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Half Term Events around Harrogate District

Worrying how to keep the children happy this half term?

Worry no more — many of our attractions are running special events and there's something to keep everyone happy in and around Harrogate, Ripon & Nidderdale when school's out — whatever the weather!

Whilst some of these activities charge an entrance fee (see links for details) — there's plenty to keep the children amused in and around Harrogate over half term without breaking the bank!

Fun for everyone

It’s a beautiful time of year to wrap up warm, head outdoors and explore. Become a nature detective for the day, follow trails or try your hand a bush craft

As well as specific events for youngsters you can find a selection of events that will appeal to the whole family.

Just because school is out it doesn't mean the learning has to stop, you can always include a little knowledge in your half term activities, from the nature that hides under our noses to history based experiences about how some of our most iconic places came to be.

hands on activities and crafts

If you go down to the woods… you may be in for a big surprise but you probably won’t find a teddy bears picnic. You can however, build yourself a den, explore the trails and take part in team games. 

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  1. Brown hare by Gerard Hobson

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    Winter wildlife in print at Beningbrough

    Type

    Exhibition

    Boroughbridge

    Explore Beningbrough's eight acres of gardens and look out for the swallows, swifts and housemartins swooping among the trees and spot the mice, weasel and stoat hunting for food. Step into the potting shed and find who's sheltering from the cold and peek into a nest to see who's hibernating.

    Dates

    From:
    26 Oct 2019 To 1 Mar 2020
  2. Turner: Northern Exposure at the Mercer Art Gallery

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    Turner: Northern Exposure at the Mercer Art Gallery

    Type

    Show / Display

    Harrogate

    In 1797 JMW Turner embarked on an eight week tour of the North of England that would transform him from an architectural draftsman to a poet of the landscape.  At the time, he was just 22 years old.

    Northern Exposure is an exhibition of some of Turner’s output during this time and includes…

    Venue

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    18 Jan 2020 To 19 Apr 2020
  3. Winter Show

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    Winter Show

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    A fabulous exhibition of emerging and established artists from Yorkshire and further afield. Original contemporary paintings, ceramics, illustration and jewellery. Please see website for opening times and further details.

    Dates

    From:
    24 Jan 2020 To 5 Apr 2020
  4. Dark Skies Festival Activity Evenings at How Stean Gorge

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    Dark Skies Festival Activity Evenings at How Stean Gorge

    Type

    Family Event

    Pateley Bridge

    Dark Skies Festival – Canoeing (or bad weather alternative) & Star Gazing with How Stean

    Canoeing – Glide along Scar House Reservoir surrounded by the moon and stars during the Yorkshire Dales & Nidderdale AONB Dark Skies Festival.

    Ever thought of having a go at stargazing in Yorkshire? Did you…

    Dates

    From:
    31 Jan 2020 To 14 Mar 2020
  5. Prisoners on Prisoners

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    Prisoners on Prisoners

    Type

    Exhibition

    Ripon

    An art installation by Faye Claridge sharing the experiences of current and historic female prisoners through audio, textile and photography. The exhibition will be in Cell 13 of the Prison & Police Museum.

    Faye connects historic prison archives with inmates at HM Askham Grange, to explore…

    Dates

    From:
    8 Feb 2020 To 6 Sep 2020
  6. Stump Cross Caverns

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    Stump Cross Caverns

    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    February Half Term Events @ stump Cross Caverns.
    Torchlit tours, treasure hunts in the caves, cinema every day at 4pm. Plus much much more!

    Dates

    From:
    15 Feb 2020 To 24 Feb 2020
  7. Harrogate Indoor Funfair

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    Harrogate Indoor Funfair

    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    Looking for a family day out this half term? Finding things to do with the kids over half term can be weather dependent. Harrogate's Indoor Fun Fair provides the perfect day out whatever the weather. Come along and enjoy a range of rides all under one roof – from your classic cup-and-saucer to…

    Dates

    From:
    15 Feb 2020 To 23 Feb 2020
    From:
    21 Feb 2020 To 21 Feb 2020
  8. February half-term at Fountains Abbey

    February half-term at Fountains Abbey

    Type

    Family Event

    There's lots to keep little ones entertained at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Bring them along to get stuck into craft in Swanley Grange - make a friendship band for someone special and make a winter scene. Book onto stargazing and pick up a welly wander family trail. 

    Explore the large…

    Dates

    From:
    15 Feb 2020 To 23 Feb 2020
  9. February Half Term - Whatever the Weather

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    February Half Term - Whatever the Weather

    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    Youngsters can enjoy a range of fun all-weather activities including a chance to make weather wheels and wind socks during half term and discover more about the wild weather of the UK on a daily garden trail. Normal garden admission.

    Dates

    From:
    15 Feb 2020 To 23 Feb 2020
  10. Fab Family Fun during Feb Half Term at Lightwater Valley

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    Fab Family Fun during Feb Half Term at Lightwater Valley

    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    Lightwater Half Term activities

    Youngsters and their families can enjoy a fun-packed day out during February Half Term, whatever the weather at Lightwater Valley (Saturday 15th – Saturday 22nd February) Aimed at the under 8's, Fab Feb Family Fun features a whole host of fantastic indoor and…

    Dates

    From:
    15 Feb 2020 To 22 Feb 2020
  11. Flights of Fancy modern mosaic exhibition

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    Flights of Fancy modern mosaic exhibition

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    A selling exhibition of modern mosaics from members of the British Association for Modern Mosaic, with a theme of Flights of Fancy.

    Dates

    From:
    15 Feb 2020 To 1 Mar 2020
  12. Beningbrough Hall February Half Term - The Magic of Trees

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    Beningbrough Hall February Half Term - The Magic of Trees

    Type

    Gardens

    Boroughbridge

    Experience the magic of trees this half term and follow the trail as a tree detective. There’s also the last chance to experience Gerard Hobson’s Winter Wildlife in Print exhibition. Weather dependant, the snowdrops could be out at their best creating a carpet of white along the ha-ha walk. On…

    Dates

    From:
    18 Feb 2020 To 23 Feb 2020
  13. Spring Quilt Festival Harrogate

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    Spring Quilt Festival Harrogate

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    Spring Quilt Festival Harrogate 2020 will return to the Yorkshire Event Centre in February. This popular patchwork, quilting, craft and needlework show featuring displays from well known quilters and textile artists.

    You can shop for all your new supplies and even attend one of the daily workshops…

    Dates

    From:
    21 Feb 2020 To 22 Feb 2020
    From:
    23 Feb 2020 To 23 Feb 2020
  14. Snow Drop Days Feb 2020

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    Snow Drop Days Feb 2020

    Type

    Gardens

    Knaresborough

    We will be opening the gardens once again for snowdrops on three days in February. On Snowdrop days, visitors can enjoy access to the grounds of this private former Royal residence, also taking in delicate hellebores and carpets of winter aconites.

    They can enjoy a stroll down the quarter-mile…

    Dates

    From:
    22 Feb 2020 To 22 Feb 2020
  15. Wedding Fayre

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    Wedding Fayre

    Type

    Gardens

    Knaresborough

    Sunday 23rd February 2020
    12:30pm - 3:00pm
    All are welcome to come and view our elegant state rooms and luxurious accommodation. It's a great chance for you to see the rooms set up for a wedding and how the hall could look on your wedding day.

    Fizz and canapes will be served throughout the…

    Dates

    From:
    23 Feb 2020 To 23 Feb 2020
  16. Nature explorers at Brimham Rocks - bird box making

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    Nature explorers at Brimham Rocks - bird box making

    Type

    Outdoor

    Pateley Bridge

    Bring your nature explorers to Brimham for this bird box making workshop. With 70 bird boxes at Brimham Rocks there are plenty of birds to spot. Discover how the rangers and volunteers look after these bird boxes and make your own to take home.

    Come and see Brimham differently through…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    23 Feb 2020 To 23 Feb 2020
    From:
    23 Feb 2020 To 23 Feb 2020

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