10 cool things to do with the kids in half term
80 acres of ancient woodland with awesome oaks and babbling brooks, rope swings, mud kitchens and stream play areas in The Hidden Woods, an outdoor holiday club in Farleigh Woods close to Bath and Frome. Green woodworking, woodland games, making shelters, fires and more. From Mon 18 to Thurs 23 Feb, 10am to 4pm, with supervised free play 8.30am-10am and 4pm-5.30pm, perfect for working parents. Suitable 8+ £35 per day. From Mon 18 to Thurs 23 Feb
WHERE’S BANKSY ?
Here…. and here… and over there. Discover the work of Bristol’s graffti art legend and other internationally renowned street artists on the Bristol Street Art Tour and dedicated Banksy Tour. Spray your own artworks, too. From £5.50.
WHIZZ AROUND ON A SEGWAY
Set off on a segway safari, whizzing around off and on road, up hill and down hill on your own self-balancing person transporter. Wowser! Full instructions and safety gear. 1 hour £30. Min height 135cm, min weight 35kg and min age 10. At Escot Park in Devon (shown here); the Avon Valley Country Park near Bath and Old Down Manor near Bristol.
GROOVE IN YOUR SEAT
One of The Guardian‘s top kids shows over Christmas, Hansel & Gretel: a Fearless Dance Adventure, comes to Bath’s dedicated children’s theatre, the egg (nice cafe too). Hansel & Gretel find themselves in the city and have to find their way home. New York club styles, house, waacking and vogue, African and contemporary dance from Uchenna Dance and The Place. Weds 20 – Sat 23 Feb. From £8.50. Suitable 5+
Put on overalls, wellies and hard hat with torch and descend into the depths of the iconic, prehistoric Cheddar Gorge & Caves. Start in Gough’s Cave (where they found Cheddar Man), then explore the Mushroom Chamber, Sand Chamber, the Bottomless Pit (eek) and out through the Letterbox, all in about 90 mins. Junior (8–10 years) £18.70 and Adventure Caving (11+) £24.95 adult; £18.70 child. Book: 01934 742343.
TRY TO ESCAPE
Lock your kids in a room (no, not their bedroom this time but an Escape Room) and see how long it takes for them to get out. Try: Puzzlair in Yeovil and Bristol, Taunton Castle, Bath Escape and Bath Exit.
GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL
Walk in the footsteps of prison inmates at Shepton Mallet jail. Established in the 17th century, Shepton Mallet was the UK’s oldest operating prison when closed in 2013. Join guided tours by ex officers or go it alone to discover what life was like inside. Adults from £10, free child with each paying adult and £5 thereafter.
DRIVE A CAR
Dare you let your 12 to 17 year old behind the wheel? One-to-one 60 minute driving lessons with fully qualified instructors (natch) at the Bath and West Showground on Thurs 23 Feb. £54. Call 0333 7729642 to book the hour-long lessons.
MEET TOM GATES
Liz Pichon’s Tom Gates tries to keep out of trouble but guess what? Things keep on going wrong. All the fave characters from the books (14 now and over 5 million copies sold worldwide) in a show put together by the Gangsta Granny and Horrible Histories team, so should be excellent. Suitable 5 – 12. From £19.50. Bristol Hippodrome, Weds 20 – Sat 23 Feb.
WIN YOUR SPURS
Castle Day at the Museum of Somerset Sun 17 Feb. Be a knight for a day. Make bows and arrows, mini catapults and peg dragons. Watch Taunton Garrison re-enact the English Civil War. Children’s trails and behind-the-scenes tours. The museum’s got other events and activities throughout half term. From £3.