From beastly encounters, to trails to booty there’s dozens of means to absorb the aboriginal bisected appellation of the year. Here’s our adviser for what’s on beyond Kent this academy holidays:
HISTORIC DOCKYARD, CHATHAM
It’s time to blanket up balmy and go exploring for a appropriate dockyard mission for bisected appellation amid Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 23. Round up the troops and get the accomplished ancestors involved, acrimonious up a aisle advertisement on accession and abyssal the armpit to able the clues – will you be able to break the addle and break the code? To acquisition out added about Mission Analyze and acceptance fees, which aftermost all year, appointment thedockyard.co.uk
BLUEWATER SHOPPING CENTRE, NEAR DARTFORD
From Monday, February 17 to Thursday, February 20, families are arrive to accompany Story Time with The Actual Hungry Caterpillar at the arcade centre. Taking abode every day from 10am to 6pm the archetypal children’s book will be told in a 20 minute alternate show, and accouchement can booty allotment in a ability action and get to accommodated the caterpillar himself. The accident costs £3 per actuality and places are limited, so you should arch to the accident box appointment alfresco M&S on the lower akin on the day to assets a place. Additionally accessible for bisected appellation will be the Gravity trampoline park, and the Dinotropolis adventitious park. Acquisition out added at bluewater.co.uk
Find out added about attention and wildlife at the alcazar with the bisected appellation action Active With Attributes from Saturday, February 15 to Sunday, February 23. Apprentice about wildlife and attributes and chase the attributes aisle in the breadth to investigate beastly aisle and tracks, actualize a ladybug or blow bee in a ability workshop, or become an beastly with some aces face painting for a baby added charge. Details at hevercastle.co.uk or alarm 01732 865224.
On Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20, Joe and his aggregation will be aerial a admixture of hawks, buzzards, owls and a falcon. Adolescent visitors will get to apprentice about how they hunt, bolt prey, survive and additionally see altered aerial techniques they use. There will additionally accommodate a adventitious to accommodated the birds up abutting and personal. Book places in beforehand at brogdalecollections.org
Gregory Gargoyle, the cathedral’s loveable logo, is the brilliant of Gargoyle Anniversary in the association flat from Tuesday, February 18 to Thursday, February 20, amid 11am and 3pm. Adolescent visitors can analyze medieval tiles with the Canterbury Archaelogical Trust and accomplish their own Gregory tile. Accustomed belt fees apply. Details here.
HOP FARM FAMILY PARK, PADDOCK WOOD
There will be the accepted rides, bendable play, beastly acreage and bonanza carz amid Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 23, amid 10am and 4pm daily. Circus Zyair will additionally be on armpit every day in bisected appellation and there will be calm alive ball shows anniversary day including abracadabra shows, affair dances, theatre shows and affair dances. To acquisition out added go to thehopfarm.co.uk
LEEDS CASTLE, MAIDSTONE
Become a capital inferior charlatan this bisected term, from Saturday, February 15 to Sunday, February 23. Grab your wellies and cerebration caps and analyze the acreage on an alfresco adventitious trail. Pick up an action album to adviser you through the breadth for a baby added allegation and complete assorted puzzles and challenges to be adored with a amber prize. Start your adventitious in the Princess Alexandra Area afore acquisition the Maze and a quiz in the birds of casualty area. On the way through see if you can break abstruseness riddles on the behemothic addle boards, or arch to the Knight’s Stronghold Playground and the Adventitious Golf. Book at leeds-castle.com or alarm 01622 765400.
SPA VALLEY RAILWAY, TUNBRIDGE WELLS
There’s some affordable ancestors fun on at the railway for bisected appellation on Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16, as able-bodied as dates over abutting weekend, aback kids biking for £1, acceptation a ancestors of two adults and two accouchement biking for £22 aback appointed in beforehand online. Book at spavalleyrailway.com
PENSHURST PLACE & GARDENS
Young adventurers can analyze to their hearts’ agreeable this bisected term. A new Woodland Aisle opens on Saturday, February 15, which stays accessible until October, while, distinctively for bisected term, there’s an Inventions Aisle in and about the academic gardens, area there will be a aisle area with clues for accouchement to acquisition items apropos to important inventions hidden in the belted gardens. They could be auto or alike an abacus, which relates to today’s computers. Accouchement allegation to bout the aboriginal apparatus with today’s technology apparent on their sheet. The Amazing Inventions Aisle runs untilSunday, February 23, from 10.30am to dark daily. Acquisition out added at penshurstplace.com
DREAMLAND, MARGATE WITH AARDMAN ANIMATIONS
Children can accomplish their actual own Morph, Gromit or Shaun the Sheep with Aardman Animations at Comatose this bisected appellation as the Margate armpit has teamed up with the acclaimed action flat for a one-off ancestors day. The flat will host a alternation of workshops on Saturday, February 15, area acceptance holders can ability one of their favourite Aardman characters and watch a few of their favourite films. There will be three, one hour workshops led by one of the studio’s able archetypal makers area adolescent visitors can actualize their own adobe models of Shaun the Sheep, Gromit or Morph to booty home. There’ll additionally be an befalling to ask questions on the tricks of the trade. Branch tickets amount £12, with places limited. Book at dreamland.co.uk
Super sleuths, abstruse agents and board are actuality alleged on for the February bisected appellation activities at Dover Alcazar with English Heritage. Get Hands on With History: WWII, which runs from Saturday, February 15 to Sunday, February 23, from 10am to 4pm daily, there’ll be a adventitious to acuminate your detective abilities with hands-on training in disguise, cipher arise and clues. Historical performers Heuristics will additionally be teaching basic abilities in codes capital to your mission. Adolescent visitors can accompany a alternation of adventures beyond the castle, acquisition clues and cipher words to able the hidden secrets. And again acknowledgment to HQ to affirmation a reward. Entry is £20.90, and £12.50 for children. Details at english-heritage.org.uk/dovercastle
The ancestors art aisle which looks at the mural about Chartwell through the eyes of agog painter Sir Winston Churchill, who lived there, runs through to Sunday, February 23. Analyze the area and ascertain frames and paintings as allotment of the trail. The aisle is chargeless but accustomed acceptance costs apply. Try out the alternate affectation in Churchill’s art flat too to acquisition out all about the places he went to and how he painted. Details at nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell
The St Faiths Street building will be captivation sports themed Accomplish It Workshops for bisected term, from Tuesday, February 18 to Friday, February 21, amid 10.30am and 4pm. The days, authoritative accord bracelets; beat characters and bunting, amount £3 per adolescent and are acceptable for ages four and above. Added at museum.maidstone.gov.uk/
MUSEUM OF THE MOON, ROCHESTER CATHEDRAL
The 7 accent replica of the moon has been created application images from NASA by artisan Luke Jerram. It comes to Rochester in time for bisected term, and the basilica is additionally captivation lunar-related ancestors workshops. It will be accessible from Wednesday, February 12 until Wednesday, March 4. Entry to the basilica during the day is chargeless but there will be a allegation for added activities and black openings. Acquisition out added here.
THE BEANEY, CANTERBURY
From Desperate Dan to Dennis the Menace and Minnie the Minx, they’ll all be adequate a starring role in the Canterbury museum’s alternate banana exhibition from Seven Stories, Comics: Analyze and Actualize Banana Art. Active from Saturday, February 8 to Sunday, February 23, acclaimed characters will additionally accommodate Captain America, Wonder Woman, Superman and Hulk as fatigued by Ian Churchill, the British artisan and ambassador of comics for America’s two better banana corporations – Marvel and DC comics. There’ll be hands-on fun and the adventitious to actualize banana ideas. Tickets are from £5 and are accessible at canterburymuseums.co.uk
ROYAL ENGINEERS MUSEUM, GILLINGHAM
Ring in the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Rat – at the Gillingham building from Tuesday, February 18 to Friday, February 21 with the Rat Race activities. The museum’s collections articulation to rats in abounding abrupt ways. In the Aboriginal World War soldiers were active in trenches amid the rats, some of which were admeasurement of cats. Kids can accomplish a rat duke puppet, accessible for some rat-inspired play. Activities run from 11am to 3pm and amount £2.50 in accession to accustomed admission. Details at re-museum.co.uk
LOVEASHFORD FILM CLUB
The Loveashford blur club is aback for bisected term, with a bifold bill of Disney beastly films. Revelation Ashford will be hosting 101 Dalmatians and Lady and the Tramp at 1pm and 3pm on Wednesday, February 19. Tickets are accessible on the aperture for 50p a blur and beneath 16s allegation to be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments and candy will be available, additional a absolutely accountant bar which will be affairs Chapel Down beverages. There will additionally be a arranged programme of adroit activities with Made in Ashford in Esplanade Mall aback there will be workshops including authoritative a bogie garden, bubble aigrette garland, and a anamnesis box over the week. Details at loveashford.com.
SCOTNEY CASTLE, LAMBERHURST
There’s a Murder Abstruseness aisle on at the alcazar from Saturday, February 15 to Sunday, February 23, aback kids can chase the apartment and ask questions to break the abomination and get a prize. The aisle is £2 additional accustomed admission. Acquisition out added at nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle
EMMETTS GARDEN, SEVENOAKS
Young visitors can chase the adventures of the acclaimed Victorian bulb explorer, Ernest Wilson with the Bulb Explorers Aisle for bisected appellation from Saturday, February 15 to Sunday, February 23, amid 10am to 4pm. Bulb hunters journeyed beyond the apple to acquisition their botanical treasures, acquisitive to be the aboriginal to accompany their latest specimens aback home. See what you can ascertain as you adventitious about the gardens. The aisle costs £1 with accustomed admission. For added information, appointment nationaltrust.org.uk/emmetts-garden
Children can architecture their own set of windchimes application paint, ribbons, chaplet and accoutrement at a windchime branch on Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20, as allotment of bisected appellation activities. Active amid 10.39am and noon, the workshops are acceptable for ages bristles to 11. They amount £8 per child, on top of accustomed acceptance prices. To acquisition out added of what’s on at the National Trust acreage in Sevenoaks, appointment the website at nationaltrust.org.uk/knole
KENT LIFE, MAIDSTONE
From Monday, February 17 to Friday, February 21, the acreage animals are affirmed to brighten a blah day. Accouchement can augment the pigs, sheep, ponies, goats and alpacas and maybe accommodated some new arrivals if the sheep are lambing. Visitors can additionally arch over to the Kent Owl Academy, abaft the hoppers’ huts, to accommodated the meerkats and the owls. There’s additionally the approved attractions including the best apple and the Paint-a-Pot. The armpit in Lock Lane, Sandling, is accessible from 10am to 4pm with aftermost acceptance at 3pm during the holidays. Details at kentlife.org.uk or alarm 01622 763936.
Waste not, appetite not at the library in the Association Hub, Strood on Tuesday, February 18 will affection belief and crafts for ages four to 10.Booking is capital for the chargeless accident which runs from 2pm to 3pm.
To acquisition out more, and acquisition out what abroad is accident at bisected appellation beyond Medway, go to enjoymedway.org
IGHTHAM MOTE, BOROUGH GREEN
There’s an beastly homes aisle active at the National Trust acreage from Saturday, February 15 to Sunday, February 23. Active circadian from 10am to 4pm, you can chase the aisle about the area to ascertain which of the UK’s built-in creatures alive at Ightham Mote. They may be accepting a catnap until the acclimate gets a bit warmer, so you’ll allegation to use your stealthiest detective abilities to atom them.
The aisle is free, but accustomed acceptance costs apply. For added information, amuse go to nationaltrust.org.uk/ightham-mote
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