Spring into Fun: Top Things To Do in May

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From a double whammy of bank holidays to the May half term and with warmer weather on the horizon, it’s time to get outside and enjoy a family day out! But what’s going on in May? We’re about to tell you! Here are the best things to do in May!

From exciting events and family-friendly attractions to indoor attractions and days out inspiration. Whether its dinosaur-themed days out or exploring lavender fields, we’ve gathered our list of 15 things to do in May 2024.

Fun Things To Do in May

bluey at cbeebies land

Alton Towers Theme Park, Staffordshire

With theme parks back in full swing, it’s time 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 or board the In the Night Garden Magical Boat Ride.

Did you hear that Bluey has made her way to Alton Towers? To celebrate CBeebies’ 10th anniversary, the Heeler family has set up their residence in good old Alton Towers. Your little ones can meet Bluey and Bingo in a LIVE meet and greet and so much more.

May is the perfect time to visit the family’s favourite theme park!

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Farley Ln, Alton,
Stoke-on-Trent,
ST10 4DB

Opening Times

Monday to Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Pricing

Individual: £29.00

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jurassic 4x4 tour

Dinosaur Day Out

Hands up if you’ve got a dinosaur fan at home!

Get ready for National Dinosaur Day on the 21st 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!

Psst…did you know the SEQUEL to Camp Cretaceous is being released on the 24th May? Chaos Theory is where you’ll find the continued story of Darius, Ben and…hopefully the rest of the gang! Only on Netflix. 

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highland cow at lizzie's farm

Lizzie's Farm, Bromsgrove

Spring is here, which means lots of baby animals! From chicks and duckies to lambs and…Highland calves?! That’s right, you can find a herd of Highland cows right in the Midlands.

At Lizzie’s Farm, you can even head out on a tour where you can meet all the Highland cows, pet them, take a few snaps with them and visit the other animals too.

If you fancy just a cheap day out, then just wander around the farm, catch the herd beyond the fence grazing and head inside to see the young sheep and even bunnies! Then if you’re peckish, grab a bite to eat – all the food is freshly cooked/baked! 

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Redhill Ln,
Bromsgrove,
B61 0QG

Opening Times

Thursday to Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Pricing

Free entry

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sea turtle in the sea

World Turtle Day

Another important day is making it all about the turtles!

On 23rd May 2024, it’s time to celebrate World Turtle Day! We’ve gone and rounded up some turtley-awesome aquariums to visit, and when we’re still unsure about the weather, there’s never been a better time to see some fishes, and turtles, at a local aquarium. Indoor attractions are always a winner-winner.

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daughter and dad playing with lego

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham and Manchester

Early May,  you can head to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre to the Play Unstoppable Festival!

Release all your inner creativity and use your imagination as you let loose with LEGO fun! You’ll find limitless discovery right at your fingertips. Design your very own spirit animal, add your creation to the LEGO Flower Cart and boogie on down at the Play Unstoppable Dance Party!

Not to mention you can settle down for the WORLD premiere of the all-new LEGO Friends 4D movie! Talk about putting a spring in your step this May!

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Trafford Palazzo,
Trafford Centre,
Manchester,
M17 8AS

Opening Times

Monday 10:30 - 15:00
Tuesday to Thursday 10:30 - 14:00
Friday 10:30 - 15:00
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

Pricing

From £20.00 per person

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dino break out lightwater valley

Lightwater Valley, North Yorkshire

Get ready for a whirlwind of fun at Lightwater Valley in North Yorkshire! With over 35 thrilling rides and attractions, this theme park is a treasure trove of excitement for the whole family. Imagine zooming on the UK’s longest roller coaster or giggling through the twists and turns of the spinning teacups.

There’s even a magical fairytale adventure waiting for the little ones. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or prefer a more relaxed pace, Lightwater Valley offers a perfect day out filled with laughter, joy, and plenty of family bonding. Pack your bags and set off for an unforgettable adventure where every moment is loaded with fun!

But what’s even MORE fun is the Dino Breakout! Early May, it’s time to step back in time, to the prehistoric era, as you get up close and personal with a group of terrifying dinosaurs…watch out for the T.Rex!

There will be baby dinos and all sorts of fun activities! It’s one of the best things to do in May if you have dino lovers.

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Water Ln,
North Stainley,
Ripon
HG4 3HT

Opening Times

4th to 6th May 2024
10:30 - 17:00

Pricing

Standard (90cm+) from £22.50
Standard (under 90cm) free

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characters dressed up at warwick castle

Warwick Castle, Warwickshire

Unleash history as 1,100 years of magnificent history returns on 25th May!

Step into a world of medieval magic at Warwick Castle, where history comes to life with spectacular live jousting and the UK’s largest birds of prey show! Kids will be thrilled to explore the world’s first Zog Playland, diving into the adventures of their favourite dragon. And that’s just the beginning!

Wander through beautifully presented castle interiors, and don’t miss staying overnight in stunning medieval-themed accommodations. With so much more to discover, Warwick Castle promises an enchanting escape full of timeless fun for the whole family!

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Warwick,
CV34 6AU

Opening Times

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Pricing

Day ticket from £22.00

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willows activity spring programme with peter rabbit and friends

Willows Activity Farm, Hertfordshire

Hop on over to Willows Activity Farm for a day bursting with fun and adventure with the Spring Programme! Watch your little ones’ faces light up as they meet their favourite characters from Peter Rabbit and Friends, enjoy adventure play AND indoor soft play. Not to mention exploring Mr. McGregor’s Garden, join in on the fun at the Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground, and even catch a live show that brings the magical stories to life.

There will also be inflatables, the Puddle Play Park and so much more! With plenty of giggles, games, and garden mischief, Willows Activity Farm is the perfect spot for family memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t miss out on this enchanting experience where storybook fun meets farmyard frolics!

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Coursers Rd,
St Albans,
AL4 0PF

Opening Times

15th April- 26th May 2024

Pricing

Tickets: £12.95 - £23.95

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cockapoo cafe at down hall in essex

Cockapoo Cafe, Down Hall Essex

This May, whisk your family away to the delightful Cockapoo Cafe at Down Hall in Essex, where fluffy fun meets frothy lattes! It’s a paw-some day out for both two-legged and four-legged family members.

Imagine sipping your favourite coffee while the kids giggle and play with the friendliest Cockapoos around. This unique cafe experience is designed for dog lovers and coffee aficionados alike, providing a cosy spot to relax, mingle with other Cockapoo lovers, and enjoy the charming surroundings of Down Hall. So, leash up your furry friend and join us for a tail-wagging good time at the Cockapoo Cafe!

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Down Hall,
Essex,
CM22 7AS

Opening Times

27th May 2024

Pricing

Tickets: £9.75 - £20.95

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astronights sleepover

Astronights, Science Musuem, London

Ever wanted to experience a night at the museum? Well, your dream literally CAN come true! The Science Museum in London is holding Astronights, where your little ones (plus parents) can sleepover at the museum! Learn all about rocketships, and space and you can ask all the questions you have about the neverending universe!

You’ll also get to explore the museum after dark, experience out-of-this-world workshops, engage in fun-filled activities and gobble up a tasty breakfast in the morning!

There’ll be an airbed for every camper, snack breaks and the opportunity to visit Wonderlab and the IMAX in the morning!

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Exhibition Road,
South Kensington,
London,
SW7 2DD

Opening Times

17th May 2024

Pricing

Standard £70.00
VIP £100

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yorkshire lavender fields

Yorkshire Lavender Farm, Yorkshire

Want to feel like a princess or royalty frolicking through the lavender fields?

Well, Yorkshire Lavender has opened their beautiful and ethereal lavender fields for the public to visit! Wander along carpets of effortless purple heaven, take in the smell of spring and feel the lush breeze as you tick off your floral bucket list!

Don’t forget to snap those memorable pics because you’ll be treated to some seriously STUNNING views!

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Terrington,
York,
YO60 6PB

Opening Times

23rd March to 29th September 2024

Pricing

April & May
Adult: £3.50
Child £2.00

June - August
Adults £6.00
Kids £3.50

September
Adults £3.00
Kids free

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elmer the elephant in front of blackpool tower

Elmer's Art Trail, Blackpool

Get ready for a colourful adventure with Elmer’s Art Trail in Blackpool! This vibrant trail is a perfect family outing where you can follow in the footsteps of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.

Each uniquely painted statue tells a story and sparks creativity in kids and adults alike – psst, there’s 30 of them! It’s not just a walk; it’s a chance to see Blackpool through a kaleidoscope of colours and creativity, making it an ideal way to explore the area while engaging little minds in art and storytelling!

Grab your walking shoes and a camera, and prepare to create some bright, patchwork memories with Elmer! This is a fabulous way to spend quality family time, encouraging both outdoor activity and artistic inspiration this May.

Did we forget to mention it’s FREE?!

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Blackpool City Centre

Opening Times

13th April to 9th June 2024

Pricing

Free

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paddington gift shop

The Paddington Experience, London

We keep raving about this…because it’s EXCITING!!

This BRAND NEW Paddington day out has been the talk of the town for over a year, and now it’s finally here!

You’re cordially invited to join the Paddington Bear and the Browns on an immersive journey as they prepare for the eagerly awaited Marmalade Day Festival! This large-scale event will be interactive and multisensory, packed with games and activities, promising a fun-filled family day out. Ready to dive in?

Your adventure begins at the bustling Paddington Station, where the friendly Station Master will welcome you. Make sure you’re on time to board a life-sized train carriage for an unforgettable ride! You’ll then journey through the lively sights and sounds of London, arriving at the Brown family’s residence at No. 32 Windsor Gardens.

With marmalade treats, fun activities and character meet and greets, it’s set to an un-bear-ably cute and exciting day!

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Riverside Building
Country Hall
Westminster Bridge Road
London
SE1 7PB

Opening Times

Opening 31st May 2024

Pricing

Child (2-15) : £24.00
Adult (16-18+) : £34.00

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floral displays of seahorses

Belgravia in Bloom, London

For those looking for a blooming day out, we have just the thing – Belgravia in Bloom!

Celebrating it’s 9th year of FREE floral paradise, you can explore the neighbourhood of Belgravia as its transforms into flower power heaven! Discover colourful canvases of beautiful flowers, floral installations and displays!

You’ll even spot surrounding shops, restaurants and bars decked out in spring fever. It’s nothing short of Instagrammable and breathtaking. Definitely photo worthy – check it out!

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Belgravia,
London

Opening Times

20th - 27th May 2024

Pricing

FREE

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teenage mutant ninja turtles and a family posing for a picture

MCM Comic Con, London

Any superhero lovers anywhere? Well, this is THE place for them – London’s Comic Con!

Experience a 3-day celebration of iconic superheroes, villainous characters, talented artists, writers AND actors! Meet your favourite actors who will be signing at every turn, and dress up as famous or infamous characters from anime, TV and blockbuster films.

From hosting panels, talks, screening and exciting performances, it’s an event you don’t want to miss out on!

There’s even a gaming area for those who love gaming! With free-to-play consoles, retro machines, themed board games and even D&D! Don’t forget to stop at the Treehouse for child-friendly activities like face painting, kids crafts and more.

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Royal Victoria Dock
1 Western Gateway
London
E16 1XL

Opening Times

24th - 26th May 2024

Pricing

Weekend - £95.00
Friday Priority - £30.00
Saturday Priority - £36.00
Sunday Priority - £33.00
Friday General - £21.00
Saturday General - £28.00
Sunday General - £22.00

Ticket prices are for anyone aged 10+ and kids under 10 can go free

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Now you’re all up to speed on the best things to do in May, we bet you’re planning on some exciting days out! From celebrating all things dino to admiring the spring flowers or getting into action at Comic Con! There’s so much May has to offer! From fab bank holiday activities to the May half term – start planning those day out with the kids.

Looking for more days out inspiration? How about this BRAND NEW Hot Wheels City Experience? Unlocking the secrets of the Egyptians, exploring the best tulip gardens OR plan your trip to the Bristol Balloon Fiesta!

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