Half term adventures in Yorkshire

There’s something to do every day this February half term in Yorkshire. You can build a den, dress up as your favourite character, and even make a messy mud pie. And what better way to warm up after playing outside, than with a cosy mug of hot chocolate?

Children making dens in the great outdoors.

Build a den at Fountains Abbey

Explore the woods and build your very own den this February half term. There’ll be a competition for the best build, and a special test to make sure it’s waterproof… Woodland wanderers can pick up their own wooden staff, and follow the trail of tree men hidden all around the estate.

An owl in the early evening light.

Spot owls at Beningbrough Hall

Join the special owl habitat walk, looking for signs of the wise old owl around the estate. There are families of tawny owls, little owls and barn owls who call Beningbrough home – see if you can spot where they live.

Building a bird box at Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant

Make your own bird box at Nostell

Put your craft skills to the test and join a bird box making workshop, creating your own box to take home. Look out for wildlife appearing in the garden at Nostell, as our feathered friends start to appear once again in February.

Children look for wildlife through binoculars.

Play bird bingo at Nunnington Hall 

How many different birds can you see? As the days get longer birds of all kinds start appearing in the organic garden, with barn owls and buzzards often stopping by to say hello. Pick up a bird bingo card and see how many feathered friends you can find.

Young boy and girl making mud pies together

Get messy at East Riddlesden Hall 

What’s cooking in the kitchen? Head outside to the mud pie kitchen and cook up something magical in the squelchy mud. Or if you fancy a sweet treat, head into the house to take part in traditional gingerbread making on select days this half term.

Child in fancy dress.

Dress up as your favourite character at Ormesby Hall

As we get excited for World Book Day, escape into your favourite stories this half term. Get dressed up as a character and follow the story trail around the house. See if you can find the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood hiding somewhere warm and cosy...

Child looking for wildlife through binoculars.

Test your tracking skills at Brimham Rocks

Is that a footprint I can see..? Pick up a brand new wildlife tracking pack, full of nature activities to enjoy. Pull on your walking boots, try out one of the walking routes across Brimham, and get out into the fresh air.

The white fronted Old Coastguard Station next to the sea in Robin Hood's Bay

Get active on the Yorkshire Coast

Get on your bike and explore the Cinder Track of the old Whitby-Scarborough railway line, a great family-friendly route for cyclists and walkers alike. Start out at the National Trust Ravenscar Visitor Centre (to stock up on snacks) then cycle along to the Old Coastguard Station at Robin Hood’s Bay.