February half-term in the East Midlands

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by Conrad - 25 January 2017

It’s almost half-term again, and if that all-important task of keeping the family entertained is weighing on your mind, we’ve got the answer.

Home to some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes and exciting family friendly attractions, the East Midlands is easy to access via motorway or airport, and packed with plenty of attractions and activities. We’ve had a look and picked out some of our favourite destinations to keep both kids and adults busy this half term. 

Twycross Zoo, Leicester

Located on the A444, Twycross Zoo is easy to reach - and the perfect way to keep the whole family entertained. With a full itinerary of daily talks on the animals, a diverse collection of primates, a herd of elephants and plenty of big cats, Twycross Zoo will keep you occupied for the whole day.

Adult tickets are £18.95, kids go in at £13.95 and infants under three go free. For further discount book online in advance of your trip. 

Wollaton Hall and Park, Nottingham

Take the opportunity to explore some of Nottingham’s heritage at the spectacular Wollaton Hall. Set in more than 500 acres of countryside and located just three miles from Nottingham city centre, the Hall is also host to the city’s Natural History Museum. Combine a day of exploring the beautiful East Midlands landscape with teaching the kids about dinosaurs and fossils.

Admission to Wollaton Hall is free, however parking charges do apply. Take a look at their website to find out more.

King Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester

Take the family to discover the captivating recent history of King Richard III, whose bones were lost for more than 500 years before being unearthed in 2012 from beneath a car park in the centre of Leicester. The state-of-the-art Visitor Centre, located right next to where the remains were found, tells the story of Richard III and the fascinating tale of how he was found once more.

Adults enter at £8.95 and kids £4.75, with discounted tickets for families. 

City of Caves, Nottingham

Discover a hidden city beneath the streets of Nottingham in one of the East Midlands’ most interesting historical attractions. This actor-led tour allows you to explore and learn about the ancient site of 500 caves concealed beneath the city. Accessed by the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, the City of Caves is conveniently located right in the centre of Nottingham.

Prices start at £5.95 for kids and £7.95 for adults, with discounts for families.

Skegness Natureland

This seaside sanctuary is famed for their work in rescuing and rehabilitating stranded seals found on Lincolnshire beaches. Only an hour’s drive from the city of Lincoln, Natureland is a fantastic day out for the family, where the kids can learn how the sanctuary cares for rescued seals before they can help to return them to the wild.

Adults: £5.50; Children: £3.00


With so many attractions to experience, make sure you pack as much as you can into your February half–term adventures, and travel at your own pace by hiring a car from Hertz. With convenient pick up points located throughout the area, getting out with the family and enjoying the East Midlands couldn’t be easier.