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May Day: Activities and things to do in May Half Term 2018

Jo Dorey

01 May 2017

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Kids splashing around at a water park in May Half Term

May is the month of bank holidays with three extra days to fill. We’ve made it through the first Summer Term which means it’s also May half term - hooray! - so with all that time on your hands, you might need some help finding May half term activities. That’s where we come in! We’ve got a guide to the May half term dates for schools throughout the UK as well as some ideas of things to do in the May half term.

When is May half term?

Half term falls in the middle of May but it really depends on the school. The information below gives the outlying dates for each country with the week half term falling between them. Each school can vary though so be sure to get in touch with yours to get the exact holiday dates.


28th May - 1st June


7th - 25th May


28th May - 1st June

Northern Ireland

7th- 25th May

Top May half term activities and days out

So that’s the school holiday dates sorted but what activities can you look forward to? May is pretty much the beginning of British summer and the perfect time to dip your toes in - literally with a trip to a lido! Lidos (public open-air swimming pools, for anyone who isn’t sure) are a classic national day out and tonnes of splashtacular fun.

Lane swimming at Hathersage Lido

If your lot don’t fancy getting wet, why not take a walk on the wild side instead? Zoos and conservation centres are an easy way to keep brainboxes busy over the week away from school and with the weather warming up, all the animals should be out and ready to strike a pose. Our bloggers are experts in the field so grab some top tips from this wildlife-themed days out post - it’s roar-some!

Half terms are also a great time to give something different a go, like horse riding or exploring a new city. Plus if you want to go totally off-piste, check out our weird and wonderful attractions post. There are some bizarre gems hidden within...

Top things to do and places to go in May Half Term

Here are a few of our ideas for fearless fun in May:

Yorkshire Wildlife Park - Make like explorers and see who you can spot on a day out at the wildlife park in Doncaster. The park is home to the only polar bears in Britain - they’re called Victor, Pixel, Nissan and Nobby and are really rather cute.

 Polar bears at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Treasure Trails - are a great way to explore somewhere totally new or even see your hometown in a different light. Get your magnifying glasses out of storage and uncover all those nooks and crannies you wouldn’t usually notice with these guided scavenger hunts packed with clues to unravel.

Hathersage Open Air Heated Pool - We told you lidos were a classic way to go at this time of year, so pay a visit to one of the originals, which opened way back in 1936!

Your kids may love horses or have never ridden one before in their life; either way, the team at Cannock Chase Horse Trekking will have them galloping around in no time.


Children take a horse riding lesson

Dr Beynon's Bug Farm Don’t forget that essential dose of weird this May half term. The Bug Farm is the last word on the subject with bug handling sessions and an edible insect cafe.

There you have it - a full complement of things to do this May half term. Now go out and enjoy your break and if you need any extra help, check out our dedicated school holiday section on the blog.

Start your adventure

To begin your next family adventure, jump over to the home page to search for the best attractions nearby using your town or postcode. It’s simply the best way to find marvellous and mad days out this half term.



Jo Dorey

01 May 2017

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Jo is a Copywriter at Day Out With The Kids. She’s lived all over the world in places like Pakistan, Hungary and Hong Kong - these days though she loves a good, long walk and hanging out with her cat, Fergus.

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