Half Term Fun!

Short of ideas for Half Term? We’ve put together a round-up of the best fun to be had in this neck of the woods and beyond, to ensure you’re never stuck for something to do!

Dip into Roman Britain

Find your inner Roman in Cirencester Join the Corinium Museum for a morning of mosaic making. You will explore the museum looking for inspiration from the museum’s Roman mosaic collections. During this morning workshop you will create a mosaic tile to take home using colourful, safe glass tiles. All materials and instruction provided.  

For more information please click here

Chedworth Roman Villa, Cheltenham Take some time out from exploring Roman life at the Villa to head to the Learning Pavilion for some craft activities. Make a mosaic tile or a badge and do some colouring. 

For further details please click here

Let them entertain you – theatre fun for your little one

Shrek the Musical, Cheltenham Tue 22-Sat 26 Feb. Presented by Cheltenham Operatic and Dramatic Society  Following the story of the box office smash hit, Broadway’s Shrek-tacular tale comes to Cheltenham in a musical make-ogre full of great songs, hilarious characters and fairytale magic!  

For more information please click here. 

The Selfish Giant, Malmesbury Sat 19 Feb, 2pm The Selfish Giant by Tessa Bide Productions and Soap Soup Theatre, hosted by Bums on Seats and Malmesbury Live Arts, this lovely show will be presented as a matinee performance.

For more information please click here. 

Billionaire Boy, Swindon  Wed 23-Fri 25 Feb. From the award-winning producers of Gangsta Granny comes this amazing West End production of David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy! Joe Spud is twelve years old and the richest boy in the country! He has his own sports car, two crocodiles as pets and £100,000 a week pocket money! But what Joe doesn’t have is a friend. So he decides to leave his posh school and start at the local comp. But things don’t go as planned for Joe and life becomes a rollercoaster as he tries to find what money can’t buy!  

To buy tickets and for further details please visit here.

Pick a museum

REME Museum, Lyneham Half-term fun with a Kids Assault Course with REME soldiers assisting (weather permitting) and Lego engineering activities.

Please click here for further information. 

Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection, Bourton-on-the-Water More than just a car museum, Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection is a fun day out in the Cotswolds that offers something for all the family. Nestled in the quaint and picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Water.

For further details please click here. 

Didcot Railway Centre, Didcot Savour the sights, sounds and smells of steam; take unlimited rides behind their oldest working Engine No. 1340 ‘Trojan’ and their Guest Engine No. 2678 ‘Knowle’ who is visiting from the Kent and East Sussex Railway.  

For more information, please visit here.

Essential Winter Fun

Puddle Jumping Championships, Slimbridge Grab your wellies and waterproofs for a wild time at Slimbridge wetlands. The Puddle Jumping Championships are the perfect rainy day activity. Come and make a splash and jump into nature! This is amazing outdoor fun for all the family, but who will make the biggest splash? Perfect your splash to be the Puddle Jumping Champion and win a prize. Competitions take place daily at 2pm in Welly Boot Land. Top tips include: Jumping high and splashing like a majestic swan, make some moves like a crazy crane dancing to impress or have fun like ducklings splashing around in water! As well as splashing about in puddles there’s lots of other fun activities to have a go at.  

For more splash-tastic information, please click here.

Getting out and about – a few local ideas

Cotswold Water Park The Cotswold Water Park is an area of over 40 square miles and 180 lakes, with many different leisure providers, and a variety of places to stay. This stunning wetlands landscape hosts tens of thousands of breeding and watering birds and is an ideal destination for watching wildlife all year round. 

Visit their website here

Roves Farm, Swindon Jump on a tractor around the farm, visit the hens and see if they have left you any eggs to collect, take the sheep and goats for a walk or enjoy feeding the animals.  Fun for everyone on the farm this half term.  

Please visit the Roves Farm website here for further details.

Superworm Trail at Westonbirt Arboretum  Discover the small but mighty creatures in the much-loved story and learn about the everyday heroic feats of minibeasts in the forest.  The new self-led trail in the Old Arboretum features brightly illustrated panels and a trail pack full of fun activities, including your very own mask.  Set off with Superworm and become a forest superhero!  Superworkactivity packs are available to purchase from the Westonbirt shop.  

For more information please visit here.

Fairytale Farm, Chipping Norton Superhero’s week at Fairytale Farm! Come dressed as your favourite superhero and receive a sweet treat. Discover your own ‘Crafting Superhero Name’ along with superhero mask making with Ribberty Rabbit Crafting when they join us in our Super Craft Corner for the week.  

Lots of other fun happening on the farm, please visit their website here.

Sports fun

Gloucester Ski School, Gloucester Couldn’t get away skiing this winter, try Gloucester Ski School for some winter sport fun including skiing, snowboarding, laser tag and tubing. Holiday ski school is for children who have never skied before up to children who can parallel ski!  

For more details, please click here. 

Cotswold Clubhouse, Bourton-on-the-Water Cotswold Clubhouse offer holiday camps which are fun and exciting.  There are a range of Camp options including Gymnastics Camps, Activity Camps and Trampoline Camps. A great way for your children to be looked after, where they can learn new skills, enjoy activities, and exercise.  

For more information and to book, please click here.  

Slip sliding away – walks in the countryside

Pull on your wellies and go puddle jumping this half term. While you are getting muddy, look out for lots of February wildlife that is waking up. See if you can spot any of the following on your walk:

  • Snowdrops
  • Great spotted woodpeckers
  • Frogspawn
  • Roaming roe deer
  • Catkins
  • Sweet violets

Arty, crafty fun

The Pottery Place, Witney Thu 24 Feb. Create a new addition for your bedroom. Using chalk paint and Decopatch paper, decorate a footstool that will make the perfect homemade accessory to your room. 

To book and for further details please visit here.  You can combine your footstool creation making with some pottery painting to accessorise even further. 

Further afield – fun but a little bit further

Zipworld, Aberdare Phoenix is the world’s fastest seated zip line, with 4 parallel lines in 2 separate zip zones. This zip line will see you flying across the Welsh countryside. The Tower Coaster is the only of its kind in Europe, boasting a side-by-side kart, making it possible for two people to ride at once.  Huge fun for children and adults alike.  

Please visit their website here to book and for further information. 

Imagine Children Festival, South Bank London’s biggest children’s festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a focus on being unique and wellbeing. More than 50 percent of the programme free so there’s plenty of things to get involved with. The festival features some of the biggest names in children’s literature and television including Peppa Pig, Michael Rosen, Jacqueline Wilson and YolandDa’s Band Jam. There’s also musical workshops, yoga classes and classic music of children, as well as performance, poetry readings and live music

Visit here for booking and further information. 

The Wave, Bristol The Wave is the first inland-surfing destination of its kind, where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can experience the joy of surfing and its many physical and mental health benefits. But it’s not just about surfing. It’s about getting back to nature, improving health and well-being, connecting with other people, enjoying great food and drink, and having a load of fun in the process! 

Click here for more information. 

Longleat, Warminster Come to Longleat and see if you can spot the newest arrival – a baby koala known as Joey.  The first ever southern koala to have been born in Europe.  

Please visit the Longleat website here for further information and prices.