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.

Children playing on log at Beningbrough

Sounds and nature at Beningbrough 

Become a nature detective this half term. Look! Listen! What signs of wildlife can you find hiding in the trees and bushes on the trail? Head out on a soundscape adventure with Stories Alive and get creative in Artrageous.

Children look for wildlife through binoculars.

Make feeders and bird boxes at Nunnington Hall 

The team at Nunnington will be showing you how build your own bird box from scratch this half term. Just in time for nesting season, they'll also be demonstrating how to create a bird feeder – so you can make sure the birds in your garden have everything they need for spring.

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.

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.

Three children cook marshmallows on a campfire

Outdoors activities at Hardcastle Crags 

Step into a different type of classroom this half-term. Join us for wild art or cook on a campfire. We'll show you how to light a fire without matches, then make popcorn and bake campfire bread.

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...

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.