If the children have been stuck indoors this winter, then February half term is the perfect opportunity for the family to get outside and have some holiday fun at beautiful National Trust places near you.
Join us for some outdoor escapades; pull on your wellies and rush through gardens on an adventure trail, make pancakes around the camp fire, or crafty artworks in a mansion.
You could also try ticking off some of the Trust’s ‘50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ challenges such as hunting for bugs, building dens and making mud pies. Visit www.50things.org.uk for lots of ideas to get cracking.
Here are some of our highlights in West Sussex:
Woolbeding GU29 9RR
Pancake making over a camp fire
Tucked away in the tranquil Rother Valley lies the picturesque Woolbeding estate. Sit on logs to cook your own mouthwatering pancakes over an open camp fire in the woods. Enjoy a hot chocolate, tell stories, and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of this ancient woodland as the sun sets.
17 February, 5 – 6pm, £3, booking essential on 01730 816638. Meet at Bramblings Yard, between Woolbeding and Redford, just below the Stedham turning.
Petworth House and Park Petworth GU28 0AE
All at Sea seascapes craft workshops
Britain’s most famous landscape artist, JMW Turner, was especially well known for painting large and exciting seascapes.
Petworth House’s half-term craft workshops will help you create your very own 3D choppy masterpiece to hang up at home.
Turner visited this great 17th-century mansion many times and you can see some of his original paintings when you visit.
16 – 20 February, 11am – 2.30pm, normal admission plus £3
Handcross RH17 6EB
Winter adventure trail
Nymans’ extensive gardens are full of nooks and crannies for children – perfect for young explorers. Follow the new Winter Adventure trail, performing fun tasks and solving riddles and clues to discover the gardener’s hidden secrets of winter life.
14 – 22 February, 10.30am – 3.30pm, normal admission plus £2.
For further information on all National Trust events in London and the South East, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/southeast.
Report and pictures contributed by the National Trust.