Top Isle of Wight attractions Osborne House and Carisbrooke Castle have a host of activities lined up to keep the kids entertained this coming half term.
Royal Fun and Entertainment For Kids at Osborne
From Monday 18 until Friday 22 February, seaside entertainment will move inside Osborne House, as madcap Mr Punch makes a triumphant return to perform the popular ‘royal’ puppet shows from his 2012 summer season on Queen Victoria’s newly opened private beach. Plus families can enjoy an entertaining show taking a fascinating peek into the young lives of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s nine children.
With lots of laughs and audience participation, costumed entertainers will explain the differences between growing up in the straight laced Victorian era within a royal household – when children ‘should be seen and not heard’ – and modern family life today. Before or after the shows, families can stretch their legs around the terraces and Walled Garden and have fun looking out for red squirrels which can be seen scurrying around the lawns or leaping from tree to tree.
Osborne normal admission prices apply: Adults £13.00, Concessions £11.70, Children £7.80, Family Ticket £33.80. English Heritage Members free.
For more information visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/osborne.
Donkey Quest and Carrot Trail at Carisbrooke Castle
At Carisbrooke Castle from Saturday 16 until Sunday 24 February, children can follow a fun Donkey Quest and Carrot Trail around the castle in a search to help the donkeys find their lost carrots and receive a prize. Plus families can meet the castle’s famous donkeys in the donkey centre and also happily showing off their skills turning the waterwheel during their regular short demonstrations in the castle Well House.
A film narrated by comedian Phill Jupitus introduces characters from the castle’s past and there are interactive displays to try out – including a crossbow to ‘fire plus costumes to try and the castle’s fascinating museum, packed with memorabilia and information about the Isle of Wight.
Carisbrooke Castle normal admission prices apply of Normal admission prices apply: Adults £7.50, Concessions £6.80, Children £4.50, Family Ticket £19.50. English Heritage Members free.
For more information visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/carisbrookecastle.
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