Top 5 Half Term Adventures

Have an adventure with the kids this half term by visiting one of our wonderful attractions where there are themed activities on offer. Here is our top 5 for this 2019 Half Term.

1. Celebrate the Year of the Pig

Robin Hill’s amazing electric woods event is themed ‘Spirit of the Orient’ for the Chinese New Year and every night from 15th to 23rd February the ancient 88 acre woodlands will be filled with magical light displays, colour and sound to celebrate the beginning of the year of the Pig and the concept of Wu Xing. Highlights include a 12 metre long dragon procession, traditional lion dances, a 3D water projection that ‘floats’ on the lakes, Britain’s biggest Chinese festival lantern and a new ‘cascading bridge’ light exhibit with omni-directional sound, light, projection and pyrotechnics. Overlooking projections on the woodland ponds, four white lion performers accompanied by a 50-strong pride of digital lions, sound effects and pyrotechnics will take to an LED-lit stage for a spectacular, illuminated dance show. You can make your own Chinese lanterns to carry around the woodlands and tie your hopes and wishes to the park’s ‘wishing tree’ and the park’s birds of prey will be making an appearance. Chinese food will be on offer from the stalls around the lakes and you can toast marshmallows over an open brazier.

2. Build a farm themed masterpiece

Apart from all the wonderful activities on offer at Tapnell Farm such as bouncing on the tennis court sized bouncy pillow, driving a tractor, playing in the three story farmyard themed play zone and meeting the animals in the petting areas, there’s a Duplo Brick building completion on Saturday February 23rd. With the theme ‘The Farm’ the age categories are 4 to 8yrs and 9 to 12 yrs and sessions are just 30 minutes, with five minutes intro, 15 minutes build and 10 minutes for judging. The winner from each session will have their masterpiece photographed and the pictures will be uploaded to Facebook the following week to let the public judge which is their favourite – with an overall winner from each age category being announced on Friday 1st March. Winners will receive a gift card to buy their favourite Lego/Duplo, but every child that enters will be awarded a certificate for their efforts.

3. Go on a Quest at Carisbrooke Castle

To celebrate the release of the new film The Kid Who Would Be King, Carisbrooke Castle has a themed adventure quest around the castle. Join the characters from the film - Merlin, Alex and his band of knights - on an epic quest to save England from an evil medieval menace. You just track down the answers to questions around the castle and once you’ve found them you can claim your royal reward. This themed adventure runs from February 16th to 24th from 1oam to 4pm and is included in your ticket price. Of course you mustn’t forget to see the cute donkeys walking the wheel to bring the bucket up from the well, whilst you’re there, and there are battlements to walk and a high keep to explore. Plus you can see the windows where King Charles I tried to escape from this castle and there are interesting items to discover in the castle museum.

4. Feel the Love at Monkey Haven

It’s ‘Love Week’ at the Monkey Haven with stories about their rescued monkeys and owls that will warm your heart. The daily Keeper talks will focus on love, love, love is all its many forms, so you’ll hear about romances, bromances and even monkeys who’ve found lasting love with another animal. In the case of one monkey this is with his squeaky toy pig! There will be Love Shakes in the Tea Room and special deals for everyone who loves monkeys and owls. The love in starts on Valentine’s Day, Thursday February 14th, and runs through to Sunday February 24th. A great gift for the one you love, or even for the children you love, might be a Keeper for the Day experience. And if you’re planning to propose to the one you love, Monkey Haven can be on stand-by with balloons and cake

5. Be a Victorian Child

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s nine children grew up at Osborne House, visiting often and playing in the extensive grounds. Albert had a Swiss Cottage built for the children to play house in that even had a kitchen for them to cook meals – you can learn all about the games they played when you visit this large Swiss play house. Nearby is the museum that Albert filled with items collected from around the world to educate and amuse them. The children would also learn how to grow things in the cottage garden and you can see their little wheelbarrows bearing the name of each child. During Half Term there are a whole range of the games that those royal children might have played and the pastimes they would have enjoyed – your children can learn how it would have been to be a royal child living and playing at Osborne, from February 18th to 22nd.

Jo Macaulay

1 February 2019

By Jo Macaulay in Articles