Event inspiration for this holiday week
Published: Friday 13th Feb 2015
Written by: Ginnie James
As has already been established in some of my other posts, I am not always the most organised of people when it comes to holidays. I am sure that I can’t be the only one and so if you are still searching for some event inspiration over the February Half Term keep reading!
Have a go at the ‘Fab Feb Fun Trail’ this half term at the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay. Do well and you could be in with a change to win a prize! There will also be Keeper Talks and creative craft sessions. My colleague Amy has been to this surprising zoo before with her family (read her blog here) and would highly recommend it for a great day out.
The elegant Tredegar House near Newport, South Wales is always well worth a visit and this half term you can enjoy the gardens as you uncover clues to complete the spring trail. Every day between Monday 16 and Friday 20 February, there is also the opportunity to join the park wardens at 12pm and, as a family, build a bird box.
Greenwood Forest Park in North Wales throws open its doors again this year in time for the holiday and although not every attraction at this adventure park will be out of hibernation there is still plenty to keep you busy within the 17 acres. Build a den, navigate the wild wood in a jungle boat or, if the weather does happen to turn a tad inclement, younger family members can play in the enchanted wood barn while everyone else takes advantage of the cosy café with a wood burner. For those that like a competitive edge to their activities,
Battlefield Live Pembrokeshire offers great facilities and some of the latest technologies when it comes to outdoor laser combat. Camouflage get up, including face paint is all provided and during half term families (from 7 years up) and individuals can book in to join in the fun.
The ever popular Pirate Week at Gower Heritage Centre will commence on the 14 February. There are loads of themed activities including fancy dress, meeting real parrots, sword fighting and interactive story telling. Apart from the pirates the centre has much to recommend it with a fully functional watermill, open air agricultural museum and craft workshops to name just a few things.
If being indoors and being creative is more your type of thing then there are again plenty of workshops to choose from. Two museums in particular stand out for me. First of all there is the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre in South Wales, best known of course for its fascinating Big Pit coal mining experience and the iron works but it does have a softer side. Silk Clay and Mask Making workshops start things off on Tuesday 17 February, on Wednesday there is Decoupage, Thursday you can go and paint Celtic Ceramics and on Friday there is a Beads & Bracelets theme. In West Wales, the Ceredigion Museum and Gallery has three days of activities with sculpture and drawings based on the inner workings of clocks on the Tuesday, ‘Funky Robots’ with the bods from the computer science department of Aberystwyth University on the Wednesday and on Thursday there is a complete change of pace and you can create your own dolls houses and a family to live in them.
I hope that there has been some useful suggestions for you and even if not for this coming week, has provided some ideas for the future. I do love a bit of research so do let me know if I can be of any help in finding just the right event or activity for you!