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 places with activities to keep the whole family busy.

Child completing the garden trail at Dunham Massey

Follow the Finches at Dunham Massey

February is a chilly time for the finches at Dunham Massey… Can you help the Finch Family find their hats and scarves to keep warm? Follow the trail of tiny winter woollies around the gardens, and pick up some feathery facts along the way.

Family out walking in the winter

Let off steam at Speke Hall

Grab your favourite scarf and take a wintery walk around the grounds at Speke Hall. Follow the outdoor winter trail as a family and explore the gardens around this fascinating Tudor house.

Child completing trail sheet

Help us open the doors at Lyme

February means it’s time to open the house at Lyme, but we need your help. Meet our conservationists and help them look after the special objects in the house, learning all about the bugs and beasties that can damage the weird and wonderful collection at Lyme.

Child taking a close look at cotton on a loom at Quarry Bank

Step back in time at Quarry Bank

Head back to the nineteenth century and find out what it was like for the children working in the mill at Quarry Bank. Follow the story trail around the mill and have a go at some of the jobs that the grown-ups were too scared to do…

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

Tick off your 50 things at Rufford Old Hall

As far as we’re concerned, there are 50 brilliant things you should do before you’re 11 ¾ (and half term is the time to do it). You can hunt for bugs, build a den, or go bird watching to tick a few more off your ’50 things’ list in the gardens and woodland at Rufford Old Hall.

A family out for a walk in the parkland

Go on a nature walk at Hare Hill

Pick up a nature pack and explore the fun-filled trail around the grounds at Hare Hill. Look out for the creepy crawlies hiding under rocks, the pond that’s teeming with life, or the really hard to spot tawny owl. Explore for long enough and you might even discover a secret garden…

A family at Rufford Old Hall meeting one of the scarecrows

Meet the scarecrows at Tatton Park

February half term is Scarecrow Festival time at Tatton Park – can you spot them all? Find over 30 different scarecrows all around the gardens this half term. And don’t forget to head over to the working farm, to meet all a few of the animals who call Tatton home.