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Families urged to ‘Staycation’ in Staffordshire over half term

Staffordshire Staycation Attractions

FAMILIES in Staffordshire are being encouraged to staycation during the February half term holiday and take advantage of the county’s wealth of attractions.

Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member who oversees tourism at Staffordshire County Council explained that the county was a fantastic place to explore with lots on offer.

Mark said: “We really are a fabulous county and the half term holidays offer a great opportunity to get out and explore some of our wonderful attractions.  We have something for all the family, whether it’s our thrilling theme parks at Alton Towers and Drayton Manor Park, historic buildings and countryside or activities at our libraries, there will always be something to keep the children amused.”

National Forest Adventure Farm

National Forest Adventure Farm

  • At Alton Towers Resort it’s Pirates and Princesses Week (10th-25th February), with swashbuckling entertainment for hotel guests to enjoy, including family gameshows, fancy dress parades and pirate training, alongside tropical adventures at the Splash Landings waterpark.
  • There are exploits of a chillier kind at Tamworth Snowdome, home of the new SnowClimb featuring 15 routes to tackle on two new climbing walls, alongside adrenaline tubing, tobogganing, snowboarding and loads more to enjoy on the slopes.
  • Drayton Manor Park will be full of family fun at Thomas Land as the rides and attractions swing back into life after Winter, while there will be live shows from the Fat Controller and Friends and the new red pandas Tika and Pema to meet in the zoo (Feb 10th-25th).
  • There will be more exotic species to meet at the Trentham Monkey Forest, the only place to roam among Barbary macaques in the UK, which reopens for the 2018 season on February 18th.
  • There’s New Life at the National Forest Adventure Farm in Burton. Meet piglets and chicks and help bottle feed the lambs. Maybe see a lamb being born in the Lambing Live tent and help the farmer make scarecrows and test-drive the remote control tractors (17th-25th Feb).
  • There are more animal antics at Tamworth Castle, where the dragons Ruby and Hafgrim went missing during a game of hide and seek. Join the dragon hunt (18th-24th Feb) and use your detective skills to find out where they went.
  • Celebrate 100 Years of the RAF by building your own Airfix plane at RAF Museum Cosford (17th-23rd Feb), or make and decorate a kite and take part in the kite-flying competition at Beacon Park in Lichfield (19th-20th Feb).
  • Staffordshire libraries will also be hosting a range of activities during half-term.  People should contact their local library to see what’s planned.
Thomas Land at Drayton Manor Theme Park. From left is Maxwell Booker, 4, and Maisie Booker, 8, from Long Eaton.

Thomas Land at Drayton Manor Theme Park. From left is Maxwell Booker, 4, and Maisie Booker, 8, from Long Eaton.

For more information on things to do during the February half-term, visit www.enjoystaffordshire.com/halfterm

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