February half-term at Osterley Park and House

The West view of Osterley House

With the British weather being what it is, the obvious solution is to look for indoor activities for your little ones in February half-term. But here at Osterley Park and House, we believe that there’s always something exciting to do in nature whatever the weather happens to be doing, and so we’re launching our re-designed 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ trail. Time to get those wellies and waterproofs on…

Choose your own adventure at Osterley Park and House this February half-term. With ten different activities to choose from there’s something for everyone. Here’s a few of the activities you can choose.

Build a den
Mother and daughter building a den in the woods

Number 4: build a den

We have a purpose built den building area, which is kept topped up with perfect branches by our ranger team. Build a den big enough for you and your friends to play in, or challenge each other to a competition.

Number 12: make a trail with sticks

Come up with secret stick symbols to lead your family around the play trail, or see if you can make a trail that other people can follow. Work together or compete to see who can make the best trail.

Number 45: find your way with a map and compass

There’s no SatNavs allowed in our gardens, so you’ll have to navigate your way around the garden using our new 50 things map. Why not race your friends to see who can find the den building area first?

Green fingers helping out in the Little Veg Garden at Osterley
Green fingers helping out in the Little Veg Garden at Osterley

Number 41: plant it, grow it, eat it

On Friday join us in our Little Veg Garden for our family gardening club. Help us maintain the beds and plant the seeds which will grow into delicious vegetables as the year goes on. Come back every Friday in school holidays to see how the plants have grown. With planting and watering going on, there's something for green-fingers of any age to get involved in.

Family cycling at Osterley
Family cycling at Osterley

Number 11: go on a really long bike ride

If you’re looking for a challenge for older children try out our cycle skills area, where you can test you skill on two wheels. Or pack a winter picnic and go on a family bike ride around the long estate path, and discover the 18th century vistas our ranger have been opening up.

After your adventure

When you've ticked off your activities, head into the house and collect one of our marigold counters. Explore Robert Adam's beautiful design and see how many marrigolds you can spot as you go around. Then why not pop into our cafe for a hot lunch, or a quick snack. With a children's lunch box available it's the perfect way to refuel before heading back out into the wild.