14 ideas for February half term 2018 in the West Midlands

Please note, this post relates to February half term 2018. If you’ve ended up on this post looking for ideas for half term 2019, fear not! Head to my new post, things to do in the West Midlands February half term 2019.

Here are 14 great events that are taking place in the West Midlands during the school holidays. For more fabulous local attractions, check out these 58 family friendly days out.

1. Beyond the petticoat at the Black Country Living Museum

Did you know that it’s 100 years since women were first given the right to vote? The Black Country Living Museum are celebrating the anniversary this half term. There will be an activity trail and characters from the past to tell you about life as it once was. Try out brick making, the trade many women carried out during the 19th century. You may even encounter a key character from the suffragette movement.

More information on the BCLM website. You can also check out our review of the Black Country Living Museum from last February half term or watch our video below.

2. Create another world at Ironbridge Gorge Museums

The theme this half term at the Ironbridge Gorge Museums is ‘create another world’. Each museum has their own event on following this theme. At Enginuity it’s all about dinosaurs, whereas Blists Hill has an activity trail and Intaglio painting. Head to the Ironbridge Gorge Museums website for more information and to see what’s going on at each museum.

3. February half term at Rays Farm

Rays Farm has tame animals to pet and stroke, woodland walks and a variety of play areas both indoors and outdoors. During February half term, there will be a colouring competition, a farmyard treasure hunt with prizes and muddy den building in the woods. For more information about Rays farm and the half term events, visit the Rays Farm Website.

4. Thomas Land at Drayton Manor

Drayton Manor will be opening selected areas of the park for February half term from 10th to 25th February. All the rides and attractions in Thomas Land will be open, and the Fat Controller and friends will be putting on regular live shows in there. Selected family rides around the park are also open, as is the zoo. Tickets are much cheaper if you book online, priced at just £15 for an adult. The price doubles if you buy it at the gate, so it’s worth pre-booking on the Drayton Manor Website.

Thomas the Tank Engine train at Drayton Manor Park in the West Midlands

5. Knights and Princesses at Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle was one of the grandest buildings in England during Elizabethan times. You can explore the castle, tower and Elizabethan garden. During half term, children can transform themselves into knights and princesses for the day. For more information about the event, visit the Kenilworth Castle Website.

6. Family magic at Cadbury World

Cadbury World are putting on family entertainment every day this February half term, with ventriloquists, magicians and live shows. Some of the favourite characters will be there to have their photo taken with children and all the other attractions are open as usual. More information is available on the Cadbury World website.

7. Monkeys, fairies and a miniature train at Trentham Gardens

Monkey Forest at Trentham Gardens reopens from 17th to 25th February. This is an amazing experience, where you can walk among the monkeys in an incredibly natural setting. To mark the start of the season, there will be a free quiz and children can have their faces painted. You can also ride the miniature train or discover the fairies of Trentham Gardens. Head to the Trentham Gardens website for more information.

Two monkeys sit under a tree in Monkey Forest, Trentham Gardens, West Midlands

8. Tree trail at National Trust Croome

It has been a bit of an ongoing joke among friends that we spend almost as much time at Croome as we do at home. But can you blame me? It’s beautiful and they make fabulous cake. This half term, Croome will have a tree trail for children to follow. The trail sheet has pictures of different types of trees. Children can walk around the parkland and see how many they can identify. It’s a great time to check out the Adam Speaks tree house art installation too. Details are on the Croome website.

Two young girls standing by a river bridge at National Trust Croome, West Midlands

9. February half term at Warwick Castle

From 17th to 25th February there are a plethora of February half term activities going on at Warwick Castle. Enjoy the Horrible Histories maze and watch the Bowman and Winter Birds of Prey shows. You can also see how Warwick Castle came into being in their Time Tower, or dress up and listen to stories in the Princess Tower. Online entry fees start at £13 and you will benefit from their rainy day guarantee. If it rains continually for more than an hour during your time there, you can have a free return visit. For full details and to book, see the Warwick Castle Website.

A view of Warwick Castle from across the moat

10. New life on the National Forest Adventure Farm

The National Forest Adventure Farm are celebrating new life this February. Children can see piglets and chicks and bottle feed lambs. There’s even a live lambing tent where you can witness a birth if you time it right! Indoors, there are a range of events allowing children to help Farmer Fogg. They can make a scarecrow, plant a seed, mend fences, build a tractor, test drive remote control tractors and fix eggs in a scramble game. Details are available on the National Forest Adventure Farm website.

A baby calf sitting in hay at National Forest Adventure Farm West Midlands

11. On the ration trail at National Trust Brockhampton

Wartime history is on the agenda at Brockhampton over half term. They will be taking a look at what people ate during wartime and how they made the most of the produce available and survived on their rations. Details of the wartime rations event are on their website. Families with children aged eight and above may also want to check out the wild child event. You could learn wartime inspired survival including bushcraft, den building and fire making.

12. Early Man event at West Midlands Safari Park

From 6th January to 25th February, West Midlands Safari park are celebrating the release of the film Early Man. There is an interactive trail around the park for visitors to help Dug and Hognob locate their tribe. Everyone who completes the trail will win a prize, and you can also take part in a free craft club based on the film. Details and opening times are on their website.

13. Ready for adventure at All Things Wild

The half term theme is adventure at All Things Wild. You can meet a wild explorer called Wilbur, visit the explorers’ base camp, go on a farmyard safari and learn about the world’s animals. Head over to their website for more details about this and to find out about their daily holiday club.

14. Pirates and Princesses at Alton Towers Resort

Alton Towers Theme Park doesn’t open at this time of year, but hotel guests can enjoy the Water Park, Sea Life Sharkbait Reef and crazy golf. The pirate and princess takeover includes a fancy dress parade, pirate adventure, treasure hunt and a pirate and princess party. Full details are on the Alton Towers website.

Bonus event: Stars of the Sea at the National Sea Life Centre

This is an update to let you know that the National Sea Life Centre have recently released details of their Stars of the Sea event. Take a voyage of discovery to meet the Sea Life Centre’s superstar creatures. Follow a puzzle trail, unlocking the secrets of the ocean and play a brand new game of giant sea discoveries. Navigate through a life-size game of ‘Stars and Ladders’. Solve the fishy clues to the puzzles to get ahead of your enemies. For more information, head to the National Sea Life Centre website.

What's on West Midlands February half term 2018 | If you live in or near to the West Midlands, these family friendly events will give you some inspiration for the 2018 February half term. Children will love heading to exciting venues across Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Birmingham and beyond. #WestMidlands #HalfTerm #FamilyFun #UKTravel #FamilyTravel

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  1. January 24, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    Fabulous suggestions as ever. It’s great that the Black Country Living Museum is celebrating women getting the vote. I think it’s hard enough for us as adults to comprehend a time when women were unable to vote, so it must be impossible for kids to understand. Trentham Gardens is a beautiful place to visit, but we’ve never been to the Monkey Forest there.

    • monsterid January 24, 2018 / 8:25 pm

      Yes, we are thinking of heading to the BCLM for that event, it sounds amazing! Monkey Forest is great fun, we haven’t been to Trentham Gardens though so that’s on our list for this year too.

  2. January 25, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    A great list. Oooh I am very tempted by Alton Towers – off to look at prices as I know they have a spa there too!

    • monsterid January 26, 2018 / 6:26 pm

      Ooh the spa would be wonderful wouldn’t it? Let me know if you go, I’d love to know what it’s like!

      • January 30, 2018 / 9:19 am

        Oh indeed I will. And talking of spas we need to sort another one, caring duties have got a bit easier xx

        • monsterid January 30, 2018 / 12:24 pm

          We really do! Glad things are getting easier, no rush though – just let me know when you can do it and we’ll sort something.

  3. January 26, 2018 / 9:53 am

    We’ve got Merlin Passes and Warwick Castle is on our list to visit. I might see if we can squeeze a trip in at half term x

    • monsterid January 26, 2018 / 6:25 pm

      You’ll love it Laura, such a brilliant day out.

  4. January 30, 2018 / 10:16 am

    First of all, I am so envious that you get this half term break in February! Such fun suggestions – making me yearn for a trip to the Uk!

    • monsterid January 30, 2018 / 12:24 pm

      Thank you Dawn, I hope you make it over here soon. It is lovely to take a break at that time of year.

  5. January 30, 2018 / 1:00 pm

    I’m definitely going to make it to Warwick Castle this year, my first visit in about 30 years! And I’d love to return to Kenilworth, I remember it being really good fun when I was a kid. My grandparents lived in Leamington so we used to go to these places a lot when we were little. #Familytraveltips

    • monsterid January 30, 2018 / 1:03 pm

      Oh lovely! Kenilworth is on our list for half term and we are such big fans of Warwick Castle, we tend to go every couple of months and never tire of it.

  6. January 30, 2018 / 5:17 pm

    When is your break? We have a Feb week off, around our presidents day holiday. Most people head south for warmer weather. Then we have a week off around Easter! Always looking for fun thing to do during these breaks, or on weekends #FamilyTravelTips

    • monsterid January 30, 2018 / 7:02 pm

      It’s mid-Feb, really looking forward to it! I hope you have a wonderful break too.

  7. January 30, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    We have friends up near the west midland so it’s great to have some suggestions to take with us of places to go and also to inspire us of places to visit on our A-Z adventure! Thanks for putting this together #FamilyTravelTips

    • monsterid January 30, 2018 / 10:49 pm

      That’s great, I’m so glad you found it helpful.

  8. January 30, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    Great ideas for half term. We’d love to get to Warwick Castle this year and i know my boys would love Cadbury World! #familytraveltips

    • monsterid January 30, 2018 / 10:49 pm

      Warwick Castle is one of our faves. I hope you manage to make it.

  9. January 30, 2018 / 9:25 pm

    There are some great suggestions here – I think my little one would love any of the ones involving animals! #familytraveltips

    • monsterid January 30, 2018 / 10:49 pm

      Yes, animals are always a hit here too!

  10. January 30, 2018 / 11:03 pm

    So many of these things are on our doorstep and so many we have yet to do. I’m going to make Ironbridge a day out over half term definitely and try and squeeze in another one if we can too. Will let you know how we get on 🙂

    • monsterid January 31, 2018 / 7:24 am

      Oh lovely, do update me to let me know how they go. I hope to get the girls to Ironbridge soon too, such a lovely place and the museums are fascinating.

  11. January 31, 2018 / 5:00 am

    What a fantastic list. Trentham Gardens & Warwick Castle look amazing! #FamilyTravelTips

    • monsterid January 31, 2018 / 7:23 am

      Thank you, Warwick is one of our favourites and Trentham is supposed to be lovely too.

  12. February 1, 2018 / 12:19 pm

    Lovely to see you’ve featured Croome. It’s glorious there isn’t it. I make guidebooks for the National Trust and was lucky enough to make their most recent edition, so I got to know the place well. Warwick Castle is definitely on our list for this year.

    • monsterid February 1, 2018 / 1:19 pm

      Oh wow, what an incredible jobs making guidebooks for the NT, I was talking yesterday about how amazing it must be to work for them. Warwick castle is fabulous, you’d love it!

  13. February 2, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    This looks like a fabulous lot of things to do during a half term holiday!!! So many things to pick from. Warwick Castle looks great! #familytraveltips

    • monsterid February 2, 2018 / 9:38 pm

      Thank you. Warwick Castle is fabulous, you’d love it.

  14. February 4, 2018 / 11:56 am

    Wow! It sounds like there’s so much to do where you are! Enjoy Easter too x

    • monsterid February 4, 2018 / 8:51 pm

      Thanks Helen, we’re very lucky to have so much happening during the school holidays.

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