Half terms are generally met with mixed emotions among families. Delight from the children and dread from the parents. Of course outdoor play equipment and climbing frames can be something of a life saver come those times when everyone has cabin fever and the children just need to let off some steam (and we need a few minutes peace). A few hours spent in the fresh air running around and tiring themselves out (fingers crossed) is priceless.
However, we understand families like to spend at least one day of the half term out and about. Their climbing frame designed by selwood will still be there once they return home. We’ve done some rooting around on the world wide web and found some fantastic activities that take place mainly in the great outdoors.
What we do is all about embracing the outdoors and being adventurous and the following activity sounds perfect for that. At King Barrow Ridge, Stonehedge you can spend a few hours exploring the fields and woods, build a den and gather round a camp fire for a round of Kumbaya or toasted marshmallows.
King Barrow Ridge, Stonehenge.
01980 664780, Visitwiltshire.co.uk
16th Feb 2-4.30pm
Children £3, supervising adults, free.
If farms and animals are what your children love to do then taking a trip to Jimmy’s Farm in Ipswich could be the perfect day trip. Jimmy is well known for being Jamie Oliver’s friend and champion of rare breed animals. As well as the gorgeous restaurant which serves delicious and hearty food there is also the nature trail, woodland walk and adventure playground. Children have a chance to meet rare breed pigs, sheep, chickens, goats, rabbits and even alpacas. There’s the chance to feed hungry lambs and even watch lambs being born.
Jimmy’s Farm, Ipswich, Suffolk.
01473 604206, www.jimmysfarm.com
Open 7 days a week. Feeding times between 11am and 2pm
Some activities cost whilst others remain free.
Snowdrops by Starlight
For those readers in Scotland, particularly the Fife area, there is a rare opportunity to witness the sheer beauty of nature (with a little help from enchanting lighting). The Cambo estate showcases 300 species of snowdrop and with the addition of light and sound the 70 acres is transformed into a magical woodland where children can hunt for fairies and adults can simply enjoy their surroundings.
Cambo Estate, Fife
11th – 19th Feb
Be sure to pre-book. £9 per adult Monday to Thursday and £12 Friday to Sunday. Children 3-16, £5.50
Now this is one for all those budding Bear Grylls characters out there. Whinlatter Forest in Cumbria has enlisted the help of bushcraft leaders to teach children to survive in the wild using only natural materials and skill. They will have the chance to build shelters, make a fire from flint and steel, cook on a campfire and much more.
Whinlatter Forest, Keswick, Cumbria.
12th Feb, 1pm-4pm
£10 per child
Those braver ones amongst us will love the idea of hunting down their very own dragon. Dunster Castle, Somerset has introduced treasure trails amongst the castle grounds. Children can follow the trails in the hope of finding the Dragon’s lair. There are prizes for all those who make it to their destination.
Dunster Castle, Somerset.
£2 per trail in addition to normal garden admission – £4.70 per adult and £2.20 per child