What's On

Get Hands On with History

This February half term get hands on with history and take part in fun-filled family events.

Discover castle life, hear legendary stories of brave heroes and formidable foes, brush up on sword skills or discover life upstairs and downstairs. There are plenty of nearby activities for you and your little ones.

Search Family Events

Search Events

Family Events

Featured Events

  • Get Hands on with History at Audley End

    Sat 15 - Sun 23 Feb 2020 11am - 3pm

    Attention! Right you ‘orrible lot, it’s training time. Become a Home Front hero and a super spy as you are put through your paces at Audley End. Fall into step and polish your shoes or it’ll be basic rations for you.

  • Fairies Garden Trail

    Sat 15 - Sun 23 February 2020 11am - 3pm

    Psst, did you see that? Fairies are hiding all around the gardens of Brodsworth Hall and we need your help to find them.

  • Get Hands on With History: Secrets and Spies

    Sat 15 - Sun 23 Feb 2020 10am - 4pm

    Sharpen your detective skills with hands-on training in disguise, code cracking and clues at the castle this February half term.

  • Get Hands on with History | Crafts at the Castle

    Sat 15 Feb - Sun 23 Feb 2020 10:30am - 3:30pm

    Get set for a truly historic half term as you join us for hands-on kids activities and crafts at Stokesay Castle.

Maddie Moate Gets Hands-On at Battle Abbey

Our Hands On History events are taking place across the length and breadth of England this February Half Term. 

We sent Maddie Moate to the 1066 Battle of Hastings event at Battle Abbey, to brush up on her sword skills and have a go at jousting!


Find everything you need to know before you visit one of our historic places, with our in-depth family guides. Plan your worry-free day out at the mighty Tudor keep of Pendennis Castle, the home of Charles Darwin at Down House or the iconic ancient monument of Stonehenge.

Our family guides cover things for all ages to see and do, as well as practical advice on food and drink, parking, toilets and access.

Browse our family guides


Looking for a great visit that won't break the bank?

From castles and monastic ruins to Iron Age hillforts, here are our top picks for family days out on a budget.

Whether you conquer a Norman castle or get a glimpse of monastic life at a Benedictine monastery, a family day out in history needn't be expensive.

Get inspired
'step into englands story