Your Passport to Family Fun this February Half Term
We’ve put together some ideas for you to have some quality family time out with the kids this half term, in Shrewsbury and not so far outside - get inspired by our My Shrewsbury half term guide by Anna Menshykova
Ladybird Art Shrewsbury Museum
The Wonderful World of the Ladybird Artists is a fabulous touring exhibition, newly opened at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery (from February 19), running until June 5. It's a family-friendly trip down memory lane, evoking childhood memories and a sweet sense of nostalgia.
The colourful and fascinating exhibition showcases an unrivalled collection of Ladybird books, original artwork and paraphernalia, demonstrating how the Ladybird artists were instrumental in the company's exceptional success in the twentieth century.
Helen Day (pictured here), a languages teacher from Shropshire who has spent over 20 years researching and collecting Ladybird items, is the curator of the exhibition. You can read more about Helen's passion for Ladybird books and why she decided to collect so many (!) in this interview with My Shrewsbury magazine HERE
Look out for a raft of activities linked to the exhibition, including how to make your own Ladybird book, a Ladybird gallery trail, and an abundance of antique books to peruse and enjoy.
You can get your FREE tickets in advance HERE (booking advised at busy times)
Winter Fun on the Farm
Spend some memorable family time with Winter Fun on the Farm at Park Hall
Park Hall reopens during the February half-term (10am-4pm, February 19 - 27) with their brand new event - Winter Fun on the Farm, just in time for their baby lambs to arrive! Meet the lambs and other animals. Enjoy sporty activities to celebrate the Winter Olympics too, with a chance to try curling and have your picture taken on the podium!
The Winter Olympics symbol is a cute Panda and Park Hall have created their own bear trail with eight different species of bears to find across the farm. A Chinese dragon will pay a special visit too! Plus there are the indoor and outdoor play areas, role play village, sand and water play, music room, and even a science area included in the ticket cost.
All day tickets £11.95 per person (Under 2s free) and afternoon tickets, £8.95 from parkhallfarm.co.uk
Help Create an Oswestry Zine
Virtual Shropshire Drone Rangers Aerial Photography capture an aerial view of Old Oswestry during the Love Oswestry Festival earlier this month
Five local artists will be leading a week of free workshops for 12- to 18-year-olds in Oswestry as part of the Historic England-funded Love Oswestry project.
The workshops will cover painting and illustration, comic making, creative writing, architecture and lino printing. There’s a series of interesting 'journalistic' workshops at the library too.
The idea is to bring young people together with local creatives to sketch out their ambitions and goals for the town, culminating in the creation of a 'Zine of their work’. All workshops are free, but space is limited, so sign up as soon as possible. They are appropriate for ages 12 to 18.
Pre-booking is essential, contact the library on (01743) 250351.
Bishop's Castle Arts Festival Returns
The famous Bishop's Castle Arts Festival is back with a full five-day programme starting February 23
There’s a whole raft of activities going on in Bishop’s Castle from Wednesday 23 to Sunday 27 February, including a photography competition, artisan market, open mic night, glass workshops, recitals, films, ceilidh, open studios & exhibitions, dance, poetry, storytelling, and singing. The festival will take over many venues, including galleries, pubs, libraries, businesses, and the Town Hall.
Most activities for both children and adults will be free of charge too, to include children's yoga sessions on February 23.
It’s definitely worth a look! For the full calendar of events visit bishopscastleartsfestival.com
Shropshire Kids Festival Telford
Shropshire Kids Festival will bring acres of fun to Telford International Centre from February 26-27, 10am-5pm
The truly flamboyant Shropshire Kids Festival in Telford brings hundreds of activities together in one location for a fun-filled day. The most enjoyable part? All activities are free after you've entered! There will be an obstacle course, a battalion of inflatables, giant games, space hoppers, zorbing, mini golf, bubble football, musical instruments to try, go karts, STEM activities, arts, crafts, sports, baking sessions, nerf wars, roller disco, mini ice rink, exploring, discovering and bags of fun!
Suitable for ages 0-14, to include a devoted under 5s zone, breastfeeding and changing facilities and a quiet area for those who need support.
(Open 9am both days to those who have pre-booked online or families with additional needs)
Book tickets online to save up to £2.50 on standard ticket price shropshirekidsfest.co.uk
Snowdrop season trails with the National Trust
What could be better than a good family ramble in the woods? The stunning white snowdrops at Chirk Castle bring a new dimension to a family walk.
This half term, a trip through the gardens at Attingham Park's snowdrop woods, in the Dingle at Dudmaston Hall, or Chirk Castle's Pleasure Ground Wood, will reveal a lovely white carpet of snowdrops, a sure sign that Spring is on its way. They're a little early this year!
There's lots of space to roam around and discover the perfect viewpoint for photos of the stunning white carpet, which includes some rare species, and patches of snowdrops around the wider estate.
Keep an eye on the National Trust Facebook pages for these properties for the ideal time to visit while the snowdrops are in bloom.