I can’t be the only one wondering how on earth are we nearly at February half term? January 2019 flew by!
It’s been a little while since I was at school but I always remember absolutely loving half terms, who wouldn’t? A week off school to watch all my favourite cartoons, explore the great outdoors and as I got older, to sleep!
Whether you’ve got little ones, teenagers or you’re just a teacher with a week off yourself – we’ve got loads of events, activities and attractions you can all get involved in.
Enchanted Fairy Trail At Rufford Abbey
9th February – 24th February
February can be an extremely magical time, the transition from winter to spring and sometimes with the surprise visit of some snow – Rufford Abbey is getting stuck in with the magic theme. Pop on your fabulous fairy wings and follow the trail around Rufford Abbey’s Enchanted Forest to discover a world of mystery. Hunt down the enchanted miniature houses, find the king and queen of the fairies, walk through our wonky archways to find their resident dragon and tell your secrets to Rainbow Sunbeam wishing fairy. Let you little fairies and elves’ imaginations run wild!
Trail sheets cost £2 and can be purchased on the day at Visitors Reception.
Fairy February at Thoresby Park
Thoresby Park are also getting into the magical sprit with Fairy February – a whole month dedicated to our favourite magical creatures! Their fairy and woodland sprite trail runs from the 16th February – 24th February – join the magic with Thoresby’s Fairy and Woodland Sprite trail and discover what magical creatures live among us! Explore the magical pathways and venture through the magical woodland and find out where all of Thoresby’s woodland creatures live. Discover your very own fairy or sprite name whilst on the trail too! Trail sheets are £2 each with a collector’s box included!
Thoresby Park is also running some craft events as part of Fairy February:
- Build a bird box for your feathered friends – 16th February
- Make a Fairy Wand – 19th & 21st February
- Build a Fairy house for the bottom of your garden – 23rd February
- Decorate a fairy door for your garden or house – 23rd February
These events will need to be pre-booked so hurry to avoid disappointment by calling 01623 822009 or emailing email@example.com
Magic & Unicorns week at White Post Farm
18th February – 22nd February
Unicorns are returning to White Post Farm this February half term! Meet the amazing unicorns inside the Silver Barn (for strokes and selfies), join in with Sparkle’s disco and head along to their magic shows! Don’t forget to paint a wishing stone to take home with you, feed the animals and even hold some baby animals too – what a magical day!
Fake News Feb
National Civil War Centre – 16th – 24th February
Extra! Extra! Read all about it this half term with the National Civil War Centre’s fantastic family activities! The 17th century shared more in common with today than you might think and one of those things was ‘fake news’. Propaganda was everything during the Civil War, from caricatures of commanders to hugely overblown reports of victories and even allegations of witchcraft! Discover more about these sensational stories and bogus bulletins in the National Civil War Centre’s programme of hilarious performances and craft sessions.
These family friendly sessions involve a bit of audience participation and are always good fun. Performances run every day except Sundays at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
During the Civil War running a printing works was one of the very few jobs a woman was allowed to do. The Civil War was the best time to be a printer as print news was big business! It was gory, dramatic, spectacularly illustrated and, best of all, didn’t even have to be true! Join a female printer who’ll describe how she helped both Roundheads and Cavaliers to bend, twist and spin the news to suit their own devices!
Family craft activities
10am to 4pm every day.
Invent a fake object for our upcoming Fake News exhibition! Museums are full of fascinating objects but how do we know they’re really what they say they are? Create your own Historic Hoax from our vast range of materials and it might even go up in our galleries!
Events and Festivals
Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory
9th February – 17th February
Visit Hodsock Priory’s renowned snowdrop and winter gardens with woodland walk for a beautiful outdoor experience. Perfect for all ages on a crisp wintery day, wrap up warm and wander among four million snowdrops and winter flowering plants and shrubs with glorious colours and fragrance. The signposted walk through Horse Pasture winds through spectacular carpets of snowdrops which really encourage the feeling that spring will soon unfurl from winter!
Snow White, Rose Red, Bear Brown
Snow White, Rose Red, Bear Brown is coming to the Palace Theatre on the 16th February! Snow White and Rose Res – sisters, twins, best friends – have lived in the forest since they were babes in the wood. Not as worldly wise as their mother would have liked, they are nonetheless kind, caring and sometimes a little over-enthusiastic in their deed! When their quiet life in interrupted by a friendly bear, a new chapter begins!
Suitable for ages 5+ this magical story will spark imagination in minds young and old – definitely not something you want to miss out on!
Newark Vegan Festival
If you are a vegan or are thinking of becoming one then Newark Vegan Festival is the perfect place to hang out for the day. Located in Newark’s beautiful Georgian Town Hall in their Regency Ballroom and Council Chambers – there will be plenty of fantastic food, stalls, talks, info, advice and entertainment!
Explore Sherwood Forest
RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre
Big and little outlaws are invited to join the RSPB this half term to find out more about the ancient forest and the legends growing here!
There are various events and activities going on all week at Sherwood Forest, some are listed below! There will also be nature crafts and Major Oak Talks every day, check the board at the Visitor Centre for the times. There are also Sherwood Forest Guided Walks and Meet Ivar the Yeoman Archer – once again check the board for dates and times.
Have-A-Go archery at Sherwood Forest
16th – 17th February & 23-24 February
Think you’ve got what it takes to be an outlaw? Here’s the chance to put your archery skills to the test, at the home of Robin Hood!
Reach the Core Historic will be providing traditional English Archery for all ages this half term. With their trademark range of fun targets and experienced instructors, come along and try your hand at the skill of archery – you never know, you could become the next Robin Hood!
£4 for 6 arrows
Nest Box Building at Sherwood Forest
Drop into Sherwood Forest during National Nest Box Week and make a nest box for the feathered friends in your garden.
Come along any time between 11am – 2pm and the RSPB’s friendly team will help you build your own nest box to take home. You’ll also have the chance to join our free guided bird walks at 12 and 1 o’clock to learn about the residents your new bird box could soon have
Due to limited number of nest boxes, booking is required for this event – please book via www.visitsherwood.co.uk/events or in person in the Visitor Centre.
Meet Robin Hood’s Little Outlaws
Deep in Sherwood Forest live seven animal friends. They wake a magical 1000-year old oak tree called Major, who takes them on a time travelling adventure to meet Robin Hood!
Visit the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre on 23rd February to listen to local children’s book author Adrian Sissons introduce children ages 5-10 to the first book in the Robin Hood’s Little Outlaws series.
There’ll be a reading from the book, colouring and puzzle activities, demonstrations of the book’s Augmented Reality and previews of book 2 & 3 and also have a book signed by the author!
For the big kids
For those of you with teenagers or for those of you who are big kids at heart then why not head over to Kelham Hall and take part in LetsXcape’s escape room The Rig?
In the early 1940s a group of ‘roughneck Yankee’ oil miners secretly made their way to England setting up camp at Kelham Hall. They were tasked with drilling for oil in the surrounding area and producing the highly sought after ‘high octane’ fuel for allied planes and war ships. Our US friends left as quickly as they came, closing down sites where necessary or handing them over to English engineers when their contract ended.
Over 70 years later recent refurbishment at Kelham Hall by the new owners have uncovered one such drill site right in the heart of the historic house! They are now dealing with a highly volatile RIG having been left to decay for decades and are calling in engineers to deal with the situation.
They need your help, early monitoring suggests a massive explosion is imminent, larger enough to demolish the stately home entirely and likely to occur in just over 60 minutes. They are looking for groups of would be engineers, highly skilled in communications, team work and with physical and mental prowess under pressure. Your team must enter the facility, workout how to shut the RIG down and get out before the time is up.
Can you solve The Rig?
Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Nish Kumar is taking his brand new show on a nationwide tour of the UK is coming to the Palace Theatre Newark! With a title taken from Terminator 2 ‘It’s In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves’ features jokes about politics, mankind’s capacity for self-destruction and whether it will lead to the end of days…GOOD FUN STUFF. He’s the host of the Mash Report which you might have seen on BBC2 or on a Facebook video posted by someone you went to school with but haven’t actually spoken to in a while. As seen on Live At the Apollo, Taskmaster, Mock the Week, QI, Have I Got News For You and Joel and Nish vs. The World
Age guide 16+
Sherwood Pines & Go Ape
For those who consider themselves adrenaline junkies why not get down to Sherwood Pines – the perfect destination for an adventurous day out in the forest. There is something for everyone all year round.
There’s regular activity trails and bikes for hire for people who want to explore the forest, or wild running trails and their red-graded Kitchener’s mountain bike trail for people who really want to push themselves.
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