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SPRING FAMILY FUNThe kids will soon be enjoying their half term spring break, so if you’re looking for ideas on places to go and things to do, Ann Evans has a few ideas for you.


Shakespeare’s England has a host of fun events going on during the half-term break 17th – 25th February, there’s everything from taking part in a chocolate workshop to seeing some weird and wacky inventions at The Mad Museum.


Cotswold Farm Park opens from 10th February, offering an enjoyable day out for all ages. It’s the home of rare breed conservation and visitors can interact with the animals in the barns and on the ‘Rare Breeds Through History’ walkway. There’s also live lambing taking place every day, a wildlife walk, an adventure playground, indoor play, farm safari, jumping pillows and lots of places to grab a bite to eat.


Children can take part in a chocolate workshop at Henley Chocolates on 22nd February at 11am. So, an opportunity to try hand crafting chocolates, and all the fun of tasting too! Everything will be packed up to take home and enjoy. Cost £15 per person.


Kids have the chance to dress up as folk from medieval times at Kenilworth Castle’s Royal Academy from 19th – 23rd February. Budding courtiers can transform themselves into a Lord or Lady with tips on everything medieval from curtsies to combat.


Warwick Castle is always a stunning place to visit, but did you know that visitors can stay the night in one of Warwick Castle’s luxury themed lodges in the castle grounds. Each Lodge is fully set up with a double bedroom, two bunks and an optional truckle bed. Equipped with a wet room, shower and towels, there is also cable TV, dree WiFi and heating. Prices start from £38.25 per person, per night including breakfast and free second day entry to the castle plus parking. Guests can dine like a king in the Evening All-You-Can-Eat Medieval Dinner Feast at £18.95 per adult and £9.95 per child.

MAD Museum

The MAD Museum was voted ‘Warwickshire’s Best Museum’ on Trip Advisor.  Spend an hour or two experiencing new exhibits which are even more interactive and twice as much fun. Interact with new weird and wonderful inventions and build marble runs.


Enjoy ‘Star Car’ Family Fun at the British Motor Museum. This runs from 10th – 25th February. Join Parker and Penelope on a family tour and explore the collection of Star Cars. Get creative with ‘Star Car’ crafts and Lego building, and have a go at the ‘Star Car’ family trail.


Stratford Butterfly Farm is always a fascinating place to visit as you enjoy hundreds of beautiful tropical butterflies in their natural environment. You’ll be able to observe the life-cycle of a butterfly within the Emerging Case and may even see a butterfly hatch! In the Minibeast Metropolis there are all kinds of creatures to observe including a leafcutter ant colony – one of the largest on display in the UK. During half-term the Education Team will be holding twice daily Meet the Mini-Beast handling sessions. Also new to the Butterfly Farm are a number of stunning pathways, designed by artist Madeline Smith. The smooth level surfaces guide visitors throughout the Flight Area. Inspired by tropical rainforests, the new pathways are bright and colourful, incorporating tropical leaf prints and animal footprints. As well as providing a colourful and interesting set of pathways throughout the Farm, the paths are also much easier for disabled access and visitors with prams and buggies.


On 19th February Kate’s Storytree will be taking root at Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall and Stratford Library when children are invited to join her and let their creativity grow wild in an immersive Shakespearean storytelling session. Families have a choice of two sessions in this free half term event, with the first taking place at 10:30am and a second event at 2:00pm.


Over at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum youngsters can take part in the Holiday Art Club on 22nd February. Children can make pottery tea lights. Suitable for children up to 12 years, £1.50 per child. Or enjoy ‘Art Cart Family Fun’ on 24th February; it’s free, just drop in.


Market Hall Museum will host Arty Tots on 20th February featuring fun, games and crafts, suitable for 5s and under. Then on 22nd February, take part in dino crazy games and crafts. Both events £2.50 per child. Look behind the scenes at the Warwickshire Museum store at Montague Road on 21st February and see some of the fossils and treasures of Warwickshire’s Jurassic past with Curator of Natural History, Jon Radley, and have a go at making a Jurassic treasure to take home. Cost is £5.

Feb Half Term-Parker Penelope BMM

Later this spring, Compton Verney will be running two new spring exhibitions from 17th March – 10th June. Created in Conflict: British Soldier Art from the Crimean War to Today will explore creativity in conflict with a focus on artwork made by British Armed Forces personnel. Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship. English Artist Designers 1922-1942 will tell a story that has never been told before. This exhibition of the prolific artist and designer Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) also coincides with the 75th anniversary of his death.


Chesford Grange, a delightful 4-star hotel situated on the outskirts of Kenilworth is offering a special half-term package including tickets to Warwick Castle. The 2-night break costs £238 for two guests for 2 nights including a 2-day pass to Warwick Castle, full English breakfast each morning and an evening meal worth up to £28 on the first night of their stay, and complimentary upgrade to a superior room (subject to availability).




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