The new year’s first half-term is a great opportunity to get out and about after hibernating through those cold and frosty winter days. So what is on for families in the South West? Here are our favourites… See you there!
As ever our good friends at National Trust will be hosting an array of activities for exploring the beautiful landscapes which will have revealed signs of spring colour and wildlife. Try quiz-packed and creative outdoor trails, making your mark on a Tudor roof, and picking up some top baking tips. You’ll be able to tick off a few ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ challenges too, from den-building to geocaching.
– Mottisfont, Romsey is offering Scribbles and Sketches from the 18 – 26 February (Suggested donation £1). Discover your inner artist on this creative activity trail.
– The Vyne, Basingstoke is hosting Tag-a-Tile, every day from 18 February (Suggested donation £5). Undergoing an extensive roof refurbishment, but you can help, make your own mark on the new roof by ‘tagging’ a handmade clay tile. Your illustrated tile will be put on the roof, for craftsmen to discover in centuries to come.
For more in what National Trust has to offer visit click here.
Are you keen to want to see more arts for children, in the Country? Well its now happened in the form of an exciting new festival for children. Launching this February from the 12th-18th, The Little Creative Festival’s aim is to bring unique, contemporary & exciting arts experiences to children living in the countryside. This festival promises to engage with the children, inspire creativity through performances and creative workshops, giving them the opportunity to access the Arts in all its many exciting forms. Whether it be a toddlers first encounter with live theatre, giving a young person the chance to try drumming for the first time, or giving a child who dreams of being a dancer access to an internationally renowned Dance company, there is an event for every child aged between 2-13 that will spark imagination and creativity. The festival takes place in several venues; Ashley Wood Farm, Port Regis, Messums Gallery and The Roche Court New Art Center. Visit the website for the Festival Programme, on what to find and where.
Encourage creativity, activity and the power of children’s imaginations with a visit to The Lights, Hampshire. Storytelling, arts and crafts, dance, drama and children’s theatre all feature, for children from 2 to 11 years of age.
– For a fabulous treat which will stimulate imaginations on Wednesday, 22nd February the highly acclaimed Rhubarb Theatre are back with Granny’s Game, an adventure story based on the real-life heroism of journalist and explorer Nellie Bly. Suitable for ages 5+ this amazing tale is all about travel, adventure and one surprising Grandma!
– OR Over the Rainbow – Play in a Day from 10am-3pm on Friday 24th for ages 7-11. It’s Dorothy’s sleepover and she can’t get to sleep. When a storm comes she finds herself in Oz with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and all the characters from her favourite film. Come and join her adventure and perform to your family and friends on The Lights stage at the end of the day.
For more shows and performances check out The Lights website.
Check out our corporate partners Game Set and Match Tennis Academy, Wiltshire with their activities for this half-term but best to book as they get filled up fast!
How about a Family Fun Package at The Arch London? This is the perfect place for families to stay whilst exploring the vibrant capital city. Taking advantage of its unrivalled location and child-friendly amenities, The Arch London has devised the ultimate family package starting at £390 per night.
Little ones will be treated to an indulgent VIP experience throughout their stay with a host of family amenities. On arrival children will be gifted with a speciality Archie Bear. There will also be special children’s bathroom products and children’s sized bathrobes, slippers and clothes hangers waiting in their rooms. There is a large toy box filled with toys for children to enjoy, as well as books for bedtime stories or to explore in the hotel’s Martini Library with complimentary cookies and milk.
Families can refuel and recharge at the hotel’s stylish restaurant Hunter 486, as young children will dine complimentary with their parents during their stay. Children’s sized cutlery is provided and colouring books will be on hand to keep them entertained whilst parents can sit back and relax.
Each morning the whole family will be treated to a complimentary English breakfast before setting off to explore the city. The family package accommodates up to three guests per room but connecting rooms are available on request. Special night lights, Baby cots and rollaway beds are provided complimentary in the guestrooms.
Located a stone’s throw from Hyde Park, the West End and London’s top attractions, a stay at The Arch London is guaranteed to keep the family entertained. www.thearchlondon.com
Or perhaps a full day of fun and adventure in Hidden Woods wonderful woodland playground, for children aged 5 and over. The holiday activities follow the Forest School ethos of facilitating child-led learning and discovery in the outdoors, building on the innate curiosity and sense of wonder that the natural environment brings out in children of all ages. With these sorts of adventures, Bushcraft, Environmental art, Woodland crafts & games, Campfire cooking, Journeying through the woods and Free play, what more could a child ask for…?
Based at one of their established camps, complete with large group shelters and fire pits, these days offer an exciting opportunity to play, learn and make new friends, whatever the weather! Book here
OR Perhaps a simple walk in the woods to find a bear would be enough of an adventure for your little one and don’t forget you can download an app for Geocaching or visit the website for find an array of capsules in your area, even down your road!
Plus check out what your local library has organised.
Have a great half-term wherever you are!
Country Child Team.