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Watercress Line Hampshire
Flixton Aviation Museum
Secret Cold War Room
North Norfolk Railway
Corfe Castle Dorset
Dinosaur Museum Dorchester
Brougham Castle Cumbria
Some places to visit in England that will keep the family occupied for days out
if you're looking for things to do in the holidays, ideas for half term and february half term ideas.
Long Shop Traction Engine Museum Suffolk
Spaceguard Centre Powys Wales answers the perennial question: "what to do in february half term?".
Exbury Gardens New Forest Hampshire for half term activities in Hampshire.
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and things to see. And hotels in arundel, Chichester, Amberley and Ludlow are good places to stay when
visiting these attractions.
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The Watercress Line runs from Alton to Alresford. Alton is a mainline Network Rail station, so start at
Alresford if you want a holiday rather a commuter atmosphere in half term Hampshire.
It is a very popular railway, being close to centres of population. You can dine on board - £80-£110 for 2 people.
Some may think the railway lacks the charm of other heritage railways. But OK if you're wanting stuff to do in half term
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Fascinating account of the development of radar and bags of kit to look at. The original Cold War Operations Room,
where a Soviet nulcear strike and the West's response would have been tracked, is both chilling and impressive.
The 1940 Battle of Britain Filter Room and 1942 Night Blitz Operations Room provide authentic glimpses
into life at RAF Coltishall in the Second World War. Plus lots more so this will be one of those good half term activities.
The Thursford Collection is interesting.
Everyone will love the steam powered fairground rides and organs, great fun.
Enthusiasts will relish the collection of traction engines -
Aveling & Porter, Garrett, Ruston Proctor, Foden, Clayton are all there.
Yet for some the main attraction is the mighty Wurlitzer and the brilliant organist Robert Wolfe.
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There's not an awful lot to see, but you can climb up inside the walls which is fun.
The castle dates from the 13th century and is the sort of flash thing a 13th century footballer
would have built rather than part of any ruler's suppression of the natives.
If you find yourself near Penrith Brougham Castle is a soothing diversion for an hour or so and one of
those nice places to go in school holidays and places to visit with children during february half term.
The Railway runs the scenic five miles from Holt to Sheringham. Plenty of parking at Holt station. The Sheringham
station is in the town near to the cafes and seaside attractions.
It's a standard gauge railway, mostly steam with occasional diesels. Travel outside school holidays if you want
a quiet ride rather than family days out half term. Half term places to go are an excellent way of keeping kids entertained.
The gardens are pleasant though not extensive and there are three narrow gauge railways to ride on - two tour through the
garden centre's back lot. And for steam enthusiasts there's a collection of standard gauge locomotives.
The Dad's army exhibition is professionally done - exterior Dad's Army scenes were filmed in nearby Thetford.
Lots of aircraft to get up close to. Also museum displays of Bomber Command, navigation and
airsea rescue amongst others. And a NAAFI in the corner of a hanger for a cup of tea.
There are also lots of bits recovered from crashes - propellers, undercarriage parts and engines
- including a rather bent Merlin. Enthusiasts will love it and it will be one of those
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If you like walking and you like trees you'll love the Westonbirt Arboretum. Even when there are thousands of cars
in the car park and long queues in the cafe you can still find a quiet glade if you wander away from the most
It's two or three hours strolling to see everything. There are plenty of places to sit and have a picnic as well
as various food outlets on site. The arboretum is particularly famous for the gorgeous autumnal colours you'll see in mid October.
The Japanese Maples are a must see.
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The Dinosaur Museum is designed for kids of 10 and under, but older children and adults will learn something
from the displays. The video takes you through the evolution of the dinosaurs over the millions of years when they reigned
supreme until their eventual demise. Good places to visit half term can be found on this site.
The displays have the air of a school project about them and the museaum is quite small. The larger exhibits are
models of dinosaurs rather than the real skeletons you'll see in the Natural History Museum.
Garrett's 1852 traction engine factory is now a museum. There are some fine models in the Boardroom,
traction engines on the shop floor and other exhibits to browse around.
Steam aficionados will appreciate the display in the gallery that tells the story of steam from earliest times
through Newcomen, inventor of the piston-and-cylinder steam engine; Watt, and his tightly patented improvements;
to modern day steam turbines. A fun, great One of those interesting family days out in half term.
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Panning for gold is compulsive - the next pan could be the one that strikes it rich.
Take the long or the short underground tour, see what hard work gold mining was.
This is the only known Roman gold mine in Britain. The Visitor Centre tells the story of the mine and all
about Welsh gold. The shiny stuff in your pan? Probably Fool's Gold, but you might get a few flakes of the real thing.
And it's one of those great fun places to go in half term, one of those good places to go in the half term.
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