School Holidays

February Half-Term

What’s on this February Half-Term in  Bournemouth, Christchurch &


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Avon Heath Country Park

Pop up pottery painting with Moon Studio Ceramics – 17th February

Suitable for 4-14-year-olds. Please support little ones under 9 years old.

Two 1.5 hour sessions at 11 am and 2 pm on Monday 17th February 2020.

£8 per child.

Please bring a large container to take home your creations.

Jesmonite Terrazzo Workshop – 23rd February 10:30 to 11:30 am

Suitable for 6-14-year-olds. All children need to bring an adult!

During the 2 hour session, Carey will introduce you to the medium and guide you on how to mix and colour your Jesmonite, cast in moulds and finally sand by hand to reveal the magic beneath!

Children: Pendant/Brooch/Badge: £10
Adult: Coasters/Plant stands: Reduced price of £30 (usually £45)

All events required prior booking. Please check with the organiser.

Avon Tyrrell

Have A Go Day – Sunday 23rd February

Multi-activity taster days, Archery,  survival skills, and more.

Activities vary for each event, please check on our website which activities are included when you book.
Times: 10:00-12:00 | 11:00-13:00 | 12:00-14:00

Price: £6pp (Parents FOC if not taking part)

Ages: All ages welcome


Get hands-on at Beaulieu this February Half-Term!

Ever fancied becoming a Victorian house servant or training as a country garage apprentice mechanic? Now’s your chance!

Join us this February to get hands-on with a range of fun activities, including the chance to discover curious 19th-century gadgets and motoring artefacts.

All activities included in your general admission ticket.

Big Bounce & Jamie Jambo at Bourne Academy

Friday 21st February 10 am to 1:45 pm. 

Bouncy Fun Play plus ‘JAMIE JAMBO’ and FREE BALLOON MODEL – each child will receive a FREE balloon sword or model.

Bourne Academy, Hadow Road, Bournemouth, BH10 5HS.

Session 1 = 10:00am – 11:45am (Ages 0 – 9 years) Max Height 137cm
Session 2 = 12:00pm – 1:45pm (Ages 0 – 9 years) Max Height 137cm

£4.50 6 Months to 2 years
£6.50 3 years to 9 years.

Booking essential.

Bouncy fun day at Redlands Community Sports Hub

19 February 2020 09:30-14:30.

Suitable for children under 10

Session 1 time 9.45 – 11.15
Session 2 time 11.20 – 12.50
Session time 3 12.55 -2.25

Advanced booking essential.

Please call 01305772741 for more info.

Redlands Community Sports Hub, Dorchester Road, DT3 5AW, Weymouth, Dorset.


Brownsea Island

Winter Weekend Opening 2020 – 1st February until 8th March.

Ahead of daily opening in March, Brownsea Island will be open for day visitors during weekends from 10 am – 4 pm each Saturday and Sunday.

Boats running from Sandbanks and Poole Quay. Please check before attending.

Children’s Yoga

23 February, from 10:45-11:15 am
Druitt Hall, High Street, Christchurch, BH23 1AJ Christchurch, Dorset

Our Feb session will have an ‘under the sea’ theme ❤️

Please contact Chilling with Mama for more details.


Corfe Castle

15th to 23rd February

A series of interactive activities will be on offer this half-term. Budding knights and damsels can take part in the ‘Great Escape’ (teddy bear zip wire) and watch missiles launch from the castle’s medieval siege engine.

FREE event but normal admission charges apply.

Please check with the organiser for more details.

Creatively Messy ME Christchurch

Wednesday 19th February, 10:00 to 11:30 am 

Stanpit Village Hall, 162 Stanpit, BH23 3NE. 

A messy arty session for children aged 3+.
Younger children also welcome. Please message prior to attending for more details.

Child (0-18 years inclusive) £5, accompanying adult £2
Two adults and two children £10

Please contact Creative ME for more details on 07709 469669.

Dorset Scrapstore

Family glass painting workshop – 22nd February 11 – 12:30. 

£2-50 per person. Please contact Dorset Scrapstore for more information and to book your place. Please note adults are welcome to join in with glass painting, but please book yourself a place.

Tel. 07565 577094.

Family Activity Day at Somerford ARC Community Centre

20th February 10:00 am to 12:00. 

Arts and crafts for the whole family. 

Children must be accompanied by an adult
Refreshments and parking available.

Somerford ARC Community Centre, 20 Southey Road, BH23 3EH Christchurch, Dorset.


February Half Term Intensive Swim Course

Book your child / children in now for our 5-day intensive swim course in Southbourne

30-minute lessons every day.

Non-swimmers – beginners – improvers – Improver plus & Advanced Level’s.

Private lessons also available.

Bournemouth Collegiate School, BH5 2DY Bournemouth.

Please call 07891859375 for more details.

Free Half-Term Fun! Mr Merlin & Okey Dokey the Dragon at Corn Exchange

Friday 21st February 11:00 – 11:45 am. 

Join us at the Corn Exchange for a fantastic show by one of the south coast’s leading entertainers.

Refreshments will be available.

Children must be accompanied for the duration of the 45-minute show.

Corn Exchange, 19 Market Place, DT11 7AF, Blandford Forum.


FREE Stay and Play – Yoga for Investigators

20th February 10 am to 11 am. Tops Day Nursery, Bournemouth.

Here at Tops Bournemouth, we will be offering a FREE stay and play session for children 2 – 3 years (whether currently attending the setting or not). In this stay and play, we will be taking part in yoga and meditation activities. For more information on this stay and play, please contact us on or 01202 300688.

Half-term disco at Hamworthy Labour Club

19 Feb 2-4 pm – By Outalimits Discos

Come along to Hamworthy Labour Club, for our children’s disco.
All the usual music and mayhem as well as our ever-popular party dances, prizes and giveaways.
Open to members AND non-members.
Non-members £3 per child
Members £2 per child
The bar will be open!
Under 10’s only, Children must be supervised at all times

Half Term Roller Disco Christchurch

Come down and have a skate in a 5 badminton court long hall with laser and disco lights with the best music around from 90s throwbacks, chart-toppers, 80s classics, rock ballads and more! We are always open to requests so don’t hesitate to ask the Dj or comment on our Facebook or Instagram!

£4.50 per skater with FREE skate hire!

Two Riversmeet Leisure Complex, Christchurch, BH23 1HW.

Junior Safety Inspector at SafeWise Bournemouth

19 & 20 February

4 – 10 years but all ages are welcome. Families practice being safe whilst having fun exploring our interactive learning village.  The tour lasts around 1.5 hours and consists of a treasure hunt and practical problem-solving.

Online booking required:  £5 per Adult and Child 4 and over (+ booking fee). Children 3 and below enter free.

Kingston Lacy

15th February to 23rd February, from 10 am to 4 pm. 

Take your friends and family on a nature adventure this half term. Whatever the weather, there’s something to enjoy, from craft activities to the woodland activity trail.

FREE but normal admission prices apply.


Kingston Maurward Animal Park

“Let’s Go Wild”

15th February to 23rd February

We will be hosting a range of free activities for the whole family. Activities will aim to start from 10 am and will include meeting our friendly ponies and feeding the chickens.

Please check with the organiser for more details.

Littledown Centre

Under 8’s Disco and Magic Show

Friday 21st February 2.15 pm – 3.15 pm

DJ Phil’s Disco includes dancing, games, competitions with prizes for winners, and more!

For children aged 2 1/2 – 8 years.

£7.50 per child. Or £13 for this event plus Half term Magic Show.
Strictly one adult per child, extra adults £3 per person.

Book tickets by calling 01202 055500.

Monkey World

Kid 4 A Quid!

Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd February 2020.

Monkey World is offering children entry to the park for just £1 when they each bring a present for the primates!

Eligible presents:

1 x bag of seeds (sunflower/pumpkin)
1 x bag of nuts (walnuts/almonds / pecans/monkey nuts in shells)
1 x packet of sugar-free jelly crystals

Please check with Monkey World for more details.


Science Zone UK

  • Choco Science ‘Egg’speriments workshop – 15th February at 11 am and 2 pm; and 17th February at 3:30 (9plus)
  • May The Light Be With you workshop – 17th February at 11 am and 2 pm
  • Curious, Unexpected, Weird workshop – 18th February at 11 am and 2 pm; and 19th February at 11 am
  • 9plus Curious, Unexpected, Weird workshop – 19th February at 2 pm
  • Magnets and Energy workshop – 20th February at 11 am
  • 9plus Magnets and Energy workshop – 20th February at 2 pm (for kids aged 9+)
  • Fun Explosions workshop – 21st February at 11 am and 2 pm
  • 9plus Fun Explosions workshop – 21st February at 3:30 pm
  • Pirates and The Sea workshop – 22nd February, at 11 am and 2 pm; and 3 pm (9plus)

All workshops require prior booking. Please call 01202729206.

Science Zone UK, 21 Royal Arcade, BH1 4BT, Boscombe.

Poole Museum

Making Shadow Puppets: Family Workshop with artist Anna Shiels

18th February 

Explore the magical effects of light and shadow with artist Anna Shiels. Have a go at making your own shadow puppet to perform with and take home. Places are available for eight children with a parent/carer.

£5 per child. Advance booking essential. Age recommendation is 7 years +.

Please call 01202 262600, payment over the phone.

Mathmos Lava Lamp Trail and Lounge (February and March 10 am-4 pm)

Did you know the original lava lamp was invented in Poole in the 1960s by local company Mathmos?

To celebrate Light Up Poole 2020, Poole Museum has teamed up with Mathmos to create a range of engaging activities.

FREE entry and trail.

Please contact the museum for more details.

Pottery Club: February half term workshops for children

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th February 12.30 – 1.30 pm

£10 per session (or £12 with clear glaze firing).

The cost includes the use of clay, use of specialised tools and equipment and firing.
Parents must stay on-site and take responsibility for their children.

Book by emailing Julie: or call 07967 541619.

Emporium Christchurch, Avon Works, 1B Bridge St, Christchurch BH23 1DY.

Red House Museum and Gardens

Family February!

On selected dates from 11th to 29th February. Please check before attending. 

The museum’s main gallery will become a space of play and exploration for families, with special events aimed at children under 5s. Storytelling, Bubble Workshops, Creative Play sessions and more.

*Some activities require booking.

Please check with the Museum for more details.



Forest School

For children aged 6-11years. 10am-1pm.
£10 per non-RSPB member child / £8 per RSPB member child.

Wild Things Half Term Trail at RSPB Arne

Come along and explore the wild woodland trails this Half Term at RSPB Arne and discover the wonders of minibeasts!

No need to book, just turn up! Available daily from 15th – 23rd February, whilst the visitor centre is open.
Price: Suggested donation £2 per child. Don’t forget your wellies!

Ladybird Spider Web Launch

15th February, 11:30 to 14:30

Come along to the launch of our amazing Ladybird Spider web installation!

FREE entry, but normal car park charges apply.

Please e-mail for more details.

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Poole Printmakers Family Workshop – Saturday 15th February 10:30 am and 12:30.

Pre-booking required- £3

Suitable for ages 7-12, children must be supervised by an adult – for an extra £2 adults may join in the fun!

All materials provided but please bring an apron or old shirt to wear.
To book call us on 01202 451820.
Standard admission applies to visit the historic house.

Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum

Half-term fun!

Swash-Bucklin’ Fun Aplenty!
Kids dressed as pirates go free!
Treasure Hunt
Parrot Spotting!
Film Nights on 18th and 20th Feb.
Create your own wanted poster.

SOTC Peter Pan at Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Thursday 20th – Sunday 23rd February 2020

Following their recent production of Shrek the Musical, Swish of the Curtain returns once again to Bournemouth Pavilion with this aerial extravaganza that promises to capture the imagination of all ages – especially those who never want to grow up!


Stay and Play – animal fun! Christchurch

18th February, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

There will be lots of exciting animal activities for children of all ages to enjoy – all children must be accompanied by an adult.

We are offering a hot lunch. Please text to Heidi to confirm on 07494 900567 – and say if there are any dietary requirements.

Suggested £1 donation per person.

St George’s Church Hall, Jumpers Road, Christchurch.


Stour Valley and Kingfisher Barn

Spring trail – 15th to 23rd February

Complete our Spring themed trail. £1 per person, collect your sheets from the Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre.

Illuminate the Stour: Lantern Making – 15th and 22nd February 1 pm

Come along and decorate a glass jar to create a lantern for a candlelit walk on the 22nd February at 6 pm. £2.50 per person. No booking needed.

Bird Safari and Crafts for Kids – 18th February 10:30 to 12:30

£3 per child, no charge for accompanying adults. Suitable for ages 5+. Sorry, no dogs.

Booking essential. Please call 01202451618.

Environment Festival – 21st February 10:30 am to 3:30 pm

FREE event with lots of local information and planet-friendly stalls. Activities for the whole family.

The Tank Museum

From 17-23 February, Tank Zoo, a week of animal-themed activities

Explore nine powerful exhibitions, 300 tanks and 100 years of armoured warfare.

From 15-16 February, the Museum is hosting the South West Model Show. Models of all shapes and sizes, from tanks to planes, trains to cars.

Dressing up stations and a soft-play area!


Upton Country Park

Feb Half Term Fun Animal & Craft Sessions

Mon 17th AND Weds 19th February

Join us in the Activity Area this February Half Term for some animal and craft workshops.

£6.50 per child. Maximum of 1 adult per Child due to capacity. Over 3’s only so, unfortunately, younger siblings are not able to attend. Pre-booking essential.

Please check with Upton Country Park for more details.

Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park

Jawsome Sharks & Friends

15th February to 6th April, 11 am to 5 pm

Calling all budding rangers! SEA LIFE Weymouth is on the hunt for brave adventurers who are enthusiastic about all things aquatic and are totally Top Trumps mad!

Check with Weymouth SEA LIFE for more details.


Wipeout World – Swanage

15th and 16th of February

For kids aged 5+

Expect to dash through the 50ft obstacle course, tumble from the big red balls and be swept off your feet by all the Spinning Wipeout Beams!! A total of 9 activities. £9.99 per child.

Please book directly with the organiser before attending.

The Swanage School, High Street, BH19 2PH, Swanage.