5 things to do outdoors this February half term


Are you staying in the UK this half-term holiday? Here’s our 5 ideas for things to do outdoors with your children this February half-term.

It may be cold outside and it is so tempting to stay indoors with a lovely cup of hot chocolate but there’s nothing like a family day out spent in the outdoors, breathing in fresh air and enjoying the benefits of being in nature so brave the cold, wrap up warm and get your children out this February half-term. There are so many family activities UK wide that you can enjoy! Here’s our list of the top 5 things to do this half-term.

1. Visit a farm

Take a trip to a nearby farm for a fun day out with the children. There’s a whole host of activities available at various farms across the UK throughout the half-term to take part in. Your little ones can become young farmers for the day and learn about all the work it takes to keep the yard running and all the animals at the farm happy. Children can get up close and personal with farmyard regulars, can collect eggs, help feed the pigs, watch sheep racing and cows being milked.

Take a look at The Guardian’s list of the top 10 British farms you can visit >

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2. Join a National Trust event

The National Trust has organised plenty of family-friendly outdoor events for the February half-term at their sites across the UK. Wherever you are, you’ll find an event near you where you can enjoy the fresh air, go wild in the woods or get muddy jumping in puddles (make sure you take wellies for the whole family!). Plus, by taking part in these events, you help care for these special places for future generations.

Find out more >

3. Visit one of the RHS Gardens

This February half term RHS Gardens is offering a host of fun-filled activities for outdoor-loving families from Mud & Machines-themed trails to giant muddy puddles for children to splash about in. These events are perfect for little adventurers to get stuck in and get muddy by exploring the world of tractors, diggers, rock, soil and – our favourite – mud!

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4. Go bird watching

Getting young children interested in bird watching is a great way of introducing them to wildlife and teaching them about the environment and the importance of nature. It is such an inexpensive activity and it can be done virtually anywhere. All you need is a pair of binoculars for your young bird watcher and a bird-watching book or guide (which you can also find online for free). If you’re in London, you can join the Hyde Park’s bird watching event for children this February.

Go to the RSPB’s handy bird identifier >

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5. Have fun in the snow

If you’re one of the families who is enjoying some snowy weather in the UK this half term, be sure to head outdoors and have some winter fun with your children. There are so may activities you can choose from, including sledging, winter walks, snowball fights and more. Make sure you wrap up super warm head-to-toe in waterproofs (children and grown ups alike) so no soggy bottoms or freezing children can ruin the family day out!

Read our guide to the top 10 things to do in the snow >