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It’s Welly Time: Winter Days Out and Half Term Activities

Whatever the weather, wrap up, go out and most importantly, have fun!

Whatever the weather, wrap up, go out and most importantly, have fun!

Get your woollies and wellies on and brave the winter weather to enjoy these fab days out.

Northants

Mini Meadows Farm: Lambing
From February half term.

Bottle-feed lambs and meet other cute newborn animals in the baby barn. Explore the exciting new indoor play area and don’t forget the larger animals will be waiting to meet you! £5 entry (under-twos free). £1 a bottle.

Naseby Road, Northampton, NN6 6HZ.  07824 393517.  www.minimeadowsfarm.com


Brixworth Country Park: Nature Tots
Wednesday: Jan 17th, Feb 21st & March 21st, 10am.

Nature themed walk with a Ranger followed by a craft activity for pre-school children. £3.50 per child per session includes refreshments. Booking essential. Call 0300 126 5936 or email [email protected]

Northampton Road, Northamptonshire, NN6 9DG.  www.northamptonshireparks.co.uk/brixworth-country-park


Abington Park Museum: Valentine’s Day
Wednesday 14th January: 1.15 – 2pm, 2.15 – 3pm, 3.15 – 4pm.

Take part in Valentine’s Day crafts to make a pompom love bug and a pop-up Valentine’s car. Happy Valentine’s Day! Suitable for children aged three and over. £3 per child. Call 01604 838110 to book.

Park Avenue South, Northampton, NN1 5LW.  www.northampton.gov.uk/museums


Waddesdon Manor: Superhero Week
Saturday 10th – Sunday 18th February, 11am – 3pm.

Head to Waddesdon and find out what your mission is by taking part in a special superhero trail, solving the clues to claim your reward and release your inner ninja. £3 per child. Normal admission applies. *Superhero uniforms encouraged (no capes).

Waddesdon, Aylesbury, HP18 0JH.  01296 820414.  www.waddesdon.org.uk


Stanwick Lakes: Feathered Friends
Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th February, 1 – 4pm.

Build a wooden bird box or bird feeder to take home to your garden, make bird related crafts and get up close to beautiful owls, thanks to bird rescuers Owls to Behold. £1.50 to £4.50 for the different activities.

Stanwick Lakes, NN9 6GY. 01933 625522.  www.stanwicklakes.org.uk


Mead Open Farm: Lambing
From February half term.

See baby lambs take their first steps, bottle feed the older lambs and watch live lambing updates on Facebook live! Plus, with plenty of indoor play and outdoor activities too there’s plenty to do whatever the weather. Normal admission applies.

Stanbridge Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 9JH. 01525 852954.  www.meadopenfarm.co.uk


MK/Bucks

Milton Keynes Museum: Half Term Fun
Monday 12th – Friday 16th February, 11am – 4.30pm.

Five days of holiday activities geared to young visitors. Extraordinary science experiments, fascinating magic lantern shows and craft activities in the Victorian schoolroom are among the attractions. Please all the usual museum attractions.

McConnell Drive, Milton Keynes, MK12 5EL. 01908 316222.  www.mkmuseum.org.uk


Thrift Farm: Lambing Event
Saturday 7th April, 9.30am – 4pm.

There’s loads for you to see and do including meet the newborns, engaging talks to the farmer, a chance to jump on a bouncy castle or be transformed by face painters. There will also be animal handling sessions and craft activities.

Buckingham Road, Whaddon, Milton Keynes, MK17 0EQ.  www.thriftfarm.co.uk


Green Dragon Eco Farm: Love Your Pets
Saturday 10th – Sunday 18th February.

The skilled and experienced livestock staff will be hosting a variety of educational and fun experiences including: Q&A sessions and pet care workshops and encounters. Fun, engaging, informative interaction with all the pets,, including the farm animals.

Claydon Lane, Hogshaw, MK18 3LA. 01296 670444.  www.greendragonecofarm.co.uk


Mead Open Farm: Lambing
From February half term.

See baby lambs take their first steps, bottle feed the older lambs and watch live lambing updates on Facebook live! Plus, with plenty of indoor play and outdoor activities too there’s plenty to do whatever the weather. Normal admission applies.

Stanbridge Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 9JH. 01525 852954.  www.meadopenfarm.co.uk


Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Steaming Days
Sunday 11th, Wednesday 14th and Sunday 18th February.

Come along to the February Half Term Steaming Days. There will be a full-size steam train in actions, ready to take you for a ride and they also have miniature ride-on steam train.

Station Road, Quainton, Aylesbury, Bucks. www.bucksrailcentre.org


Hughenden (National Trust): Making Homes
Monday 12th – Friday 16th February, 10.30am – 4pm.

All creatures need somewhere to live, and sometimes they need a helping hand. The team at Hughenden help you construct a special home for the wildlife in your garden, whether it’s for a hedgehog, woodlouse, spider or worm. Price: £3 per child.

High Wycombe, HP14 4LA. 01494 755565.  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden


Warwickshire

Foundry Woods: Pizza Making
From February onwards, 3rd Sunday of each month, 12 – 2pm (drop-in).

Come and make a pizza, watch it being cooked in the wood fired pizza oven and eat it in the woodland clearing. Children can also build dens, look in the pond, check out the bug hotel for insects and play on the climbing frame. £4 per pizza. NB: This activity takes place in the open sided shelter, wrap up warm, wear waterproofs.

Princes Drive, Leamington Spa, CV32 6AF.  www.foundrywood.co.uk/


Market Hall Museum: Arty Tots
Tuesday 20th February, 10am – 3pm.

Join in half term messy fun at Market Hall Museum. Get crafty, sing rhymes and listen to a story. £2.50 per child. Suitable for under 5’s, older siblings welcome. No need to book just drop in.

Market Hall, Market Place, Warwick, CV34 4NS.  heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk


British Motor Museum: Mini Motorists
Monday: 15th Jan, 19th February, 19th March & 16th April, 10.30am – 12pm (drop-in).

Mini Motorists Under 5’s Activity Days. Discover the world’s largest collection of historic British cars through various play activities. Lots of interactive and enjoyable things to keep under 5’s entertained including story time and sing-alongs.

Banbury Road, Gaydon, CV35 0BJ. 01926 641188.  www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/families


Market Hall Museum: Dino Fun
Thursday 23rd February, 10am – 3pm.

What did the Warwickshire Dinosaur hear? Discover the sounds of prehistoric Warwickshire, record your own sound to add to the mix and have fun with dinosaur family activities. Drop in, no need to book. £2.50 per child.

Market Hall, Market Place, Warwick, CV34 4NS.  heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk


Stratford Butterfly Farm: Meet the Minibeast
Saturday 17th – Sunday 25th February.

Discover some of the amazing creatures that live at the Butterfly Farm with ‘Meet the Minibeast’ handling sessions. Children and adults will be able to hold such creatures as Madagascan hissing cockroaches, stick insects, giant land snails and African millipedes! Normal admissions apply.

Swans Nest, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7LS. 01789 299288. www.butterflyfarm.co.uk


Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum
Thursday 22nd February.

Come and make pottery tea lights. Half hour sessions starting at 2pm, 2.45pm & 3.30pm. Suitable for children up to 12 years. £1.50 per child. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Royal Pump Rooms, The Parade, Leamington Spa, CV32 4AA. 01926 742700. www.warwickdc.gov.uk/royalpumprooms


Oxfordshire

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre: Steaming Days
Sunday 11th, Wednesday 14th and Sunday 18th February.

Come along to the February Half Term Steaming Days. There will be a full-size steam train in actions, ready to take you for a ride and they also have miniature ride-on steam train.

Station Road, Quainton, Aylesbury, Bucks. www.bucksrailcentre.org


Cotswold Farm Park: Lambing
Saturday 10th February – Sunday 15th April.

Come and experience the lambing season first-hand – you might you witness the first tentative steps of a little one! Meanwhile, bottle feeding will still be taking place every day, which is a magical experience for all ages.

Guiting Power, Cheltenham, GL54 5UG. 01451 850307. www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk


Banbury Museum: Going Underground
Available Saturday and every day during the Oxfordshire school holidays, 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 4pm.

Come and travel underground to make your very own jumpy bunny, mole in a hole, brilliant badger, bouncy bat, playful fox and mischievous meerkat. £2 per child.

Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 2PQ. 01295 753752. www.banburymuseum.org


Oxford Bus Museum: Vintage Bus Rides
Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th February, Bus departs: 11.30am and 2pm.

Ride on a restored bus, from the Museum through Bladon village and around Kidlington airport. Children can sit on the top deck and look at the planes. FREE event. Bus ride is roughly 25 mins.

Oxford Bus Museum & Morris Motors Museum, Hanborough Railway Station, Long Hanborough, OX29 8LA.  www.oxfordbusmuseum.org.uk


Fairytale Farm: Half Term Fun
Monday 12th – Friday 16th February.

Under 5s can create a love bug to give as a Valentine’s gift to mums and dads. Also try out new interactive, musical Dancing Fountains and have your photo taken by the Giant’s Camera.

Oxford Road (A44), Southcombe, Chipping Norton, OX7 5QH.  01608 238014.  www.fairytalefarm.co.uk


Didcot Railway Centre: Day Out With Thomas
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March.

All aboard for a Day Out with Thomas. Take part in Thomas-themed activities, and experience a ride behind the famous blue engine. Shake hands and have your photo taken with The Fat Controller and take part in Thomas-themed activities in the Imagination Station.

Didcot, Oxford, OX11 7NJ. 01235 817200.  www.dayoutwiththomas.co.uk/didcot


Details are correct at time of printing. Please check with the event host for prices, times and dates.

 

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