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Head to The Malverns for a February half-term family break or day trip.  We’ve got lots happening to keep the children entertained to tire them out before bedtime from animal attractions, quirky gardens with a fire-breathing dragon, family-friendly walks and so much more.  Please see our family-friendly list of activities we’ve put together  from around the area. 

If you need anymore information, please pop into one of our three Tourist Information Centre’s for a warm and friendly welcome, with a fountain of knowledge about the local area to help you plan your trip and make the most out of your stay.

VenueDetails
THEATRES / CINEMAS 
Malvern Theatres
01684 892277
www.malvern-theatres.co.uk
Mon.17th – Weds.19th February.   Musical Masterclass.
10.30am – 4.30pm. Ages 8-13yrs.
A fun-filled workshop of singing, acting and dance. Featuring music from the Lion King.
Colwall Village Hall
Mill Lane
Colwall
WR13 3EQ
www.colwallplayers.org
Thurs 20th   – Sat 22nd February 7.00pm: Young Colwall Players present “Who are you?” by Lee Farley
Tickets from John Goodwin (Colwall ) 01684 540300.
Number 8
Pershore, WR10 1BG
01386 555488
www.number8.org

Sat 15th February 2:30pm.  Skewbald Theatre presents “Mimi and the Mountain Dragon” – a magical mountain adventure about friendship and courage, packed full of snow, dragons, lively songs and captivating puppetry.  Suitable for ages 3+  Tickets £10 & £8 (16s and under)

Wed 19th February 11am.  “Spies in Disguise” – an animated comedy adventure about a super spy and a scientist who must team up to save the world.  Tickets just £5

Fri 21st and Sat 22nd February 2pm and 7pm.  PODYS present “The Addams Family” musical.  Featuring an orchestra and extraordinary musical score The Addams Family is sure to entertain the whole family!  Tickets £12

Swan Theatre
The Moors
Worcester  WR1 3ED
01905 611427
www.worcesterlive.co.uk

Sun 16th February 2pm.  Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers – a family show inspired by the works of Roald Dahl.  Running time 60 mins with no interval.  Age 5+ Tickets £12

Mon 17th February 6pm.  “We love Little Mix” – the Ultimate Little Mix party! Featuring four fantastic singers and dancers who really capture the look, the sound and all the dance moves of one of the UK’s best loved girl bands.  Tickets £16

Tues 18th February 2pm.  “The Curious Garden” – Featuring original music, storytelling and puppetry “The Curious Garden” brings to life the award-winning children’s book about one boy’s quest for a greener world… one garden at a time.  Tickets £7:50

Wed 19th February.  Hands-on at Half-Term: Workshop
Learn about what goes on behind the scenes, including a tour of backstage and the lighting box, have a go at the operating desk and learn what it’s like to stage manage a show.  School Years 7-9 10-12pm; School Years 10-13 2-4pm  £15 per session. Call the Box Office on 01905 611427 to book.

The Roses Theatre
Tewkesbury, GHL20 5NX
01684 295074
www.rosestheatre.org

Fri 14th – Sun 23rd February.  “Dolittle” – Robert Downey Jr stars in a reboot of the much loved classic.  See website for times.

Tues 18th February 7pm.  “Histories of the Unexpected” – an original, exciting, multi-period show that demonstrates how everything has a history and which will appeal to adults and children alike.  Tickets £13-15

Courtyard Theatre
Hereford HR4 9JR
01432 340555
www.courtyard.org.uk

Wed 19th February.  Magic! Inclusive Holiday Workshop. Come along to the workshop to enjoy a day full of arts activities.  £15 per participant (£7.50 for half a day 10.30-1pm)

Wed 19th – Sat 22nd February 7pm and matinees Wed, Thurs and Sat at 2pm.  “Aladdin” – a pantomime presented by Hereford Amateur Pantomime Society.

GENERAL ACTIVITIES 

Trails

 

Upton Town Children’s Trail – purchase a leaflet from Upton Tourist Information Centre for 50p (includes a free pencil).

Route To The Hills Children’s Trail – purchase the Route To The hills children’s activity book at Malvern TIC reduced from £3.99 to £2.00

Hidden Tenbury QR Trail – Head to Tenbury Wells and discover the town with the Hidden Tenbury QR Trail. Pick up a leaflet at Tenbury Wells Tourist Information Centre.

Worcester City
www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

 

 

Friday 14th – Sunday 23rd February. LOVE WORCESTER Heritage Festival 2020.  A week-long celebration of the historic city of Worcester, with activities and events for visitors of all ages. Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum will be taking part with its Mayflower exhibition and half-term Mayflower activities whilst The Commandery’s Living History weekend will include living history encampments, military displays, vintage vehicles and more.
NATIONAL TRUST / ENGLISH HERITAGE/ COUNTRY HOUSES / GARDENS
Croome Park & Croome Court (NT)
WR8 9DW
01905 371006
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome

During half-term: Park, restaurant and shop open daily 10am – 5pm. House open daily from 11am – 4.30pm.

15th – 23rd February; A Tree-mendous trail 10am – 4pm Getting to know Croome’s tallest residents.

Natural play area and playground with new Swinging Steps, Rope Walk, Wobble Board and a Log Walk. RAF Museum.

The Firs, Elgar’s Birthplace(NT)
Crown East Lane, Lower Broadheath, WR2 6RH
01905 333330
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-fir

Open Daily until 15th February 10am – 4pm, from 18th February daily  10am – 5pm.

15th – 23rd February 10.30am – 4pm: Family event. Get to know the Elgar family by following the tree trail

The Greyfriars House & Garden (NT)
Worcester, WR1 2LZ
01905 23571
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greyfriars

The house, garden and tea-shop will be open from 11th February. 11am – 4pm Tuesdays to Sundays.

Sat.15th & Sun. 16th February. 11am – 3.30pm. Living History with re-enactors bringing Greyfriars’ history to life.  LW

Witley Court, WR6 6JT (EH)
01299 896636
www.english-heritage.org.uk

Open daily from 15th February 10-4pm

Fire up your family’s imagination by delving into England’s history, whatever the weather. Embark on a Roman quest, hunt for fairies in historic gardens or learn what it takes to be a butler in a Victorian household.

Hanbury Hall (NT)
Near Droitwich, WR9 7EA
01527 821214
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hanbury-hall-and-gardens
Open daily 10am – 4pm. ‘50 Things Adventures at Hanbury Hall’
‘50 Things’ is a list of the ultimate outdoor challenges to complete before you reach the age of 11¾,  from bug hunting to bird watching. Pick up a scrapbook from the Visitors Reception.
Berrington Hall (NT)
Near Leominster, HR6 0DW
01568 615721
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/berrington-hall

Open daily from Sat.15th February: House and Shop 11am – 5pm: Park, Garden and Tea Room 10am – 5pm.

Sat.15th Feb.  –  Sun.23rd Feb.  Wintry garden trail’ £2.50 per trail  10am – 4pm. Explore Berrington’s walled garden and take on a series of adventures.

Sat. 22nd – Sun. 23rd Feb. 11am – 3pm Make a bird feeder £2

Brockhampton Estate (NT)
nr Bromyard WR6 5TB
01885 482077/488099
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brockhampton-estate
Estate open all year.
Explore the natural play trail or hire a pond dipping kit.
Sat. 15th – Sun. 23rd Feb Wassail trail. 11am-3.30pm Come wassail the cold winter away. £2.50
Croft Castle
Yarpole, Near Leominster HR6 9PW
01568 780246
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croft-castle-and-parkland

Open Daily from Sat. 15th Feb.  Castle & shop 11am – 5pm.   Gardens, park & tea rooms 10am – 5pm.Sat 15th – Sun 23rd Feb 10 – 4pm: Nature Explorers Trail.  Follow the different animal tracks through the gardens and find out more about winter wildlife at Croft. £2.50

Mon 17th – Friday 21st Feb. 11-3pm “Build a Bug Hotel”.  Bring along a used water bottle from home and learn how to transform it into a hotel for bugs and other creepy crawlies.  Recommended donation £1 per bug hotel.

Thurs 20th & Friday 21st  Feb. ‘Pesky Pets Workshop’ Discover more about pesky pets in the castle, how they cause damage to the collections and how the house team keep them at bay. 11am – 3pm.

Ralph Court Gardens
Edwyn Ralph, Bromyard HR7 4LU
01885 483225
www.ralphcourtgardens.co.uk
Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Explore 12 amazing gardens created in the grounds of a gothic rectory, based on the themes of mythology, fantasy and culture, and ‘around the world’.  Complete with fire-breathing dragon. (Not real fire)
  
POTTERY PAINTING 
Green Frog Pottery
Barnards Green WR14 3LT
01684 561778
www.greenfrogpottery.co.uk

Paint-your-own pottery studio

Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm except Thursday 1-8pm

Booking recommended.

Eastnor Pottery
Home Farm, Eastnor
Ledbury HR8 1RD
01531 633886
www.eastnorpottery.co.uk
School Holiday Sessions – Tues 18th – Sat. 22nd Feb.
“TWIT TWOO” is the theme.  Participants will use proper clay to make and paint a little owl. Workshops are designed for children as young as 4 yrs. 1.5hr sessions commence at 10am, 11.30am and 2pm and places cost £20. Telephone and email to book: 01531 633886 admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk
Booking is essential.
Glazydays Pottery Café
Ledbury HR8 1AR
01531 636018
www.glazydayz.co.uk

Paint your own pottery  –  Booking is essential during school holidays.

No details of February opening times

MUSEUMS / VISITOR CENTRES 
Avoncroft Museum
Bromsgrove, B60 4JR
01527 831363
www.avoncroft.org.uk

Tues 18th – Thurs 20th Feb. 11 – 3pm. “Days of Yore/Gore”.

Join our resident Tudor for daily presentations on the gooey, gory, gruesome truths of yesteryear. Find out about the history of medieval medicine, hygiene, execution and torture.  Costumed interpreters will be in our houses to take you back in time and talk about medicine and hygiene through the ages from medieval times to the post war era. There will also be crafts, a trail, gooey feel boxes and make your own slime, as well as miniature train and pony rides (weather permitting).  Standard admission applies.                              

The Commandery
Worcester WR1 2HU
01905 361821
www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk
Open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm:  Sundays 1.30pm – 5pm.
Sat. 15th Feb. & Sun. 16th Feb. 10am – 5pm ‘Living History at the Commandery’
Experience 2000 years of history come to life with a weekend of living history encampments, military displays, vintage vehicles and more. Organised in partnership with Worcester Re-enactors.
Part of “LOVE WORCESTER” Friday 14th to Sunday 23rd February
Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum
Foregate Street
Worcester
WR1 1DT
01905 25371
www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

 

 

Open Monday to Saturday 10.30 to 4.30pm Daily exhibition “Mayflower 400”

Tuesday 18th February –  Sail away with the Mayflower. Family craft drop in. Create a 3D work of the Mayflower. Plus enjoy Mayflower activity trails throughout opening days.

Worcester Cathedral
WR1 2LA
Tel: 01905 732900
www.worcestercathedral.co.uk

 

 

 Creative writing workshop 15th February 10.30-1.30pm

“Awesome adventures” February 17th, 18th and 21st several sessions. Details on the website

Hartlebury Castle & County Museum
DY11 7XZ
01299 250416
www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

18th – 21st February –  “Mythical Creatures: Craft and Fun”

Delve into a world of mythical creatures at Hartlebury Castle! Follow the fairy trail around the castle, make your own unicorn or dragon bookmarks and create a pixie door to take home. Standard admission applies with and additional charge of £2 per child for the day’s craft activities.

The Hive
The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PD
01905 766352
www.worcestershire.gov.uk/waas
“Exploring the past” 19th February 2 – 3.30pm £6
Come with us on a behind the scenes tour to see the places the public don’t normally get to see.
The Infirmary
University of Worcester City Campus, Castle Street, Worcester WR1 3AS
01905 542www.medicalmuseum.org.uk
Opening hours. Monday – Friday 9am-5pm. Saturdays 10am – 4pm.
An interactive exhibition at the University of Worcester’s City Campus combining history, science, art and technology to explore the medical stories of one of England’s oldest infirmaries.
Meet characters from the Infirmary, investigate medical technology, explore memories and occupations, share your thoughts, challenge your ideas of mental health, compare health today to other times and places

 

“Plague and potions with Mrs History” 19th February 1 to 3pm Children £2.50 Adults £7.50
Vsit the apothecary, purveyor of dubious medicines and incredible cures, the finest the medieval age has to offer.

Museum of Royal Worcester
Severn Street
Worcester WR1 2ND
01905 21247
www.museumofroyalworcester.org
20th February 2 sessions “Decorate a mug” For 5+ years £8 a participant
Tudor House Museum
Friar Street, Worcester WR1 2NA
01905 612309
www.tudorhouse.org.uk

Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th February 10 to 4pm Entry free

Join Tudor House for a Living History weekend. Travel back in time to visit the Home Guard, the ARP Station, the Land Girls etc.

ACTIVITY CENTRES 
Tenbury Wells Swimming Pool
Palmer’s Meadow, Tenbury Wells
WR15 8SF
www.freedom-leisure.co.uk/centres/tenbury-swimming-pool/

 

 

Malvern Splash
Priory Road, Malvern WR14 3DS
01684 893423
www.freedom-leisure.co.uk
Malvern Splash Leisure Complex is one of the best swimming & fitness facilities in the area. It has a Swimming pool with wave machine, slides, gym and fitness class programme.
IceQuest
Spring Lane North, Malvern WR14 1BU
01684 575222
www.icequestmalvern.co.uk
Ice skating, laser quest & parties. For session timings phone or go to website.
Go Ape Treetop Adventures
Mallards Pike, Lydney GL15 4H and
Callow Hill, Bewdley DY14 9XQ
Booking line 0845 6432038 www.goape.co.uk

Tree Top Adventures, Forest Segways and Tree Top Junior.

For more information contact the booking line or website.

RAILWAYS 
Evesham Vale Light Railway
The Valley, Twyford, WR11 4TP
01386 422282
www.evlr.co.uk

15th – 23rd February: Open Daily (otherwise weekends only). First train 10.30am, trains ½ hourly.

Train ride, play fort and countryside walks.

 

Perrygrove Railway
Coleford, Glos, GL16 8QB
01594 834991
www.perrygrove.co.uk
Trains run every 35mins. and the trip takes 20 mins.
Tree House, trains and an indoor Village.
Paths leading to lovely walks through woodland.

 

18th – 20th February: Half Term extras – additional free indoor activities including colouring, craft & Bigjig Play sessions.

Severn Valley Railway
Kidderminster DY12 1BG
01299 403816
www.svr.co.uk

Journey into the past on a heritage steam train and enjoy the exciting Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley. Services from 15th February

See model trams in theEngine House displayed by the Manchester Model Tram Group.

See website for timetables.

GHOST WALKS 
Ledbury Ghost Walk
01531 650414 / 07760 47186
www.ledburywalks.com

Most Saturdays throughout the year at 7.30pm, but check website. Bring a torch.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults £8.00 , Children £4 (10 – 15 years).  Advance bookings only.

Historic Ghost Walk of Worcester
Worcester Live – 01905 611427
www.worcesterlive.co.uk/ghostwalk

 

 

 

Regular walks Wednesdays,  to March 2019 at 7.30pm

Tickets £6.50 per person. Walks start at Elgar Statue, Cathedral Square and last just under two hours, finishing at Worcester’s Guildhall.

Please phone the Worcester Live Box Office in advance to confirm that a Ghost Walk is running.

ANIMAL PARKS / ZOOS / COUNTRYSIDE PARKS / ACTIVITY CENTRES
Birdland
Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BN
01451 820480
www.birdland.co.uk

Open Daily 10am – 4pm (Last admission 3pm)

For feeding times see website.

Bodenham Arboretum
Wolverley, Kidderminster, DY11 5SY
01562 852444
www.bodenham-arboretum.co.uk

 

 

Open 15th – 23rd February, Wednesday to Sunday 11am – 5pm.

Beautiful walks through the Arboretum and woodlands.

Visit the farm to see baby lambs, donkeys, chickens, cows, geese and ducks.

15th – 23rd February: Gingerbread TrailSearch for the hidden Gingerbread characters and giant lollipops around the Arboretum. Each time you find a Gingerbread Man you will also be given a clue that will eventually lead you to their special Gingerbread Home!

Then why not try some of the delicious gingerbread we will be serving in our Visitor Centre with a cup of hot chocolate! A perfect winter treat!

Normal admission prices apply.
Wilderness Explorers 2 hour sessions for 5-12 years and 1 hour sessions for under 5’s Children can explore and discover woods in a safe and secure environment. Activities include bushcraft, den building, mud kitchen and crafts. Dates and further details on website.

  
Clives Fruit Farm
Upton Upon Severn WR8 0SA
01684 592664
www.clivesfruitfarm.co.uk
Open Monday – Saturday 9am – 5.pm and Sunday and Bank Holidays 10am – 4pm. Farm shop and butchery, children’s play area, wildlife trail, PYO eggs, feed the animals, resident peacock and peahen.
Cob House Country Park
Wichenford, Worcester, WR6 6YE
01886 888517
www.cobhouse.org

Open Monday – Friday  8am – 5pm, 7.30am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday for Wildlife centre, Mayfly Café and Fishing.

21st February 10.00am – 1.00pm: Jumping Clay  22nd February 10am to 4pm Glitter Fairy Full details on website.

Puzzlewood
Perrygrove Rd
Coleford
GL16 8QB
01594 833187
www.puzzlewood.net

15th – 23rd February daily 10am (last entry is 3.30pm.) Café closes at 4pm.

A unique and magical woodland in the Forest of Dean. Mazes, Playgrounds, Picnic Area, Farm Animals, Small Café & Gift shop.

– Please note that in severe weather conditions Puzzlewood will be closed so please check the website.

Cotswold Farm Park
Guiting Power, Nr Cheltenham GL54 5UG
01451 850307
www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk

Open from 15th  February daily 10.30am – 5pm.

With the first bleats of newborn lambs and the anticipation of many more in the air, lambing is a favourite time of year at Cotswold Farm Park. Keep your eyes peeled in Animal Barn for new arrivals and have a go at bottle feeding! There are also fun farm safari rides, soft play, and other great daily farm talks and activities

For daily events check the website.

Cotswold Wildlife Park
Burford OX18 4JP
01993 823006
www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk

Open daily 10am – 5pm.

The park has plenty of seasonal events and a range of activities that run daily. Eg: penguin feeding, lemur feeding talk, big cats, children’s farmyard, narrow-gauge railway, adventure playground. There have been some flooding problems. Check the website for further details.

  
  
St Peters Garden Centre
Pear Tree Farm
Norton
Worcester
WR5 2NY
01905 357595
www.stpetersgardencentre.co.uk

Mon.17th – Fri. 21st Feb. ‘Decorate Your Own Bird Feeder’ 10am – 2pm, £5 per child. Includes the bird feeder and materials. No booking required. Walk in session.Further details on the website

 

West Midlands Safari & Leisure Park
Bewdley, DY12 1LF
01299 404519
www.wmsp.co.uk

15th – 23rd February 10am – 5.00pm (gates close at 4pm).

“Discover the Pride” See lion cubs for the first on the safari drive through.Tours also available to see behind the scenes at the Lion House.

  
Worcester Woods Country Park
Worcester  WR5 2LG
Tel: 01905 766493
Open 8.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Thursday, 8.30am – 6pm Friday to Sunday.
2 Nature Reserves, Countryside Centre, Adventure Playground. Children’s Activity Pack and Wildlife Identification sheets. Award winning Orchard Café.

 

 

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