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Half Term Muddy Guide: The Best 8 Day Trips

Didn’t quite make it to the ski slopes this half term? Nope, me neither! But who cares, for we have delights aplenty in Warwickshire and not just out on our doorstep. Here are great 8 options if you fancy a day trip out:

Warwick Castle

From the Horrible Histories Maze to The Mighty Trebuchet there’s loads for children to see and do this half-term. They can also dress up as a little princess in The Princess Tower or muster up the courage to enter the scary Castle Dungeon (too scary for me!). If you fancy staying over a little longer there’s now the option of Little Warrior Breaks (Feb 17-25) staying in a Knight’s Village Lodge where your little warrior will be taught how to battle fierce dragons, conquer medieval battles and learn the skills to become a true warrior.

Warwick, CV34 6AH, warwick-castle.com

RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon

Dig out your ruff, and head up to the home of the Bard for some cupcake decorating at The Other Place, a Caesar battles-inspired Stage Fighting workshop to celebrate the RSC’s new Rome season or a masked performance workshop led by Vamos Theatre Company. You can also book a backstage tour or visit the new exhibition, ‘The Play’s the Thing’ which looks like loads of fun – you can play Hamlet alongside actor Ewart James Walters, using state-of-the-art gaming technology and try on virtual costumes from the RSC collection. There’s heaps more half-term workshops and activities too to check out here: rsc.org.uk/events/february-half-term-activities

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BB, rsc.org.uk

Twycross Zoo, Atherstone, Warwickshire

Zoo Club runs every day in half-term from Mon Feb 13- 17 & Mon Feb 20 – 24 aimed at children aged 8-14 years. (£85 a week/£20-a-day). Between 9am and 4.30pm, children will go on an exciting journey, discovering the amazing and endangered animals at the zoo and taking part in activities, including arts and crafts, enrichment making, or even giving health checks to some of the friendlier animals.

Renowned as a specialist primate zoo, Twycross is the only zoo in the UK where you can see all types of great ape – gorilla, orang utan, chimpanzee and bonobo plus meerkats, penguins and the Amur leopard, the world’s rarest big cat. On Valentine’s Day only, the daily keeper talks will include a look into the animal’s dating and mating escapades. You can also book ahead to go on a date with the zoo’s giraffes, otters and meerkats to feed these fascinating animals.

Burton Road, Atherstone, CV9 3PX, twycrosszoo.org

Directing Dobby, Harry Potter Studios, now until Fri March 31

There’s always a new angle to explore at this wily Harry Potter experience, and this half term we’re able to take part in an interactive motion capture experience. Consisting of three screens, the experience shows Dobby at different stages of motion capture, from an initial wireframe to the fully-rendered Dobby. Standing in front of the display, visitors will see three versions of Dobby reflecting their movements in real-time, demonstrating the process used by filmmakers when bringing CGI characters to life on screen.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, nr Watford, WD25 7LR, wbstudiotour.co.uk

Robots, Science Museum, London, until Sept 13

Kodomoroid communication android designed by Osaka University and ATR Laboratories, Japan, 2014

Masses on at this brilliant museum – spend the whole day here – including the new exhibit of Tim Peake’s Spacecraft – Soyuz TMA-19M and brand new exhibition Robots, which reveals our 500-year quest to make machines human, including 16 moving robots from the slightly creepy Animatronic baby to Robothespian, an interactive social robot. Finally, your kids will love Wonderlab, the newest and most spectacular interactive gallery in the world.

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD, sciencemuseum.org.uk

Robot Zoo, Horniman’s Museum, London SE23, until Sun Oct 29

It doesn’t get much cooler than a robotic zoo. Let’s be fair it needs to be impressive to schlep deep into south east London. But it’ll be worth it to see a robotic rhino, a squid with 18-ft tentacles and a mahoosive house fly with a vacuum cleaner for a mouth at the Horniman’s Museum in Honor Oak. all the robot animals are made from everyday machines and gadgets. Through interactive games and challenges the creation will reveal how real anatomy works. How cool is that? Tickets: Adults £7; Kids, £4.

Horniman’s Museum, London SE26, horniman.ac.uk 

The Sherlock Holmes Experience, Madame Tussaud’s

A departure for Madam Tussauds, this new Sherlock Holmes Experience (included in the normal ticket price) is live walk-through adventure. Journeying from 221B Baker Street to Dartmoor where a demon hound lurks (with plenty of stops along the way), you must help Dr. Watson find the missing Sherlock Holmes to reach a dramatic ‘watery’ conclusion. The experience is totally interactive with textured theatrical sets laden with detail, hidden clues and special effects. Bring your own deerstalker.

Madame Tussaud’s, Marylebone Road, London NW1, madametussauds.com

Magic Lantern Festival, Chiswick House & Gardens, until Feb 26

Chiswick House and Gardens are an exquisite reason to go into London, more so this week with The Magical Lantern Festival returning for a second year, celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Rooster. The theme for this year’s festival ‘Explore The Silk Road’ and begins with a 15-metre wide lantern of London’s Houses of Parliament as well as lanterns related to the Silk Road representing Europe, Arabia, Egypt, Persia, India and Ancient China. If it all gets a bit too, you know, ‘lanterny’, there’s also a 30-metre synthetic ice-rink, virtual reality gaming and a mini funfair and games.

Chiswick House, Conservatory Yard, London W4, magiclantern.uk

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