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February half term guide to Suffolk & Cambs

Explore a castle, go karting, star in a film, bake a cake, discover the solar system, watch anime and come face-to-face with a dinosaur...how to fill your half term with fun in Suffolk & Cambs!

Yep, it’s half term already. While it might seem the kids have only been at school for a few weeks the reality is a week at home looms large and if you’re looking for ways to keep your brood amused here’s a guide to all the fab, fun (and sometimes even educational) stuff to do across the counties.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Boots on, binoculars out for the Feathery Friends Trail at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve (11-28 Feb; £2, runs daily). Pick up a trail sheet from the visitor centre, then follow the boardwalk to discover more about some of the UK’s best-loved birds and spot some feathered friends along the way

Look our for signs of spring (snowdrops and sunshine, please?) and discover some surprises along the way on a Family Wellie Walk Nature Trail at Kentwell Hall (12 – 27 Feb). Pre-booking isn’t essential, but it’s a good idea as you get £2 off! 

Muddy loves a castle and one of our faves is Framlingham where Explorer Quest is taking place (12-27 Feb; 10am-5pm), allowing kids to roam the magnificent grounds to find games and activities inspired by Lords and knights. 

Take the fam to Sutton Hoo for an Anglo-Saxon costume demo (19, 23, 26 Feb) where they’ll learn about the skills that went into producing clothing back then (spinning, dying, leatherwork, basket-making and weaving – not an H&M synthetic crop top in sight); then let them run around the ancient burial grounds to work off some steam and see the famous mask before you depart. 

Sacrewell Farm is always a good place to divert children away from screens, with hundreds of acres to explore, an 18th Century working watermill, outdoor play areas (or indoor play barn if it rains), lots of animals to meet and tractor rides too. 

THE GREAT INDOORS  

Dino obsessed youngsters need to see Jurassic Earth at the Marina Theatre Lowestoft (22 Feb; £21), an amazing state-of-the-art animatronic dinosaur interactive show. They’ll come face-to-face with T-Rex, Triceroptops and raptors doing the 75-minute, family-friendly performance (throw in other £10 and they can have a meet and greet experience). 

Amazing Animal Crafts at Ipswich Museum (22 Feb; £4) sounds a whole lotta fun as part of Discovery Week during half term. Kids get to see the amazing animals at the museum and then have a go at crafting their own animal-inspired creations. 

Half Term Fun Terrific Tray Bakes For Kids workshop at Cambridge Cookery is running on 17 Feb (10am-12.30pm) and ideal for GBBO inspired young bakers (7-11 years). Expect them to bring home winter apple, lemon drizzle and raspberry roll – that’s if they don’t scoff it before pick-up. 

Twilight Half Term at Cambridge Museums will appeal to enquiring minds (12-19 Feb; 10am-4pm) with different events each day – if you have any space lovers in the house you’ll want to do the solar system-themed trail at the Norris Museum, earn some space stickers and create your own space mobile. Or how about Twilight Half Term: You and I and Samurai, story-making in the University Library (14-18 Feb)? 

Beautiful animated movies showing at Arts Picturehouse Cambridge this month include Ponyo (13 Feb), which my mini muddies love, Kiki’s Delivery Service (13 Feb) and My Neighbour Totoro (20 Feb). Check website for more screenings and don’t forget there’s a decent cafe there too for pre-movie bites.

Tire them out in an instant by booking a session at amazing indoor climbing centre Clip ‘n Climb in Cambridge – suitable for everyone from beginners to, well, Spiderman. There are Little Rockers sessions for 2–4 year olds, so even younger members of the family can join in.

TEEN SCENE

Direct budding Spielbergs to the 4 Day Film Challenge (21-24 Feb; 10am-4pm; £61.50) at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds. Suitable for anyone aged 10-18 years, teams of five (allocated on the first day) are given four days to write, shoot, star in and edit a short film – all equipment provided but you can also bring your own. 

Teen Tolkein fans can head to West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village & Country Park to experience The Real Middle Earth (12 Feb; 12pm), which explores how, why and where The Lord of the Rings began and includes the chance to see and handle replicas from the film (12 years and over). If your half term’s later, there’s always the Ring Quest 20th Anniversary to do as a family (17-27 Feb) including archery, discovering Mirkwood and deciphering runes.

If you’ve got a potential Lewis Hamilton on your hands, treat them to a day at Rally Karting Centre in Kings Ripton, Huntingdon. They’ll get to jump in a kart or quad bike and put their driving skills to the test on a flat circuit then move on to an all terrain circuit complete with a mud bath or get behind the wheel of a four wheel drive. Aimed at ages 12+.

CAMPS

Barracudas Activity Day Camps will certainly keep your kids entertained this Feb, with camps running 14-18 Feb (8.30am – 5.30pm; £39 per day or £170 for the week) at Long Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge and Hinchingbrooke School in Huntingdon. Available for kids from four-and-a-half to 14 years, there is no chance they’ll get bored as the day’s are packed with things to try, from swimming, electric go-karts and parachute games for younger kids to dodgeball, baseball, orienteering and quad bikes for the older kids. 

Or try School’s Out Activities, which offers camps in Bury St Edmunds, Woodbridge and Ipswich this half term (14-25 Feb), aged from four to 16 years. We love that you can choose between Creative Crew (with plenty of arts and crafts) or Adrenaline Crew for your child that likes to play sports all day! From £35 per day or £140 per week.

STAYCATION

Don’t fancy stomping around muddy fields or museums this half term? Then book a night (or two) at Ickworth Hotel, one of Suffolk’s best family-friendly hotels, which has an entire Winter Den Activities schedule ready for the forthcoming holiday (12-27 Feb), including making a Gruffalo Crumble, creating a Lorax themed plant pot and building a dream catcher, while you hit the pool/bar/bedroom. And relax….

For more half term staycation ideas across all the Muddy counties, click here.

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