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It doesn’t seem like two minutes ago that the children were going back to school after the Christmas holidays, but with most schools celebrating half term this week, we thought we’d give you some ideas for how to keep the kids entertained over the next few days. Best of all, they’re free or nearly free! So what are you waiting for, make the most of the half term holiday with one of these great activities.


Enjoy some family time this half term.

Enjoy some family time this half term.

Jorvik Viking Festival

York was once a Viking stronghold and every year the Viking Festival attracts as many as 40,000 tourists eager to take part in the festival.  There are many events which are completely free throughout the festival from storytelling at Coppergate Camp, historical arts and crafts and a strongman competition to enjoy.  For a small charge you can also take part in sword fighting, walking tours and musical workshops for an extra taste of life in Viking York.  The full festival programme is available here.
Jorvik Viking Festival 2012

Go Geocaching

If you’ve not heard of Geocaching before, it’s basically a huge and never-ending treasure hunt across the country.  All you need to take part is a GPS-enabled device, like a smartphone, which you use to navigate from cache to cache and a free membership which you can get at the official Geocaching website.  Discover hidden treasure and leave something for the next treasure hunters to find before you move on to the next clue.  If you’re spending half term in one of our holiday cottages, Geocaching is one of the best ways to explore a brand new area as well as getting the whole family out and about.
The Cache That Time Forgot

Go Green

With spring just around the corner, the February half term is a great time to get the kids interested in nature.  The Dorset Wildlife Trust are offering free Green Fayre and Nest Box Events where families can build their own bird box and have ago at free outdoor games and wildlife activities.  Located in Verwood, on the edge of the Ringwood Forest, it’s the perfect spot for a woodland walk or cycle afterwards.  For more information visit the Wildlife Trust website.
Colourful Bird Nesting Box

London’s Science Museum

If you’re planning a visit to the capital this half term, the range of exciting museums on offer are a great way to save a few pennies.  My personal favourite is the Science Museum in Kensington as it’s great for big kids of all ages.  From attempting keyhole surgery to mapping your family history and understanding how we feel pain, there’s more than enough to do to keep everyone entertained.  The museum is also home to special exhibitions documenting climate change and the history of music, well worth the small charge to enter.
Science museum poster
With half term just starting, now is the perfect time to book a few days away with the whole family.  We have great offers on cottages for February half term with some of our most popular cottages reducing their weekly rental by as much as 25%; what could be better?

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