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.
|THEATRES / CINEMAS|
|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|
|Thurs 20th – Sat 22nd February 7.00pm: Young Colwall Players present “Who are you?” by Lee Farley|
Tickets from John Goodwin (Colwall ) 01684 540300.
Pershore, WR10 1BG
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
Worcester WR1 3ED
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
|The Roses Theatre|
Tewkesbury, GHL20 5NX
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
Hereford HR4 9JR
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.
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.
|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)|
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
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
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)|
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
|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
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
|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
Yarpole, Near Leominster HR6 9PW
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
|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)
|Green Frog Pottery|
Barnards Green WR14 3LT
Paint-your-own pottery studio
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm except Thursday 1-8pm
Home Farm, Eastnor
Ledbury HR8 1RD
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Booking is essential.
|Glazydays Pottery Café|
Ledbury HR8 1AR
Paint your own pottery – Booking is essential during school holidays.
No details of February opening times
|MUSEUMS / VISITOR CENTRES|
Bromsgrove, B60 4JR
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.
Worcester WR1 2HU
|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|
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.
Tel: 01905 732900
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|
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 Butts, Worcester WR1 3PD
|“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.
University of Worcester City Campus, Castle Street, Worcester WR1 3AS
|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
|Museum of Royal Worcester|
Worcester WR1 2ND
|20th February 2 sessions “Decorate a mug” For 5+ years £8 a participant|
|Tudor House Museum|
Friar Street, Worcester WR1 2NA
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.
|Tenbury Wells Swimming Pool|
Palmer’s Meadow, Tenbury Wells
Priory Road, Malvern WR14 3DS
|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.|
Spring Lane North, Malvern WR14 1BU
|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
For more information contact the booking line or website.
|Evesham Vale Light Railway|
The Valley, Twyford, WR11 4TP
15th – 23rd February: Open Daily (otherwise weekends only). First train 10.30am, trains ½ hourly.
Train ride, play fort and countryside walks.
Coleford, Glos, GL16 8QB
|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
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.
|Ledbury Ghost Walk|
01531 650414 / 07760 47186
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
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|
Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BN
Open Daily 10am – 4pm (Last admission 3pm)
For feeding times see website.
Wolverley, Kidderminster, DY11 5SY
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 Trail – Search 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.
|Clives Fruit Farm|
Upton Upon Severn WR8 0SA
|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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.