Last Updated on January 26, 2024 by Suzy
Welcome to our What’s on guide for the February half-term in the East Midlands. Please check with the attractions that they are open and their events are running before you leave home. This is our ultimate guide to the best events for kids, make sure you bookmark this page so that you can keep checking back. Another issue we often find at the February half-term is some places aren’t even open. Hopefully, this post will keep you busy in one of the coldest school holidays of the year. We still love to get out and about in the winter – nothing some gloves, a hat, scarf and wellie boots can’t fix.
Belvoir Castle – Leicestershire
When? Week starting 12th February. Event – Snowdrops Walk About – Embark on a journey through the snowdrop walks at Belvoir Castle! Immerse yourself in the beauty of seasonal blooms as you wander through the enchanting winter gardens of this historical estate.
Address: Woolsthorpe Rd, Grantham NG32 1PA
Bluebell Dairy – Derbyshire
When? 17th to 25th February. Event – Farm Academy About – Our indoor farming activities in our Farm Academy are bound to bring out the inner Farmer in all the children! Collect stickers for every activity you complete and graduate as a 2024 Future Farmer! Activities include Carrot harvesting, sheep shearing, ponytail braiding, egg collecting and Highland cow grooming.
Address: Locko Rd, Derby DE21 7AR
Bolsover Castle – Derbyshire
When? 17th to 25th February. Event – Half-term History Makers About – Join characters from the past for historical hijinks and hands-on shenanigans at Bolsover Castle this half-term. Step back in time to the 17th century during Britain’s Civil War. Be entertained by storytelling and dressing up, from the stealing of the Crown Jewels to England’s smallest man.
Address: Castle St, Bolsover, Chesterfield S44 6PR
Chatsworth House – Derbyshire
When? 10th to 25th February. Event – Half-term in the farmyard About – With so many things to do for kids young and old, Chatsworth Farmyard and Adventure Playground make for a fun day out for all the family. In the farmyard, you’ll meet our friendly animals, from pigs and horses to our mischievous goats and guinea pigs. We’re also delighted to be home to a number of rare breeds including Suffolk Punch horses, Shire horses, Albion cattle, Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs (and piglets!), golden Guernsey goats and marsh daisy chickens. Take a free ride on our tractor-trailer through Stand Wood, everyone is welcome to join us!
Address: Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway – Derbyshire
When? 17th to 25th February. Event – Half-term Teddy Bear Days About – Enjoy a family steam train ride from Wirksworth this half term with our Teddy Bear Kids Go Free offer. Children can travel for free all day when they accompany any fare-paying adult or concession!
Address: Wirksworth Station, Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Station Road, off B5035 &, Coldwell St, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4FB
Gunby Hall and Gardens – Lincolnshire
When? 10th to 18th February. Event – Kitty Cat Trail About – This Half-Term come along and have fun and experience a range of activities on the Kitty Cat Trail. Solve the clues to find the Gunby cats’ favourite locations.
Address: Gunby, Spilsby PE23 5SS
Hardwick Hall – Derbyshire
When? 10th to 18th February. Event – February Half-Term About – Get hands-on at Hardwick Hall and explore the delights of natural play. With activity stations in and around the Stableyard, a winter warmer pick-me-up is never too far away! The mud kitchen and bamboo chutes set are where young adventurers thrive. Watch as they sculpt, create, and revel in the joy of messy play. If a family trail is on the cards, become a budding bird expert and navigate through Lady Spencer’s wood armed with spotter sheets available from Visitor Reception.
Address: Hardwick Old Hall, Hardwick Gardens, Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QJ
Lincoln Castle – Lincolnshire
When? 10th to 18th February Event – February Half Term About –
Unplug those digital devices and discover real adventures at Lincoln Castle this half term!
Enjoy the Castle grounds and discover the views from the Medieval Wall Walk. Explore the Victorian Prison and find out more about those that were once held here. Make sure you collect your activity sheet to see if you have what it takes to escape Lincoln Castle’s Prison!
Address: Castle Hill, Lincoln LN1 3AA
Manor Farm Park and Woodlands – Leicestershire
When? 10th to 25thth February. Event – Lambs born in half term About – Join us daily from 10 am to 5 pm to see our newborn lambs. Meet our animals, enjoy indoor and outdoor play areas, explore the woodland and follow The World of Dinosaur Roar trail. Also included in the price of your ticket is a daily falconry show, weather permitting.
Address: East Leake LE12 6LU
Mini Meadows Farm – Northamptonshire
When? Dates to be confirmed Event – Lamb Bottle Feeding Experience About – Get ready for a heartwarming experience as we invite you to join our Lamb Bottle Feeding sessions in February (dates to be confirmed). This experience is a rare chance to connect with our fluffy friends in the most delightful way possible. This most heartwarming experience will leave you smiling from ear to ear as our playful lambs eagerly enjoy taking their milk from your little ones. And don’t forget to capture the most adorable memories on your phone or camera … these are memories you’ll cherish forever.
Address: Naseby Road, Welford NN6 6HZ
National Space Centre – Leicestershire
When? 10th to 25th February. Event – Mission Venus About – Join the discovery team this February half-term and explore the hottest planet in our solar system. You’ll love finding out more about one of our closest neighbouring planets. Book now to include entry into additional talks, craft sessions, and take a low Earth orbit cruise from the Tetrastar Spaceport.
Address: Exploration Dr, Leicester LE4 5NS
Rufford Abbey – Nottinghamshire
When? 10th to 25th February Event – Magical Fairy Trail About – Step into the Magical Fairy Trail at Rufford Abbey. Embark on a whimsical journey through woodlands, meadows, and lakes, where fairies and pixies await. Encounter enchanting beings, enjoy interactive fun, and let your imaginations soar!
Address: Rufford Abbey Country Park, Ollerton NG22 9DF
Tattershall Farm Park – Lincolnshire
When? February Half-Term Event Lambing – About – This time of year is all about LAMBING! We can’t promise, but there is always the chance you may see a lamb being born on your visit. We mostly leave the lambs with their mum, only intervening if we absolutely have to. Check out Facebook for more details nearer the time.
Address: Marsh Ln, Tattershall, Lincoln LN4 4JR
Twycross Zoo – Leicestershire
When? 10th to 25th February Event – The Great Gibbon Mission About – Take on ‘The Great Gibbon Mission’ this February Half Term to earn an exclusive ‘Zoo Crew’ badge. Step onto the boardwalk of our Gibbon Forest habitat, and begin your mission. Find clues, unlock codes and take part in interactive activities as you discover the amazing animals that live inside. Complete all the tasks to earn an exclusive ‘Zoo Crew’ pop badge!
Address: Burton Road, Twycross CV9 3PX
West Lodge Farm Park – Northamptonshire
When? 17th to 25th February Event – Lambing Festival About – Join us to see new life on the farm. Over 100 ewes are due to give birth, will you be lucky enough to witness it? Bottlefeed our cade lambs plus all of the usual fun on the farm!
Address: West Lodge Farm Back Lane, Kettering NN14 2SH