May half-term activities

Keep your DC entertained over the May school break, with our Local editors' hand-picked selection of activities. Weather, don't let us down!

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East of England

Fairy Fair Holt

24 - 25 May

The award-winning Fairy Fair at Holt Hall gives kids a chance to get close to some cute local wildlife and make their own fairy crowns. 

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Children's Theatre and Dance Festival Beeston

25 - 31 May

Lakeside Arts Centre presents an exciting roster of new kids' shows, featuring international performers and the popular free family weekend in the surrounding park.

Half-term drama Nottingham

26 - 29 May

Over the course of the half-term week, kids from ten to teens will learn how to create a dramatic ensemble in this fun group workshop.

Story of the Stink Nottingham

23 - 31 May

Explore a gory world of stinky smells under the streets of Nottingham, with this guided tour of the city's underground tunnels.

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North East

Family Camping Gateshead

23 - 25 May

Give your kids a taste of the wild with two nights' camping under the stars at Gibside.

Belsay Boot Camp Morpeth

23 - 29 May

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens will be transformed this half-term into a WW2-inspired boot camp for all ages.

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North West

Kids' skateboard club Manchester

25 - 29 May

Projektsmcr Skatepark will be hosting their skateboarding club once again this half-term, with professional skaters on-hand to give coaching, and safety equipment provided. 

Musical Theatre workshops Stockport

Ongoing until October

Find a place for your children to channel their inner superstar at one of these musical theatre workshops across Stockport and Hazel Grove.

Little Actors Salford

25 - 29 May

Head to the Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays to join Hedgehog and her Hoglet on a woodland quest that'll delight kids aged 5-11.

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South East

Comic Art Masterclass Guildford 

26 May

Children can make their own comic strip under the expert guidance of Kev Sutherland, whose work has appeared in The Beano and Doctor Who Adventures. 

Wear It Wild Woking

26 - 28 May

Wear it Wild is a brand new nationwide fundraising event in aid of the WWF, that invites you to dress as wildly as you can. Join the fun making animal masks at Woking's Living Plant Centre.

Wild Wood Weekend Ardingley

23 - 25 May

A weekend of woodland activities for the whole family, to celebrate the opening of Wakehurst's Pearcelands Wood.

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South West

Guided seaside walks Weymouth

25 May

Join the Family Holiday Association, who work with families facing illness and bereavement, for a guided walk around beautiful Lulworth Cove.

Family Fun Day at Goldsands Bournemouth

31 May

The football season may be over for now but Goldsands Stadium, home of AFC Bournemouth, will be opening its doors to families and serving lunch in the Champion's Restaurant.

Wildlife Babies Highbridge

23 - 25 May

The Secret World Wildlife Rescue will be introducing its cuddly baby residents to families over the half-term weekend, and talking about the work they do to help orphaned animals.

Civil War Weekend Minehead

30 - 31 May

Step back in time at Dunster Castle and find out what life was like during the Civil War, battles and all.

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Morden Hall Park BioBlitz 2015 Morden

30 May

Visitors of all ages can join forces with local naturalists and scientists in a race against time to survey all forms of life in Morden Hall Park. A fascinating snapshot into the local wildlife. 

Wonderful Wizard of Oz Arts & Crafts Workshop Wimbledon

28 May

This themed craft day will see your little ones helping to make life-sized scarecrows and a selection of other colourful characters for the surrounding Sutton Community farms.

Bach to Baby Kensington

27 May

A classical concert especially for mums and babies. Specially-selected Monmouth coffee will be available for grown-ups.

Thumbs Up It's Thursday Kingston

28 May

Various venues across Kingston will be hosting free activities for children aged two to 11, including a scavenger hunt, craft workshops and discounts for kids at local restaurants.


Windibops North Finchley

30 - 31 May

Laughs are guaranteed at this scientific workshop that investigates global warming using the medium of flatulence, devised and performed by dance troupe artsdepot.

Rascals and Rogues Southbank

15 - 31 May

The notorious Moll Cutpurse and Claude Duvall will be holding up the London Dungeon and demonstrating the skills required to pull off the perfect highway robbery in this theatrical masterclass.

Spy workshops Southbank

26 - 28 May

Budding sleuths will love these crafty, espionage-themed workshops, where they can make their own detective drama and test out some real spy gear.

Free gym and swim sessions Enfield

23 - 31 May

Children will be able to use the gym facilities and swimming pools for free at a selection of leisure centres across Enfield. Check with your local leisure centre for age restrictions.

Kids' films for £2 Croydon

23 May onwards

To celebrate its new, state-of-the-art cinema, Fairfield Halls is offering daytime cinema tickets for adults and children for just £2 - and it's not just for the half-term week.

Kids' tennis camps Wandsworth

26 - 29 May

All Star Tennis camps return to Wandsworth Common this half-term with sessions for children of all abilities.

Family fun at the Ragged School Museum Mile End

27 - 28 May

Head to the Ragged School Museum this half-term to take a look at the top trends for men, women and ragged school children during the Victorian Era.

Oliver Jeffers week Stratford

23 - 31 May

With storytelling events for younger children and themed craft activities for older siblings, there's something for everyone to enjoy in celebration of children's author Oliver Jeffers.

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Holiday Superhero Fun Port Talbot

25 May

Your children's favourite cartoon characters are set to come to life at Margam Park thanks to an impressive gang of Elsa, Spiderman, Hulk and other lookalikes.

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