February half-term events for all the family

Child hunting for bugs at Hardwick park

Come rain or shine there'll be plenty of family fun during February half-term at places we look after. Enjoy some fresh air and go wild in the woods, or get creative indoors and discover intriguing stories from ages past.

Every time you enjoy a February half-term event at one of our places, you help us care for these special places for future generations.

Children enjoying a bushcraft lesson

Cotehele, Cornwall

Bushcraft for Kids, 12–14 February 

Wrap up warm and head to the woodlands at Cotehele for a morning or afternoon of wild bushcraft. Learn to build a shelter, light a controlled fire and other wilderness survival skills, all under the guidance of Jack, a bushcraft expert from Serious Outdoor Skills.

Girl stomping in mud in woodland on winter's day

Gibside, Tyne & Wear

Plodge, 10–18 February 

Dig out your wellington boots and enjoy the countryside fresh air at Gibside this February. Prepare yourselves for welly-wanging, splashing around in the puddles and much more mud mania. On 17 February you can also visit the bi-monthly Gibside Market, held within an 18th century landscape garden, selling fresh food and crafts from local producers.

Close up of a hedgehog in the grass

Hughenden, Buckinghamshire

Hibernating Hedgehogs, 12-16 February 

All creatures big and small need somewhere to live, but sometimes they need a helping hand to find their ideal home. This half-term, our rangers will help you to construct a special home for the wildlife in your garden. Whether it’s for a hedgehog, woodlouse, spider or worm, you’ll learn all the skills you need to make them the perfect luxury apartment.

Ready to wake up the trees in 2018

Moseley Old Hall, Staffordshire

Wassailing and Campfires, 19–23 February 

Join the National Trust team at Moseley Old Hall this February as they carry out the tradition of wassailing around the orchard: waking up the trees from their winter slumber, banishing evil spirits and ensuring a good harvest. Afterwards you practice your campfire cooking and toast some marshmallows over the fire.

Building a bird box at Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant

Springhill, County Londonderry

Nest Fest, 17-18 February 

As part of National Nest Box Week join Springhill’s rangers to find out more about the lives of our feathered friends, and how and where they make their home. Help to rejuvenate Springhill’s bird boxes, learn how to build your own nest and make some bird feeders to take home.

Children bird watching

Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

Love Birds, 14 February 

This half term, take the chance to learn all about the feathery friends at Wicken Fen. Make a bird box and bird feeder to take home, then go bird watching with the rangers to discover some of the special species that live here.