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Family fun in the Forest this February half term

Posted on Wednesday 1st February

Boys Exploring

February half term is nearly upon us but fear not, The National Forest has you covered! Try not to stay cooped up in the house; come explore the vast range of activities the Forest has to offer and make memories you will cherish.

Keeping the little ones entertained for the week can be difficult so The National Forest has brought together some of the fun, family activities you can enjoy between the weeks of Monday 13th – Sunday 26th February.


Mission: Forest fun

Laser combatYour mission, should you choose to accept it, is to have as much fun as possible at Rosliston Forestry Centre’s Laser Combat games. Drop in to the centre to test your laser combat spy skills in the Forest

Weave stealthily through the trees to try and take out your opponents in games of laser tag, laser inflatable or combat laser team games. You can go down as a squadron or be a lone ranger to get a real adrenaline buzz. 10 minute sessions during the drop in times are £2.50 per person.

Date: Wednesday 15th to Thursday 16th February, 2pm to 4pm


Ramble like a ranger

Family Pond DippingConkers has two jam packed weeks of half term activities. Join the Conkers rangers and build on your own ranger skills by taking part in orienteering, bushcraft, construction and discovery. What kind of wildlife will you find whilst pond dipping?

But the fun doesn’t stop there! You can see a live show for the whole family to enjoy, take home a pot you painted yourself or try some of the fun, fairy themed craft activities. Book online via the Conkers website and discover what else is on offer in the 120 acres.

Date: Saturday 11th to Sunday 26th February


Snap happy at the Arboretum

Children at NMAThe National Memorial Arboretum is one of the most beautiful visitor sites in the UK opens its grounds to all budding photographers and explorers this February.

Join photographer Alison Fawdrey for the Family Smart Photography Workshop. Learn how you can get the most out of your smartphone or tablet when lining up that perfect shot. At the end of the workshop you’ll be awarded a certificate and have the opportunity to enter your great work into the photography competition. The workshop is £5 per child and booking is essential.

What does your perfect pic need? The perfect frame for it to go in of course! In addition, the FREE craft day is perfect for creating your own special picture frame using the landscape around you as beautiful inspiration.

With much more on offer at the Arboretum, click to find out more great ways to enhance your photography skills.

Photography workshop date: Thursday 23rd February, 10am to 3pm

Get in the Frame craft days: Monday 13th to Friday 17th February, 10:30 to 3pm or

Monday 20th to Friday 24th February, 10:30am to 3pm


Farmers in the Forest

Cute PigsWelcome new life to the National Forest Adventure Farm by helping Farmer Fogg. He’s had a terrible time with birds eating his seeds, the sheep escaping and the chicken eggs getting cracked…

There are a lot of things that need to be done to help Farmer Fogg so grab your wellies to be little farmers for the day. First up, you’ll be making scarecrows to scare away those pesky birds and then planting all the seeds they ate. Also, the runaway sheep have been caught but the fences need mending to keep them in, you can rebuild a giant tractor puzzle, drive mini remote control tractors and fix the little chicken eggs that got broken.

Finally, with all the farmer jobs completed, meet the baby animals! There will be lambs, piglets, kid goats, kit rabbits and chicks! Help bottle-feed the baby lambs and if you’re lucky, you may even get to see a chick hatch in an incubator and a lamb being born in the Lambing Live Tent.

Date: Saturday 11th to Sunday 26th February


Hitting the slopes

SkiingSpring might be right round the corner but it’s always a snow day at Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre.

Dip your toe in to the half term snow sports by learning to ski or snowboard. Pick two skiing or two snowboarding lessons with the skilled instructors plus, a 30 minute sno-tubing session and two toboggan rides on the 500 metre run, all for £26 including lunch!

Did you know that the Centre was created out of a spoil heap leftover from the area’s former coal mining days? Imagine that as you speed down the slopes!

Dates: Monday 13th, Wednesday 15th and Friday 17th February


Going wild at Calke Abbey

Boys ExploringBecome a winter wildlife detective by joining the countryside team on the trail of Calke Abbey’s winter wildlife. Animals leave behind lots of signs the average eye may miss, but as a wildlife detective, you’ll learn how to spot them.

Some of the weird and wonderful wildlife you’ll spot include red and fallow deer to rare Portland sheep and different visiting birds that come to Calke for winter.

Want to know what it was like to live at Calke Abbey? Head over to Squirts Stable for everything you’ll need to dress up and become real life Calke characters. Furthermore, play in Sir Vauncey’s Study and get crafty with some seasonal arts and crafts.

Wildlife Detective Walk: Thursday 16th February, 1:30pm to 3pm

Hidden Calke revealed: Saturday 11th to Sunday 19th February


Release your inner Bear Grylls

Bushcraft Show © Bushcraft ShowIf you had to, could you survive in the wild? The Family Bushcraft day at Woodland Survival Crafts is a great day out for the whole family where skills, fun and adventure all combine.

On the day, you will learn all you need to know to build a shelter and create a fire using only friction as well as string making, campfire gadgets and wild goods tasting.

This exciting and inspiring day will really test your ingenuity and skills in the beautiful woodlands at Spring Wood.

Date: Saturday 18th February


Join the club at Twycross

ZooHead over to Twycross Zoo and become a member of the Zoo Club over half term. The Club have engaging and exciting activities planned themed around animals, wildlife, nature and zoos. As well as arts and crafts, you can make toys for the animals, give health checks to the friendlier zoo residents and find out all about the endangered animals there.

Finally, delve a little deeper into zoos and learn about a range of hot topics which include global conservation issues, zoo ethics, world habitats and animal behaviour.

Dates: Monday 13th to Friday 17th February and Monday 20th to Friday 24th February

For more information, call 01827 883 140 or email


How will you be spending this February Half Term? Let us know by tweeting us @NatForestCo, using the #forestlife