We’ve got lots of ideas & suggestions for days out & things to do during May half term for all ages from toddlers to teens including plenty of low cost & rainy day ideas for the holidays.
As well as our special half term events don’t forget to check out our year round “Days Out” pages by clicking here
Come out to play in Beningbrough’s gardens with a brand-new free nature trail, 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ and all the usual places to adventure.
Open every day and free to National Trust members and under-fives.
Launching for the holidays is brilliant butterflies – strange facts and giant butterflies wait to greet you as you explore.
There are a couple of activities to get stuck into. On Tuesday 31 May, make a paper pot, fill with homemade compost, and sow a sunflower seed to take home and grown. On Wednesday 1 June join Stories Alive for a specially created outdoor story session.
Head over to the wilderness play area and find your favourites or spend time in the den zone. Clamber on the stack, cross the rope bridge to the slides and choose from one of the swings – the pendulum is perfect for older children.
The youngest family members haven’t been left out with tunnels, balance beams and a Wendy house to get their imagination going. There’s a new mini clamber stack for smaller legs and accessible bucket seats in some of swing spots.
The hall and galleries are currently closed for a 2.3 million infrastructure project and due to re-open in summer 2023.
As well as sheep we also have piglets , goats , pony’s , guinea pigs and donkeys ( including our gorgeous baby donkey Fergus ! ) .
May Half Term 2022
With the days getting longer and the sun getting hotter it feels like the perfect time to come and explore Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Spend a full day running, jumping and discovering the abbey ruin and Studley Water Garden. If you find yourself in the deer park, keep an eye out and you may catch a glimpse of the new baby deer.
Pick up your watery-themed trail map and enjoy finding a variety of giant pond themed creatures as you wander the site. Let your nose lead the way, following the scents of wild garlic and bluebells filling the air. Head to the sweet chestnut tree on the abbey west green and listen to what happens behind the bark of a tree with our tree listening installation. The world has come alive again and you’ll be able to see signs of the late springtime all over the estate.
Join in our pond dipping activity, learn more about our watery wildlife and see what mini beasts you can discover. Take your hand at building a mini raft out of sticks and test how well it floats in the water garden. Or why not bring the whole family along and learn how to make a mini dragonfly using a peg?
All of our activities are free with normal admission and there’s no need to book, just pop along and have fun!
A whole day of adventure – May half term at Harewood
There’s so much to explore at Harewood, no two visits will ever be the same!
+ Discover our new Treehouse Sylvascope, part of our Radical Acts: Why Craft Matters exhibition that will get the family talking about sustainability and the environment
+ Huge Adventure Playground
+ Woodland Wonderland playspace – a maze of willow-woven tunnels and sculptures to explore
+ Stretch your legs and get amazing views on the Three Parks Walk, following the Lakeside path all the way round to the Walled Garden – or hop on the Chain Ferry!
+ Follow winding paths and skip over the stepping stones in the Himalayan Garden
+ Marvel at the penguins, flamingos, parrots and lovebirds in the Bird Garden, and say hello to the animals in the Farm Experience
+ Take in the stunning collections of art and furniture in the Georgian House
Wherever you go, there’s delicious food and drink to enjoy – have lunch at the Courtyard or Terrace Café, or grab a snack in the Bothy Teahouse or one of our kiosks.
All activities are free for Members. Family membership is just £105 for a year – upgrade to Membership within 7 days of your visit and we’ll take your day ticket off the price! Our loyal Members are vital to keeping Harewood, a charity, up and running. Find out more at harewood.org/membership.
Pre-booking is advised. BOOK TICKETS HERE
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
MON 30 MAY – WED 01 JUN
Direct from the West End, the Olivier Award nominated smash hit show, The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns on tour
The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!
Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos. Don’t miss this stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… expect to be surprised!
With over 40 rides and attractions for the whole family to enjoy, you’ll find mega adventures around every corner at Lightwater Valley Family Adventure Park.
Come join us for our Best of British May half-term week, filled with celebrations and jubilations to honour our Queen’s Jubilee.
Lightwater Valley, Water Lane, North Stainley, Ripon, HG4 3HT
May Half Term: Around the World in 80 Stories
28 May 2022- 5 June 2022
Visit Lotherton for Spring half term as we delve into stories old and new and travel around the world in 80 stories. There will be stories for all ages, excitement and adventure around the estate for families to get involved in. With crafts, storytellers and lots of fun.
The expansive grounds and gardens are lovely walking spots, with or without four-legged companions. Each season brings new surprises including wild garlic in the spring, a sea of colourful blooms in summer in the formal gardens and stunning autumnal colours later on in the year.
The two playgrounds mean there’s plenty of space for running about and letting off steam, with zip wires for older children to enjoy.
The evolving zoo, Wildlife World, is a real highlight and visitors can see the Humboldt penguins splash and swim in their pool. Other colourful characters include Arthur the tapir, porcupines and a flamboyance of pink flamingos.
ENCHANTED STORIES MAY HALF TERM AT MOTHER SHIPTON’S
28th May – 5th June 2022
Wander into a world of Enchanted stories at Mother Shipton’s this May Half Term!
See giant story books and a Wonderland of fairy-tale themed displays with fantastical photo opportunities throughout the ancient woodland. Watch out for the pesky dragon, The Wicked Witch of the West and the Big Bad Wolf, peek into miniature fairy houses, and sit on the Wishing Chair throne. Dressing up as your favourite storybook character is thoroughly encouraged, prizes will be awarded to Mother Shipton’s favourites when you share them on Instagram #mothershiptons.
You’ll be OVER THE RAINBOW to discover how Mother Shipton’s is filled with mystical delights for all ages: see what curiosities are hanging from the Petrifying Well, make a wish in the Wishing Well, and step inside the cave where Mother Shipton was born. This May Half Term you can gaze at a brand new exhibition of fantastical creatures in the museum alongside petrified celebrity items, and browse the unique attraction gift shop.
Go wild in the Adventure Playground, or have your own Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with artisanal coffee, cakes, sandwiches and ice cream available to purchase from our vintage style coffee kiosk. There are plenty of picnic benches with scenic views of the River Nidd and Ancient Royal Forest.
Dogs are welcome everywhere except the children’s adventure playground and must be kept on a lead at all times.
28 May to Sunday 5 June 2022
Create a buzz this May Half term at RHS Garden Harlow Carr and learn how to encourage these fantastic pollinators into your garden. There will be a garden trail, activities and beekeeping demonstrations to help you to learn more about these fascinating insects.
Head down to our Event Marquee, where there are many things to see and do at our ‘Hive of activity’. There is a giant walk-in beehive where you will see what it looks like in a hive from a honeybee’s point of view. You can also check out our display beehive donated from the Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers.
We have different activity sessions planned throughout half term, check the schedule for when they’ll be running:
Platinum Jubilee Weekend
In 2022, we’ll be celebrating at RHS Garden Harlow Carr as Her Majesty The Queen becomes the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee – 70 years of service – having acceded to the throne on 6 February 1952 at the age of 25.
Giving the opportunity for communities and people throughout the UK to come together, join us over the extended bank holiday weekend, from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June, for live brass bands in the garden to commemorate this historic milestone.
Live music will be playing in the garden between 1pm to 4pm. Here are the bands that will be joining us on the following days:
Performances from 1pm to 4pm
Roll up, roll up, the Stockeld Circus is in town!
This Spring, the National Festival Circus are joining us for a half term filled with excitement! Every day throughout the Spring Adventure there will be three circus shows! (There are NO animals involved in the circus). Let your imagination run wild with the Stockeld Circus! A true feast for the eyes, a real family treat!
The National Festival Circus is a magical mix of laughter and excitement. Slapstick clowns, balancing equilibrists, fast tempo juggling, baffling magic, high flying diabolos, mesmerising spinning hoops and buckets full of fabulous fun.
Circus tickets are an add on to your Spring day passes, available on a first come, first served basis. Just select the date and time for your Spring Adventure, then before checkout, you can add your circus tickets onto your booking. Everybody requires a circus ticket, except for babes in arms.
Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN.
Plenty going on at the Caves this half term May 2022!
Join Cavewoman and magician Rob for a grand magic tour of Stump Cross Caverns. Play party games Cavewoman style and enjoy food whilst watching The Croods in our cinema room. All children will receive a party bag.
£30 per child includes cave visit, cinema, food and party bag.
£20 per adult includes caves, film and a cuppa
Sunday 29th May 2022 2-4pm.
Spiderman Disco 2pm start for Superhero Disco with Dance Matt, followed by the film Spiderman and food.
£20 per child for party, cinema & food
£6 per adult for cinema
Monday 30th May 2pm
Join us in the caves for fossil huntil with Dr John! Monday 30th May and Tuesday 31st May.
All the fun and excitement of the Wild West in a safe enclosed space! All tickets include a meal and a drink.
Join WOTO this May Half term to celebrate their 4th Birthday! Tuesday 31st May and Wednesday 1st June 2022. Bookings now open!
9.30 – 12.00 p.m.
12.30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
3.30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
10.00 – 12.30 p.m.
1.30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
*NOTE: These Experiences are released fortnightly to prevent clashes with private hire party bookings
York Spring Fair & Food Festival returns to York Racecourse for 10 days of Jubilee Holiday fun from 27 May to 5 June, bringing together one of the largest vintage funfairs seen in North Yorkshire, a food festival as well as live music and family entertainment!
Enjoy more than 15 stunning vintage funfair rides and game stalls and more than 40 traders supplying street food and drink, crafts and gifts. Popular York entertainer Josh Benson will be live on stage four times during the day, combining magic, juggling, balloonology, disco and fun for all ages. On weekend evenings enjoy live music from great local bands Huge, Y Street Band, Hyde Family Jam and New York Brass Band as well as international sensation the Old Time Sailors, and on midweek evenings a DJ will play favourite hits.
There will be two bars including the Yorkshire Bus Bar, and plenty of tables and benches to sit at and sample the delights on offer!
It’s also THE place to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, with the lighting of York’s beacon on the evening of Thursday 2nd June and the opportunity for a Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday 5th June, where the array of food and drink stalls can provide a picnic to suit all tastes!
Admission £5 for adults on off-peak days and £7.50 on peak days, children aged 12 and under free. Tokens for funfair rides and game stalls can be purchased on site at £3 per ride/game. Gates open at 10am daily.
Ripon, HG4 5AE
Open March- September. You can take a picnic and we’d recommend swimmers (for the water fountain bit!), there is adventure play and a great little train ride.
Ripley is a lovely place for a stroll around the gardens and deer park.
Within the pleasure grounds there is a small children’s play trail. Let your children release their energy and hunt for clues on our informative Treasure Hunt whilst you wander around.
There is a small outdoor play area in the grounds and they do run tours of the castle specifically aimed at children over 5yrs.
under 5 are free. RHS card holders are admitted for free (exclusions apply)