There are walking trails highlighting the birds and wildlife around the hall, as well as history trails focusing on the human lovers in its history, such as Thomas Coke, Earl of Leicester and his long-suffering wife Lady Margaret Tufton; or Queen Mary, who was outraged while visiting the Hall with her husband, King George V, upon seeing a lewd painting of the Roman god Jupiter ‘petting’ his wife. Families can even try to build their own bird love hut with daily nest box building workshops.
Holkham Rd, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1AB; holkham.co.uk/events/details/love-birds
Go seal hunting with Dogleg Charters
Experience the UK’s largest gray seal colony up close on your own private RIB cruise, which can be tailored to you. Options include sunrise wildlife viewing along the coast to Salthouse and family picnic trips to Wells-next-the-Sea. As an added bonus, Ian, the man who will be your skipper, is a travel photographer by trade: he knows how to get the shots that will make your kids’ Instagram accounts light up. Charters for up to five people cost £250.
Morston Quay, Quay Lane, Morston, Holt NR25 7BH; doglegcharters.co.uk
Discover something new at Chester Zoo
While visitors to Britain’s premier wildlife attraction will no doubt be familiar with elephants, tigers, giraffes and orangutans, this half-time Chester Zoo with talks puts the spotlight on some of the animals you may have overlooked on previous visits and activities that will Lesser-known species like rock hyraxes (guinea-pig-sized animals that are the closest relatives to elephants), the elusive tree-kangaroos, and amphibious “mountain chickens” (aka the giant ditch frog that has been hunted) are nearly exterminated by humans for supposedly tastes like chicken – it’s brought back from the abyss by the scientists at the zoo).
Chester Zoo, Chester CH2 1EU; chesterzoo.org
Norse around in the Golden Valley
This experience translates the traditional pastimes of the Nordic Raiders into fun activities for modern teenagers, featuring ax throwing, archery and bullring, as well as ancient games like kubb (stick throwing), molkky (similar to skittles) and stige (a precise throwing game). ). All are expertly tended to by a team of professional Vikings, so don’t worry your teenagers will end up like Harald Hardrada at the end of the day. Two hours on the site costs £29.99 per person and you can pay extra for modern activities like laser skeet shooting or paintball. Then, why not explore the Golden Valley, downwind of the Black Mountains, home to Arthur’s Stone, a Neolithic tomb where King Arthur is said to have slain a giant?
The Viking Games, Battlelands, Middle Cefn Farm, Ewyas Harold, Hereford, HR2 0JH; thevikinggames.co.uk
Make history at Bolsover Castle
Little lords and ladies will find plenty to enjoy at the fairytale-like Bolsover Castle this semester. Behind the high, crenellated battlements and in the picturesque courtyards they will find all kinds of activities including an extended outdoor adventure with puzzles, quizzes, activities and stories to help them get fit, have fun and learn about history at the same time to learn.
Bolsover Castle, Castle Street, Bolsover, Chesterfield S44 6PR; english-heritage.org.uk
Pack in the fun with the Alpacas of Charnwood Forest
They’re big, they’re very fluffy and they’re looking forward to adventures during the term – the alpacas down at Charnwood Forest Alpaca Farm certainly are. With a range of different experiences, from 90-minute walks with the pacas to workshops on caring for their animals to afternoon teas enjoyed by their side, there are many different options to suit your needs. Children under the age of nine are admitted free (but must be accompanied by one adult per child) – and you can relax afterwards at the Chilli Bean Café.
Ashby Rd, Border, Swadlincote DE11 7BA; pukkapacas.com
Step back in time in the Victorian town of Blists Hill
Once you’ve exchanged your modern money for a few pounds and shillings, explore the recreated Victorian town, meet the townspeople of over a century ago, shop for curios from a bygone era (you’ll have to figure out the difference between a shilling and sixpence and Farthing on your own) and ride at the old-fashioned fairground. Everything is laid out as the Victorians would have lived, making this attraction the ideal fun and educational family activity.
Victorian Town Blists Hill, Legges Way, Telford TF7 5UD; ironbridge.org.uk
Trade course at Hestercombe Forest School
Hestercombe is celebrating half term with a pop up woodland school offering workshops on making natural crowns, woodland crafts and more in a fun woodland school. When the weather isn’t cooperating, there’s also indoor craft activities while the adults can explore the house and its beautiful gardens.
Hestercombe, Taunton TA2 8LG; hestercombe.com
Become a shipwrecked man in Cornwall
To mark the 100th anniversary of the East Shipwreck, Newquay is hosting an experience that puts you in the shoes of the boatmen – could you have survived?
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