February Half Term

Come and join us this half term, we have a lot of exciting activities taking place from storytelling parties to crafts and performances! Spaces are filling up fast so make sure to book yours!

Monday 12 February

Mad about snails at Bordon Library


Author, Sarah Lucas, will be reading from her book, Snail Trail and telling the story of how she and her family began to write – all because of a strange welcoming present when moving into a Hampshire village some 21 years ago. She will be bringing a few visitors with her in a tank, talk about the lifecycle of giant African Land Snails and sign copies of Snail Trail for any snail fans who turn up – for children aged 5 – 12

Cost: Free

Time: 10.30am

Tudor Day at Bordon Library

Come along to a free session with Woolmer Forest Heritage Society on Tudor and Medieval clothing and textile crafts for all ages, with no booking required. For further information please contact the library.

Cost: Free

Time: 11am to 1 pm

The Canterville Ghost at Gosport Discovery Centre

Be prepared for chills and chuckles with this one person show, an original stage adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic tale written especially for children and young families. Spooky goings-on and eerie incidents are terrifying the new inhabitants of Canterville Chase. Will the ghost of Sir Simon drive them away, or can the mischievous spirit finally be laid to rest? Suitable for Ages 5 and above.

Cost: £3 or £10 for a family of 4

Time: 4-5pm

Charlie’s Storytelling parties

Join children’s entertainer and actress Charlie Sanderson for 45 minutes of storytelling, singing, puppets and other surprises – suitable for children aged 3+.

Cost: £3.75 per child (Accompanying adult free)

Basingstoke Discovery Centre – session times available: 10.00am or 11.15am

Chineham Library – session times available: 1.45pm or 3.00pm

Tuesday 13 February

Dinosaur crafts at New Milton Library

Come along to the library and join in with lots of fun dinosaur crafts. No need to book, just turn up. Parent/carers to remain in the library.

Cost: Free

Time: 10 – 11am

A day at the zoo at Stubbington Library

Come with us on an exciting visit to the zoo! Learn all about descriptive words, rhyme and number facts from animals like the hysterical hyena and the humongous hippo! For ages 5 to 6 years.

Cost: Free


Space Mission at Stubbington Library

Learn all about the universe and everything in it! Stretch your skills to infinity and beyond! This alien inspired literacy workshop will help you to crack your creative writing! For ages 8 to 10 years.

Cost: Free


Wednesday 14 February

Charlie’s storytelling part at Chandler’s Ford Library

Join children’s entertainer and actress Charlie Sanderson for 45 minutes of storytelling, singing and other surprises – for children 3+

Cost: £3.75 (Accompanying adult free)

Session times: 10am or 11.15am

Superheroes and villains at Fareham Library

Funtastic, Supertastic stories and crafts. No need to book, Parents/carers to remain with their children during this event.

Cost: Free

Time: 10am – 12 noon

Thursday 15 February

We’re going on a bear hunt at Overton Library

Join Amanda from Merry-go-Round Storytelling for an interactive session based on this well-loved story – for children aged 2-6.

Cost: £3.75 (Accompanying adult free)

Time: 2pm

Chinese New Year craft activity at Leigh Park Library

Join Leigh Park Library for dragon and dog crafts from 10 am to 12 noon. Tickets are available in the library, suitable for ages 4-11.

Cost: Free

Time: 10am – 12 noon

Friday 16 February

Pirates Ahoy! at Gosport Discovery Centre

It’s pirate half term so put on your best pirate clothes and come and join us for some pirate fun! Hear pirate stories, make pirate things, follow the treasure trail and lots more. This event is particularly for Service Families but ALL aspiring pirates, their friends and families are welcome. Drop in any time during the day and stay as long as you like. For ages 4 to 11 years.

Cost: Free

Time: 10am – 4pm

Saturday 17 February

Fairytales gone bad at Gosport Discovery Centre

Join performance poet Joseph Coelho (as seen on CBeebies), National Poetry Day Ambassador, as he unravels familiar fairytales to create fresh contemporary classics in an enchanting performance for young and old alike.  Join our poetic storyteller as he unwinds the true stories behind the happily ever afters and discover they’re maybe not as charming as you remember! After the show there will be a chance to meet Joseph and purchase signed copies of his books, as well as talk about his work.

Cost: £3 or £10 for a family of 4

Time: 2 performances are available – 11am- 12 noon or 2 -3pm

Don’t forget we have lots more taking place over half term, click here to look at all our children and family events.

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