There are trails showcasing birds and wildlife around the hall, as well as historical trails focusing on lovers of the man in his story, such as Thomas Coke, Earl of Leicester, and his wife, Lady Margaret Tufton, who has been suffering for a long time. or Queen Mary, who was scandalized while visiting the room with her husband, King George V, in front of an obscene painting of the Roman god Jupiter “caressing” his wife. Families can even try creating their own bird-loving birdhouse with daily birdhouse-building workshops.
Holkham Rd, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1AB; holkham.co.uk/events/details/love-birds
Go seal hunting with Dogleg Charters
Experience the largest gray seal colony in the UK up close on your own private RIB ride that can be tailored to your needs. Options include sunrise wildlife viewing along the coast to Salthouse and family picnics at Wells-next-the-Sea. As a bonus, Ian, the man who will be your skipper, is a professional travel photographer: he knows how to take the shots that will light up your children’s Instagram accounts. Charters of up to five people cost £250.
Morston Quay, Quay Lane, Morston, Holt NR25 7BH; doglegcharters.co.uk
Discover something new at Chester Zoo
While visitors to the UK’s top wildlife attraction are undoubtedly familiar with elephants, tigers, giraffes and orangutans, this halfway Chester Zoo highlights some of the animals you might have seen. be missed on previous tours, with lectures and activities based on lesser-known species like rock hyraxes (guinea pig-sized animals that are elephants’ closest relatives), shy tree-kangaroos, and ‘amphibious mountain chickens’ (otherwise known as the giant ditch frog, which was hunted for near extinction by humans because it allegedly tastes like chicken – it is being brought back from the brink by scientists from the zoo).
Chester Zoo, Chester CH2 1EU; www.chesterzoo.org
Norse around the Golden Valley
Translating traditional Nordic Raider pastimes into fun activities for modern teens, this experience features ax throwing, archery and arenas as well as ancient games like kubb (stick throwing), molkky (similar to bowling) and stige (a precise throwing game). All are expertly supervised by a team of professional Vikings, so don’t worry if your teenagers end up like Harald Hardrada at the end of the day. Two hours on site cost £29.99 pp and you can pay extra for modern activities like laser skeet shooting or paintball. Next, why not explore the Golden Valley downwind of the Black Mountains, home to Arthur’s Stone, a Neolithic tomb, believed to be where King Arthur slew a giant?
The Viking Games, Battlelands, Middle Cefn Farm, Ewyas Harold, Hereford, HR2 0JH; thevikinggames.co.uk
Write history at Bolsover Castle
Little lords and little ladies will find plenty to enjoy at fairytale-like Bolsover Castle this semester. Behind the high crenellated ramparts and in the picturesque courtyards, they’ll find all sorts of activities, including an extensive outdoor adventure with puzzles, quizzes, activities and stories to help them get in shape, s fun and discover history, all at the same time.
Bolsover Castle, Castle St, Bolsover, Chesterfield S44 6PR; english-heritage.org.uk
Have fun with the alpacas of charnwood forest
They’re big, they’re super fluffy, and they’re fired up for mid-range adventures – Charnwood Forest Alpaca Farm Alpacas, that is. With a range of different experiences, from 90-minute walking sessions with the ‘pacas, to workshops on caring for them, to afternoon teas enjoyed alongside them, there are many different options. to meet your needs. Children under nine go free (but must be accompanied by one adult per child) – and afterwards you can relax in the Chilli Bean Café.
Ashby Road, Border, Swadlincote DE11 7BA; pukkapacas.com
Travel back in time at Blists Hill Victorian Town
Once you’ve traded in your modern money for pounds and shillings, explore the recreated Victorian town, meet the townspeople of over a century ago, shop for trinkets from a bygone era (you’ll need to tell the difference between a shilling, sixpence and farthing on your own) and step onto the old-fashioned fairground. Everything is laid out as Victorians would have lived, making this attraction the perfect fun and educational family activity.
Victorian town of Blists Hill, Legges Way, Telford TF7 5UD; ironbridge.org.uk
Acting Naturally at Hestercombe Forestry School
Hestercombe celebrates mid-term with a pop-up forestry school offering workshops in natural wreath making, forestry crafts and more in a fun forestry school. If the weather isn’t playing ball, there will also be indoor crafts to indulge in while the adults can explore the house and its beautiful gardens.
Hestercombe, Taunton TA2 8LG; hestercombe.com
Become a castaway in Cornwall
To mark the centenary of the sinking of the Osten, Newquay is organizing an experience putting you in the shoes of the boatmen – could you have survived?