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February Half Term in Hertfordshire

Just as you’ve settled back into the swing of life post-Christmas, the February half term has started crawl its way over Hertfordshire’s rolling hills (ahh!). But, before you start that frantic Google search looking for local kids’ clubs and child minders to take the stress away, take a deep breath and relax because we here at Visit Herts have you covered!

Hertfordshire has so much on offer for the whole family during half-term, so you won’t spend the week counting down the days until the kids go back to school. Follow our suggestions of fabulous attractions and events to keep the little ones occupied during their week off, and you’ll be hanging those uniforms out again in no time...

FOR THE CHEEKY MONKEYS…

If the thought of watching another Disney film or Peppa Pig episode is becoming unbearable, head along to Paradise Wildlife Park for the ‘pawfect’ day out. Home to over 800 exotic animals, the largest anaconda in the country and the biggest animatronic dinosaur attraction in the UK, you’d be mad to miss out - we’re not lion! With animal talks, feeds and shows running throughout the day, you can be sure that your little monkeys will stay entertained (and the CBBC channel will stay firmly switched off for at least one day during the holidays).

FOR LITTLE SHEPHERDS…

Visitors are sure to have a ‘woolly’ good time at Willows Activity Farm this half term with the arrival of their February Frolics event. Just in time for lambing season, little ones will have the opportunity to witness the arrival of the adorable new lambs, ask the knowledgeable livestock team any questions, and make some beautiful creations at the farm’s art and crafts marquee. As you stroll around this fabulous farm, meet a furry friend or two along the way and be sure to keep a look out for the famous faces rumored to be hopping about at this time of year. Special guest Little Bo Peep will be putting on a show to find her flock, and Peter Rabbit will also be holding daily meet and greets for the children to enjoy.

FOR THE ADRENALINE JUNKIES…

Buckle up for a half term like no other and speed your way around Rye House Kart Raceway, perfect for all you thrill seekers. It’s full speed ahead at this outdoor driving experience, as you race around the tracks, compete against each other and enjoy the exhilaration of go-karting. February marks the start of the Raceway’s junior driver development sessions, which offer insight for younger drivers wishing to take a more competitive stance at racing. Visitors will receive a briefing on the event format, pick up some top racing tips, and have the chance to compete in their very own competition. You never know, you may have the next Lewis Hamilton in the making!

FOR THE HISTORY BUFFS…

If you’re in need of an excuse to drag the children away from the TV screen, a cultured trip to historic city of St Albans will have them forgetting about their latest Fortnite mission in no time. Stroll around this beautiful area and discover the wonderful St Albans Cathedral which boasts the longest nave in England, explore the bustling city centre and its independent shops and market, dine in the oldest pub in the country, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, whilst you soak up the history of this beautiful, thriving city. For inspiration of how to spend a short break in St Albans, check out our inspirational itinerary here: https://www.visitherts.co.uk/see-and-do/itineraries/48-hours-in-st-albans/.

FOR THE MAGICAL MINDED…

Get your broomsticks, wands and sorting hats at the ready and ‘Slytherin’ to the Making of Harry Potter at the Warner Bros Studio Tour London. Experience the magic behind this world-class movie franchise, stroll along the authentic sets and discover the secrets of the most successful film-series of all time. Whether you consider yourself an honorary member of Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin, you’re sure to be spellbound by this wonderful experience.

FOR THE STARRY EYED…

When the stress of the break starts to kick in, retreat to the countryside and spend a night under the stars at Theobalds Park Camping and Caravanning Club Site. Sheltered by woodland, this site offers the perfect dose of tranquility, so you can take a deep breath of fresh air and unwind this half-term. This idyllic campsite is located on the doorstep of some of the county’s top attractions including Lee Valley Park and Lee Valley White Water Centre, ideal for families who love the great outdoors!

For further information inspiration for places to visit in Herts, head to www.visitherts.co.uk.  

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