Here be Dragons – head to the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, this half-term - Thursday, 2 February 2012

Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dragon by heading to the Royal Armouries, Leeds, this February half-term for a low-cost day out for all the family.

Britain’s oldest museum has lined up a host of dragon-themed activities to keep the kids out of mischief from Saturday, February 11, to Sunday, February 19.

Museum admission is free and highlights include a free Petting Zoo on Tuesday, February 14, and Friday, February 17 – complete with Bearded Dragons, Monitor Lizards and other weird and wonderful reptiles.

Other family activities will run as follows. Some activities are free but others carry a small charge (marked with a £).

Dragon’s Wood – Are you brave enough to enter the maze and save the princess from the fearsome dragon? (£).

Visitors can also explore the rest of the museum – home to the national collection of arms and armour – with 8,500 historic items on show in a series of themed galleries; War, Tournament, Oriental, Self Defence and Hunting.

The Tournament Gallery is newly refurbished and allows visitors to experience of might of Henry VIII – king and sportsman.

The museum’s children’s play area, The Jester’s Yard, will also be open, along with the Crossbow Range.

The February half-term activities are just part of the Royal Armouries’ Dangerously Entertaining events programme for 2012. For more information and for opening times, visit

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