Things to do in Sevenoaks in February half term

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!

Bat & Ball Station, Sevenoaks is near completion

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.

Over the next couple of weeks there are two events there. The first is Saturday 16th February, an open day with activities for all the family and the Cafe will be open.

The second is Thursday 21st February, making a dress for Queen Victoria from train tickets and lottery tickets. 

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. 

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A mallard posing nicely next to some snow drops

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.

For the February holiday they have payable activities. Alpaca Treks through the Lost Gardens, to book click here, and a Forest School that is aimed at primary aged children, to book click here.

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). 

Emmetts Garden, Ide Hill, Sevenoaks

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. 

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Big L outside the tent at Emmetts

Ightham Mote, Sevenoaks

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

Chartwell, Westerham

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.

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Big & Little L enjoying a walk at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve – Kent Wildlife Trust

Coolings Green and Pleasant, Knockholt

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. 

Bewl Water, Lamberhurst 

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.

Bluewater, Dartford

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.

If that doesn’t float the kids boat Bluewater now offers a soft play with a difference in the form of Dinotropolis. We reviewed it recently, read what we thought here

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One of the animatronic dinosaurs at Dinotropolis

Godstone Farm, Godstone

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.

Sevenoaks Playgrounds

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.

The playground at Buckhurst – behind the leisure centre

If you have any events that you would like me to add to this or include in future round ups please email me erica@theincidentalparent.com

If you’re looking for something a little further afield try Suburban Mum’s What’s on for kids over half term in Surrey

 

 

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