It’s nearly time for half term in Wiltshire and if you’re struggling to think of ways to keep the kids entertained, don’t worry, we have plenty of ideas!
Here are some family-friendly Salisbury experiences:
If your children love sport, they’ll love these FREE roadshows from Salisbury City Council. There will be three multi-sport sessions at locations around the city for those aged 7 to 14 years, with a range of sports to try including football, hockey and basketball.
The sessions will take place on:
Each roadshow will run from 1pm to 4pm. There’s no need to book, just turn up.
On Monday 21st February, join professional choir leaders, Lynsey Docherty and Tim Gilvin, exploring music from different genres and find out more about Wiltshire Youth Choir. Open to all young people, aged 12–18, who love to sing. No experience of sight reading is necessary. The session is free at Salisbury Arts Centre but places must be booked in advance. You can find more information here.
There is plenty to do with the children at Stonehenge this half term. You can get arty with archaeology as part of their Making Faces activity. Inspired by the work of expert archaeologists, kids will use clues, clay and creativity to reconstruct a face from the past.
The Explorer Quest will also be running daily throughout half term at Stonehenge. Track down the clues and solve the puzzles as you follow the family trail around the famous stones and enjoy a brilliant day out in history.
Let your imagination run wild at Salisbury Museum this half term.
Not only can you take the whole family on a journey back through time, finding out more about the fascinating history of Salisbury and the area, but there is also a creative adventure to take part in too!
Flights of Fantasy; Maps of Imaginary Lands is a fun, arty workshop for all ages. Spend time with illustrator Emily Harper as she explains how to create your own imaginary lands. It’s been inspired by the museum’s current exhibition - David R Abram, Ancient Sites from the Air - which showcases beautiful drone photographs of ancient sites.
You can also put your artist skills to the test at Splash of Colour, the pottery painting cafe. Both adults and children will love decorating their own pottery pieces. A great way of creating mementos of the future, birthday presents, or even early Mother’s Day gifts! You might also want to try the potters wheel or creating your own mosaics. Give the colourful café a call to discuss options.
Salisbury is a city in the countryside. We have beautiful open spaces on our doorstep, just waiting to be explored.
If you need some guidance on where to go, try the Salisbury Discovery Nature Trail which takes adventurers on a journey around the city. There are 15 special posts for children to look out for and a leaflet explaining more about the flora and fauna you’ll be able to see.
If you’re looking for a way to exhaust the kids, try one of the many parks Salisbury has to offer. Head to Churchhill Gardens for play areas, skate park, sports fields and even Disc Golf. Queen Elizabeth Gardens and Victoria Park also offer great playgrounds for the children. Find the full list of green spaces in Salisbury here.
Churchill Gardens skate park
River Bourne Community Farm is surrounded by fifty-four acres of beautiful water meadows. There are some lovely walks for the whole family, and you’ll also be able to spend time at the farm making friends with the animals! The farmyard is free to visit and open to visitors between 10am and 1pm daily, no need to book.
If the weather isn’t great and you want to keep dry but still give the kids a chance to release some energy, try these indoor fun options:
Jumpin Fun is an indoor inflatable theme park at Old Sarum. You can bounce, jump and play your way through half term there!
Outburst Salisbury also has indoor family fun for all ages. Clown About is their play centre area with slides, ball pools and climbing walls. There’s also Strikers for ten pin bowling, and Lazer A Combat.
Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre is open throughout half term, with three swimming pools to use depending on age and experience. They have inflatable fun on Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd and Saturday 26th February. Pre booking is still advised.
Whether you are looking for an event for this week, next week, next month or even next year, Experience Salisbury is the place to find it!