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What’s On This Half Term

Thermals and red noses at the ready - off we all go to sample a few of these cool little happenings.

Despite what the weather may be suggesting, this half-term *should* have us all stretching, reaching for our coats and woollies and heading out of hibernation for some fun.  Red noses at the ready – off we go to sample a few of these cool little happenings.


Half Term at The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth

Donkeys children

Sidmouth is the international HQ of The Donkey Sanctuary, a charity set up in 1969 to support the welfare of donkey’s around the world. It also happens to be a leading family attraction in the South West, since all those long floppy ears and adorable eyes are quite a draw for littlies. It’s back open for business this half-term, with lots of fun, new interactive displays and a Best Friends Forever Trail (plus a kitchen with cake) and I for one am off to visit with the Mudlet. See you there?

Entry FREE,


The Unibrights at the Milky Way, nr Bideford, Sat 10 – Tues 13 Feb


If you’ve a unicorn-loving, princess posing small person in the house then skedaddle your way up North to The Milky Way pronto.  Meet Princesses Aura, Luna and Nova, the Unibrights from the Planet Utopia, get glitter tattoos, craft unicorn horns and get stuck in to singalongs.  It’s basically pink, sparkly heaven for the tiny ones. For the rest of you, there’s all the usual fun.


February half term fun at Saltram House, Plymouth

children wellies

Every half term and school holiday needs to include a visit to a National Trust property, since they’re so brilliantly geared up to families who want to get out and explore. There’s all sorts happening at this fab house on an estate in Plymouth; trails, storytelling, dressing up and snowdrop planting for starters.


Me and My Bee, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Tues 13 – Sat 17 Feb

woman dressed as bee

Award-winning theatre company ThisEgg invites you to save the world – one bee at a time, in this cute-sounding family-friendly comedy show. I could start up all the bee jokes, but beefore you know it you’ll bee telling me to beehave myself.  So I won’t.

Suitable for ages 5+.


Drag Queen Story Time, Barnstaple Library,  Tues 13 Feb

girl with glasses and yellow top reading story book

Oh Barnstaple Library, how we salute you for hosting this most fabulous and glamorous version of story time for children. I mean, just think of the creativity, imagination and excitement that’ll be created from as our kids get to meet people who present themselves as they wish and defy gender restrictions. Fairy tales told by queens: what more could we ask for? Awesome.

11am-12pm, FREE.


The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Wed 14 – Sat 17 Feb

Puppets and girl on stage

Photograph: Theatre Alibi

It’s just a hunch, but I reckon we’ll need one or two rainy day ideas this week.  Make one of them a trip to the theatre to see this magical-sounding tale of ‘big ideas and sky high courage’, all about Paul, who thinks the moon has a big hole that you can climb into. Theatre Alibi presents this tale by award-winning writer David Almond, featuring live music and puppetry.

Tickets £14 (family tickets available).  Suitable for ages 6-11. For times visit


Woodland Wonder, Dartington, Weds 14 Feb

boy blue coat woolly hat mud gate trees

This family day in the Deer Park sounds fabulous.  It’s a chance to learn, discover and explore the woodland, through a day of theatre workshops, songs by the campfire, treasure hunts, felt animal-making and crafty sessions.  Button up, throw on the wellies and arrive early.  The hot chocolates will feel sooooo welcome afterwards!

10.30am – 3.30pm.


The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Palace Theatre, Paignton, Wed 14 – Sat 17 Feb

women dress up as animals with countryside in background

Over in Paignton, Lost the Plot Theatrical will be presenting their colourful version of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. You know the story, on a grassy hillside, these bad boys lived, chomping their way through everything they could get their hooves on.  You and the smalls are invited to join the billy goats on their adventure as they bravely cross the rickety bridge to greener pastures, meeting gawd knows who along the way. Expect songs and dances in this family fun interactive show for kids aged 2 – 10 years. Perfect all-weather fun and a great way to support the theatre.

Tickets from £8 (family tickets £30).


Half Day Children’s Cookery Course, Exeter cookery school, Fri 16 Feb

Child piping meringues onto baking tray

This fab cookery school in Exeter is winning awards all over the place right now (we have good taste, you see, they’re in our Little Black Book). So sending your littlie along for half a day of learning how to cook pizza and swiss meringues is a pretty good bet, I’d say. And just think, they’ll be dying to show off their new-found culinary skills when they get home.  So that’s one meal you won’t* have to cook. *If all goes to plan.

Suitable for ages 9-11. 9.30am – 12pm/2 – 4.30pm.  £39.


Wind in the Willows, The Pocketwatch Theatre, various venues during half-term week

toad wind in the willows actors

Photo: Pocketwatch Theatre Company

The marvellously captivating Pocketwatch Theatre Company are going on a mini-tour of Devon this week with their latest show, an actor/musician and puppet show adaptation of this old children’s fave. You’ll find  brilliantly crafted puppets, acting along to an original music score performed live.  Who’s going to love it more – you or them?  Find the show at venues around Exeter, Uffculme, Ullacombe Farm, Ottery St Mary and Torquay.

Suitable for ages 3+.  For all details visit:


Lambing Live, The Big Sheep, Bideford

girl red flowers in hair lamb straw

Come and meet Devon’s friendliest flock! This half term sees the return of Lambing Live at The Big Sheep, which is basically woolly cuteness overload.  Your little lambs can take part in bottle feeding theirs, see lots of fun shows and get stuck into all the rides and attractions (lots of it undercover).  Sweeeeet!

Open daily during half term.

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