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

By Eloise Nelson
Posted 13 May 2021
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From a double whammy of bank holidays to the May half term and with indoor attractions hoping to reopen soon, there are all sorts of great things to look forward to and plenty of fantastic days out to be had this May. 
From dinosaur-themed days out to sheep shearing and indoor attractions reopening, we’ve gathered our list of 15 things to do in May 2021. 

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  1. Alton Towers, Staffordshire  

    Ready for some family thrills? Alton Towers in Staffordshire has plenty of huge and epic rides for the daredevils among you, but a visit to CBeebies Land is a must to make the smaller ones happy! Hop aboard the Peter Rabbit Hippity Hop ride, take a ride on the In the Night Garden Magical Boat Ride, and loads more, so book your tickets now!
  2. Enjoy a Dinosaur themed day out

    Hands up if you’ve got a dinosaur fan at home! Get ready for National Dinosaur Day on the 15th May (trust us, it’s a real thing!) with some roar-some dinosaur days out where you can meet life-sized dinosaur statues, and if you fancy a day in, we’ve some great dinosaur crafts to keep any dinosaur fan happy! 
  3. World Turtle Day

     23rd May 2021 To celebrate World Turtle Day, we’ve rounded up some turtley-awesome aquariums to visit, and with indoor attractions set to reopen on the 17th May, there’s never been a better time to see some fishes, and turtles, at a local aquarium. 

  4. Sheep sheering weekend at Willows Activity Farm 

    15th & 16th, 22nd & 23rd May 2021 
    Fancy being a farmer for the weekend? Enjoy a baa-rilliant day out at Willows Activity Farm with their Sheep Shearing Weekends throughout May! With all sorts to discover, including Peter Rabbit’s Adventure Playground, Mr Todd’s Lair, Squirrel Nutkin’s Treehouse, and loads more!
  5. Kidzania London reopening 

    22nd May 2021
    If you’ve never been to Kidzania London before, you’ve been missing out! You’ll find an incredible mini city, run by kids and for kids, where little ones can get creative and try out all sorts of different careers like playing a firefighter for the day or heading to the grocery shop. 

  6. LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham and Manchester 

    Reopening planned for 17th May 2021 
    Calling all LEGO fans! LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham and Manchester are planning to reopen on the 17th May 2021, and we couldn't be more excited! See what you can create with the iconic colourful blocks, and discover the awesome MINLAND®, plus loads more! 
  7. Lightwater Valley, North Yorkshire 

    Looking for some family thrills? Discover epic family fun at Lightwater Valley, with over 30 fantastic rides to pick from, including the all new Go Safari area with awesome animal-themed rides, where you’ll be able to leap high on the Kangaroo Jump and even hop aboard the Hot Air Balloon ride! 
  8. Springtime Story Walks at The Story Museum, Oxford 

    From 2nd May 2021 
    May brings some (fingers crossed!) lovely weather, and as we hope that means warmer weather, why not head off on a walk with a difference? The Springtime Story Walks at The Story Museum will take you on a magical walk through Oxford full of games, riddles, dances and laughter!
  9. Zog Activity Trail at Warwick Castle, Wariwckshire

    Head off on the brand new Zog Activity Trail at Warwick Castle! The brand new activity trail will teach young Dragons-in-training all the important skills needed to become a fully-fledged Dragon as they explore the grounds high and low, and you can even collect stamps as you go too! 
  10. Indoor attractions reopening 

    While we’ve all been loving being able to go back to our favourite outdoor attractions, we’re so excited to see the hopeful return of some of our favourite indoor attractions! Keep an eye out on our reopening list for all of the important dates, and if you don’t see your favourite on there yet don’t worry, we’ll be updating it with new attractions as dates are announced! 
  11. Puzzlewood, Gloucestershire 

    May the ‘fourth’ be with you! If you’ve got little Star Wars fans, what better way to celebrate than by heading to one of the filming locations! Visit Puzzlewood in Gloucestershire, the site of many film sets, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens! 
  12. Pirates Quest Adventure Golf, Newquay

    Opening May half-term 
    Ahoy matey! Pirates Quest Adventure Golf in Newquay is a pirates haven and it’s set to open just in time for May half term, and you’ll get transported back 300 years into a world of shipwrecked boats, pirates, and of course, hidden treasure! 
  13. Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

    Reopens 19th May 2021 
    Got any history enthusiasts? Well, we’ve got some good news for you, because Imperial War Museum North is set to reopen from the 19th May 2021! Explore exhibits all around the First and Second World War, see cool artifacts and displays, and loads more! 
  14. The Natural History Museum, London

    Reopens 17th May 2021 
    The Natural History Museum in London is planning to reopen from the 17th May 2021, and if you’ve never been, now’s the perfect opportunity! Packed full of over 80 million plants, animals, fossils, rocks and minerals, and of course, you’ll be met with the iconic Blue Whale skeleton too! 


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