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Best free half-term activities in the UK for families

Best free half-term activities in the UK for families

It can be tricky thinking up ways to entertain the kids over half-term, with activity costs easily mounting up.

But thrifty families, fear not: there are plenty of free attractions and events happening around the UK over the school holidays.

From Lego challenges to creative fun, an outdoor trail and even family knitting, there’s something for everyone.

Keep reading for our pick of the best free half-term activities in the UK for families, taking place this week and next.

The best free half-term activites in the UK for families this February are:

Location: London

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The Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival runs until 18 February, and half of its included events are free. Created for children aged 0-11, there are inclusive and accessible events which have a relaxed atmosphere, so families can come and go as needed. There’s a chill-out space and noise-cancelling headphones available, plus British Sign Language, Makaton, non-verbal and Sensory Adapted performances. Interactive storytelling and drawing event Top Draw takes place at 1.30pm on Friday 17 February. Check out the Lunchbox Jukebox session at 12.30pm too, for children to listen to tunes as they eat. Meanwhile, Wellbeing Wind-Down at 3.30pm combines yoga and mindfulness.

Location: Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

Baltic Centre for Contemporay Art


Situated in a converted mill on the Gateshead quayside, Baltic Centre for Contemporay Art is a northern culture hub complete with free entry. The centre’s February Family Days take place on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23, from 10am-6pm. Families are invited to drop in for the free creative sessions, which are suitable for kids of all ages and abilities. From art workshops to adventure stories, the days combine make, play and create activities. The days are led by both local and national artists, and the centre itself has a picnic area and water bottle refill station for bringing your own packed lunch.

Location: London

Uniqlo Tate Play Make Studio Threads at Tate Modern

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The Tate Modern has collaborated with Uniqlo for this free Play Threads Holiday Make Studio. The event is running until Sunday 19 February and it encompasses both weaving and knitting activities. Looking at the work of fibre artists Cecilia Vicuña and Magdalena Abakanowicz, the interactive sessions include…

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