Keep the Kids Entertained this Half-Term

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I know that it’s hard to believe but February half-term is only around the corner. It may only seem like yesterday that the kids were going back to school after the Christmas break but soon enough they’ll be bouncing around the house looking for something to do. But have you considered taking them away for the week? There may be many advantages in booking your family in to a child friendly cottage this February but we realise how difficult it is to find the right place to go and so we have had a look to see if we could find some fantastic events around the country that are sure to keep the kids entertained (and you sane)! So read on for a bit of inspiration on finding the perfect location for a half term break!

Sample Some Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon

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They may not be in the classroom but that doesn’t mean that the kids can’t do a bit of learning on their half-term break, and where is better for that than the home of William Shakespeare; Stratford-upon-Avon? Needless to say there are plenty of Shakespeare centred activities on offer with numerous tours, walks and attractions completely devoted to him and his works. What’s more the Royal Shakespeare Company is also putting on some performances and workshops in the area that are sure to catch the attention of all the budding bards and aspiring actors out there.

Step Back in Time in York


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Alternatively you could take a trip to York over the half-term break, however don’t be surprised if you bump into a horde of Viking warriors wandering the streets. This is because one of the city’s best loved attractions, Jorvik, is hosting its annual Viking Festival during the holiday and it promises to be bigger and better than ever as it forms part of the museum’s 30th birthday celebrations. There are over 80 events scheduled, including battle re-enactments, medieval craft and  the grand finale; Ragnarok- the fall of Gods, a bonanza of battles and pyrotechnics!

Get Out and About in Cornwall

tintagel castle

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If you’re looking to get the kids out into the great outdoors during February half-term then there is nowhere better than Cornwall thanks to the plentiful pristine beaches and countless long-ranging walks. There are several events taking place around the county that promise to stir up some interest towards the countryside for the little ones. English heritage are hosting some fantastic February half-term trails at some of their Cornish properties including Tintagel and St Mawes Castle. Or, alternatively you could take a trip to Pencarrow House and to join in with their annual Snowdrop Sunday, the perfect way to usher in spring.

Hopefully you’ll have got a taste of some of the brilliant events that are going on around the country this February, but if you’re still stuck for ideas of how to keep the little ones entertained don’t forget that we have plenty of cottages that can do that all on their own, such as those with swimming pools or games rooms, not to mention the cottages that are on the grounds of a working farm.

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Jamie Tomkins

By Jamie Tomkins

Jamie is a big fan of long weekend walks with the dog, especially when there is the chance to refuel with lunch in a country pub. Living in Lancaster for three years gave him the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lake District.

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