It’s the first family holiday of the year, and you want to get out of the house. But with a chill still in the air and uncertainty as to what’s open at this time of year, where to start? We’ve chosen some of our favourite family days out to inspire you.
The vast and beautiful landscapes of Scotland offer a gentler pace for a family to relax and unwind together. Cycling along the loch or hill climbing will definitely help you build an appetite and provide you with beautiful, and at this time of year, peaceful picnic spots.
For complete relaxation, stay at Strathyre and try a trip along Lake Katrine, on the historic steamship, Sir Walter Scott. The steamship has been helping visitors discover the tranquillity of the Loch for over 100 years, and is a wonderful way to introduce children to the magic of the Scottish scenery.
Families that enjoy exploring history will love a visit to Inveraray Jail – close by our Ardgartan Argyll location. Step back in time and experience life as an inmate in the 17th Century – open from 10.00am-4.00pm in the winter.
Stargazing in northern England
If you are heading towards North Yorkshire this half term, discover the night sky with the National Parks Dark Skies Festival. There are events on throughout February for the family, including ghost walks through Robin Hood’s Bay, a spot of stargazing at Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, or discovering the secrets of the forest at night with our Forest Ranger at Cropton or Keldy using the latest in infrared technology.
Half term activities in central England
We all know that a holiday in the UK means preparing for every type of weather, and we never let a little bit of rain put us off enjoying our family days out. Robin Hood’s Wheelgate Park has a solution for every season. Spend February half term exploring the indoor soft play, outdoor rides and animal petting zone – and then come again in the summer when the UK’s largest outdoor water park opens. With so much to do, you may want to spread your visit out over a couple of days, and recover each evening in your relaxing cabin in Sherwood Forest.
Further south, in Gloucestershire, near to our Forest of Dean location, the International Centre for Birds of Prey remains one of the most popular days out. Over 250 birds of prey have their home here, and you’ll see flying demonstrations no matter the weather. Book an experience day for a much closer look, with bird handling and night time owl visits available.
Half term things to do in southern and eastern England
One of our favourite ways to spend the day is hanging about in the tree tops and swinging, Tarzan style, across the forest. Monkey about as a family at Go Ape, and you’ll feel full of energy after the thrill of zip-lining down to the ground. Our Blackwood Forest location is near three different Go Ape adventures, so you can head off in whichever direction you choose.
Discover the Boggles on a day of family fun for younger children at BeWILDerwood, near Thorpe Forest in Norfolk. Explore treehouses, take a trip on the scary lake, shoot down the slippery slope and ride the wobbly wires – it’s a day of magic and mystery to enchant children and adults alike.
Half term in south-west England
You’re spoilt for choice for great family days out in Cornwall. There’s the Eden Project and theme parks, waterfront towns and sandy beaches. We’ve picked a day out that includes a little mystery this time, with a visit to The Lost Gardens of Heligan. A genuine secret garden, the 200 acres of woodland, farmland and gardens have been restored after being completely forgotten for years and now include plenty of fun things for the family. There’s the Jungle, with a Burmese rope bridge, an outdoor play area, and The Hide, where you can discover more about nesting birds.
As well as days filled with adventure, family holidays are for enjoying evenings of laughter and good company. Book your February half term cabin now, and you’ve got the perfect family base to return to at night. Light the log burner, get out the board games and settle in for some fun – being together is the magic that creates a lifetime of memories.