Pirate’s Quest Newquay
New for 2016. Visitors will be transported back over 300 years to 1706; the dawn of the Republic of Pirates. The hour long interactive experience, led by a live Pirate, will allow you and your crewmates to feel, hear, smell and see intriguing legends and exciting history.
The attraction is open for Half –Term special previews, 13 – 24 February. Join the Republic of Pirates at Pirate’s Quest, Newquay Meet members of the Flying Gang, famous Pirates that are brought to life by talented theatrical actors. Legendary buccaneer, Captain Calico Jack will narrate your journey from Ship-Wreck to Ship-Deck! £9.95 Adult, £8.95 Senior/Student, £6.95 Child (3-16), Under 3s go FREE www.piratesquest.co.uk
Thursday 11 February: Film Screening Enjoy a movie evening with films selected by our Young People Creative Board. Snacks provided. Ages 18+. 5.00-7.00pm
Saturday 13 February: Discover’s London Children’s Book Swap Visit our children’s library, then come to the Museum to swap your books and make an unforgettable bookmark for you and your friends! 2- 4pm
Thursday 18 February: Thumbs up its Thursday! Colourful Kingston Half term fun. 5+, younger siblings are welcome. 1-4pm
Thursday 18 February Friends Lecture The John Lewis Archive Lecture by the store’s archivist Gavin Henderson. Call the Museum to book. 7pm, with tea and coffee served 6.30pm.
Saturday 20 & 27 February: The art of Mosaic Arts course Come along to the Museum and take part in this four week course to learn everything about the Romans and the art of Mosaic. Ages 6+. Fee applies, call the Museum to book. 10.30- 12.30pm
Wheatfield Way Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2PS Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 10am-5pm Thursday 10am-7pm
Phone: 020 8547 5006 www.kingston.gov.uk/museum
The Electric Theatre’s February Half Term Family Festival
Mon 15 Feb ONE DAY MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP 10am – 4pm (Informal performance at 4pm) Tickets £30, Siblings get 10% off when purchased together
Age range: 5-11 years
Mon 15 Feb BOOGIE BABIES 10:30am for 45 minutes | Tickets £4.50
Age range: Under 5s
Tue 16 Feb LITTLE HOWARD’S BIG SHOW FOR KIDS 11:30am & 2:30pm | Tickets £7 Age range: 6+
Wed 17 Feb THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT ARTS & CRAFTS WORKSHOP
10am – 12pm and 1:30 – 3:30pm (relaxed) Tickets £5.50, one free grown-up / carer with each child ticket
Thus 18 Feb THE OWL WHO WAS AFRAID OF THE DARK 11am & 2pm | Tickets £6 Age range: 3-7
Fri 19 Feb THE JUNGLE BOOK (U) 10:30am with a 2:30pm relaxed performance | Tickets £5 Running time 1hr 18 min
Sat 20 Feb PESKY PIRATES – A HIP HOP ADVENTURE 11am & 2pm | Tickets £6.50 Age range: 2-8
Book via box office: 014873 444789 online at: http://tickets.electrictheatre.co.uk/
Design and launch pneumatic rockets and discover the fun of flying at Enginuity during half-term 13th – 21st February
Design, build and launch a pneumatic rocket and discover the fun of flying during the February school half-term week at Enginuity, near Ironbridge, Shropshire.
Go along to the hands-on design and technology discovery centre between Saturday 13th and Sunday 21st February and join the drop-in workshops between 10.30am and 3.45pm. Craft materials such as paper, card and plastic will be used to create model rockets of around 30cm in length, which can then be ‘fired’ from Enginuity’s air powered pneumatic launcher through a selection of suspended targets.
Afterwards see a display of flight-related exhibits and discover more about the engineers and inventors that helped us take to the skies such as the Wright Brothers, who flew the world’s first successful airplane back in 1903. Activities will vary from day-to-day and some additional costs will apply.
Open 10am to 5pm Enginuity is one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums. For further information call the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk. The Gorge is easily reached via the M54 motorway exiting at Telford junction 4 or 6.
What’s On at the Treasure Houses of England 2016
New from February, explore the evolution of the motor car in an exciting new display in Beaulieu’s National Motor Museum. Discover how automotive technology has developed since the dawn of motoring, where it may take us in the future and what goes on underneath the bonnet of your favourite car. Informative displays and film footage will be cleverly combined with cars from the Museum’s collection to demonstrate notable developments in the field of automotive design and, with the push of a button, hear Beaulieu’s crash test dummy talk about the development of car safety. www.treasurehouses.co.uk
Blenheim Palace will be celebrating the tercentenary of ‘Capability’ Brown with a new temporary exhibition opening in February. Visitors will also be able to experience the landscape in a new trail and a series of exclusive carriage rides on selected dates. Visitors can experience two new tours: Upstairs and Downstairs as well as the chance to see the Private Apartments, dates running from Feb-Sept. Plus, for 2016, visitors will be able to dine in the iconic Orangery in the new brasserie style restaurant. www.treasurehouses.co.uk
February half term: Saturday 13 February – Sunday 21 February London Puddle Jumping Championships
News splash!! The first ever London Puddle Jumping Championships will be held at WWT London Wetland Centre during February half term. Children of all ages can grab their wellies and have fun jumping in puddles in the fresh air from 13 to 21 February 2016.
Points will be given for style, creativity, enthusiasm and size of splash. There will be a prize each day for our selected ‘super-splasher’ and we’ll select the London Puddle Jumping Champion at the end of the week, with the chance to go on to further glory by becoming WWT’s Big Splash national champion.
Bring your wellies and wet weather gear and come and have a splashing time! Use your imagination to impress the judges with the biggest splash. Throw some shapes in the air for extra style and points!
The official competition will take place at 2.30pm every day from 13 to 21 February, but there will be practice jump sites around the grounds so you can try out your technique before the Big Splash each day.
It is 50p per jump official jump, plus paid admission to the Centre. Every contestant will receive a sticker to acknowledge their puddle jumping skills.
Saturday 27 February – Sunday 20 March Weekend family activities Enjoy a pond dipping session to see what mini-beasts are about and join us for a nature walk. Get creative with our nature crafts.
Family theme park, Paultons Park is set to open its gates for the 2016 season on February 14 to coincide with the half term break.
Guests visiting the Hampshire-based park will be treated to a prehistoric adventure at its state-of-the-art 4D cinema which will be screening its new animated dinosaur movie The Lost World 4D.
The Lost World 4D will take families into a whole new world of adventure, forty million years in the making. Fierce Raptors, flying Pterodactyls, giant Triceratops and Stegosaurus, and the mighty T-Rex all roam this hostile world. The movie tells the story of Bob and his unlikely rescuer, Professor Lizzie, as they outrun these terrifying predators.
Movie-goers will be thrown into the on-screen action and taken on a wild jeep ride through dense tropical rainforest and soar above this forgotten island, while experiencing the cinema’s 4D effects including specially-designed moving chairs, water sprays, blasts of air, leg ticklers, and even bubbles.
Paultons Park, which is home to the world’s first and UK exclusive Peppa Pig World, re-opens for the school half term on Sunday February 14.
Guests will be able to enjoy more than 60 wonderful rides, including favourites such as EDGE, Cobra -Paultons’ biggest rollercoaster, Magma, the Raging River Ride and its bizarre mini-land which opened last year, Critter Creek.
For further information, including a calendar of opening times and to book tickets online from £25.75 visit www.paultonspark.co.uk.