Ready, steady…half term
Across the Isle of Thanet (Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate), we’ve got all the ingredients for you to cook up great days out with the whole family this February.
Boredom busting events
The Gruffalo Katie Paterson Totality 2016. Photo Ben Blackall Courtesy of The Lowry
Delve into the wondrous world of books at Dreamland’s first Children’s Book Festival on 16th February. See The Gruffalo, illustrate your own story, meet authors and take a spin in the roller room for the ultimate day out. Be enthralled by Britain’s best loved toys; scalextric and airfix at the Hornby Visitor Centre (entry is just £2 for everyone on 16 and 17 February).
For something truly out of this world, get creative at Turner Contemporary’s family workshops inspired by the artist Katie Paterson’s astronomical art.
There are plenty of mysteries to solve in Thanet… tickle those brain cells with Margate’s cave of secrets the Shell Grotto or set the stop watch and see if you can break out of any one of the Isle’s 4 Escape Rooms.
Become a marine detective with our Coastal Explorer Packs. Learn essential explorer skills such as how to make a sundial and use a compass or delve into the bag for marine identification kit and become a real rocky shore researcher. Get 2 days of fun for the price of 1 this half-term – this great activity value pack is just £5 and will provide hours and hours of entertainment. Pick up a pack from Margate and Ramsgate Visitor Information Centres.
Grab your hard hat and torch and enjoy a guided walk of Ramsgate Tunnels – the UK’s largest network of civilian wartime underground pathways, learning fascinating facts about WWII along the way. The tunnels are a firm favourite for a family outing and perfect for all generations to enjoy together. Open Wed to Sun.(Wrap up as will be cold)
Mini golf *can* be played in winter, at the indoor Lost Island Adventure Golf in Margate and Rascal Bay in Manston. Putt your way through dense jungle, a secret shack, ferocious dinosaur, fire tiki and more – the kids will go crazy for it!
Powell-Cotton Museum, Birchington
Go back in time at the Powell-Cotton Museum in Birchington, where you can follow Major Percy’s collection of natural history wonders, and see the biggest collection of dioramas in Europe collected from all over the world. You can even doodle on the glass of the dioramas during the Museum’s mash up events between 19th to 22nd February, and create your own clay animals.
Let off some excess energy with an Active Ramsgate walk, cycle along the Viking Coastal Trail or get your game on with a bit of geocaching (the outdoor GPS digital treasure hunt game). Ramsgate is a friendly harbour town with stunning coastal scenery- perfect for some fresh air.
Be beach brave
The beach is not just for summer, we promise! Broadstairs has 7 bays and all you need to do is wrap up warm, grab some fish and chips and play on the sand. You’ll be surprised how many families brave it this time of year!