The first half-term school holidays of the New Year are finally here. With short evenings, dark mornings and cold nights, make sure to make the most of daylight hours by doing something fun with your family. If you live in or around Hampshire, then you’re in luck. There are plenty of great attractions in the shire that will keep your kids entertained during the holidays.

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight boasts a range of activities that your kids can enjoy during the half-term in February – from Victorian Fun and Games, Fossil Walks and amenities like beach cafes, pin bowling and crazy golf.

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Mary Rose

Head to the Mary Rose with your family this February to learn how courtiers from the time of Henry VIII captured hearts with beautiful calligraphy, fragrant gifts and romantic letters.

Blue Reef Aquarium

Hunters rule the aquatic world while the hunted fear them. Learn about the amazing technique used by aquatic predators for catching their prey and the tricks that prey use for surviving in the ocean at the Blue Reef Aquarium. Join exciting workshops, competitions and talks for an interesting evening at the facility.

Winchester Cathedral

Don’t forget to go to Winchester Cathedral during this half-term break. Currently, you can pick up one free trail right from the Cathedral’s entrance desk and explore the fascinating things at the Winchester Cathedral.

winchester cathedral

Spinnaker Tower

During the half-term break, don’t forget to visit Spinnaker Tower and see some extraordinary sights from its magnificent windows.

spinnaker tower

Butser Ancient Farm

Plan a trip to the Butser Ancient Farm to explore some ancient worlds during these half-term holidays. Your kids can learn ancient skills from hands-on demonstration while you can take part in a themed trail around ancient buildings of the Farm and warm yourself up with hot chocolate. Details of specific activities available each day can be found on Butser’s official website.

Winchester Science Centre

You must not hold yourself back from going to the Winchester Science Centre this February because it’s an ideal location for space exploration. Take a journey through the vast solar system or learn about meteor showers, space flights and life on Mars. There are several interactive exhibits happening at the Centre from time to time so visiting it is a must.

Theatre Royal Winchester

Return to the Forbidden Planet, presented by “Encore Youth Theatre,” is coming to Theatre Royal Winchester on 21st Feb. There are two shows on 21st and one on the 23rd of February, so make sure to attend one. It’ll provide a cosmic adventure like no other.

Lepe Country Park

Visit Lepe Country Park during the half-term holidays to take part in the Bird Aware Day celebrations. It’s a fascinating event that’ll allow you to learn about wintering birds. There are opportunities for crafts, walks and games, so people of all ages can enjoy their time at the Lepe Country Park.

Don’t let the February half-term in Hampshire pass you by without fun activities. Head to any one of the locations discussed above for a fun time with your family.

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