Half-term is fast approaching and there are lots of activities to get kids outdoors and having fun with the National Trust.
If you’ve been stuck indoors this winter, then February half-term is the perfect opportunity for the whole family to enjoy some time together exploring beautiful landscapes as they gradually reveal signs of spring colour and wildlife after the colder winter months…
Uppark House and Garden, South Harting
Baby wildlife springtime trail, 13th-21st February
Uppark’s wide expanses of lawn are perfect for running across, as little ones hunt for clues on Uppark’s half-term quiz trail. This year’s theme is baby wildlife, so start thinking about all the cute springtime wildlife you might spot here, in the gardens and woods!
Normal admission charge.
01730 825415, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/uppark-house-and-garden
Winchester City Mill
Seasonal baking demonstration days at the Mill, 14th and 20th February
Winchester City Mill is well-known for its fun baking demonstration days, and in February the Mill’s friendly baking volunteers are hosting special themed events for both Valentine’s Day and February half-term.
These are great opportunities to find out how to make a variety of seasonal sweet and savoury treats. Take home recipe cards (small donation) and try some baking at home, using the Mill’s very own flour from the shop.
Winchester City Mill is a rare example of a working watermill, and one of the most visited mills in Britain. At weekends you can watch the millers grind corn into wholemeal flour, and view the fast-flowing river Itchen as it roars beneath the Mill, powering the huge waterwheel - an experience known as ‘the thrill of the Mill’! There are all sorts of hands-on activities for younger visitors, including audio-visual displays and a chance to watch the latest CCTV footage of the mill’s resident otters.
For further details of events and activities at local National Trust places and spaces, go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk