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
12th – 18th of February 2018
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.
National Railway Museum, York
10th-18th February 2018
Join us for an out-of-this-world half term adventure from 10–18 February half-term to ponder the wonders of space, get up close to Tim Peake’s Spacecraft and take part in free hands-on activities dedicated to space-age engineering. From steam rides to storytelling, we’ve got lots of hands-on fun for the whole family.
The Arium – Leeds Park Nurseries
10th-18th February 2018
There’ll be free fairground rides in our event space, children’s story-telling sessions, a book swap and tons more activities to keep the kids occupied. Children’s story-telling sessions will take place Saturday 10 – Sunday 18 at 10.30am, 11.30am and 1pm. Sessions will be held in the corner of our café with rugs and cushions for super cosy listening. There’s no need to book a place; just turn up!
10th Feb – 19th Feb 2018
Join us for Lambing Live. We are excited to announce that we will be welcoming some new lambs to the farm in time for February Half Term. Come down with your little ones and bottle feed a baby lamb! Feed a gorgeous baby lamb in our barn at 11am and 3pm daily (10th Feb – April). They will also have a giant bouncy castle.
12th and 23rd February 2018
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 will be running from the 10th-18th February 2018 – Between Pickering and Grosmont
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
14th-18th February 2018 (The main theme park isn’t open – but they have lots on)
10.30am – 3.30pm.
£6.75 per person.
Free entry for Lightwater Valley Season Ticket Holders and Under 1’s.
Don’t let rainy days be boring this half-term – enjoy a fun family day out at Lightwater Valley!
Ideal for 8’s and unders we have heaps to do both indoors and outdoors with a selection of rides and giant indoor inflatables for you to run wild and let loose on! The Angry Birds Activity Park and Angry Birds Space will be open along with the Lightwater Bird of Prey Centre with over 50 amazing raptors, mammals and reptiles. You’ll also find Riggmoor Mobile Farm with lots of cute and cuddly animals for you to pet and feed, including rabbits, lambs, piglets, miniature ponies, cows and alpacas.
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.
National Railway Museum, York
10th-18th February 2018
Join us for an out-of-this-world half term adventure from 10–18 February half-term to ponder the wonders of space, get up close to Tim Peake’s Spacecraft and take part in free hands-on activities dedicated to space-age engineering.
From steam rides to storytelling, we’ve got lots of hands-on fun for the whole family.
Beningbrough Hall, York
This February half-term Beiningbrough Hall is running family activities such as the Owl Mask Trail, Stories Alive! and Artrageous!
Get creative this half-term and join the popular Artrageous craft activities for the great art of paper folding and make your very own origami owl.
Beningbrough Hall is a fab stately home just outside of York, and on our list of places to visit in Yorkshire.
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 2018 – 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.
10th- 18th February 2018
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
10 February 2018 – 4 March 2018
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.
11th – 18th February 2018
February Half Term Family Fun Mud & Machines. Mud, mud, glorious mud, there’s nothing quite like it for…keeping the kids entertained! Families are being encouraged to pull on their wellies, grab the waterproofs and enjoy a week of mud and machines at RHS Garden Harlow Carr. Every day, come and jump in our giant muddy puddle and take part in our Mud & Machines Trail around the garden. Have your photo taken with a giant digger from 11am – 3pm, Monday to Friday as Harlow Carr’s garden team demonstrate how they use the garden’s heavy machinery. Kids can get mucky with muddy craft activities on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.30am – 3.30pm and hear tales from the Garden Detectives from 10.30am – 3.30pm on Tuesdays. On Thursday 15 February, why not take part in a Worm Day? Learn how to entice worms from underground with our worm charmers and make your own wormery from 11am – 3pm. On Friday, make a marvellous mud pie in the Great British Mud Pie Off from 10.30 – 3pm. Prizes for the winning plates will be announced at 3pm. We love the maze and treehouse at RHS Harlow Carr. I’ll be reviewing it at some point soon!
Join us for February Fun, 10th – 18th February 2018
Get active in the great outdoors at Stockeld Park in the beautiful surroundings of our Yorkshire estate.
With our fabulous outdoor ice skating rink as well as The Enchanted Forest with large Adventure Playgrounds and the Maze to be explored there is plenty to keep the whole family busy this February half term from 10am – 5pm. We’ve even got rainy days covered with our Indoor Play area and join our Stockeld Rangers in their den for creative crafts, games and our Special Building Week Event! Plus for an additional charge take a ride on an Electric Scooter!
Stockeld Park is one of my favourite family days out in Yorkshire. There will be a roller or ice rink as well as the Enchanted Forest and the Maze. The Indoor play area will also be in place to let the kids play while you have a cuppa.
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
LAMBING FESTIVAL FEBRUARY 10 – FEBRUARY 25, 2018
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!).
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.