Half Term Fun - The Directory Group

Half-term fun!

Stuck for places to take the kids this half-term? Searching for a family day out with a difference in February? Look no further...

At the National Trust’s Uppark House & Garden (South Harting) families can hunt for signs of spring on a half-term trail that takes children around Uppark’s easy to navigate gardens. Inside, you’ll discover a magnificent dolls’ house, underground tunnels and servants’ quarters that reveal more about life ‘below stairs’ in this grand house. Contact 01730 825415 for more details.

There’s all the fun of the fair at Queen Elizabeth Country Park (Monday 20th-Friday 24th February), as Juggling Jake hosts a circus workshop before a walk in the park following the circus trail. Booking is essential, and for further details, call 023 9259 50 40.

In Portsmouth, ‘Gangsta Granny’ is live on stage at The King’s Theatre (Wednesday 15th – Saturday 18th February) – in a world premiere of this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling children’s author. Contact the box office on 023 9282 8282 for further information.

Whatever the weather, there’s somewhere for children to play at Staunton Country Park. George’s Play Barn features a soft play area for the younger ones and a climbing frame with slides, rope bridges and cargo nets for older, more energetic children. The park also features a selection of trails suitable for kids (and big kids) of all ages. Find out more about opening times and admission prices by calling 023 9245 3405.

Families can look to the skies at Butser Ancient Farm, with a stargazing evening on Friday 10th February. During the week of half-term, there will also be an astro-themed family, where children and their adults can learn all about astronomy and astrology in a fun and interactive challenge to win a cosmic certificate! Contact 023 9259 8838 to find out more.

And lastly, although outside the week of half term, Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal is set to play host to Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat from 28th February to 4th March, starring X Factor winner Joe McElderry – definitely a date for the diary. For further details of show times and prices, call 023 9264 9000.

At the National Trust’s Hinton Ampner House & Garden near Alresford, families can take part in a new, nature-themed trail (18th-26th February) where kids will learn lots of intriguing facts as they work their way round the challenge. For more details, call 01962 771305.

There are plenty more nature-themed activities to keep the kids amused at Gilbert White’s House in Selborne, including bird box building and penguin crafts, along with a chance to be an Antarctic explorer! Call 01420 511275 for further information.

Pay a visit to Alton’s Curtis Museum throughout the week of half-term with a special family trail, or bring a torch for the ‘museum by torchlight’ trail on Wednesday 22nd February (5.30pm-7.30pm). Contact 01420 82802 to learn more.

A truly interactive experience is on offer at the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium, which features 100+ hands-on exhibits and interactive planetarium shows – plus the UK’s largest capacity planetarium, offering a state-of-the-art digital experience with images projected around a 360° domed screen. Find out more about opening times and admission prices by calling 01962 863791.

Meanwhile, keen young explorers can unearth answers, track down items and complete missions on a scavenger hunt around Winchester City Mill (18th-26th February). There’s also a chance to meet the mill’s friendly baking volunteers at a fun baking demonstration day on Saturday 15th February. Find out more by calling 01962 870057.

In Basingstoke, ‘Gangsta Granny’ is live on stage at The Anvil (Thursday 23rd – Sunday 26th February) – in a world premiere of this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling children’s author. Contact the box office on 01256 844244 for further information.

For more details of local events and activities throughout February, check out our What’s On page at www.thedirectorygroup.co.uk/whats-on

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