raptor roar, touch triceratops bones and build a volcano in the interactive Sand Box. Located in the Fruit Market creative quarter of the city, Yorkshire’s only dedicated dinosaur attraction was officially opened by Sir Tony Robinson back in 2004. Over the years it has added artefacts from all around the world for visitors to enjoy.

Meet a Wicked Witch

York Theatre Royal

A flustered storyteller is joined by a mischievous mocking bird as he follows Hansel and Gretel deep into the forest. All is not what it seems, as the characters start to tell their own version of this peculiar adventure. Come along and meet the wicked witch and her really rather eccentric chef in this truly imaginative version of Hansel and Gretel. Live music, hilarious performance and a mesmerising design ensures that this play will entertain and amuse the entire family.