RHS Bridgewater February Half Term 2024: Discover Enchanting Family Adventures

If you’re planning a family day out near Manchester this February half term, explore the RHS Bridgewater February Half Term events, offering a magical blend of fun, education, and natural beauty. As seasoned visitors of RHS Bridgewater during various seasons and being members for the last two years, we’ve visited several times for their special events including the Easter Egg Hunt of 2022 and the lovely May Bank Holiday in 2023 as well as just for general visits.

We’re therefore thrilled to share the fantastic activities and experiences that this destination has in store for the upcoming February half-term holidays.

RHS Bridgewater February Half Term Activities for Kids

From 10th to 25th February 2024, RHS Bridgewater transforms into a family paradise with its ‘World on your Windowsill’ event. Activities are aplenty, catering to all ages, with the garden opening its doors from 10am to 4pm daily.

Educational and Engaging February Half Term Activities for Kids

Great Garden Adventure

  • Date: Friday 23 February
  • Times: 11am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm (45 mins each)
  • Location: Meet at The Welcome Building
  • Details: An adventurous exploration designed for young explorers, suitable for ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult. Additional cost of £2.50 per child, booking required.

Cup of Soup Planting Sessions

  • Dates and Times:
    • Monday 12 February: 12.30pm – 3pm
    • Friday 16 February: 11am – 1.30pm
    • Monday 19 February: 12.30pm – 3pm
  • Location: In the marquee
  • Details: Engaging planting sessions for ages 5 and up, with adult supervision.

Matchbox Cress Houses

  • Dates and Times:
    • Wednesday 14 February: 12.30pm – 3pm
    • Thursday 15 February: 11am – 1.30pm
  • Location: In the marquee
  • Details: Create a matchbox house with a cress garden, suitable for ages 4 and up, with adult supervision.
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Card Windowsill Gardens

  • Dates and Times:
    • Wednesday 21 February: 12.30pm – 3pm
    • Thursday 22 February: 11am – 1.30pm
  • Location: In the marquee
  • Details: Craft your own card garden with a variety of plants, suitable for ages 4 and up, with adult supervision.

Storytelling with Colour the Clouds

  • Dates: Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 February
  • Times: 30-minute sessions at 11am, 12noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm
  • Location: In the marquee
  • Details: Engaging storytelling sessions for ages 3 and up, accompanied by an adult. Booking available on the day.

A Trail of Discovery

The garden trail, available throughout the half term, is a fantastic way to explore the delights of RHS Bridgewater as spring begins to bloom.

Why We Love RHS Bridgewater

Accessible and Convenient Location

Located off the M60, RHS Bridgewater is a breeze to get to, with ample free parking. The gardens span an impressive 154 acres, featuring areas like the Kitchen Garden, the Old Frameyard, and the vast Weston Walled Garden.

Diverse Experiences Each Visit

No two visits to RHS Bridgewater are the same. The gardens evolve with the seasons, offering a new experience each time, whether it’s discovering new plant life or enjoying different themed events.

Food and Refreshment Options

With several cafes and kiosks, including The Bridgewater Cafe next to the lake, there’s a wide range of dining options. Whether you’re grabbing a quick snack or sitting down for a meal, there’s something for everyone.

However, you can expect to queue for food at the main restaurant at the entrance to the gardens if you’re going on a busy day. It is self service and we have found that we have waited for at least 25 minutes for food and drink. So if you see the restaurant is quiet, you may want to be opportunistic.

Family-Friendly Features

RHS Bridgewater shines with its family-oriented approach. The adventure play areas are a highlight, allowing kids to burn off energy in a fun and safe environment. The plant sales and special events add an educational and engaging aspect to every visit.

Every time we have visited (even when there hasn’t been a special event on), there have always been entertaining activities for the kids. When we visited just before King Charles’ coronation, the kids were invited to design bunting which was put up on display around the gardens.

And regardless of how brave (crazy) or more sensible your kids are, the RHS playground is fantastic and has activities for kids of all personalities and ages. If it’s quiet, there’s also some great facilities for the parents to have a quick play on (if no one is watching). And in fact, many of the features have been hand-crafted using reclaimed timber from the RHS Bridgewater site!

Our Reflections and Tips

We’ve found RHS Bridgewater to be an excellent blend of fun and tranquility. It’s a place where kids can freely explore while adults enjoy the serene beauty of the gardens. For a less crowded experience, consider visiting RHS Bridgewater on a weekday.

Planning Your Visit

  • Check the RHS website for specific event timings and tickets.
  • Aim for a weekday visit to avoid the busiest times and perhaps consider visiting when it’s dry, but the sun isn’t shining – when the weather is good, the gardens can be heaving!
  • Grab a map at the entrance to navigate the sprawling gardens easily.

Admission and Accessibility

RHS Bridgewater is committed to accessibility, offering discounted admission to various groups and free entry for Salford residents on Tuesdays. Standard admission prices are reasonable, with free entrance available for RHS members and guests. I have an adult single membership and can either take Marnie for free, or both of the kids.

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How to Get There

Accessible by public transport, RHS Bridgewater can be reached via train or bus, with a daily shuttle bus service from key train stations. For the eco-conscious, cycling routes and electric vehicle charging stations are available.

Closing Thoughts

RHS Bridgewater, especially during the RHS Bridgewater February Half Term, is a must-visit destination for families in and around Manchester at a time when there isn’t a huge amount on across the city.

With its blend of educational activities, beautiful landscapes, and family-friendly amenities, it promises a memorable day out filled with fun and discovery. Make sure to add it to your Manchester bucket list for a delightful experience making family memories together!


  • Richard

    Hi! I’m Rich, co-founder and writer behind Lets Go Manchester. I grew up in Bournemouth but have been living up here for almost 10 years. I now find myself exploring Manchester and the surrounding counties with my amazing wife and two gorgeous kids.

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