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How to entertain the kids during half term

Half term this February is set to be filled with fun and new experiences – here are our top picks of what to get up to.

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Animal Adventures at Chessington

Throughout half term, Chessington World of Adventures will be opening its zoo and SEA LIFE centre so children can make the most of the holiday. Check out more than 1,000 animals at the zoo and learn how to be a zookeeper before walking through an underwater tunnel to explore the marine life too.

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Charge the Castle!

This art event running at Windsor Castle throughout half term is perfect for children to learn a little history while getting creative. Children will find out what it means when a castle is under siege and see special demonstrations of armour and weaponry from the Middle Ages on selected dates too.

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Family trail at Runnymede

Join this National Trust trail to explore the landscape and monuments of Runnymede. Running daily throughout half term, this family-friendly trail will help you discover more about the people and history of the local area from the last 800 years.

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Dine for just £10

Give the kids a foodie treat at half term by heading over to The Runnymede on Thames for lunch or dinner. Our child-friendly dishes include simple salads, tapas style items and build your own burgers.

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Banana boat ride

Make your way to the boat lake at Liquid Leisure Windsor on Thursday or either weekend of half term to give the kids a watery adventure. This is where banana boat rides or speed boat rides are the order of the day – ideal for thrill-seeking children and adults alike.

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Harry Potter’s art department

Visit The Making of Harry Potter: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London for a special event uncovering the creativity behind the Harry Potter films. Find out more about all the props and watch wand-making demonstrations in this special half term treat.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

This family-friendly musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber will be returning to the Theatre Royal Windsor on 20 February, making it the ideal half term treat for the whole family.

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Tennis, swim and games

Get the kids active this half term without even leaving The Runnymede’s grounds. Play a game of tennis on one of our tennis courts, enjoy our children’s playground or games on the riverside lawn, then have a splash in our indoor pool. And while you’re outside, remember to keep a look-out for our resident ducks – Cleo and Patra – too!

Sharp Shots Photography Club

Children interested in photography should enrol in the Sharp Shots Photography Club at Brooklands Museum on 21stFebruary. They’ll spend a few hours learning how to take great photos of cars and planes, including classic cars racing on the famous Brooklands track.

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Snowdrop walk

This guided tour of Ankerwyke on 17 February invites adults and children to learn more about the history of this famous site. This is the perfect time of year to do it, as the snowdrops start to bloom around the ancient yew tree and priory ruins.

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Extreme Motion

Make your way to Windsor’s Extreme Motion either weekend of the half term break for activities with a difference. Whether it’s bungee trampolining or a family game of adventure golf, this is a sure way to add a little excitement to the February half term.

Feed the birds

If you fancy a family-friendly riverside walk while staying with us at The Runnymede, ask us for a pack of bird seed before you head out. The children will have a whale of a time feeding the birds and enjoying the wildlife of our idyllic River Thames setting.

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