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 the 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.
Book a ticket to see a family-friendly show – Oskar's Amazing Adventure will be performing at Burton Bradstock, Sturminster Newton and Sixpenny Handley.
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 pizza and waffles as well as seasonal hot drinks, cold drinks and snacks.
Children can learn how to make a floral crown at Keyneston Mill near Blandford Forum. Suitable for ages 5+, their in-house florist will help the children bring out their creative skills.
Take a look at our What's On guide for more 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 get involved with Tank Zoo or go to see the South West Model Show. There'll be games, colouring and craft activities, plus trails and of course Tanks!
For a great value day out, follow the Time Travellers Trail at Durlston Country Park. Take a trip through Durlston's past from the time of the dinosaurs to present day and solve the mystery to win a prize. You can also make your own bird nest box at the Park on the 24th February.
Find more Dorset visitor attractions within our things to do guide.
Discover our great outdoors
Get out and about this half term and explore Dorset away from the beaten track. 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!
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.
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, ale or Dorset ginger.
Find wonderful places to eat within our Dorset food and drink guide.
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Events from 12th to 27th February
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