Half Term: Ten fun things to do in and around Sheffield

Beat the boredom: Circus skills and bird displays on offer.
Beat the boredom: Circus skills and bird displays on offer.
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HALF term is here and to beat the school holiday boredom The Star has compiled a top 10 list of things to enjoy as a family across the region.

1. Flip a world record in Sheffield - FREE

Help flip a pancake and break a world record at the same time. Sheffield University staff, alumni and residents are trying to smash the record for the most people flipping a pancake.

The Big Flip is at The Endcliffe Village student accommodation near Endcliffe Park from noon on Wednesday, February 15. It raises cash for charity and has free tasty food.

To register visit sheffield.ac.uk/acs/worldrecord/register.

2. Bring history to life in Bolsover - PAID FOR

Budding knights and princesses can take part in sword fights and learn royalty etiquette at Bolsover Castle’s ‘Time Travellers Go’ event from Monday February 13 to Friday February 17 between 11am and 4pm.

Normal admission charges apply plus £1 for every child.

3 Join the circus in Sheffield - FREE

Learn to juggle, tightwire, diablo, stilt walk and clown around at a free circus skills workshop on Friday, February 17, from 1pm to 4pm.

To book a limited place, free to all children aged between eight and 13, call 0114 244 8828 or email Lauren at Lauren@greentop.org.

Free entry for kids at Greentop Circus Cabaret is also available today.

4 Get active in Sheffield - SOME FREE

Sports activities galore are on offer in Endcliffe Park and Millhouses Park on Monday, February 13, and Saturday, February 18.

They form part of Sheffield Council’s activities for the half term, also including trampoline and dance, football and environmental activities. Some activities incur a small cost.

For more details and to book visit www.sheffield.gov.uk.

5 Discover science in Sheffield - FREE

The city’s two universities have teamed up for a full timetable of fun learning from Monday, February 13, to Saturday, February 18.

Highlights include exciting experiments in Science Brainwaves, cheerleading, learning about nanobubbles and archeology. Activities take place in Sheffield’s Winter Gardens and Millennium Square as well as Sheffield Manor Lodge.

For more details visit www.sheffield.ac.uk/dream/half-term-activities#monday.

6 Meet the tigers in Doncaster - PAID FOR

Tigers Vladimir and Sayan are the latest attractions to South Yorkshire Wildlife Park and love the cold winter weather.

For more details call 01302 535057.

7 Make it in Sheffield - FREE ENTRY (50p donations to cover resources).

Car fans can create and customise their own 1920s vehicle out of paper at Kelham Island Museum, Kelham Island, on Tuesday, February 14, and the next day.

Families are encouraged to visit the museum’s transport collection and find out about Sheffield made cars from the 1920s in the run up to this year’s National Science and Engineering Week.

Suitable for children aged over nine with a soft play table for younger kids.

8 Score a goal in Dronfield - PAID FOR (£11.50)

Football coaching with Chesterfield Football Club is among the half term activities on offer at Dronfield Sports Centre and Sharley Park Leisure Centre from Monday, February 13, to Friday, February 17.

Aquafun, arts and crafts, trampolining, swimming lessons and dodgeball are also available.

Call 01246 217217 for the football coaching.

9 Get close to the animals in North Anston

Daily free-flying birds of prey and parrot shows are at the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre during half term.

Children can also find out the secrets of how animals make themselves irresistible.

For more details 01909 569416.

10 Grow your own in Sheffield - FREE (donations welcome)

A seed swap and giveaway for green-fingered families takes place at Heeley City Farm from noon to 4pm on Sunday, February 12.

Grow Sheffield is helping people get prepared for the next growing season.