The UK half term edit: Fun ideas for families and students

Whether you’re keeping the kids entertained for half term, or you’ve got a cheeky week off uni, we’ve found all the best cities to visit and exactly what to do when you’re there. You’re welcome!


  • Have a round at Ghetto Golf

    Where📍 Old Cains Brewery, Baltic Triangle, Liverpool

    For fun and games with a grungy twist, a round or two at Liverpool’s Ghetto Golf certainly won’t go amiss this reading week. In a graffiti-filled 18 hole mini golf experience, you and your mates can play for just £10 each and enjoy street food, belting bevvies, and banging tunes all night long from top local DJs.

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  • Go animal spotting at the zoo

    Where📍 Chester Zoo

    Is it even the school half term if you haven’t taken the kids to the zoo? Our personal favourite is Chester Zoo – the very same place The Secret Life of the Zoo is filmed on Channel 4! Whether your little monkeys want to climb like a lemur in the Lost Forest play area, or make friends with the brand new African painted dog pups, they’ll have a world of fun at their feet.


  • Take on The Crystal Maze

    Where📍 The Crystal Maze Studios, Lower Byrom Street, Manchester, M3 4FP

    This reading week, you and your mates can relive the nineties with The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience. Based on the iconic TV show, your team will test its skills in four weird and wonderful adventure zones, running wild to complete a series of mental and physical challenges. Super fun and crazy popular, we’d advise booking in advance to avoid missing out.

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  • Kick off the Chinese New Year celebrations

    Where📍 Old Trafford Football Club
    When: Friday 16th – Friday 23rd February

    With Chinese New Year on the way, take the kids to 
    Old Trafford and you can all be part of the celebrations for the ‘Year of the Dog’ this half term. There’ll be everything from Chinese lantern and calligraphy, through to football themed games and workshops.


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  • Be a big kid

    Where📍 Drink, Shop & Do, 9 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DX
    When: Fridays and Saturdays (free entry before 10pm)

    All about the good times? Then keep them rolling at 
    Drink Shop & Do, a mild-mannered King’s Cross cafe by day, and a wild den of drinking, dancing and games galore at night. From getting down to your fave old school tunes, to taking part in free crafty events like Lego Robots and Lionel Rich Tea (, you’ll have bags of fun being a big kid again. Yay!

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  • Have a day at the farm

    Where📍 Hackney City Farm

    You’d be forgiven for thinking that you have to go all the way to the countryside to visit a farm. In reality, there’s barns-full near London, including Hackney City Farm! It’s thriving with a whole range of happy animals and after you’ve had a wander, be sure to take the kids to Frizzante. We hear the farm’s cafe does a heavenly breakfast, as well as seasonal Mediterranean cooking. Yum!


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  • Get your game face on

    Where📍 The National Videogame Arcade, 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham, NG1 1NN

    If retro Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario Kart and Donkey Kong are your kind of thing, you’re gonna go bananas for the National Videogame Arcade! Just get the squad over to Nottingham and you can play all day on three floors of fun and fully interactive games. Plus, you can even play games before they’re released in the Early Access Greenhouse. Nice!

  • Visit the City of Caves

    Where📍 Upper Level, Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, Nottingham NG1 7LS

    Want a half term filled with adventures? Then next stop on your list is the City of Caves, where you and the little ones can go and explore a hidden world underneath the most famous streets of Nottingham. In an archaeological journey, you’ll meet the friendly characters Archie and Annie the Archaeologists and see the only medieval underground tannery in the country.

What have you got planned this half term / reading week? Let us know with a tweet to @nationalexpress.

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