Half Term Activities
It’s almost time for the February Half Term! Entertaining kids over these 2 weeks can be tricky for parents, so we’ve put together a list of family-friendly activities and events across the district that should be fun
There’s plenty going on at Lancaster’s Maritime Museum this half term, including wonderful craft sessions that are sure to keep your little ones entertained. Come and explore the original Port of Lancaster Custom House and learn all about Lancaster’s Golden Age of maritime history!
Monday 17 February – Kool Kaleidoscopes – Get creative and make a colourful Kaleidoscope to take home.
Tuesday 18 February – Daring Dragonflies – Make a Dragonfly.
Wednesday 19 February – Stained Glass Kites – Create a stained glass effect kite to hang in your window.
Thursday 20 February – Sow it, grow it – Decorate a plant pot to put your seed in.
Friday 21 February – Lovely Lighthouses – Guide those ships safely to shore by making a lighthouse.
All craft sessions cost £1 per child and sessions run 3 times a day: 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm.
Booking advisable to avoid disappointment.
The Maritime Museum is Free for local residents (within the LA1 – LA6 postcode areas), otherwise Adults £3 and Concessions £2. Accompanied children Free.
Just east of Lancaster City Centre you’ll find the wonderful Williamson Park, which boasts 54 acres of beautiful parkland with enchanting woodland walks, play areas and phenomenal views. While you’re here, you can enjoy some wonderful food in the park café and shop and marvel at the walk-through butterfly house, aviary and mini-zoo, including marmosets and meerkats!
Monday 17th – Friday 21st – Meet the Keeper Sessions – Meet the Keeper and learn out about the life cycles and habitats of the inhabitants in the Butterfly House and Mini Beast Cave.
Monday 17th – Friday 21st – Design a Fantasy Animal Craft Session – Come down to the education room and let your imagination run wild! A frog with a horses legs? A zebra with monkey arms? Why not! Make your dream animal and take it home with you.
All Meet the Keeper and Design a Fantasy Animal Craft Sessions are free with paid entry to the Butterfly House and Zoo.
The Butterfly House and Zoo is open from 10am to 5pm (last entry at 4pm), £4 for Adults, £3 for Children (under 3’s free).
A short drive south of Lancaster City Centre, Lancaster University offers a wide range of internationally renowned contemporary theatre, dance, art and music. From talks by internationally acclaimed artists, to dance performances presented by renowned choreographers, anyone interested in the arts will definitely want to check out what Lancaster University has on offer this half term!
Tuesday 18th – Hanna Tuulikki – A lunchtime talk with Tuulikki investigating the ways in which the body communicates beyond and before words.
Wednesday 19th – Liz Lea: RED – A poignant, riotous and ultimately triumphant exploration of one woman’s story – an exquisite exploration of female endurance (Ages 12+)
Tuesday 25th – Talent Hub: HELM – Renowned choreographer Theo Clinkard and a eight strong cast unleash their imaginations to construct a world of alter egos, rockstars, curious souls and fierce goddesses (Ages 8+)
Tuesday 25th – Joe Fletcher Orr: Tuesday Talks – Joe Fletcher Orr’s sculptures, performances and installations use humour to undermine the ‘seriousness’ of the art world, and the authority of the art object (Free)
Thursday 27th – Michael Poll – Performance by classical guitarist and conductor Michael Poll, who will include works from his 7-String Bach project, as well as one of his own works, Vltava Variations.
Friday 28th – Nikki & JD: Knott – Physically exhilarating and touchingly poignant, Knot is the internationally acclaimed circus and dance work by Nikki Rummer and JD Broussé (7+)
For more information, times and ticket prices please see the Lancaster Arts website.
The Dukes Cinema and Theatre
“The Duke’s Playhouse” theatre opened on Lancaster’s Moor Gate on the 18th November 1971. The Queen, as the Duke of Lancaster, even gave her approval for the name and the Minister for the Arts, Lord Eccles, opened the new venue. With a theatre and cinema, there’s always plenty going on at The Dukes, so have a look at what’s happening during half term to see if there’s anything that takes your fancy!
Tuesday 18th, Wednesday 19th, Thursday 20th – Cinema – The Personal History of David Copperfield – A joyous and fast-paced adaptation of the Dickens classic, from The Death of Stalin director Armando Iannucci.
Tuesday 18th – Cinema – Little Women – Lady Bird filmmaker Greta Gerwig returns with this adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel which follows four sisters who come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Wednesday 19th – Cinema – Jojo Rabbit (12A) – A World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy named Jojo whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic.
Friday 21st – Theatre – Wolf! – Down in the village just a whisper of a wolf will cause a panic! Join us for a fantastic children’s adventure and find out what happens when Jack cries WOLF!
Sunday 23rd – Cinema – Bolshoi Swan Lake – Prince Siegfried is summoned by his parents to choose a bride. However, he encounters a mysterious swan-woman by the lake, Odette, and is captivated by her. His vow of eternal love to her will have irreversible consequences.
Lancaster Grand Theatre
This historic theatre has many names over the years but there’s one thing that hasn’t changed, it’s position as a major part of cultural life in Lancaster. This history of this theatre stretches back over 230 years, first opening its doors in 1782! It has survived major fires and threat of demolition to rise from the ashes as one of the key north-west venues for amateur drama, music, dance and professional touring companies.
Sunday 16th – Jersey Beats – “It’s the show night out not to be missed – wowing crowds in Blackpool since 2014, and now touring the country – OH WHAT A NITE! Is a different style of tribute show to any other that you will have seen or heard of before
Friday 21st – Catherine Cookson’s The Cinder Path – The Cinder Path is a sizzling and fast-moving drama, set against the backdrop of WW1, with laughter, tears and an unforgettable musical score.
Tuesday 25th – Saturday 29th – Grease – Grease is the Word! Dust off those leather jackets and bobby socks and be transported back to 1959, as MAODS presents Grease, one of the world’s most popular and enduring musicals.
Lancaster City Museum
Situated in the heart of this historic cultural city of Lancaster in an elegant Georgian building is where to discover more about Lancaster’s past from the Romans to the present day. The City Museum is housed in Lancaster’s former town hall, an elegant Georgian building constructed in 1781-3 to the designs of Major Thomas Jarrett and Thomas Harrison. The museum itself was founded in 1923 and its collections illustrate the history and archaeology of the city of Lancaster. It is also home to the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum, where you can trace the pedigree of Lancaster’s regiment from 1680 onwards. See the wonderful collection of portraits and landscapes on display.
Lancaster Castle is owned by Her Majesty the Queen, who is the Duke of Lancaster and as well as being a fortification, the Castle was also Europe’s longest-serving operational prison until its closure in March 2011. Its courtrooms have witnessed many famous and infamous trials over the centuries, including those of the infamous Lancashire Witches who were convicted and sentenced to death in 1612. Access to the castle is via daily guided tours: experienced and knowledgeable guides will take you on a visit of the older and newer parts of the castle, from the 18th century cells to the newer prison blocks. The Castle Courtyard area has now been renovated and includes a brand new café!
Salt Ayre Leisure Centre is the largest sports and leisure centre in the Lancaster district and is conveniently located half-way between Lancaster and Morecambe. The centre offers a wide range of indoor sport and leisure activities all year round. With many fantastic family-friendly events on over half term, you should definitely pay Salt Ayre a visit!
Monday 17th – Friday 21st – XHeightables Pre-schoolers Climbing – A fantastic way to introduce your little ones to climbing in a safe, friendly and fun environment!
Tuesday 18th – Creation Station Family Fun – A fantastic arts and crafts class, suitable for both boys and girls and unlike many other activities, there’s no problem with siblings of different ages. This class is perfect for your whole family to spend quality time together; to be creative individually and also as a team.
Tuesday 18th & Thursday 20th – Crazy Inflatable Fun Pool Party – A fun-filled event for all of the family! There will be large and small floats as well as our giant pool inflatable, all set to fun party music!
Tuesday 18th & Thursday 20th – Free Family Circuit – Blast out the half term cobwebs with a fun family circuit with Claire! Promises to give a great workout to both the adults and kids, using a variety of equipment found in our Training Zone functional training area, and lots of fun games.
Wedneday 19th – Special Prices Swim – We’re extending our Wednesday special priced swim promotion (£2 per person) to all public swimming sessions on this day! A great way to spend some time as a family in our lovely heated 33m pool.
Friday 21st – NERF Wars – Let the games begin! In two teams you will compete in the NERF Wars Arena to be the surviving team!
A fantastically unique live entertainment venue situated in a restored Edwardian railway station on Morecambe promenade. Many famous acts have performed here over the years and the venue boasts regular live music, comedy, theatre, children’s shows, community events and you can even hire out the venue for your own event.
Tuesday 18th – Little Grim Tales – What if the wishes were granted? What if the magic were real? Beasts and breadcrumbs, wolves and witches, frogs and fairies all join the fun in a stunning new adaptation of Grimm’s most magical tales.
Friday 21st – The Grumbleweeds Laughter Show – The Grumbleweeds phenomenon began in 1962 with a bunch of lads from Leeds. Over the years, the act grew to dominate the UK live comedy circuit and ended up with countless TV and Radio series to boot.
RSPB Leighton Moss
Leighton Moss boasts the largest reed bed in north-west England and is home to a wide range of spectacular wildlife including otters, bearded tits, marsh harriers, egrets and red deer. See for yourself! Visit the hides, explore the trails and enjoy amazing views from the Sky Tower. Come on down to Leighton Moss this half term for some fantastic family-friendly events!
Tuesday 17th – Friday 28th – ‘Nature’s Homes’ Wild Challenge Trail – Leighton Moss are celebrating National Nestbox Week with a look at the many different kinds of places that our wildlife calls home. Pick up a trail map and quiz sheet from the Visitor Centre and go and discover some amazing facts about Nature’s Homes!
Tuesday 25th – Whatever the weather, come along with your little nippers for this interactive wildlife-themed playgroup! We’ll play outdoor games and sing songs, followed by a story and juice for the little ones.
Situated behind the Winter Gardens on the main promenade, Morecambe’s new entertainment complex features over 100 trampolines, including tumble tracks and wall beds, and incorporating 10 exciting zones, comprising: Ninja Zone, Battle Beams, Half Pipe, Dodgeball, Basketball, Airbag, Reaction Wall, Traverse Wall, Party Zone and Bounce Zone. This could be the perfect thing to keep your kids entertained this half term!
Station Promenade – Wacky Warehouse
Whether you are looking to Book a Birthday Party, Purchase a Membership Card, meet up with friends, get messy with your kids during Arts and Craft sessions, pop in for Tots Club or simply relax with a coffee and magazine whilst your child plays, Wacky Warehouse is the perfect venue for you and your family this half term!
There’s something for everyone at the fantastic Greenlands Farm! Come and visit the working Open Farm, which is home to over 120 animals, where your kids really can enjoy a hands-on experience, petting, grooming and even feeding. With Guinea Pigs, Ferrets, Snakes, Dogs and many, many more, there’s sure to be something for every animal lover!
Make sure you also pay a visit to the PlayBarn; a place where babies, toddlers and older children can happily play and safely climb, clamber, slide, swing and explore, whatever the weather! There’s also a fantastic café, the Loft Tearoom, where you can relax with a drink and some delicious food, and maybe even some Wallings Ice Cream. Don’t forget to also pay a visit to the Retail Village, where you will find a delightful range of fabulous fresh and local produce.
- February 17th, 2020 to February 28th, 2020
- events Family-friendly