Dorset Museum in Dorchester
February Half Term in Dorset
There might still be a chill in the air but that’s no reason to give Dorset the cold shoulder during 2023's February half term holidays.
We’ve got wonderful events, fabulous food and lots of the very best visitor attractions to keep your family entertained during the school break.
Half Term events in Dorset
The February half term holidays signals the start of the Dorset events calendar. From family-friendly to nature and wildlife events, it’s a great time of year for a short break in Dorset.
See the Blue Pool in a whole new light at Illuminate. You'll get to enjoy this wonderful nature reserve after dark, enjoy some tasty refreshments at the tea room and even toast marshmallows on the terrace.
Catch the last week of the Cool Coast Ice Rink - the south coast's largest indoor ice skating rink. Little ones can ease onto the ice on the mini rink or you can book a penguin skate mate to help them glide around the ice. After your skate session (or if you're just watching), stop at the Alpine Terrace cafe where there'll be festive drinks, hot food, winter warmers, and sweet treats.
There are a number of free or budget-friendly events taking place during half term. At Durlston Country Park, drop into the Learning Centre on Wild Wednesday for free painting and activities or take part in the Children's Activity Trail for £3 per pack. Get crafty in Shaftesbury and make your own Cute Love Bug for free. Or at Wimborne, spend a morning crafting sun catchers or valentines cards, plus there'll be stories and a garden trail too for £3.50 per child.
Scroll down this page to find family friendly events taking place during half term.
Fantastic family attractions
Dorset is jam packed with visitor attractions everyone can enjoy, from family fun to enthusiast days out you’ll find it here in Dorset.
You'll have a fluming good time at Splashdown Waterpark on their twisting and turning indoor slides. Zoom down the Zambezi Drop, rides inflatable tyres on the Mississippi Drifter or dare to enter the Dragon's Lair!
There’s tonnes of fun to be had at the Tank Museum. This half term join in the 100th anniversary celebrations or go to see the South West Model Show. There'll be trails, crafts, games and of course Tanks! Children under 4 years go free.
At Dorchester, the Teddy Bear and Dinosaur museums are family favourites and great fun for kids big and small. Meet Winnie the Pooh, Rupert and Paddington or roarsome and t-rexiffic dinosaurs! Children under 3 years go free at both museums.
Swanage Railway are offering kids for a quid when accompanied by a fare paying adult, puff your way through the beautiful Dorset countryside!
Find more Dorset visitor attractions within our things to do guide.
Low cost days out
Get out and about this half term and explore Dorset for free. Our county has mile upon mile of fantastic walking and cycling routes waiting to be explored. Take in the sights and sounds of our glorious rural landscape and jaw dropping coastline, not to mention some of the freshest air around!
The North Dorset Trailway is a great family-friendly walking or cycling route. Read our cycling blogs for some inspiration on days out in Dorset that won't break the bank.
Find your own piece of prehistoric history on a fossil hunting tour with Jurassic Coast Guides. With the number of treasures scattered along the shoreline you’ll be able to take home your own little bit of history.
Don't forget to take a look at our top ten free days out in Dorset and low cost days out in Dorset blog. From castles and giants to nature reserves and deserted villages, there's lots to keep all ages entertained this half term holidays.
Make sure you check out our Ideas and Inspiration guide for a huge range of ideas to make your break in Dorset extraordinary.
Eat your heart out
With so much to see and do during February half term we’re sure you will have worked up an appetite. Well if you love your food, you’ve come to the right place!
Dorset is renowned for the very best in local produce which means you’ll get to sample some of the most amazing culinary delights. It’s no surprise that celebrity chefs including Mark Hix have chosen to be located right here.
What could be better than a day out exploring followed by a hearty pub lunch by a roaring fire? Don't forget to wash it all down with a glass of locally produced wine, cider, ale or Dorset ginger.
Find wonderful places to eat within our Dorset food and drink guide.
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