Stuck for half term entertainment ideas this February? Fear not! We’ve got suggestions from city-breaks to outdoor adventures (for the brave) plus a few sneaky offers to help make your budget go further.
City-breaks: Museums and Attractions
Whether you get up early for a day trip or find a hotel and make a stay of it, half term’s a great opportunity to show the whole family the sites and sounds of the UK’s great cities. Here are a few ideas that will help you decide which escape is right for you.
The Tate Britain and the Tate Modern both have events for kids this half term and both are open daily. Check out the Tate’s Kids and Families page for more info.
- The Imagine Children’s festival at Southbank Centre has enormous sculptures, drawing and LEGO® activities, plus a dazzling Light Showexhibition. Children visit free outside of school hours and there are tours on 19th or 21st February.
- The Natural History Museum in South Kensington is perfect for kids with its interactive displays. For more information visit the Museum’s website.
- Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, art and design, science and technology and Scottish history, all under one roof at the National Museum of Scotland. The museum is open daily and has family facilities.
- Visit the UK’s only Koala’s at the Edinburgh Zoo.
- Great for kids and parents, the Museum of Childhood showcases toys and games from across the ages, with hands-on activities, a puppet theatre and a dressing up area.
- Visit the Museum of Science and Industry to crawl through a victorian sewer, watch a 4D theatre or stand on the oldest surviving railway platform station in the world. The nearest station is Deangate, or a 20 minute walk form Manchester Piccadilly. Find out more at http://www.mosi.org.uk.
- The National Football Museum has something for kids of all ages, including games and displays and a Discovery Zone. Admission is free and the Museum is right next to Victoria Station.
Be brave: venture outdoors
There’s nothing worse that couped up kids. Our advice, keep an eye on the weather and when there’s a break in the weather, be brave: make a go of it! We’ve found a bunch of ideas, accessible by train, to help you get out of the house and keep everyone sane.
National Wetland Centre, Wales
The National Wetland Centre in Llanelli, Wales has a special half term family fun programme. There’s even an Estuary Café and a heated viewing tower, just in case you end up needing shelter.
Access via Llanelli Station, where you can get a bus or do the 2 mile walk if you’re feeling energised. The centre is open every day between 9.30am, and 5.00pm.
Visit http://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/llanelli/ for more information.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh
With space to run around, and many gardens, including a rock garden to explore, these gardens are a delight whatever the season. Even in the chilliest weather, there are always the heated Glasshouses, in fact the gardens have more than 25 of them, hosting flora from warmer climates, all over the world.
The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh are open daily during half-term, from 10am to 5pm. For more information visit http://www.rbge.org.uk/the-gardens/edinburgh. The nearest rail station is Edinburgh Waverley, which is only 1.5 miles away and is connected to the Garden by Lothian Buses service 8.
Beaches in Winter
The beach in winter? Sounds crazy? Well, not if you rug up! On days when there’s a break in the weather there are great activities to enjoy, from walks to crabbing, amusements to rock hopping. Take a breath of fresh air and enjoy the nature you can take in along the UK’s coasts.
- Ayr Beach: One of the best in Scotland, Ayr beach is great for picnics and sandcastle building and is easily accessible via Ayr Station for services from Glasgow.
- Bristol: Take the Severn Beach line to Severn Beach, enjoy magnificent views of the estuary and imposing bridges.
- Brighton: With regular trains from London and around the south coast, it’s easy to get to Brighton, where you can enjoy the famous beach, bustling lanes and the grand pier.
- Formby: a glorious beach with dramatic sand dunes and sweeping coastal pinewoods. The beach is a 1 mile walk from Formby station with services to Liverpool.
- Southend-on-Sea: With services from London Liverpool street in around an hour, visit Adventure Island amusement park, cliff gardens and several beaches.
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Offers to help your half term budget go further
It wouldn’t be trainline.com if we weren’t trying to help you save.
East Coast: Save when 3 or more travel
If you live along the East Coast line (routes from London to Yorkshire and Scotland), then our friends at East Coast have a deal for you! Anytime you book a journey of between 3 to 9 people on thetrainline, we’ll discount the fare by 22%.
So if you’re in London and fancy a break away to York or Edinburgh, or maybe you’re up north and want to visit the sites of London, taking the family just got a lot cheaper.
£10 off at brilliant attractions, right across the UK
From duck boat tours in London to ghost and ghoul tours in Edinburgh, our partner Getyourguide provides tickets to more than 624 attractions in towns and cities all up and down the country. This special offer to trainline.com customers mean you get a £10 discount whenever you buy £50 worth of tickets.
But hurry! This offer expires 31st January 2014.