29 things to do this February half-term
Ready for a break this February half term? A few days away to spend quality time with the family? To a place where you can go with sandy beaches and bustling towns to rural countryside within just a few minutes. Sounds ideal, doesn’t it?
During the February half-term holiday, venture to Cleethorpes beach for traditional seaside family fun, or grab your wellies for exploration in the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds village countryside. Stay over for a night or two or longer and make memories with the family. To help you plan your last-minute UK break, here are 29 ideas for family friendly things to do when you visit Cleethorpes and North East Lincolnshire. How many can you tick off this list?
The Great Outdoors
- Explore the Solar System through augmented reality. Children can learn all about our solar system whilst making their way around Cleethorpes Country Park, Cleethorpes Boating Lake, Weelsby Woods, People’s Park, and Immingham’s Roval Drive play area. The Love Exploring App which you can download for free on your smartphone, uses augmented reality to bring planets in outer space to North East Lincolnshire.
- Go on a Dinosaur Safari and watch dinosaurs come to life right in front of your eyes. Yes, really! Using the Love Exploring app, follow the trails at Weelsby Woods and People’s Park (Grimsby), Church Lane (Immingham), and Cleethorpes Prom and Cleethorpes Boating Lake.
- Explore rock pools. Head to North Prom and the beach beyond the Whale’s Tail groyne to discover various species of marine wildlife in the rock pools. You may see a crab scuttling across the sand or starfish clinging to the rocks, or even find a fossil.
- Fly a kite. On a suitably windy day, you need big skies for kite flying. Families love to get together at Weelsby Woods and its large open grassland is the perfect spot for kite flying. You will often see kites taking flight along Cleethorpes beach, too.
- Feed the ducks. Cleethorpes Boating Lake and People’s Park in Grimsby both have a variety of ducks and swans swimming in their waters. Leave the bread at home and be sure to bring bird-friendly food and seeds! If you don’t have any, you can swap bread for duck food at locations around Cleethorpes Boating Lake.
- Cloud watching. Not only is this calming and grounding, but kids can really use their imagination. The beaches at Humberston Fitties and Marine Embankment are perfect for lying back and picking out shapes and pictures. An opportunity to slow down, be mindful, and be curious about the sky above.
- Mayflower Woods – If you go down to Mayflower Woods today, you are sure to spot lots of wildlife. This Immingham woodland, owned by Phillips 66 but open to the public, is a haven for birds, squirrels, and even deer.
Learn about North East Lincolnshire’s nature and wildlife hotspots HERE.
- Play with Water. When it’s raining outside or you just want the kids to have a good splash about, you have the choice of three indoor swimming pools – Cleethorpes Leisure Centre, Grimsby Leisure Centre, and Immingham Pool. In Cleethorpes, kids can experience the wave machine and join an aqua disco!
- Get a strike at Bowling. Time to get competitive and see who the best at bowling is! Cleethorpes Ten Pin Bowl is family friendly with bumpers and ball ramps available for children, so even the little ones can join in.
- A trip to the arcades. No short break to the seaside is complete without a visit to the arcades. Have old-fashioned family fun with classic machines like penny pushers or get the high scores on the newest games. Bring plenty of coppers and treat yourselves to hot donuts afterwards!
- Travel through time. Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre takes you back through history to explore times gone by. Climb aboard the Ross Tiger trawler, feel the cold of the Arctic fishing trips, and learn about the sights, sounds, smells, and drama of life as a trawlerman. Family tickets available.
- All aboard! A unique way to take in two miles of marine views. The Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway is one of Britain’s oldest seaside miniature trainlines and it re-opens in time for the February half-term break, ready to delight children and big kids alike.
- Talk to the animals. Nunnys Farm re-opens on Saturday 10 February after a period of closure due a difficult winter with flooding and storm damage. Nunny’s Farm is a community petting farm for everyone. Offering experiences with 13 different animal species from highland cows to alpacas and rabbits, it’s a great chance to come and be more at one with nature. Getting outdoors, meeting our animals has huge physical and mental health benefits.
- It’s a goal! Between Monday 13th and Friday 17th February, future footballers can join the half-term Football Course with Lincs Inspire at Bradley Football Development Centre. Booking is essential.
- Bike ride adventure. Haven’t got room for your bikes for your short break? Not to worry! Cycle Hubs Lincs, located at the Grimsby train station, have a variety of bikes, buggies, accessories, and even tandems available to hire. Here you’ll also find route maps for short and longer adventures that take you through towns, the countryside, and the coast.
- Get your skates on. Grimsby Ice Rink, found next to Grimsby Leisure Centre, hosts a public skating sessions with extra sessions planned during half term. There’s a popular family ice disco Sundays at 12.30pm. You can hire skates from the rinks so all you need to bring is your best moves. [Book in advance].
- People’s Mile – From the Cherry Trees preparing to bloom to the duck-filled pond and children’s play area, follow the People’s Mile FitRoute trail around People’s Park. The route is paved so your little ones can complete it on their bikes, too.
Food and Drink
- Seaside classics. No trip to the seaside is complete without Grimsby fish and chips, followed by a ’99 ice cream or freshly fried sugared donuts. You’ll find kiosks selling all kinds of sweet treats all along the Cleethorpes prom – don’t forget a stick of rock to take home!
- Eat and play. Several of North East Lincolnshire’s cafes and pub restaurants, including Riverhead Coffee, an independent coffee shop in Grimsby and Cleethorpes, have dedicated children’s areas where they can play and be entertained while waiting for their food to arrive.
- Discover the North East Lincolnshire Food Map! Newly created by Taste Lincolnshire, this is a self-guided trail that will take you on a journey of culinary discovery around North East Lincolnshire – rich in history, provenance and built on centuries of proud tradition. Discover foodie shops, farm shops and delis, cafes, tearooms and restaurants, local producers and food experiences, and pubs and breweries.
- Fancy a takeaway? In recent years, we’ve had some fantastic street food vendors set up in North East Lincolnshire, and you can order food to collect or be delivered to your self-catering accommodation online and through apps such as Grimsby & Clee Eats. Burgers, gyros, New York style pizzas, vegan food, shakes and desserts – nothing but tasty food in the comfort of your home away from home.
More foodie ideas in North East Lincolnshire HERE.
- North East Lincolnshire’s Love Your Town events are back this February. For free family fun, head to LOVE GRIMSBY on Saturday 10 February, LOVE IMMINGHAM on Friday 16 February and LOVE CLEETHORPES on Saturday 10 February.
- Learn about ‘The Greatest Story Never Told‘, a celebration of inclusion, reimagining the legend that has long been forgotten, of Grim and the rescued boy, Prince Havelok in this new exhibition at the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre. The legend of Grim and Havelok is the area’s oldest story of immigration known locally. Open to the public Friday 9 February until 30 June 2024.
- Take part in Lincs Inspire’s half term activities including Dance Workshop, Monday 12 & Tuesday 13 at Grimsby Auditorium. Football Course, Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 at Bradley Football Development Centre and Super Club, Thursday 15 or Friday 16 at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre. Book Now www.lincsinspire.com/schoolholidays
- Skate Camp at Grimsby Ice Rink takes place on Wednesday 14 February. Get ready to elevate your ice skating skills with their exclusive Masterclasses. All ages are welcome! Sessions include: Skate UK Levels 1-8 Masterclass, perfect for beginners, or current level 1-8 skaters. Skate Star Masterclass, for advanced skaters. Bis Levels Beginner+ Masterclass, for serious figure skaters. More details zip over to their Facebook page.
- For Peppa Pig lovers don’t miss Peppa Pig’s Cinema Party at Parkway Cinemas on Friday 9 February.
- Local organisation Birdhouse, is holding free mini festivals for children and families. Join Mambo Jambo for music making, take a ride on the Bewonderment Machine, chat to the ‘Tea Cosies’ and get involved in nature workshops on Tuesday 13 February at Grant Thorold Park Grimsby and Wednesday 14 February at Haverstoe Park Cleethorpes. Both cafes will have snacks and drinks available and on Tuesday there will be fun with pancakes as it is pancake day.
Discover even more things to do in North East Lincolnshire during your spring short break HERE.