February is a fun time across Newark and Sherwood with extra events and children’s activities for the half term break. Whether you’re crafty and creative, love to learn, or have an obsession with the outdoors, there is something to tickle every family’s fancy. Many of the events are on for two weeks, so they cover the local school holidays as well as the school calendar of other districts.
The market town of Newark is bursting with history. It is home to the National Civil War Centre, which celebrates the major role the town played in the English civil wars in an accessible and child friendly way. On Sat 17, it is holding a Meet a Muskateer day, and from 10-25 Feb it has ‘Valentine Calamity’ family craft activities and performances from a gallant she-soldier.
Newark town is also home to some fabulous parks – you could head to Sconce & Devon Park, which has a café, play area and a wildlife pond, or to the gardens by the fabulous Newark Castle.
Heading out of town to the wonderful Kelham Hall & Country Park, there are half term activities from 11-25 Feb, including woodland and riverside walks and an adventure play area. Laser Days, the laser tag outdoor adventure game, is also based at Kelham and is a good way to expend lots of energy!
If you want to finish the half term break on a high, you could book tickets to join Little and Big Nutbrown Hare in a performance of Guess How Much I Love You at The Palace Theatre on 24 & 25 February.
The home of Robin Hood is a good place to visit at any time, but always has a vibrant programme of activities during school holidays. Special events at Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre include a Make a Bird Feeder session on 17 Feb and Bird Box making on 20 Feb.
Next door at the Sherwood Forest Arts & Craft Centre in Edwinstowe, there is a craft session on Wednesday 21 with help from some of the talented craftspeople based at the centre.
Nearby at Thoresby Park, there is a Spring Watch programme of free outdoor activities from 19-25 Feb; while at Rufford Abbey Country Park there is a fairy trail from 17-25 and on 21 Feb a Build a Bird Box session.
Vicar Water Country Park in Clipstone is another great park for spending family time, with a café, play area, small pond for model boats and duck feeding and lots of paths for cycling.
Southwell and surrounds
Just outside the beautiful town of Southwell is National Trust property, The Workhouse, which always has a programme of special events during school holidays. From 10-25 Feb, the Family Space is open, with daily activities such as crafts and games for all family ages. On 14 and 21 Feb, there are additional Pop-up Pauper events, where you can see and help inmates with their chores.
Also outside of Southwell, is Reg Taylor’s Garden Centre and Swan Sanctuary. Its five beautiful lakes are home to rare and endangered species, as well as graceful swans and an array of shrubs and trees.
Heading back into Southwell and its famous Minster, which is always a wonder to see, on 22 Feb there is a Crafty Romans morning at The Archbishop’s Palace where children will get the chance to try their hands at mosaics and frescoes.
Find out more
Details of all the events above – plus additional activities for other age ranges – can be found on our calendar of events.
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