Enjoy February Half Term on the mainland in 2022

Explore new horizons and enjoy new experiences on the mainland this February half term. There’s so much to do right on the Isle of Wight’s doorstep, but also plenty of exciting things further afield. Check out our suggestions in this handy guide.

Kids Go Free on foot during the school holidays with Wightlink, so it’s a win-win if you’re staying local to one of our ports or hopping on a train to your next destination.

Primo's Bionic Eye at Beaulieu's Bond In Motion exhibitionPicture: Chris Moorhouse

Gadgets Galore at Beaulieu

From the 19 to – 27 February discover incredible devices and amazing inventions with Gadgets Galore at Beaulieu. Of course, you’ll find the ultimate gadgets at their Bond in Motion – No Time To Die exhibition (like Primo’s Bionic Eye, pictured) but you’ll find other curiosities from Victorian times and World War II when you explore the rest of the attraction.

Travel to: Lymington

Under the Cover of Darkness, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

This February explore Portsmouth Historic Dockyard’s fascinating galleries but remember to keep an eye out for any ships or personnel that may be hidden in the shadows.

Visit the Night Hunters gallery at Explosion and search all its darkest corners by torchlight to see if you can spot the hidden Coastal Forces boats. Explore the shadowy spots in the Submarine Museum to find all of the hidden subs. Or wander the HMS Galleries in search of camouflaged Royal Marines hidden throughout. Don’t forget to end your visit with a trip to the HMS Victory Gallery to explore the use of shadows and light in the free play space.

Travel to: Portsmouth

Inside the Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Tudor Tiles at The Mary Rose Museum

At bottom of the Mary Rose divers found lots of tiles, but one of them was special, as it had a dog’s paw print on it!

Inspired by this find, this February half term you can make your own Tudor clay tile, complete with decorations at The Mary Rose Museum. Will you make one with a dog paw print, or your own design? There will also be a different drawing activity each day, so there’s something for everyone this February half term.

Travel to: Portsmouth

Entrance to Port Solent in Hampshire

February Half Term Kid's Clubs at Port Solent

Port Solent is offering two fun kids clubs this half term. Burn off some excess energy with dancing, games and fun with Children’s Party Disco sessions on 22 February or on 24 February you can join Silly Scott’s Magic Shows and get crafty with The Creation Station.

Travel to: Portsmouth

Mr Dilly’s World of History and The D-Day Story's Super spies family show

Half Term at The D-Day Story

The D-Day Story has lined up a host of family-friendly activities across half term week.

Discover the techniques of being a super spy during the Second World War at Mr Dilly’s World of History show. Learn of the courage and stories of the real life secret agents. Make your own genuine Airfix model to take home in the Airfix extravaganza. Or work together to complete challenges, crack codes, and answer questions to find a mystery object hidden in the museum at Operation: Spies and lies.

Travel to: Portsmouth

A tiger constructed from plastic bricks at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

Year of the Tiger at Gunwharf Quays

Following their spectacular Chinese New Year celebrations, Gunwharf Quays is continuing the fun this half-term with a fantastic art installation.

From Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 February, you’ll be able to see some incredible brick tigers. Built entirely of coloured bricks (over 151,0000 to be exact!), ‘Tonya Tiger’ and her tiger cubs will be on display in Central Square in an exotic, oriental-inspired scene – and will make a roar-some photo opportunity.

Travel to: Portsmouth

Birdoswald Hadrian's Wall -by Roger Clegg

Fancy heading further afield? We've got you covered

There’s still time to enjoy Coventry as the UK’s City of Culture with events, exhibitions and celebrations planned up until May 2021. City-wide free art experiences include The Show Windows, which turns shop windows into portals to fantasy worlds and mindscapes and in half term you can enjoy Where There Is Light – an immersive sound and light installation in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral.

Hadrian’s Wall 1900 is shining a spotlight on one of England’s top World Heritage Sites to mark the 1900th anniversary of the commencement of its building, with a year-long programme of art, performances, talks and activities to celebrate its natural landscapes, dark skies and heritage.

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature (12 February 2022 – 8 January 2023) sees the V&A and National Trust’s Beatrix Potter collections – two of the world’s largest – come together to tell her life story in a new London exhibition. It’s the first to tell the complete life story of Beatrix Potter, providing a playful and interactive discovery of her achievements and multifaceted life, from storyteller to natural scientist and conservationist.

For a magical after-dark stroll, visit the new Ignite after-dark Fire and Fantasy event at The National Trust’s Nymans in West Sussex (11-27 February). Expect the unexpected – glimpse fleeting fairies, spot fiery fish and dragons ablaze. Spot woodland wildlife sculpted in willow with fairies dancing in the trees as you stroll through the walled garden into an enchanting landscape filled with wonder.

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