We usually head over to Anglesey every Half-Term but this February we are staying in Staffordshire, so after searching for family-friendly activities in the area here are some I’ve found!
- Emma Bridgewater
- Middleport Pottery
- Valentine Clays
- Trentham Monkey Forest
- “Get Wild” with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust at Brampton Park
- Trentham Gardens
- “Be Wild Forest School” at Amerton Farm
- Peak Wildlife Park
- The Quarter
- “The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio” at the Mitchell Arts Centre
- The Potteries Museum
Stoke-on-Trent is known as “The Potteries” so it would be remiss of me not to mention any pottery related fun in this round-up! Below are three of our local pottery companies who are offering special Half-Term activities this February.
Emma Bridgewater are running a free “How It’s Made” tour, where children can learn how the factory works and discover how a piece of clay is transformed into a beautiful piece of pottery. You can also decorate a flower or heart trinket box in the decorating studio for £8 (a £2.95 studio fee applies on booking) or make a clay flower decoration for £2.50 (drop-in activity: on the hour, every hour, except 1pm). For more information visit the Emma Bridgewater website.
Over at Middleport they have a full programme of activities for those who love creating, exploring, steam engines and a good story! See here to find out more!
At Valentine Clays this Half-Term holiday you can have Fairy Fun with “Creative Flamingo” from Monday-Friday, 11am-3pm (drop-in). Have creative clay fun, go on a fairy trail and more, for £5 per person. On Saturday 23rd, continuing with the fairy theme, children can decorate their very own fairy which will then be fired and glazed, ready to collect at a later date. There might even be a visit from the Mischievous Fairy Glacier Love too! (£20 per fairy. Sessions at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.) For more information click here.
Regular followers of “Typical Mummy” will know how much we like to be outdoors! There are some great outdoor activities in and around Stoke this Half Term – here are just a few:
Trentham Monkey Forest
Trentham Monkey Forest is a great place for a family day out and they are re-opening especially for the Half-Term break. The Monkey Forest is home to 140 free-ranging Barbary macaques and you can walk amongst them whilst finding out about the conservation of this endangered species. It truly is a unique family-friendly experience! There is also a cafe and shop and an adventure play area for the kids to let off some steam. Visit their website for more info.
“Get Wild” with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust at Brampton Park
On Monday 18th February from 1pm-3pm, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust are running a free drop-in activity for all the family at Brampton Park, Newcastle under-Lyme, ST5 0QP. They will be building dens, making homes for wildlife and balancing on a slackline so make sure you wear warm clothing and sturdy shoes.
Alongside all the regular family fun you can have at the wonderful Trentham Gardens they are running some special Half-Term activities too, including archery, bushcraft, a RSPB weekend and horse drawn carriage rides. Click here to find out more!
“Be Wild Forest School” at Amerton Farm
A little further afield over at Amerton Farm near Stafford (ST18 0LA) “Be Wild Forest School” are hosting some great Half-Term outdoor fun, including archery, muddy fun, firelighting, a nature treasure hunt, dinosaur fun and more. Head over to the “Be Wild” website for more information on dates and prices. Then you can go and visit the animals at Amerton Farm for some more adventures!
Peak Wildlife Park
Peak Wildlife Park in Leek (ST13 7QR) aren’t holding any specific Half-Term events but it looks like a great place to take the kids and is open 10am-5pm daily. You can come face to face with exotic and endangered animals from across three continents, including lemurs, penguins, zebras and more – what a fabulous family day out! They also have a cafe and an indoor play area too! Find out more here.
Other Fab Half-Term Events
The Quarter, Hanley
The Quarter is a wonderful cafe/bar/entertainment venue on Piccadilly in Hanley and is so fabulous it’s even frequented by celebrities – most recently, Kevin Clifton, Strictly Come Dancing winner!
The Quarter are putting on some fabulous family-friendly events this Half Term which look like they’re going to be absolutely brilliant! On Monday you can attend a “JoJo Bow Making Workshop” with “Chlo’s Bows”, on Tuesday there’s a “Disney Breakfast Singalong” and on Wednesday there’s a “Ceramics Workshop” with local ceramic artist, Denise O’Sullivan. Look on their Facebook page for more information.
“The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio” at the Mitchell Arts Centre
Head over to the fab Mitchell Arts Centre in Hanley on Saturday 23rd February (1:30pm and 4:30pm) to watch “Immersive Theatre’s” production of “The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio”, a larger-than-life musical adaptation of the much-loved classic. Visit here for more information on prices and how to book.
The Potteries Museum
On Monday 18th February, to celebrate the Staffordshire Hoard treasures at the Potteries Museum in Hanley (ST1 3DW), you can discover how clothing and military equipment reflected an individual’s social status during the Anglo-Saxon period in both life and death. Children can also take part in some ‘spear drills’ and gain an insight into the life of a warrior. The event is free and runs from 11am-4pm.
From 18th-21st February children can create their own Anglo Saxon Pot from clay, inspired by the Museum’s collection, and decorate it with the Runic Alphabet. (Drop in 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.15pm-3pm, £1.50.)
Do you know of any other fab events in or near Stoke-on-Trent this February Half-Term? Please feel free to comment below!