From wintery adventures in nature, outdoor trails and welly wanders, to seasonally inspired crafts, activities and games, there are lots of events and activities on offer this February half-term with the National Trust.
Whether you’re exploring woodland, gardens and landscapes as a family on cold, crisp winter days, or looking for indoor activities and a warming lunch to escape from the rain, whatever the weather the National Trust has something to entertain you and your family.
Here’s a round-up of what’s on near you this half-term. To plan your adventure, visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Belton Estate, Lincolnshire: From 10 February
Visit Belton Estate and discover more about their resident woodpeckers, with engaging walks, an interactive trail, and fun activities. Go on a wintery adventure exploring the parkland and enjoy learning more about Belton’s feathered friends. For a more in-depth experience, join one of our Rangers on a Woodpecker Walk, running 12, 13, and 14 February at 11am – book online.
Make the most of your day out with the kids, and venture to the outdoor adventure playground set within an ancient wilderness. Swing, dangle, climb, and jump your way through before taking a train ride up to the woods and back again. Escape the cold and explore the indoor play area, where you can enjoy a refreshment or two while the kids play. Stop-by the Gift Shop before you leave to look at the wide range of children’s activities inspired by nature.
No pre-booking necessary. Normal admission charges apply.
Woolsthorpe Manor, Grantham, Lincolnshire: From 10 February
Inspire future scientists with a trip to Isaac Newton’s childhood home, and enjoy a trail based on the electromagnetic spectrum. Discover cool and interesting facts – did you know that light is so much more than just what we see?
Step inside the Manor House and celebrate the 320th anniversary of Isaac Newton publishing his works on Optiks! There will be a new exhibition in the hayloft exploring the influence of Newton’s work in art and poetry. Book on to a family tour running during February half term and enjoy an interactive tour taking you through young Isaac’s life on the farm. In the science centre, children of all ages – even grown-up ones – can get hands-on with some of Isaac’s most famous experiments.
Normal admission charges apply. Pre-booking is required for entry to the Manor House, but is not required for the Science Centre, orchard or coffee shop.
The Workhouse and Infirmary, Southwell: 14-25 February
To mark the 200-year anniversary of The Workhouse, families can enjoy exploring with a new trail delving into the revealing graffiti etched by inmates of the past. Spot special striped bricks and learn about the secret meanings behind certain symbols. It is £2 per trail.
On Thursdays and Saturdays, visitors can meet Workhouse costumed characters carrying out traditional tasks, get involved, and learn more about their lives.
The Workhouse and Infirmary is open Wednesday – Sunday. Normal admission charges apply.