Get out and about with the kids this half term

By Liz Wade in Events

WITH so much on offer during the February half term school holidays there is no excuse to stay indoors.

Here is just some of what is on offer...

February Festival of Fun at Barleylands Farm Park, Billericay:

Every day from today, right up to Friday, February 17, there is plenty of fun to be had at Barleylands Farm Park, in Barleylands Road, Billericay.

Its February Festival of Fun includes four magic shows daily, when you can watch Skittleman in action, as well as circus skills workshops with Colonel Custard in the Festival Barn.

Be amazed by its birds of prey flying displays, have fun in the face painting factory, and see plenty of wacky and weird goings on in it reptile house.

Visit www.barleylands.co.uk/farm-park/festivaloffun/

Lambing and Laughter at Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers:

Marsh Farm’s Lambing and Laughter event kicked off on Saturday and will continue at the farm until Sunday, February 19.

Spring is always a busy time at the farm and this year will be no exception as it prepares to welcome its newest arrivals. Lambing season runs throughout February and March with new lambs being born almost every day.

See the lambs in the sheep area and enjoy a programme of events, from lamb themed craft activities to den building.

Visitors can also log-on at home and watch round the clock lambing action via the farm’s ‘Lamb-cam’ cameras set up in the sheep sheds.

Visit www.marshfarm.co.uk

Butterfly Week at Tropical Wings, South Woodham Ferrers:

It is Butterfly Week at Tropical Wings right up until Sunday, February 19, so join them for plenty of fun for all the family.

As well as visiting one of the finest tropical houses in the UK you can also enjoy butterfly crafts. There will also be big bugs and all your favourite animal encounters.

Visit ww.tropicalwings.co.uk

February Fun at Lee Valley Park Farms, Waltham Abbey:

Following its Birthday Bonanza weekend, Lee Valley Park Farms is now open to the public for its 2017 season.

Over the weekend the venue celebrated its 40th birthday with the help of visitors and its 300 furry and feathered friends.

The farm is now open throughout the school holidays, and every day up until October 29.

Catch up with the animals and see who has been sleeping in the farmyard and whose been plodding around the paddocks over the winter. Families can enjoy a host of fun activities on the farm, including meeting cheeky meerkats, llamas, guinea pigs, rabbits and exotic species such as bearded dragons, as well as taking a ride on Tex the Tractor to a working dairy farm. Little ones can also get up close to some of the smaller animals.

Visit www.lvfarms.co.uk

Professor Nitrate’s Mission to Mars at Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey:

It is February half term at the Royal Gunpowder Mills and Professor Nitrate is on a mission to Mars.

Professor Nitrate applied to the UK Space Agency as he has always dreamed of blasting off to Mars, but when the agency heard that the professor was crazy he decided to set up the Royal Gunpowder Mills Space Agency instead.

Will the agency help the professor get to Mars? Head to the mills to help him find the right science to launch into space, and witness flaming experiments and mad demonstrations of fizzes and bangs in the Mad Lab, right up until Sunday, February 19.

Visit www.royalgunpowdermills.com/

Spy School at Audley End House & Gardens, Saffron Walden:

Secret missions, code cracking puzzles and spying adventures will be the order of the day at Audley End House & Gardens this half term, when the English Heritage property gives children the chance to become super sleuths for the day.

Its Spy School, which runs every day until Friday, February 17, will allow youngsters to sharpen their detective skills with hands-on code breaking and problem solving. Set off on quests around the grounds, and find the clues and code words to help crack the hidden secrets.

A special show at 12.30pm each day will reveal the secrets of MI9, the military intelligence service responsible for escape and evasion during WWII, while wooden games and puzzles will be available throughout the day for visitors to test their cerebral skills.

Visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/audley.

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