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Half Term Family days out in the North West

The half-term holidays are nearly here so if you’re a parent looking for inspiration to keep the little ones engaged for a whole week, here are a few suggestions.

Build your own story at Lyme Park 

Lyme Park in the Cheshire countryside is a magical place to visit. It has miles of wonderful walks through parklands and woods – perfect for a winter wander! But we all know the great British weather can be on the wet side sometimes so why not pop into the Entrance Hall in Lyme House and pick up a free family activity pack? It’s got lots of great ideas that could take your kids on an adventure through Lyme Park’s history hidden in the tapestries and paintings. The Build Your Own Story event tantalises their imaginations and helps them to build their own story using the characters from the past as a starting point.

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Peppa Pig & Friends East Lancashire Railway

Peppa Pig is every child’s friend so why not call in at Bury Transport Museum and say ‘Hello’ to Peppa and George? They’ll be making an appearance throughout the day during the half term holiday, and they’ll be delighted to see you. There’s plenty to see and lots to do including Peppa Pig’s Hide & Seek activity trail, face painting, craft activities and a petting zoo.

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World on your windowsill, RHS Bridgewater

Have your kids got green fingers? RHS Garden Bridgewater has a plant-filled half-term for every child to explore and enjoy. Learn about the plants that grow on your windowsill and how to nurture yours at home. Everyday there is a special theme including a Houseplant Trail, Family Arts and Craft Sessions, a Woodland Welly Walk and lots more. You’ll even have a chance to make a Kokedama – it’s the Japanese art of growing a plant in moss and soil that you can then hang in the air. With garden stories and lots of new things to see and learn during every day of the school holidays, RHS Bridgewater is a fun place to be.

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Cockfields Farm

With indoor and outdoor picnic areas they’ve got all weathers covered. So, pack up some sandwiches, fill a flask and head to Cockfields Farm to welcome the ‘New Kidz on the Block’.
During February half term, staff at Cockfields Farm will be preparing to welcome lots of kids and lambs and little visitors will enjoy a chance to learn all about the life cycle of sheep and goats. It’s a lovely opportunity to see the animals and, if you’re lucky, a new baby might be born during your visit.
The Farm is home to furry friends in Cuddle Corner as well some more exotic species like snakes, lizards and tortoises in the Animal Encounters Barn. There’s a delicious café, play area and free-to-ride carousel on site too so it’s a great day out for all ages.

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Jodrell Bank

Little stargazers have an opportunity to find out all about the cosmos this half term. Events at the world famous observatory include Cap Cam Go, an immersive animated story that takes you on an exciting journey to space and back. There’s also a chance to Meet the Expert who will welcome you to the world of science – and blow your mind!

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With so many activities available for parents, carers and kids of all ages and interests why not treat yourself to some together time this half-term.

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