Family Matters: Fun-packed family days out for half-term break

Young Time Travellers event at Bolsover Castle
Young Time Travellers event at Bolsover Castle
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There’s a chance for youngsters to Go Wild at Chatsworth Farmyard, one of a range of family fun events taking place during February half term.

Chatsworth is staging a Wild 
West week at its farmyard and adventure playground from Saturday, February 15.

Blast the cowboy targets from the trailer 
ride, dare to handle the spiders and snakes and take a shot in Tin Can Alley.

Wild West-themed craft activities will take place 
every day in the large indoor barn, along with daily 
small animal handling sessions and talks under the canopy, demonstrations from a wool spinner and an indoor picnic room.

As well as seeing how 
animals live in a real farmyard, from ponies and donkeys to cows and chickens, the woodland adventure playground has a climbing forest, spiral slides, scramble nets, splashy fun and sandpits.

The Farmyard Café is offering family-friendly food including children’s picnic boxes.

The farmyard is 
open from February 15 to 23 from 10.30am to 4.30pm every day, 
with last entry at 3.30pm.

Spiders and Snakes workshops run from February 15 to 21 
and the wool 
spinner is in residence on February 22 and 23.

For details of each day’s activities and ticketing options, go to

There’s a fairytale 
quality to Bolsover Castle 
with activities for budding knights and princesses running from Monday, February
 17 to Friday 21, from 11am to 4pm.

English Heritage head 
of events Lucy Hutchings 
said: “Time Travellers Go… events at Bolsover Castle are all about having a go and having fun.

“The events are run by colourful historic characters who bring history to life for children. You’d be a jabbering jester to miss it!”

Youngsters taking part can collect an event sticker on a special Time Traveller’s passport

For further information, visit or call 01246 822844.

Over in Doncaster, Hand in Hand is an interactive adventure running over two weekends: February 22 and 23 and March 1 and 2.

Commissioned by Right 
Up Our Street, Hand in Hand 
is a new real life adventure game, developed by ADEPT (artists Shanaz Gulzar and 
Steve Manthorp) for Doncaster.

Taking place around the city, the game is suitable for individuals, couples, groups and families and it’s free to have a go.

Hand in Hand is a tale of magic and mystery that puts participants at the heart of the story. It works a bit like a treasure trail.

Players start off at a 
central Doncaster location, where a mysterious stranger tells a dark secret from 
the past. That leads to 
another location, then another, eventually taking players all over the borough to locations including Cusworth Hall and Sandall Beat Woods.

Hand in Hand can be 
completed in a single day 
or over two days.

The locations are designed to be easy to reach by public transport, bike or car. All players come together at a secret location for the game’s finale at 6pm on Sunday, March 2.

Transport will be provided from Doncaster town centre to the final location for all players who do not have their own transport.

To play, register online at or phone Steve on 07507 400489.

You can also email, giving 
the names of all the people who wish to play (and their ages if under 16 – all 
children must be accompanied by a responsible adult), a postal address, landline and/or mobile number. 
Include details of how you 
will be travelling between sites.

The Magna Science Discovery Centre in Rotherham has reopened after the roof was blown off by storms in December.

From half term onwards 
it will be open from 10am to 5pm with more than 
100 hands-on exhibits designed to explore the four elements of air, water, earth and fire.

The outside play area, called Sci-Tek, is currently open as well.

A host of interesting 
and unusual creatures 
including snakes and tarantulas will be at the centre for a series of Animals Intuition workshops taking place on Thursday, February 27 and Friday 28.

For more information, go online to or call 01709 720002.