Here comes half term…

And if you’re anything like as disorganised as me, it’s crept up on you as a bit of a shock! But don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to keep the kids busy on a visit to Bath this half term, whether they’d rather get lost in magical tales of far-off lands or explore the countryside in search of fairies and elves.

Folklore February at Prior Park Landscape Garden. From yarn-bombing to making your own Green Man, every day from 14th to 22nd February, Prior Park will be hosting a range of activities celebrating traditional English customs. And don’t miss the fairy and elf trail – a magical way to explore the beautiful landscape garden.

Wild Wednesday at Bath Skyline. The Bath Skyline walk is a great way to see the breathtaking countryside surrounding Bath. The woodland play area can be accessed from Claverton Down Road, and on Wednesday 18th February it will be the site of a morning of outdoor adventure games and crafts, from 10.30-12.30. Why not make a day of it by taking a picnic and exploring the rest of the trail in the afternoon?

Lunar New Year Celebration at the Museum of East Asian Art. 2015 sees the beginning of the Year of the Ram and the seventh year of this free community event. From 11.45-4pm on Sunday 22nd February the museum hosts a day-long programme of family activities including crafts, Japanese Choir, dance and acrobatic performances, martial arts demonstrations, and a costume photo booth for the perfect memento to start the lunar New Year.

The Little Theatre @ KomediaToddler Time and The Big Scream. Two regular events designed for parents with babies and young children.

  • Toddler Time is especially designed to introduce pre-school children to the big screen, featuring a series of 30-minute shows at 11am every Tuesday. Tickets are £3, babies under one year old get in free.
  • The Big Scream shows the latest movies at 10.45am every Wednesday, exclusively to parents with babies under a year old. Low lighting is left on throughout the film and nappy changing facilities are available. Get the best of both worlds: stay social and meet other new parents and keep up to date with the newest releases without having to get a babysitter.

These two events are just the thing for keeping everyone entertained if perchance the weather doesn’t cooperate during your stay.

Arabian Nights and The Cat in The Hat at The Egg Theatre. From 12th -14th February Bath Spa University’s OnSet Productions present “a vivid re-imagining of the world’s most magical and spellbinding tales”. Aladdin and his Magic Lamp; Sinbad the Sailor; Ali-Baba and the Forty Thieves… Not to mention talking birds, beasts, ghouls, demons and djinn – with evening performances at 7pm each night, plus daytime shows at 10am and 2pm on Saturday 14th February, there are plenty of chances to get swept away by Queen Sheherazad’s one thousand and one nights of storytelling.
From 17th-21st February The Cat in The Hat will be in residence at the Egg, entertaining kids of all ages with “the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas”. Based on the beloved childrens book by Dr. Seuss, The Cat in The Hat will be performed at 11am and 1pm every day, with additional shows at 3pm on Friday and Saturday. For ticket prices and booking information on these and all Theatre Royal, Ustinov Studio and Egg events, see the Theatre Royal website.

Junior Karting and Startline Young Driver Experiences at Castle Combe Circuit. Junior karting is a great way for kids to let off some steam and work through those competitive sibling rivalries. Boys and girls aged 10-15 will have a riot of a time “learning top class racing skills, under the professional supervision of our marshals and experienced instructors”. Or if you have older kids (ages 12-16) who can’t wait to be grown up, let them get behind the wheel for a day and learn some valuable skills to get ahead on those ‘L’ plates with a Startline Young Driver Experience. The litany of ‘are we nearly there yet?’ will soon be a thing of the past! Advance booking is required; see Castle Combe Circuit website for details.

Whatever you and your family choose to do this half term in Bath, come rain or shine you’ll have a great time. Tell us your half term ‘must-do’s by email, facebook or Twitter @3abbeygreen and we’ll share them with the rest of our lovely guests!


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