Thursday 21st February


Gauntlet Birds of Prey, Eagle and Vulture Park, Knutsford (Photo: Gauntlet BoP Park)

If you’re wondering what to do for the rest of the week, take a look at the rest of our half term guide.  You can also check out our days out list  and family friendly cafes pages for more inspiration!

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Family Sports Session

Knutsford Leisure Centre
Tues 19th Feb & Thurs 21st Feb 10am – 12pm

Sports session for the whole family to enjoy, play badminton, short tennis, quik cricket, rounders and more. Family session for adults with their children or grandchildren. Play sports all together led by our instructor, also enjoy the bouncy castle. For families with children up to 8 years. Child £2.00, Adults £free (Members free). Click for more details

Ability for all – Trampolining and multi-sports

Knutsford Leisure Centre
Thurs 21st Feb 1:30pm – 3pm

We have an exciting afternoon planned for children and families with disabilities. Siblings and friends welcome. Come along with the whole family and join us for an afternoon of trampolining and fun multi-sport activities. These include ten pin bowling, basketball, soft archery, football, arts & crafts plus much more. There will also be the opportunity to have a go on the trampoline with our qualified coach. £3.60 per person. For more information or to book a place please contact Andy Molyneux: Call: 07506 317055 or email Click for more details

Elmer The Patchwork Elephant Show

The Lowry, Salford Quays
Tues 19th  – Thurs 21st Feb various times

Elmer The Patchwork Elephant Show  tells the tale of an elephant that stands out – both with his patchwork-coloured skin and his sense of humour. The show’s subtle message that it is always best to be yourself, combined with the vibrant colour and cheeky humour of the main character, makes Elmer a great show for children of all ages. Tickets from £16. Click for more details

Victorian Toys

Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse, Northwich
Weds 20th – Thurs 21st Feb 10am – 4pm

Victorian children had to make their own toys out of materials they had at home. Come and create your own toy box. Drop in, £2 per child. Click for more details.

Welly Walk

Norton Priory, Runcorn
Thurs 21st Feb 10am – 11:30am

Decorate an umbrella and join the Ranger for a fun walk around the grounds. Don’t forget to bring your wellies! (umbrellas provided and for you to keep!) Workshop £5 per child. Normal admission prices also apply. Please book places in advance by calling 01928 569 895. Click for more details

Craft Club at Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden

Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, Grappenhall
Thurs 21st Feb 1:30pm – 3pm (morning session sold out)

Come and join Gemma from Paper Town Crafts for some half term fun. We will be making some brilliant craft projects for every child to take home, going on a trail around the beautiful gardens and finishing with a story and singing. Children of all ages welcome. Tickets also include a drink and snack for the children and a hot drink for the grown ups. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The cafe will not be open but you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and eat it in the glasshouse between midday and 1.20pm. Tickets £6 per child and £4 per sibling. Click for more details and to book

Craft Club with Kate’s Craft Parties

Rocket and Orange, Altrincham
Thurs 21st Feb 1:30, 2:30 or 3:30pm

Come and join the lovely Kate to personalise a ceramic money box, using special ceramic pens. A choice of money box shapes will be available. The pens Kate use, mean you can take your creation home with you and put it in the oven to set the paint – pretty clever eh? £5 for 1 child/ £8 for 2 children, slots available at 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm. Please call the cafe to book 0161 941 7394. Click for more details.

Brio Play Day and Pop Up Shop

Glebe Farm, Astbury
Thurs 21st  – Sat 23rd Feb 11am – 3pm

Calling all Brio fans..come and play! This is a free event organised by Cheshire Toy Shop; an online toy shop specialising in traditional toys and classic brands. Official stockist of Brio, Bigjigs, Sylvanian Families, TOPModel, Galt, Melissa and Doug, Tractor Ted and more! Click for more details

On today and much of the week:

Scarecrow Festival

Tatton Park, Knutsford
Sat 16th – Sun 24th Feb

This year’s theme is inspired by Heroes and Villains – and there’s 30+ scarecrows in all scattered throughout our 50 acres of Gardens! It’s a challenge to find them all, and especially to follow the trail and match up our famous pairs of Heroes and Villains.  Fancy making a scarecrow of your own? You’ll find all the materials you need in the Fig House. Later on, if your scarecrow is good enough to hold together, your creation could join the others on display.  Normal Garden admission applies – Child £5, Adult £7 (garden entry free for NT members). £7 vehicle park entry applies to all. Click for more details

Gauntlet Birds of Prey Half Term Opening

Gauntlet Birds of Prey, Eagle and Vulture Park, Knutsford
Sat 16th – Sun 24th Feb

Gauntlet will be back open for 7 days a week for February Half Term!! Display times as usual (12pm Vulture Restaurant, 12:30pm Flying Demonstration, 2pm Meet & Greet, 3PM Flying Demonstration). Bring your warm clothes and come and get some fresh air with our beautiful birds! There are also a few last minute spaces for some of our birds of prey experiences including our owl or taster experience starting at just £30 for an hour – give us a call on 01565 754419. Click to view website

Make a Bird Feeder

Dunham Massey
Sat 9th Feb – Sun 24th Feb 12-3pm

Encourage birds to your garden over winter by making your own bird feeder to take home! Find out some ‘Feathery Facts’ about birds and their habitats. Suitable for all ages. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply. Garden ticket required. Click for more details

Below Stairs Tours

Dunham Massey
Sun 10th Feb – Sun 24th Feb, Sat – Weds (11am – 3pm)

Bring the family along to discover what life was like for Dunham’s servants and step back in time on a guided tour of the servants quarters with our Victorian Estate Agent. House & Garden ticket required. Limited availability, collect your ticket from visitor reception on arrival. Tours are approx. 30 minutes long and run at regular times between 11am and 3pm. Click for more details

Get Set, Blast Off! (Under 7s)

Jodrell Bank, nr Goostrey
Sat 16th – Fri 22nd Feb, 1pm weekends, 11am & 1pm weekdays

Join us on a fun-filled rocket trip into space, exploring the solar system and playing lots of games along the way. Sessions last around 20 minutes and are designed for children aged 7 and under. Free with general admission. Click for more details

Science Show: Out of this World

Jodrell Bank, nr Goostrey
Sat 16th – Fri 22nd Feb 11am, 12pm and 2:30pm

Do you think you’re smarter than a 10 year old? In our Out of this World science show we challenge children and adults to go head-to-head and show off their knowledge of all things space. Which of our exciting experiments you will see depends on who’s rocketing to the right answers. Our fun and interactive, family friendly science shows last for 30-40 minutes. They are aimed at adults and children aged 7+. Free with general admission. Click for more details.

Telescope Walking Tours

Jodrell Bank, nr Goostrey
Sat 16th – Fri 22nd Feb 11:45am & 3:15pm

Join one of Jodrell Bank’s popular Telescope Walking Tours as a friendly Explainer takes you for a stroll around the base of the impressive Lovell Telescope. You’ll find out more about how the Grade 1 listed Telescope works, explore its fascinating history and discover some of its ground-breaking research. Walking Tours last around 45 minutes, will take place indoors if wet, are available on a drop-in basis and are free with general admission. Talks are aimed at adults and children aged 10+. Click for more details

Meet the Expert at Jodrell Bank

Jodrell Bank, nr Goostrey
Mon 18th – Fri 22nd Feb 1pm

Here’s your chance to meet one of our resident science and astronomy experts. You’ll learn all about their work, plus have a chance to ask the space questions you’ve always wanted to ask! Suitable for adults and children aged 10+. Free with general admission. Click for more details.

Pizza Making Classes

Red House Farm, Dunham Massey
Thurs 14th – Fri 22nd Feb Weekdays only 10am & 2pm

Starting from scratch, kids will make the dough, roll it out, spread the home made tomato sauce,  add toppings. This year we have got our wood fired pizza oven running so children will be able to watch their pizzas cook in 2-3 minutes (we will do the cooking bit!).  Children can then either eat them there or wrap them up and then go and play outside. We provide all the utensils, ingredients, aprons and hats! Price is £13.50 per child (no charge for adults.) Spaces are reserved by online booking. Click here for more details and to book

Family Walks at Hare Hill

Hare Hill, Over Alderley
Mon 18th – Fri 22nd Feb 10:30 – 4pm

Borrow a nature pack and explore the garden on our fun-filled self-guided trail. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue. Click for more details

Trouble at t’Mill

Quarry Bank Mill, Wilmslow
Mon 18th – Fri 22nd Feb 11am – 4pm

Become a factory inspector and try out the brand new family trail! Have a go at different jobs and experience the dangers of working in a cotton mill with our interactive live show experience. Shows will start at 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm in the Story Space. Booking not needed. Free event but normal admission applies. Click for more details

Dino Falls Adventure Golf Offer

Dino Falls Adventure Golf, TraffordCity
Mon 18th – Fri 22nd Feb

Back by popular demand, the Kids Go Free before 10.30am offer returns to Dino Falls for half term. Available Monday to Friday ONLY, one child goes free with each paying adult when you arrive before 10.30am. Previously these offers have attracted a lot of attention, so please bear in mind there may be a queue before heading out on the course. To download the offer and for more details click here.

Skating on Ice

Walton Hall and Gardens, Warrington
Mon 18th – Fri 22nd Feb 10am – 6pm

Practice your skills on our synthetic rink inside our rustic ‘Riding School’! We’ll be running hourly sessions from 10am – 6pm with each session limited to 40 skaters. Everything will be provided for skating, just bring yourselves and your printed tickets. Disabled skate hire available with full disabled access. The minimum shoe size is a child size 8 – no smaller shoe sizes are available. Children under 7 must be accompanied on the ice by a paying adult. Family tickets are available. Click for more details and to book

Half Term at Energi Trampoline Park

Energi Trampoline Park, Wilmslow
Mon 18th – Fri 22nd Feb

Toddler sessions (Marshal’s Little Monkeys) will run as normal every morning at 10am Monday to Friday. During half term our afternoon sessions won’t run. Over half term the little one’s older siblings or family members can join them! Or why not take advantage of our Family Ticket this half term. Available on all open jump sessions, it allows entry of 5 people for just £40.00. Click here for more details and to book

The Alice Experience

St George’s Hall, Liverpool
Sat 16th Feb – Sat 23rd Feb 10am – 7:30pm

This is a 90 minute walk through production where St Georges Hall is transformed to create the magical, colourful and slightly mad world of Wonderland. Visitors follow the White Rabbit, have tea with the Mad Hatter, visit the Caterpillar, meet the Cheshire Cat, sing along with the playing cards, and avoid losing their heads with the venerable Queen of Hearts! Shows will be every half hour starting from 10am through to 7.30pm most days. Tickets from £6. Click for more details

Kids’ Half Price Safari

Knowsley Safari Park, Knowsley
Sat 16th  – Sun 24th Feb

Don’t miss out on our half term offer – 50% off all safari kids tickets throughout February Half Term! Brush off the January cobwebs and head out on a family adventure! Give your little ones a chance to let off some steam with a trip to the Amur Tiger Trail, a fantastic opportunity to see the largest of the cat species in their 10,000 sq meter home! Then test your own skills against a tiger at our activity camp! Click for more details and to book

Kid for a Quid at Reaseheath Zoo

Reaseheath Zoo, Nantwich
Sat 16th Feb – Sun 24th Feb 10am – 4pm

KID FOR A QUID!!!!! All children (age 4-16yrs) will only be charged £1 entrance to the Zoo! Age 3yrs and under are still FREE. ALL children of eligible age qualify- no matter how many children are in your party. For parking- follow Reaseheath College main entrance. Click for more details

Snowdrop Walk

Rode Hall, Scholar Green
Sat 2nd Feb – 3rd March, Tues – Sun 11-4pm

Experience one of the UK’s most popular walks here at Rode Hall & Gardens.  A beautiful end of winter walk for all the family with a wonderfully diverse landscape and over 70 varieties of Snowdrops. Admission £5/Children £2/Under 5’s Free. Dogs on leads welcome.  Click for more details

Chinese New Year Trail

Biddulph Grange Garden
6th Feb – 28th Feb during garden opening times

Follow the lanterns around the garden to the Chinese Garden and see if you can find some iconic Chinese plants. Can you also spot the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac hidden around the garden? £1 per trail (including fortune cookie prize) and normal admission also applies. No need to book. Click for more details.

Hogfields School of Wizadry

Cockfields Farm, Ashton-under-Lyne
Sat 16th Feb – Sun 24th Feb

Don your Best Wizard and Wizardess Costumes and Enroll at Hogfields School Of Wizardry! There’ll be Professor Lovebottom with a Wizarding Show, Herbology with Professor Sprout and Wand Making with Professor Flickwick. Journey through Diagon Alley and stop at the Leaky Cauldron for a Butterbeer! And meet Professor Crookshanks with his Owls and Mystical Magical Allicorn! Your tickets include all day admssion to the farm with the usual animal activites including meeting reptiles, guinea pig and rabbit petting, feeding barn animals and more. Advance Early Bird Tickets Adults £8.95 Children £9.95. On the Door Price Adults £9.95 Children £12.95. Click for more details.

Half Term at Trentham Gardens

Trentham Gardens, Stoke – on – Trent
Various dates – check website

We have plenty of exciting things to get involved with this half term including Archery, Bushcraft, RSPB Weekend and Horse Drawn Carriage Rides! You can also head to our playground with assault course and zip wire, try to work your way out of the Hornbeam maze or try to find all the fairies in our Fairy Trail! Click for more details

Monkey Forest reopens!

Monkey Forest, Stoke – on – Trent
From Sat 16th Feb

The Monkey Forest reopens for the year! Walk amongst monkeys and enjoy a unique day out for all the family. Monkey Forest is home to 140 free-ranging Barbary macaques. Visitors walk along the 3/4 of a mile pathway. Walk, watch and be AMAZED as the endangered monkeys live as they would in the wild. Situated in an ancient Staffordshire forest Trentham Monkey Forest is the perfect day out for all ages. There are also feeding talks, adventure play areas and more. Click for more details

The Crocky Trail Half Term Opening

The Crocky Trail, Chester
Sat 16th Feb – Sun 24th Feb

The Crocky Trail will be open every day over half term!! Why not bring the whole family and get down and dirty with us at the Crocky Trail outdoor adventure playground? The fun starts the moment you arrive, with all the rides, the trail and the challenges it’s the perfect way to have some quality family time and get that all important exercise for everyone. Enjoy a mile long adventure of pure adrenaline drenched fun as you run along the famous Crocky Trail scrambling through trees, climbing over crooked bridges and swinging over the fast flowing Crocky stream. Click for more details

Big Cats made with LEGO® Bricks

Chester Zoo, Chester
13th Feb – 30th April

We’re bringing you an incredible collection of BIG CATS to the zoo, made completely out of LEGO® bricks! You’ll be able to explore the BIG CATS exhibition and discover more about these incredible species, as well as boosting your brick-building skills by having a go at creating your own animal model. Plus there will be plenty of playful cat-themed events and activities for you to get involved in! There are also be ten endangered brick animals hidden around the zoo for you to discover in our LEGO Brick Trail, with a chance for you to WIN your own in our competition! Normal admission applies.  Click for more details.

A Winter’s Trail at Speke Hall

Speke Hall, Liverpool
Sat 16th Feb – Sun 24th Feb

Follow the Sleepy House Mouse trail around the hall, sit down for storytelling or make some winter and nature inspired crafts. Free event, normal admission applies. Click more details

Manley Mere Adventure Trail

Manley Mere, Frodsham
Sat 16th – Sun 24th Feb 10am – 5pm

Manley Mere Adventure Trail  is open every day over half term. The trail meanders through woodland, alongside a stream with obstacles and challenges on the way! All equipment is self-propelled and cleverly fits into the surroundings. It is a country walk as well as an adventure so there is always an easy way around – just walk past! The trail is about 1½ miles long and tickets are valid until the centre closes.  Click for more details

Bugs and Beasties at Lyme Park

Lyme Park, Macclesfield
Sat 16th – Sun 24th Feb 11am – 4pm

Go in search of the bugs and beasties that make themselves at home in the house. See what it takes to protect all of Lyme’s treasures. Free event, normal admission applies. Click for more details.

North West Puddle Jumping Championships

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough
Sat 16th – Sun 24th Feb 

Bring your friends and family and see who can make the biggest, craziest splash with our special ‘splashometer’ at our Puddle Jumping Championships. At 2pm every day throughout February Half Term, we’ll be holding the Puddle Jumping Championships. There will be daily winners so get practicing your perfect splash in our warm up areas and check out the other splash-tastic fun activities we have on offer for a brilliant day out! Click for more details

Created Creative!

The Hideaway, Partington
Mon 11th – Fri 22nd Feb

Our theme this half term is ‘Created Creative!’ as we believe that all children were created with gifts, talents and skills that are just waiting to be discovered, explored and used. As well as all the usual Hideaway fun, we’ll have loads of workshops including dance, rapping, art and crafts, music, singing and much more. We’re building a little stage where children can show off their skills at mini shows throughout the day. Half term will get full, so book in now. Click for more details

Early Season Special at Gulliver’s World

Gulliver’s World, Warrington
Sat 16th Feb – Sun 24th March selected days

We’re starting the season with a huge offer at Gulliver’s World. Tickets are just £12 per person with our Early Season Special when you book at least two days in advance. Simply choose Warrington or Milton Keynes and select your date. There’s a great selection of rides and attractions available alongside play areas that are perfect for younger children. Tickets at the gate are £15 throughout this early season special period. Click for more details

Classes at Treehouse

Treehouse, Altrincham
Sat 16th – Sun 24th Feb

Treehouse’s usual PAYG classes will all be on over half term so why not try something new! There’s something for ages from 0 – 7, including football, Disney Dance, Morning with Peppa and Baby Music and Movement! Click here for more details and to book

Superhero & Princess Trail

Blakemere Village,  Northwich
Sun 17th – Mon 25th Feb

Once upon a time your favourite Superheroes & Princesses embarked on an adventure around Blakemere Village… A magical spell was cast and they were all frozen in time! This spell has now been lifted leaving them all stranded. We need your HELP!! Great for 3 – 11 year olds! Trail maps available from the Visitor Information Centre. Weekdays 10am – 4pm Weekends 10:30am – 4pm. £3 per trail form includes prize. Click for more details