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

Lisa O'Keeffe

17 December 2020

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From a double whammy of bank holidays, to the start of May half term, it’s the perfect time of year to get a great family day out in the diary. We’re back with 15 exciting events and things to do in May to help you plan your adventures, with something for all ages!

From mythical fairies and beautiful bluebells, to a brand new unmissable Children’s Garden, read on to find out what’s on in May for families - don’t forget to share your out and about adventures with us on Instagram too, use #dowtk for your chance to be featured!

A little girl walking through bluebell woods

  1. New Children’s Garden at Kew Gardens, Greater London
    From 18th May
    This is something we’ve been excited about for a while now, but there’s a brand new Children’s Garden opening at Kew Gardens on 18th May! Designed for children aged 2-12, it’s themed around earth, sun, air and water - all the things a plant needs to grow. Home to bamboo tunnels, hammocks, trampolines, splash pool and sensory activities, it’s a fantastic way to get kids engaged with nature and it’s loads of fun too! Don’t miss the 4m high canopy walk, wrapped around a 200-year-old oak tree.

  2. Fairy and Elf Walk Opening Weekend at Audley End Miniature Railway, Essex
    4th - 6th May
    Audley End Miniature Railway is starting its new season in style, as it reopens for 2019 with the return of its Fairy and Elf Walk. Hop aboard the magical train ride into the woods, where you’ll meet the mystical creatures, take part in wand making, complete the fun trail and get involved in themed arts and crafts. Booking in advance is essential, but if you can’t make it this weekend, the walk is also open every weekend and during the school holidays, so no need to miss out!

  3. Marvellous May Trail at Somerset Rural Life Museum, Somerset
    1st - 31st May
    Running all month long, there’s plenty to help you get in to the May mindset at Somerset Rural Life Museum. The Marvellous May Trail takes you on a tour of the museum as you seek out hidden clues - crack them all to be in with the chance of winning a treat! The trail costs £1 per child.

  4. Teletubbies Live Show at Alton Towers, Staffordshire
    Now on!
    Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po have arrived at Alton Towers, with a brand new live show for the whole family to enjoy. Exclusive to CBeebies Land visitors, ‘Big Fun Showtime’ is a musical extravaganza in Teletubbyland, where kids can play-along in the interactive singing and dancing show. Plus, after each performance there’s a chance to meet the characters - get ready to say eh-oh!

  5. Day & Night at SEA LIFE Brighton, Brighton
    From 25th May
    There’s an exciting new state of the art attraction opening at SEA LIFE Brighton this month, as Night & Day opens on 25th May. The first of its kind in the UK, visitors can experience the 24-hour cycle of a coral reef in just one visit, as they watch it change throughout the day. The new zone will be home to the UK’s largest collection of sharks and rays with over 840 stunning sea creatures in total - definitely one not to be missed.

  6. Bluebell Walk at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire
    1st - 5th May
    Nestled in the woods of the Cliveden Estate, this National Trust property has a stunning blanket of bluebells that are in prime season right now. This self-led trail has carved a perfect route through the flowers whilst keeping them safe, so be sure to stick to the hard paths. There’s a trail sheet to pick up from the information centre to steer you towards the best bluebell spots too! Not local? Check out our guide to 22 bluebell woods and walks in the UK.

  7. Moon Mission at Eureka!, West Yorkshire
    25th May - 2nd June
    Celebrate 50 years since humans first landed on the moon, by heading on a Moon Mission at Eureka! Opening on 25th May, there’s a brand new space show, plus the chance to take part in astronaut training in a human gyroscope! Perfect for budding astronauts of your own, it’s a day out that promises to be out of this world...

  8. Rufford Abbey Outdoor Cinema, Nottinghamshire
    4th - 5th May
    Family favourites and a FREE outdoor cinema = your perfect weekend plans at Rufford Abbey Country Park this month. Choose from The Little Mermaid on 4th May or Shrek on the 5th, with both screenings taking place at 11.30am on special daytime LED screens. The screening is free, but you will need to pay £10 per car and book your parking in advance - be sure to bring your best singing voices too to join in!

  9. The Adventure Dock Co, Merseyside
    Open now!
    Back and open for 2019, get ready to bounce and splash your way across the inflatable adventure course on Liverpool’s famous waterfront with The Adventure Dock Co. With giant free-fall slides, huge inflatable obstacles, the course it suitable for anyone aged 6+, making it a great family day out. New for 2019 is a trampoline and mini blob obstacle too, but after last year’s reviews, it’s definitely worth a visit.

  10. Game On 2.0 at Life Science Centre, Tyne and Wear
    25th May - 4th September
    Level up your next family day out, as Game On 2.0 opens at Life Science Centre just in time for May half term. Home to five decades of computer gaming, you’ll explore the history and technology of gaming with 150 playable games. With consoles from the 70s and plenty of exciting retro games including Space Invaders, Sonic, Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, don’t miss the chance for some fierce family competition in the multiplayer games too.

  11. Star Wars Day at Techniquest, Cardiff
    4th May
    May the ‘fourth’ be with you, as Star Wars themed fun arrives at Techniquest this month! The force is strong here, with the chance to meet Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper, and see a life-sized model of R2D2. Launch rockets, discover the science behind the movies and use the force to guide a ball through an obstacle course - it’s a must for any Star Wars fans!

  12. Superhero Takeover at Blair Drummond Safari Park, Stirling
    24th - 27th May
    Billed as Scotland’s most exciting superhero event, lots of familiar faces will be heading to Blair Drummond Safari Park later this month. With acrobatics, adventures, activities and even a superhero training academy for your little heroes, the best bit is that it’s all included in your normal ticket price - great value fun for the whole family!

  13. Superhero and Princess Weekend at Lee Valley Park Farms, London
    4th - 6th May
    Looking for the best bank holiday events? Add Lee Valley Park Farms to the list, as it hosts Superhero and Princess Weekend! Filled with magical moments, don your best superhero or princess costume to help with the quest of discovering the magical abilities of all your favourite farmyard friends. With a live show, and loads more animal adventures to discover, it’s a great family day out.

  14. Upside Down House at Adventure Wonderland, Dorset
    Prepare to have your world turned upside down, as Adventure Wonderland hosts the very first themed upside down house! Bringing the world of Alice in Wonderland to life, everything is topsy-turvy in this house - you’ll find yourself walking on the ceiling, going downstairs to go upstairs and doing handstands on the sofa, with your feet still firmly on the floor. A place where your imagination can run riot, and a great spot to get some fun family photos, tickets for the Upside Down House are £4 and separate to the main park - park guests get 25% off house entry, so why not make a day of it?

  15. World Turtle Day
    23rd May
    Looking for a ‘turtley’ awesome day out? Celebrate World Turtle Day by planning a visit to see some of the incredible turtles and tortoises at aquariums across the UK. From Hull to Bournemouth, Blackpool to Kent, here’s our guide to the best places to see turtles this World Turtle Day.


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


Lisa O'Keeffe

17 December 2020


Lisa heads up the Brand & Content team at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from London, she now lives in Birmingham and is a big kid at heart!