Half-term survival guide

The perfect guide of activities and deals to help you survive half-term

With half-term coming up, juggling the little ones while planning a week of activities, lunches and dinners can get overwhelming. Luckily, we’ve done the hard part of finding some of the best activities and dinner deals so you can relax and enjoy the break together. 

Offers and discounts

Day out with the kids is a website that has compiled some of the best experiences to enjoy with your kids. They also provide discount passes which help you save hundreds of pounds on experiences around the country. With the first month trial only being £1, it is a great resource to sign up for and find the best discounts. Check out their offers and sign up for a membership.

Tired of the same Saturday morning cartoons? Make it a movie morning with Vue’s Mini Mornings where movie tickets are only £2.49 on Saturday and Sunday. 

We know how expensive it can get when eating out with the family, but if you want to treat yourselves on a budget, check out your local restaurant deals that offer these discounts during the half term. Here is a list of restaurants to help you get started. Tesco Clubcard Vouchers are also a good way to eat out on a budget and you can exchange your points for dining in at a range of high-street restaurants. Learn more here.

Things to do

We've rounded up some of the best activities going on in your area.

Bristol and the surrounding area

M Shed is once again hosting the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which showcases the breathtaking diversity of the natural world. Entry for children is free, with adult tickets priced at £7. 

If you are near Weston-super-Mare, be sure to check out Glow at Grove Park which runs from 17-19 February. Discover wondrous light installations, interactive activities and stunning spectacles in a magical, sensory experience for the whole family. Tickets are pay-what-you-decide and need to be booked in advance.

Bristol Light Festival returns for its third year, from the 3-12 February. Catch the gorgeous installations at different locations in and around the city centre. Not only is it a fun scavenger hunt for the kids, but it will be sure to tire them for bedtime. 


Rainy day or just too cold to be outside? The Oceanarium in Bournemouth is the perfect place to take cover while exploring the deep blue sea. Tickets are just under £30 for a family of four, but you could save even more by using Tesco Clubcard points

Red House Museum and Gardens in Christchurch is hosting a Dinosaur trail, for just a £1 and no booking required. Not only are your kids learning about the extinct giants, but the outdoor venue also allows them to get some sun and exercise!

Bascombe Baptist Church have organised a Family Fun Day on Saturday 11 February. For just a £1, kids can enjoy games, crafts, face painting and a bouncy castle. 


If you’re looking for a good bowling deal, visit Tenpin on Tuesdays for  50% off kids and adult tickets. The deal starts at 6pm during the school holidays and tickets start at £3.50 for kids and £4.28 for adults. 

If you have an artsy child waiting to unleash their creativity, ceramic painting is not only great activity, but they get to keep their creations at the end of it. Pick a Pot and Paint in Cirencester has pots starting at just £5, for a 90 minute session. 

Check out Red Kite Days for more half-term ideas in and around the Gloucestershire area. 


If you luck out with a sunny day, be sure to try the Devizes Treasure Trail. You can download the PDF of clues right to your phone for £10 and set out with the family for a day of solving brain teasing clues and exploring Devizes. There is even a chance to win £100! 

Visit the Studley Grange Garden and Leisure Park if your little ones enjoy an indoor play area. The Soft Play starts at only £1.30 for 30 minutes of playtime with adult tickets costing a single £1 fee. 

Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm is a must visit this half-term are hosting events every weekday, like their Comedy Magic Show and Wizard Workshop and tickets are only £3 if you purchase them before Friday, February 10. Plus, a free bag of food for every paying child. There is limited availability so book your tickets now!

Check out Wiltshire Museum in Devizes for a Toy Making session that costs only £6 for kids with free adult entry.


We hope this guide helps you plan your activities for the week in a budget friendly way and have a happy half-term!

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02 February 2023