If you’re looking for things to do in the West Midlands during February half term 2020, this list should give you plenty of inspiration. Not all local attractions are open in the Winter months, but these fantastic destinations have prepared lots of exciting events to keep families entertained during the school holidays. For more things to do in the area from family or dog friendly attractions to ideas for a rainy day, head to my comprehensive days out guide. I’ve split this guide up by district. If you’re looking for activities in a particular area, please click on one of the links below to take you to the relevant section.
Things to do in Herefordshire during February half term
Berrington Hall National Trust
A wintry trail guides visitors through the gardens at Berrington Hall from 15th to 23rd February. Solve clues to learn about wildlife and the garden in winter. There’s a trail for under fives and one for over fives, both cost £2.50 and include a prize for completion. Dogs are welcome to explore the grounds with you and children will love the natural play area. Visitors can also make a bird feeder on 23d February from 11am to 3pm for a cost of £2 per person. Inside, dress up as a Georgian or follow the house trail. Full details are available on the Berrington Hall website.
Brockhampton Estate National Trust
Spring flowers are starting to bloom on the Brockhampton estate and evenings are becoming lighter. A half term trail for little ones is based on the rural tradition of wassailing. Learn how wassailers bless the orchards to encourage a bountiful harvests. Trail sheets cost £2.50 including a prize. Head to the Brockhampton website for full details.
Learn about the pesky pests inside Croft Castle on 20th and 21st February. Follow the free children’s trail to find out how pests are kept at bay. There’s colouring in, fact sheets and identification kits to complete. Dogs are not allowed inside the castle so if you’re visiting with a dog, you could build a bug hotel instead. Between 17th and 21st February, bring along a used water bottle and find out how to make it into a hotel for bugs and creepy crawlies. Croft castle suggest a £1 donation for this activity. Full information is available on their website and you can read our review of a dog friendly family day out at Croft Castle.
Things to do in Shropshire this half term
There’s a valentines theme at Attingham Park on 18th and 20th February with visitors offered the opportunity to craft a willow heart. This is suitable for all ages but children aged under seven will need some help from parents. The cost is £5 per heart. On 19th February, there’s something completely different going on with owl pellet dissection. Find out what the owls have been eating as the ranger looks at the pellets through her microscope. This is included in the admission price with no extra cost. Dogs are not allowed at the heart making or pellet detecting events. Do check the website for full details, dates and times. Booking is often essential for events at Attingham.
Ray’s Farm, Bridgenorth
Get muddy building a den in the woods, take animal care lessons, enter a colouring competition and have animal encounters from 15th to 23rd February at Ray’s Farm. Explorers can follow clues across the farm to take part in a treasure hunt and collect a prize.
Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre
Julia Donaldson’s cave baby is the inspiration for the half term event at the Shropshire Discovery Centre. Listen to the story, learn how cave baby’s family would have painted and take part in Stone Age activities including making natural necklaces and paper axes, spear throwing and using fire bows. Children must be accompanied and it’s aimed at 3 to 11 year olds at a cost of £4 each. Booking is advisable. For full details, dates and times see the Discovery Centre website.
Ironbridge gorge museums
Join in with code-breaking activities at Enginuity this half term. Make your own cipher wheel for sending and receiving messages. Try out an enigma machine and challenge your family to work out a secret message. Visitors can even make a keychain with binary code by threading beads that spell out their initials. Follow a code-breaking trail and crack the codes to reveal a password, which you can then transmit on the telegraph machine using morse code. Solve puzzles, play interactive games and make paper helicopters fly. Activities take place from 15th to 23rd February from 10am to 4pm. For details of this and other events at the museums, head to the Ironbridge Gorge website.
Things to do in Staffordshire during February half term
There’s a pirate and princess takeover at the Alton Towers resort from 14th to 23rd February. The theme park itself isn’t open, but if you book a short break in one of the hotels, there are loads of themed activities to keep children busy. Visit the Sealife shark bait reef, enjoy evening entertainment and splash down at the Alton Towers waterpark. Breakfast is also included in the price of your stay, and why not take on the rest of the family in a game of extraordinary golf? Head to the Alton Towers website for more information. You can also read my review of a trip to Alton Towers hotel, themepark and waterpark with little ones.
Drayton Manor Park
Drayton Manor is closed for much of the Winter, but it reopens for a couple of weeks for half term on the 8th and 9th and 12th to 23rd February. Whilst the big thrill rides won’t be running, Thomas Land and other family rides around the park are open, as is their zoo. The Fat Controller and his friends are also putting on live musical shows every day at Knapford Station within Thomas Land. Full information is available on their website and you can read my review of a family day out at Drayton Manor.
Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses
Budding young photographers will love the Little Snappers nature walks at Kinver Edge this half term. Take a walk in the countryside with your camera, looking for signs of nature and wildlife. Capture the perfect shot with the help of experienced photographers. This family event takes place on 17th and 20th February. You’ll need to dress for the weather and bring a smartphone or camera. There’s a morning and an afternoon session. Mornings are more suitable for primary age children, while afternoons are more suitable for secondary school children. Dogs on leads are welcome to join you. For full details and to book, head to the Kinver Edge website. You can also read my review of a dog friendly family day out at Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses.
National Forest Adventure Farm
There’s new life on the farm and fun with the farmer this half term at National Forest Adventure Farm. 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 make a scarecrow and plant a seed to grow at home. There are large play areas both indoors and outdoors as well as the half term activities which run from 15th to 23rd February. Full information is available on their website and you can read my review of Halloween Half Term at the National Forest Adventure Farm.
Things to do in Warwickshire this February half term
Hatton Adventure World
Giant snakes are visiting Hatton this half term from 15th to 23rd February. Meet pythons, boa constrictors and other huge serpents. Learn about them and if you’re brave you can even handle them. There’s also a wildlife workshop where you can learn to make bird feeders and the opportunity to get crafty and make toys for Hatton’s animals. Do check the full programme on their events page, there seems to be something for everyone. There’s also a discount on the entry fee for booking online.
Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire
Knights and princesses are on hand to provide a historic half term at Kenilworth Castle. From 15th to 23rd February, visitors can find out what it was like to work and live an a castle. Learn sword fighting, dress up as a lord or lady and enjoy hands on fun as well as exploring the castle itself. More information is available on their website. You can also read my review of a dog friendly family day out at Kenilworth Castle.
Warwick Castle, Warwick
There’s a festival of archery at Warwick Castle during February half term. Visitors can even be part of the action in one of the live shows. A wave of arrows will soar by as ten archery professionals demonstrate their skills from the turrets and ramparts. Feel heat from blazing arrows and learn about the sport from the experts. The festival is included in the usual admission cost with an additional fee for ‘have a go’ archery. Head to their website for full details and read our review of Warwick Castle’s Wars of the Roses.
Things to do in the West Midlands (County) during February half term
Mr Cadbury’s Parrot will be taking to the stage in his Mini-Egg show at weekends from 8th February to 29th March and every day from 15th to 23rd February. Help him solve the clues and find out who has been after his treats. Full details are on the website and you can read my review of a family day out at Cadbury World.
National Sea Life Centre
Young visitors to the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham can help PJ Masks to prevent disaster in the deep. Be a hero and stop the night time baddies from wreaking ocean havoc. It’s always advisable to book in advance to visit the Sea Life Centre because it does get busy. More information is available on the National Sea Life Centre website and you can also read my review of the National Sea Life Centre.
Things to do in Worcestershire this half term
Croome National Trust
There’s a tree-mendous trail to follow at Croome this half term. From 15th to 23rd February, visitors can find out more about the trees on the estate. How they came to be there, where they came from and how to identify them. The trail costs £2 including a prize at the end. Full details are available on their website.
Visitors to The Firs can find out more about Edward Elgar’s family this half term. Look both in and outside for family photographs and find out some fascinating facts about the little boy Edward Elgar and his family that lived at The Firs with a pony called Jack. Play outdoor Victorian garden games like skipping, croquet, dominoes and horseshoes. Play outside on the instruments in the sound garden and try out Elgar’s piano inside. Libby and I had a little go when we visited, it’s a privilege to play such a beautiful and instrument that is of significant historical interest. Full details of the activities are on their website and you can read my review of a dog friendly family day out at the Firs.
Severn Valley Railway
The Severn Valley Railway reopens for 2020 just in time for February half term. Vintage steam trains travel between Bewdley and Bridgenorth through the Severn Valley every day from 15th to 23rd February. Trains aren’t going to or from Kidderminster at the moment due to repairs to a viaduct. Instead, Kidderminster station will be hosting interactive activities during half term with their ‘make me a train driver’ workshops. The train is supposed to be leaving in a minute but the driver has gone missing. Children can step in and play the part of the driver as part of a theatrical workshop, complete with interactive activities and games. Children will also be able to take a short ride on a diesel train and build a LEGO train to take home. Adults can enjoy free tea or coffee while the children take part. Full details on the Severn Valley website.
Please note, I have worked with several of these attractions on different blog posts but this post is purely informational and none of the attractions have asked to be included.