February Half Term activities in Dorset

It’s great for the children to get out and about during the winter months.

In particular, with the Winter Olympics in full flow at Pyeongchang in South Korea, many youngsters will be wanting to have a go at one of the thrilling winter sports.

Children are at a great age to learn a winter sport such as skiing and ice-skating, as kinaesthetic ability to learn new techniques is very high when one is young.

Aside from winter sports, there are many other activities that the children can enjoy this February Half Term and during the weekends. Read on to find out more…


Experience a big day out in history at The Tank Museum

This February Half Term experience a big day out in history at The Tank Museum! Start off your holiday with one of the biggest model shows in the South West on 10-11 February, when modellers from across the UK will be exhibiting throughout the Museum. Whilst at the Museum, take part in a range of family activities, climb inside a Modern Battle tank and be wowed with talks and tours. Find out more about life in the trenches and get hands on with craft activities. Find out more here - www.tankmuseum.org/


Kid For A Quid At Monkey World

From Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 February, Monkey World is offering children entry to the park for just £1 when they each take a present for the primates - such as clean socks, pumpkin/sunflower seeds, or sugar-free jelly. The Activity Centre will be open all week, so pop in, get involved and have a great day out this February Half Term at Monkey World. See www.monkeyworld.org


Fireman Sam visits Adventure Wonderland

Dorset’s multi award-winning family theme park, Adventure Wonderland, with its great range of rides and attractions is the perfect spot for an unforgettable day out. Throughout the year the park, opposite Bournemouth Airport, welcomes several fabulous visiting characters for the day. Fireman Sam™ kicks things off during February half-term on 14 February when the ‘hero next door’ will be making personal appearances at intervals throughout the day.

Christchurch Fire Station’s Red Watch will also be visiting on the 14th, giving children the chance to clamber in and out of the fire engine. Another feature of February half-term is twice daily story time with the characters. See www.adventurewonderland.co.uk


See Dippy on Tour

The Natural History Museum’s famous Diplodocus skeleton cast, known as Dippy is touring the UK from early 2018. His first stop will be the Dorset County Museum, where there will be lots of Dippy-themed events going on at the Museum and also across Dorset. For further details and booking information of Dippy on Tour, family activities and other events visit www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or phone 01305 756827.


Ice skating is back at Bournemouth International Centre this winter!

Ice skating is back at Bournemouth International Centre this winter! Open rain or shine the Cool Coast Ice Rink is the south coast’s biggest indoor seasonal ice rink. A fun all-weather activity - it’s perfect for kids and adults alike. Plus, with the handy pre-bookable skate mates, even little ones can have a go. There’s also a separate kid’s area, away from the main rink, which is ideal for smaller children with adults. The Kids Party Package is also back by popular demand and includes an ice skating session followed by a main course and a never ending soft drink. For tickets call 0844 576 3000 or see www.bhlivetickets.co.uk


Paint your own pottery at Create at the Cove

Be 'creative' this half term and visit Create at the Cove’s fabulous paint your own pottery studio in West Lulworth. A fantastic range of pottery items is ready to be transformed into mini masterpieces and with prices starting from just £3.50 there really is something to suit most budgets.

Create at the Cove is a 5-minute walk from the beautiful Lulworth Cove. You do not have to book and there is no time limit to your stay, plus hot and cold refreshments are available throughout the day. Visit www.createatthecove.com or call 01929 400270.


Farmer Palmer’s is looking forward to seeing ‘Ewe’

At Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park there are buckets of play and adventure for you and your little ones to explore. A warm welcome awaits parents, grandparents and friends with delicious home cooked meals served for lunch in the Hen House Restaurant and acres of hands-on animal fun to experience throughout the day. Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park is open daily from 10am – 4pm, with free parking. Admission prices and further information can be found at www.farmerpalmers.co.uk


Festival of Literature and Illustration - SpellBound 2

On Saturday 17 March there will be a festival of literature and illustration at The Talbot Heath School in Rothesay Road in Bournemouth. The festival is suitable for children and adults and is open to everyone. The line-up includes amazing talks by some awesome authors and illustrators and some wonderful workshops on writing and illustration. Tickets are £5 each. For tickets or information see www.talbotheath.org/events


Sailing and multi-activity courses at Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre 

Give your children, aged 5 years+, the opportunity to learn new skills in the beautiful setting of Portland Harbour and the surrounding Jurassic Coast at the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre. Let the team of experienced and enthusiastic instructors immerse the children in to the exciting sports of sailing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. Head to the ASWC website www.andrewsimpsonsailing.co.uk to find out more or call 01305 457400.


Big Little’s Dance Workshop: Tuesday 13 February

Join Big Little for a fantastic day of dance on Tuesday 13 February at the Performing Arts Block, Bournemouth School for Girls (BH8 9UJ), where you will have the chance to experience various styles of dance including Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, Street, Hip Hop and more. The students will be working in three groups - Reception to Year 3, Year 4 to Year 6 and Year 7 to Year 10. Limited places are available, so call 01202 434499 or visit www.biglittle.biz


Light Up Poole: Thursday 15 to Saturday 17 February

Lighthouse is proud to be working as a lead partner on ‘Light Up Poole’, a 3-day Digital Light Art Festival, set to illuminate Poole town centre from Thursday 15 to Saturday 17 February. The festival features newly-commissioned interactive light and sound installations, projections, games and digital workshops created by artists locally, nationally and internationally, and will allow you to see Poole in a completely new light! The festival also forms the first part of the 40th birthday celebrations for Lighthouse in 2018. See www.lightuppoole.co.uk


National Nest Box Week: 14 to 21 February 

Each year, between 14 and 21 February, National Nest Box Week takes place and encourages everyone to put up nest boxes in their local area to promote biodiversity and the conservation of breeding birds and wildlife. Natural nest sites such as holes in trees and derelict buildings are decreasing with modernisation and development so taking part and erecting a nest box can really help. For more information about how and where to site your nest box visit www.orchardpark.biz/NNBW2018 or call 01747 835544.


£10 Online Tickets to Crealy

Join Crealy Adventure Park and Resort for a Feb-Tastic Half term between the 10 and 18 February, for a week of fun and adventure while banishing those winter blues. The rides and attractions will be open (excluding water rides), so you’re able to enjoy everything that Crealy has to offer. Take a spin on The Twister rollercoaster, zoom through the Roman Empire on Maximus, and feel the breeze through your hair as you enjoy a ride on The Flying Machine. For younger visitors, The Junior Driving School, Honey Swing, and Shark Bay roller coaster offer exciting thrills. Alternatively, the 75,000 sq. ft. of indoor soft play and Animal Barn are perfect - whatever the weather! Plus, tickets are £10 for everyone who books online at www.crealy.co.uk .


Visit the Wolf Pack at Wildwood Escot

Since their arrival in March last year Wildwood Escot’s wolves, namely Elvis, Sting, Moby, Lemmy and their sisters P.J. and K.D. have settled in very nicely. They have become a huge hit with staff and visitors alike and now that they’re growing up they’re beginning to decide who’s boss in the pack. Sting thinks he’s in with a chance, but he’ll have to watch out for K.D! Why not visit them this spring to see how they are getting on? Find Wildwood Escot at Escot Park, Ottery Saint Mary, EX11 1LU. Call 01404 822188 or visit www.wildwoodescot.org






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