How to keep mini guests occupied over Half Term

There really is no reason to leave Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens during the February Half Term – with our heated indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, snooker table, garden games, free bike hire, indoor games room and the friendly ducks & koi carp to feed.

Not forgetting the 66-acres of gardens to explore and hunt down our resident trolls! Or find our hidden air raid shelter at the bottom of the vista.

But if you do want to venture beyond our beautiful grounds, we have lots of fabulous attractions close by…

Marwell Zoo

Why go?
Escape the frosty February weather and head into a warm paradise at Marwell Zoo’s Tropical House. Experience face-to-face encounters with a diversity of wildlife, including Rica the Linne’s two-toed sloth, as you’re immersed by exotic plants in a tropical climate all while learning about the flow of energy through life. Visitors can also enjoy a range of daily animal talks and feeds including giraffes, meerkats and Humboldt penguins. With five adventure playgrounds, a tractor train, and hundreds of exotic and endangered animals across 140 acres of beautiful landscaped parkland, there’s plenty to occupy your little ones whilst you relax and soak up the surroundings.

Take me there:

Winchester Science Centre

Why go?
Science of Magic (15-25 Feb)
Spark your family’s curiosity with an awe-inspiring live science show that explores the science behind the magic; watch colours change before your very eyes and discover the secret of the disappearing act! Children can also get hands-on in the Invention Studio creating their own optical illusions and enjoy interactive science busking, including myth-busting maths and card tricks, from the Science Centre’s Inspirers. All these exciting activities are free with entry – book online at least three days in advance and save 25% on General Admission to the Science Centre.

You Are Here! Live-action planetarium show (16-22 Feb)
February half term will also see the return of You Are Here!, a hugely popular 30-minute planetarium show that combines live performance with the immersive 360° full-dome planetarium experience. You Are Here! was developed by Winchester Science Centre in collaboration with Glasgow-based theatre company The Occasion and has been touring the UK since its launch in Winchester in October 2018.

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 The Vyne, National Trust

Why go?
For a stroll around the estate (452 hectares),  spot the snowdrops and warm the cockles in the National Trust café.  A spot of Tudor history & don't miss the Pesky Pest trail for the kids...
Something has been guzzling away at a piece of historic fabric at The Vyne. On this creepy-crawly challenge, use what you learn about bugs to work out which one did it.

Take me there:  Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 9HL

Wellington Country Park

Why go?
Adventure play areas, a zip wire, an array of farm animals including: Shetland ponies, donkeys, sheep, chickens, rabbits, pigs and goats! You’ll find a Jumping Pillow to bounce on, sand pits, water play & diggers, an indoor soft play area, a miniature railway and mini golf!

Wellington Country Park re-opens on Saturday 16th February 2019 at 9:30am and is around 10 minutes drive from the hotel.

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Kids stay FREE at Tylney Hall

Enjoy a break away over the school holidays at Tylney Hall Hotel with our special bed and breakfast; or dinner bed & breakfast breaks. Best of all kids stay for FREE on this package!*

All children on this package will receive a Tylney Hall goody bag complete with games, duck food to feed our feathered friends and a very special Tylney Hall duck soft toy.

For our best available rates during this period please contact our Reservations Team on 01256 764881

*Terms & conditions apply.