What’s On – February Half Term Days Out 2020

In February the West Country is a bit like a grizzly bear waking up from hibernation. Most people involved in the tourist industry can’t believe that the winter lull has already nearly passed.

However that welcome half term school break is nearly here and I know you are probably looking for ideas to get out and about.  I’ve put together this half term events guide for February 2020 and a reminder for you to look through my archive of posts for more inspiration!

Animals and Wildlife

Wildwood Escot

Between Exeter and Honiton, Wildwood Escot has something for all ages. There’s the red squirrels and wolves to spot, an indoor play area and lots of out door fun to be had. This half term it’s Home Tweet Home Week.  Learn how to help our feathered garden visitors and join in the activities such as making bird boxes and dissecting owl pellets.

If you want to try and loose the children you leave them in the stocks in the Saxon village or try the impossible maze!  You can read about our visit on my blog here.

Half Term Wildwood Escot Family Day Out Devon

Axe Valley Wildlife Park

Enjoy a visit to this wildlife park near Axminster which reopens for half term.  Enjoy the animal talks and animal handling sessions. Join in with the quiz which takes you around the park searching for clues. There is also a new outside seating area and new enclosures. The cafe will be open too if you need to warm up with a hot drink!

Ferne Animal Sanctuary

This lovely animal sanctuary near Chard is home to rescued farm animals, pets as well as ducks and wild fowl.  Currently in it’s 80th year the history is fascinating. There is a visitor centre and gift shop as well as a nice cafe and it’s perfect for a short walk.  Here’s a review of a visit to  Ferne Animal Sanctuary.

Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

The new visitor centre at the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary which includes interactive exhibits to explore is proving very popular. Also a welcome addition in the last few years is the lovely cafe.

This February half term, head to The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth and find out which donkey has the loudest bray, the longest ears, or who is the most playful in the Adoption Donkey Top Trumps Trail. Follow the trail to find the giant Top Trumps cards located around the sanctuary.

 

This entertaining family activity is the perfect way to explore the sanctuary, combining fun, exercise and brainpower. Each trail costs £3.50 and includes a prize and certificate on completion.  There are lots of walks around the area if the weather is being kind!

What’s On Half Term Events Donkey Sanctuary, near Sidmouth in East Devon.

Outdoor Fun

The Bear Trail

For real outdoor wet and muddy fun The Bear Trail near Cullompton is a great place for a few hours with energetic kids. Assault course style rope bridges, swings and new obstacles every year. Be prepared for lots of mud so take old clothes. There’s a good coffee and fresh pizza on offer.  Have a look at our visit and video .

Vivary Park Adventure Centre – Taunton

Tucked away in the middle of Taunton in the lovely Vivary Park.  Here you can enjoy high ropes, climbing and mini golf. There are two high rope sections,  one which is suitable for younger children.  Even the high one is not as hard as some other well know systems and there are less weight and height restrictions.

There’s a cafe and the chance to have a nice walk around the park and feed the ducks as well. 

What’s On Half Term Events Guide Vivary Park High Ropes

Seaton Wetlands – Wild East Devon

Sign up for session of bird watching or make your own bird box over half term.  Seaton Wetlands is a lovely place to spend a few hours and these events are very good value.  You need to book so check here for availability.

Fossil Hunting and Rock Pooling

Why not head to Charmouth to see the amazing Sea Dragon that is on display in the Charmouth Heritage Centre and also book in for some fossil hunting.  Rock pooling is also fun so look for events organised by the centre. 

Shaun the Sheep at the Forestry Commission

Haldon Forest has guided well mark routes perfect for youngsters and will certainly encourage them to keep walking!

Follow panels and complete activities along the way as you head on a forest journey. Look out for characters from the story, uncover hidden signs and complete challenges along the way. Buy the Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Trail Pack to get your hands on UV pen, activity book, stickers, Shaun ears and more! Get it from the Rangers Office from 9.30am – 4.30pm for just £3.50. It’s best if you down load the App before you get there.  You can also download free colouring sheets at home from the Forestry Commission website.

Shaun the Sheep Glow trail Haldon Forest

At Haldon you can explore the woods under your own steam, hire bikes as well as segways or have fun at Go Ape.  Haldon has two courses now so there is something suitable for all ages and abilities. See our review here.  There is also a Grufallo orienteering course.

Haldon Forest has a cafe and facilities but you do have to pay extra for parking if you are not a member.

Country Houses and Gardens

If we get some fine days there’s outdoor fun to be had searching for spring flowers. Follow one of my lovely walks or head for a country house.

Try Killerton National Trust near Exeter, A La Ronde or Castle Drogo which you can combine with a lovely walk from Fingle Bridge.  Forde Abbey in Somerset  has flower walks and Hestercombe Gardens near Taunton is running a muddy boots nature trail. 

Heading towards Dartmoor is Canonteign Falls which I have yet to visit. A little further afield is Stourhead, one of our favourites.  

A little video of Killerton House and park taken over Christmas.

At Barrington Court National Trust in South Somerset kids can paint wooden decorations or join and be a ranger for the day.

At Corfe Castle experience medieval family fun on the quest trail, crafts and workshops. Budding knights and damsels can bring their own brave teddy for the Great Escape and watch missiles launch from the castle’s medieval siege engine.

Children’s Attractions

Crealy Adventure Park

Take advantage of the special entry price of £12 at Crealy near Exeter over half term which also gives you entry to the new family stage show – super slam wrestling!  You need to book tickets online and in advance for this deal.

World of Country Life

Reopening after a winter break, World of Country Life in Exmouth is a lovely day out with animals, indoor play areas and more.

Pennywell Farm

Over half term you can buy a ticket to Penneywell Farm and return again for free later in the week.  Lots of animals to cuddle plus bottle feeding and other animal encounters every day. Near Buckfastleigh.

Rainy Days Ideas

Another favourite of ours is the RAMM  (Royal Albert Memorial Museum) in Exeter. This world-class museum has stunning displays and galleries, fabulous exhibitions and modern amenities. Learn about Devon and Exeter’s rich history and global connections, see exotic animals, birds and insects to as well as the World Cultures galleries which display stunning items from all over the world.  Great for all ages.

Over half term Discover Arts Award Week runs from Tue 18 Feb to Fri 21 Feb, 10.15am to 12.45pm, £12 for individual session or £45 for all 4 days.

Arts and Crafts

There are lots different arts and crafts activities to help entertain on a rainy day or just when you need some quiet time. Take a look at drop in or sessions to book at Honiton Pottery or Something Lovely in Sidmouth.

You can take a tour of the Town Mill in Lyme Regis with it’s restored water mill and take part in  drop a session on the 18th February panting pebbles. Cost will be £1.00 per pebble, big or small. All materials supplied parents are requested to stay with children. 10am – 12 noon 2pm-3.30pm.

Coastal Creative in Seaton runs various arts sessions and you can also by lots of supplies for fun at home from the well stocked craft shops Devon Art Supplies in Seaton and Axminster Printers.

Imagine Design Create Arts and Crafts

Have Fun This Half Term

I’ve also written a Rainy Days Out in West Dorset post for even more suggestions. 

I hope there is something here to inspire you.  Even if you don’t want to spend any money, there are lots of lovely walks, woodlands to explore and other ideas for days out on the blog.  So please take a look at some of those posts and also the Events listings and ideas posted on my Facebook page.

Thank you for reading Flip Flops or Wellies blog.

Clare

P.S. For more ideas across Devon for half term and other days out take a look at these other blogs for ideas Little Devon and  Tin Box Traveller has some great suggestions.

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