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Keep the whole family entertained and head to Bury St Edmunds for February half term!

Time to breathe in a sigh of relief as we find ourselves at February half term and ever closer to the first signs of spring.  It’s the perfect occasion to unwind, have an adventure or two, and spend quality time with friends and family. This half term there are events for little kids, big kids and everyone inbetween, so get up, get out and see what you can discover. Plan your February Half Term stay in Bury St Edmunds and Beyond now with some unmissable savings on our offers page!

For the whole family...

Ring Quest 2020

Between Saturday 15th and Sunday 23rd February, brave explorers of all ages can embark on an epic fantasy adventure at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village and Country Park where the annual Ring Quest event is taking place. Influenced by a whole range of stories from the fantasy genre such as Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, the event appeals to anyone with a sense of adventure but will be particularly exciting for fans of ‘The Lord of The Rings’ books. Tolkien himself was a professor of Anglo Saxon language and his books are full of references to the past Pagan world. 

During half term, families must take on the quest to find the secret clues and runes in both the world of men and the world of elves and dwarves and if you collect the whole set you can create the ‘word of power’ and win. But do keep your eyes open for the occasional Orc! In addition to the quest you can also sneak a peek at the hobbit hole, dare to hunt for giant spiders in the Mirkwood and even try your hand at archery.

The Real Middle Earth Tour

The Real Middle Earth Tour and talk is a must-do event for Lord of the Rings enthusiasts who want to discover the historical and linguistic influences of the Anglo Saxons on Tolkien and his literature. Middle English, and in particular the poem ‘Beowulf’ inspired much of the language in his work, and Tolkien based the fictional people of Rohan on the real Anglo Saxons, giving them Anglo Saxon names, customs and even poetry. 

This ticketed event takes place on Saturday 15th and Sunday 23rd February at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village and you will need to wear warm outdoor clothing as much of it is outdoors. Your tour guide will take you through the village and museum after which you can lose yourself in a lavishly illustrated talk which includes the chance to see and handle some replica artefacts from the fan film ‘Born of Hope’.

Terrible Tales at Moyse's Hall Museum

To celebrate Horrible Histories author and creator, Terry Deary, writing 6 ‘Terrible Tales’ for long-term display at Moyse’s Hall Museum, families can come along for drop in craft activities and workshops every weekday of February half-term. 

You’ll be able to have a go at disgusting experiments, smell horrible whiffs, go on terrible trails (not a review!) and handle horrific artefacts. Mon-Fri, February half-term, standard admission applies; no extra charge for craft activities. 

Snowdrops and spring bulbs at Kentwell Hall

By February the beginnings of spring are just starting to emerge, and the grounds at Kentwell Hall are a fantastic place to witness this beautiful display of nature. The backwoods are carpeted with snowdrops and aconites, and the rest of the gardens are also green with shoots and leaves overtaking the bareness of the winter landscape. After a refreshing walk, venture inside the Tudor-built family home and take in its rich and varied history, or visit the working farm to see the animals that live there.

Suffolk Science Festival 2020

Curious minds will boggle at the many experiments, exhibitions and exciting discoveries at the Suffolk Science Festival this year. The event runs each day from Saturday 15th to Wednesday 19th February and takes place over 4 central locations in the town. 

This year’s theme is ‘human biology and how human bodies work and move’ so expect models of anatomy, including a working model of lungs, a focus on fingerprints and even a talk on poo; what it is, where is comes from and why. What’s more, there is a ‘body parts’ trail for you to take part in, with activities at each point along the way and the chance to enter the draw to win a family prize when you complete the trail.

Astronaut Academy

Space, the final frontier… budding space explorers will be thrilled to sign up to Astronaut Academy at the Arc Shopping center on February 17th from 11am-3pm. Zoom off into another world with a range of intergalactic activities and be back before tea time!   

‘The Little Prince’ at the Theatre Royal

Based on the well-loved book of the same name, ‘The Little Prince’ is performed with charm and humour in this re-telling from one of the most distinctive voices in British dance theatre, Luca Silvestrini of Protein Dance. On stage at the Theatre Royal on 18th February, 'The Little Prince' combines dance, poetry and song to tell the tale of the unlikely friendship between a prince and pilot who just happen to have gotten lost in the same desert. The set is abstract and leaves room for little imaginations to create the world of the story for themselves, the show uses colourful costumes, multi-media and ingenious physical story telling, inviting the audience to look inside their heart and connect with their inner child.

What the Dickens! At The Theatre Royal

Another half term offer from the Theatre Royal comes in the form of this participatory 'What the Dickens!' workshop all about the creator of some of the world’s most famous fictional characters. From Scrooge to Oliver Twist, Young Pip and old Mrs Havisham, the literary creations of Mr Charles Dickens provide great inspiration for young scriptwriters and performers. 

Join the creative learning team at the theatre on 19th February to play around and twist the tales we all know and love!

Milkshake! Live

Younger children will be spellbound by all their favourite characters at ‘Milkshake! Live’ at The Apex this half term. Be sure to catch one of two performances on the 19th February, either 12pm or 3.30pm and get up on your feet dancing to the songs, singing along and joining in with the Milkshake presenters in this perfect first theatre experience for youngsters. Whether your little one’s favourite is Noddy, Fireman Sam or The Floogals, they’ll be boogieing along for days to come!

Rapunzel

Let your hair down and get tangled in a brand-new musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale, Rapunzel at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmuds on February 22 and 23! Immersion Theatre presents a witty, tongue-in-cheek retelling of the family favourite complete with a laugh out loud script, a host of catchy songs, heaps of audience interaction, and an exciting array of magical characters which include a wickedly boo-able witch, a clumsy Prince, and a feisty Princess with the longest hair you are ever likely to come across. With magic and mayhem throughout and a chance to meet the characters after the show, this is one hair-raising adventure the family won’t want to miss!

Wildlife Trail

Blast away the cobwebs with an amble around the glorious 200 acres of Nowton Park on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds. Grab your wildlife trail sheet from the Grounds Café and set off around the park, taking in the maze, arboretum and wildflower meadows before heading back to the café with your completed sheet and claiming your prize. 

The First Signs of Spring at Ickworth Park & Gardens

From 15th - 23rd February, the signs of spring are on the horizon at National Trust Ickworth House Park & Gardens. Explore the parkland and woodland looking out for the first signs of the warmer season and the blooming of the snowdrops.

There's plenty to keep everyone entertained, with indoor craft activities from 10.30am - 3.30pm daily, suitable for 3 - 11 year olds. Craft activities cost £2.50 per child. Standard admission charge also applies. 

If the weather is dry, the wildlife area is the perfect place to get closer to nature. To help you on your adventure borrow an explorer backpack with all the tools you need: compasses, magnifying glasses and bug viewers, as well as identification guides for the birds, insects and plants that can be found on the estate. These are available from the new shepherds hut based by the wildlife area along with lots more information to make the most of our outdoors.

On 19th February experience the beginnings of spring as Ickworth's outdoors team takes you on a guided walk through the pleasure grounds, revealing a display of white across the landscape. Tickets are £6 available from https://www.nationaltrust.org.... Normal admission charges to the venue apply.

Make Bug Hotels at Clare Country Park

Get creative and visit Clare Castle Country Park on Wednesday 19th February from 10am - 12pm  to decorate a bug hotel and fill it with all the lovely things that the creepy crawlies in your garden will love.

Taking place at the Old Goods Shed, there are 10 places at this workshop, with each child costing £3. A great activity for children over 4 years old. Each child must be supervised whilst they take part.

Booking essential at https://clarecastlecountrypark...

For the grown ups!

The Dame at the Theatre Royal

Big kids deserve a bit of fun too and you’ll have laughs and tears aplenty at ‘The Dame’ at the Theatre Royal on 19th and 20th February. This brave new play looks behind the façade of the traditional dame and stars the Olivier Award winning actor and former Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan. The play, written by Duncan’s daughter Katie Duncan, uncovers the past of seasoned pantomime dame Ronald Roy Humphrey and is inspired by her own grandparents’ careers in Music Hall. Take a journey beneath the bluster and make-up to see the fragile creature who cries inside as we all laugh.

Fawlty Towers Dining Experience

This funtastic Fawlty Towers event is a fantastic immersive experience perfect for a group of friends seeking a hilarious night out. Head to The Athenaeum on Friday 21st February and partake in an evening of interactive mayhem as Basil, Sybil and Manuel try (and inevitably fail) to serve up an a la carte dining experience with perfection and flair. Included in the ticket price is a drink on arrival and a three course meal.


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