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
20th – 27th of February 2019
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.
Have a look at everything going on during the festival.
15th February – 3rd March 2019
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…
Waiting to hear for February 2019
Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds – Have you got the skills needed to work in an operating theatre? Is there a budding surgeon in your family? Find out by taking part in Junior Surgeon at Thackray Medical Museum this February Half Term. These hands-on family workshops are perfect for inquisitive children who would like to know more about how their body works. With the help of an expert from St. James’s Hospital, you will be led through the dissection of a kidney to understand how it functions, before getting the chance to stitch it back together again using techniques used in real life surgery.
William’s Den, North Cave, East Yorkshire
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 my William’s Den review and video here.
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
Services for Half-Term running between February 16th & 24th 2019.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a wonderful heritage railway. Used in the Harry Potter films and the Heartbeat series, NYMR is a fab day out. We reviewed NYMR here.
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.
Family Days out Yorkshire
Go to the Park!
We love a day in a park- just pack a picnic and have a lovely relaxed and free day out. We have reviewed the park at Dunnington, near York and Jubilee Park in Fangfoss, near York. One of the many free days out with kids Yorkshire.
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! See our review of Treetop Nets, Ripon here.
There is loads to do at Xscape Castleford from the cinema, to crazy gold, skiing, laser quest and softplay. If you are looking for things to do with kids West Yorkshire – have a look at our review of Xscape Castleford.
Things to do in Yorkshire
Lightwater Valley, Ripon
Lightwater Valley – a fantastic family friendly theme park in Yorkshire.
Have a look at our review of Lightwater Valley (Frightwater Valley!) at Halloween.
Flamingo Land Theme Park, Malton
Flamingo Land was open last February – just waiting to see if it’s open in 2019.
Flamingo Land – another brilliant family friendly theme park on our list of things to do in Yorkshire.
Castle Howard is a fab place to visit at any time of year and a brilliant place to go in Yorkshire with kids. They have seasonal activities all year round.
Have a look at our review of Castle Howard
Places to visit in Yorkshire
York’s Chocolate Story, York
This is a lovely visit to do if you are in York for the day. Learn all about the history of chocolate in York and make your own chocolate bars. Lots of chocolate tasting throughout the tour to keep the kids amused.
Have a look at our review of York’s Chocolate Story.
Eureka! Children’s Museum, Halifax, West Yorkshire
Eureka is the National Children’s Museumand has special events on all year round. Another one of our great days out in Yorkshire,
Creepy Crawlies, York
Creepy Crawlies is a huge softplay and outdoor adventure playground in York. See our review of Creepy Crawlies here.
Beningbrough Hall, York
Beningbrough Hall is a fab stately home just outside of York, and on our list of places to visit in Yorkshire.
Investigate the sights and sounds of winter this half term and become one of Beningbrough’s nature detectives. Pick up a trail and explore the gardens. Look! Listen! What signs of wildlife can you find hiding in the trees and bushes? On Saturday 23 and Wednesday 27 February 2019 join Eden from Stories Alive! for a soundscape adventure through the grounds, creating sounds of winter as you go. Sound and creativity come together for the ever popular Artrageous! workshop which runs Tuesday 26 February and Friday 1 March 12-3pm.
Have a look at our review to see what else there is to do with the kids at Beningbrough Hall.
Family Days out Yorkshire
Sledmere House, Sledmere, East Yorkshire
Sledmere House have free entry on many days in January and February 2019 – see this page for all the details.
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.
Opens 16th February 2019
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.
Burton Agnes Hall, Burton Agnes, East Yorkshire
8 February 2019 – 3 March 2019
This winter, let the Snowdrop Spectacular at Burton Agnes Hall bring you out of hibernation. Wrap up warmly this winter and enjoy the breathtaking display of snowdrops at Burton Agnes Hall. Every February, millions of hardy snowdrops push through the cold winter ground to create a magnificent ‘white carpet’ across the woodland floor at the Cunliffe-Listers’ Elizabethan family home. The snowdrop walk makes a truly memorable day out at the end of a long winter. The beautiful little flowers are such a welcome sight, and grow in numbers each year. This biblical symbol of hope reminds us that winter eventually gives way to spring, and announces the new season. Burton Agnes Hall is a hidden gem. A large Stately home, woodland walk, maze, garden games, cafe and farm shop. Have a look at our review of Burton Agnes Hall.
16 Feb – 3 March 2019
February Half Term Family Fun – Children can enjoy a range of fun all-weather activities during half term at RHS Garden Harlow Carr – create bug hotels, get your hands dirty and learn how to compost or embark on an eco-hunt around the garden. Youngsters will learn about the health properties of plants as well as the benefits of being outdoors in the fresh air.
The daily garden trail runs from 16 Feb – 3 March. Normal garden admission.
Join us for February Fun,
With our fabulous Outdoor Covered Ice Skating Rink as well as The Enchanted Forest with large Adventure Playgrounds and the Maze to be explored and Electric Scooter trail*, there is plenty to keep the whole family busy this February half term.
We’ve even got rainy days covered with a jumping pillow in our indoor play area. Plus join in as we #makeit !! – Art & Craft, Brick Building Fun, Wall Construction, Indoor Den Making & new for 2019 ‘Build a Teddy*‘. The Stockeld Rangers will be hosting fun activities everyday this coming February half term. We hope you can #makeit.
*additional charges apply to Electric Scooters & also to our Build a Teddy Session – Where you can build your very own teddy to take home! Add a heart, stuff it and then receive a birth certificate for your new furry friend! Only £8 online including teddy!
I’m including this one as it’s somewhere I have always wanted to visit but never quite managed. Lots of Herriot related memorabilia, as well as the restored 1940’s house, and a ‘farrier’s workshop’. I am secretly hoping Miss H will become a vet one day!
Looking for something a bit different? DIG is a hands-on archaeological adventure giving kids the chance to become trainee ‘diggers’ and discover the most exciting artefacts from 2000 years of York’s history!
Have a look at our review of Jorvik Dig.
Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
Last year Cannon Hall Farm had a LAMBING FESTIVAL
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.
Big Cow, Little Sheep, Bedale
Another fab looking farm park that we are hoping to visit this year!
The Deep, Hull, East Yorkshire
Fantastic aquarium in the heart of Hull. (Not bad cafe too!).
National Railway Museum, York
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.