Not to miss events in Dorset this February Half Term

It only seems like yesterday that the kids went back to school after the Christmas break, but February Half Term is less than a week away.

My 10 things to do in Dorset during February Half Term post from last year is proving very popular as parents try to decide what to do with their little and not so little ones this time of year and is still relevant, but there are lots of fun local events happening too.

1. Dippy on Tour

The Natural History Museum’s famous Diplodocus skeleton cast, known as Dippy, is touring the UK this year and his first port of call is Dorset County Museum in Dorchester. He will be on display from Saturday 10 February 2018 to Monday 8 May 2018. Entry to see Dippy is FREE but you have to book a slot!

Dippy on Tour

2. Monkey World

Monkey World’s Kid for a Quid offer is back this half term and it is the perfect opportunity to visit your favourite Primates or let the kids run off some steam in one of their three parks.

Monkey World

3. Bird, Bat and Bug Box Making at Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre

To coincide with the British Trust for Ornithologys National Nest Box Week, Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre will be running Bird, Bat and Bug box making sessions for children aged 6+ using pre-cut wooden templates and materials. Why not team it with a bracing walk along the coast and if it’s not too cold, maybe even an ice cream (or hot chocolate) by the sea.

Lulworth Cove

4. Light Up Poole – a Festival of Light

Light Up Poole, the town’s first festival of light art, is set to totally transform the High Street after dark from Falklands Square to the Quay with a series of illuminating installations, projections, broadcasts and happenings to celebrate Poole’s unique location, its cultural heritage and its emergence as a centre for creative excellence.

LUP The Squirrel 1

5. The Highway Rat Activity Trail – Moors Valley

The Forestry Commission have teamed with Magic Light pictures, who produced the film The Highway Rat, to launch The Highway Rat’ Activity Trails around the country, with our closest one being at Moors Valley Country Park.

Highway Rat

Visitors to the trail can explore and enjoy the world of their local woodland wildlife as they follow in the footsteps of a mischievous rodent intent on swiping the sweet treats of every creature he encounters (keep a close eye on your picnics!).

Moors Valley

6. Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park

Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park is a land-based college set just outside Dorchester that is home to spectacular gardens and a small animal park and they have brought back their popular half price offer for Dorset residents.

Kingston Maurward

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit their last year and the kids adored feeding the animals. Do take your wellies though, it is quite muddy!!

7. The Great Escape and Castle Quest – Corfe Castle

Can you help one of the poor knights flee the clutches of King John?. The King was notorious for keeping prisoners at his favourite stronghold of Corfe Castle!

Corfe Castle

Don’t forget to bring your own brave teddy, who can help one of the knights escape down the zip wire from the Castle Keep.


Teddy Zip Wire

8. Mighty Claws Adventure Golf

Last year Mighty Claws Adventure Golf opened and is a hit with all the family, although it can get rather competitive (says the undefeated, reigning champion *cough*).

Mighty Claws Adventure Claws

As you step through the entrance to Sweet Claw Valley, you enter a Jurassic world stretched out in front of you, complete with animatronic and model dinosaurs and sound effects around every corner and just opposite the course is the Kitchen Club that offers food and refreshments. The wood-fired pizza’s are amazing and a welcome treat after all that golfing!!

9. Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre

The kids love a visit to Hengistbury Head and its always a treat to ride the “Noddy Train”, as it is known locally, a land train that travels up to Mudeford Spit and the beach huts that cost more than my house!

Hengistbury head

The visitor centre has a range of activities to keep the kids occupied this half term including sand art, cave painting and a clay workshop.

10. ‘Stars of the Sea’ event – Weymouth Sealife Centre

Discover; who is Sea Life’s most intrepid traveller, which ocean resident keeps the tidiest home, who
makes the perfect partner in crime, who could give an Olympic swimmer a run for their money and
who has fins sharper than a surgeon’s razor.

Sea Life

Children can also take part in Sea Life’s new giant sea discoveries game, navigating through a life-size version of ‘Stars and Ladders’ to solve puzzles with fishy clues to jump ahead and foil their foes to win a ‘Stars of the Sea’ certificate or just enjoy the Caribbean Cove play park.

What are your plans for half term?

30 thoughts on “Not to miss events in Dorset this February Half Term

  1. What a great list! I think The Highway Rat activity trail would be our favorite, we love that book so much! It’s always so nice to get ideas for half term, otherwise that week can seem awfully long!

  2. I still find the idea of dippy going on tour such a weird concept, it’s so strange that he’s not at the natural history museum but I think it’s great that more people will get to see him x

  3. It sounds like there is so much going on! The Festival of Light sounds stunning and love the sound of The Great Escape and Castle Quest…love the fact the teddies get involved on the action too!

  4. I’m loving the photo of the monkey. The festival of Lights sounds great. and who doesn’t like a Sea life centre? I don’t think I’ve ever been to Dorset, so I may have to take a trip.

  5. Lots of fantastic events going on! I’d definitely like to take my little ones to the Highway Rat trail as we love the books and the Gruffalo trail was amazing!

  6. The festival of light and the Corfe Castle would be my top 2 places to experience and visit first! But there is so much choice and activities that I would look into booking a holiday in Dorset now.

  7. Some fabulous Dorset ideas there! I really want to visit Corfe Castle as I have quite an interest in photography and would love to get some shots of the site. The Festival of Light also sounds like a great experience so I would love to see those too.
    I didn’t know they were taking Dippy on Tour so I will be looking to see if he will be coming anywhere near to me in the Midlands!

  8. Brilliant list! Ohhhh I wonder if they have a Highway Rat trail near to where I live. We’re planning a weekend trip to Dorset soon so I’m definitely going to be adding some of these family friendly places to visit to our list of things to do. x

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