February half term is approaching!! I am looking forward to having some great family days out in the Midlands this half term and have started to look around for ideas.
And, I have found some good ideas, some which you may not have thought of.
Family Murder Mystery Trail at Aston Hall
The story goes that an unexpected visit by King Charles I brings visitors and strangers to Aston Hall but then one of them is found dead! Has the king’s friend died of natural causes or has there been foul play? Visit the Aston Hall and investigate the death – find out who might have wanted him dead, and who could have done the deed. Interview the suspects and try to solve this most perplexing mystery set in the magnificent surroundings of Aston Hall.
Admission is £8 per adult and £3 per child.
Myths & Legends at Barber Institute of Fine Art
On Tuesday 21st February 2017, the Barber Institute of Fine Art in Edgbaston, Birmingham, have a family day where you can make your own dragon or fairy wings in their art workshop; hear heroic tales in their live storytelling sessions; seek out myths and legends in their gallery trail; and dress up as a legendary character and take a selfie.
The art gallery is full of key works by Monet, Renoir, Rubens, Degas, Van Gogh and many more and looks like a great place to soak up some culture!
Admission is free and you can drop in anytime.
Welly Walks at National Trust
Lots of the local National Trust properties are geared up for half term and have a range of family activities including nature trails, welly walks and craft activities.
Biddulph Grange in Staffordshire have an event that looks fun. Enchanted Forest Week – wear your best elfin hat or fairy wings and follow the trail through the Woodland Walk. Use your magic to make some enchanted forest crafts and your own magic Victorian fairy or elfin picture.
Trails are £2 each plus usual National Trust entrance fee.
Explore a Town or City
Another idea on my list for February half term is to head to a local town that I don’t get time to explore and enjoy the visitor attractions there. I have been looking at visiting Stratford-upon-Avon as there is so much to do including:
- The Butterfly Farm – the UK’s largest tropical butterfly paradise
- A cruise along the Avon with Avon Boating
- Shakespeare’s Schoolroom where you can try some Tudor homework
- and the Enchanted Manor Museum – which looks amazing! But may not be suitable for my 3 year old!
Star Wars Trail at Hawkstone Park Follies
Hawkstone Follies near Shrewsbury is a historic woodland with cliffs, caves, woods and stunning monuments built over 200 years ago. We visited a few summers ago and it was a brilliant day out.
There is a path to follow around with the parkland, with stops for stunning views. Plus, the caves and bridges make it really exciting for kids to explore. It took us a couple of hours to walk around with stops for picnics, but it may be a bit quicker in the colder months.
The park reopens over February Half Term and it would be a great family day out. To make it even more special there is a Star Wars Treasure Hunt around the follies! Perfect for any Star Wars fans.
Admission is £8.25 per adult and £5.75 for children over 4. Children under 4 are free.
Please note, parts of the park and the main walking routes contain several flights of steps, some natural ones carved into rock and some made made wooden ones – which can be slippery when wet. This is not suitable for pushchairs so more suitable for older children who can walk well.