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Your Ultimate February Half Term Guide

Last updated: 10/01/2024

February half term is nearly here, and it's time to bond and create lasting memories with your family.

Whether you're hunting for adrenaline-pumping adventures or relaxing outings, our comprehensive guide has got you covered. And if you're working with a tight budget, fret not - we've included a host of free activities and local events.

So, whether you're plotting a week crammed with fun or just need a few ideas to occupy the kids, this guide will help you make the most of your February half term. Let's get started!

Family-Friendly Outdoor Adventure Activities


Go Ape Adventures

If you’re craving a touch of adrenaline this half term, a Go Ape outdoor adventure is just the ticket. From thrilling high ropes courses for all ages, zip lines and the super springy Nets Adventure, we've got something for everyone. Plus, there’s 36 unique Go Ape locations across the UK so there’s sure to be one closer than you think!

Fun fact, Go Ape adventures offer not just a thrilling experience but also foster confidence, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. Check out our blog, 7 Benefits of a Go Ape adventure, to learn more.

Young boy in orange and father on Go Ape Treetop Challenge crossing

Discover local woodlands and parks

The UK is home to stunning forests and parks, just waiting to be explored. Set off on a family hiking trip through mesmerising woodlands or pack a picnic and spend the day unwinding in a local park – remember to bring a frisbee or ball to keep them entertained. Besides relishing the fresh air and exercise, you'll have the chance to spot intriguing wildlife and unearth hidden natural treasures in your area.

Did you know Forestry England offers guided "forest bathing" sessions to practice midfulness and relaxation in the forest. 

Strolls in nature and wildlife spotting

Enjoy a calm walk through nature reserves and coastal paths, taking in the breathtaking scenery and peace. Make sure you to keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife, from birds and squirrels to or even a wild boar or deer! Discover some of the wildlife you can spot at our Go Ape locations in the Nature Zone.

Some nature reserves even offer guided tours or educational programmes, which let you and your family learn more about the local flora and fauna. 

Educational Outings and Museums

Looking for a stimulating indoor family activity this February half term? Opt for educational outings and museum visits to keep the kids engaged and create unforgettable learning experiences.


Visit Historic Sites

Why not visit some of the UK's fascinating historic sites and landmarks this February half term? Check out the National Trust, National Trust for Scotland, Cadw or English Heritage websites to discover the extraordinary locations near you. You can also discover some fantastic historic sites by our Go Ape locations, including Coombe Abbey at Go Ape Coventry, Go Ape Leeds Castle (Kent) and near our Go Ape London locations.

Historic sites provide a valuable opportunity for children to connect with the past and gain a deeper understanding of the UK’s rich history.

Go Ape Leeds Castle

Interactive science and history museums

Interactive science and history museums often feature engaging exhibits, with hands-on activities that transform learning into a fun for children of all ages.

From discovering all about the wide cosmos at sites like the Science Museum to delving into mysteries of previous civilisations and events, there's bound to be something to fascinate every young mind.

Free Activities and Community Events

Searching for engaging family activities for February half term that won't cost a fortune? Look no further! There are plenty of free activities and community events happening near you.


What’s on in your local area?

Local community events and festivals are a fantastic way to get involved and soak up the vibrant atmosphere of your town or city.

Check out your local council website or community noticeboards for upcoming events. From festivals and live performances to food markets and craft fairs, there's something for everyone.

The Great Outdoors

Don't forget the great outdoors! Pack a picnic and head to your local park for a day of outdoor fun. 

Many of our Go Ape locations, like Moors Valley and Dalkeith, have fantastic play structures and even Zog and Gruffalo trails right next to our adventures. 

Prefer two wheeled fun? Bring along your bikes and let loose on mountain trails at Go Ape Glentress (Peebles) or picturesque paths at Go Ape Grizedale or Thetford.   

Group cycling through the forest

Free museums and galleries

For a dose of culture, why not visit one of the many free museums and galleries in your area? Not only will you get to explore intriguing exhibits and artwork, but it's also a great opportunity for your little ones to learn something new.

Keep an eye out for special half-term activities and workshops designed to engage children of all ages.

Planning Your Family Half Term

Top Tips

  • Start by brainstorming a list of activities and attractions that you and your family would like to do. This could include outdoor adventures, cultural excursions, or even educational visits. By adding diversity to your itinerary, you can make sure that there's something to keep everyone entertained.

  • While it's tempting to fill your schedule with non-stop activities, it's also important to add in some rest and downtime. Half term is a chance for your family to unwind and recharge, so make sure to allocate periods of leisure where you can relax together.

  • When planning your half term, remember to consider your budget. Family outings can quickly add up, but with some budgeting, you can maximise your time and money. Take advantage of discounts or vouchers, and consider packing a picnic to save on food costs.

Half term is a time for fun and bonding, so don't fret too much about sticking to a strict schedule. Be flexible, open to spontaneous adventures, and above all, savour the priceless moments with your family.

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