February half term for families in Wales

School's out, so why not get outside with the family and enjoy coastal walks, woodland adventures, spring gardens and cosy campfires. Or step back in time with traditional crafts in our historic houses around Wales.

Children in Victorian dress being shown how to cook in a traditional kitchen

Aberdulais Tinworks and Waterfall, Neath 

Take a trip back in time and get a taste of life in the Victorian kitchen. Try making some traditional recipes in our fun, family cookery classes in the Old School House Tearoom – and make your own treat to take home.

Children running around the base of a large tree at Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden, Conwy 

Follow in the footsteps of Victorian plant hunter Ernest Wilson, tracking rare trees around the garden on Ernest’s Tree Treasure Trail. You can help the gardeners plant snowdrops too – we’ve got 20,000 to plant so the more helpers we have the merrier.

Cooking on a campfire at Colby Woodland Garden

Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire 

Feeling intrepid? Join our ranger for a woodland survival taster session. Try your hands at shelter building, fire lighting, trail marking, tracking, distress signals, basic survival camp cooking, camouflage and concealment. Kids will love it (adults too!)

School children watch Jerry having a dental check-up with the vet

Erddig, Wrexham 

Our natural play area is great for den building, balancing on logs and creating wild art. See how many #50Things activities you can tick off your list in the house and gardens. There will be different activities to enjoy every day, from meeting the estate's new Shire horses to exploring nature with our rangers.

try your hand at some old fashioned housework in the Llanerchaeron service courtyard

Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion 

Find out about life below stairs and behind the scenes at this Georgian villa. Our Servant's Trail gives children a hands-on taste of the tasks they would have done on a busy working estate in years gone by. After your ‘shift’ enjoy some well-earned play time in the acres of woodland and meadow.

Girl stomping in mud in woodland on winter's day

Plas Newydd, Anglesey 

It’s all about the mud, mud glorious mud this half term. Join us and the Wild Elements team getting your hands dirty during a week of outdoor fun in the garden, including puddle-splashing and woodland walks. May we suggest wellies and waterproofs?

Volunteering at Penrhyn Castle

Penrhyn Castle, Bangor 

Find out what life was like for a servant in the Victorian kitchens by rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck in to some of their daily chores. After all your hard work, let off steam in the railway museum, or by exploring the castle's acres of grounds.

Porth y Swnt Visitor Centre at Aberdaron

Porth y Swnt, Llyn Peninsula 

Does your feathered friend need a home? Join us at our Porth y Swnt seaside visitor centre for a chance to build a home for a wild animal. We also need to make a few extra for the garden at Plas yn Rhiw, so it will be all hands on deck!

Family sitting in garden gazing up at the sky

Stackpole, Pembrokeshire 

Join us at the on-site planetarium with Dark Sky Wales and learn more about the night sky. Follow our starlight trail, try rocket making and, if the skies are clear, have a go at stargazing with the telescopes. This is a bookable event so make sure you don't miss out.

Girl in field looking through binoculars

Tredegar House, Newport 

Get the whole family closer to Nature this February half-term. Follow spotter trails through the gardens, ticking off your #50Things activities as you go. And why not give our feathered friends a helping hand at nesting time by making a bird box, we'll show you how.