February Half Term Experiences
The days are getting longer and snowdrops are beginning to bloom. Spring is in the air and here at Luxury Family Hotels, we consider February the perfect time to step outside and embrace the changing seasons.
With half-term in our midst, keeping the family busy needn’t be a challenge. Whether you have a toddler in tow or a teen to entertain, read on to find out what’s happening in and around our coast and countryside boltholes.
There’s something for everyone in the estuary town of Fowey this February. Wrap up warm for a walk along with South West Coast Path with your four-legged friends, stopping off at Readymoney Cove for a spot of sandcastle building in the late winter sunshine.
Take a trip to the Eden Project and make the most of the ice skating rink (available until 19th February), or venture further afield to embark on an Explorer Quest at Pendennis Castle. Find fun games and crack playful puzzles inspired by people of the past.
Once you’re done exploring, head back to Fowey Hall Hotel and dine with glorious views over the Fowey estuary in our igloos. Share our love for local with three courses from our Stone’s Throw Kitchen menu for just £27.50, complete with a glass of Hambledon Sparkling Wine (per person).
There’s no shortage of outdoor activities at The Ickworth Hotel this February. Collect fallen branches to make a secret den in Albana Woods, hire bikes and cycle along the all-weather trails or ignite a bit of friendly competition with a tennis competition.
Immerse yourself in Tolkien’s world at Ring Quest, a Lord of the Rings themed family challenge at West Stow from 19th – 27th February. Explore the Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park whilst deciphering and decoding to complete the quest.
Be sure to stop off for a spot of indulgence with Winter inspired afternoon tea at The Ickworth. Enjoy the best of local produce from our Stone’s Throw Kitchen menu or head down to our treatment rooms for a bit of ‘me time’ complete with an Elemis spa treatment.
Whilst our hotel is closed for an exciting programme of refurbishment work, there’s still plenty to explore in the local area. Grab some nets, lines, and buckets for some crabbing in Weymouth, or take the little ones on an adventure along the Dorset Wildlife Trail.
Grab your furry friends and head west along the South West Coast Path to Abbotsbury or East to Portland whilst admiring views of Chesil Beach.
For a full day of half term family fun, experience over 300 tanks, children's activities and more at Dorset’s tank museum. With animal-themed activities, trails, crafts, and games, there’s something for all ages. Alternatively, head to Corfe Castle with teddies in tow to get involved with the teddy bear zip line. While you’re there, be sure to join a journey of discovery to learn all about the Bankes Estate.
As well as The Den, games room and cinema room, there’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy at New Park Manor. Take a picnic and hire bikes from Cycle Experience to see more of our local area, wear out little feet with a trip to Exbury Gardens and see what creatures you can find whilst pond dipping at Ober Corner.
Join the Superworm Trail at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest and for the older ones, be sure to get hearts racing in the dizzying heights of Go Ape. Get to know the local wildlife with birdwatching at Blashford Lakes nature reserve, keeping an eye out for common terns, lapwings and oystercatchers feeding on the lakes.
Thinking about your furry friend? They’ll be right at home in the New Forest with acres of woodland to explore or hop in the car for a trip to Highcliffe Beach for a change of scenery.
Located a short distance from the beautiful city of Bath, there’s plenty for all ages with an abundance of wine bars, quirky eateries and independent shops. For the more active guest, we’ve partnered with Original Wild to offer guided tours around the city, by foot or on the water!
We pride ourselves on being family-focussed therefore you don’t need to go far to entertain this season. We have an abundance of activities in our Den to keep small hands busy, plus our Jacobean manor house is located within driving distance from both Longleat Safari park and Lacock - the home of Harry Potter and Poldark. For something a little different, head to the Victoria Art Gallery for Myths and Monsters to explore the magic behind the likes of The Gruffalo and How to Train Your Dragon.
When it comes to dogs, they’ll get the warmest welcome at Woolley Grange. Make sure to take a walk along the blue badge trail, explore our 14-acre grounds and, if in doubt, consult Fred’s walking guide for a bit of local advice and folklore.
We look forward to welcoming you to our local area this February!