Tuesday 29 January 2019
Planning half-term doesn't have to give you the collywobbles! Our beautiful Chilterns countryside offers a wide range of activities to fill the week, even in the most inclement weather.
It's a good idea to pitch your young ones outdoors at least for a short while; nothing else works off energy quite like a romp in the fresh air after all. So take a look at what's on at Grey's Court. Between 16th and 24th February, there's lots of entertainment including finding Hidden Woodland People amongst the trees and flower beds: follow the trail to find 'Douglas Fir People', who build their homes from pine cones, the 'Mischievous Iris Trolls' and more. After a refreshing walk around the estate, head towards the woodland near the Cowshed tea-room for den building.
For animal-lovers in the Chilterns, BBOWT has two days from February 20th for kids to discover the world of amphibians, including outdoor exploration and creative fun at College Nature Reserve in Tring.
At Hughenden Manor, they're building a giant bug house this February to make a home for all the beneficial insects that live in the gardens, woods and parkland - and kids are welcome to help build 'Bugenden Manor'! The adventure begins with a Bug Hunt ... Become a nature detective and go on a hunt to spot the bugs that call Hughenden home and gather materials to bring along to the great big bug build.
Finally if the weather really takes a turn for the worst, here are some indoor suggestions for half-term fun...
Plan a visit to the Roald Dahl museum, perfect for 6 - 12 year olds and their famillies. On Monday 18th February, enjoy a slide-splitting hour of interactive rhymes – all bought to you from the mischievous mind of Neal Zetter. There are also creative workshops from building Tuck Boxes to working with clay to make your very own badge.
Or visit the Henley Rowing Museum which is home to the magical Wind in the Willows exhibition, bringing to life the much-loved story with 3D models, lighting and music. There's also a family day on 21st February, called Fire & Ice where you can make a mini volcano and investigate all things meteorological as you explore extremes of temperature.
Whatever you choose to do, have lots of fun!