What’s On in North Cornwall & Devon, February half-term 2018

Half-term is upon us already!  It’s a great time to be in North Cornwall, with the first flowers beginning to emerge.  As always, local attractions are laying on a range of great activities to keep you and your family entertained throughout the week.  Here is our selection of 14 fantastic events and activities – princesses and pancakes, rag-rugs, wrestling, bears and bric-a-brac – there’s something for everyone!

Copyright ‘The Bearhouse’, Launceston

The Big Sheep, Bideford EX39 5AP
Saturday 10th – Sunday 18th February 2018

The popular ‘Big Sheep’ farm park is holding various half-term activities including 6 Live Shows: Lamb Feeding – bottle feed our baby lambs, Sheep Show, Shearing Show, Milking Show, Sheep Race, Beer Show.  4 Rides: Twister, Train, Carousel, Tractor Driving School.  Animals: Meet the baby lambs being born from early February. Meet the expectant Mums in the undercover barn.  Feed and get magical animal interactions with our flock.  Cuddle some of our smaller animals in pets corner.  Indoor Attractions: Indoor Playground, Skating Rink, Snowboard Simulator, Animal Barn, Outdoor Attractions: Battlefield Devon, Jumping Pillows, Pedal Go Karts.

The Milky Way Adventure Park, Bideford EX39 5RY
 Saturday 10th to Tues 13th February

This February half term from Saturday 10th to Tuesday 13th The UniBrights will be bringing their unique magic sparkle to The Milky Way. We’re so excited for you to meet Princess Aura, Princess Luna and Princess Nova, magical unicorn princesses from the Planet Utopia. Their powers come from the magical rainbow waters of their home and their power is stored in their horns, so these must be protected at all times. They call upon their powers through song and their mission is to bring happiness, fun and magic across the universe.

Weds 14th to Sun 18th Feb
During the second half of February half term we’re looking forward to welcoming The Defenders of the Milky Way, our space super heroes.  Are you brave enough to join forces with our super heroes to help protect the centre of the galaxy stone? Find the clues and work out the code to help raise the force field and thwart the evil Nargles, who want the power for themselves. As well as helping our super heroes in their quest there will also be lightsaber training, galaxy map making (to record the secret location of the magical galaxy stone) and more extra fun to look forward to.

Early Man at the Eden Project, Bodelva, St. Austell
Saturday 10th – Sunday 18th February 2018

Various themed events relating to the new Early Man film:

Schnookle Quest in our Rainforest Biome
Grab your map and go on an exciting quest to find your own Schnookle coin – the currency used in the film. You’ll journey along a timeline of civilizations, learning about their discoveries and what gifts they passed on to the next generation. Work together as a team to learn about each civilisation, where they lived, how they adapted to changing environments and finally, figure out what to take from them on your journey through time.

The Cave
Discover your inner cave dweller inside our incredible Cave. Enter through the stone tunnel and get stuck into drawing your own cave art onto the walls.  Elsewhere inside the Cave, you’ll discover the tricks of the trade of how the film was made, and watch some behind-the-scenes footage and film clips.

The Dig
Within another cave, glistening with bronze nuggets, you’ll be able to get involved in an archaeological dig, using brushes to uncover replica tools and artefacts from the Stone Age.

Early Man Bushcraft
Head for the fire pit in our Orchard and learn the skills that stone age people needed to survive, with interactive demonstrations from the team.

February Half Term – Mud and Machines,  RHS Garden Rosemoor, EX38 8PH
Saturday February 10th – 18th

Mud, machines and total mayhem this February half term, with fun and messy drop-in activities throughout the week. Each day, enjoy a selection of quiz sheets and colouring templates to add to our giant farm and building site collage, plus take a picture with our mini-digger or small tractor and wear your wellies to have messy fun in our puddle splash.

10 & 18 February – Nature’s Own Mud Bowls. 
11 & 17 February – Create your own Moving Machine      
12 February – 3D Machines                                                   
13 February – Edible Muddy Pancakes
14 February – Forest Faces and Mud Monsters            
15 February – Adventures in a cardboard box
16 February – Great Mud Pie Bake-Off                                  

Art Exhibition – St Ives: The New Pier – New Perspectives, Bude Castle, Bude
Saturday February 10th – March 8th

Did you know St. Ives once had a pier planned?  Artist Ian Harrold presents an exhibition which creates a visual time line of the story behind the doomed New Pier project of 1864, one of the heroic failures of its era. This is the story of the politicians, engineers, fishermen and ordinary folks whose hopes and prospects for the Port of St Ives were dashed on the rocks. To feature prints developed from the digital works and a series of etchings, books and cards inspired by this tragic story.

GIANT Bric-a-Brac Sale, St Stephens Community Hall, Roydon Road – Launceston
Saturday February 10th, 2018
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

VAST QUANTITIES of Bric-a-Brac, MOUNTAINS of jumble, THOUSANDS of books, PILES of childrens toys – BARGAINS in all departments!!!  ENTRY 20p (cup of tea or coffee and biscuits £1.00p)

Cornish Pro Wrestling: Extremely Unruly, Bodmin Jail, Berrycoombe Road, Bodmin PL31 2NR
Saturday 10th February, 2018
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Cornish Pro Wrestling has been doing sell out shows throughout Cornwall for around 2 yrs now, for the first time ever, it brings to Bodmin Jail an over 15’s show, where the rule book is thrown out,
Tickets are just £10 each, meet and greet is for sale for after the show.  PARENTAL DISCRETION ADVISED Show.  This is a night not to be missed, as we bring to you a hard hitting, action packed intense night of excitement. 

Half-term fun at Cotehele: Bushcraft for kids, Cotehele House, Saltash
Monday 12th – 14th February

Build a shelter, light a controlled fire and learn survival skills in the wild.  Booking essential – This activity is run by our partner Jack at Serious Outdoor Skills – read about jack: www.seriousoutdoorskills.co.uk

Lentsherd, Clovelly Village, Devon
Tuesday 13th February
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Lentsherd (pronounced ‘Lanshard’) is an old Clovelly Shrove Tuesday custom, and the aim is to chase bad spirits away and drive the devil into the sea before Lent.  At dusk children set off Down-a-long, dragging clattering tin cans, which are then tied together and thrown into the sea (later retrieved).  Children taking part will receive a free pancake to decorate with toppings. Free entry after 4.30 p.m.

Valentino’s Matchmaking Madness, The Bearhouse, Launceston
Tuesday 13th and Saturday 17th February

Visit The Bearhouse between the dates above (half term holiday week for most UK schools) and you can be a part of Valentino’s Matchmaking Madness with fun, family-friendly activities to do around the gallery including a bear matching game and name the bear cub quiz.  We are open from 10am to 4pm and there’s no need to book, just come along and join in our fun bear-based activities for all the family. It’s free entry to The Bearhouse and all activities are free too.

Rag rug workshop, The Old Post Office, Tintagel
Wednesday 14th February 2018
11:00 – 15:00

Join Deborah Hastings and the rag rug volunteers and have a go at this age-old art of up-cycling left-over fabrics into soft furnishings for the home. NB there may be a small charge for some materials used. Booking not needed  Free event (admission applies).

North Cornwall Dance Festival, St. Joseph’s School, St. Stephens Hill – Launceston
Thursday 15th February (and other dates)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

A brand new competitive dance festival for anyone aged 4-18 years old.  From ballet to street dance come along and support young talent from Launceston and further afield.  The primary aim of the Festival is to encourage the study and performance of dance by providing an opportunity for competitors to perform prepared pieces in public, in a friendly atmosphere.  The Festival will have classes for all ages and abilities and entries are welcome from all sources including teachers, schools, societies and individuals.  Each performer will receive constructive criticism from an expert adjudicator, and prizes or trophies are awarded to winners of classes.  To have a look at the full schedule, please follow this link: www.northcornwallfestival.co.uk  Tickets start from £3, efreshments available on all days.

Bude Artisan Market, Bude Methodist Church Hall, EX23 8LA
Friday 16th February
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Many of the summer traders from Bude Farmers Market can be found at Bude Methodist Church Hall every Friday throughout the winter. You will be able to buy produce from local artisan producers situated within a 20 mile radius of Bude. Not only is this a great weekly food hub where you can pick up all your daily essentials…. Bread, organic vegetables, coffee, meat, jams & chutneys, eggs and honey.   Stay for some lunch from the street food section. Get Your Veg On who would usually be found in their yellow food van beside Bude Tourist Office will have plenty of yummy food on offer. 

Cornwall Air Ambulance Open Day,Trevithick Downs, TR8 4DY Newquay, Cornwall
Sunday 18th February
11 AM – 3 PM

Ever wanted to know what’s inside a Cornwall Air Ambulance? Finish half term with a bang at a behind-the-scenes view of the helicopter and specialist equipment used by the crew every day.   Ask the crew your burning questions, see the helicopter up close and watch demonstrations of the equipment used to save lives through Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.   You can also enjoy fun and games, delicious treats and grab a bargain at the pop-up charity shop. Have any unwanted gifts? Bring them along as a donation and help save a life.

Award-winning Cornish cottages in the Upper Tamar Valley