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May-hem: 15 things to do and events in May

Lisa O'Keeffe

01 May 2018

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From bank holidays, to the start of May half-term, it’s the perfect time of year to get a great day out in the diary. Whether your little ones are animal lovers, creative characters, or love going in search of the Gruffalo, here’s our guide to some of the exciting things to do and events in May.

  1. Land of the Tiger at Chessington World of Adventures, Greater London

    If you saw our Instagram story last weekend, you’ll know that we’ve already had a sneak peek of Land of the Tiger, and that’s exactly why it’s on our list of must-dos this month! In a European first, the brand new zone at Chessington World of Adventures features four new Amur tigers, who can all roam through overhead tunnels with a cats-eye view of the park below. See the impressive creatures up close and overhead in a truly impressive enclosure. Launching on 5th May, there’s also the brand new log flume ride, Tiger Rock, which winds its way through the area and ends with a splash!

    Land of the Tiger at Chessington World of Adventures

  2. National Children’s Day at Eureka!, West Yorkshire

    Where better to celebrate National Children’s Day on 13th May, than Eureka! Children’s Museum! On a day dedicated to children, the science museum will be running extra activities, including sound sculpture sessions with Ben Gates. Plus, with all the usual exhibits and interactive fun too, it’s a fab day out for the whole family. If you happen to be visiting the weekend before, there’s also lots of family fun ahead of the start of the famous Tour de Yorkshire cycle.

    National Children's Day at Eureka

  3. Grand Medieval Joust at Leeds Castle, Kent

    Watch four knightly warriors battle it out at the Grand Medieval Joust at Leeds Castle this month! Taking place from 26th - 28th May, this authentic tournament is a thrilling watch for all ages - who will you be cheering on? Wearing full armour with the ‘loveliest castle in the world’ as a backdrop, have a read of our review before your visit one of the most historic events in May to find out what else you’ll find!

    Jousting event at Leeds Castle

  4. See the Crown Jewels at Tower of London, Greater London

    We welcomed the royal baby at the end of April, and royal wedding fever is hotting up ahead of Harry and Meghan’s nuptials on 19th May, so what better time to celebrate all things royal? Head to the Tower of London to see the dazzling collection of 23,578 gemstones that are still used in royal ceremonies today - they’re even under guard! The Crown Jewels have been stored at the tower since 1661, and you can see them daily on the tour.

    The Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

  5. Kids go free at Chill Factore, Greater Manchester

    Whilst we’re longing for sunshine instead of snow this month, if you fancy heading to chillier climates then we’ve found just the thing at Chill Factore. Until 25th May, kids go free in the snow park with a full paying adult, where you can race down the slope on sledges, ride the bumps on inflatable donuts or take on the twists of the Luge. On weekdays, simply pay for two hours, and when your time’s up, head back to reception and they’ll give you another unlimited pass to continue the fun for free too!

    A kid in the snow park at Chill Factore

  6. Sensational Butterflies at Natural History Museum, Greater London

    The Natural History Museum is no stranger to our list of things to do, but its the new Tropical House that has got us excited this month! See hundreds of live butterflies and moths up close (by close, we mean they may well land on your head!), with a fun trail leading you through the jungle habitat. At the museum until 16th September, there’s an additional cost of £5.85 per person, or £19.80 per family, but it’s well worth a visit!

  7. Mr Mulligan’s Lost World Golf, Milton Keynes

    Adventure golf is fun whatever the weather, and with Mr Mulligan's Lost World Golf now open in Milton Keynes, there’s a new kid on the block! Fully themed and bursting with underwater sea creatures and strange beasts, this brand new adventure course features 18 themed holes that are the right level of challenge for all ages - don't miss the underwater themed UV room!

    Mr Mulligan's Lost World Golf

  8. Lego Star Wars Days at Legoland Windsor, Berkshire

    May the ‘fourth’ be with you this Star Wars Day (4th May if you hadn’t guessed…), with themed days at LEGOLAND Windsor! There’s a Wookie themed scavenger hunt in Miniland, character meet and greets and a whole host of other LEGO®Star Wars™ themed activities, all taking place from 5th - 7th May.

    Logo for Lego Star Wars Days at Legoland Windsor

  9. Go on a bluebell walk, nationwide

    Bluebell season is well and truly here, but you’ll need to be quick to see the stunning natural blue carpets as it’s a short-lived spectacular each year. Stately homes and gardens are the perfect place to start, but just in case you need some help finding a bluebell walk near you, we’ve got a handy guide filled with some of our favourites!

    A little girl in a patch of bluebells in a forest

  10. Manchester City Stadium Tour, Manchester

    The season hasn’t even ended yet, but we already know that Manchester is blue this year, thanks to Manchester City clinching the Premier League title in almost record time. Go behind the scenes at the Manchester City FC Experience and Stadium Tour at the Etihad, where you hold your own press conference, walk down the tunnel to the roar of fans and take a seat pitchside in the dugout. Definitely not to be missed if you have any football fans in the family.

    The tunnel at the Etihad stadium

  11. Highway Rat Trail, nationwide

    Hot on the heels of The Gruffalo trails last year, Forestry Commission’s brand new trails based on The Highway Rat are set to be just as popular. Bringing another of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved stories to life, the trail features 10 hidden panels each filled with fun facts and activities, and with characters to spot along the way it’s a great way to explore with the kids this month. Check out this photo by Kara of her kids on the trail!

    Two kids with a sign for the Highway Rat trail

  12. Dinosaur Quiz Trail at Paradise Park, Cornwall

    Back by popular demand, head to Paradise Park for the exciting Dinosaur Quiz Trail! Head off on your own dinosaur expedition, searching for dinosaurs and eggs as part of the trail. Successfully complete the quiz and you’ll pick up a very official Paradise Park Professor of Palaeontology certificate - certainly one for sitting pride of place in your kid’s bedroom!

    A kid on the dinosaur trail at Paradise Park

  13. 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ at Museum of Childhood, Derbyshire

    Get closer to nature this half-term, with the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ activities! This month, Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood is our destination for nature-themed fun, with a booklet listing all of the challenges for kids to complete. Head off around the grounds and see how many you can tick off in one day, from making music with grass (a challenge for the grown-ups too) to bird spotting down by the lake.

    A kid doing a nature trail

  14. Watch Sherlock Gnomes, nationwide

    Grab your popcorn and get comfy, as Sherlock Gnomes arrives in cinemas from 11th May! Following Gnomeo & Juliet, this animation features a star-studded cast all trying to solve a string of kidnapping mysteries, in a laugh-out-loud film the whole family will love. Plus, if your kid turns out to become quite gnome-obsessed, The Gnome Reserve is the ultimate day out to try!

    A patch of gnomes on display at The Gnome Reserve

  15. Plan a short break…

    Sometimes you just need to getaway, so why not combine it with a trip to one of the UK’s most-loved days out? We're ending our list of things to do and events in May with a fantastic offer. This month, we’ve teamed up with Holiday Extras, where you can enjoy kids go free at both Alton Towers and LEGOLAND Windsor, making a fun family stay even more affordable this summer. Find out more and book your short break to LEGOLAND or your short break to Alton Towers now.


Enjoyed this article? Just before we go, here are a few ideas for things to do this bank holiday Monday!



Lisa O'Keeffe

01 May 2018

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Lisa is Brand Manager at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from London, she now lives in Birmingham and is a big kid at heart!

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