This half term, cook, bake, explore and create
So with half term here, we thought we would compile some ideas to help get you prepared and keep you and your family busy over the half term. Please share with us what you do on our Facebook page and offer ideas for others too.
Cooking together strengthens family bonds as you spend quality time together communicating about the meal at hand. It is the perfect time to teach your children basic kitchen skills and help set them up for a lifetime of culinary know-how. At any age, children who learn to cook gain independence. The youngest in the family can feel a sense of industry while teens will be empowered to fend for themselves when they fly the nest.
Make it fun, take it in turns for each member of the family to choose a recipe and cook a meal and then score each other. Whoever is the winner gets crowned Heritage Master Chef Winner of the week.
Why not have your very own Heritage bake-off challenge– use the themes below and score the results using our scorecards.
Don’t forget to share photos of your creations and post a winner picture to our Facebook page with details of what has been made.
Get outside and explore. Share with us your favourite places to visit on our Facebook page. Make sure you book in advance wherever you visit. We’ve shared some of our current Wiltshire favourites:
Get outside and walk…
Grab a backpack and a picnic (we have all the picnic essentials you need from rolls to fillings and crisps and drink cartons) and head out and explore. With around 8,200 paths and almost half the county designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, walks in the Wiltshire have never been better.
You can see evidence of Wiltshire’s people and their lives from across the centuries, through the castles, churches, villages and landscapes they created, all visible today on our Foot Trails. Walk-in places which you could spot in some pretty big films including Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and Billy Elliott
Get connected to the people whose lives form Wiltshire’s rich, long history, through the medieval cottages, castles, towers and follies they created
Discover the story of the Wiltshire Moonrakers. A name given to the smugglers who hid alcohol in Wiltshire’s village ponds to hide it from the customs and excise men. A name which can be found today throughout the county.
Visit Alison Howell’s foot trailsTM with lots of inspiration for walks and make a day of it and find out more about the history. https://foottrails.co.uk/
Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW
Longleat is nestled within 900 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped grounds and is home to the UK’s original Safari Park, one of the best examples of Elizabethan architecture, and an abundance of exciting attractions including the Jungle Kingdom and Animal Adventure where you can get up-close and personal with truly amazing animals.
In addition to the Safari Drive-Through, Longleat has now opened many of its other Main Square attractions and areas to guests. These include Jungle Kingdom, Monkey Temple, Animal Adventure (animal handling remains unavailable), Koala Creek, Family Farmyard, Hedge Maze, Longleat Railway, Rockin Rhino, Adventure Castle, Little Explorers and the Gardens. Many of the food and shopping outlets have also re-opened, however, Longleat House and a few other attractions remain closed.
You will need to book in advance before visiting.
For full details and to save up to 15%, book online at https://www.longleat.co.uk/tickets/standard
Treasure Trails are the fun and hugely popular way to explore villages, towns and cities. Solve the intriguing clues which can be found on buildings, statues and monuments, revealing the fascinating history and beautiful scenery.
Whether you are a family, group or couple, Treasure Trails are an award-winning and value for money way to have fun with friends and family for a few hours. With over 20 individual locations in Wiltshire and over 1000 UK wide, our themed Trails guarantee you will find more than you expected when you next visit one of our Trail locations.
Popular Wiltshire Trail locations include Avebury, Bradford On Avon, Chippenham, Lacock, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Mere, Royal Wootton Bassett and Salisbury.
Depending on the location you can choose from Treasure Hunt, Murder Mystery or Spy Mission Themes. Each Trail is a self-guided booklet which caters for ages 6 to 106 although younger ones can also enjoy with a little assistance.
Find out more here and buy your first treasure trail https://www.treasuretrails.co.uk/things-to-do/wiltshire
We’ve got two great activities using fruit and veg for you to do with your family this half term, we would really love for you to get involved…
1) Orange bird feeders
Turn an orange into a lovely homemade bird feeder. Hang it in your garden and give birds a little treat!
- An orange (one orange makes two feeders)
Cut the orange in half and scoop the flesh into a bowl (eat!)
Pierce two holes in the orange skin (at the base) and thread a piece of string through them to make a hanging loop.
Mix small pieces of lard with bird seeds and fill the orange with the mixture
Hang your bird feeder up on a tree branch in a visible area to attract birds
2) Potato stamps
Making potato stamps is so easy and satisfying! Plus, it will keep your little ones busy for hours.
- A couple of potatoes
- Small kitchen knife
- Sheets of white paper
Clean, dry and cut your potatoes in half.
Carve your child’s favourite shape in the potato.
Get your paint ready in dishes.
Get stamping! Your potato art is ready!