Include: 15th February 2020- 23rd February 2020

February Half Term 2019

There’s plenty to do along the River Thames during the February Half Term. Knight School returns to the Tower of London, the crews of Cutty Sark (played by actors) & HMS Belfast (HMS Belfast’s actual crew!) will be on-board telling stories of the historic vessels pasts.

What's on during February Half Term?

1. Climb Aboard Cutty Sark

Viscount Cruises Cutty Sark

Visit the last remaining tea clipper, Cutty Sark. Originally built at Dumbarton, Scotland in 1869 she spent her working life transporting cargo including tea from China and wool from Australia. She has now been fully restored and is an award winning visitor attraction.

Cutty Sark, Royal Borough of Greenwich

Cutty Sark, Royal Borough of Greenwich

Cutty Sark, Royal Borough of Greenwich

Cutty Sark, Royal Borough of Greenwich

Visit the famous Tea Clipper Cutty Sark & meet the crew who sailed her. Discover stories from her sailings & learn about life on-board the fastest tea clipper of her time.

During February Half Term Royal Museums Greenwich are also hosting a number of Engineering & Art themed workshops for families. Activities include winch building & craft making.

Walking Distance  1 Min / 358 Feet from Greenwich Pier

18th-23rd February, 11:30-13:30 & 14:00-16:00

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2. Explore the Tower of London

Viscount Cruises Tower of London

The Tower of London takes its name from the White Tower which was constructed in around 1078 by William the Conqueror. Over the last 900 years the Tower of London has served a number of uses including a fortress, armoury, royal palace, royal mint, treasury, menagerie, prison & more recently the home to the crown jewels. The Tower is guarded by the Yeoman Warders who were formed by King Henry VII in 1485.

Tower Green, The Tower of London

Tower Green, The Tower of London

Visit the Tower of London & marvel at over 1000 years of history. View the Crown Jewels, hear stories from the guardians of the Tower the Yeoman Warders & see the armour of Kings Henry VIII, Charles I & James II.

From the 16th – 24th February Knight School is back at the Tower of London. Children between 5-11 years can train to become a Medieval Knight. After training take part in “Defend The Tower”, a mock battle to protect the Tower from an invading army.

3. Meet Veterans On-Board HMS Belfast

Viscount Cruises HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast 1938 (C35)

HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast 1938 (C35)

HMS Belfast

Visit HMS Belfast & explore her 9 decks to discover what life was like at sea on a Royal Navy Cruiser. Visit on Wednesday 20th February to meet veterans & eye witnesses from the ships military campaigns. Stories can include the 2nd World War, Korean War & Falklands War.

4. Spend A Day At County Hall

Viscount Cruises County Hall

County Hall was designed by the architect Ralph Knott & opened by King George V in 1922. The building served as the headquarters for the London County Council & then the Greater London Council. Today County Hall is home to the Sea Life London Aquarium, London Dungeon, Namco Arcade, hotels, restaurants, private apartments & conference & event spaces.
County Hall, Waterloo

County Hall

County Hall, Waterloo

County Hall

There’s plenty to do at County Hall during Half Term. The Namco Funscape is open from 10:00-00:00 daily with an arcade, bowling dodgems & more. Sea Life London Aquarium is home to over 500 different species of marine life including stingrays, octopus, penguins & sharks. Shrek’s Adventure is a 70-minute walk-through experience featuring Shrek & other DreamWorks characters followed by a 4D Bus Experience.

5. Felt Making at the Old Royal Naval College

Viscount Cruises Old Royal Naval College

The Old Royal Naval College is Sir Christopher Wren’s riverside masterpiece, built in the 17th Century as the Royal Hospital for Seamen on the site of the Tudor Palace of Placentia. The Old Royal Naval College boasts beautiful surroundings & some of the most magnificent interiors in London. The Painted Hall in King William Court is home to the largest painted ceiling in Europe, a Baroque masterpiece by Sir James Thornhill depicting over 30 years of English aristocracy & British Naval Power. The Chapel of St Peter & St Paul in Queen Mary Court has a beautiful interior designed by James ‘Athenian’ Stewart. Visitors to the Old Royal Naval College can enjoy tours of the Painted Hall & the grounds & visit the cafe & gift shop located in King William Court.

Old Royal Naval College, Royal Borough of Greenwich

Old Royal Naval College

Old Royal Naval College, Royal Borough of Greenwich

Old Royal Naval College

The Old Royal Naval College are hosting a felt-making session inspired by clothing from the Tudor Court. The sessions are free & aimed at children aged 5 & above.

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