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National Trust News: National Trust's Best February Half-Term Events

Phil Harper invites you to enjoy getting out of the house after the long winter and discover family adventures throughout the first school holiday of 2012.

Here are our top family events taking place during the February half term:

Brockhampton Estate, Herefordshire

Family Outdoor Trail, 11-19 February 11am-4pm

Dust off the winter cobwebs and make the most of the great outdoors at Brockhampton. Enjoy the early signs of spring with an outdoor trail, and keep an eye out for the rich variety of wildlife on the estate, along with historic farming breeds such as Hereford cattle and Ryeland sheep.

Normal admission charges apply, plus £2 per trail including prize.

Booking not needed.

For more information, please call 01885 482077.

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Brownsea Island, Dorset

It's a Bug's Life, 18-19 February 10am-4pm

Get creative with the creatures on Brownsea Island! Find us in the Visitor Centre during February half term and make the most of our free bug trails and make and take craft activities.

Normal admission charges apply.

Booking not needed.

For more information, please call 01202 707744.

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Cragside, Northumberland

Water Wizards, 11-12 and 14-19 February 11.30am-3pm

Get hands on and investigate the wonder of water for yourself, experimenting just as Lord Armstrong once did. Take a walk around Tumbleton Lake and join our volunteers at each water station for interactive fun.

No admission charges apply*, there may be a small charge for some activities.

Booking not needed.

For more information, please call 01669 620333.

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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden,North Yorkshire

School Holiday Heraldry Fun, 11-19 February 11am-3pm

Follow the clues on our trail and join in with drop-in craft activities in Swanley Grange. There are loads of things to see and explore at this World Heritage Site; play hide and seek in the Abbey Ruins, spot the different breeds in the medieval deer park or search for the grotto in the Georgian water garden.

Normal admission charges apply.

Booking not needed.

For more information, please call 01765 608888.

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Hanbury Hall and Gardens, Worcestershire

Family Activity Days, 14 & 16 February 11am-4.30pm

Enjoy a trail around the garden and art and craft activities. Explore the grounds and surrounding countryside, or simply run wild in the children’s play area.

Trail only also available 13 & 15 February. Normal admission charges apply, plus a small additional charge for activities.

Booking not needed.

For more information, please call 01527 821214.

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Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire

Children's Half Term Nature Trail, 11-19 February 11am-4pm

Explore the parkland and spot plants and wildlife on our self guided trail. Pick up a tracker pack and see what else you can find in the extensive house and parkland.

Normal admission charges apply.

Booking not needed.

For more information, please call 01332 842191.

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Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire

Traditional Games & Snowdrop Trails, 13-15 February 11am-4pm

Join in traditional family games including draughts, Nine Men’s Morris, dominoes, snakes and ladders and ludo in the magnificent 16th century great hall at Rufford. If weather is fine Giant Chess, skittles and skipping will be on offer. Snowdrop walks at 1pm each day.

Normal admission charges apply.

Booking not needed.

For more information, please call 01704 821254

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Scotney Castle, Kent

Bugs in the Rugs! 15-19 February 11am-3pm

Become a bug hunter in the Scotney mansion for half term. Old country houses are full of weird and wonderful bugs and beasties. Join in the fun and see if you can hunt down some of our creepy critters!

Normal admission charges apply.

Booking not needed.

For more information, please call 01892 893 860.

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Springhill, Co. Londonderry

Bird Box Day, 19 February 1-5pm

Help us rejuvenate Springhill’s bird boxes and discover which ones have been used. Build your own bird box to take home. Families welcome.

Normal admission charges apply.

Booking not needed.

For more information, please call 028 8674 8210.

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Stowe, Buckinghamshire

February Half Term at Stowe, 13-17 February 10am-4pm

Youngsters can enjoy teddy bear fun at Stowe this half term. Activities include teddy hide and seek (indoors and out), colouring sheets and create your own teddy bears' picnic.

Normal admission charges apply.

Booking not needed.

For more information, please call 01280 822850.

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Studland Beach and Nature Reserve, Dorset

Pirate Week, 13-17 February 10.30am-3.30pm

Join us at Studland for Pirate Week. Over the week there’ll be lots on; including a trail, sand sculpture fun, talk like a pirate lessons, den building, design your own pirate flag, make your own edible 'pieces of eight' and Studland stories.

Normal admission charges apply, plus small charge for some activities.

Booking not needed.

For more information, please call 01929 450259.

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Wallington, Northumberland

Wake Up at Wallington, 13-17 February 11am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3pm

Join us to celebrate the start of spring with wildlife themed art and craft activities throughout the week, from bird box making and crafty creatures to leaf mask making and wild art.

No admission charges apply*.

Booking not needed.

For more information, please call 01670 773600.

*Cragside and Wallington, both in Northumberland, are waiving admission fees for the house and estate over this February half term.

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