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February half term fun in Shakespeare’s England!

14th February 2014 Print
Warwick Castle

Celebrate the spring half term from 15 – 23 February in Shakespeare’s England with a host of exciting activities and events. Take in a show at the theatre at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, head to Warwick Castle or Kenilworth Castle for the day or experience some of the fun activities at one of many museums in the area, there is something for all the family to enjoy!

The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon is offering activities for all the family inspired by the current family production Wendy & Peter Pan. Workshops include pirate dancing and sword fighting, free craft sessions where you can make your own fairy wings and movement sessions with actors. Also showing is Misunderstood Monsters, a fast moving spoken word show for ages 4 – 9 years. Why not enjoy lunch with the kids and tuck into the very best of British food available in the Rooftop Restaurant at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. A children's menu runs all day for the under-12s with all the usual favourites for little ones to enjoy. All children will receive an RSC goodie bag with a colouring sheet, crayons and other goodies to keep them entertained.

Warwick Castle is the ultimate setting for half-term hijacks offering a fun-packed full day out for all the family. Join in the celebration of 1,100 years of Britain's Ultimate Castle, where you'll be surrounded by jaw-dropping history, magic, myth and adventure! 2014 will see more action, drama and adventure as we take you on a journey through our history with new shows and improved attractions that provide the ultimate day out for all the family to enjoy! February Half Term marks the start of the year of celebration as the Castle showcases a brand new Trebuchet show plus prepare to be entertained by the finest swordsmanship as our skilled knights take centre stage with dynamic fighting scenes and an epic battle as our knights compete for their chilvalry! Also new for half term, The Princess Tower introduces an entirely fresh story that promises to enthrall and amuse the Castle’s youngest visitors who can now enjoy dressing up for the entire show. The Royal Weekend Party, based on a notorious visit in 1898 by the Prince of Wales hosted by the vivacious Daisy, Countess of Warwick, becomes Warwick Royal Weekend Party, and favourite attraction Kingmaker: Eve of Battle - which tells the story of how Richard Neville, the 16th Earl of Warwick and known as ‘The Kingmaker’, prepared his household for battle - will offer greater interactivity for young visitors including more sounds and smells.

Families can enjoy a week of half-term activity at the Shakespeare Family Homes. New Place and Nash’s House is hosting a Week of Love and Frenemies – a quiz based on the enemies and friends in some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays and Hall’s Croft will also be offering families the chance to test their knowledge of Stratford’s most famous son with a quiz – The play’s the thing. The half-term activity doesn’t stop there as the Mirth o' the Feast takes place at Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Visitors can test their history skills and spot which items on the tudor table would not have been enjoyed by the Shakespeare family.

The Heritage Motor Centre is inviting families to enjoy a fun packed week of ‘Auto Science Live’. The event features a range of free activities bringing automotive engineering and the science behind it to life. Included are family Story-telling tours as well as drop in sessions and workshops to inspire children of all ages. Every day children can get ‘hands-on’ and test their powers of observation with the Auto Science Trail. There is something different going on every day.

For the first time in its 10 year history Compton Verney is opening its doors early to welcome families over the half term. In the Studio space families can enjoy a special drop-in soap carving activity where they can make their own mini sculpture inspired by the Moore Rodin exhibition. Out in the grounds families can make themselves into a work of art by striking a pose on the 12th plinth, which has been placed amongst the sculptures by Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin. Children can also enjoy the adventure playground, having fun playing hide and seek and exploring the park and making their own art from found materials at nature’s art box. Families can discover more about the art inside the galleries by picking up a free family backpack.

Fancy staying overnight? If so Mallory Court is the hotel to head off as children stay for FREE. Tuck into tea and cookies in front of the fire on arrival. Break inclusive of accommodation in a standard room and a 2 course luncheon or dinner in the Brasserie (The Family offer based on 2 adults & 2 children. Available from 10 February until 2 March 2014) Or Enjoy 2 fabulous dining offers available at The Arden Hotel in the Waterside Brasserie this half term. Two courses from the 'table d'hote menu' and receive a medium glass of house wine free. Children - Select 2 courses from the 'Children's menu' and receive a FREE soft drink * (Offer valid 15 February to 23 February).

With so much family friendly activity happening, Shakespeare’s England is the place to visit this half term to keep the kids entertained!

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