Saturday, 20 January 2018

February half term. Things to do in Northamptonshire

For us February half term is week commencing 12th February and includes Pancake Day and Valentine's.

I always find February half term is about chilling out a bit after the rude reality of returning to work/school after Christmas.  It's still gloomy and cold but the nights are getting lighter hoorah!  However if we stay in for too long cabin fever sets in and my son in particular starts climbing the walls.  So here are some ideas for what to do this half term.

Mini Meadow Farm NN6 6HZ.
Lambing season runs 12th February to 31st March.
I love this farm it is fairly small but has loads to do, feed the animals for a small extra charge, there's a new indoor play area, lovely cafĂ©, huge indoor sand pit and if the weather is dry great outdoor play equipment. £4 per person.

West Lodge Rural Centre NN14 2SH.
A much bigger farm but this is reflected in the cost.  I've been several times for Halloween and loved it.  I've never actually visited in February but with lambing plus other babies being born I'm sure it will be a great day out. Per Person £6.50 online and £7.45 on the gate. Under 2's free and family tickets available.

Waddesdon Manor HP18 0JH - Super Hero week
Go on the trail and solve the clues and riddles to claim a reward.  11am to 3pm.  £3 per child and normal ground admission applies.

Stowe - Half term Women of Stowe trail
10am to 5pm.  Grab your coat and boots and take part in this self led trail. Booking not required.  Normal ground admission charges apply.  £12 per adult and £6 per child. Under 5's free.  National Trust Property. 

Half Term Fifa Soccer School at Northampton Town Football Club
Sessions run 14th, 15th and 16th February.  11.15 to 1 with half hour lunch break and then more activities 1.30 to 3pm.  For ages 8 to 15.  £15 per child with sibling discount.

Evenley Wood Garden NN13 5SH
Snow drop days.  3rd to 28th February.  9.30 to 4pm.  £5 per adult and children free.

Coton Manor NN6 8RQ
Snow drops.  17th to 4th March.  £7.50 adult and £3 child. 
I visited her for the Bluebells and it was gorgeous and I also went in the summer holidays but in typical British weather style in poured with rain so we had tea and cakes and cut our visit short.  Coton Manor is a lovely garden with flamingos, ducks and chickens roaming the grounds.

Wicksteed Park NN15 6NJ
10th to 18th February 10.30 to 6pm.  8 rides open £6 per person.
Astroslide & Dropslide, explore the Treetop Walk and Sycamore Circle, get dizzy on the Carousel and Sway Rider, get a hole in one on Crazy Golf,  and enjoy the Meerkat Burrows.
Wicksteed Park

Abington Park Museum
14th February Valentines Workshop time slots 1.15-2 .00 2.15-3 3.15-4 £3 per child suitable for 3+ years.
16th February Chinese New Year Workshop time slots 1.15-2 2.15-3 3.15-4 £2.50 per child suitable for all ages.
You can book online or call 01604 838110
Abington Park Musuem Booking

And finally of course an indoor play centre is a blessing and a curse during half term.  The kids can get rid of their energy and you can have a cup of tea/coffee but the noise can be horrific and I'm always mildly concerned about the ball pits!!!  For children (like my daughter) that have outgrown an indoor play centre Boost Trampoline Park is a great alternative.


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