February half-term is approaching (Monday, February 19 - Friday, February 23) but fear not, there are plenty of events in and around Chester to keep the kids occupied.

We've put together a guide of what's on in our area to help you make the most of the week off.

Activities at Beeston Castle

Aardman and Studiocanal’s new film Early Man

Saturday, February 17 - Sunday, February 25

Aardman and Studiocanal’s new film Early Man comes to Cheshire’s Beeston Castle this February half-term in the form of special Early Man Quests inviting visitors to follow in the footsteps of their Neolithic ancestors, solving clues and completing a quest to uncover centuries of history in one day.

Follow the clues and complete the quest to uncover centuries of history in one day plus, enter a draw for the chance to win tickets to an exclusive outdoor screening of Early Man at Stonehenge on Saturday, May 26.

Also at Beeston Castle this half-term, English Heritage’s Nature Craft event will invite young adventurers for five days of family fun and hands-on craft activities, including den building in the castle’s 40 acre woodland park.

Quests cost £1 per child in addition to usual castle entry fee.

WayWord Festival at Storyhouse

Saturday, February 17 - Sunday, February 25

Now in its fifth year, WayWord is a week long festival dedicated to families and children.

For seven days Storyhouse in Chester will have a programme featuring performances, workshops, children’s illustrators, writers and discos.

Tickets start at £4.

For more information, click here .

Family sessions at Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is inviting families to discover their animal instincts this February half term with an array of active events

Saturday, February 10 - Sunday, February 25

The zoo has announced a major PLAY! Active programme for families throughout February half-term.

Visitors will be invited to join the zoo rangers and warm up like an animal before venturing into the zoo.

Families can then get limber with animal yoga or wiggle their way through hoola hoop sessions at the zoo’s Madagascar Basecamp, before joining Animal Play events every afternoon to leap like a lemur and hop like a frog.

For the more adventurous, a zoo-wide outdoor game called Predator vs Prey will even bring hundreds of families together in a unique mass participation event.

All events are free with normal zoo admission.

Adorable rare deer born at Chester Zoo

Scarecrow Festival at Tatton Park

Tatton Park spy scarecrow

Saturday, February 17 - Sunday, February 25

Over 30 scarecrows will be resident in the gardens at Tatton Park's Scarecrow Festival.

Find the scarecrows and have a go at making your own.

Normal admission charges apply.

Glow Party at FREEDOME

Glow through February half-term at FREEDOME

Monday, February 19 - Friday, February 23

Light up your February half-term with a week long glow party at FREEDOME trampoline park.

From 11am - 4pm, the lights will go out and the UV lights, house music and face paint will go on.

The glow party is suitable for children aged five and over.

Admission starts at £11 for 60 minutes.

Visitors are also being encouraged to dress to impress in their brightest and boldest neon clothes and there will be a range of goodies and discounts to those with the greatest glow outfits.

To book a place, click here.

Magical fun at The Forum Studio Theatre

Cast members during a break in rehearsals for of The Witches which is being staged during half-term at The Forum Studio Theatre in Chester. (L-R) Eleanor Moulson, Robert Lyon, Lynda Cross, Ben Rackham, Chris Griffiths, Jake Cross, Fiona MacSween, Finn Hibbert, Kat Tanczos, Steve Cross, Zach Waddington, Caireen Candlin, Dawn Adams, Paula Condliffe-Hughes
Cast members during a break in rehearsals for of The Witches which is being staged during half-term at The Forum Studio Theatre in Chester. (L-R) Eleanor Moulson, Robert Lyon, Lynda Cross, Ben Rackham, Chris Griffiths, Jake Cross, Fiona MacSween, Finn Hibbert, Kat Tanczos, Steve Cross, Zach Waddington, Caireen Candlin, Dawn Adams, Paula Condliffe-Hughes

Wednesday, February 21 - Saturday, February 24

Rehearsals are under way at the city centre venue to bring the characters from a much loved children’s book to life on stage for a special family-friendly half-term treat.

Produced by Tip Top Productions, the theatre will stage Roald Dahl’s classic children’s tale The Witches.

The play, which is suitable for ages seven and above, was adapted for the stage by David Wood and will be directed for Tip Top by Phil Cross, the creator of the popular Wizard School which took place at St Mary’s Centre recently for the second year running.

Tickets can be booked online at www.chestertheatre.co.uk. Alternatively, contact the Box Office on 01244 341296.

Chester FC Community Trust Soccer School

Chester FC Soccer Schools

Monday, February 19 - Thursday, February 22

Places are available for children to attend two-day courses at Blacon High School and The Cheshire County Sports Club in Upton.

Each day features coaching drills, games and tournaments with FA qualified coaches from Chester FC Community Trust.

Every child who attend will receive a certificate with medals for those who attend on both days.

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

Soccer schools run from 10am until 4pm each day.

£10 per day with an optional 9am early drop-off available for an additional £2.50.

To book, call 07512 355396 or email community@chesterfc.com.

Half-term activities at Neston Theatre Arts

Performing arts courses are available this half-term at Neston Theatre Arts

Award-winning Little Actors Theatre is offering half-term performing arts courses for £25 per day with 50% scholarships for low income families.

The courses will be held at their venue, Neston Theatre Arts, and are facilitated by expert professional actors.

The children will have access to the studio theatre space and use of the resources in the wardrobe and props department.

The courses are suitable for children aged seven and above.

The day-long courses are:

Musical in a day - Wednesday, February 21 at 10.00am-3.30pm

Play in a day - Thursday, February 22 at 10.00am-3.30pm.

Both days will culminate with a presentation at the end of the day for family and friends.

For details of how to book contact Little Actors on 0151 336 4302 or littleactorstheatre@outlook.com.

The Ice Cream Farm

The Ice Cream Farm will be offering visitors the chance to meet their favourite Ty character

Sunday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18

To celebrate the launch of Ty Toys housing a selection of their range in a bespoke display barn at The Ice Cream Farm, visitors will get the

chance to meet their favourite Ty character during half term.

Taking place from 12pm to 4pm around Daisy's Garden, Ty 'Beanie Boo Coconut the Monkey' will be interacting with children and adults alike, as well as stopping for photo opportunites.

The range will launch properly during February half term.

For further information, visit www.theicecreamfarm.co.uk.

Slime sessions at The White Horse

The White Horse at Chester Racecourse will be running slime sessions during February half term

The White Horse at Chester Racecourse will be running slime sessions throughout half term.

Kids will be able to get stuck in with different colours, glitter and more.

The sessions will run in the pub’s conservatory from 11am until 2pm from Monday, February 19 to Friday, February 23.

During these times The White Horse will also be offering complimentary refills on coffee and tea for parents and lunch will be available from midday.

Advanced booking is advised for larger bookings.

If you'd like us to add an event to our half-term guide, please email details to leah.jones@trinitymirror.com.