It might still be chilly outside, but there’s plenty to enjoy in Plymouth during the February half term – from family friendly trails and workshops to top family attractions. We’ve pulled together plenty of suggestions so read on to find out what’s on.


Workshops and trails 


Polar Bear Explorer

Along the waterfront

Until 1 March

George the polar bear cub has left 20 of his adorable friends across Plymouth’s waterfront for you to find in this free trail.

Download the trail map, which has a comic strip with an important story about climate change but it’s missing some words. Find the bears to match the missing word in the story – the more you find, the more chances you have to win amazing prizes!

Find five bears for the chance to win an eco-friendly kids starter kit, 10 bears to win a VIP behind-the-scenes tour of the National Marine Aquarium and all 20 bears to win the top prize – a BMX bike complete with accessories!

The bears are hiding in shops, restaurants and businesses all across the waterfront and some of them are even running bear-themed special offers for anyone following the trail.


Children’s beaded jewellery workshop

Ocean Studios

Tuesday 18 February

Create your very own beaded necklace and bracelet to take home and wear with these sessions at the Makers’ Table in Ocean Studios at Royal William Yard. There are two workshops during the day at 12pm to 2pm and 2pm to 4pm. Booking is essential, though adults are welcome to join too! And all materials are provided for just £10 + booking fee.


Creation Station craft workshop

Bill's, Drake Circus

21 February 

Drop in any time between 11am and 3pm for some free arty fun! The workshop is Mayflower themed, so children can create Mayflower 'noodle doodle' sheets and boat collages. 


Wildlife workshops and trail 

Central Library

17 to 21 February

Follow a fun, free, nature trail treasure hunt around Central Library to find out all about which creatures live in different habitats. 

Central Library are also running two free workshops all about how to care for wildlife, with stories, talks and craft activities. On Wednesday 19 February learn all about insects and bees, or learn how to look after birds in your garden on Saturday 22 February - both workshops start at 2pm.


Brunel Family Trail

Bridging the Tamar Visitor Centre

15 to 23 February

Head to the Bridging the Tamar Visitor Centre to find Brunel! You’ll discover some interesting facts about this historical figure, who designed the iconic Royal Albert Bridge and can explore the fascinating free exhibition.


Places to visit


Pennywell Farm

Enjoy more than one day of fun with Pennywell's February Half Term offer! Buy a standard ticket and enjoy nine days for the price of one - you can visit as many times as you like befopre 23 February. There's loads to do at the farm to keep the whole family entertained. Bottle feed baby animals, race ferrets, meet hedgehogs, cuddle a miniature piglet and enjoy a tractor ride too! 


National Marine Aquarium

The perfect destination for fun whatever the weather, there are more than 4,000 animals to meet at the aquarium! Wander through an underwater world and come face to face with sharks, jellyfish and Friday the green turtle. Kids can also let off steam in the Loola Land Soft Play area, suitable for toddlers and children up to ten years old. 



Grab your wellies for an adventure around the park - this historic house has acres of land to explore and is perfect for scooter and bike riding, or just a long walk in the fresh air. Pick up a family trail that takes you around the beautiful gardens. 


Buckland Abbey

There's lots to discover at Buckland Abbey. Grab the family and go for a walk around the estate, or head to the play area for a ride on the zip wire. During half term you can enjoy the family Hearts and Flowers trail, which will encourage you to spot items around the house and gardens. For younger family members, there's a special toddler trail in the abbey. 


Dartmoor Zoological Park

Take a walk on the wild side at Dartmoor Zoo! Home to the largest variety of big cats in the region, you can see tigers, lions, cheetah, jaguar and lynx - as well as wolves, meerkats, monkeys and more. On Friday 21 February, the zoo will be welcoming two very special visitors - 'ice sisters' Elsa and Anna will be there for a meet and greet, photo opportunity, craft workshops and of course, a big singalong! 


In partnership with GWR, Destination Plymouth’s lead travel partner



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