IF YOU’RE looking for activities in Warwickshire and Solihull this half-term, local historic sites are vaunting their attractions.
As the crocuses flower and birds start to nest, the county’s historic monuments are ideal for enjoying the early signs of nature.
Kids can don their wellies and splash through puddles, spot snowdrops peeking through the soil or use their imaginations to turn a humble stick into a ship’s mast, a knight’s sword or a magic wand.
Packwood House, the mock Tudor home of Baron Ash, has a glut of nature trails to captivate kids.
The National Trust said: “Families visiting Packwood House can have a go at the nature-inspired activities in the barnyard, or head off around Packwood and record your adventures with a journey stick.
“Pick up some wool and a stick to start off your exploration of the grounds and see what inquisitive minds can discover. Afterwards, have a go at some wild art and create a masterpiece to take home. Don’t forget to pop into the café for a well-deserved slice of cake – every cuppa goes towards conservation work at Packwood.”
Packwood has extensive gardens, with a yew tree monument, and those keen for a longer walk can have a stroll taking in the Stratford Upon Avon Canal.
At other National Trust sites in Warwickshire, you’ll also find activities like nature-inspired trails, wild art and welly walks. Even better – every visit you make helps the Trust to carry on looking after these special local places for everyone to enjoy.
Charlecote Park is the place for the refreshing February Half Term Welly Wander. The Trust said: “Kids can explore the parkland with the family as you adventure along the story-themed trail to create your own nature based story, using prompts along the route. Earn a crafty literature-based prize that links in to Charelcote’s World Book Day event in March.”
Baddesley Clinton, the moated manor house which was a former Catholic hideout, lets young explorers see how many things they can see, hear and experience on a nature-themed scavenger hunt around the garden.
Managers say: “Grab your wellies and splash through puddles, create some wild art with fallen leaves, bark and twigs and see what shapes you can spot in the clouds. In the barnyard grab some materials and make your own artwork out of nature with our bark rubbing activity. Afterwards sit down for a warming lunch in the restaurant with all the family.”
Other nearby sites with adventures for kids this half-term are Kenilworth Castle, scene of the longest siege in England, and the gardens of St John’s House in Warwick.