What’s On Half Term Events Guide February 2019

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 2019 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 showing an 80th anniversary exhibition. There is a visitor centre and gift shop as well as a nice cafe.  More at:  Ferne Animal Sanctuary.

Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

The new visitor centre and cafe are proving very popular at the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary which includes interactive exhibits to explore.  This spring join in the Golden Carrot Hunt from Saturday 16 February – Friday 5 April celebrating the Golden Anniversary of the Sanctuary.

Trail sheets are available from the Visitor Centre for just £3, which includes a prize 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. 

Zog Trail at the Forestry Commission

Our closest place featuring the new Zog Trail is Haldon Forest Park near Exeter.   The new Zog Activity Trail  is 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 with Zog. Look out for characters from the story, uncover hidden signs and complete challenges along the way.  It cost £3 for an activity pack at the forest (you need the special lens to reveal the hidden pictures).  You can also download free colouring sheets at home from the Forestry Commission website.

Zog Activity 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. 

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, A La Ronde or Castle Drogo that have nature trail activity sheets. Forde Abbey in Somerset  has flower walks and Hestercombe Garden is running a muddy boots nature trail.  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 £10 at Crealy near Exeter over half term which also gives you entry to the fantastic new family stage shows (18th – 22nd February) including Sooty and a Little Mix tribute.  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.  There are shows on each day with juggling, magic, circus skills, balloons, games, prizes and crazy comedy. Plus cuddling, bottle feeding and other animal encounters every day. Near Buckfastleigh.

Rainy Days Ideas

Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton is running workshops on Weds 20th February creating art by felting.  Another favourite of ours is the RAMM  (Royal Albert Memorial Museum) in Exeter that is holding some ancient Egyptian activities on Saturday 16th and print workshops on Weds 20th Feb alongside it’s other interesting displays. 

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 Whoopsadaisy in Lyme Regis. 

We also love Imagine Design Create in Seaton,  where we spent a lovely session before Christmas doing decoupage.  The well stocked craft shop also sells lovely kits to take home so you can get creative at home.  

Imagine Design Create Arts and Crafts

Have Fun This Half Term

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: look out for ideas on Little Devon, Organised Jo  has a South Devon roundup, Tin Box Traveller has some great suggestions and so does Piggle.

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