Welcome to our what’s on guide for February half-term in North Yorkshire, 2020. Please check with the attractions that they are open and their events are running before you leave home. This is our ultimate guide to the best events for kids, make sure you bookmark this page so that you can keep checking back. Another issue we often find at February half-term is some places aren’t even open. Hopefully, this post will keep you busy in one of the coldest school holidays of the year. We still love to get out and about in the winter – nothing some gloves, a hat, scarf and wellie boots can’t fix.
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Things to do February Half Term North Yorkshire 2020
Beningbrough Hall and Gardens
When? Saturday 15th – Sunday 23rd February. Event – The magic of trees. About – Experience the magic of trees this half term on the last chance to follow the tree and bird trail and see Winter Wildlife in Print. Depending on the weather the snowdrops could be at their best giving a carpet of white along the ha-ha walk. read more….
Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, York YO30 1DD
Kiplin Hall and Gardens
When? All half term Event – Snowdrop strolls About – Take a stroll through the grounds of Kiplin surrounded by swaths of snowdrops and aconites. The hall is closed until March but the grounds remain open. Families can enjoy natural play amongst the flora and fauna in our beautiful grounds, pond dipping at the Lily Pond, wildlife hunting in the woodland, and expending any excess energy in the play area.
Richmond DL10 6AT
When? Saturday 15th – Saturday 22nd February. Event – Fab Feb Family Fun About – Ideally aimed at children between the ages of 3 and 8 years of age, Fab Feb Family Fun features a whole host of fantastic indoor and outdoor activities all on offer throughout the school holidays. A selection of Fairground rides will also be open during the event.
Water Ln, North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT
Piglets Adventure Farm
When? Saturday 15th – Sunday 23rd February Event – February Frolics About – New Fleecy fun shows with the Magic Hatter, bottle feed adorable new born lambs and more. read more…..
Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Ln, Towthorpe, York YO32 9ST
RHS Gardens Harlow Carr
When? Saturday 15th – Sunday 23rd February Event – Half term family fun About – Youngsters can enjoy a range of fun all-weather activities at RHS Garden Harlow Carr including a chance to make sun catchers and windsocks during half term and discover more about the wild weather of the UK on a daily garden trail. There is an excellent adventure playground.
Crag Ln, Harrogate HG3 1QB
When? Saturday 15th – Sunday 23rd February Event – Science and Slime Show About – We are joined by Dragons Den winners Sublime Science who will be hosting some workshop style shows throughout the day. Limited tickets are available only on a first come first served basis.
Subject to availability! In addition to all entry tickets. Ice skating, magical forest, maze etc. are all open. Read more…..
Wetherby Rd, Wetherby LS22 4AN
Thornton Hall Country Park
When? Monday 17th until Sunday 23rd February Event – Half term fun About – Different theme every day with critters, farm activities, science shows, unicorn day and more.
Thornton-in-Craven, Skipton BD23 3TS
When? February half term Event – Snowdrop trail About – Collect a map as you arrive, and follow Curator Faith’s snowdrop trail through the Arboretum to see some interesting varieties and learn more about these stunning flowers. We’ve got a great offer running from 15th to 23rd February where KIDS EAT FREE! For every adult lunch from the menu, we’ll give you a kids lunchbox meal, absolutely free* read more…..
Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bedale DL8 2PS
Yorkshire Museum of Farming
When? Monday 17th to Friday 21st February Event – Learn to be a Viking About – Take part in a multiple award winning Viking experience.. You will get to dress as a Viking, learn how to use a spear and shield, play and make a Viking game to take home with you, and see what it was really like to live in a Viking Longhouse. read more….
Yorkshire Museum of Farming, York YO19 5UF
Also Open – Other Places to Visit in North Yorkshire
Alpamere Scarborough – All the way from the Alps, Alpamare Scarborough is a waterpark like no other. If you love adventure, it’s time to experience the biggest, the fastest, the wettest, the warmest, the cleanest, the waviest, the newest, the funnest, the most unlike-any-waterpark-you’ve-seen before waterpark.
28 Burniston Rd, Scarborough YO12 6PH
Askham Bryan Wildlife Park – Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park is a small wildlife park set in the beautiful arboretum at Askham Bryan College. Outside in the park you might spot monkeys, meerkats and other amazing animals. The indoor Wildlife of the World section is home to a variety of creatures from clownfish to civets. Animal experiences are available from 5+.
Askham Bryan, York YO23 3FR
Big Sheep and Little Cow Farm – Our farm tours currently run between 11.00am and 3:30pm. No need to book just come down to the farm and we will book you onto the next available tour upon arrival. There is also an indoor playbarn.
Aiskew Watermill, Bedale DL8 1AW
Bolton Abbey – Our woodland adventure trail leads you from the stepping stones to the Cavendish Pavilion (but you can start at either end). Your little ones can look forward to navigating an igloo shaped climbing wall, tunnels, scramble nets, balance beams, wobbly stirrups, the maze and many more obstacles. Once you’ve completed that there’s some gorgeous stepping stones across the river.
Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6AL
Castle Howard – Only the grounds are open, not the house, but this does mean it is cheaper to visit. Adventure playground plus a second adventure playground on an island, fantastic grounds with lots to see and do.
Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA
Dalby Forest – Numerous free walking, cycling and running trails. Gruffalo orienteering, children’s forest packs, play areas, family-friendly trails. Plus activities at GoApe. Their current trail is the Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon glow trail. read more….
Dalby Forest Dr, Low Dalby, Pickering YO18 7LT
Eden Camp – Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on the Home Front and the Front Line, all set in the buildings and grounds of an original World War 2 Prisoner of War Camp.
Malton YO17 6RT.
Flamingo Land – Open for winter. Half the park is shut but there is still plenty to see and do. Zoo plus days are on over February half term. 12 family rides open at weekends in winter, zoo with a good variety of animals, playgrounds including a Peter Rabbit themed play area, Peter Rabbit meet and greets, daily shows. read more….
Kirby Misperton, Malton YO17 6UX
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden – Large adventure playground in the woods, very large ruined abbey with lots to explore and climb on, old buildings to look around including a water mill, beautiful extensive grounds with follies, lakes, bridges, church and more. read more….
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, Ripon HG4 3DY
Hesketh Farm Park at Bolton Abbey – Tractor tours around the farm, plus there’s loads to do, including feeding and stroking the animals, having fun inside – maybe in the giant sandpit or playing hide and seek with your friends in the straw maze.
Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6HA
Monk Park Farm – Our animals are the stars of the show here at Monk Park Farm, but there are loads of other fun things to do as well! You can take a barrel ride around the farm allowing you to get up close to lots of our animals including the Alpacas, Wallabies, Goats and more. Our hay barn is really popular with big bales to climb on and ropes to swing on.
Green Ln, Bagby, Thirsk YO7 2AG
Northwood Fairy Trail – We are a unique fairy sanctuary, the first of its kind, and we merely present the forgotten history of Northwood and display the fairy artefacts and treasures we have found over the years – for young and old alike to enjoy.
Ryedale Folk Museum – There’s lots to see and do at Ryedale Folk Museum. You can take a step back in time as you wander in and out of our historic buildings, and find out about life in the past. For most of the year we have animals such as rare breed pigs, sheep and chickens. There’s lots to explore…
Hutton-le-Hole, KIRKBYMOORSIDE YO62 6UA
Soft Play – If you fancy letting the kids run wild for a bit how about going to a soft play centre? Check out this post to find a soft play centre near you.
York – Don’t forget all the great things to do in York. There’s the FREE National Railway museum, Jorvik viking centre, DIG and York Cathedral. Plus plenty of other great museums.
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