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Half Term Fun

Looking for some Cornish half-term fun? You've come to the right place - here's our Muddy picks for the week.

Spring is just around the corner and the days are getting lighter – no need to get bored next week, even if Storm Dennis sticks around longer than expected. Here’s a whole host of things to get stuck into this half term with our pick of the activities across Cornwall.

ONE-OFF EVENTS

Wildlife Watch – bags of fun, Bude (19 Feb), Penzance (21 Feb)

Join Wildlife Watch and Your Shore Beach Rangers to help reduce plastic use by decorating/ designing an organic cotton bag ready for your own beach clean or shopping trip; followed by exploring the shore and rockpools. One bag per child; children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. £5 refundable deposit on booking.

Family scrub bash, Pentire Head nr Polzeath (19 Feb)

Lend the rangers a hand cutting back scrub including gorse and blackthorn and then burn it on the bonfire. As a thank you everyone gets a jacket spud cooked on the fire and marshmallows to toast. Booking essential, no dogs.

How do we learn workshop, Newlyn Exchange (19 Feb)

A fun and creative workshop for 7 – 13-year-olds led by artist Alice Mahoney and inspired by the themes of Hippo Campus, one of the current exhibitions. The workshop will look at ways of making connections with images and objects to create playful mindmaps, stories and drawings. Wear old clothes. £6, all materials provided, booking essential via eventbrite.

Charlestown Harbour Beach School (Feb 22  10-12pm / 1-3pm)

Not quite send your kid to beach school as you need to accompany them, but these two 2 hour workshops, for up to 15 children aged between 2-12 years (although older children are very welcome too) will see keen young coastal explorers get stuck into a variety of outdoor educational activities including beach art, den making, raft building, taking part in a treasure hunt and joining a beach clean. Contact info@charlestownharbour.com or call 01726 70241 to book.

Rockpool Ramble, Hannafore Beach, Looe (Sun 23 Feb 11am – 1pm)

Join Looe Marine Conservation Group for their first rock-pooling session of the year. Explore the fascinating rocky shore and learn about the interesting flora and fauna at this event for all of the family. Bring an adult if you’re under 18 and you must wear suitable footwear is worn. No booking is required, meet below the coastguard station on Hannafore beach to join in the fun.

ON FOR LONGER

Hands on with History, Pendennis Castle, Falmouth (17-21 Feb)

Discover what it was like to live, work and fight in a real-life castle. Learn to sword fight, play Monkopoly, the English Heritage version of giant Monopoly or listen to storytelling. there’s plenty of hands-on fun to keep the kids entertained. Once you’re schooled in the way of daily life in the castle, there’s the keep itself to explore.

ON ALL WEEK

Science of the Sea, Maritime Museum, Falmouth

In conjunction with Bristol Explorer Dome, explore Science of the Sea – a live, expert-led science show with entertaining demonstrations and audience interaction. Think magical fog, exploding water and curious chemistry – discover what happens when liquid nitrogen and dry ice meet solids, liquids and gases, and uncover the surprising facts around the humble water molecule.

The National Maritime Museum hold ‘Water, Fire & Ice’ science demonstrations with Bristol Explorer Dome. Pix by Sally Adams

Beach Cleans, various (14-21 Feb)

Get outside and do something for the environment at the same time – it’s win/win.

What started as Love Your Beach Day has now turned into Love Your Beach Week with beach cleans happening all across Cornwall, kicking off on Valentine’s Day and ending on Friday 21st February. Look on Facebook for events listed locally to you, including Newquay, Looe, Falmouth, Perranporth, Polzeath and many more. If you can’t join an organised event, head to your nearest beach, do your own mini beach clean and upload what you collect to social media – don’t forget to use #LoveYourBeach in your posts.

Toy Circus, Tate St Ives (15-23 Feb)

Let your creativity run wild – join the children’s curators in the Clore gallery to make your own toys from the bits and pieces you’ll find in our Naum Gabo inspired Studio workshop. Take them away or stay and play.

Brilliant Birds Half-term Trail, Lanhydrock (15 – 23 Feb) 

One of the things on the National Trust’s ’50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4′ list – explore the Lanhydrock winter garden and learn about our feathered friends.

Pirates Quest, Newquay (15-23 Feb)

Agh there, me hearties, be the first to experience the new storylines of Pirates Quest, Newquay. Drawing inspiration from the Mayflower voyage, currently commemorating its 400th anniversary year, the Pirates Quest is an immersive walk-through experience that combines talented theatrical actors, amazing special effects, and detailed 360⁰ sets in an authentic, atmospheric adventure.

Colour Uncovered, The Eden Project (15 – 23 Feb)

Get ready for a kaleidoscopic week of creative activities exploring how art meets science in the incredible world of colour with a multitude of activities, enough to keep even the tweenagers entertained. Check the link above for specific days when planning your visit – activities on offer include: craft workshops (mask making, marble painting and paper weaving), demonstrations and workshops with cartoonists and animators, including Aardman, clever ways to use colour including through the eyes of an insect, discover how fabric dyes are made, explore the brightest and boldest shades found in nature in a colour trail around the Biomes, take part in a giant collaborative art installation with a real artist, helping our nature mural and our growing vine come to life.

Pre-bookable relaxed sessions will be available for children with autism spectrum conditions, sensory and communications needs or learning disabilities who may benefit from a more informal experience. These will take place on Sunday February 16 from 9 am and can be booked via the Eden website, where information on relaxed sessions can be found.

Love Nature, The Lost Gardens of Heligan (15 – 23 Feb)

Kids big and small will love discovering Heligan’s native wildlife with sensory trails and watch the wildlife from the winter hide. Get a sneak peek of what (or who) comes out at night, thanks to a secret camera’s footage in the Wildlife Film Room. Don’t forget to build your wildlife haven to take home including bird treats and clay impressions of your findings. Free with garden entry or locals pass.

Ice Skating at Eden, The Eden Project, Bodelva (Until 23 Feb)

Last chance this winter for Eden’s glittering ice rink – the only indoor rink in Cornwall – which closes 23 Feb. Choose from family fun sessions, hire penguins and snowmen to assist with skating and warm up with a rink-side hot choc afterward.

ALREADY GONE

50 things Ranger Day, Lanhydrock, (16 Feb 10am – 3pm)

Make your own mud creation, cook on the campfire, find minibeasts in the Victorian swimming pool and much more around the estate. Free and no booking required for the day itself, timeslots for the pond dipping must be booked on the day at the Basecamp tent.

World Whale Day, Falmouth Maritime Museum (16 Feb)

Did you know it’s World Whale Day on 16 Feb? No us neither, but the Maritime Museum is hosting local illustrator Becky Thorns for the launch of her new book ‘The World of Whales’ in honour of that very day. Visitors will have the chance to join in creating a huge group collage and to get their copies of the booked signed by Becky.

Wildlife Watch – How to be wild, Tehidy Woods (18 Feb 10-12pm)

Join Wildlife Watch and Nik Elvy from Miss Elvy’s Curious School of the Wild for a woodland adventure. Learn survival skills and bushcraft as you explore. £5 refundable deposit on booking.

Truro Cathedral (17-19 Feb)

If you’re in Truro, why not pop into the cathedral – where there are fun trails available plus free craft activities including kindness rainbows (for ‘Random act of kindness day’ on 17th). Tuesday’s activity is making sailing boar models and Wednesday, decoupage photo frames.

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