If you’ve been stuck indoors this winter, then February half-term is the perfect opportunity for the whole family to enjoy some time together exploring our beautiful landscapes as they gradually reveal signs of spring colour and wildlife after the colder winter months.
Take a walk on the wild side, enjoy fun craft sessions, or try exciting challenges and quiz packed trails indoors and out. Along the way you’ll be able to tick off a few of the ‘50 things to do before you're 11 ¾’ challenges, from mud pie-making and kite flying to den-building and tree climbing.
Take your pick from our top family places for a wild day out in Hampshire:
Half term runs from: Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 February
Ponies and Places exhibition, until 10 April, PLUS Giddy Gallops activity trail, 13 – 21 February
Families can have lots of fun indoors and out at Mottisfont this half-term.
In the gallery you’ll find a colourful exhibition of hilarious Norman Thelwell illustrations. Thelwell’s famous pony cartoons often featured the endearing characters Penelope and her mischievous (and very rotund) pony Kipper, who mowed a path of destruction through pony club shows and country fairs.
From 13 to 21 February, children can set out on their own pony adventure around the grounds, with Mottisfont’s ‘Giddy Gallops’ activity-packed trail. Suggested donation £1.
February half-term family fun, 13 – 19 February
Enjoy a packed programme of February half-term entertainment at The Vyne. There’s spring-themed trails to follow, crafts to get stuck into, and loads of ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities to tick off, so get cracking on your outdoors adventures!
To celebrate the return of The Vyne’s famous Tudor stained glass chapel windows, younger visitors can seek out the dragons, winged goats and other mythical animals that appear in the glass, on an I-Spy spotter trail.
Winchester City Mill
Seasonal baking demonstration days at the Mill, 14 and 20 February
Winchester City Mill is well known for its fun baking demonstration days, and in February the Mill’s friendly baking volunteers are hosting special themed events for both Valentine’s Day and February half-term.
These are great opportunities to find out how to make a variety of seasonal sweet and savoury treats. Take home recipe cards (small donation) and try some baking at home, using the Mill’s very own flour from the shop.
Winchester City Mill is a rare example of a working watermill, and one of the most visited mills in Britain. At weekends you can watch the millers grind corn into wholemeal flour, and view the fast-flowing river Itchen as it roars beneath the Mill, powering the huge waterwheel – an experience known as ‘the thrill of the Mill’! There are all sorts of hands-on activities for younger visitors, including audio-visual displays and a chance to watch the latest CCTV footage of the mill’s resident otters.
Images courtesy of the National Trust.