10 thrilling rainy day mid-term activities


Half term is fast approaching and with it the perennial problem of what to do with the kids if the weather turns rainy – which seems increasingly likely. On the plus side, the beach is rarely a realistic option at this time of year anyway – unless a windy walk is what you’re looking for.

So it’s worth checking out some of the best indoor attractions in the country. From discovering the tricks of the trade in the magical world of the Harry Potter films, to the UK’s only underground bouncy net experience in a disused Victorian slate mine in Snowdonia, there’s something to entertain everyone – and far and wide. from their tablets – without getting wet.

Enjoy a Bond-style boat ride


A new interactive attraction at the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust (PNBPT) brings British naval history to life for children, as they experience the sights, sounds and smells of this historic 12-acre dockyard. For thrill seekers, exhilarating Bond-style boat rides can be booked on a selection of historic boats, including motor gunboats, seaplane tenders and RAF high-speed launches.

How to do: A 20-minute boat ride costs from £10 per person and includes free entry to PNBPT (pnbpropertytrust.org). Double rooms at the Florence House Hotel (florencehousehotel.co.uk) cost from £79.

Go on a magical mischief tour


New for 2022, studio Warner Bros reveals some of the cinematic trickery behind the magic and stunts of the Harry Potter movies (January 22-May 1). Visitors will be able to witness some of their favorite scenes, including the Invisibility Cloak vanishing effect, the infamous Fireplace Letter scene, and how Mrs. Weasley delivered an origami howler to her son in The Chamber of Secrets.

How to do: Tickets to Warner Bros Studio London (wbstudiotour.co.uk) cost from £49.95 per adult; £39.95 child; children under four free; must be reserved in advance. Double rooms at the Holiday Inn, Watford (ihg.com) cost from £165.


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