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Roman Soldier Workshops
Find out what it was like to be a Roman. A chance to train with soldiers on the parade ground and spend your wages at the market stall
National Roman Legion Museum, High Street, Caerleon, Newport NP18 1AE. www.museumwales.ac.uk 01633 423134
Pancake Half Term Madness
A week of fun activities for all the family. Learn about pancakes and Shrove Tuesday, try some Pancake Puzzlers and Pancake Art, or take part in Pancake Olympics.
Erddig, Wrexham, LL13 0YT. www.nationaltrust.org.uk 01978 315151
THE SOUTH WEST
Pirate Half Term,
Pirate-themed activities throughout the museum. Come in fancy dress and look out for a Captain Jack Sparrow lookalike!
Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset BA22 8HT. www.fleetairarm.com 01935 840565
14 February 2010 - 18 February 2010
STOWE LANDSCAPE GARDENS - HALF TERM - KIDS GO FREE
Children can explore the gardens of Stowe every day during the half term week. With trails, activities & tracker packs on offer there will be something for everyone. 10.30am-5.30pm.
Stowe Landscape Gardens
Buckingham , Buckinghamshire, MK18 5DQ 01280 822850 (Infoline)
17 February 2010
CLOWNING AND SLAPSTICK WORKSHOP
Try your hand at the various aspects of slapstick such as prat-falls, slips, trips and double-takes. This physical workshops teaches the techniques of silent comedy as well as the basics of clowning-funny walks, the power of facial expressions and how to find your inner-clown! 2.30-4.30pm Ages 8+ £15
Stantonbury Campus Theatre
Purbeck , Milton Keynes , Buckinghamshire, MK14 6BN 01908 324422
19 February 2010
HAYMILL VALLEY HALF-TERM FUN DAY
Discover the wildlife of this lovely reserve with its reedbed, wet woodland and 8-foot kingfishers! There will be a whole range of family activities on offer. Wear old clothes and sturdy footwear. No dogs please. Meet on the corner of Whittaker and Marescroft Road, Burnham. Free 1-3.30pm
Burnham, Buckinghamshire, SL2 2NW 01628 829574
17 February 2010 - 18 February 2010
LOVING LIQUID NITROGEN
11am-12noon or 2pm-3pm, £3 per person or £5 with discovery zone entrance/SO Live Friends Free Strange things happen to everyday objects when they get really cold. Come and see our exciting experiments with liquid nitrogen, and discover how to shrink balloons, shatter flowers and smash onions! Suitable for 5+
Science Oxford Live
London Place, St Clements, oxford, Oxfordshire, 01865 810000
20 February 2010
RISEX 2010 MODEL RAILWAY EXHIBITION.
Risborough & District Model Railway Club exhibition where the whole of the Community Centre in Princes Risborough is taken over one day in the spring each year, allowing local modellers to display their layouts and model making. Cost: Adults £2.50, Senior Citizens/Child £1.50. Time: 10.00am - 5.00pm.
Community Centre (adjacent to Springs swimming pool), Wades Park, Stratton Road, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, 01296 612108
Half Term Activities
Try traditional board games in the Boardroom of the Workers’ Institute. Play a new board game for the first time, designed around the Chainmakers’ Strike of 1910, Valentine’s Day crafts take place in the Museum’s old-fashioned school-room, roll hoops along the cobbled street, play hopscotch or test your skill with whip and top and skittles. A variety of parlour games are played in Station Road cottages.
Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road Dudley West Midlands DY1 4SQ 0121 557 9643 www.bclm.co.uk
The Boggle-Wish Bonfire Guess the wishes of your favourite BeWILDerwood characters, warm yourself round the big BeWILDerwood bonfire and make your wish for the coming year…the secret Boggle way!
BeWILDerwood off A1062 Horning Road, Hoveton Wroxham Norfolk NR12 8JW 01603 783900 www.bewilderwood.co.uk
Medieval tales of marvel and mirth
Our lively storyteller will take you on a journey through medieval life with tales of wise fools and the foolish wise, friars, greedy monks, scolding wives, pedlars in search of their fortunes, kings, knights and even Death himself. Enjoy a fabulous mix of moral, sometimes scary, and often silly tales. Sessions at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Colchester Castle,Colchester Essex CO1 1TJ 01206 282939
15 February- 19 February
The Wicked Wizard of Winter The Storyteller will take you on a magical journey and there are wonderful crafts to make. Come dressed as a wizard, prince, princess or fairy. Suitable for 10 years and under. Please check out the website for times and prices.
Painshill Park Portsmouth Road, Cobham Surrey KT11 1JE 01932 868113 www.painshill.co.uk
NATURE DAY (5-12YRS)
As well as taking part in the crazy creature sports and games, you will also get the opportunity to go outside to see what creepy crawlies you can find lurking in our leisure centre garden. Don't miss the day full of exciting activities. Target age group: 5-12yrs Time: 9am-3.30pm Price: *£17.50 with adv card/£19.50 without adv card.
Clewer Mead Stovell Rd , Windsor , Berkshire, SL4 5JB 01753 778577
17 February 2010 - 19 February 2010
BRIGHT SPARKS HALF TERM FAMILIY ACTIVITIES
Enjoy a variety of craft activities. Learn to march, Survive Sir's Mini Assault Course and brave the Big Bug Hunt. All this and much more.. 11am until 3.30pm. Child: £4.50, Adult: £3.50, Family: £16 (2 adults, up to 3 children under 5s Free)
The REME Museum of Technology www.rememuseum.org.uk
Isaac Newton Road, Arborfield Garrison, Arborfield , Berkshire, RG2 9NJ 0118 976 3375
A Knight's Trail
On various dates. Follow the 'Knight's Trail' around the castle to find the hidden armour, then claim your reward from a real knight in shinning armour!
Bodiam Castle Bodiam Sussex TN32 5UA 01580 830436 www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Bloody Mary: Killer Queen
New experience featuring one of Britain’s most murderous monarchs – Mary Tudor aka Bloody Mary. Enter Bloody Mary’s private chapel and witness the fanatically Catholic Queen pass judgement on petrified heretics. Experience the horrifying sights, screams, smells of the most painful method of execution known to man – being slowly burnt alive! Open 7 days a week - 9:30am – 6:30pm, family tickets from £55.
London Dungeon 28-34 Tooley Street London London SE1 2SZ 0207 403 7221 www.thedungeons.com
17-Feb 18-Feb 2010
One, Two Hullabaloo
Three comical tales featuring Brer Rabbit and his animal friends - plus plenty of joining in! Suitable for 3-5 year olds. There is also a family workshop, for 4 year olds and upwards. Booking essential.
Watermans 40 High Street, Brentford London TW8 0DS 0208 232 1010 www.watermans.org.uk
13/02/10 - 21/02/10
Jorvik Viking Festival
Join the festival fever at variety of exciting events to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Jorvik Centre, join Coppergate Camp and learn about Viking life at sea and on dry land, get a taste at swordfighting (7-11s), become a ferocious Viking in stage fighting (over 12s), live performances, music and feasting adds to the atmosphere. See website for full programme of events and venues.
Jorvik Viking Centre, York North Yorkshire YO1 9WT 01904 543400
13/02/10 - 21/02/10
The Muncaster Experience
Darkest Muncaster Illuminations Explore the castle and play in 70 acres of gardens, meet the birds of prey and on certain dates in half term experience the magic as the gardens are transformed with music, sound effects and a light show. Special illumination dates are 13th, 14th, 17th, 19th and 20th. (Castle closed Sat).
Muncaster Castle Ravenglass Cumbria CA18 1RQ 01229 717614 www.muncaster.co.uk
National Museums Liverpool Half Term Events
Set sail on a journey around these neighbouring museums in Albert Dock, there is a ship-full of activities and special events to keep shipmates busy over the half term. Learn about the Titanic, the Battle of the Atlantic, Liverpool's Maritime history, the slave trade and life in West Africa. Meet costumed characters such as Rose the Pier Master's wife, Robert Hichins who was at the wheel when the iceberg struck and watch out for those pirates! Learn African crafts, make carnival masks, feel the beat of African drums, learn a tribal dance and listen to the story of Ellen Craft's journey from enslavement to freedom. See website for details of the full programme of dates and times.
Merseyside Maritime Museum & International Slavery Museum Liverpool Merseyside L3 4AQ 0151 478 4499 www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk
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