12 things to do this half-term in the Cotswolds

South West Puddle Jumping Championships at Slimbridge Wetland Centre

South West Puddle Jumping Championships at Slimbridge Wetland Centre - Credit: Archant

There’s plenty to keep little ones entertained in the Cotswolds this February half-term. We pick 12 family-friendly events you’ll want to try during the school holidays

South West Puddle Jumping Championships, Slimbridge Wetland Centre

When: Saturday, February 16 - Sunday, February 24

How much? Included with admission (adult: £12.10, child: £7.11 and children under 4 can go for free)

Get your waterproofs and wellies on for Slimbridge Wetland Centre’s annual South West Puddle Jumping Championships. Jump into the puddles with for a chance to be the ultimate splasher and take home a prize.


Lambing at Cotswold Farm Park

When: Saturday, February 16 - Sunday, February 24

How much? Adult: £13 and child: £11.50

Adam Henson and the team are getting ready for the lambing season and invite visitors to share this magical time of year on the farm. As well as access to the lambing shed, you’ll have the chance to have a go at bottle feeding the lambs and goats, listen to daily talks, have a go on the farm safari and hold chicks and rabbits, plus much more.

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February half-term at Puzzlewood

When: Saturday, February 16 - Sunday, February 24

How much? Adult: £7 and child: £6

Puzzlewood reopens daily during the February half-term holidays, before opening on Wednesdays and weekends only up until March 31. The woodland in the Forest of Dean offers families the chance to follow a mile of meandering pathways through enchanting scenery, as well as indoor mazes, toddler racing track and an outdoor playground.


Nick Sharratt’s Right Royal Drawalong, Roses Theatre

When: 2pm, Tuesday February 19

How much? £10

Illustrating close to 260 books, including the childhood novels written by Dame Jacqueline Wilson, join Nick Sharratt for a right royal drawalong at the Roses Theatre. Bring your pencils, paper and something to lean on, as you’re get plenty of chances to join in.


Birds Behaving Badly, Birdland Park & Gardens

When: Saturday, February 16 - Sunday, February 24

How much? Adult: 9.95, child: £6.95 and under 3s go free

Celebrating the feathered residents of Birdland Park & Gardens in Bourton-on-the-Water, the birdkeepers will reveal revolting facts about some of the world’s baddest birds during the half-term holidays.


February half-term at Nature in Art

When: Tuesday, February 19 - Friday, February 22

How much? Activities cost £6 and include entrance to the gallery for one adult and one child.

With spring around the corner Nature in Art, based in Twigworth, have organised events based around garden, plants and helping wildlife. Over the four days, little ones can participate in Plant Pot Creation, Decorate a Plant Pot, Willow Garden Decoration and Plant Pot Bird Feeders.


Spot the snowdrops in the Cotswolds

When: During February

During February, admire a sea of beautiful snowdrops at a number of locations in the Cotswolds. Click here to see a list of where to go.


Light Up Cheltenham

When: Saturday, February 2 - Sunday, February 24

How much? The observation wheel: £5 per person and family tickets cost £15

For a second year running, Light Up Cheltenham will illuminate over 20 of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in the centre of the town. Following huge success in 2018, this spectacular display will take place over three weeks, including half term. In addition, a 35 metre observation wheel has been built in Imperial Gardens, providing stunning views over the town. For more information, head to visitcheltenham.co.uk.


The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham

When: Wednesday, February 20 - Saturday, February 23

How much? £14.50

Direct from the West End the Olivier Award nominated smash hit show, and family favourite, The Tiger Who Came to tea returns on tour, celebrating ten years on stage. The stunning stage adaptation of the popular tale is perfect for families.


February half-term activities, Chedworth Roman Villa

When: Saturday, February 16 - Sunday, February 24

How much? Included with admission (adult: £11 and child: £5.50)

Re-opening for the new season, visitors can follow the Curiosity Trail at Chedworth Roman Villa to find out more about how the historic site is cared for, or try a hand at a number of craft activities.


Children’s Activities, Taurus Crafts in Lydney

When: From Monday, February 18

How much? These activities range in price from £3.50

A number of family-friendly activities are taking place during February half-term at Taurus Crafts in Lydney, including cupcake decorating, a hands-on Roaming Reptiles experience and make-you-own surprise slime.


Written Woods, Westonbirt Arboretum

When: 11am-3pm, Monday February 18 – Friday February 22

How much? Included with admission (adult: £10, child: £4 and under 5s go free)

Discover the hidden meanings within Westonbirt Arboretum’s trees this half term and make a willow heart with a special message of our own at the learning centre.


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