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What to do this half-term

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Half-term fun at Wallington

Half-term fun at Wallington © National Trust/John Millar

There’s a huge range of activities and events taking place this half-term.

And if you are watching your budget, there good news. Both Wallington Morpeth and Cragside will be opening their doors for free over the school holiday. You can find full details here.

  • Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Fascinating facts and love stories from the past at Belsay and Warkworth will be placed around the three sites, with children able to join in the fun and win a tasty treat! Visitors are invited to find their special place with English Heritage. Picturesque gardens and secret hideaways make up enchanting Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens, near Morpeth, and it will be rolling out a white carpet of snowdrops to help love blossom this half term. The property will open daily between 10am – 4pm February 11 – 19. Details here.

  • Calvert Trust, Kielder Water and Forest Park
The high rope is not for the timid!

The high rope is not for the timid!

The Calvert Trust High Ropes day is not for the faint hearted. You can tackle the hanging cargo net, balance on the beams, will you make it accross the swinging logs? If you do will you dare to take the leap of faith. Booking not required, pay on the day at reception. For more information call Business Development Team on 01434 250232 or click here.

  • Cragside

Water Wizards is set for  Saturday to Sunday February 11 – 19, 11.30am-3pm (closed February 13.). Get hands on and investigate the wonder of water for yourself. Just like Lord Armstrong you can experiment with the power of water. Take a walk around Tumbleton Lake and join the volunteers at each water station for interactive fun. Free entry between February 11-19. Some small charges may be made for activities. Booking not needed. For details click here.

  • Gibside

Spring into spring from Monday to Friday February13-17, 11am-3pm. Beat the winter blues at Gibside landscape park with free spring time family activities and outdoor escapades every day of half term! Come along for Explorer Monday, Foodie Tuesday, Wildlife Wednesday, Adventure Thursday and Fab Friday – each day offers something different, including den-building and toasting marshmallows on a campfire, archery, bird-ringing and a family conservation mega-bash. Normal admission prices apply. Booking not needed.

Bird Box Making, February19, 11am-3pm. Give garden birds a helping hand this spring by making a bird box to take home. Normal admission prices apply. Booking not needed. £5 per bird box. Find out more about Gibside here.

  • Lindisfarne Priory

Make a trip to magical coastal property Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island and you will discover why it is considered to be one of the most romantic places in Britain – is the ideal way to escape from it all. In the grounds, visitors can see with the traditional ‘petting stone’ that all new brides married in the church must leap over to bring fertility and happiness to their marriage. Visit the prior from 10am until 4pm during half term, and don’t forget to check tide times.

  • Seaton Delaval Hall

February Half Term activities for children at Seaton Delaval Hall are from Saturday to Sunday February 11 – 19, 11am-3pm. Fun half term activities including wildflower planting, willow weaving and beehive and honey making demonstrations. Normal admission charges apply. Booking not needed. Call 0191 237 9100 for further details.

  • Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

Design a T-shirt, Wednesday and Thursday February 15 and 16, 11am-4pm. Keep the kids occupied this half term by getting them to design their own t-shirt at Souter Lighthouse, Sunderland. Everything is provided for you, just turn up and get designing! Normal admission charges apply. Booking not needed. Call 0191 529 0905 for more details. £3 per T-shirt.

  • Wallington

Wake Up at Wallington, Monday to Friday February 13 – 17, 11am-12.30pm and 13.30pm-3pm. Join the National Trust team at Wallington to celebrate the start of spring with wildlife themed art and craft activities throughout the week, from bird box making and crafty creatures to leaf mask making and wild art. Dress for mess!  Children need to be accompanied by an adult.  Free entry between February 11-19. Small charge for items made.  Booking not needed. Call 01670 773600 for further details or visit the website

Warkworth CastleWarkworth Castle, Warkworth

At Warkworth Castle you can discover the tragic historical love story of Betram de Bothal and Isobel Widdrington. Betram’s ghost is still said to reside in the castle’s hermitage, but with its charming views and quaint location, who could blame it? This property too is open from 10am until 4pm during half term.

Regularly topping polls for the North East’s most romantic locations, English Heritage’s other coastal properties in the region, awe-inspiring Dunstanburgh Castle and Tynemouth Priory and Castle, offer breathtaking views of the dramatic coastline and spectacular scenery – perfect for a romantic February walk with your loved one. Dunstanburgh and Tynemouth are open every weekend.

Dunstanburgh Castle, Tynemouth Priory and Castle, Etal Castle, Barnard Castle and Chesters, Corbridge and Birdoswald on Hadrian’s Wall, will be open every winter weekend. Details here.

  • Woodhorn, near Ashington

If you love sci-fi then the next big exhibition at Woodhorn is for you. An out-of-this-world experience is guaranteed for all visitors to Invasion when it opens at the museum on February 11. Costumes, props and even robots from favourite TV and sci-fi film blockbusters have been brought together for this thrilling show. The exhibition will have costumes from Star Trek: Enterprise, Andromeda, Red Dwarf, Lost in Space and The Chronicles of Riddick. There will be aliens from Star Wars, X files, Doctor Who and of course Alien itself. And no sci-fi exhibition would be complete without a range of robots; check out the machines from Red Planet Robot, Robocop and ABC amongst others.

The exhibition runs until September 3. Admission Charge for Invastion: £3.95 Adult, £3.50 concession, £2.95 children and £12.50 (2 + 2) Family Ticket. Woodhorn is open Wednesday – Sunday (plus Monday and Tuesday in school holidays and Bank Holiday Mondays). April – September from 10am – 5pm and October – March 10am – 4pm.

  • Hadrian’s Wall Country

The National Trust will help people get to grips with nature and learn some vital skills for the outdoors at its Roman Wall Winter Adventure Day on February 12 at Housesteads Visitor Centre. Family adventure day to include snowshoeing (snow permitting), firemaking, problem solving, scrambling and abseiling. Find out more.

Rag rugging can be learned at Wooler on Feb. 18

Rag rugging can be learned at Wooler on Feb. 18

  • Wooler

Crafty folk will enjoy a rag rugging course in Wooler on February 18. This is a beginners course where participants will spend a day learning the traditional craft of rag rugging with makers Margaret Kenny and Jane Jackson. They provide all materials and equipment you need, but feel free to bring along any fabrics, yarns etc. that you wish to use. The cost is £30. Full details here.


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