February Family Fun!

Fill the February half-term with days out and activities that the whole family will enjoy. We’ve pulled together some of the top things to do in and around Plymouth to keep all the family occupied – from attractions to open spaces - the question is what will you get up to?

National Marine Aquarium

Plymouth is lucky to be home to the UK’s largest aquarium, the NMA, which is celebrating its 20th birthday this year. A real treasure trove, here you can get up close with over 4000 animals including sharks, sting-rays and Friday - the green turtle!

During half-term, the aquarium will be running ‘Sea The Difference: Ocean Adventures’. Meet conservationists, scientists and marine heroes from organisations like the Shark Trust and learn all about the marine animals and habitats found in the UK.

Mayflower Museum

In 2020, Plymouth will be part of the global celebrations of ‘Mayflower 400’, marking 400 years since the Pilgrims departed for America.

This half-term, why not learn more about the history of this momentous event. A visit to the Mayflower Museum, located in the Tourist Information Centre on the Barbican, is a great way to spend an hour. With panoramic views of the waterfront and child-friendly exhibits and activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Meet Paw Patrol pups at Drake Circus

Two VIPs (Very Important Pups!) are heading to Drake Circus on Tuesday 13 February.

Chase and Marshall from the popular children’s TV show will be there to meet children and have photos taken between 11am – 3pm.

Dartmoor Zoological Park

Take the family for a wild day out at Dartmoor Zoo, home to tigers, lions, bears, wolves, meerkats, monkeys and more!

This February half term is Slime Week at the zoo – perfect for the messy little monsters in your life! Children can make their own slime and follow an interactive slime trail.

Top Tip! Dartmoor Zoological Park and the National Marine Aquarium’s ‘Wet n Wild’ Offer entitles you to 50% discount off your entry to the other attraction. Simply take your receipt from one and present it within 15 days of your visit to the other attraction. (T&Cs apply).

A trip to the Theatre

Inspire a love of theatre by taking the kids to see a show. During half-term, the Theatre Royal presents ‘Me and My Bee’, a comedy about saving the bees which will be enjoyed by children and adults alike (suitable for children aged 5+).

Or head to the Barbican Theatre to see ‘The Snow Beast’, which promises to “inspire young audiences to engage with the beauty of the unknown and the magic of the everyday” through storytelling and live science experiments (suitable for children aged 7+).

Pennywell Farm

Not far from Plymouth, you’ll find plenty of fun on the farm! Pennywell is making all visitors VIPS for the week – buy one entry ticket and visit as much as you like during half term.

With hundreds of animals to meet, children’s entertainers and farm activities like egg collecting and goat milking to get involved in, you won’t have to worry about entertaining the children!

Tree Surfers

Slightly further afield in Gunnislake you’ll find Tree Surfers, which is guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping.

Head out for a half term adventure and take on a high ropes adventure (they even have a junior course for 4 – 12 year olds) or fly through the sky on the big zip line! And if you’d rather keep your feet on the ground, try an archery session instead.

The Hoe

With a luscious green-lawned space, stunning views of Plymouth Sound and the iconic Smeaton’s Tower - the striped red and white lighthouse - its a wonderful place to enjoy a family picnic, the children can play games with a ball or scooter, and families can simply relax and appreciate the surroundings. There's also lots of cafes nearby and places to buy an ice cream or lunch.

Whatever your plans for half-term, don’t forget to share your snaps with us on social media using #VisitPlymouth!

You can also find even more ideas for great days out here.



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