February half-term adventures in the North West

Come rain or shine there'll be plenty of family fun during February half-term at special places in the North West. Enjoy some fresh air and let imaginations run wild on outdoor discovery trails, or step back in time inside historic houses with creative crafts to keep little hands busy.

Children stepping out on a welly walk

Take a welly walk at Quarry Bank

Pull on your brightest boots and stomp your way around the woodland and gardens on a welly walk. Challenge the whole family in a welly wanging competition to see who has the furthest throw.

Children in Victorian costume

Enjoy a very Victorian visit to Speke

Step back in time this half-term and follow in the footsteps of Victorian visitors to Speke Hall. Take a trail of discovery around the creaky mansion with Little Adelaide who used to live here and help her to explore hidden mysteries of Speke.

A child taking photographs of snowdrops

Discover curiosities at Dunham

Peek inside forgotten drawers, discover what's inside the feely boxes and uncover stories on the trail through Dunham's Curiosity Garden. Find clues, complete challenges and learn weird curious facts about the plants waking up at this time of year.

Two boys looking into the dog kennel at Little Moreton Hall

What's that smell at Little Moreton Hall?

Become nose detectives on the 'You Smell!' trail as you discover what the Tudors did to tackle stinky smells and how they thought air and scent affected them.

What wildlife will you spot when walking at Lyme?

Spot fairies, elves...and deer at Lyme

Head into the gardens at Lyme to spot elves and fairies who have moved in this half-term. For something a bit more adventurous, pick up a map and test out your orienteering skills as a family with a chance to spot red deer along the way.

Children climbing a tree in the grounds of Mottisfont, Hampshire.

Set your wild side free at Rufford Old Hall

Grab your wellies for an explore outdoors in the gardens and woodland at Rufford Old Hall. Spot mini beasts who call Rufford their home or make your own stick trail for others to follow.

Children playing on a log at Hare Hill, Cheshire.

Find the hares at Hare Hill

For the very first time, Hare Hill is open in February...but something is missing. The hares of Hare Hill have been on the move over winter, and we need your help to find them. Pick up a trail map and keep an eye out for signs of spring along the way.

A family at Rufford Old Hall meeting one of the scarecrows

Make a new friend at Tatton

While away the hours exploring the gardens at Tatton to find over 30 scarecrows at the Scarecrow Festival this half- term. There's even the chance to make your very own scarecrow creation.