Book Now for Feb Half Term
Updated: Jan 17, 2022
A new year (hopefully brighter than the last) and HEAPS of new exhibitions to look forward to. Here are our top pics to book now for February half term (and beyond) to get the kids inspired. Some shows are free but tickets still need to be booked in advance.
Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature
Hop along to the V&A and join Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-duck, Benjamin Bunny and all the other beloved Potter friends at this wonderfully curated family friendly exhibition celebrating the life of this literacy and artistic legend. In collaboration with the National Trust highlights include letters, sketches, photographs and costumes. We can't wait.
Opens 12 Feb
Tickets: £14 adults, U11s free
Gainsborough's Blue Boy
In his striking blue shorts this young bright-eyed boy returns to the National Gallery after bidding the UK a fond farewell over 100 years ago. Leaving his home in California don't miss your chance to see him whilst he's back in London.
Opens 25 January
The World of Stonehenge
Myths and legends have surrounding this awe-inspiring stone circle for centuries. How did they get there? Who put them there? Why? We are busting to learn more about this towering stone cluster nestled in the Hampshire countryside. Discover the secrets of the stones through artefacts including axes from the Italian Alps, jewellery, metalwork and the worlds oldest surviving map of the stars. Fascinating stuff!
Opens 17 Feb
Ticketst: £18 adults, U16s free
Francis Bacon: Man and Beast
A goodie for older kids this exhibition will focus on Bacon's fascination with the animal world. The son of an Irish horse-breeder his studio was stacked high with wildlife books. Chimpanzees, bulls, dogs, or birds of prey, he was intrigued by animal movement. Expect wall to wall masterpieces - over 45 paintings. We're excited.
Opens 29 Jan
Tickets: £22 adults, U16s free
Dredd @ 45
In a crime plagued future, the only thing standing between order and chaos is Judge Joseph Dredd! Discover all there is to know about the 'Father of Justice' created in 1977 by writer John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra.
Opens 20 January
Tickets: £8.50 adults, U18s free
The Cartoon Museum
Hair: Untold Stories
Not just for brushing, plaiting and combing - find out how hair can be used for tons of other things. From jewellery to dresses, armour to helping the environment delve into the differing uses of this tangly natural resource. Fascinating stuff!
Open until 19 June
Horniman Museum & Gardens
Lastly if you end up having to isolate and entertain the kids at home we rather love this online exhibition, The Heart of the Great Alone, produced by the Queen's Gallery. Through Antarctic photography learn of the plight of Captain Scott and his team as they tell tales of their ill-fated epic journey to the South Pole.
By Julia Colls, 11 Jan 2022