Half-term fun in the North East

This half-term we've got all you need for lots of fun family days out. We're laying on activities to get the kids back in touch with nature as well as creative crafts and lots more.

Gibside, Half-term Hog Roast, 12 February, 4 – 9pm

Start the half-term holidays in style and head to Gibside Pub for a family night of food and music. From 6pm there’ll be sizzling hog roast or fresh stone-baked pizza on offer, for the adults there’s real ale and plenty available for the kids too. 

Seaton Delaval Hall, Make & Do, every Sunday, 11am-4pm

Enjoy free craft activities learning how to make all sorts of things. Come along during February to make Chinese drums, paper heart decorations, Georgian masks and more! 

Wallington, Snowdrop planting week, 13 – 21 February, 10am-3pm

Join the gardeners to help plant 100,000 snowdrop bulbs during February half term. Wallington are extending their new winter trail through the East Woods which already includes 200,000 snowdrops and crocuses that are set to bloom this February. Our gardeners will be there to show you the ropes and help you get hands-on with nature. 

We love the sight of snowdrops in winter
Snowdrops growing in a woodland
We love the sight of snowdrops in winter

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Get crafty, 15 – 19 February, 11am – 4pm

Drop in to take part in lots of crafty activities that will keep the kids busy during the holidays. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday you can make a bird box to encourage birds to nest in your garden, and on Tuesday or Thursday you can build your very own miniature working lighthouse. 

Gibside, Bird box making, 16 – 17 February, 10.30am – 3pm

Join the Gibside rangers with your family and work together to make a bird box for your garden at home. 

Sutton Hoo bird box in the woods

Hadrian’s Wall, Star gazing, 17 February, 6 – 9pm

Join the National Trust at Hadrian’s Wall for an evening of star gazing to admire the wonderful Dark Skies in Northumberland. There will be a talk on various aspects of astronomy as well as demonstrations. A star gazing session will take place if the weather permits. 

Cragside, Make a secret coded paper bouquet, 18 February, 11am-3pm

Call into the Young Engineer’s zone and experiment with the Victorian language of flowers. Make a paper bouquet to send a secret message – then see if anyone can decipher what you are trying to say!