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Fun things to do in the Cotswolds this February Half Term

Posted: Thu, 9th Feb 2023
Lambing at Cotswold Farm Park

With half term just around the corner, parents everywhere will be scratching their heads trying to think of how they can keep the children busy, happy and entertained all week. We’ve done the hard work for you and found some amazing, fun things to do in the Cotswolds this February half term. Even better, they’ll get the children out and about and running around enjoying everything the Cotswold countryside has to offer.

Lively Lambing at Cotswold Farm Park

Near Cheltenham

There’s nothing more magical than seeing newborn lambs taking their first steps in the world. With over 800 expected to be born this season, a visit to Cotswold Farm Park this February half term is an incredibly fun experience for the whole family and children won’t even realise they’re learning. In the animal barn you’ll get to meet the new arrivals with piglets, donkey foals, goat kids and calves finding their feet amongst the hay. Enjoy a variety of talks, and there is the adventure barn and outdoor play areas for children of all ages to explore. The park reopens for the season on 11 February.

Bird Bingo and more at Blenheim Palace

Woodstock

Half term at Blenheim Palace, from 10-18 February, is full of hidden treasures and friendly faces. Alongside the usual sights of the stately rooms and exhibitions, you can get lost in the Marlborough Maze and take a trip on the miniature train. Head down to the walled garden to meet Delilah the cow and help find her friends on the woodland trail! For the bird spotters in your family, play park bingo and try and get a full house of feathered friends. Since the weather can still be a bit unpredictable in February, there are indoor activities as well to make sure you don’t miss out on the fun.

Children enjoying a day out at Blenheim Palace

Wander through the wonderful woodlands at Westonbirt

Tetbury

Wrap up warm and head out to follow the Silk Wood trail at Westonbirt listening to all the sounds the forest has to offer. The route is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs making it a great choice for the whole family. Immerse yourself in nature, build pine cone towers and enjoy the crunching leaves underfoot. In the Old Arboretum you’ll find characters from The Gruffalo hidden amongst the trees. Ask for a map when you arrive so you don’t miss out on any of their friendly faces.

Woodpecker at Westonbirt

Mud Fest at Slimbridge

Near Stroud

Little ones don’t need an excuse to get messy and at Slimbridge this half term, they’re encouraged to get stuck in the mud. Hands-on activities are being held with mud puddle jumping, a mud kitchen where you can make your own mud, use the mud to sculpt, paint and craft nests and you can even get involved in mud slinging. There are events held across the site so bring your wellies and a change of clothes and get stuck in!

Head down to the woods at Fat Squirrel Outdoor

Witney

Tempt children away from their screens with the promise of roasting s’mores, scavenger hunts, archery and hanging around hammocks. Fat Squirrel Outdoor offer a number of experiences with something for the whole family. It is the perfect opportunity to leave the distractions of technology behind and spend time together in the wilderness.

Sensational snowdrops at Painswick Rococo Garden

Painswick

February half term is one of the most spectacular times of the year to visit the Rococo Gardens at Painswick. They share updates on the blooms on their social media so you can make sure you book tickets for the best day. You will see swathes of white at the start of spring covering the landscape with fifteen varieties to be seen in the gardens.

Become a detective at Chedworth Roman Villa

Chedworth

Visit Chedworth Roman Villa and play at being a detective to decide why you think a villa was built here. You’ll meet characters along the way who will help you spot hints to answer the questions and there are Roman themed games and puzzles for the whole family. At the end of your visit, you’ll be asked to cast your vote as to why you think the villa was built here.

Read more: Best places to see snowdrops in the Cotswolds

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