Half term is fast approaching, and there are loads of attractions and activities around England for you to enjoy, despite the recent weather. Find things to do and see at VisitEngland.com, from exploring prehistoric caves to wandering through one of the largest indoor rainforests in the world, just make sure you check the latest weather and transport updates before you travel. Here are a few wallet-friendly recommendations on great things to see and do over the half term…
Eden Project: 15 - 2 March, St Austell
Whizz around the Eden Project’s indoor ice rink this half term before experiencing ‘Freaky Nature’. Discover sticky seeds, exploding seeds, flying seeds and very well-travelled seeds plus, find out all about poisonous and carnivorous plants that bite back! Who knew plant life could be so terrifying?
Cornwall’s Crealy Adventure Park: 15 - 23 February, Wadebridge
Crealy is opening its doors in time for February half term. This fun filled family attraction features thrill rides, flumes, dragon’s lairs, demon drops and haunted castles. For maximum value, buy a ticket offering seven days for the price of one. Plus you’ll save up to 20% if you book online.
Pendennis Castle: 15 - 23 February, Falmouth
Explore one of the finest of the mighty fortresses built by Henry VIII to defend the country against invasion. Children will love the descent through the castle tunnels to the big guns. Be sure to take one of the regular guided tours to discover the castle’s secrets and don’t miss the special half term activities where little ones can put their skills to the test with a trail around the grounds.
First Great Western is offering a 25% discount on walk-up fares for services affected by line closure at Dawlish. Need a place to stay? The Cornwall Hotel & Spa, Sands Resort, The Valley and Gwel an Mor all have half term offers.
Explore a mysterious underground world this half term at Kents Cavern. Go shopping just like the cavemen used to on a stoneage trail, excavate prehistoric fossils, and create your own cave painting on the wall of hands! There are also cave tours throughout the day (last tour at 3:30pm). Entry to the caves is £9.25 for adults and £8.50 for children (3-15).
February is traditionally lambing season and visitors to The Big Sheep in North Devon may be lucky enough to witness the resident ewes giving birth to their young. Ewetopia – packed with slides, mazes and obstacles – will be open all week for children to explore. The Big Sheep is open from 10am until 6pm. Tickets are £6 for children under 3ft, £12.50 for children over 3ft and adults.
Calling all noble knights and brave princesses to come on a quest to find a magical golden unicorn! Can you defeat gruesome trolls, wicked witches and take on the mighty dragon to find your way to the Griffin who is guarding an enchanted unicorn?
Check out englishriviera.co.uk for extra special holiday offers this half term.
First Great Western is offering a 25% discount on walk-up fares for services affected by line closure at Dawlish.
The Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare is offering all-day unlimited ride wristbands for £12.50 throughout the half term week from Saturday 15 February.
Need somewhere to stay? Get £20 off your third night when staying in a family room at Florence Guest House in Weston-super-Mare this half term. Quote HT1 when booking.
Three miles south of Weston-super-Mare, Woodbine Cottage – a two bedroomed detached cottage sleeping four – is available at a reduced price of £300 from £341 and includes all bed linen, towels electricity and gas for hot water and central heating plus WiFi.
Home Farm Cottages in Barton, Mendips also have a special deal this half term. They are offering 25% off stays of seven nights from now until the end of February to anyone who mentions 'VisitEngland'.
Isle of wight
Escape to the Isle of Wight for under £20. Get a £10 day return train ticket offer from London to Southampton, Portsmouth and Southsea stations with South West Trains, combined with a discounted “Winter Smile” ferry ticket means there are even more reasons to visit the Isle of Wight this February.
The South West Trains £10 day return ticket offer (£5 for children) is valid for train travel from London to Southampton and Southsea every Saturday and Sunday until February 23. Visitors can also use this £10 ticket offer to get an additional discount on Solent crossings to and from the Isle of Wight and “get abroad” for less than £20 for the day!
North York Moors
Wildlife is the theme for the events taking place at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby this February half term (17 – 21 February). From making bird feeders to crafting spring flowers, the events focus on animals and plants found in the North York Moors National Park. Events cost £4 - £5 and are suitable for children aged 5 and up. For more information and to book a place call 01439 772738.
Get back to nature this half term at Pensthorpe Wildlife & Gardens between 15 and 23 February. Families will love exploring the 500-acre nature reserve near Fakenham aimed at connecting children with the natural world. From wetlands, gardens, farmland, woodland, a conservation centre, WildRootz outdoor adventure play area, bird feeding, pond dipping and exciting trails, this place is packed with things to see and do. The event is included in regular ticket price of £11.25 for adults and £8.00 for children. (10am-5pm).
Have a swashbuckling Half Term at Lancaster Castle. From 18 to 22 February, the castle will once again be invaded by teams of pirates showing you how to create a treasure map, make your very own pirate mask and even how to live and act like a pirate! Learn all the swashbuckling tricks needed to defend your ships against giant squid and skeletons and join treasure hunts around the castle grounds.
The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon is offering a variety of theatre workshops and activities for all the family this half term, from Wendy and Peter Pan storytelling workshops and pirate sword stage fighting to movement session with actors and free craft sessions where you can make your own fairy wings. Prices vary depending on workshop.
Hoseasons have last-minute offers for half term across the country. Take Pheasant Lodge in Bude, Cornwall for example. This cosy holiday home for four is available for four nights from 17 February for £249 instead of £465.
Save 10% on Go Ape Tree Top Adventures* by quoting promo code VISIT14 valid until 2nd March 2014. Book at: www.goape.co.uk or call 0845 643 9215. Min age 10 years, min height 1.40m.Supervision ratios apply
*10% discount available on Tree Top Adventure only (not valid on Tree Top Junior).
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