February half term family breaks

Phoebe Shipton  ·  12th January 2017

February half term is a wonderful time to take a break with the family. We have a lovely collection of family friendly holiday cottages that are warm, cosy and welcoming for this time of year. There is also a lot going on locally. Here’s a taste of what is on offer:

Dover Castle has a ‘Fairytale Castle’ family friendly event on every weekday of half term – children will be enthralled by tales of the castle mixed with spellbinding adventures where fairytales and England’s past collide. Between 10 am and 3 pm.  Free to English Heritage members.

Children’s baking class at the Chequers Kitchen in Deal – children will have a lovely time baking together making choux pastry and turning it into delicious profiteroles or eclairs. Saturday 11 February between 10 am and 12 noon.  For children aged 8+

Samphire Hoe, a nature reserve at the foot of the White Cliffs of Dover, has a couple of fun events suitable for families – get creative making bird boxes or creating magical sun prints. Recreate the work of Anna Atkins, the first woman photographer (1799 – 1871) who created books of sun prints at a 2 hour session on Sunday 12 February; on Saturday 18 February you can build a bird box from specially prepared kits that you can take home with you – half hour slots. Donation of £5 appreciated for each event. On Tuesday 14 February, join for an after afternoon of den building at the base of Whinless Down nature reserve where you can build a shelter largely of natural materials cut by the volunteers in the morning; learn how to find fuel, and build and light a small campfire. Book a place on 01304 241806 – find Samphire Hoe just off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone.

GEEK is moving to Dreamland Margate a three day festival of play and games. Enjoy challenges, talks, workshops and hundreds of games to play.  This festival is on between Friday 17 February and Sunday 19 February. Interact with old and new, computer games, board games, card games and real world games as well as all the creative magic that goes into them: coding, science, drawing, custard, storytelling, music composition, zombie makeup, poetry and much much more.

On the more quirky side, celebrate World Pangolin Day at the Powell-Cotton Museum on Saturday 18 February between 11.00 am and 3.00pm. Find out more about these unique scaly anteaters, listen to a story about a roly poly Pangolin and make your own roly poly Pangolin to take home. The Powell-Cotton Museum is located in Birchington just outside of Margate.

Here are some family-friendly properties to stay in:

Lyckan is a Scandi-style seaside bolthole in Kingsdown with lovely outside space for running around and two lovely children’s rooms. With books and games to borrow too. Sleeps 8 in five bedrooms – £850 for the half term week.

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16 Albion Hill  is a super stylish family seaside home in Ramsgate and is just a short stroll to the Royal Harbour. Sleeps 8 in three bedrooms including a bunk bedroom – always fun for the little ones. The rental is £700 for the week. Short breaks also available.


Please take a look at our other family friendly holiday cottages or call on 01304 382044 for our recommendations.

About Phoebe Shipton

Having studied Marketing at University of Manchester, Phoebe joined the family business in 2020 as Head of Marketing and Operations. Phoebe is focused on making Keepers Cottages stand out, as well as ensuring the bookings flood in!

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