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Families looking to beat the winter blues and dust off the cobwebs could find what they're looking for with a range of events in Worcestershire.

This half term, Avoncroft Museum is offering children the adventure of a lifetime – to step into C S Lewis' magical world of Narnia.

Youngsters can pretend to be Peter, Susan, Edmund, or Lucy – depending on their favourite character – stepping beyond the wardrobe into Avoncroft Museum's Narnia fantasyland.

The Great Hall of Cair Paravel prepares children for their magical quest, allowing them to flex their creative muscles to make their own magical horn of protection (like Susan's) or produce a royal ship modelled on the legendary Dawn Treader.

Kids can battle the White Witch with Tumnus the faun and his friends before attending their coronation as the new King or Queen of Narnia. Royal crests, crowns and tiaras can be made to cement their new titles.

Running from February 22nd-24th, families are advised to book in advance with Avoncroft Museum to avoid disappointment.

After all that adventure, parents may well need a break – and with the Worcester Porcelain Museum, the adults can enjoy child-free tea for two.

On March 23rd the museum is holding a special afternoon tea, combined with a talk revealing fascinating facts about the various collections it houses.

Raising money for St. Richard's Hospice, the event includes sandwiches, scones and pastries, accompanied by tea and coffee. Tickets are available from St Richard's Hospice.

Community fundraiser Lizzie Brazier said: "Afternoon tea is such a lovely tradition and the Worcester Porcelain Museum is an ideal setting with all its history and displays of fine china from over the years."

For history lovers, Worcestershire offers Eastnor Castle, offering a fun day out for all the family.

Built in 1810, the castle allows adults to immerse themselves in its rich history, while children enjoy the Knight's Maze and a specially built assault course and adventure playground.

The Valley Lawn provides a scenic location for summer lunches and picnics, and a unique photography exhibition within the castle captures the different aspects of estate life.

Surrounded by woodlands and overlooking a lake, the castle also offers nature walks and a tranquil setting to explore nature, lying between the Cotswolds and the Welsh Marshes.

A truly wild day out can be found in the West Midlands Safari Park in Bewdley, Worcestershire. The park offers four miles of safari trail featuring white lions, elephants, rhinos, tigers, buffalo, zebra and deer.

Over 600 animals roam over 100 acres, which visitors can drive through in their own cars, as many times as they wish. Opportunities to feed the animals are also available, and for those who prefer to be driven, a guided minibus tour is available.

What better way to educate children about the animal kingdom than to see different species in the flesh?

Worcestershire offers activities for all ages and interests, and could be an ideal way to add more excitement to rainy winter weekends in 2011.

Whether it's the history of Eastnor Castle and the Porcelain Museum, or the adventure of the Narnia exhibit at Avoncroft Museum and the West Midlands Safari Park, Worcestershire is an ideal destination for beating the winter blues.


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