THERE are lots of activities for families to enjoy over half-term in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

From winter wildlife, creative crafts and tantalising trails, there is lots to see and do.

In Bournemouth, families can visit the Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum with little ones taking on an exciting trail through the historic house.

They can then take a walk through the Lower Gardens, stopping at the Hedgehog Park Café, before heading to Rock Reef on the pier.

Elsewhere, families can glide along the ice at the Cool Coast Ice Rink at the Bournemouth International Centre.

Or, children can get creative in parks across the town with the Parks Foundation, making a mini bee home or creating a nest bundle for birds, and they can visit the archaeologically renowned Hengistbury Head.

In Christchurch, families can get half-price admission to Highcliffe Castle on Valentine's Day, with an interactive stained-glass activity and fairy tale activities running from February 11-15.

Stanpit Marsh Visitor Centre will be running a children’s wildlife crafting session on Monday, February 12 and a ‘magical’ world of bubbles awaits at the Red House Museum on February 15.

Holiday clubs will be running at 2Riversmeet Leisure Complex with a bumper day of activities including trampolining, swimming, dodgeball, football and more.

In Poole, families can visit Upton Country Park on February 14 to enjoy a winter wildlife adventure day featuring minibeast hunting, bird counts, crafts and more.

Between February 10 and 18, visitors to the park can solve riddles that will lead them to activities, the perfect day out with dogs.

At Poole Park, families can go head-to-head in a round of crazy golf, visit the adventure playground and enjoy ice cream from eateries around the park.

In the harbour, City Cruises boats can give breathtaking views of Brownsea Island, Sandbanks, Studland Bay and more, before enjoying a meal at one of the restaurants on Poole Quay and in the Old Town.

For more information, visit the BCP Council tourism websites.

Councillor Millie Earl, deputy leader and portfolio holder for connected communities, said: “There’s so much going on across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole during the February half term, you’re spoilt for choice.

“Half-term activities across our three towns cater for a range of budgets, and we’re lucky to live in a beautiful part of the south coast with sandy beaches which everyone can enjoy for free, even in the colder months.

“I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy what’s on offer. Having fun doesn’t have to be costly, and I hope everyone has a great time during this week.”