February half term for all the family

Cycling at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

While we’re in lockdown for the start of 2021 and no events are planned at places in our care, there’s still lots to keep little ones busy at home or in your local area. This February half term, you could find a new hobby, be inspired by '50 things to do before you're 11¾' or discover their next favourite book to get stuck into. We've got plenty of ideas for things to do outdoors and indoors if the weather turns.

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops and countryside locations are open. Many houses are also open to visit. Advance booking for visits helps us keep everyone safe and socially distanced. At quieter times such as weekdays, booking shouldn't be necessary, but to guarantee entry we recommend booking in advance, especially at weekends and bank holidays. Please check the property webpage before you visit and follow government guidance.

February half term in the garden
Have a game of bingo with the sounds of nature

Play 'Sounds of nature' bingo 

We’ve put together a 'sounds of nature' bingo for you to play on your own or with friends and relatives. You can play it at home, in your local park or on a day out to one of the special places in our care. We've created a downloadable scorecard so you can tick off all the sounds of nature that you hear.

Explore nature’s spring awakening

'50 things' to do in your garden 

Even bold adventurers can stay close to home to tick off challenges from the '50 things' activity list. Here are our top ten ideas for activities that you can do in your own back garden, nearest park or outdoor green space.

Create a secret garden

February half term indoor fun
Get sticky making salt dough creations at Houghton Mill

Family-friendly bakes to try at home 

Find a recipe to keep the whole family busy this February half term. From tasty classics like lemon drizzle cake to quick and easy bakes like chocolate brownies, you're sure to find inspiration with our family-friendly bakes. Roll up your sleeves on a rainy day and cook up something mouthwatering.

Girl reading a book in the garden at Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire

Find a new favourite read 

Tales of adventures, far away places and activities inspired by nature. Get them reading this half term with our great selection of books bursting with imagination. From poetry to sticker books, adventurers of all ages will be kept entertained for hours on rainy days. Every penny from the books you buy with us goes straight back into caring for nature, beauty and history.