Half-term fun in the North East

Looking for something to do with the little ones this February half term? Wrap up warm and make the most of the fresh air – whatever the weather. From muddy trails at Gibside and Cragside, to lending a hand to plant 100,000 snowdrops at Wallington, there are plenty of ways to keep the kids entertained in the North East.

Young child at Wallington cycling past snowdrops

Plant snow drops at Wallington 

Drop in during half term and help us plant another 100,000 snowdrop bulbs. The gardening team will be there to show you the ropes - all you need is enthusiasm and clothes you don't mind getting muddy! For an indoor adventure head into the house on the spring flower trail and get stuck into some seasonal arts and crafts at Toobelz House.

Children walking in their wellies

Plodge through mud at Gibside 

It’s all about plodging at Gibside. Pull on your wellies, get outdoors and make the most of nature and the fresh air - whatever the weather. Throughout half-term, hunt for the muddiest spots on the wellyteering trail, find the biggest puddles to splash in and try your hand at welly wanging.

A family look at plants in the woodland

Spot winter wildlife at Cragside 

Spring is just around the corner and our furry and feathery friends are starting to wake up from their winter slumbers. Discover why animals hibernate and help Ozzy the Owl find his sleepy friends on the winter wildlife trail at Cragside and make a bird feeder for your garden.

Girl holding a frozen leaf

Tick off some 50 Things activities at Seaton Delaval Hall 

Reopening for February half term, things look a little different at Seaton Delaval Hall as we start our major conservation project. Find out what we’ve been up to over winter, wrap up warm and don your wellies for some half-term fun. Tick off some of your 50 Things to Do Before You’re 11¾ activities by creating the muddiest of mud pies, building a den in the woods or trying a spot of geocaching.

Small girl building a den in the woods

Discover our feathered friends at Cherryburn 

Build a den in the wild garden or head indoors and make your own printed masterpiece. With bird themed events on every weekday of the holiday, there’s plenty to keep the kids busy this February 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...

A man holds a little girl up to see the view from Souter's Lantern Room

Family fun at Souter Lighthouse 

It's all about nature and outdoor fun at Souter this half-term. Brush up on your joinery skills and build a bird box to take home, and find out about the birds that might visit your garden. There's also free balance bike hire to help your little ones learn how to cycle.

Boy looking to see what he has caught in his pond dipping net

Explore the outdoors at Washington Old Hall 

Explore the outdoors this half term at Washington Old Hall. Hunt for bugs, beast and birds in the gardens and find out how you can give nature a helping hand with bug hotel, bird feeder and pond building workshops.