February half term. School holidays in Sevenoaks in February – what is there to do?
I have compiled a list of things in and around Sevenoaks to keep the kids entertained. Some are free and others will cost a few pounds.
First of all, February is snowdrop season – spring is on the way! So you can go for a walk and take in the first of the season’s flowers for free!
I can’t tell you how excited I am for the station re-opening. I have fond memories of it as a child and I think it’s going to be great for the area.
Bradbourne Lakes, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks
It’s free and there are lots of snowdrops and a few crocus out at the moment. We take some porridge with us to feed the ducks.
Also free to enter is Reuthe’s
We visited last year and were really impressed, we haven’t been this year but there are now alpacas! Reuthe’s is free to enter and has a lovely cafe on site.
Staying in Sevenoaks, Knole is always a good day out
It can be free if you just walk into the grounds. For half term they are running a payable ceramic bird feeder workshop recommended for 5 to 11 year olds on 19th and 20th February between 10.30 to 12.00. To book a place click here
Other National Trust properties that have events over the half term this February (yes I will be making the most of the membership my mum got us for Christmas).
Has a Monkey Puzzle trail aimed at children aged 2 and above – this is £1 per child on top of the admission fee. No booking is required.
We love Emmetts as it has a lovely play area with tents, dressing up clothes – not to mention the tea rooms.
Follow a Hibernation Trail at no additional cost on top of the entrance fee. Take your wellies and paddle in the stream. Don’t forget your pocket money and warm up with a hot chocolate
Don’t be fooled, Chartwell is massive! Make sure you wear comfortable shoes! For half term they are running a family trail “Who was Winston Churchill”. As well as this there are play areas dotted around the grounds. These are great fun, especially the caravan.
Kent Wildlife Trust
Is running several payable activities across their sites in Sevenoaks. You can chose from Bird Box Building, Wildlife Treasure Hunt, Bug Box Creations, Explore Pond Dipping, Bug Adventures, Wiggly Wild Show and Indigenous Owl Evening.
To book any of these go to Kent Wildlife Trust.
Is you don’t fancy signing up to an activity then just put your wellies on and go for a walk there. Entrance is free and it’s a lovely day out.
The nature trail is always a winner with the various animals as well as the daily flying displays by Willows.
From Monday 18th February to Friday 22nd February at 10 am they are running a sunflower craft at a charge of £3 per child. Aimed at 3 years and above
Polhill Garden Centre
Polhill, opposite the Toby Carvery, is a fab place to take the kids. There is the great playground which is AstroTurf so they don’t get muddy, right in front of the cafe so you can sit and watch the kids while you enjoy a coffee and cake.
There is also Maidenhead Aquatics on site with an array of fish and a tank with huge koi carp that you can buy food for. They really are enormous and have been a hit with our boys for many years.
A bit further out but worth the car journey is Bewl. Entry is £3 per car (this is going up to £4 from March) and then you pay as little or as much as you wish. The playgrounds are free. There is an indoor soft play for the colder months and for February half term they are running a treasure hunt – collect a map from the cafe. There is also laser tag – something to keep the whole family amused for a good few hours.
Hever Castle, Edenbridge
The grounds at Hever are always a pleasure to explore. For February half term they are running a Living with Nature week with various free activities and some with a nominal fee. Usual entrance fee applies.
If the weather is awful then Bluewater offers plenty to keep the kids occupied undercover. From 18th to 21st February between 10am & 6pm they are offering story time with a craft activity afterwards. Places are limited so book at the event box office outside M&S on the lower level.
A bit further out but worth the drive for the animals. At this time of year you might be lucky and see lambs and other baby animals.
For February half term they have a Mini Farmers Week – sure to keep little ones (and big ones) enthralled. If you book online before the day you can save a bit on the entrance fee too.
Lastly, there are plenty of free playgrounds in Sevenoaks, including Pontoise Close which was due for a refurb in January – it might be finished now.
There is also the Environmental Park behind the leisure centre, Otford, Hollybush and a little one on the Vine next to the lovely cafe.
If you have any events that you would like me to add to this or include in future round ups please email me firstname.lastname@example.org