Top 10 Things To Do With The National Trust This Half Term!


February half term is only a few days away and we’re sure lots of muddy parents out there are looking for fun half term activities to occupy their young adventurers.

We’ve rounded up 10 exciting things to do with the National Trust this half term. From family-friendly trails to snowdrop planting, there are plenty of activities to keep the whole family happy.

1) Brilliant Bird Trail (15 Feb – 1 March, Arlington Court, Devon)

Grab your wellies, join this fun trail and discover the fascinating world of birds. Walk through the estate and learn more about the birds that live at Arlington. £1 per trail, no booking required. 

2) Make Bird Feeders at Ilam Park (19 and 21 Feb, Ilam Park, Derbyshire)

Make your very own pine cone bird feeder with your family and invite feathered friends to your garden. The event is suitable for all ages. Recommended donation £1 per bird feeder. Booking not needed.

Little girl playing with a twig

3) February Fairy House Trail (15 Feb – 1 March, Bodnant Garden, Conwy)

Head to Bodnant and see how many fairy houses you can spot. Wrap up warm and follow the purple ribbons up from the Old Mill. When you see the white ribbons, you’re on the trail of the Fairy Houses. Remember that fairies are quite shy, so try not to scare them. Booking not needed. Free (admission applies).

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

4) Pick up a welly wander trail (15-23 Feb, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire)

Join this self-led, family-friendly trail with your little explorers. Introduce your children to the smells, sounds and colours of the landscape and have a lovely time in nature. Pick up a trail paper from the visitor centre, Studley Royal admission desk or West Gate admission desk beforehand. Booking not needed. Free (admission applies).

5) “50 things” stick trail (15 Feb – 1 March, Lydford Gorge, Devon)

Enjoy stick-based activities with your family this half term. Play pooh sticks with your little ones, look out for stick creatures and spend a lovely day outdoors. Booking not needed. Free (admission applies).

6) Sleepy Trail (12 Feb – 1 March, Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan)

Visit Dyffryn Gardens and see what is sleeping and what is waking up for spring. Each trail location has a letter which spells a name – discover whose. Booking not needed. Free (admission applies).

Colby Woodland Garden

7) Grow your own edible flower (19 Feb, Montacute House, Somerset)

Make your own sustainable plant pot from newspaper and plant either a sunflower or a nasturtium with your little gardeners. The event is free, admission charges apply. 

8) Half-term welly walk (20 Feb, Chirk Castle, Wrexham)

Pull on your wellies and enjoy a family-friendly welly walk this half term. Learn about the local trees, splash in puddles and spend a relaxing day in nature. The event is free, booking not needed.

9) Create a nature diary (22 Feb, Brockhampton, Herefordshire)

Make your very own nature diary and fill it in with tissue paper daffodil collages and paper feathers. Suggested donation: £1. Booking not needed.

Montacute house hotel

10) February half-term snowdrop planting (17-21 Feb, Gibside, Tyne & Wear)

Join the gardeners in Ice House Dene to re-plant thousands of snowdrops this half term. Gloves and tools provided. The event is free, admission charges apply.