Half-term activities for kids

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NEXT week is half-term for Derbyshire schools, and while that means a hard earned break for the county’s pupils, it can mean extra stress for parents looking to keep their boredom at bay.

Luckily, organisers have laid on a host of activities to keep the kids entertained.

At Creswell Craggs, as part of the BBC’s Hands on History season, there are a series of ancient activities to enjoy.

Renowned Flintknappers John and Val Lord will be demonstrating the ancient art of flintknapping to the public on Sunday 20. Monday 21 sees the beginning of the ancient cave games, where the lower ground floor of the visitor centre will be transformed into a games room. The Craggs have free activities on throughout the week.

For more neolithic-themed fun, head down to Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery and have a go at cave painting. You will be able to contribute to a large scale painting as well as making one to take home with you. The event starts at 10am on Tuesday 22.

At Wirksworth Leisure Centre, kids can get fit using the latest Xbox Kinect games equipment, giving them the chance to enter individual or team-based games and tournaments and take on the challenge of beating Derbyshire Dales District Council staff, friends and even parents. The sessions run on Wednesday from 1pm.

Budding knights and medieval maids are needed for a special week of events at Bolsover Castle, travelling back to the middle ages to learn the skills and customs of old. There is a chance to learn about ancient warfare, try on armour and watch sword play as well as explore the grounds of the fairytale castle.

Activities run from Monday to Friday, and cost £1 plus admission.

For more information, call Chesterfield Tourism on (01246) 345777.