From adventures to get the heart racing to great rainy day ideas, there are loads of events & activities to enjoy in Staffordshire this half-term!

Get back to nature

There's a packed week of woodland adventures at the National Memorial Arboretum this week, starting on Saturday 16th February.

Explore the arboretum and woods and find your way back to the family tree on The Stick Man Trail, inspired by the hit book by Julia Donaldson, discover insects, mammals and more at the Nature Detectives, and let off some steam in the sensory play areas.

For anyone with a love of our feathered friends, the Bird-Watching for Beginners sessions will introduce you to the birds which make this huge site their home during the year, as well as providing tips on identifying bird songs and advice on attracting them into your own garden.

And for the first time, the Arboretum will also be home to free indoor pop-up cinema, with showings of Peter Rabbit, and the amazing adventures of Stick Man, throughout the week.

Also for nature lovers: meet the macaques at Trentham Monkey Forest, which reopens after the winter shutdown, and look out for fairies and elves on a woodland walk at Weston Park.

Awesome adrenaline adventures

It's Superhero Week at Staffordshire's Number One trampoline park, Flip Out Stoke-on-Trent!

Starting on Saturday 16th February, you can meet your favourite superheroes, bounce with the Green Ninja, and enjoy competitions and giveaways for the whole of half-term.

Plus, on Tuesday 19th February, Superheroes Assemble from galaxies far and wide, with a Buzz Lightyear and a Ninja Turtle thrown in for good measure too! Take some super snaps in the photo booth, and watch their awesome tricks and flips on the trampolines.

Dress as your favourite superhero, and you could win cinema tickets for you and the family in the best-dressed competition.

There are four sessions on Superheroes Assemble day, and they're selling fast so book now to avoid disappointment!

Also for adrenaline junkies: there's fun on the inflatables in the pool - and snow play on the slopes - at SnowDome, and a great half-term special offer at Waterworld.

Crafty capers

For some slower-paced adventures, head for World of Wedgwood, where there's plenty of messy fun on offer this week.

Create a unique souvenir in the decorating studio, where you'll find pottery painting sessions, or get your hands (and everything else) really dirty by learning how to throw a pot at the potter's wheel!

Why not make a special gift for Mum, with Mother's Day not far away?

There's also a children's museum trail to explore in the free-to-enter Wedgwood Museum, with a prize on offer to everyone who completes the activity sheet, plus free factory tours for the under 12s from Monday to Friday, and Get Wild in Hem Heath Woods.

Also for arts & crafts activities: train your dragon at the Museum of Cannock Chase, and family craft sessions at Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum.

Image: VisitEngland/Diana Jarvis

Step back in time

Jump into a Staffordshire time machine at Churnet Valley Railway for the Winter Steam Gala on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February.

The railway's traditional opening to the season is back, with a host of classic locomotives on show, including the star, the Caledonian Tank Engine No 419, making its first visit south of the border from Scotland in almost 40 years.

Embark on a journey through the picturesque Churnet Valley, also known as Staffordshire's Little Switzerland, learn about the history of the North Staffordshire Railway Company, and sample delicious fayre in nostalgic surroundings in the tea room at Froghall Station.

A great day out for families and railway enthusiasts alike!

Also for history and heritage: the Staffordshire Regiment Museum is free to enter all week, while the Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford is opening the cockpits of historic planes, the Hunter and the Phantom.

More half term days out in Staffordshire

There are more than 50 events and activities to choose from in Staffordshire this half term.

All the details are on our Half Term page, where you can search for things to do by date and by region.

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Trentham Monkey Forest
Wildlife Park
Trentham Monkey Forest

Come and enjoy the unique Monkey Forest where you can walk amongst wild Barbary macaques living in total freedom in 60 acres of Staffordshire forest.

World of Wedgwood
Pottery Visitor Centre
World of Wedgwood exterior

Winner - Silver Award - Enjoy Staffordshire Guided Tour of the Year 2018. The World of Wedgwood, a unique visitor experience celebrating the very best of British industrial and design heritage. Experience Wedgwood for the day through shopping, food and visitor tours.

National Memorial Arboretum
Arboretum
National Memorial Arboretum

Winner - Gold Award - Enjoy Staffordshire Guided Tour of the Year 2018. Winner - Silver Award - Enjoy Staffordshire Best Tourism Experience of the Year 2018. The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance. The 150 acre site, located in Staffordshire, features over 330 thought-provoking memorials for both military and civilian associations in  more than 150-acres of maturing woodland and gardens.

Waterworld
Aqua Park
Safely down the ride

Water World is an Aqua Park built around a wave pool with slides, rides, flumes and features available. There is plenty to do for all ages, weak and strong swimmers and open all year round

Weston Park
Historic House
Weston Park

Weston Park is one of the most welcoming stately homes with as much character as any English castle and with as many stories as any royal home.

SnowDome
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Skiing at SnowDome

Winner - Bronze Award - Enjoy Staffordshire Best Tourism Experience of the Year 2018. Whether it’s a fun packed day on the real snow, sliding and gliding about on the ice or relaxing in the seriously luxurious spa, the SnowDome in Tamworth is the ultimate snow, ice and leisure experience.

Churnet Valley Railway
Steam Railway
Churnet Valley Railway

The Churnet Valley Railway takes you on a journey back to the 1950s and 1960s. Take a break from busy urban life and hop on board a steam train to ride in a heritage carriage behind one of our beautifully restored heritage steam or diesel locomotives. Pass through delightful countryside with riverside views and The Caldon Canal.

Flip Out Stoke (Stone)
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Main Trampoline Space at Flip Out

Flip Out Stoke is Stone’s number 1 visitor attraction! Our massive 35,000 sq ft trampoline theme park is full of trampolines, wall runners, foam pits, drop tower & so much more. Our aim is simple, to give you enjoyable & healthy fun for the whole family.

Museum of Cannock Chase
Museum
Museum Entrance

The Museum of Cannock Chase illustrates the rich social and industrial heritage of the Cannock Chase area.

Staffordshire Regiment Museum
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Come and see the Staffordshire Regiment Museum tell the story of the bravery, tenacity and heroism of all serving members over the last 300 years.

Royal Air Force Museum
Museum - Military
Neptune Iscape

Royal Air Force Museum Cosford has a collection of 70 historic aircraft and the National Cold War Exhibition. Includes restaurant, shop hands on gallery, simulator and 4D experience.

Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum
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Celebrating Samuel Johnson

Discover the life and times of Samuel Johnson, the great man of letters most famously known for writing ‘A Dictionary of the English Language’ in 1755. Explore five floors of displays in an atmospheric historic house, including period room settings, introductory film, interactive exhibits and hands-on fun for families. The house tells the story of the colourful life and major achievements of Lichfield's most famous son from troubled childhood, through literary obscurity and financial poverty, to world renown and success. A range of events and activities is held throughout the year, and book-lovers can browse the well-stocked Johnson family bookshop.