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How To Keep The Kids Happy During Half Term

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Pack your diaries with fun with our guide to activities in the country & in town...

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If you’re on the look out for child-friendly activities to keep the kids happy during half term, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up the best special events and nationwide diary dates to keep the little ones in good spirits for the break. 

Half Term Events in London & the Country 2021


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  • The Story Museum

    Visit The Story Museum

    The Story Museum in Oxford makes a lovely trip for the family, with plenty of activities for a range of ages. The Enchanted Library will once again invite visitors to step inside iconic scenes from children’s books such as The Chronicles of Narnia, while The Whispering Wood’s indoor forest will share spoken tales from all over the world. Young children aged 0-5, meanwhile, will love the Small Worlds play space. The museum is open every day during half term.

  • God's House Tower

    Take a Trip To God’s House Tower

    Interactive contemporary art attraction God’s House Tower is reopening following a £3.1 million restoration fund. Part of Southampton’s two-mile long medieval wall, the venue will be returning with an exciting line-up of new exhibitions.

  • Maggie & Rose Half Term

    Get Involved with Maggie & Rose’s Half Term Programme

    Head to the new Maggie & Rose café in Islington for child-friendly morning sessions, including storytelling, arts and crafts, puppet shows, bubble discos and more. Afterwards, stay for a wholesome lunch from the fresh seasonal menu, with dishes including mushroom and tarragon sausage rolls and cheddar sourdough toasties.

  • Tiger Lodge at Port Lymphe

    Check out Port Lympne, Kent

    A must-visit for animal-lovers; this Kent-based conservation charity is not your average UK wildlife experience. Whether you opt for a day visit or a short stay, you’ll come face to face with big cats, gorillas, giraffes and many more. If you really want to push the boat out, (and blow their minds in the process) book in for a stay at Tiger Lodge, where tigers play right outside your (very sturdy) windows.


  • Forest Nets at Celtic Manor Resort, Newport

    Forest Nets at Celtic Manor Resort, Newport

    If you want to drag the kids away from their screens and get them playing outside this half term, take a day trip to the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales and check out the Forest Nets, where kids can clamber through the trees bouncing on suspended nets. It is absolutely as fun as it sounds, for the young and young-at-heart alike.


  • Baby Animals At Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, Norfolk

    See Baby Animals At Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, Norfolk

    Great Yarmouth’s Thrigby Hall Wildlife Centre is the place to be if you want to enjoy some cuteness this half term. Go along and meet the new snow leopard and red panda cubs, which are just starting to get out and about and explore their surroundings.

    HOW? Prices from £15.50 adults; £11.50 children and under fours are free. For more information visit:

    Image: Tom Jones Photography

  • Roseland Peninsula Walks, Cornwall

    Go for a Family-Friendly Walk in Cornwall

    Exploring the rugged Cornish coastline is best done away from the crowds, so autumn is the perfect time to travel south west. Make St Mawes your base and try a family-friendly walk on the Roseland Peninsula, suitable for all abilities. See our guide here.

Main image: The Story Museum by John Cairns

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