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Half Term Round Up!

The half term holiday is here - enjoy a fun-filled week with the whole family in Bury St Edmunds & Beyond!

There's so much to see and do for families this half term holiday; with events to spark imaginations, rings and runes to find, shows to enjoy and museums to explore...

Suffolk Science Festival - 18th - 23rd February

This year's Suffolk Science Festival theme is the"50th Anniversary of walking on the Moon". With events taking place across the town, including  "The Museum of the Moon", at The Apex; the exhibition showcases artist Luke Jerram’s enormous Moon, created using detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface with an approximate scale of 1:500,000 – each centimetre of the 7 metre spherical sculpture represents 5 kilometres of the moon’s surface

On Sunday 24th February, "Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show", will be on at The Apex, a show guaranteed to inspire young minds! 

And over at Moyse's Hall Museum, you can explore moon mythology at "The Moon Exhibition", discover the science behind our nearest neighbour; re-live historic moments in space exploration; and touch one of the rarest items on Earth. There's a range of workshops and activities on offer run by organisers Kinetic Science. 

There will be a science themed trail around the venues for you to join in and the cards for the trail will be available at each venue – wherever you begin!  At the last location you visit, once your Trail card is complete, leave your card and enter a draw for some family prizes.

Ring Quest - 16th - 24th February

Ring Quest, The popular ‘Lord of the Rings’ themed family challenge is back at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park!

The popular Lord of the Rings themed family challenge is back for February half term, bigger than ever. As well as the Ring Quest trail, there are the huge spiders of Mirkwood and a dragon guarding its treasure to see. Complete the Ring Quest and find the rings and runes to save Middle Earth! Whilst there, visit the Hobbit Hole and Mirkwood, meet Halbarad the Ranger of the North and try your hand at archery - a fantastic and unique family event!

The Gingerbread Man - 17th February 

Stuff and Nonsense apply their usual brilliance with a mix of puppetry, live action, great music, humour and a stunning staging in this exciting and pacey retelling of this well-loved classic tale "The Gingerbread Man", at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. Suitable for families of all ages, even if you are three or eighty-three! No scary bits – just don’t turn up hungry! Now run, run, as fast as you can, you need to get tickets to catch this Gingerbread Man!

Half Term at Palace House Newmarket - 18th - 22nd February

This Half-Term, head to Palace House Newmarket for family fun including the Art Detective trail around the Skating exhibition. 

You can visit the First Women exhibition and look out for the super cute special guests, Pip and Plum the donkeys. Whilst there, you can find out how the resident ex-racehorses are cared for on a behind the scenes tour, which take place daily at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

Ice Palace at The Arc Shopping Centre - 18th February

Visit The Arc Shopping Centre's Ice Palace on Monday 18th February, between 11am - 3pm for a fun-filled and frosty free event.

Here you can meet the penquins, join in with penguin crafts, have your face painted and lots more! Penguins will be hidden in the windows of our shops around the centre, grab a trail map and once you have found all the penguins you can head back to the giant igloo, where your trail sheet will be exchanged for a penguin treat! 

Twilight at the Museum - 20th February

Twilight at the Museum is a free event for families where Palace House will turn down the lights and open it's doors for after-hours fun. Bring your torch to make the most of this event!

The National Heritage Centre is situated in the remains of Charles II’s sporting palace and stables, and spans five acres in the heart of Newmarket. It comprises three complementary attractions; the new National Horseracing Museum, a National Art Gallery of British Sporting Art, and a chance to meet former racehorses, in the flagship yard of Retraining of Racehorses. 

The Real Middle Earth - 23rd February

History, myth and language combine to explore how, why and where The Lord of the Rings story began at The Real Middle Earth at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village. Find out about the links between Tolkien and the Anglo-Saxon world on a guided tour and enjoy a lavishly illustrated talk on Tolkien’s original inspiration for Middle Earth, how that was developed in the films set in New Zealand and the widely acclaimed fan film about Aragorn’s family set in West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village. This includes a chance to see and handle some replicas from the films.

Visiting Bury St Edmunds this half term? Why not book a stay! Take a look at these 'fun places to stay with kids' and start planning your trip!