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The Guide: Half term things to do

A few suggestions to help you plan half term.

A History of the World
A History of the World BBC

BBC York & North Yorkshire and BBC Radio York are holding two events during the February half term at museums in North Yorkshire and we'd like you to come along.

A brand new collaboration between the BBC and the British Museum began in January and the idea is to create a digital museum. The project is called A History of the World.

As well as telling the stories behind objects chosen from museum collections around the county, BBC Radio York will also be telling the stories behind your objects.

On Tuesday 16 February the BBC Radio York big red bus will be outside the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate and on Friday 19 February we'll be at the Yorkshire Air Museum in Elvington, York. The events will take place between 10am and 4pm and admission to both museums will be free.

Find out more on the A History of the World website.


North York Moors National Park
Honey bee
Make a bee hotel at the North York Moors Centre in Danby

Children visiting The Moors National Park Centre in Danby this half-term can get involved in some hands-on activities planting summer bulbs and making a bee hotel, bird boxes and feeders.

On Monday 15 February children can decorate plant pots using paint and natural material. These will then be planted up in peat-free compost with summer bulbs ready to take home. The focus turns to bees on Wednesday 17 February with a session making a bee hotel to provide pollinating insects such as mason bees somewhere to nest and over-winter.

As part of National Nestbox Week, on Friday 19 February there is a chance for children to make a wooden bird box, willow feeder and fat ball for their garden.

For more information about all the half term events in the North York Moors National Park visit their website.

York museums and art gallery
Baby's feeding bottle. Photo: York Museums Trust
Feed the baby with the 'murder bottle'

Join in the half term fun at York Castle Museum and York Art Gallery.

At the museum you can find out what it was like to dine with King James the First. Explore how babies were cared for in the past by looking at traditional methods of swaddling and feeding and get up close to fantastic original objects such as the 'murder bottle' and teething ring.

You can also experience some of the day-to-day hardships of a Napoleonic soldier's life and discover more about Victorian life along the world-famous Victorian street, Kirkgate.

At York Art Gallery have a go at drawing birds, copied from real specimens from the Yorkshire Museum's stores. Take inspiration from their ceramics exhibition, Bird in the Hand. An artist will be on hand to help you and there will be a variety of drawing and collage materials to work with.

For more information about all the events in York's museums and art gallery visit the York Museums Trust website.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Children at RHS Harlow Carr
Build a nest box at Harlow Carr to protect the birds from the snow

Join in the fun at Harlow Carr and learn how to help the wildlife in your own garden at home. There will be plenty of bird and bug-related fun. Make a bird feeder, watch the bird of prey displays or build a bumble bee mansion!

If you really want to get involved, why not book onto the willow mini beast mansion workshops?

For more information about all the half term events at RHS Garden Harlow Carr visit their website.

Scarborough museums and art gallery
The Rotunda Museum. Photo: Scarborough Museums Trust
There's a family fun day at the Rotunda Museum

Throughout February there are a series of fascinating events taking place at Scarborough Art Gallery and the Rotunda Museum.

The fun at Scarborough Art Gallery kicks off with Arty Party on Thursday 18 February. Kids, families and adults can drop in any time between 11am and 4 pm and take part in a felt jewellery making workshop that draws its inspiration from the popular Pindar East Coast Open, currently on show at the Gallery.

The Rotunda Museum offers a family fun day on Wednesday 17 February. This drop in event runs from 11am - 4.00pm. This is the first of a series of family fun days and will look at the mineral crystals on display and help you to understand the artistry in rock. Create your own artwork in response to these fascinating objects.

Find out more information about all the half term events in Scarborough's museums and art gallery vist their website.

Viking Festival
Preparing for the 2009 Jorvik Festival battle
The Festival battle will mark the end of ten days of Viking activity in York

The dramatic reconstruction of a bloody battle for power in 910AD will form the finale to the 25th annual Jorvik Viking Festival.

The silver anniversary of the popular festival will include a boat burning, when an 80ft Viking ship will be set on fire, for the first time since 1999.

Visitors will be able to learn battle drills, try their hand at sword combat, search for buried treasure and hear Viking tales.

There will be an opportunity to learn some of the smelly secrets of the Viking age, try out different crafts and see the latest archaeological finds from the Hungate excavations.

York Minster will host a candlelit evening of music and poetry from throughout history with 'King Erik Bloodaxe' in attendance.

Find out more information about the Viking Festival visit their website.

Theatre
Poster for Aesop's Fables
Aesops's fables are brought to life at Harrogate Theatre

This half term you and your family have a chance to step into the tantalising world of Aesop's fables where incredible antics, characters, visual excitement and musicality roll into one mouth-watering puppet extravaganza.

Loud-mouthed Lion has a bad gnat in his ear; Fox runs nose to ground in search of cheese - while Spider knits and swings from the branches of the fabulous forest. A new unravelling of ancient tales brought to life with musical instruments, hand and shadow puppet theatre.

Idolrich Theatre Company is an award winning international touring puppetry and animated theatre company. They carry a repertoire of performances and workshops for both children and adults and with an established reputation for unique puppets, original texts and music.

For more information visit the Harrogate Theatre website.




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