Betteshanger Country Park's February half term activities and events
Get out and get active this half term.
That's the message from one of Kent's newest country parks which has a raft of outdoor activities it thinks will keep the entire family amused.
From woodland trails and walks to 'battlezone archery' there is plenty for the tots to the teens at Betteshanger Country Park during February:
Really Wild Wooders Holiday Club
February 18 and 19
The popular Forest School returns with fun, outdoor activities, including working with a variety of different tools, lighting fires, campfire cooking, creating rustic crafts, building dens, climbing trees and making new friends. The group is suitable for children aged four to 11 and costs £25 per day with additional siblings charged at £20.
Kent Mining Museum is taking to the road this half term. An exciting and hands-on drop in session is being held from 11am until 1pm at Elvington & Eythorne Heritage Centre (St John’s Rd, Elvington CT15 4DZ).
Canaries played a vital role in mines across the country and Kent was no exception. Find out more about the feathered creatures and make your own woolly canary to take home. The session is free to attend and suitable for children aged four and over.
A Winter's Trail
Betteshanger's festive trail is continuing for half term where young walkers are still needed to help Miss Hazel the Hedgehog find her missing party guests. Unravel the riddles and clues and help Hazel throw a celebration to liven up the winter months.
The self-led trail goes into the woods so welly boots and suitable clothing is advised. Trail booklets are £1.50 and available from cycle hire.
Target Archery Taster
February 16 and 23
Sharpen your aim this half term and unleash your inner archer in Betteshanger's dedicated outdoor range. A GB Archery qualified will coach you through the best techniques to shoot with accuracy. The session is £8 for 45 minutes and classes run at 10am, 11am. 12.30pm and 1.30pm.
Suitable for children aged 8 and over but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. To learn more click here.
February 21 and 22
Combining elements from paintball, dodgeball and archery, Battlezone Archery is exactly the high energy, outdoor play you need to wear out the kids. Get the gamers to take a break from Fortnite and eliminate the competition to be crowned king of the hill.
The objective of the game is to hit the targets off the opponent’s team, or to eliminate all players by hitting them. Like dodgeball, if you’re hit – you’re out, but if your team-mate catches an arrow, they can bring you back into the game. The cost is £8 per person, per session and lasts for an hour. Suitable for ages 12 and over and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Geocaching & Orienteering
If the challenge of a treasure hunt combined with the great outdoors sounds like your family's kind of thing then Betteshanger's geocaching and orienteering courses could provide the perfect wintery outing. Geocaching is £5 per handset and orienteering £2 a map. Booking not required and the activities are suitable for all ages. Collect your equipment from Cycle Hire.
Betteshanger has its own cycle hire centre giving you and the kids the chance to go out and get muddy on the mountain bike trails or enjoy a leisurely cycle on the tarmac track.
To learn more about equipment hire, which is from £5 per hour at the country park, click here.