Half Term: Activities, events & things to do near you
Is it just us, or does half term seem to come round quicker every time? With the last school holidays before the summer, May is the perfect time to get out and about as a family - but what to do this half term?
Get set for all sorts of fun as we’ve been on the hunt for the best of the best: think magic, maypoles and even some maths... all wrapped up in fun family events and activities to enjoy at the end of the month. So what are you waiting for? Here’s our guide to some of the best half term activities and things to do from across the country - so you can find the events near you.
When is the next half term?
- May half term is coming up next - it falls from Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June 2018, but individual schools may get an extra day (lucky them!)
- After that, the only half term left in 2018 is the October half term and the dates really vary from region to region - check out our UK school holidays post to find out more
Our top 10 half term activities, event & things to do
The Land of Adventure at Wild Place Project, Bristol26th May - 3rd June
Experience Wild Place Project like never before, as you embark on a Really Wild Quest through the Land of Adventure! With loads of challenges to tackle, a fairy door trail and a Magic Wishing Tree to make a wish upon, it’s a magical half term adventure for the whole family. Plus, with fancy dress days too, you won’t want to miss it!
Love Your Zoo Week, UK wide25th May - 2nd June
This annual event always coincides with May half term, as BIAZA members help to promote the work they do across conservation, education and research at some of the UK’s best zoos and aquariums. Expect to find lots of fun events and activities taking place at some of your favourites, including Birdworld, Twycross Zoo and Drayton Manor.
Enchanted Wood Trail at Thorp Perrow, Bedale, North Yorkshire26th May - 3rd June
Follow the trail and uncover magic and mystery, with the Enchanted Wood Trail at Thorp Perrow. This half term, kids are encouraged to dress up as fairies and elves to complete the trail through the enchanted wood, seeing if they can spot fairy doors along the way. The trail sheet is an additional £1 per person.
Unicorn Festival at Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley, South Yorkshire26th May - 3rd June
Half term activities don’t come with much more sparkle than the Unicorn Festival at Cannon Hall Farm. For the very first time, kids can complete challenges to help Sparkle rediscover her magic, enjoy the Sweetie Sparkle show and meet the magical unicorn in person, all in addition to enjoy the usual antics on the farm. With a huge soft play centre, farm talks and a tractor trailer ride too, there’s plenty for an action packed day out.
Giraffe Week at West Midland Safari Park, Bewdley, West Midlands26th May - 3rd June
We’re sticking our necks out (see what we did there?!) and saying that this is one of our favourite May half term events, as Giraffe Week comes to West Midland Safari Park. Celebrating the magnificent creatures, as well as raising funds for their conservation at the same time, kids will love the chance to become a Giraffe Ranger on the Discovery Trail, create some fun themed crafts and catch a Giraffe Talk at the Encounter Stage. Fun for all the family, and for a great cause too - sounds like a winning combination to us!
Kids TV Week at Crealy Great Adventure Park, Exeter, Devon28th May - 1st June
See some of the biggest characters from the small screen in one place this half term, with Kids TV Week at Crealy Great Adventure Park! Each day there’s a new character to meet, with mini-shows to enjoy as part of the fun too. Some of the names include Basil Brush, Octonauts and Fireman Sam, making it a great family day out in Devon!
Ultimate STEM Challenge at Cragside, Morpeth, Northumberland26th May - 3rd June
Cragside is the first house to be powered by hydroelectricity, so it’s a very fitting destination for the Ultimate STEM Challenge this half term! Bursting with activities based on science, technology, engineering and maths (yep, that’s STEM!), kids can get their brain cells ticking and learn how to generate their own electricity amongst some other experiments too. The event is free, but normal admission into the venue applies.
Dino Week at National Forest Adventure Farm, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire26th May - 3rd June
Enjoy all the fun of the farm, with some added roarsome half term activities, thanks to Dino Week at National Forest Adventure Farm! See if you can spot the T-Rex and Velociraptor walking around the farm, and be sure to stop them for a photo if you’re brave enough… plus join the dinosaur trainer for some exciting dino shows, including the chance to meet a baby dinosaur. A must-visit for any dinosaur fans, this half term event is also the perfect excuse to explore the farm too.
London Adventures at London Transport Museum, London26th May - 3rd June
Go on the ultimate London adventure this half term as families uncover some of the jobs required to keep the capital’s transport network moving at London Transport Museum! Featuring dance and percussion workshops, visitors can explore roles including Tube drivers, gardeners, maintenance workers and poster designers whilst having loads of fun along the way. Plus, don’t miss the two new exhibition spaces, Digging Deeper and The Secret Life of a Megaproject. This is one of the best things to do this half term for train fans!
Mildred's Fabulous Maypole Fete at Bewilderwood, Wroxham, Norfolk26th May - 3rd June
Enter the brilliant bizarre world of Bewilderwood this May half term for Mildred’s Fabulous Maypole Fete! The crocklebog resident of the Scaaaaary Lake has been practising her dance moves for weeks and now is the time for you to join, with a host of fete style activities and games to delight the whole family! Celebrating the best of the spring season, there’s so much more to explore at Bewilderwood too!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our round-up of half term activities, but this only scratched the surface of possible things to do during this school break. If this has piqued your curiosity, head over to the home page to search for your town or postcode, to find all the great days out near you, right on your doorstep!