Here’s our guide to the February half term in Shrewsbury and further afield, to keep kids entertained and engaged all week long. Pictured: play at Park Hall Countryside Experience.
What’s On in Shrewsbury
There are lots of great exhibitions to enjoy at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery and on top of that, they are laying on extra events for young minds.
Unfortunately, the Lego Explorer Workshop is fully booked! But you can still book on to Fables, Feathers and Fur on Tuesday, February 13th at 10.30am. Local storyteller Sal Tonge will lead a special story, movement and song session suitable for ages 2+.
If you missed out on the Lego Explorer workshop, you could head to Shrewsbury Library for their free Lego Club on February 10th, 1.30pm-3pm.
Attingham Park's cat Scrap has been out and about spotting and hearing the seasonal sights and sounds. You can pick up a half term finder sheet and see how many you can find.
The Peppa Pig Cinema Party comes to Old Market Hall February 10th – 17th. It marks 20 years of Peppa Pig and she hasn’t aged a day! Featuring the voices of Katy Perry as Ms. Leopard and Orlando Bloom as Mr. Raccoon along with songs, shorts and never before seen episodes.
Paws Café has some special half term events with cats and crafts and film nights with their furry feline friends.
If you’ve got older, anime-obsessed kids they might like to see The Boy and the Heron (12A) at Old Market Hall. It’s Hayao Miyazaki's fantastical journey about a young boy who follows a talking crane into a magical world. Showing February 9th – 15th daily (not 11th) at 4.30pm.
The teens in your house also might be interested in The Buttermarket’s under 16’s event on February 13th. Reload Under 16s Shrewsbury is for ages 11-15 from 5pm – 6.30pm with a UV glow rave.
DarwIN Shrewsbury Festival
There’s a month-long celebration of Charles Darwin during February, so half term presents the perfect time for kids to learn more about him.
On Wednesday, February 14th, Shropshire Archives is holding a HMS Beagle - drop-in craft activity. Darwin set off on his voyage in 1831 on The Beagle. The voyage which lasted almost 5 years became one of the most famous and important voyages of exploration ever made. Shropshire Archives invite you to make your own Beagle ship in this fun Darwin inspired craft activity. Suitable for ages 2+. 10am – 12pm.
Wroxeter Roman City is holding a free drop-in event - Darwin’s Wiggly Worms – on Monday, February 12th between 10am and 3pm. Kids can follow in the footsteps of the young Charles Darwin, explore archaeology, and have a go at testing the theory behind Darwin’s Worm Stone.
Charles Darwin was fascinated by rocks and fossils from an early age. On Tuesday, February 13th you can visit Shropshire Wildlife Trust to visit their Shropshire Fossils & Geology event. They promise a fascinating insight into the world as it was hundreds of millions of years ago, when Shropshire was lapped by tropical seas, and into Darwin’s thinking behind his greatest contribution to science. The event is free, and you’re encouraged to bring your own fossils along.
Shropshire Wildlife Trust is dedicating its regular Wednesday Wildings session to Darwin for half term week. Their sessions are aimed at 0-5 year olds and they let kids go wild with den building dens, jumping in puddles, hunting for minibeasts and making mud pies.
Over in Oswestry, you can witness a live birth with Park Hall Countryside Experience’s Lambing Live event! You can visit the lambs in their indoor barn, plus there’s all the usual farm activities including tractor rides, play areas, pig racing, and meeting the animals.
Hawkstone Park Follies is reopening from February 9th and they have a 50% off deal from February 9th – 18th. Find out more here.
How about a heritage train ride with Severn Valley Railway, where you can Meet The Gruffalo at The Engine House? Travel in reserved seats from either Kidderminster or Bridgnorth.
At Blists Hill Victorian Town visitors can step back in time to the world of silent movies with a free activity. Their Goods Shed will become an ad-hoc theatre where visitors can watch the 1902 film A Trip to the Moon by Georges Méliès with a live piano accompaniment, to evoke the atmosphere of a silent movie theatre - February 10th – 18th. On Shrove Tuesday (13th) Blists Hill will host its annual pancake-tossing competition to see who can flip their pancake the most times before the whistle blows.
RAF Museum Midlands has a lineup of half term events too. There’s an interactive family show that finds out if you have what it takes to fly a WWII plane, another interactive show with a time travelling adventurer, storytelling with Peter Chand, messy crafts and a creative workshop.
Attingham Park has three Snowdrop Evening Walks during half term where you can see Attingham's woodland in a different light with hundreds of fairy lights and flood-lit snowdrops. There will also be light projections in the Walled Garden from Wild Strawberry Interactive Multimedia Limited.
Read our full guide to local snowdrop walks HERE.