School Holidays Harrogate

May Half Term

What is on for families this May half term in Harrogate & Knaresborough? 

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

Last Updated: 22/03/21

The gardens, restaurant for takeaway drinks, play area, toilets and car park at Beningbrough are open for the local community to exercise in on selected days. The hall, galleries and shop remain closed. We’ve introduced advance booking to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. You will need to book your tickets by 3pm the day before your visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We’ll be releasing tickets every Friday. Please note we may need to turn people away who arrive and haven’t booked.

Opening Times: March – April, Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm

Plus 7 days a week in the local Easter school holidays 27 March – 11 April.

May, Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm

Plus both bank holiday Mondays

June – August, Monday – Sunday, 10am -5pm


Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD

01904 472027


Birchfield Farm is open EVERY DAY throughout May Half Term!

Serving take out food, drinks and delicious ice creams!  You are also more than welcome to bring a picnic – but no trip to Birchfield is complete without one of our amazing ice-creams – so make sure you leave some space!

We will be opening our animal barn back up after the 17th May with lots of baby animals for the children to see!

Toilets onsite will be open as well as baby changing.

We will be operating strict social distancing guidelines and masks will be required in the entrance and toilet areas.
Extra hand wash and sanitisers will be onsite and around the farm.
Please keep to Covid guidelines and we ask that if you are feeling unwell that you do not visit the farm.
We have greatly missed all our customers and can not wait to welcome you all back, our animals have missed you too !

10am-5pm – last admission 4 pm

No booking required however we are working on a first come first serve basis.
Please be aware that weekends between 11 am- 2 pm are peak times.

Although things can’t be quite the same as a usual spring on the farm we have created outdoor animal pens so you can still see our :
  • Baby piglets
  • New born goat kids
  • Lambs
  • Goats
  • Guinea pigs
  • Pony’s and Donkeys .
We also have our go kart track , giant sand pit and given the woodland and den building area a make over 🍃
New for 2021 – Feed our new ducks on the pond 🦆
Oh …not to forget our new tractor “Gwennie“ perfect for those little farmers to enjoy🚜
Children £5
Adults -£4.50
Under 2s -FREE


Covid-19 Update:

To help you have a safe visit, they’re asking everyone to book in advance to access the abbey and water garden. 

Take part in your biggest ever game of hide and seek on your visit to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Hide in all corners of the large abbey ruins before following the river to the water garden. Race around the moon ponds, see the swans swimming and discover the winding dark tunnel. Emerge from the tunnel to find three fun buildings called follies along this woodland path.

Be sure to have a playground adventure. There are things to wobble along, jump over and climb on…you’ll find a wooden abbey, a woodland house, scramble nets and posts, swings, fireman’s poles, a slide, a roundabout, a gigantic rope bridge and a huge zip wire for the most daring adventurers of all.

Have a well-earned sit down with a seasonal meal in the newly refurbished restaurant, tuck into tea and cake with a lakeside view at Studley tea room or a sweet treat at Mill Café*

If there’s still oodles of energy left visit the deer park. Admire the views down to Ripon Cathedral and see if you can spot the deer. There are three different types from small fallow deer to the largest of them all: red deer.

There’s lots to do but don’t worry if you can’t fit it all in this time – we’ll be here another day! Become a member on your first visit and come back for free as many times as you like. Plus, get the feel-goods about it as every time you scan your membership card, you’re contributing towards the essential conservation work we do.

Fountains, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY

*Due to restrictions Mill Cafe is currently not open to sit in.  Limited take away available.

01765 608888

Book online

* Pre-booked tickets only *

Follow us down the rabbit hole for a magical adventure at Mother Shipton’s! You’ll be grinning like a Cheshire Cat when you explore the Wonderland of themed displays and fantastical photo opportunities.

Curiouser and curiouser! 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.

We’re all MAD here! Go wild in our Adventure Playground, or have your own Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with artisanal coffee, cakes, sandwiches and ice cream served from our vintage style coffee van. There are plenty of picnic benches with scenic views of the River Nidd and Ancient Royal Forest.

Don’t be late for this very important date! Tickets are limited and booking is essential.

Dogs are welcome everywhere except the children’s adventure playground and must be kept on a lead at all times.

29th May – 6th June.


This May half-term, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is encouraging families to Get up and Grow with a range of activities to inspire people of all ages following a year which has seen millions more people take up gardening than ever before. For the first time, all five RHS Gardens are hosting the same event following the opening of RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, Greater Manchester, on 18 May.

Starting 29 May, it is a chance for families visiting the five RHS Gardens of RHS Rosemoor in Devon, RHS Wisley in Surrey, RHS Harlow Carr in Yorkshire, RHS Hyde Hall in Essex and the brand new RHS Bridgewater in Greater Manchester to have fun outside growing together. Whilst exploring the gardens in all their late spring glory and finding wonderful spring flowers, beautiful views, and spotting the abundance of wildlife, they can be solving all the clues on a trail designed to help families discover the different kinds of pollinators that contribute to a healthy garden ecosystem.

Families will discover that it is not just bees and butterflies but beetles and other insects including night-flying moths that all help pollinate plants. The trail will show how plants have evolved to attract different kinds of pollinators with their scent, colour and shape, and visitors can learn which plants in their own gardens are beneficial to various insect groups. Activities vary at each garden but could include planting workshops and storytelling – all of which are designed to inspire people to grow at home. For more details on what’s happening at each garden, visit the RHS website:

The Get Up and Grow trail is available to download from the RHS website, where you can also find out more information and book tickets. Don’t forget to visit the Garden Centres too which are stocked full of products to help you grow including starter kits for children, plants, seeds, books, compost, propagators and tools.

At RHS Harlow Carr, as well as the garden trail which will see families getting to know the many plants that attract pollinators, the Garden Detectives will be on hand Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, leading families on wellbeing adventure walks. There is also a Plants for Pollinators workshop on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, which includes planting seeds to take home and nurture into plants. Wellbeing Wednesday features a Family Story Yoga session and the ever-popular Birds of Prey Display returns on Thursday 3 June.


The Spring Adventure – Superheroes and Legends Week!

29th May – 6th June

Superheroes of the world unite as Stockeld Park prepares to open for Spring Half Term! They don’t want to miss out on all the fun so look out for the likes of Spiderman, Thor, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Hulk and Iron Man as you enjoy all that our Enchanted Forest has to offer!You will even have the change to meet Iron Man himself in person!

You day pass will include full access to the Enchanted Forest and all it has to offer including our five large adventure playgrounds, go karts, outdoor inflatables and our famous giant maze!

We are operating strict capacity limits so pre-booking online is essential.

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN. Tel: 01937 586333


 01937 586333


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Stump Cross Caverns is an ancient natural cave formation deep underneath the Yorkshire Dales. As well as the caves, they’ve also got a cinema, cafe, shop and visitor centre on site.  They are located  on the B6265 between Pateley Bridge and Grassington and open seven days a week (9am-6pm).  They run special offers throughout the year – so check out their website for latest offers!


Get back to nature during May Half Term

At this time of year, Temple Newsam is bursting with bright and beautiful colours! The Rhododendron walk is the main inspiration for the May Half Term holiday!

Follow Temple Newsam’s nature trails to see it in full bloom and download their online activity pack for crafts inspired by your visit to the estate. The free packs are available to download via the Temple Newsam website and include lots of creative family fun to keep the little ones busy, including nature weaving and floral crafts. The packs are also available to collect from Temple Newsam House. They are free with general admission and include all the resources to make your own creations from natures palette. Also be sure to stop off at Home Farm to meet all your favourite farmyard friends including pigs, goats, sheep and friendly donkeys. Get up close to the animals and explore the historic surroundings of Home Farm with outbuildings that date back to the 16th century.

Please don’t forget to pre-book ahead of your visit. Tickets are limited with reduced visitor numbers and there’s plenty of measures in place to keep you safe during your visit to Temple Newsam. Head to the Temple Newsam website to pre-book your tickets today.


York Spring Fair & Food Festival is a brand-new event bringing together one of the largest vintage funfairs seen in North Yorkshire for many years and a Food Festival showcasing the very best artisan products from Yorkshire and beyond. 

Get out and have fun over Spring Bank Holiday and half term, at the Clocktower Enclosure at York Racecourse, from 28th May to 6th June.

Take an exhilarating ride on the 1936 Speedway, race round the Brooklands Dodgems from 1937, go for a spin on the stunning 1930s Chair-o-Plane or get a bird’s eye view from the Big Wheel! Enjoy the beautiful Carousel, Twister, Lighthouse Helter-Skelter, Octopus and many more exquisite rides!

Children will love riding the Toy Set, Swing Boats, Muffin the Mule and Hush Hush the Train – the oldest ride made in 1933 – plus there’ll be giggles galore with Magic Mirrors.

Win a prize every time at the game stalls – test your skills at the Rifle Range, for some competitive family fun have a go at Football Darts, or try your luck with Hook-a-Duck. There’s prizes aplenty!

Then treat your tastebuds to some of the finest locally-produced food and drinks and support local traders after the long months of lockdown – there’ll be bakeries and beers, savoury and sweet treats, as well as cheeses to please and the Berry Best Ice Cream.  A vintage double decker bus – the Yorkshire Bus Bar – will add more than a touch of colour, serving fabulous local gins and Yorkshire’s finest ales as well as a range of other refreshments.

ADMISSION*: £3 for adults, children 12 and under FREE.  Open 10am until 6pm.

*Admission price excludes rides and game stalls – tokens for these can be purchased on site at £3 per person. *Booking fees apply.

 07927 291267


Bolton Abbey, Skipton

There is a lot of fun to have at Bolton Abbey including 60 stepping stones and a large beach area where you can enjoy a paddle and a picnic – but maybe not at the same time!


Harewood House and gardens

Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LG.

The large adventure playground is a big hit with children as are the penguins and the bird garden. There is a café and gift shop and usually some sort of seasonal activity in the eco-pods.


Hesketh Farm – May half term

Open daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm).

Hesketh Farm Park is set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, just 1 mile from the picturesque village of Bolton Abbey and 5 miles from the market town of Skipton.

Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park

Open from 2nd April to 31st October 2021

Please purchase your tickets online in advance of your visit.

Please check the website before you set off for daily updates and weather warnings.

Lightwater Valley

North Stainley, near Ripon (approx. 30 mins from Harrogate)

Open from March until November (check website for specific dates as only open on weekends during spring and autumn other than school holidays)

A variety of rides for all ages, from rotating teacups to The ultimate, a 1.5 mile long rollercoaster. There is also a discount shopping village.

Pre booking only.


Minskip Farm Shop

We are open as usual during the Coronavirus outbreak. We have measures in place to limit the number of people in the shop at once, and observe social distancing rules inside. We are also taking measures to keep our staff and customers as safe as possible.

You can also order online for home delivery or call us on 01423329063 and we will take your order over the phone. We are offering a next day delivery service if you order by 1pm.

Newby Hall

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.


Piglets Adventure Farm – May Half Term Adventures

Ripley Castle and Gardens

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)


Tropical World

Journey through Tropical World’s various exotic and interesting zones. Take a trek through the rainforest, desert, aquarium and waterfall areas and see some fascinating animals and creatures along the way including butterflies, crocodiles, rare birds, meerkats and many many more!

World of Their Own

From Jan 2020 new site @ Hornbeam Park.

From  crawlers through to age 8. Little outlaws enjoy escaping from the Sheriffs Jail, robbing the Wild West Bank, experimenting with mocktails in the Cowgirl Saloon, trying their luck in Tin Can Valley, taking cover in the Cowboy Shoot Out, exploring down the Spooky Gold Mine and trying to stay on their feet in the Rodeo Bounce House!