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Half Term Fun

There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained over the half term holidays in Wales. Here are just a few suggestions...
Friday 18 February 2011

Ghosts, leeches, bees and special tours under the biggest single span glasshouse on the planet – all this and more is occurring at the National Botanic Garden of Wales this half term.

All week, from Monday February 21 until Friday February 25, there is a host of activities and family fun events in the Garden.

A tour of the Garden’s historic relics will feature ghoulish tales of ghostly goings-on. In the Apothecaries’ Hall, you can find out all about the medicinal use of leeches, not just through history but also in the present day; and there will be candle rolling activities as part of the Bee Garden presentation – in which you will hear all about the half a million bees that work so hard in the Garden.

In addition, there are a host of talks and tours,  including one under the Great Glasshouse – where the public are not normally permitted.

You can also take advantage of the ‘Ramble and Roast’ offer – available every Sunday in February – where you’ll get entry to the Garden and a two-course Sunday lunch for £12.95.

If you’re busy on  Sundays, maybe the midweek Meal Deal is more to your taste: that’s entry plus main meal and a cup of coffee/tea for a tenner.

Model Railway Show

National Slate Museum, Llanberis
24/02/11 to 27/02/11 10am - 4pm
Get on track at our largest event of the year! Big, small, real or model - there’s something for everyone – from the enthusiast to families – in this popular show. Take a ride on a mini train, marvel at shedloads of layouts and get all steamed up with UNA the engine!
For more information please call 01286 870630

Aberystwyth Farmers Market

North Parade, Aberystwyth
Saturday 19th February 10am - 2pm
Held on the 1st & 3rd of every month. Local producers selling their own produce that has been grown, reared or made by them. You'll see seasonal vegetables and fruit adorning the stalls along with every other produce that customers need for their weekly shopping list. Fore more information please call 01970 633 066.

National Nest Box Week

St Fagan's: National History Museum
19th -25th Feb 11.00 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 16.00
Visit St Fagan's over February half term and find out what you can do to help bird-life in your area, including making food, putting up nest boxes and learning how to identify birds. Admission is free. For more information please call 02920 573500

Roman Soldier Workshops

National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon
21st - 25th February 11am - 4pm
Come and let your little soldier have a taste of life as a Roman soldier!
From February 21 to 25 (11am-4pm), a visit to the Museum will see you recruited by the Roman army! Wave goodbye to Mum and Dad for 25 years and join up to the Roman Legion. It’s no easy life - prepare to complete your tasks!
Train with soldiers on the parade ground and spend your hard-earned wages at the market stall. But don't be hasty - you’ll have to leave some money behind in the burial fund for a decent funeral!
Have at go at activities such as sword practice and marching and when you leave the army you’ll get a certificate.
Don’t miss the opportunity for a taste of Roman life this half term!

Fighting & Farming

Castell Henllys, Pembrokeshire
21st, 23rd, 25th  February 11.30 – 14.00
Life in an Iron Age fort was difficult. Come and find out for yourself how the Celts survived. Learn how to build a roundhouse, help to prepare the evening meal and, in case of attack, train to be warriors. £2.50 per child (5 - 11 years) + admission. Sessions at 11.30am & 2.00pm
For more information call  01239 891319



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