February Half Term in Hampshire 2024

If you’re looking for things to do this February half term in Hampshire then you have come to the right place. You may be looking for a lovely family friendly day out or just somewhere to go for walks or you might prefer an organised event or school holiday activities, put on especially for February half term.

Read on to find out everything taking place in Hampshire this February half term as well as many special half term events.

When is February Half Term in Hampshire?

February half term 2024 in Hampshire is half way through the spring term. This year the school term dates fall so that half term is Monday 12th to Friday 16th February 2024. I think it’s the same week as neighbouring counties this year but it’s worth checking as Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire often have different half term holiday dates and your school may also tak on inset days either side too. You can find out all the Hampshire school holiday dates for the school year on the Hampshire County Council website

National Trust Trails

National Trust sites often have fantastic trails to keep children entertained. Here are the ones on this half term in Hampshire:

Mottisfont – Mottisfont Lane, Mottisfont, Romsey SO51 0LP

February half term at Mottisfont – 10th to 18th February 2024 – £2 per activity pack

Grab an activity pack to help you discover different aspects of Mottisfont: art, gardens or the natural world. Packs include activity and identification sheets and a pack of coloured pencils.

Read about our trip to Mottisfont here

The Vyne – Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL

Valentine Heart Trail – 10th to 18th February 2024

This February half-term, families can keep their eyes peeled for beautiful hearts hidden in The Vyne’s gardens and complete a fun Valentine quiz. Free trail sheet available at visitor reception.

Read about our trip to The Vyne here

Days Out with Half Term Activities in Hampshire

Winchester Science Centre – Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1HZ

Zero Degrees – 27th January to 19th February 2024. Weekends and school holidays

Melt away the winter chills with some explosive action at Zero Degrees! The temperature may be dropping but things are heating up at Zero Degrees. As well as all the usual Science Centre fun, there’ll be even more on offer to excite all ages.

Starlight Cinema – Labyrinth – 11th February 2024

Are you ready for a completely unique cinema experience? Grab a seat, sit back and relax as one of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, Back to the Future, plays out under the stars of the Planetarium.

Night Sky Live – 8th February 2023

Are you ready for a family astro adventure? Head outside with us and discover the stars and planets of the night sky, live! Have you ever looked up into the sky at night and wondered what you’re seeing? Well now you don’t have to! Begin your Night Sky Live adventure in the Planetarium. Learn the skills you’ll need to identify what’s above us before following the stargazing host outside into the South Downs National Park. It’s the perfect spot to observe the stars, constellations and planets.

Read about our visit to Winchester Science Centre here

Milestones Museum – Basingstoke Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG22 6PG

Play Days: Games at the Museum – 10 Feb 2024 – 18 Feb 2024

Visit Milestones for fun and games! Play giant board games, take in the fun of the fair and enjoy traditional pub games in a fun-filled week for the whole family!

Read about our trip to Milestones Museum here

Finkley Down Farm Park – North Way, Andover, Hampshire SP11 6NF

Spring Half Term – 10th to 18th February 2024

Say hello to Spring and visit Finkley to meet little lambs and many other adorable animals. All activities are included in the all-day entry to Finkley Down Farm. There’s so much to see and do including hands-on animal activities, Big Barn indoor soft-play areas, miniature Land Rovers, pedal go-carts, role-play at tractor town and outdoor adventures with crazy golf, jumping pillows and trampolines.

Read about our trip to Finkley Down Farm here

Army Flying Museum – Kentsboro, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 8FB

Half Term Fun – 12 Feb – 16 Feb 2024

Visit the Army Flying Museum for craft activities with a focus on camouflage every weekday between 10am and 12.30pm.

On Tuesday 13th February there’ll be Crazy Creatures at the Museum between 10am and 2pm and have a go on a VR headset between 10am and 3pm on Thursday 15th February and find out more about the Apache helicopter.

There’s also a free model making session with Models for Heroes on Thursday 15th February when all ages can make and paint scale plastic models between 10am and 3pm.

D Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery – Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 3NT

Airfix extravaganza – 13th February 2024

Make your own genuine Airfix model to take home. Try out a new hobby with help from friendly staff or enjoy some nostalgia and pass on a passion for model making to the next generation. Build your model and get a set of paints to make it look amazing at the museum or to complete it at home.

The big drop: Make your own parachute day – 15th February 2024

Did you know that parachutists were an important part of D-Day? ‘Drop’ in to this family friendly craft activity and make and design your own parachute from scratch. Learn about the Rupert ‘Paradummies’ used to deceive the enemy on D-Day, meet one of the surviving Ruperts on display at the museum, and take home your very own mini Rupert to test your parachute.

Half Term Activities in Hampshire

Wherever you are in Hampshire, there’s bound to be somewhere nearby with organised family activities or events to keep your children entertained over the holidays. Here are a few suggestions of things to do in February half term in Hampshire:

Red House Museum and Gardens – Quay Road, Christchurch, Hampshire BH23 1BU

Squidge and Pop Family Bubble Workshop – 15th February 2024 – £9 per child, £3 per adult

A magical world of bubbles awaits you in this interactive workshop for families. You’ll learn bubble tricks, play games and get the opportunity to stand inside a giant bubble! Experience the fun, immersive and calming influence of a multi-sensory bubble workshop.

The Arc – Jewry Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8SB

West End Centre – 48 Queens Road, Aldershot, Hampshire GU11 3JD

And more! See the full list of events at the West End Centre here

Ashcroft Arts Centre – Osborn Road, Fareham, Hampshire PO16 7DX

Treasure Trails

If you want to get outside but you don’t really know where, we love Treasure Trails. It’s an adventure that the whole family can get involved in for less than £10. Solve a mystery, save the day or be a spy! It’s great fun and we always really enjoy it. Here are some of the Hampshire Treasure Trails – you can see the full list here.

You can read about one of our Treasure Trail adventures here.

Going on an Adventure with Treasure Trails

Theatre Shows in Hampshire

Going to the theatre is a great activity that the whole family will enjoy and Hampshire has a lot of great theatres to really make the most of. Here are the family shows on during February half term:

Theatre Royal Winchester – Jewry Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8SB

Princes Hall – Princes Way, Aldershot, Hampshire GU11 1NX

The Anvil – Churchill Way East, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QR

  • Comedy Club 4 Kids – 15th February 2024
  • Sleeping Beauty – 16th February 2024
  • There’s a Monster in your Show – 17th and 18th February 2024
  • Swan Lake – 18th February 2024
  • Morgan & West’s Massive Magic Show for Kids – 25th February 2024

New Theatre Royal – 20-24 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2DD

The Point – Leigh Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 9DE

Indoor Activities in Hampshire

If the weather isn’t great over half term then you may want to do something indoors that still gets you out of the house. Here are some ideas:

Libraries in Hampshire

There are many libraries across Hampshire and the vast majority of them have activities and events on for children on a regular basis but especially during school holidays. You can find your local library here and book available sessions online too.

Leisure Centres in Hampshire

Leisure centres can be a fantastic place to spend time as a family and they’ve come far over recent times, now having so much more than just swimming pools. Many have climbing facilities, soft play centres and even trampoline parks within them! Here are all the ones in Hampshire to choose from:

Trampoline Parks in Hampshire

Trampolining is a fantastic activity that children love and it’s perfect for a wet weather day – which is often the case in February half term! Here are the trampoline parks in Hampshire – and many of the leisure centres above offer trampolining classes too. It’s great fun for all ages.

Soft Play and Indoor Play Centres in Hampshire

Soft play and other indoor play centres are fantastic for children and are great for bad weather days too. We have so many great indoor activity hubs in Hampshire from typical soft play centres to role play dressing up experiences.

Shopping Centres in Hampshire

Shopping centres are a great place to spend time. You can wander round the shops, grab some lunch and there are often organised activities and events in to make the most of as well.

  • Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth
  • Cascades Shopping Centre, Portsmouth
  • Westquay Shopping Centre, Southampton
  • Marlands Shopping Centre, Southampton
  • Brooks Shopping Centre, Winchester
  • Festival Place, Basingstoke
  • Whiteley Shopping Centre, Fareham
  • Port Solent, Portsmouth
  • Westgate Retail and Leisure Park, Aldershot
  • The Meads Shopping Centre, Farnborough
  • The Meridian Centre, Havant
  • Swan Centre, Eastleigh
  • Fareham Shopping Centre
  • Hart Shopping Centre, Fleet

Pottery Painting in Hampshire

Pottery painting is a fantastic activity for the whole family as well as being a calm and relaxed experience. Children of all ages will love it and it’s so nice to have something to take away with you afterwards – or pick up a few days later when it’s been fired! Here are our Hampshire pottery painting destinations.

Bowling in Hampshire

Bowling is another great activity for the whole family and perfect when the weather isn’t great. Here are the Hampshire bowling alleys to choose from.

Laser Tag in Hampshire

Laser Tag was such a new thing when I was a child but they’ve grown massively in popularity over recent years and now laser centres are everywhere. Here are both indoor and outdoor laser tag sites across Hampshire.

You can read more about laser tag in Hampshire here

Climbing Centres and Aerial Adventures in Hampshire

Climbing is another great family activity and we have so many centres across the county – plus those included in the leisure centres above. Here are some more indoor and outdoor centres to give you some climbing inspiration.

Cinemas in Hampshire

Most cinemas have reduced tickets at weekends and in school holidays, a great budget activity that the whole family can enjoy together

VueMini Mornings

At Vue’s Mini Mornings you can see the best kids and family films from only £2.49 each. Mini Mornings run every Saturday and Sunday morning from 10am plus every day in the school holidays.

OdeonOdeon Kids

With special Odeon Kids screenings of the most spellbinding fairy tales and animated films, grown-ups pay kids’ ticket prices, making it a great value day out for the whole family.

There are many other cinemas in Hampshire – Everyman, Empire and Harlequin to name a few, but they all seem to have the same ticket prices and offerings during school holidays.

Afternoon Tea in Hampshire

If you fancy going for afternoon tea as a half term treat there are plenty of places to choose from and these guides may help you find somewhere perfect!

Workshops and Holiday Clubs in Hampshire

If you need to work over the holidays and need childcare then holiday clubs are a really popular idea – and there are so many across Hampshire that you’re bound to find one perfect for your children that’s close to where you live or work.

Princes Hall Aldershot

Play In A Day – 13th February 2024 – Age 7-11

A must for all drama fans! Debi Rush will give you the opportunity to learn new theatrical skills, meet new friends, build confidence and work on a short play that will be performed to parents at the end of the day.

Dance In A Day – 14th February 2024 – Age 6-10

A must for all dance fans, and movers and shakers! Sian will give you the opportunity to learn new dance moves and skills, meet new friends, build confidence and work on a number of short choreographed pieces that will be performed to parents at the end of the day.

360 Degree Sports Coaching

Where: Various locations across Hampshire

When: Most school holidays, 8:30am – 5:30pm

Ages: Primary age children

360 Degree Sports Coaching offer activity camps which include baking and crafts, multi-sports camps which offer a real variety of sports and football camps, so they have something for everyone.

Active For All

Where: Whiteley Primary, Fareham – Kanes Hill Primary, Southampton – Stoneham Park Primary, Eastleigh – Hythe Primary, Southampton – Bitterne Park School, Southampton

When: Most school holidays, 8:30am to 5:30pm

Ages: Age 5-11

Active For All offer a huge variety of activities ranging from Sports Competitions to Arts and Crafts, Lego, social time, problem solving activities, and much more.

SuperCamps Multi Activity Camps

Where: St Swithun’s School, Winchester

When: Most school holidays

Ages: Age 4-12 years

Multi-Activity camps allow children to enjoy sports, arts & crafts, games and occasional highlight activities or excursions such as Bouncy Castle and Archery.

Koosa Kids

Where: Alderwood School, Aldershot – Court Manor Secondary School, Fleet – Hook Infant School – Liphook Junior School – Portway Infant School, Andover

When: Most school holidays  Check website for dates

Ages: 4 – 13 year olds

KOOSA Kids have been running Ofsted registered Holiday Clubs for over 17 years and their ethos is to offer high quality, affordable holiday club childcare for hard working parents whilst ensuring children have as much fun as possible.

Let’s Play Hockey

Where: Lord Wandsworth College, Hook

When: Most school holidays

Ages: 7-14 year olds

Let’s Play Hockey camps provide a fun, engaging hockey experience for children. The camps focus on basic skill and game awareness development through small-sided games, skills circuits and challenges. Every camp finishes with a team tournament on the final day where teams compete against each other to be the hockey champions!

CASA Clubs

Where: The Cambridge School, Aldershot – The Ferns Primary Academy, Farnborough – Woolton Hill Junior School

When: Most school holidays  Check website for dates

Ages: 4 to 12 year olds

The daily activity programme incorporates a balance of sports activities, creative fun and messy play with ‘chill out’ time, competitions, challenges and theme days. Activities include: Crossbow Challenge, Archery, Messy Play, Free Play, Water Play, Arts and Crafts, Sports, Cookery, team games, dress up Fridays, parachute games and more.

Fit For Sport

Where: Winchester Sport and Leisure Park – Hart Leisure Centre, Fleet

When: Most school holidays  Check website for dates

Ages: 4 to 12 year olds

Fit For Sport’s holiday camps have been running for over 30 years and are designed to engage all children through multi-sports, games, arts and crafts and more so that they can make friends and keep active throughout the holiday.

You can read our Fit For Sport review here.

Boundary Oak School Holiday Club

Where: Boundary Oak School, Fareham

When: Most school holidays

Ages: 4-11 years

From multi-sports to arts and craft sessions, from outdoor adventures to a plethora of competitive sporting action, join Foundation Play for lots of active fun at the Boundary Oak Holiday Club.

Youth Options Bushcraft Club

Where: Youth Options Outdoor Learning Centre, Eastleigh

When: Every Friday through the holidays, 9am – 3pm

Ages: 11-15 years

This holiday club will give young people aged 11-15 the opportunity to spend the day outside learning advanced Bushcraft skills.  Activities will include shelter building, campfire cooking, foraging, woodwork, habitat exploration and much more!

Youth Options Woodland Holiday Club

Where: Itchen Valley Country Park and the Youth Options Outdoor Learning Centre, Eastleigh

When: 8.30am – 4pm, Monday to Friday

Ages: 4-11 years

This Ofsted registered forest school themed holiday club will give children the opportunity to spend the day outside exploring and enjoying the natural world and learning new skills! 

YMCA Holiday Camp

Where: Fairthorne Manor, Southampton

When: Most school holidays

Ages: 5-16 years

What could be better than giving your child the gift of magical childhood memories? A summer filled with adventures, getting mucky and trying exciting and exhilarating new activities.

Fairthorne Manor summer Daycamps offers your child the chance to unplug and enjoy quality time in the great outdoors with friends, both old and new, to connect with positive role models and gives them a break from the pressures and stress of school and everyday life.

Embley Rangers

Where: Embley School, Romsey

When: Most school holidays

Ages: 4.5 to 11.5 years

Embley Rangers offers a wonderful range of opportunities where children can challenge themselves and try something different, develop new skills and make friends, with access to outstanding facilities and the direction and support of highly experienced Embley staff every step of the way.

Personal Best Education Holiday Camps

Where: The Mountbatten School, Romsey

When: Most school holidays

Ages: 6-12 year olds

For over a decade Personal Best has been providing children in Hampshire with a fun and educational experience giving parents the peace of mind that their children are in a safe and secure environment.

Gymfinity Kids Holiday Camps

Where: Gymfinity Kids Farnborough

When: Most school holidays, 8:30am to 5:30pm

Ages: 6-14 year olds

With the help of expert sports coaches in child-friendly gyms, the Gymfinity Kids active holiday camps have been designed to inspire energetic bodies to get moving. Children will spend time on the gym floor where they can practice the skills they have learnt in their weekly class or master some brand-new skills. As well as spending time doing arts and crafts and watching a movie after lunch to give time for their food to digest!

Read our Gymfinity Kids review here

Sports Xtra Holiday Camps

Where: Basingstoke

When: Most school holidays

Ages: 2-12 years

Sports Xtra holiday camps run throughout the day so that your child can learn new skills in a safe and fun environment whilst you’re in work or catching up with the many tasks a parent has! Children can choose to take part in a variety of sports and activities from football and Multi-sports to Dance, Spy and Adventure Camp. Furthermore, your child has the chance to take part in daily challenges and win the Sports-Xtra World Cup with their team!

Planet Education Holiday Camps

Where: Places Leisure, Eastleigh – Andover Leisure Centre – Gosport Leisure Centre – Havant Leisure Centre – Sholing Junior School, Southampton – Netley Abbey Infant School, Southampton – Chalk Ridge School, Basingstoke

When: Most school holidays

Ages: 5-14 years

Planet Education active courses enable children to enjoy a wide variety of energetic holiday activities and sports in a safe and supportive environment. These range from traditional favourites like football, tennis and cricket to new additions such as dodgeball, tag-rugby, ‘capture the flag’ inflatables, go-karts and Sports Leader Courses. 

SCL Active Holiday Camps

Where: Great Binfields Primary School, Basingstoke – Greenfields Primary School, Hartley Wintney – Hatch Warren Community Centre, Basingstoke – Oakwood Infant School, Hartley Wintney – Old Basing Infant School, Basingstoke – Parsonage Farm Nursery and Infant School, Farnborough – Velmead Junior School, Fleet – Westfields Infant School, Yateley

When: Most school holidays

Ages: 4-12 years

Ofsted registered and with over 20 years’ experience, SCL Active nurture children’s imagination and build the foundation for a life of learning and discovery. As a parent or carer booking your child into an SCL Active club, you can be confident that your child will be safe, supported and encouraged to learn and explore.

Creative Kidz Holiday Playscheme

Where: Ditcham Park School, Petersfield – Hamble Primary School, Southampton – Kingscourt School, Waterlooville – Meoncross School, Fareham – Swanmore Primary School, Southampton

When: Most school holidays

Ages: 4-12 years

Globe Fit Kids

Where: Woodlands Community College, Southampton and other Hampshire locations

When: Most school holidays

Ages: Children in Reception to Year 8

Globe Fit Kids clubs are a place where your child will make friends, experience hours of fun and create memories that will last a lifetime.  Each club day is themed around the world that we live in and offers a range of fully inclusive and educational activities which are suitable for all children.

Sport Skool

Where: John Keble C of E Primary School, Winchester – The Westgate School, Winchester – Stroud Prep School, Romsey

When: Most school holidays

Ages: 5-13 years

When school’s out, SportSkool’s in – and running a holiday club near you! Throughout the week, your child could be taught a variety of top sports by qualified, DBS-checked and fully insured SportSkool coaches.

Denmead Day Care Holiday Club

Where: Ashling Pavilion, King George’s Field, Denmead, Waterlooville PO7 6LA

When: Hampshire school holidays, 8am to 6pm

Ages: 4-11 year olds

Activities include arts and crafts, games, outdoor play, cooking and trips out into the local area.

SCL Football Holiday Clubs

Where: Great Binfields Primary School, Basingstoke – Velmead Junior School, Fleet

When: Most school holidays

Ages: Soccer School – ages 4-12 years, Football Development Camp – ages 6-15 years.

Portsmouth High School Holiday Club

Where: Portsmouth High School, Southsea

When: Most school holidays

Ages: 3-11 years

The Portsmouth High School multi-activity programme brings together a balanced mix of IT, arts and crafts with sport, cookery, dance and outdoor activities. Each week the camps have a theme and will include a range of games, tasks, sporting, science, creative and challenge activities.

New Forest Activities Holiday Adventure Day

Where: New Forest Activities, Beaulieu

When: Most school holidays

Ages: 8-12 years

Looking for fun and adventurous school holiday activities for the kids in the great outdoors? Send them on a Holiday Adventure Day with New Forest Activities! They’ll meet new friends, learn new skills, and have fun in the New Forest taking part in a variety of different activities including Archery, Ropes Courses and Bushcraft skills.

Their full day of adventure comes with peace of mind for you, knowing that they’re in the safe hands of our well-trained team. So drop the kids off for a full day of fun in the forest – they’ll be sure to create memories that’ll last a lifetime!

Active Camps

Where: Various locations

When: Most school holidays

Ages: 3-14 years

Active Camps are ideal for children who enjoy lots of variety. No two days are the same! The activities are tailored to the children on-site by brilliant staff with engagement and enjoyment being at the forefront of everything they do. Each day will feature a range of sports, arts and crafts, team challenges, and wide span games such as capture the flag, obstacle courses, group collages and much more!

PH Camps

Where: Kimpton, Thruxton & Fyfield Primary School, Andover

When: Most school holidays

Ages: 4-14 years

PH Camps provide a wide variety of sports and activities during school holiday periods at venues all over the southwest. All camps are Ofsted registered and parents can use childcare vouchers and tax-free childcare too. Plus, there really is an activity for everyone. Mainstream sports for the sporty, arts & crafts for the creative and extreme sports for the wild.

Barracudas Activity Camps

Where: The Westgate School, Winchester – Rookwood School, Hampshire

When: Major school holidays – Check website for dates

Ages: 4.5 – 14 year olds

The perfect solution for parents during holidays, Barracudas activity camps offer high quality care and unrivalled activities for kids with an emphasis on fun! Barracudas offers a brilliant programme with a huge range of activities that offer something for everyone.

You can read a review of Barracu

I hope that helps with half term inspiration. I’ll be doing a roundup for each of the following school holidays too and if there’s anything I’ve missed please do get in touch and let me know. I hope you have a lovely half term and if you’re looking for more Hampshire inspiration, these posts may help:


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    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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