Half term with the kids
Half term is looming - we've snooped out the very best ways to keep 'em entertained next week.
Yep, it’s looming. A looooong week of chilly half term. Hasn’t been five minutes since the Christmas hols and they’re off again. Good job we at Muddy have rounded up the coolest things to do with the Mudlets next week…
Half term fun, Woolley Grange, Bradford on Avon
Stay at Woolley during Feb half-term and you can enjoy the hotel at its best. The Woolley Bears Den is humming with activities for the littlies and there’s fun programme for older children too. So kick back and enjoy a real break. woolleygrangehotel.co.uk
The Gingerbread Man, Salisbury Playhouse, 13-14 Feb
Imagine being born in an oven and the first person you meet wants to dunk you in his tea. Come and see the adventure of the deliciously smelling Gingerbread Man and meet the bravest biscuit of all times. Stuff and Nonsense apply their usual brilliance with a mix of puppetry, live action, great music, humour and a stunning staging of this well-loved classic tale. salisburyplayhouse.com
Assault course, REME Museum, Chippenham, 13-16 Feb
Test their skills on a brand new soldier-led assault course at the REME Museum. Families will also be able to build an airborne truck with its own parachute, design a REME recovery vehicle, or make trucks to run on an indoor drag-strip in the education area.
Young Chef’s Academy, Devizes, 15 Feb
Get the Mudlets out of your hair for a whole day and you never know, they might even bring you home something delicious. vaughanskitchen
Are We Nearly There? STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon, 15 Feb
Get crafty, creating posters for the GWR map as you explore the GWR’s use of clever publicity and design. steam-museum
Sing-a-Long-a Beauty and the Beast, City Hall, Salisbury, 16 Feb
Singalonga Productions invite you to “Be our Guest” and celebrate the new adaptation of one of Disney’s iconic Princesses, with on-screen lyrics so everyone can join in. Plug your ears while the Mudlets sing their darling hearts out. And don’t worry – the Singalonga hosts will start with a pre-show where they will warm up your voices and teach you some hand actions. Aarrrghhhhh… salisburycityhall
Theatre Fest West: Lego Beach, Salisbury, 16 Feb
If you saw 4.8 million pieces of Lego washed up on the shore, what would you build? In 1997, a freak storm exposed Lego to the power of the tide, scattering the tiny pieces across the ocean. For the last 20 years, these pieces have continued to ruin one small community, causing secrets to be uncovered and memories to be remembered. Based on a true story that only tiny pieces of plastic can build. salisburyartscentre
Climb a Tree, Romsey, 16 Feb
Put their crazy-arsed energy to good use and send ’em up a tree. Highly skilled and friendly instructors will help them reach new heights within an oak tree’s canopy using ropes and knots while being securely attached in a harness at all times. Age 6+. bigtreeclimbing
Family Bushcraft: Pancake Cooking Around the Fire, Romsey, 16 Feb
Who says that Pancake Day is only one day a year? You can celebrate Pancake Day twice in one week by cooking your own tasty treats over the campfire. familybushcraft
Lambing, Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power, near Cheltenham, all week
The cutest signs of spring will be appearing on Adam Henson’s beautiful farm just in time for half term. Open-dated tickets mean you can book in then choose a day when the sun’s out (if we get one, fingers crossed!), but if we don’t there’s a new Animal Barn to cosy up in. cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk
A Taste of the Past, Stonehenge, all week
Stonehenge is regarded as a British cultural icon, and is one of the most famous landmarks in the UK, but have you ever wondered how the food was prepared for the people who worked there many years ago? Take an historical trip and join Neolithic cooks for an exciting look at the food that fed the builders of Stonehenge. english-heritage.org
Kid 4 a quid, Monkey World, nr Wareham, all week
Calling all kids! Yes, you big ones too. Bring a present for the primates and kids get in for only £1. monkeyworld.org
Light Up Cheltenham, various locations around Cheltenham, all week
Half-term week will see buildings around the Regency spa town lit up in a two-colour theme, which on Valentine’s Day will switch to smoochy red. The event kicks off at 5pm on Sat 10 with street theatre drumming group Spark! putting on a percussion extravaganza in the new public space in The Brewery Quarter next to Cosy Club. Then at 6.15pm the Cheltenham Community Choir will perform near The Queen’s Hotel. Floodlights will be seen on The Municipal Offices, The Queen’s Hotel, Boots, the Brewery Quarter and the Town Hall, with plans afoot to try to light the new John Lewis building on the High Street too. (Perhaps that will hurry up its completion date – how long can we wait?!) cheltenhambid.co.uk
Far Peak Climbing Centre, Northleach, Glos, all week
There’s nothing like an adrenaline rush to warm you up on a frosty February day and Far Peak near Northleach has plenty of those on offer with its indoor climbing and bouldering (that’s climbing without ropes and harnesses for anyone who didn’t know, ie, me) and 15m outdoor tower that’s just waiting to be scaled. For half term there are extended opening times (9.15am-10pm) and activities that cater for pretty much all ages. During the week, budding Robin Hoods can also have a go at archery and budding Bear Gryllses can try their hand at Bush Craft where they’ll forage the 25 acres, light camp fires, cook marshmallows (yeah, Bear does that) and build dens. wildrockclimbing.co.uk
Gloucester Ski & Snowboard Centre, Glos, all week
Who needs a skiing holiday abroad when you’ve got the dry slope at Gloucester to slalom down? Er, all of us, but, hey, we can’t all jet off to St Mortiz for the week, so, although it’s not quite the next best thing, there’s still a lot of fun to be had here. During half term, you can book the kids in for two- or three-day holiday ski and snowboard school, which is suitable for six to nine year olds and will give you a chance to catch up on drinking coffee while the offspring knacker themselves out. And for anyone who finds remaining vertical while careering down a hill at speed an uncomfortable prospect, there are also tubing sessions available, where you career down a hill at speed sitting on a large rubber inflatable. gloucesterski.com
Orchid Festival, Kew Gardens, London, all week
Things are going totally tropical this month at London’s gorgeous Kew Gardens. Their annual orchid festival takes in Insta-friendly displays of the vibrant Thai blooms, Thai street food and musical performances, workshops on how to grow these notoriously tricky flowers and Thai afternoon tea at The Botanical restaurant. King prawn, lemongrass and coriander tartlet followed by Thai sticky coconut cream rice with mango salsa? Yes please.
Wicked, Bristol Hippodrome, all week
Splash some cash and take ’em to a show. The untold story of the Witches of Oz – or how two sorcery students became the Wicked Witch of the West (boo, hiss) and Glinda the Good.
Imagine Children’s Festival, Southbank Centre, all week
12 days of jam-packed half-term fun in this brilliant annual festival by kids for kids. Aimed at 0-12 year olds, there’s a mind-boggling array of activities and events, including a whole clutch of free possibilities in The Clore Ballroom, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, dance-theatre Tidy Up, Fun DMC, Bedtime stories, plus debut authors comedian Harry Hill and Radio One’s Greg James.
Additional reporting: Tonicha Luffman