JUST five weeks after the schools went back after the Christmas break, there is another holiday. 

However, if you're struggling to find something to do to entertain your children during half-term, you need not worry. 

Visit Herefordshire has listed 10 activities and events taking place in the county next week, meaning you don't have to travel far. 


Hideous Histories of Herefordshire – a daily dose of darkness

Perfect for roving families, these four family road trips can be downloaded and enjoyed as self-guided adventures. Aimed at six to 12-year-olds, plus plenty for younger or older kids to enjoy too, with themes tying in with Key Stage 2 and 3 topics including Prehistoric Britain, The Tudors, Plague, Medieval Times and the Civil War. 

Clay Modelling Experience at CUP Ceramics Community – February 12

At the heart of CUP Ceramics Community in Hereford is a drive for social, economic, and environmental sustainability. They provide space and facilities for Herefordshire communities to develop practical skills and gain therapeutic benefits through creating ceramics. During half term they are running special sessions where children will design, create and decorate their creations using techniques taught. 

Eastnor Pottery - February 13

Families can try out a whole range of skills, and there's the opportunity to paint creations with a palette of brightly coloured underglazes. It lasts one-and-a-half hours and is priced at £25 per person.

Gnome Trail at Croft Castle near Leominster

Thought to be small guardians of the natural world, garden gnomes like to spend their days caring for wildlife, lounging in the tall grass, and perhaps doing a spot of fishing. The National Trust’s Croft Castle is putting on a special Gnome Trail this half term as a great way to tire out kids and encourage them to get out and about in the fresh air as they grab a trail sheet from reception and see what Croft’s garden gnomes have been getting up to this half-term trying to find where eight of them are hiding. 

Farm Trails and Camp Fire Experiences at Drovers Rest Farm

Drovers Rest Organic Farm near Hay-on-Wye is open over half term for fun farm visits that are also educational. There is plenty of space for the wildlings to run wild and free, climb trees, build dens, feed the farm animals and build campfires in the woodland. Theyalso  have a wild play area and a DIY hands-on Farm Trail. 

Paintballing or Holiday Club Adventures at Oaker Wood near Leominster

Oaker Wood is perfect for children over seven years who want thrills in the forest. If the grown-ups fancy a hike and the kids aren’t keen, then why not book them on to a half-term holiday club day (February 13 or 16) where each day is different and children participate in up to four different activities? In groups of 10 to 12 they experience high ropes challenges including the 100m zip wire, gladiator climbing challenge and monkey climbing, together with the low ropes assault course, outdoor pizza making, target shooting and woodland games. 

Climb to new heights at Green Spider, Hereford

Green Spider is Hereford’s biggest indoor roped and bouldering centre. Join the Green Spider crew for one of their fun-packed climbing adventure half-term days. As well as climbing on a variety of walls, children will also take part in a wide range of fun climbing and non-climbing based activities.

There’s no such thing as the Gruffalo… or is there near Leominster!?

The Gruffalo Trail at Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum near Leominster features five, larger-than-life sculptures of characters from the ever-popular books created by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler: mouse, fox, snake, owl and the Gruffalo. An activity pack with added extras to complete along the trail is available from the Queenswood gift shop. 

The Small Breeds Park & Owl Centre, near Kington

Half term is the chance to see the animals and owls at this well laid out farm park and owl centre. There is plenty of youngsters to meet – perhaps a goat kid or two, a baby donkey and some owlets. Get in the pens with the friendly pygmy goats and feed them, watch the red squirrels scurry around and gaze at the 30 plus species of owl. 

The Viking Games in the Golden Valley

Home to an exhilarating range of Viking-inspired group activities, the Viking Games is the place to channel Nordic gamesmanship outdoors with the family. Take part in one or all of six traditional games - axe throwing, archery, paintballing, laser clays, bullrings, kubb, molkky or stige- adapted for 21st Century fun and guaranteed to bring out the Viking warrior in you.