Half term fun for all the family

By Liz Wade in Events

WITH so much on offer during the February half term school holidays there is no excuse to stay indoors.

Here is just some of what is still on offer...

February Half Term at RHS Hyde Hall, Chelmsford:

Head to RHS Hyde Hall, in Rettendon, Chelmsford, this week and enjoy half term activities right up to Friday, February 17.

Crafts and activities linked to that most British of subjects – the weather – are on offer, weather you would like to explore the gardens with its weather themed trail or try your hand at welling wanging and see how far you can throw it.

Weather themed face painting will also be on offer on Friday, February 17, between 10am and 3pm, for £3 per child.

Visit www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall

Pirate Trail at Hadleigh Country Park, Hadleigh:

From today until Sunday, February 19, follow the Pirate Trail at Hadleigh Country Park.

The Hadleigh pirates have left a trail around the park, which combines fun puzzles and hunting for treasure. Trails, which last about 45 minutes and start at 10am, 1pm and 2pm each day, are available for children ages two to five, and five plus.

Trail sheets cost £5 each and are bookable online or available throughout the week from Hadleigh Country Park’s office.

Visit http://hadleigh-park.co.uk/event/pirate-trail/

Explore Thames Chase event Upminster:

During its half term activities an Explore Thames Chase walk will be setting off from the Thames Chase Visitor Centre, in Pike Lane, Upminster, at 10.30am on Thursday, February 16.

The guided walk, which will last an hour-and-a-half, will be a gentle walk during which families can learn about trees.

Walkers, who are encouraged to wear sensible shoes or boots and weather appropriate clothing, will make their way under the M25 and up the hill for good views.

The event, which requests a £3 donation per child, will be raising funds for Thames Chase Trust.

Visit www.thameschase.org.uk/

Hands on Half Term at Rainham Hall:

Rainham Hall has set up a making station in its Hayloft this half term, where children can get creative.

As it waits for its new exhibition to open, Rainham Hall is giving you snippets of the story of Rainham Hall’s nursery years with activities inspired by childhood and play in the 40s.

From 11am to 1pm on Thursday, February 16, they will be holding a ’plant it, grow it and eat it’ event, which will be suitable for children aged four plus.

On Friday, February 17, there will be wooden toy making from 11am to 1pm, which will be suitable for children aged five plus.

On Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19, there will be tote bag printing from 11am to 1pm on both days, which will be suitable for children aged two plus.

Each activity costs £3 and children, who are encouraged to wear clothes they do not mind getting dirty, can take home their creations.

The Stables Café and community gardens are also open each day from 10am to 5pm, and tickets for all the above events can be purchased in the café.

Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/rainham-hall

Mousechurch Hall event at Southchurch Hall, Southend:

The hall’s popular Mousechurch Hall event returns on Friday, February 17, but this time it has a twist in its tail.

Take a mouse eye’s view of the ancient building and its historic settings in Park Lane, Southend, from 10am to 3pm, during its special drop-in event.

Southchurch Hall offers free entry and a trail and museum pencil will cost just £1.50 per child.

Follow the trail to find the mice – small ones, yellow ones, blue ones, ones that looked like they were made of cloth and even one that looks like a mini sheep.

The event is suitable for young children and those who are kids at heart.

Visit www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/browse

Crazy Clay Creations Drop-in at Hanningfield Reservoir, Downham:

From 10am to 1pm on Friday, February 17, try your hand at some Crazy Clay Creations at Hanningfield Reservoir.

The drop-in event, which runs from 10am to 1pm at the reserve’s visitor centre, in Hawkswood Road, Downham, costs £3 per child and is suitable for children aged five to 10.

Visit www.essexwt.org.uk/whats-on

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