HALF term is upon us so if you’re still after some inspiration on where to take the children, look no further.
This week, we’ve gathered together a bumper what’s on guide of local events that’ll keep you and your family busy all week.
1) FANTASTIC FOREST CRAFT CLUB (Monday, Wednesday and Friday in half term 10.00am-3.00pm)
Alice Holt Forest is inviting children aged five to 12 years old to join its craft club with a difference.
Combining outdoor exploration and games with indoor seasonal craft sessions, your child will gather natural materials and create unique crafts which they can bring home at the end of the day.
Crafts may include for example, pinecone animals, handmade “nature books”, dream catchers and many more.
It’s not just the craft they’ll be taking away from their day in the forest, they will have learnt about nature and wildlife.
For more information, including how to book and price, visit https://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/beeh-auugdh#otherdates.
2) MYTHICAL BEAST @ MILESTONES.
Basingstoke’s Milestones Museum needs your help this half term as the mythical LEGO beasts have escaped onto the streets of the museum.
They need adventurers of all ages to save the day by taking on the challenge of recapturing the legendary creatures.
You’ll have to travel around the museum and track down the beasts, before returning them to Pandora’s box.
There’s other LEGO activities going on too which include, building a Greek temple between February 10 and February 16, a LEGO animation workshop on February 14, a make-and-take LEGO Minifigure, a LEGO mosaic activity and LEGO play area.
To book tickets online, go to https://www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/event/mythical-beasts-legendary-creatures-lego-bricks.
3) PENGUIN ACTIVITY WEEK at Birdworld (Monday-Friday in half term, 10am-4.30pm with last admissions an hour before closing).
Join the festivities at Farnham’s Birdworld this February half term with a celebration of all things penguin.
Birdworld will have a packed programme of activities including penguin-themed arts and crafts and even a penguin exploration trail around the park to keep the most active of minds enchanted by the black and white seabirds.
Lucky winners (aged seven-plus) of the trail each day will be able to win the chance to help the keepers feed the park’s penguins, whilst under sevens can win a cute cuddly penguin toy!
Live penguin feeding sessions hosted by keepers will also give visitors the chance to learn more about the species up close as well as the opportunity to ask questions and be a part of the penguin’s daily routine.
Penguin feeds will run twice daily throughout half term, at 11am and 3.30pm.
Visitors can also visit the park’s other wildlife exhibits such as The Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament, Flamingo Cove, Seashore Walk, the mysterious Underwater World and The Jenny Wren children’s farm.
As one of the largest bird parks in the country, the landscaped park and gardens at Birdworld are home to over 800 birds and 180 species from around the world.
As well as caring for and breeding as many species as possible at the park, the Birdworld Conservation Fund supports local and international conservation initiatives for the protection of threatened species.
4) CREATE AND GROW (Monday-Friday in half term, 10am-4pm).
Buzz over to Squire’s Garden Centres in Badshot Lea and Milford this half term and take a look at what they’re getting up to.
You can paint a terracotta bee pot for £4.50, enter a free wildlife colouring competition with the chance of winning a prize, or take part in a free gardening treasure hunt around the garden centre.
There’s no need to book, so just turn up on the day.
5) XPLORER family navigation challenge at Farnham Park (Monday, February 12 or Thursday, February 15, 10.30am-12.30pm).
If you are struggling with half-term ideas for the children, the Waverley Xplorer is back at Farnham Park.
This free event involves completing a navigation challenge and is all about having fun outdoors.
You can join in at Farnham Park on Thursday, February 15 between 10.30am and 12.30pm, or you can travel out to Broadwater Park on Monday, February 12 between the same times.
It is aimed at primary and pre-school children, with everyone who takes part receiving a certificate and stickers.
The course should last approximately 30 minutes.
6) CREATION STATION hands-on creative activities (Tuesday and Thursday at 40 Degreez, behind Farnham Leisure Centre in Dogflud Way).
Looking for fun holiday activities for the kids that they’ll love and won’t cost you a fortune? The Creation Station holiday activities could be the perfect solution!
A Family Fun session will take place on Tuesday, February 13 from 9.30am to 10.20pm at 40 Degreez, aimed at children aged two to 11 years, followed by a Create Club for older children aged five to 11 from 10.45am to 12.30pm.
These are fun, educational art and craft clubs where you can drop your child off and they can enjoy a wealth of fun hands on creative activities to inspire their imagination and nurture their creativity and potential.
The Family Fun session will be repeated on Thursday, February 15 from 9.30am to 10.20am.
For more information visit https://www.thecreationstation.co.uk/kids-art-classes-and-parties/farnham-surrey.
7) Theatre and film events at FARNHAM MALTINGS (Sunday, Monday and Wednesday in half term, various times).
There is so much going on at the Maltings this half term, you won’t want to miss it.
Let’s start with theatre shows and film viewings:
*Kicking the week off is the Morgan & West: More Magic for Kids! starting at 2.30pm on Sunday, February 11. This magic show sees the return of two time-travelling magicians, Morgan & West, in a show full of crazy capers. Viewers are told to “expect the unexpected, believe the unbelievable, but no not dare miss the unmissable Morgan & West”. For mini-magicians aged five and over with a ticket price of £8 (£7 when two or more £8 children’s shows are booked).
*Following on from this at a later time of 7.30pm, the magicians return in Morgan & West: Time Travelling Magicians. This unforgettable evening performance is for older children and adults, filled with magic, mystery and the inexplicable. This time-travelling pair will bring a magical extravaganza to a millennium near you. Tickets cost £12/£10 for concessions.
*A chalky adventure will also be making its way to Farnham next week, with showing times on Monday, February 12, at 11.30am and 2.30pm. The Chit Chat Chalk Show is presented by The Knotted Project and Hawk Dance Theatre and features Kiko, a shy, reserved and confused young girl, struggling to make sense of everything. In a quest to find what makes her unique, it is perfect for children aged three to eight. At 1.00pm, there will be a free bookable workshop if your child wants to have a go for themselves. Tickets cost £8 or £7 when two or more £8 children’s shows are booked.
*If watching a family film is more your thing, the Maltings are showing Paddington 2 on Wednesday, February 14, at 11.00am, 3.00pm and 8.00pm. This certificate PG family favourite sees Paddignton picking up a number of odd jobs so that he can buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday. But, disaster strikes when the gift is stolen. To find out what happens, tickets cost £7/£6 for concessions/£5 for under 15s/£4 for members. You could also settle down with a homemade curry, available for an additional £8.50.
*Or maybe you prefer a rib-tickling comedy show? The popular Stand-Up Comedy Club, presented by Farnham Maltings and Off the Kerb Productions, will get you laughing on Wednesday, February 14 at 8.30pm. With an advisory age of 16-plus, it’s an opportunity to watch up and coming comedy talent. The line-up is still to be announced and may be subject to change at short notice. Tickets cost £9 on the door or £8 if booked in advance. Curry and comedy is also available between 7.30pm and 8.30pm for £16.50.
8) A variety of workshops are also being held at the MALTINGS this week, so why not have a go at something new?
*This Unicorn Cupcake Decorating session is happening on Monday, February 12, between 10.30am and 12.00pm. If you know a child aged seven-plus who loves unicorns, this may be the perfect workshop for them. Decorate these mystical cupcakes using fondant, colours and of course lots of sprinkles. Head on down there to kick start your half term with some magical, Unicorn fun. Tickets cost £15 and all cakes and materials are supplied.
*Do you know any young, budding photographers with their own camera? This Snapshots to Fab Shots workshop will teach children aged seven-plus about their camera’s menus and icons. Whilst on a photo walk around the Maltings, they will discover how to find different angles, improve composition and take exciting close-ups. Entry costs £14 and you must bring your own camera.
*If your seven to 13 year old is big on drama, this workshop with Theatre Spark director Kevin Davey will teach them how to improvise and create a scene. On Tuesday, February 13 between 10.00am and 1.00pm, they’ll join in with theatre games, work with a script, bring words to life and much more. Young actors of all abilities are welcome, they just need a love of theatre. Tickets are £20.
*Unleash your child’s creativity this half term in a Children’s Metallic Printing workshop. For children aged six to 12, they can bring along items they want to transform and experiment with metallic foiling. Cottons work well, with examples of items including clothing, cushion covers and scarves. Whatever takes your pick, whether it’s from home, a local charity shop or car boot sale. To join in on Wednesday, February 14, at 10.00am-12.00pm the price is £20.
*The Fascinating Photograms workshop is aimed at children aged seven-plus and is an unusual way to create amazing pictures. Taking place on Thursday, February 15, at 10.00am-12.00pm, it offers a chance to make shadow pictures or photograms in the Maltings darkroom. There’s no camera required for this event and participants are able to choose any object or shape to create their design with. Then, as if by magic, the design will turn into a permanent image using traditional photo paper and chemicals. This event costs £12.
*For more information on all the events mentioned above and to see what else is going on at the Maltings, go to https://farnhammaltings.com/events/.
9) UNRAVEL knitting festival (Friday, February 16, to Sunday, February 18, various opening times).
The Maltings’ knitting festival returns next weekend for its tenth anniversary. Unravel is the largest event of its kind in the South East of England and is a much loved knitting and crochet “meet” for all ages and abilities.
Visitors to the festival will be able to browse and buy diverse products from over 70 exhibitors, including Hamphire based The Little Grey Sheep, Triskelion Yarn from Carmarthen, Fine Fish Yarn from Belfast and a number of new vendors for the 2018 show.
There will also be an exciting selection of expert-led workshops and talks on a range of disciplines. Advance tickets are available until noon on Thursday, February 15 at https://farnhammaltings.com/events/unravel-2018/, or you can purchase tickets on the door.
10) RHS Wisley MUD & MACHINES-themed activities (February 10 to February 18, 9.00am-4.30pm).
Grab your waterproofs and pull on your wellies if you’re heading to Wisley this half term.
With different workshops happening every day between 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.00pm-3.30pm, there’s plenty going on to get your hands dirty with.
They’ve got something for everyone, including painting with mud, making a seed bomb, making a mud creature and so much more.
You can even join in with the free Great British Mud Pie Off on Friday, February 16, where prizes will be awarded to the most creative.
There’ll also be a photo opportunity with some giant machinery, so get ready to pose in some high-visibility safety gear.
Plus, who doesn’t love splashing in muddy puddles?
For details on the daily workshops at Wisley during half term and to book tickets, head to https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley/whats-on/february-half-term-at-wisley.
11) G LIVE events (Saturday, February 10, to Saturday, February 17, various times).
There’s a jam-packed programme of events throughout half term at Guildford’s G Live so if there’s a day you need inspiration for, look no further.
From The Gingerbread Man to Marvellous Magic!, and Comedy Club 4 Kids to Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, there’s plenty going on that’ll appeal to both little ones and older ones.
There’s also Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton and Erin - Broadway to Hollywood and The Knot, a wedding party where the performers are the bride, groom, best man and bridesmaids, and the audience are the guests.
Another event for children aged seven to 11 is the Bonkers Bake-Off! Creative Writing with Rachel Barnett event, where young writers can create their own ridiculous recipes.
For details on each event, including prices and times, go to https://glive.co.uk/Online/whatson?menu_id=3D8963DF-97CB-457E-AEEA-547E183C0CC3.
12) UPPARK House and Garden - The National Trust (February 10, to February 18).
Head down to South Harting, near Petersfield, for this signs of spring trail.
Get the children outdoors in some fresh winter air this half term, for a voluntary donation of at least £1.
A new trail will have them hunting for the first signs of spring plants and animals around these easy to navigate gardens, with spot, listen and draw activities.
Uppark is high up on the South Downs too, so why not bring a kite?
For more details, call (01730) 825415.
13) ANIMAL ANTICS craft session (Wednesday, February 14 and Thursday, February 15, 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-3.30pm).
Go and join the Museum of Farnham for some animal inspired arts and crafts.
For children aged three to seven, you can drop in for some animal antics and bring a splash of colour to your half term.
It’s £3 per child and children must be accompanied by an adult. All materials included.
14) MUSIC WHILE YOU MUNCH (Tuesday, February 13, 1.10pm).
Organist, Gillian Lloyd, is making a welcome return to St Andrew’s Parish Church in Farnham during half term.
These monthly organ recitals happen on the second Tuesday of every month and last around 40 minutes.
This free event offers refreshments of soup and bread, or alternatively you can bring your own lunch.
Gillian Lloyd will play music by JS Bach, Handel’s Water Music, Mozart, the Norwegian Dance no2 by Grieg and finish with Rawsthorne’s Hornpipe Humoresque.
A delightful programme for everyone to enjoy on a winters day.
15) ROLLER DISCO (Saturday, February 17, 7.00pm-10.00pm).
Discoskate is making its way to Guildford Spectrum at the end of February half term for one last party before the children go back to school.
It’ll take place in the Spectrum’s main arenas which can be found on the same level as the ice rink, swimming pool and bowling alley.
You could even make a day of it as all of this and more is available inside the Spectrum.
All ages can go along and as well as being great fun, it’s also fantastic exercise.
Skate and pad hire are included in the £5 entry price, with tickets available on the door (payment is cash only).