Half-term fun and events
Half-term fun for all the family at STEAM, Swindon
Staff at STEAM have devised brand new activity sessions and an Artist's Trail for children this February half-term including some brand new drop-in activity sessions on Thursday, 15 February called Are We Nearly There? where children can create their own holiday poster. Families can join in with the sessions any time between 10am and 12noon or 1pm and 3pm. Entry is free with admission and free to STEAM Season Ticket holders.
There’s also the chance to get a real taste of what it was like to be an engine driver and a signalman thanks to STEAM’s train simulator and GWR Signal Box.
Meet the Railway Workers event gives steam fans of all ages a chance to meet STEAM volunteers and climb aboard the iconic Swindon-built GWR locomotives No. 6000 King George V, No. 3717 City of Truro and No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle.
STEAM is open Monday to Saturday from 10am until 5pm, with last admission at 4pm. On Sundays the museum is open from 11am until 4pm with last admission at 3pm. Visit www.steam-museum.org.uk or follow STEAM on Facebook (@SteamMuseum) and Twitter (@Steam_Museum). Call 1793 466646.
Around North Wiltshire
Love is in the air at the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust’s floating Visitor Centre, Caen Hill Locks in Devizes. Running from 11am-3pm daily from 10 – 18 February, this family event features everything from making bird feeders and seed hearts to plant at home, to exploring the famous locks and discovering their wildlife with a series of fun trail sheets.
Youngsters can test their skills on a brand new soldier-led assault course at the REME Museum at Lyneham from 13–16 February. The assault course is suitable for children aged 5 to 12. Families will also be able to build an airborne truck with its own parachute, design a REME recovery vehicle, or make trucks to run on an indoor drag-strip in the education area. No pre-booking required and all activities are included in the standard Museum admission fee.
Where better to celebrate the launch of Aardman’s latest film Early Man than at one of the world’s most famous prehistoric sites? Running from 10–18 February, ‘Early Man Quest at Stonehenge’ is a fun new interactive trail. Explore Stonehenge in search of Dug, Hognob and the rest of the Early Man tribe. Follow the clues and complete the quest to uncover centuries of history in one day. There is even an Early Man Mini Model Making Kit for successful adventurers.
There’s a February Half Term Music Workshop with Kaya Drums taking place at Salisbury Museum (10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm), adults £7.50, children £3.60, family ticket £18.50. Sing and drum along to traditional Native American songs from 3,000 years ago, play Australian Aboriginal Clap Sticks, learn African Drumming and play with modern instruments. Stories, dance, games and theatre will be woven throughout each session and everyone is welcome to stay all day or dip in and out.
Trowbridge Museum is running two family focussed workshops including Crazy Characters on 15 February inspired by the Oliver Twins: Dizzy Series of Computer Games exhibition (6 years +) and Picture Consequences on 16 February, where visitors can help create a gallery of grotesques using just a pencil and their wild imagination (8 years +). Tickets available from 10am daily.
Meet the volunteers of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust at Chippenham Museum & Heritage Centre to take part in the Canal Days Half Term Workshops on 13 and 15 February. Visitors can have a go at lots of free, fun activities celebrating Chippenham’s local canal. (5-11 year olds). Families can drop in from 10.30am–12pm and 1pm–2.30pm.
Join the Young Chefs Academy at the Vaughan’s Cookery School on 15 February, to learn how to make a ‘beautiful breadany’, a ‘souper soup’, a ‘delicious dinner’ and a ‘perfect pudding’, 10am–3pm, £75.
On the Wiltshire borders, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens near Romsey will have daffodils emerging so visitors can explore a ‘Spring Trail’ from 10 February–29 March. The self-guided family trail is a great way to enjoy the gardens and spot nature’s many signs that spring is definitely in the air.
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