There’s loads going on this February around the UK, here’s some of our favourite things to do…
Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th February 2017
There’s a massive event at ExCeL this week celebrating all things biking!
There’ll be stunt demos, spin sessions and even a pop-up velodrome! You can meet some of the biggest cycling stars and try out the latest bikes on a giant test track! Plus, there’ll be stalls selling all the equipment, clothing and accessories you need.
Children under 8 can go for free and tickets also allow access to The Triathlon Show, the Outdoor Adventure & Camping Show and the Oceans Festival, which are also taking place this weekend.
Throughout February 2017
The Flamingo Land Zoo is open all winter from 10am to 4pm, where you can see over 140 species of reptiles, mammals, fish and amphibians!
Check out the Reptile River, Muddy Duck Farm, the Treetop Walkway and the aquarium!
This February half-term there’s also sea lion shows and bird shows! Plus, you can meet the keepers and some of the zoo creatures!
Monday 20th – Friday 24th February 2017
Every February half-term, York holds a city-wide celebration of its Viking heritage and its last Viking king, Eric Bloodaxe.
You can play with Viking toys and games, have a go at sword-fighting and archery, and make wire jewellery and clay pots. There’s also a mock Norse settlement – with a market and animals so you can see how they lived!
Plus, there’s storytelling, performances, singing and on Saturday there’ll be grand finale with a competition for the strongest Viking, best beard, and a live re-enactment of Bloodaxe’s last battle.
Throughout February 2017
You can see the new Lagoon of Light at The Deep aquarium in Hull this February half-term – before they add the water!
The display will feature hundreds of brightly-coloured fish and zebra sharks! It’s based on where the rainforests meet the reef in the many islands of the western Pacific Ocean. It’s almost finished and you can see how it was built!
Plus, there’s all the usual activities during half-term like seeing the divers feed the sharks, the penguins having their fishy snack and getting up close with starfish, sea urchins and Hermit crabs!
Friday 17th – Sunday 19th February 2017
This is a huge indoor gaming family festival with loads of activities happening all weekend – it’s celebrating all things gaming, from Cosplay to board games!
You can take part in the official Mario Kart bumper car tournament, which is to celebrate 25 years of Mario Kart! Plus, try out virtual reality gaming, enter the Minecraft cave and take part in a huge 250-player game of Renga!
There’s also robot making and coding workshops.
Visit Oxford this half-term and pretend you’re a witch or wizard at Hogwarts! The city was used as the setting for loads of the Harry Potter films.
Visit Christ Church College, which was magically transformed into The Great Hall and some of the magical, moving staircases!
At New College, there are the cloisters where Harry warned Cedric Diggory about the first Tri-Wizard Challenge and Mad-Eye Moody turned Malfoy into a ferret! Plus, there’s the Bodleian Library, which served as Hogwarts Library!
Saturday 18th – 26th February 2017
National Parks are some of the darkest places in England. The Dark Skies Festival is all about discovering the dark and learning about the things that you can see at night, like the stars in the skies and some of the nocturnal creatures that only appear after hours!
There are loads of events happening at three national parks – North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales and the South Downs – including night running, mountain biking, stargazing safaris, rocket making, moon buggy racing, caving and more!
You can also go on guided walks with a forest ranger, looking for deer and owls through night-vision goggles!
Who fancies a rave? Big Fish Little Fish do family raves all the time that everyone can get involved in – kids and grown-ups!
You can expect big dance tunes from their famous DJs, plus glowsticks, glitter cannons, crafts, balloons, fancy dress and loads more.
There’s a bar and food stalls selling yummy treats if the dancing makes you start feeling hungry… and if it all gets a bit too exhausting, there’s a chillout space too.
Tuesday 21st February 2017
Next week, it’s the Jorvik Viking Festival where there are loads of events going on around the city to celebrate its Viking heritage and its last Viking king, Eric Bloodaxe.
At Barley Hall on Tuesday, it’s Poo Day! You can have a go at making your very own replica historic poo and discover how poo is used to solve ancient mysteries!
Did dinosaurs eat their own families? Was every Tyrannosaur a fearsome carnivore? Why did Allosaurus headbutt its prey to death?
Find out the answers to all these questions in this show from TV scientist Ben Garrod! He’ll be telling you everything you ever wanted to know about dinosaurs.
You can show off your dinosaur knowledge, see cool film footage and learn more about the deadliest predators to have ever roamed the planet!
— Ben Garrod (@Ben_garrod) February 10, 2017
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