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What's On during February half-term in and around Chester

Visit a castle, make new friends playing football or see a theatrical adventure

February half-term is fast approaching and if you are wondering what you can do to keep the kids occupied whilst they're off school, we have put together a guide of what's on and where.

There are plenty of activities and events happening in the Chester area from February 18 - February 26.

Chester FC Community Trust

Chester FC Soccer School

Monday - February 20 - Thursday, February 23

The Chester FC Soccer School will run on Monday, February 20 and Tuesday, February 21 at The Cheshire County Sports Club in Upton where children will be able to perfect their skills with FA qualified coached.

The first Chester FC Futsal Camp will be held at Blacon High School on Wednesday, February 22 and Thursday, February 23.

Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided game originating from South America. The emphasis is on a technical ability and creativity under pressure.

All participants will receive a certificate and gift and there will be opportunities to meet Chester FC manager Jon McCarthy and his players.

Each day runs from 10am until 4pm and costs £10 with an optional early drop-off available at 9am for £2.50.

Children will need a packed lunch, snacks, plenty of drinks as well as appropriate footwear, shin pads and suitable clothing.

To book places or for further information email community@chesterfc.com or call or text 07512 355396.

Beeston Castle

Beeston Castle

Nature Craft

Monday, February 20 - Friday, February 24, 10.30am-3.30pm

Family fun at Beeston Castle during half-term with hands-on craft activities.

You will also have the chance to build your very own den from amongst the vast woodland park.

Chester Zoo

Bird watching and wildlife spotting are just two family-friendly events at Chester Zoo this half term(Image: Steve Rawlins)

Willow Weaving Workshop

Saturday, February 18 - Monday - February 20, 10.30am - 1pm and 1.30 - 4.30pm.

Join an expert weaver in the Dragon's Garden and create stunning bird sculptures from willow this half term.

The drop-in session is free to attend (normal zoo admission applies)

The Great Chester Zoo Spring Watch

Saturday, February 18 - Sunday, February 26, 10.30am - 4.00pm every day

There will be lots of free, fun wildlife activities as part of the zoo's special 'bloom' events, celebrating gardens, birds and UK wildlife.

Normal zoo admission applies and the activities will take places in the Wildlife Garden.

For further information, click here.

Storyhouse WayWord festival

The WayWord festival returns on February 20

Monday, February 20 - Friday, February 24

The Chester WayWord festival for primary school children is back during half-term with a diverse set of events and workshops.

Taking place at Chester Town Hall and libraries across the county authors, illustrators, musicians, scientists, coders and stand-up comedians will make this the most interactive line-up ever.

Tickets are £4. Book for three or more events and save 10%. Some workshops and activities in the libraries are free. Find out more and book at storyhouse.com

For more information on the festival, click here.

WayWord festival returns for February half term

Grosvenor Museum

Grosvenor Museum

Snowy Owls

Monday, February 20, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm

Make a huge cardboard owl with a 70cm wingspan to hang from your ceiling.

A donation of £1.50 is suggested.

Inuit Kayaks

Tuesday, February 21, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm

Make a kayak complete with Inuit hunter and the food he's caught - will it be walrus, seal or whale?

A donation of £1.50 is suggested.

Polar Olympic Games

Wednesday, February 22, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm

Celebrate the last day of the Cold Places exhibition by making your own polar animal team and taking part in a day of games. There'll be a polar bear iceberg race, a walrus beanbag long-jump, penguin hurling target practice and more.

You can also make your own chocolate winner's medal.

A donation of £1.50 is suggested.

Waxy Works

Thursday, February 23, 2.00-4.00pm

Make a wax resist paining inspired by the beautiful black and white architecture of Chester, as seen in the Louise Rayner exhibition.

A donation of £1.50 is suggested.

Spring Discovery Day

Friday, February 24, 2.00-4.00pm

Join the museum for the first of four seasonal habitat-themed afternoons to mark the ongoing redisplay of the Natural History Gallery.

They will be looking at some common British birds and making decorative nests to take home.

You can also help them transform their oak tree model for spring.

A donation of £1.50 is suggested.

Warrington Wolves rugby camp

Warrington Wolves rugby camp

Thursday, February 23, 11am - 4pm

Warrington Wolves are running a rugby holiday camp in Chester in partnership with Chester Gladiators.

The camp will be held at The Cheshire County Sports Club in Upton, home of the Gladiators.

It is open to boys and girls aged six-11 and will include skills, drills and games to develop young players in a fun environment wiith coaches from the Wolves' Charitable Foundation.

No previous experience of rugby league is required.

Children will need boots, trainers, appropriate clothing, a packed lunch, snacks and plenty of drinks.

The camp will cost £20 for the day and all attendees will receive a gift and a certificate.

Call 07512 355396 or email info@chestergladiators.com.

Tatton Park

Tatton Park spy scarecrow

Saturday, February 18 - Sunday, February 26 (farm closed Monday, February 20)

Farm open 11am - 4pm, last entry 3pm

Gardens open 10am - 4pm, last entry 3pm

Tatton's ever popular Scarecrow Festival returns to the gardens and working farm of this historic estate in Knutsford.

This entertaining family event continues to be an annual favourite for children looking for simple outdoor fun and creativity during the school half-term holidays.

Designed by the education and gardening teams, children can follow a trail to uncover the secret location of mystical fairies, cheeky gnomes and mischievous elves, each representing a colour of the rainbow.

Along with magic night residents, the intrigue continues with scarecrows dressed as Sherlock Holmes, a spy, a masquerading couple, and the symbol of the rebirth and growth in the spring, the Green Man.

Often depicted on ancient buildings and churches with a face sprouting leaves, branches or vines, Tatton Park's original secret Green Man sculpture can be found in the middle of the Garden's maze.

Try not to get lost amidst the twists and turns within its hedged walls!

At the farm, the resident scarecrows are hiding throughout the farmyard.

Children can have a go at making a mini-version of their own and play in the den-building area.

Visit www.tattonpark.org.uk for more information and timed sessions.

Delamere Forest

Delamere forest

Saturday, February 18 - Friday, February 24

Forest explores at Delamere Forest are hosting a variety of family events during February half term.

Activities include building a bird box, a winter survival day, a one day wilderness essentials course (for over 16s) and a family stone age day.

For full details, click here.

The Forum Studio Theatre

Jack Parry as Kevin (centre) with (left to right) Richard Taylor, Phil Cross, Peter Edwards and Megan Parry in rehearsals for Tip Top's half-term treat The Boy Who Fell Into a Book(Image: Eventphotographysc)

Wednesday, February 22 - Saturday, February 25

Tip Top Productions will stage the magical adventure story The Boy Who Fell Into A Book by Alan Ayckbourn at The Forum Studio Theatre in Chester City Centre.

Children coming to see the play are encouraged to bring along a book they have read and swap it for another one that has been pre-loved and enjoyed as part of the fun.

Chosen intentionally to catch the imagination of the whole family during the half term holiday and suitable for ages seven and above, the play is a fantasy adventure served up with Alan Ayckbourn's magic and lashings of imagination.

Tickets can be booked online at www.chestertheatre.co.uk.

The Lion Salt Works

The Lion Salt Works Museum in Northwich

Tuesday, February 21 and Wednesday, February 22, 10.30am-1pm and 2-4.30pm

Help our feathered friends this spring and recycle at the same time by making a bird feeder out of an old bottle.

A donation of £1.50 is suggested.

If you'd like us to add an event to our guide, please email cheshire.news@trinitymirror.com. Alternatively you can tweet us @ChesterChron or post to our Facebook page.

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