I’ve compiled a list of lots of great events and attractions for families over February Half-Term in Yorkshire. Let me know if there are any more activities that deserve a mention! If I have found any specific events for half-term I have mentioned them, but do let me know if I have missed any (or if their websites have updated since I wrote this!)
Jorvik Viking Festival, York
11th February – 19th February 2023
There’s always lots to see and do at the Jorvik Viking Festival. From Storytelling to ‘Have-a-Go’ Sword Combat and Archery. One of the many things to do in York February half term.
Recognised as the largest event of its kind in Europe; visit York in February for an exciting programme of events, including living history encampments, markets, workshops, talks, tours and dramatic combat performances. Whether you’re well-versed in the sagas or looking for a thrilling half-term break, there’s something for everyone at JORVIK Viking Festival.
Beningbrough Hall, York
Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, York YO30 1DD
Beningbrough is the perfect place for a family adventure. Explore the wilderness play area to build a den and climb some trees or meander through the garden on a steady stroll. Whatever you do when you visit, here’s what to expect from your family day out.
Have a look at our review to see what else there is to do with the kids at Beningbrough Hall.
Flamingo Land Theme Park, Malton
Saturday 11th February – Sunday 19th February 2023
There’s so much to see and do over the February Half Term, all you need to think about is how to fit it all in!
Day tickets from £14.50pp. Fancy a longer stay? We have deals on three and four night breaks as well.
On our ‘February Half Term at Flamingo Land’ days you can visit our award winning Zoo from just £14.50. There’s lots to do and see with over 140 species of mammals, reptiles and birds as well as enjoying our playgrounds, several rides for younger children, Peter Rabbit Meet & Greet, Keeper Talks and much more.
Visit our Muddy Duck Cafe for a selection of cakes, traybakes, sandwiches, toasties & hot and cold beverages. Try our menu of Pub Classics from Soups & Burgers to Scampi & Lasagne, children’s meals and a selection of ‘Free From’ Specials too including a delicious homemade Sunday Roast at the Coach House Country Pub (Sundays only) . Picnic Planet Kiosks offering hotdogs, icecreams & slushes will also be open along with the Jolly Sailor 2 Go for Takeaway Fish & Chips. Don’t forget to visit our Donut Truck for fresh donuts and hot drinks!
Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA
18th, 22nd and 26th February 2023
Join local photographer Steven Bell to learn how to shoot stunning night time images as part of the North York Moors’ Dark Skies Festival 2023.
The workshop will begin at 7pm with a presentation and instructional workshop in the Grecian Hall. You will then have time to absorb all you’ve learnt over a tea/coffee break. The session concludes with a 1.5 hour photography session within the Grounds of Castle Howard. Tickets cost £40 or £35 for Friends of Castle Howard.
This event is suitable for photographers of all abilities.
Recommended equipment: either a digital or bridge camera, head torch (red light setting preferred), tripod, warm clothes, wide angle lenses (not essential).
Have a look at our review of Castle Howard
William’s Den includes a 475sqm play barn and extensive outdoor play – including a 50metre zip wire, den making area and ‘mountains and molehills’ space for kids to run, jump and roll around freely. It’s fab and completely worth a visit.
Have a look at our William’s Den review and video here.
Burton Agnes Hall Snowdrop Spectacular
4 February 2023 – 26 February 2023
Every February, thousands of hardy snowdrops push through the cold winter ground to create a magnificent ‘white carpet’ across the woodland floor here at Burton Agnes.
Walking peacefully among these makes a truly memorable day out at the end of the long winter. The beautiful little flowers grow in numbers each year and are such a welcome sight. This biblical symbol of hope reminds us that winter eventually gives way to spring, and announces the new season.
Have a look at our review of Burton Agnes Hall.
Join us for February Fun,
There might be a chill in the air, but wrap up warm and come and join us as we brighten up the new year with plenty of family fun with our brand new Science and Slime Week!
Let off steam in the fields, go wild in the adventure playground, have fun in the sand pit or ride on the tractors and play with the inflatables. We predict two things: you won’t be bored and you’ll sleep well tonight!
A Day on the Beach in Yorkshire
North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a wonderful heritage railway. Used in the Harry Potter films, Downton Abbey and the Heartbeat series, NYMR is a fab day out.
York Castle Museum is a fab day out with the kids and so much more than your average museum.
We have reviewed York Castle Museum here.
A brilliant place for the kids to bounce and let off steam to their hearts content!
See our review of Energi Trampoline Park, York here.
Treetop Nets near Ripon is unlike anything you have done before, it’s a truly fab energetic day out! With nets strung high in the trees!
There is loads to do at Xscape Castleford from the cinema, to crazy golf, laser quest and softplay.
Things to do in Yorkshire in February Half Term
Sledmere House, Sledmere, East Yorkshire
Sledmere House is not too far from where we live, so we are regular visitors. The Gardens and Grounds, Café and Farm Shop will be open for you to have a wander and pick up some tasty treats.
Piglets is open for February Frolics – look at their website for details. Piglets Adventure Farm Park is a fabulous place to visit just outside York.
Have a look at our review of May-Hem at Piglets.
15 Feb – 23rd February 2020
February Half Term Family Fun – Youngsters can enjoy a range of fun all-weather activities at RHS Garden Harlow Carr including a chance to make sun catchers and windsocks during half term and discover more about the wild weather of the UK on a daily garden trail.
Normal garden admission.
15th-23rd February 2020
Join us for lambing season – one of Cannon Hall Farm’s most exciting times in the farming calendar. Our shepherds will be caring for 300 pregnant ewes who will all be having lambs over the two week holidays – and our farmers will be keeping everyone up to date with live Facebook broadcasts. We want to share the action with your family – as well as provide education and entertainment for our younger visitors.
From Last Year
Join us at Minskip Farm Shop for an incredible, one-on-one Alpaca Experience
Minskip Farm Shop are excited to announce that we will be offering the unique opportunity to spend one-on-one time with their amazing Alpacas this half term! Book a session with your family or friends (minimum of 4 people), and you will have the opportunity to spend a whole hour with their four alpacas – two Mums and their little babies! You will be able to:
- Spend time with the alpacas
- Learn how to greet them
- Rub noses with them
- Hear them hum
- Feel their super soft fur
- Feed them
- Learn about their function on the farm & how they protect the hens
- Take as many pictures as you want
- Make memories for a lifetime
Book your place here. The cost is 10 pounds per person and there must be 4 people per booking. Children under 18 months are free! If you wish to add further people to your booking (up to 8 people in total per booking), you can pay for additional people at this link. Our alpacas can’t wait to meet you and your little ones…
Also look at my other round ups for different times of the year, Things to do in Yorkshire with the kids at February half term, Easter, May half term, Summer Holidays, October half term and at Christmas.