20 great half-term activities in Yorkshire and the North of England

child school holidays play in muddy puddles

Join your children for a Wild and Muddy Adventure with a free one-day event at the Moston Fairway Nature Reserve. For those who prefer their activities indoors, Superstars has a wide range of sports and dance holiday clubs across Manchester this half-term – and over in Leeds, there’s an imaginative play session for under-fives at City Varieties Music Hall.

Create Your Own Play Leeds

Join the storytelling workshop at Leeds Grand Theatre and City Varieties Music Hall, and create your own play inspired by the weird and wonderful acts that have performed here. Suitable for children aged seven to 11.

The Chinese State Circus Headingley

Immerse yourself in magic and mystery at Abbey House Museum’s latest exhibition. Learn more about your favourite fairy tales and other fantasy tales from around the world.

Football camps Bradford

Get children involved in football with fun and games at Bradford City football camps. Suitable for boys and girls aged five to 13.

Asylum Paintball Stockport

Looking for rain-safe indoor fun? Welkin Mill’s Asylum Paintball is a 30,000 sq foot urban jungle which allows kids to sample city-style game play in an indoor arena.

Octopus Hideout at SEA LIFE Manchester

Come and say hello to Hank, the giant pacific octopus at the Octopus Hideout, and learn more about these eight-tentacled creatures.

Jolly Holidays Ashton-under-Lyne

Portland Basin Museum will be holding artist-led craft activities for children during half-term. Each activity is only £1, so it’s great value for money.

Bird Week Altrincham

To celebrate our feathered friends, Wyevale Garden Centre is inviting children to get crafty. Activities include painting a nest box and making your own feeder. Suitable for children aged three to eight.

Half-term fun with Betsey Bumblebee Preston

Betsy Bumblebee is back with a brand new tale and fun for all the family. Enjoy crafts, treasure hunts and original stories at Samlesbury Hall.

Fab Feb Family Fun at Lightwater Valley Theme Park Ripon

Th theme park is open all week for children aged one to eight, with indoor and outdoor rides and activities. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.

11 Million Reasons to Dance Doncaster

The latest exhibition at The Point, 11 Million Reasons to Dance gives visitors the chance to see photographs inspired by iconic dance scenes in films which feature Deaf, sight impaired or disabled performers. You can also visit the interactive dance booth and bust some moves of your own.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Barnsley

Kick off half-term with a bang. Make your own moving vehicle from recycled materials at Elsecar Heritage Centre on Saturday 18 February. Book online.

The Little Mix Show Workington

A highly energetic tribute show that follows in the footsteps of award-winning girl band, Little Mix. Suitable for kids of all ages (and adults too), this show at the Carnegie Theatre brings you the full pop concert experience.

Marty Macdonalds Toy Machine Bridlington

A brand new show featuring the voice of CBeebies' Justin Fletcher (AKA Mr Tumble) as Pongo the Pig. An interactive experience suitable for two- to seven-year-olds, there will also be a meet and greet with the cast after the performance.

Chocolate Lolly Workshops York

Be inspired by the chocolatiers and create your own chocolate lollipop at York Cocoa House, while enjoying a drink in the Cocoa House Cafe.

Netherlands National Circus Wakefield

A fast-paced, all human production, in a heated Big Top, packed full of comedy, juggling, aerial performances, balancing, acrobatics, stunts and more.

Discovery Museum Newcastle

There’s lots to see and do at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum. From hands-on activities and exhibitions to a play area and cafe – this day out is rain-safe and free of charge.

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