Stuck for things to do outdoors with the children this half term?  Here are a few ideas.


Courtesy of the Guardian:

Epping Forest Field Centre, near Loughton in Essex, which will be running family activity events from pond-dipping to stargazing (18–20 February, activities about £6pp, booking required,  020-8502 8500field-studies-council.org/centres/eppingforest.aspx).

Down in Surrey, Painshill Park near Cobham is running Wild Woodland Camps Monday to Friday for eight- to 13-year-olds. There will be a different theme for each day, from wild winter art to bushcraft, and children will be able to try their hand at bivouac-building, archery, animal tracking and orienteering (18–22 February, £35 a day, booking required, 01932 868113painshill.co.uk).

In North Yorkshire, families can follow a bird-themed trail around the beautiful grounds of the ruined 12th-century Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. But if the February weather's bad, head to Swanley Grange Learning Centre for nature-themed crafts and bird box making (16–24 February, site entrance adult £8.60, child £4.50, family £21.80,  01765 608888nationaltrust.org.uk/fountains-abbey).

And a few others:

Wild Learning – outdoor learning and adventure

Some great ideas from the BBC

And if you're on a budget.

The National Trust also offer great opportunities for outdoor fun.

And, if you live in Devon, don't forget The Big Sheep, which is open at half-term.

Have a great week!