February Half Term at UK Theme Parks in 2018

Although the main theme park season may still be a little way off, there are plenty of special events at UK theme parks for February Half Term in 2018.

Here's our pick of all the highlights, including where to get your tickets or book a short break.

Pirate and Princess Takeover at Alton Towers Resort

10th - 25th February 2018

Alton Towers Holidays

There's a swashbucklin’ Pirate and Princess Takeover at Alton Towers this February with tons of Pirate and Princess activities for all the family.

Take part in fabulous family gameshows, show off your best costumes in the amazing Fancy Dress parade and be amazed by Pirate Pegg’s magic show. Attend princess school where you can help Loana the Brave remember how to be a princess and enjoy the action-packed show ‘High Seas and Hijinks: A Pirate Adventure’, full of treasure, heroic rescue and Pirate training. Complete the treasure hunt around the Resort to help Princess Isabella Adelaide of Alton find the Jewels stolen from her by Shark Tooth Jack for the chance to win a terrific prize. Then finish the day off at a full-filled Pirate and Princess party.

Budding buccaneers can pay a visit to Sharkbait Reef by SEA LIFE, take in a FREE round of crazy zany 9 hole golf on the Extraordinary Golf course, and enjoy the thrills and spills of the Alton Towers Waterpark on the second day of your package.

With so much to pack into a stay, the Alton Towers Resort is the ultimate escape this February Half Term.

The February Half Term event is open exclusively for hotel guests.

Animal Adventures at Chessington World of Adventures Resort

10th - 18th February 2018

Animal Adventures Tickets £14

Perfect for all ages, the roarsome Animal Adventures February half term event is packed full of fun and adventure for the whole family.

Enjoy the new How to be a Zoo Keeper LIVE! interactive show where you’ll learn what it takes to become a Zoo Keeper and meet some of the animals along the way!

Come face-to-face with over 1,000 animals as you explore the wilds of Chessington Zoo and go under the depths of the ocean in the SEA LIFE centre.

That’s not all… enjoy selection of your favourite rides:

  • Join Mouse on The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure, a magical riverboat journey through the deep dark wood.
  • Board the Scorpion Express and speed through gold mine ruins.
  • Ride the wild Adventure Tree Carousel.
  • Get behind the wheel on Tiny Truckers.
  • Watch out for the mischievous Goblins at Hocus Pocus Hall.
  • Let your little monkeys loose on the AMAZU Treetop Adventure.
  • With all this and more, February Half Term is set to be full of wild Animal Adventures!

Junior Builder Week at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort

9th - 17th February 2018


This year at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort between 9th - 17th February it's the Junior Builder Week: Minifigures Edition!

With so much LEGO building fun to enjoy, including Minifigure trading, a treasure hunt around the hotel, creative colouring activities and so much more, your Junior Builder's will have an unforgettable short break!

Your hotel package will include an overnight stay in the LEGOLAND Resort Hotel, a LEGO gift to take home, all Junior Builder activities, access to the The BIG Shop for the ultimate LEGO shopping experience as well as a delicious buffet breakfast. Plus, all the Junior Builders will receive an achievement certificate and exclusive pop badge for taking part!

There's a lot more to explore at the LEGOLAND Resort Hotel to keep the whole family entertained, including access to the LEGO Lounge with LEGO Brick Pits, LEGO Games area and a Movie Den.

Prices start from just £38 per person!

Thomas & Friends at Drayton Manor

10th - 25th February 2018

Drayton Manor is home to Europe’s only Thomas Land so why not join in all the family fun this February Half Term and enjoy meeting Thomas and all his friends.

From Saturday 10th – Sunday 25th February 2018 you can enjoy all the rides and attractions in Thomas Land as well as meeting all the animals in the 15-acre zoo.

  • Thomas Land rides and attractions including Harold's Helicopter Tours, Bertie Bus and Cranky's Drop Tower
  • Selected family favourite rides around the theme park (no thrill rides will be open)
  • Live shows at Knapford Station with the Fat Controller and friends
  • A variety of animals in the 15-acre Drayton Manor Zoo

So take the family along for a fun-filled day of excitement at Drayton Manor

Selected family rides only during Thomas & Friends February half term, including Thomas Land and the Zoo. No thrill rides will be open during this holiday.

Little Africa opens at Paultons Park

11th - 18th February 2018

Little Africa will house a number of animals native to the continent, including fennec fox, African crested porcupines, meerkats, Savannah monitor lizards and giant train millipedes, as well as one of the largest rodents in Africa, the Gambian pouched rat, and also the smallest, the African pygmy mouse.

At the centre of Little Africa is an impressive aviary where a mix of bird species such as the trumpeter hornbills, Madagascan teal and black-crowned night herons, will share the same environment that has been designed to replicate an African water hole. 

Plus, almost all of the other rides and attractions at Paultons Park will also be open too!*

* closed attractions: The Edge, Raging River Ride Log Flume and Tea Cup Ride.

Fab Feb Family Fun at Lightwater Valley

14th - 18th February 2018

Fab Feb Family Fun Tickets £6.75

Although the full theme park is not open, selected rides and other children's attractions will be available.

The event is ideal for 8's and unders as the park will have heaps to do both indoors and outdoors with a selection of rides and giant indoor inflatables for you to run wild and let loose on! The Angry Birds Activity Park and Angry Birds Space will be open along with the Lightwater Bird of Prey Centre with over 50 amazing raptors, mammals and reptiles. You'll also find Riggmoor Mobile Farm with lots of cute and cuddly animals for you to pet and feed, including rabbits, lambs, piglets, miniature ponies, cows and alpacas.

Rides and activities open at Fab Feb Family Fun:

Skyrider, Eagles' Creek Farm, Carousel, Eagles' Claw, Trauma Tower, Ladybug, Space Pirates, Noah's Ark, Human Cannonball, Angry Birds Activity Park, Angry Birds Space, Indoor Soft Play, Bouncy Castles, Pirate Assault Course, Giant Slide, Pillow Bash, Animal Feeding, Lightwater Bird of Prey Centre, Reptile Handling, Petting Farm and Cafes.

Due to the popularity of this event tickets must be prebooked online, payment on the day is not available. Pre-bookings must be made by midnight on the day before you wish to visit and cannot be made for the same day.

Winter at Flamingo Land

10th - 18th February 2018

Flamingo Land Zoo is currently open 10am - 4pm daily, allowing you to enjoy over 140 species. This extends to the Peter Rabbit Adventure and Lily Bobtail’s Nature Discovery playgrounds, Children's Planet, Reptile River, Muddy Duck Farm, Treetop Walkway, Wallaby Walkway and the Aquarium.

During the half term holidays The Pirates of Zanzibar will be making a welcome return and most of Dino-Stone Park will be open.

With performances at 11am, 1pm and 3pm each day, the Pirates of Zanzibar show provides great live entertainment for all the family. Telling the story of a crew descended from the infamous Spice Pirates, simply head on over to The Black Heart galleon in Plaza Square to hear Captain Plunder's tales of the high seas, while his crew bring their spice stealing stories to life.

Dino-Stone Park is well worth a visit too. Here you will discover fun and excitement that all ages can enjoy, including a selection of themed rides, animatronic dinosaurs and the Dino-Dig fossil hunt.

WOW Half Price Weekends at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

10th - 11th and 17th - 18th February 2018

Blackpool Pleasure Beach presents WOW Half Price Weekends with wristbands only £19.50 when booked online in advance - Adults & Children.

To book wristbands go to the Blackpool Pleasure Beach website and scroll down to the calendar and choose the date you wish to visit. Follow instructions from that point.

Enjoy a great family day out at one of the UK's top theme parks.

Take on the Big One - one of the world's tallest roller coasters. Enjoy the twists and turns of Infusion and don't miss classics like The Grand National and Big Dipper.

The whole family will enjoy Wallace & Gromits Thrill-O-Matic, Alice in Wonderland and the Ghost Train.

For the younger children there's the brilliant Nickelodeon Land with 12 rides for them to enjoy.