20 great half-term activities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

children have fun in ball pit soft play

The Edinburgh Leisure half-term holiday club is back for the school holidays – book for a day or the full week, or choose sports-specific coaching sessions. In Cardiff, Treetop Adventure Golf offers an 18-hole crazy golf course in a jungle setting. And those in and around Belfast can plan a wonderful family day out at Colin Glen Forest's St Patrick's Community Fun Day – follow the famous Gruffalo Trail and then enjoy the music and entertainers.

Eyes Open Photography for 12-16-year-olds Edinburgh

Older children with an interest in photography and visual art will love this half-term course, where the emphasis is on having fun, developing your own visual style and meeting other young aspiring artists.

Half-term Corgi Treasure Hunt Edinburgh

All aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia for the half-term treasure hunt. Track down the cuddly corgis and receive a prize at the end.

Eco Adventures half-term holiday club Burntisland, Fife

This holiday club is aimed at five-to-nine year-olds. Bring a packed lunch and spend the day learning about bush craft and conversation, with plenty of games too.

Cambo Estate Snowdrop Festival Leuchars/St Andrews

Come to Cambo to see more than 350 varieties of snowdrops. With the walled garden, woodlands and wildlife to explore it makes for a great family day out.

Black Beauty Glasgow

Blending storytelling, music and puppetry, this vibrant re-telling of Black Beauty offers fun and adventure for fans of the book or classic TV show as well as those hearing the tale for the first time.

Brewer's Fayre East End

This three-storey soft play area is perfect for a wet day in half-term! Let the kids run off some steam while you relax.

Kilmartin Museum Lochgilphead, Argyll

This museum is a treasure trove of archaeological artifacts that have been excavated in the local area. There's lots of hands-on activities for children, plus a lovely cafe with a view of the glen.

The Polar Bears Go Up Bridge of Allan & Dunblane

This fun show for younger children follows two intrepid polar bears on their adventures climbing trees, jumping on clouds and reaching for the stars as they race all the way up to space in search of their lost balloon.

Aberdeen Science Centre Aberdeen

The amazing Science Centre features over 50 hands-on interactive exhibits and a live science show – guaranteed to inspire young scientists and entertain the whole family this half-term.

Pebbles Soft Play and Boulders Climbing Centre Cardiff

This super soft play area is perfect for kids aged seven and under, while older children can enjoy the great holiday activity classes on the Boulders Climbing Course.

Wiggleys Fun Farm Bridgend

There's lots to do come rain or shine at this family run farm. Explore the indoor and outdoor adventure play areas, see the animals and enjoy woodland walks.

Horse riding on the beach Ogmore-by-Sea, Bridgend

Come to Ogmore Farm to ride horses on a beautiful beach on either a one- or two-hour trek, riding towards amazing views.

Halo Heights indoor climbing wall Bridgend

The indoor climbing wall at Bridgend Life Centre is fun for all the family. With over 20 routes to choose from, it offers exciting and exhilarating physical and mental challenges for adults and children over seven years old.

Bird Week at Raglan Abergavenny

Ragland Garden Centre is inviting children to get crafty with a series of special events this February half-term to celebrate Bird Week. Paint a nest box, a feeder or take part in the birdy bakery workshops.

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs? Newport

Hosted by TV Scientist Ben Garrod, this show is a fantastic way for children to ask questions and test their dinosaur knowledge.

Big Splash puddle jumping competition Holywood

This half-term the Wildlife & Wetlands Trust is holding a competition that little ones will love – the Big Splash puddle jumping championship! Don your wellies, make like Peppa and see who can make the biggest splash.

Activities at The MAC Belfast

There's lots on for families at Belfast's newest arts venue, including a fantastic family roller disco! Younger children will love The MAC's family room too.

Find more things to do in:

Edinburgh
Fife
Glasgow
Argyll & Bute
Stirling & Clackmannanshire
Aberdeenshire
Cardiff
Bridgend
Belfast
County Down

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