What’s on – Weekend 16th & 17th February

Tatton scarecrow festival

Tatton Park’s Scarecrow Festival Sat 16th – Sun 24th Feb (Photo: Tatton Park)

It’s a busy weekend as half term kicks off!! Why not visit the scarecrows at Tatton, see a show at the Lowry or go to one of the many National Trust events nearby! If you’re wondering what to do for the rest of the week, take a look at our half term guide or check out our list of great days out!

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Dads Club

The Welcome, Knutsford
Sat 16th Feb 10am – 12pm

We’re starting a Dads’ club on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Bring the kids down for a play and a craft activity. Free toast and juice for the kids. Sausage or bacon butties at a bargain price of £1.50. Mums are welcome too although this could be a good chance to have a lie in! Click for more details

Red House Farm Fun Weekend

Red House Farm, Dunham Massey
Sat 16th Feb – Sun 17th Feb

RED HOUSE FARM FUN WEEKEND THIS WEEKEND DUE TO THE GLORIOUS WEATHER!! We are going to run our party activities (barrel train, Inflatable’s, climbing wall etc) all weekend as the weather is looking great! It’s been a cold few months and we know what people love about Red House Farm is that kids get to play outside. We have to get outside as much as possible when the weather is this nice! Pay on arrival. £8.95 per child (no charge for adults). Click for more details.

Twirliwoos Live

The Lowry, Salford
Fri 15th Feb  – Mon 18th Feb

The Twirlywoos are setting sail around the UK to welcome young fans along for a theatrical adventure. Expect mischief, music and plenty of surprises as they share the delight of discovery. With beautifully inventive puppetry the show promises a cast full of all your favourite characters from the hit TV show. Tickets from £16. Click for more details

Billionaire Boy The Musical

The Lowry, Salford
Thurs 14th Feb  – Sun 17th Feb

One-day factory worker Len Spud invents a new loo roll “Bum Fresh – wet on one side, dry on the other”. The wiping-wonder is an instant hit. Len, and his son Joe, become overnight billionaires, turning their lives upside down. Can money really buy happiness?This hilarious new musical is a triumphant treat for the whole family, based on the bestselling book by David Walliams, and presented by the NST team. Recommended age 5+. Tickets from £14. Click for more details

Scoot Fit Disco

Altrincham Leisure Centre
Sun 17th Feb 2pm

Scoot Fit disco for children aged 2-8 years old. If your children like scooters they’ll love our discos. Children £5. Parents Scoot Fit for free. Bring your own scooter but if you don’t have one we have spares. Click for more details.

The Noise Next Door

The Lowry, Salford
Sun 17th Feb 3pm

*Last few seats* The Noise Next Door are the U.K’s premier improv comedy troupe who have taken the comedy world by storm. Join our crazy crew for an adventure on the high seas as we need your help to chase down the fearsome Captain Bloodbeard. The Noise Next Door will take your suggestions and transform them into jaw-dropping scenes and mind-blowing songs in the blink of an eye! Tickets from £5.50. Click for more details

On this weekend 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

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