We’ve hand picked some of our favourite things to do this February half term - to give you plenty of inspiration to plan your next family outing.
When is February half term in 2019?
Don’t forget to check the school term dates on your local council website before you get planning. Dates vary from region to region, with some schools breaking up on Friday 15th February and others breaking up the week following on Friday 22nd. Whenever your little ones are off, you’re sure to find plenty of time to cram in lots of family fun!
Things to do this February half term
With so much to see and do across the UK this February, we couldn’t possibly list every activity on offer. To get you started with some inspiration, we’ve hand-picked some of our top suggestions below. Don’t forget to check opening times and dates before you go, many attractions are open for their local half term dates, so if you’re travelling to a different county – plan ahead to avoid disappointment.
Go on an Animal Adventure
Nothing captivates little ones like encounters with their favourite wildlife. From meeting the king of the jungle to mingling with adorable meerkats, it’s sure to put a smile on their face (and yours, too!).
Video sourced from The Aspinall Foundation
If you’re holidaying at Camber Sands or Romney Sands Holiday Park this half term, you’ll love a day out at Port Lympne Reserve – just a short drive away. Offering an authentic safari experience, you’ll get to explore 600 acres of parkland, home to giraffes, black rhino, gorillas, bears and even wolves! Conservation is at the heart of everything Port Lympne do – with over 700 animals in their care.
As well as the safari adventure, you’ll also get the chance to come face to face with exotic big cats, including lions and tigers – as well as the park’s less intimidating critters, like the adorable gibbons and howler monkeys.
If the countless animal encounters on offer weren’t enough, little ones will be amazed by the Dinosaur Forest, home to life sized prehistoric creatures. And if you’re feeling brave, you can even bring them to life using the park’s virtual reality app!
Discover 4 more animal adventures on our blog.
Get Lost in a Giant Maze!
Nothing beats getting lost in nature, and where better to do that than a giant hedge maze! Race your family to the centre of the maze or simply enjoy some quiet time strolling the hedgerows and spectacular gardens. It’s the perfect way to get your first breath of spring.
Video sourced from Paul Dinning
If you're staying at St Minver Holiday Park this half term and planning a trip to the Lizard, Glendurgan Garden is well worth a stop off. Due to open its gates on Saturday 16th February, it's an ideal way to break your journey and stretch your legs. This National Trust garden is set amongst three peaceful valleys in the Cornish countryside and is home to towering trees, exotic plants and palms - and, of course, the famous hedge maze.
Known as the ‘Living Puzzle’, Glendurgan’s hedge maze is made up of vibrant cherry laurel shrubs and features a thatched summerhouse at its centre – offering a welcome place to rest for those lucky enough to find their way to the middle.
Whatever time of year you visit, there’s always something new to see, with various plants and species coming to life throughout the seasons. A visit in February is the ideal first trip outdoors to help you shake off the winter blues and see the first of the new year's greenery.
Read our blog on Britain’s best outdoor mazes to find even more ways to get lost in nature.
Go on a Historic Steam Train Journey
Nothing shouts nostalgia like the chugging and whistles of an old fashioned steam train. From the romantic setting of the railway to the exciting sights and sounds, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. With Britain being pioneers of the railway, we’re lucky to have a number of dedicated steam train routes still operating today.
Video sourced from Christopher Lawton
One of our favourites is the Lake District’s Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, running between stations at Haverthwaite and Lakeside, on the southern point of Lake Windermere.
With a timetable of steam trains running between the 16th and 24th February, it’s an ideal way to get a different perspective on Cumbria’s beautiful scenery during your half term break. Just a short drive from our holiday parks in the Lake District, it’s the perfect family holiday activity.
Hop on a steam train at Haverthwaite Station, then continue your journey on one of Windermere’s famous launch cruises across the lake to Bowness and beyond. With spectacular mountain and lakeside vistas all around, you’ll want to bring your camera.
Explore more historic railway journeys on our blog.
Enjoy the Fun of the Fair
It might still be chilly out, but you can still enjoy a classic British seaside holiday – and nothing says seaside like a fun fair. With many of the UK’s coastal resorts throwing open their doors for February half term, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to seaside destinations.
Video sourced from Pleasure Beach Experience
Blackpool is Britain’s ultimate seaside resort, and it comes as no surprise that it’s home to one of the UK’s top costal theme parks – Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Open on weekends from Saturday 16th February onwards, it’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon by the coast. With stalls and rides to entertain all ages, you’ll find fun for the whole family.
Thrill seekers will love the park’s action-packed rollercoasters, including Infusion and The Big One – the UK’s tallest rollercoaster, standing at 235ft! Younger children also find plenty of fun in Nickelodeon Land, featuring family-friendly rides and activities guaranteed to put a smile on little faces.
Less than an hour away from Ocean Edge Holiday Park, why not plan a day out and experience the fun of the fair? With beach walks, donkey rides and fish and chips galore – it’s guaranteed to get your half term off to a great start.
Find more thrills with our pick of the UK’s top rollercoasters.
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Book a February Half Term Break
Looking for the perfect February half term break? Look no further than a family holiday with Parkdean Resorts. With a wide range of parks open for February half term, across the UK, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding your perfect destination.
From the stunning shores of the Cornwall Coast to the placid lochs of the Scottish Highlands, there’s a location for everyone. What’s more, you’ll find a great line up of exciting entertainment, fantastic kids clubs and great facilities, just waiting to be explored when you arrive – with something to appeal to all ages.
What are you waiting for? Explore our best deals on February half term holidays online and book your next UK break today!
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Header image courtesy of Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve.