Top picks!

If you're getting yourself tied up in 'Notts' over what to do in the school holidays, our round-up of a few top picks could help you out.

From adrenaline-fuelled activities to family-friendly fun, both on and off the water, you can find something for everyone to enjoy at Holme Pierrepont Country Park.

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Get creative this February half-term!

Inspire have got fun events and activities for all the family in the warm welcome of your local library this February half-term, 12 - 16 February!

Enjoy a variety of craft sessions and author visits, and join some of our libraries in celebrating Lunar New Year, Saturday 10 February.

Full details and booking information

Boxed In: A Daryl & Co. and Half Moon Co-Production

Touring 5 Inspire Libraries 14 - 16 February

Boxed In follows the journey of someone who can’t make head nor tail of the unspoken rules that surround us all. In a world where everyone else seems to understand, it can all get a bit confusing. And when you get it wrong, you’re made to sit out, but you don’t understand why. It seems so unfair.

This heartfelt story is about being made to feel naughty, just because the rules don’t make sense.

A playful show about (mis)understanding the rules, for ages 3 – 6.
Tickets £4 library members, £7 non-library members.

Family Theatre: Boxed In

Small World Cinema Shadow Play

Kirkby-in-Ashfield Library, 10 February, 10.30am

Create a world of make-believe using paper cut-outs or just our hands, a torch and a blank wall. The activity will be followed by a selection of short films featuring shadows and paper cut-out animations including a fairy tale by silhouette artist Lotte Reiniger.

Tickets £1. Suitable for ages 5+. 
Small World Cinema: Shadow Play & Film 

Magical Missions! In association with Nottingham Playhouse

Kirkby in Ashfield Library - 28 February, 10.30am
Sutton-in-Ashfield Library - 28 February, 2pm
Worksop Library - 29 February, 10.30am
Retford Library - 29 February, 2pm

Join Marian on a magical mission which takes us far away from Sherwood Forest, with guidance along the way from the Magical Major Oak. A playful and interactive practical session for children aged 2 to 4 and their grown-ups. 

Tickets £2

Magical Missions!

Festival Of Science and Curiosity

5 - 16 February

A programme of free, hands-on activities to pique your family’s curiosity.

Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity celebrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths with interactive, fun and free events across Nottinghamshire.

Inspire Libraries are delighted to be hosting a selection of FREE events as part of this year's festival during February half-term.

For children aged 5 - 11 and their families.

Festival of Science and Curiosity 2024

Notts Outdoors is the outdoor and environmental education service from Nottinghamshire County Council. We're all about discovering the great outdoors, having fun and making memories to last a lifetime. Our centres are located around Nottinghamshire and in the beautiful Peak District, each offering something unique and different.

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Set in beautiful parkland, Rufford Abbey offers over 870 years of history, from its origins as a 12th-century Cistercian monastery to its period as a Jacobean-era family home. There is plenty to explore; with walks through the native woodlands, a lake and gardens plus events to enjoy. 

Full details and booking information.

Magical fairy trail

10 - 25 February (every day), 10am to 3.30pm

Step into the Magical Fairy Trail at Rufford Abbey

Embark on a whimsical journey through woodlands, meadows, and lakes, where fairies and pixies await.  Encounter enchanting beings, enjoy interactive fun, and let imaginations soar!

Trail Sheets £2.50 per child (prize included), available from the Courtyard Gift Shop from 10am - 3.30pm daily

Magical Fairy Trail

Sing-a-long fairy breakfast

17 February

Two seatings - 9am and 11.30am at The Savile, at Rufford Abbey Country Park

£14.95pp / Children under 4 £7.25 / Children under 1 FREE

You will all meet a Pixie who will help each child gain their fairy wings. Along with breakfast, your little ones can look forward to a sing-along and dancing that will be sure to keep them entertained. Each child will receive a trail sheet so they can explore our Magical Fairy Trail, and at the end of the day collect a prize at the Orangery.

The cost includes breakfast, tea, juice, fairy wings, and a trail sheet for each child.

Magical Fairy Breakfast


Sherwood Forest has, for centuries, conjured up visions of its most famous resident – Robin Hood.

Here you’ll find 375 hectares in our part of the National Nature Reserve, which is home to hundreds of species of bird, insect, mammal, fungi, tree and plant.

Find out more about Sherwood Forest and events


Take a look at the Notts Help Yourself great guide full of fun family activity ideas to do at home.

You can also see information about where you can find local baby groups, children's centres and more. 


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