Half term is fast approaching, and there are lots of activities to get kids back in touch with nature at the National Trust. It’s the perfect opportunity for the whole family to create special memories at places springing to life after the winter months.

Get hands on in the garden, go stargazing or to keep crafty hands happy enjoy bird box building, wild art and lots more.

Along the way you’ll be able to tick off a few of the ‘50 things to do before you're 11 ¾’ challenges including hunting for bugs. Here are some of the top activities for a wild day out this half term:

Seaton Delaval Hall

Make & Do, every Sunday, 11am-4pm

Enjoy free craft activities with the National Trust, learning how to make all sorts of things. Come along during February to make Chinese drums, paper heart decorations, Georgian masks and more! For more information call 0191 237 9100 or log onto www.nationaltrust.org.uk/seaton-delaval-hall


Snowdrop planting week, 13 – 21 February, 10am-3pm

Join the gardeners to help plant 100,000 snowdrop bulbs during February half term. Wallington are extending their new winter trail through the East Woods which already includes 200,000 snowdrops and crocuses that are set to bloom this February. The National Trust gardening team will be there to show you the ropes and help you get hands-on with nature. For more information please call 01670 774389 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington

Hadrian’s Wall

Star gazing, 17 February, 6 – 9pm

Join the National Trust at Hadrian’s Wall for an evening of star gazing to admire the wonderful Dark Skies in Northumberland. There will be a talk on various aspects of astronomy as well as demonstrations. A star gazing session will take place if the weather permits. Tickets cost £7.50 per person. To book please call 0844 249 1895 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hadrianswall


Make a secret coded paper bouquet, 18 February, 11am-3pm

Call into the Young Engineer’s zone and experiment with the Victorian language of flowers. Make a paper bouquet to send a secret message – then see if anyone can decipher what you are trying to say! For more information please call 01669 620333 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

Get crafty, 15 – 19 February, 11am – 4pm

Drop into the National Trust’s iconic lighthouse to take part in lots of crafty activities that will keep the kids busy during the holidays. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday you can make a bird box to encourage birds to nest in your garden, and on Tuesday or Thursday you can build your very own miniature working lighthouse. With activities indoors and out, it’s a great option whether it rains or the sun shines. There’s a £3 charge for each craft. For more information please call 0191 5290909 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/souterlighthouseandtheleas


Half-term Hog Roast, 12 February, 4 – 9pm.

Start the half-term holidays in style and head to Gibside Pub for a family night of food and music. From 6pm there’ll be sizzling hog roast or fresh stone-baked pizza on offer, for the adults there’s real ale and plenty available for the kids too. For more information call 01207 541820 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside

Bird box making, 16 – 17 February, 10.30am – 3pm

Join the National Trust rangers with your family and work together to make a bird box for your garden at home. The rangers at Gibside will be on hand to give you help and advice. There’s a charge of £5 per bird box and booking is essential. To book, call 01207 541820 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside