Things To Do in February Half Term 2022

Things to do in February Half Term

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The February Half Term Holiday is nearly here, and how are you going to keep the kids entertained? February can be wet, rainy and cold which can make it really hard to keep the kids busy during the half term holiday.

Fortunately, there are lots of things going on all around the country, from ancient castles to theatres, from parks and museums to libraries. Here is our round up of some of the best activities happening this half term all over the UK, whether they are big tourist attractions or special events the fun starts here!

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What Are The Dates of February Half Term 2022?

Half term holiday dates vary depending on where you live. The vast majority of local authorities have their half term break from Monday 21 February 2022 to Friday 25 February 2022. Our top tip is to check with your kid's school or the local authority before booking anything!

Private schools may have longer holidays.

Things To Do in February Half Term 2022

Febrary Half Term Events & Days Out

From art exhibitions to gardens, vikings to theatre, there is something for everyone this February Half Term Holiday.

JORVIK Viking Festival

JORVIK Viking Festival

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Europe’s largest Viking Festival returns to York in February, telling the stories of Viking women beyond the homestead through the voices of seers, queens and shield maidens – a story of women whose influence was as great as any mighty warrior.

With a parade, re-enactments and lots more viking themed events, the JORVIK Viking Festival runs from 19 – 27 February 2022.

The Art of Banksy Exhibition

The Art of Banksy

Housed in a vast, 12000-square-foot warehouse space in the heart of Covent Garden, The Art of Banksy is the largest ever exhibition of privately ownd works by the secretive and elusive artist, including prints, canvasses, screenprints, sculptures and limited-edition pieces.

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Build A LEGO Masterpiece at Lego Windsor

Castle Hotel at LEGOLAND Windsor

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Little LEGO fans will be thrilled to discover that 12th to 27rd February 2022 is Brick Week at Legoland Windsor and that includes February Half Term.

At LEGOLAND Holidays in Windsor, you can spend a stay full of building fun with family activities, treasure hunts, creative workshops and much more!

Enjoy an overnight stay at the LEGOLAND Resort or even stay in the magical LEGOLAND Castle Hotel. Spend a day doing fun Junior Builder activities, plus you can   swim in the LEGO pirate themed indoor water play area and swimming pool as well!

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Go to the Panto? Oh Yes You Can!

Try A Panto This February Half Term

Go to the Panto. Oh yes you can!

In the last five years or so February pantomimes have become a pretty big thing. There are lots of pantomimes running over the February Half Term 2022 week, with both amateur and professional productions to watch.

You can find all the February Half Term pantomines for 2022 at Big Panto Guide and even get a sneak peek at all the pantos for Christmas 2022 that have already been announced.

Plus if you kids are really big theatre fans, you can find all the best shows to take the kids to in the West End with shows that all the family will love.

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SEA LIFE London Aquarium

SEA LIFE London Aquarium

One of London's most stunning attractions is the amazing undersea world of SEA LIFE London Aquarium. Located in London's County Hall you can see not only fish, but penguins, octopuses, rays and more.

Most stunning in my opinion is the ocean tunnel, where you can walk through a glass tunnel as the fish swim around your head. Plus you can interact with the animals at public feeding sessions, diving displays and touch pools.

If you book online in advance you can save up to 10% and Sealife also have aquariums in locations across the UK including London, Brighton, Cumbria, Birmingham, Manchester, Loch Lomand and Weymouth.

If this isn't local for you, here are more of the UK's top Aquariums to visit this February, including Plymouth, Strangford Lough in Northernn Ireland, Cumbria and Ryhl in Wales.

See The Great Outdoors

Outdoors with the family

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The National Trust has an extensive programme of half term events at many of its properties. Enjoy some fresh air and go wild in the woods, or get creative indoors and discover intriguing stories from ages past.

You can go splashing in your wellies, build a birdbox and tick off some of your 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 at properties and open areas all over the UK.

Orchids: Celebrate the colour of Colombia


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Visit the Orchid Festival 2022 at Kew Gardens this February, which runs from 5th February to 6th March 2022 and be transported to an entrancing paradise evoking the sights, smells and sounds of Colombia.

The experience is an immersive journey through the different zones of the Princess of Wales Conservatory where visitors will encounter staggeringly beautiful orchid displays which each represent aspects of Colombian wildlife and culture. 

5 Quick Tips For Cheap Days Out

  1. Check out your local library - from story reading to craft afternoons there will be lots of events organised for half term.
  2. Your local leisure centre will probably be running special half term kids sessions in the swimming pool or may have a play scheme that the kids can join in.

  3. Are you lucky enough to have an art gallery in your town or city? Many are free and will be running kids activites over half term.
  4. Go to your local park and enjoy all that free open space, see the grass and the trees. If you are fortunate there could be play equipment, an outdoor gym or a basketball court.
  5. Lots of museums are free to enter or have special discounted rates for local residents. They may also be holding special half term events, although charges may apply.
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Great English Gardens


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The Royal Horticultural Society have a programme of half term events at their five locations in Harlow Carr in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Hyde Hall in Chelmsford, Essex, Rosemoor in Devon, Bridgewater in Greater Manchester and Wisley in Surrey.

Find out what is going on under your feet in the garden this February and if you take out a year's membership now, 2 adults and 2 children can get into any of their five gardens free for the whole year.

Related: Download a FREE Printable Half Term Holiday Week Planner

Imagine Children's Festival

The 20th annual Imagine Children's Festival takes place at London's South Bank Centre from 9th to 20th February 2022. Dive into the best children’s theatre, literature and music, with plenty of workshops and free events for everyone.

Draw, write, read, play, sing, dance and create with us. With over 50% of the programme free and loads to do for ages 0 – 12, you will have your half-term sorted.

Doctor Who Time Fracture

Doctor Who Time Fracture is a new immersive experience is set to take London by storm. Deep beneath the London city streets at Immersive LDN in Mayfair in central London, a portal is opening and our timeline is being ripped to shreds. The fate of the human world as we know it is threatened with being thrown out of balance. Will you step up and help The Doctor?

This adventure is set during the 1940s Blitz raids and includes the Time Lords, Cybermen, and Daleks - can you save your precious planet from catastrophic destruction?

See The View from The Shard

The Shard, London

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Got a head for heights? Get a fantastic view across London at The View From The Shard and head up to the UK's highest Virtual Reality experience on the open-air Skydeck. This half term you can test your balance on ‘Vertigo’ or enjoy the thrill of ‘The Slide’ travelling at up to 100 miles per hour... if you dare! 

Save up to 15% if you book in advance with Attractiontix.

Be An Explorer!

Stonehenge Wiltshire

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Be an Explorer this February Half Term, by joining one of English Heritage's February Half Term Explorer Quests.

At selected locations across England including such iconic locations as Stonehenge, Osbourne House and Bolsover Castle, you can roam around grounds, gardens and countryside to find games and activities inspired by the history of the site, including knights, soldiers, medieval monks or ancient Olympians.

Plus if you share pictures of your day out on social media, you could win a prize too.

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About eParenting: eParenting was started by Jacqui O'Brien in 2004. At the time her kids were 1 and 4 and kept her nice and busy. Now they are teenagers and still keeping her pretty busy!

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