Fun for all the family in February half term

Children making a fire with a National Trust ranger. Picture: National Trust Images.

Children making a fire with a National Trust ranger. Picture: National Trust Images.

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THERE will be plenty of opportunities for families to have fun together during the February half-term, as museums, parks and estates open their doors for a range of fun activities.

Fishbourne Roman Palace will be hosting a series of events from Monday to Friday.

It's all about getting hands-on at Fishbourne Roman Palace this half-term

It's all about getting hands-on at Fishbourne Roman Palace this half-term

From the Roman kitchen to Roman school life, bread making, clay and costumes, visitors will be able to taste Roman food, make an oil lamp, or have a go at weaving.

Creative challenges and countryside skills will be on offer at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in Singleton from Monday to Friday.

Hands-on fun for children of all ages includes outdoor trails, arts and crafts, located around the museum’s 40-acre downland site. Most activities are under cover and will run from 11am to 3pm.

And on February 19 and 20, the museum will be hosting an Understanding Agincourt activity weekend, including archery and short talks.

Have a go at a task in one of the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum's historic houses

Have a go at a task in one of the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum's historic houses

The Arundel Wetland Centre will be encouraging visitors to take part in the WWT’s Big Splash. Children compete to see who can produce the biggest splash from their puddle jump.

Several National Trust locations will also be opening, including Petworth House and Park, Uppark House and Garden, Woolbeding Countryside, and Slindon Estate.

At Slindon Estate on Wednesday, you can join the team for a day of tree-filled family fun.

Plant trees at the National Trust’s woodland restoration project, take a walk on the wild side, enjoy fun craft sessions, or try exciting challenges and quiz packed trails indoors and out. Try mud pie making, kite flying, den building and tree climbing.

Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events to find out more.

Join the team at Littlehampton Museum to create jewelled Anglo-Saxon brooches, inspired by the recent travels of the museum’s Anglo-Saxon Bowl Mount to the Celts: Art and Identity exhibition at the British Museum.

There will be four arts and crafts based sessions at the Littlehampton Museum and all are free.

The workshops, designed for children aged five to 13, are packed with crafts and activities, exploring the links between Celtic and Anglo-Saxon art.

The workshops will take place on Tuesday 2pm to 3pm; Wednesday 10am to 11am; Thursday, February 18, 3pm to 4pm; and Friday, February 19, from 11am to midday.

Dr James Walsh, chairman of the community resources committee, said: “It’s always great to see children enjyoing themselves in their local museum.

“I know that this will be a very popular event.”

Littlehampton Museum is located at Manor House, Church Street, open 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 4.30pm Saturday.

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