February half term is probably the trickiest school holiday to keep kids busy. The days are still short and the weather is far from warm. So if you’re looking for some inspiration to keep your little ones entertained for the Peak District February half term, you’ve come to the right place.
These are specific events in and around the Peak District this February half term.
DATES FOR FEBRUARY HALF TERM 2020 ARE 15TH TO 23RD FEBRUARY
Chatsworth Farm Park is open for crafts, exploring, play and animal cuddles
The farmyard and adventure playground opens especially for the February half term in the Peak District. Anyone who has been to the adventure playground will tell you how fantastic it is, and HUGE; boasting a big sandpit, water play, a huge wooden climbing frame and zip wires. Kids also get to feed and hold some of the animals in the farmyard. It’s a great day out!
In addition to the usual fun there are also craft activities to create your own explorer hat, a tractor trailer ride where you get to blast water guns, spider and snake handling (17th to 21st February), and an opportunity to search for river creatures on the 18th February!
The Heights of Abraham have been closed for the winter months, and open just in time for February half term. It is perhaps one of the best days out in the Peak District with kids. A cable car takes you up to Heights of Abraham for some stunning views, and your ticket also gives you entry to two caverns where you venture deep under ground and learn about the history of lead mining in the area. You can also hunt for fossils and there are two adventure playgrounds. On our last visit, we were here for a good 6 hours, so plan to spend a full day if visiting with kids.
Check the website for opening times and ticket prices.
Wallaby encounters and ferret racing at Matlock Farm Park
As well as wandering the Matlock Farm Park to hand feed a wide range of friendly animals and enjoying the play facilities, this February half term will see the return of Matlock Farm Park’s very popular Wallaby Encounters and ferret racing – place your bets please! There will also be short pony rides on every day (£2.50) and the chance to cuddle some very young chicks.
Get crafty and cultured at Buxton Opera House
Bring along your little artists to Buxton Opera House at 10 am on Tuesday 18th February for a one-hour craft workshop. They get to make their very own animal puppets using basic paper craft skills. Plus, they get to take their creations home with them! Click here to book.
Also at Buxton Opera House over February half term is Mr Men and Little Miss On Stage! Featuring Mr. Bump, Little Miss Splendid, Mr. Tickle, Little Miss Inventor and many more, Happyland bursts to life in a series of colourful and timeless stories told through puppetry and music. There are only two performances on Friday 21st February. Click here to book.
From 11 am to 3 pm every day over February half term your little adventurers can become 17th Century musketeers! Whether it is practising musket drill, gunpowder making or learning what life was like for a soldier, there is lots to discover.
It’s also a great opportunity to explore the fairy-tale Stuart mansion of Bolsover Castle and check out the views on the wall walk.
There’s no need to book for this event, but more information can be found here.
Princes and Princes takeover at Alton Towers
Stay at Alton Towers this February Half Term for a fantabulous Pirate and Princess Short Break at Alton Towers Resort from just £159 per family!
There’s back -to-back entertainment with live pirate shows, swashbuckle training camps, a fancy dress parade, an interactive game show where it is pirates vs princesses, and a massive party!
The package includes:
An overnight stay in a themed rooms at the Alton Towers Resort
Budding buccaneers can visit Sharkbait Reef by SEA LIFE
Fabulous evening themed entertainment including: ‘High Sea and Hijinx: A Pirate Adventure’: an hour and a quarter action-packed, fun-filled pirate adventure featuring three back-to-back shows full of treasure and heroic rescue.
A delicious breakfast
Enjoy the thrills and spills of the wacky Alton Towers Waterpark with one session entry
A family friendly guided walk exploring the historic village of Edale and lower slopes of the valley. Stunning views across to Kinder Scout and Mam Tor on this 4 mile walk. Suitable for families and dogs welcome.
This is a lovely idea for meeting other families, allowing the kids to make some new pals, and also takes the navigation pressure off you as someone else is doing all the hard work.
Details of timings and where to meet can be found here.
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