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
Saturday 15th February – Sunday 23rd February 2020
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 2020 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.
Sat 22 Feb 2020 – 10:00 till 12:00 BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Beningbrough Hall is a fab stately home just outside of York, and on our list of places to visit in Yorkshire.
Join Gerard Hobson, artist in the Winter Wildlife in Print exhibition, for his adult and child, fun together workshop, where you’ll both take inspiration from nature then design and create an artwork to take home. Suitable for primary aged children, we will be experimenting with different types of simple printing – such as monoprint – and using natural materials to create a collage printed art piece.
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
15th February – 23rd February 2020
There’s loads to see and do at Flamingo Land during February Half Term for only £12.50! Our Zoo Plus day’s allow access to our award winning zoo, several of our smaller rides for young children and free bird and sea lion shows! We’ve a great selection of Cafes and Restaurants open to serve every taste from Baguettes and Paninis in the Muddy Duck Cafe to a full Sunday Roast in the Mansion House Restaurant (Sunday’s only).
Join Professor Andy Newsam on the evening of Saturday 15th February as part of the 2020 Dark Skies Festival, organised by the North York Moors National Park.
Andy is Professor of Astronomy Education at Liverpool John Moores University and Director of the National Schools’ Observatory. His work combines research, education and sharing astronomy with the public, and is never happier than when playing with giant telescopes.
The Universe is a dynamic, ever-changing place full of extremes – from Black Holes to asteroids, massive exploding stars to elusive distant planets. Recent developments in robotic technology have allowed astronomers to build high-tech telescopes that allow them to observe changes in the universe on timescales from seconds to years, all without leaving comfort of their homes or offices. So, how are astronomers using these new methods to explore the universe? And how can you help?
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.
7 February 2020 – 1 March 2020
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.
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.