Monday, 18 February 2013

Half Term Holiday Ideas

With half term now well underway for many children, you may be looking for places to take them for a fun day out. Following last week’s suggestions, here are a few more ideas.

The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent – admission adults £17.50, children £11.00, (you can use Tesco Clubcard vouchers) with tickets valid for 12 months from date of purchase (excluding entry to a couple of their big events). The Dockyard re-opened on 16th February following its winter break, and from now until 24th February is offering visitors the chance to produce artwork for its current art project. The Dockyard has some great exhibits and activities: explore the lifeboat exhibition; take a tour of a submarine (one of our favourite bits); board the HMS Gannet and the HMS Cavalier; get involved in rope-making at the Victorian Ropery (we still have our piece of rope). This makes a great day out for all the family.

Framlingham Castle, Suffolk (English Heritage). A stunning castle that is well worth the visit, with the added attraction of a ‘Family Fun Trail’ during half term. Follow the clues and solve the puzzle to win a prize. Entrance to the castle is £6.50 adults, £3.90 children, £16.90 for the family. Don’t forget that you can get a couple’s annual membership for £82, allowing free entry to EH properties (and discounts on entry for some non EH attractions, including The Historic Dockyard above) for yourselves and up to 6 children (under 19) per adult. Other membership packages are also available, visit

Oceanarium, Bournemouth, Dorset – adults £9.95, children £6.50, family of 4 £25.50 (other family deals available), with a 15% discount for online bookings. Marvel at the great collection of sharks, turtles, clownfish, otters etc. During half term week there are also special “Meet The Creature” and “Feed The Turtle” sessions as well as competitions and quiz trails.

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