With the February half-term just around the corner, now is probably the right time to start thinking about ways you can keep the kids entertained during their time off.
So, if you’re looking for places to go this half-term to escape the wintry weather, you’ve come to the right place! From exploring a festival dedicated to archery at one of the UK’s finest medieval fortresses to waking through some of Van Gogh’s most iconic paintings in 306º, we’ve got a lineup of activities that are anything but ordinary.
At Days Out we only shout about the best of the best so read on to discover ways you can spice up your half-term holidays!
Aim high this half-term as the action-packed Festival of Archery returns to Warwick Castle from 10th to 19th of February.
Watch as the castle’s expert archers put their skills to the test in a series of exhilarating performances, with bows bend and arrows soar right in front of your eyes.
With live shows, daring challenges, interactive quizzes, have-a-go archery, and a grand final shoot-off, Festival of Archery is guaranteed to inject some family-friendly fun into your February half-term agenda.
If you’ve ever dreamed of stepping into a painting, this is where you can!
Any Van Gogh fan will tell you, there’s something about his paintings that make you want to step inside them. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience lets you do just that – with cracking projections and an emotional soundtrack, you get to wrap yourself in the worlds of Sunflowers, The Red Vineyard at Arles, and so much more. Our personal favourite’s The Starry Night, with its swirling sky, crescent moon, and spinning stars – truly dreamy stuff.
The 360-degree exhibition lets you stroll around, relax on chairs, and forget about everything for a while as all your senses are stuffed to the seams with Vincent’s mind-blowing creativity. When you’re ready to surface, the Art & Life section provides lots on info on what made him tick. Additionally, at The Studio, you can have a crack at your own painting and get it projected on the walls.
Snapping up shedloads of property. Bankrupting friends and family. Buying your way out of jail. Monopoly has an uncanny knack for making us turn ruthless.
Monopoly Lifesized brings all the important bits of the game up to real-life scale, in a space right in the middle of London. The rules are basically the same as you’re used to at home, except you choose from four different themed boards:
The Luxury Board: Takes you in inside Mr Monopoly’s bank and onto casinos and fancy auctions, with a laser challenge included.
The City Board: Featuring famous London landmarks and a dance-off challenge.
The Classic Board: A race against the clock via places like Fleet Street and Whitehall.
Own It All Board: Race around with moneybags, steal paintings until you run the city.
Step inside the enchanting world of magic at The Magic Wand Experience at The Wands & Wizard Exploratorium®.
Get hands-on with an impressive collection of wands, learn about their unique properties and abilities before creating your own and bringing it to life.
You’ll start by choosing the medallion that’ll determine your wand’s magic (dark magic, light magic, or earth magic). Then, in the Workshop, the master Wandmaker will help you choose your wand design and guide you through a spell-casting session in preparation for advanced magic.
It all takes place in the attic of the centuries-old pink town house slap-bang in the middle of London.
A sensory and learning wonderland for all the family!
The unique blend of classic fairy tales, animals, and adventure play makes it the PERFECT destination for children, with the farm also catering to the entire family, offering an inclusive and sensory-rich experience.
The farm is made up of seven distinct zones, each designed for a specific adventure. There's Huff and Puff for those seeking an adventurous playtime, Enchanted Walk for a fairytale sensory experience, Alfie and Friends for meeting the amazing animals, the enchanting Fairy Dell play area with giant toadstools to explore, Jack’s Yard where fairytale characters come to life, Wilderness Walk for nature enthusiasts, and the brand-new Dino Valley featuring friendly moving dinosaurs.
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