Sunset over the pirate ship at Drayton Manor Theme Park and Zoo in Tamworth, Staffordshire

Things to do in Staffordshire February Half Term 2023

School holidays are approaching again, so it’s time to check out all the things to do in Staffordshire during February half term 2023. As half term isn’t quite such a big event as the Christmas holidays, many places announce their plans quite late. If your favourite attraction doesn’t have anything listed as yet, do get in touch with them to see what their plans are. If you’re on a budget, check out these free things to do in Staffordshire as well.

This post covers the Staffordshire area only. If you are looking for half term days out in nearby counties, please see below:

Things to do in Staffordshire February half term 2023: Alton Towers

The pirates of Mutiny Bay have taken over the Alton Towers resort and selected areas of the theme park. Visitors will meet with Captain Black and his crew on a pirate adventure. Mutiny Bay and Towers street will be open with live shows and entertainment. Two rides are open, Heave Ho and Marauder’s Mayhem. The Sea Life Sharkbait Reef and aquarium experience will be available to visit too. Little explorers can also head off on an interactive quest and a Pieces of Eight treasure hunt. Full details are on the Alton Towers website. You can also read my review of a trip to Alton Towers hotel, themepark and waterpark with little ones.

A little girl in a pink dress and dark blue spotted sun hat (Libby) enjoying a ride at Alton Towers smiling and waving to the camera on a plane with blue seats.
Enjoying a ride at Alton Towers

Churnet Valley Railway

There’s a brilliant offer on at Churnet Valley Railway for those spending February half term 2023 in Staffordshire. Kids tickets cost just £1 each. These more affordable trips will be shorter, but a trip on a steam train is always fun. Step back to the 1950s and 60s in a traditional carriage that is both child-friendly and wheelchair accessible. Refreshments are available at Froghall station and you will also stop at both Consall and Cheddleton stations before arriving at Leekbrook. Do check the timetable on the Churnet Valley website before you go. These services look to only be running from 20th to 23rd February 2023. The website states that their best prices are available online so it’s not clear if these £1 tickets will be available if you don’t book in advance. I can’t find the price for adult tickets either.

Drayton Manor Park

It’s dinosaur breakout week at Drayton Manor Park in Staffordshire for February half term 2023. Come face to face with some of the biggest walking dinosaurs in Europe who are on the loose in the park! Certain rides and attractions are open including Thomas Land, the Dino Trail and the zoo, as well as the Loki and Jormungandr family thrill rides. Look out for the Jurassic Breakout parade at 4.30 pm, meet and greets with various dinosaurs and Rory’s dino disco at midday and 3 pm. The usual Thomas Land balcony shows will be taking place as well and the 4D cinema has a Raptor Live show at 11 am, 12.30 pm, 2.30 pm and 4 pm. Full details are on the Drayton Manor website and you can read my review of a family day out at Drayton Manor. The park is open for the half term event from 17th to 26th February 2023.

Sunset over the Pirate Ship one of the things to do at Drayton Manor Park Staffordshire half term February 2023
Sunset over the Pirate Ship at Drayton Manor Park Staffordshire

Things to do in Staffordshire February half term 2023: Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses

There are no events planned at Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses for February half term yet. However, something is usually going on and it’s always a lovely place for a walk. Dogs on leads are welcome to join you. It’s worth checking the Kinver Edge website to see whether any events have yet been added, and I will update this post when I see them. You can also read my review of a dog friendly family day out at Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses.

Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses National Trust Staffordshire West Midlands outside main entrance to houses
Kinver Edge Rock Houses

Lower Drayton Farm

The regular Lambs & Ewe event at Lower Drayton Farm is back for February half term 2023. Meet some of the cutest babies on the farm with over 100 different breeds of sheep. Watch an educational film about sheep and lambs, get up close with them in the lambing barn and learn facts with the sheep knowledge trail. Then help Farmer Ray and Shep the dog to find lost sheep. Lower Drayton farm also boasts both indoor and outdoor play areas and small animal zones. The event takes place from 18th to 26th February 2023 with a quieter play experience available in the relaxed Friday session from 3 pm on Friday 24th February. Full details are on the Lower Drayton website.

National Forest Adventure Farm

It’s all about new life on the farm at the National Forest Adventure Farm in Staffordshire this February half term from 18th to 26th February 2023. Visit the lambs to help bottle feed them and even witness one being born if you’re there at the right time. Other baby animals at this time of year include goat kids, piglets, chicks and calfs. Help the farmer to fix a tractor, mend fences, make a scarecrow and a range of indoor activities. Have a go on the lambing simulator, see what it would be like to milk a cow and plant a seed to grow at home. There are large play areas both indoors and outdoors as well as the half term activities. Full information is available on their website and they advise booking in advance as availability is limited. Read my review of Halloween Half Term at the National Forest Adventure Farm.

Calf at National Forest Adventure Farm in Staffordshire in the West Midlands one of the baby animals on display half term 2023

Things to do in Staffordshire February half term 2023: Statfold Barn Railway

Statfold Railway in Tamworth, Staffordshire has a fun event taking place for February half term 2023. Enjoy their usual activities including train rides, a vintage swing chair ride, soft play, inflatables and a VR ride. For an extra cost you can also enjoy the clip and climb in Toby’s Play barn. The other optional extra this half term is a retro roller disco. Check out their website for the disco themes, dates and times. You can also read my review of a fun family day out at Statfold.

Steam engines in Statfold Barn Railway Museum Staffordshire West Midlands
Statfold Barn museum

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