10 Ideas for Days Out over May Half Term: All about an hours drive!
If you fancy a day out with the kids over the May half term holiday we have listed our ‘Top Ten’ ideas which are all less than an hours drive!
1. Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal
Take your little nature explorer for a scavenger hunt around the estate this half-term holiday. Stick your nature finds to your paper as you go around to create a masterpiece! Zoom through the play area on the zip wire and swing as high as you can on the swings. Paint with nature, make your own fluffy spring lamb decoration and see all the colourful wool in Swanley Grange. Make sure to say hello to the chickens and see what’s growing in the medieval vegetable garden there, too.
There are wildlife walks to join, too. Have a go at pond dipping to see what lurks beneath the water’s surface. Come to see if you can spot the deer on a guided walk through Studley Royal Park and become a true wildlife detective on the Minibeasts to Mammals guided family walk.
Open 26th May – 3rd June. Fountains, Ripon HG4 3DY
2. Get, Set, Grow: May Half Term Family Fun at Harlow Carr
Families are being encouraged to get, set, grow at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate during May half term. Enjoy a daily garden trail, storytelling with the Garden Detectives, indoor crafts and outdoor workshops. On Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May, a range of fun activities for children will run from 11 am to 4 pm during the Children’s Gardening Weekend. Kids of all ages can make their own bird feeders, plant tomato seedlings and watch beekeeping demonstrations under the expert guidance of the Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers Association. The zany Garden Detectives will also put on family-friendly stage shows throughout the day. Activities vary daily so make sure you check the website for full details. Normal garden admission applies.
Trot to Mother Shipton’s for a day of Unicorn magic and have a roarsome time searching for Dinosaur footprints. Unicorns and Dinosaurs are in the park, follow the adventure trail and you never know what you might find!
The park will be transformed, creating an engaging May Half Term event for all the family.
See the Petrifying Well and Mother Shipton’s Cave. The park has scenic picnic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure playground, gift shop and museum.
Running 25th May – 2nd June.
Prophecy Lodge, Harrogate Rd, High Bridge, Knaresborough HG5 8DD.
Did you think the age of dinosaurs was well and truly over? Think again! Enter through our Jurassic gates this Spring and prepare yourselves for a MONSTER day out because something ROAR-some is happening at Stockeld Park during May half term!
Take a walk through the Enchanted Forest but watch out… somewhere deep inside, dinosaurs are on the loose and we need your help to find them!
You can dig for fossils at our dig site and take part in our dino craft sessions with the Stockeld Rangers too!
Running 25th May – 2nd June.
Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN
Pre-book online for 10% discount off your day passes, and use the Mumbler code MUMWHARFEDALE for an additional 10% off!!
With a couple of exciting new surprises coming this year on Bolton Abbeys most loved trail!
The woodland adventure trail leads you from the stepping stones to the Cavendish Pavilion. Little ones can navigate balance beams, wobbly stirrups, tunnels, scramble nets, the maze and much more – forget about being clean!
Some obstacles are not suitable for all age groups. Children must be supervised at all times.
This is a free event. The Estate’s usual admission fee will apply.
Open 25th May until 3rd November. Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6AL
Spend the day having fun on the farm. Visit the animals, watch the milking demonstrations, pick your favourite to cheer on in the sheep & ferret racing!
Enjoy a tractor ride and head to the daily sheep & lamb talks or shearing demonstrations. Delight at the cuteness during their Meerkat feeding sessions or for the more curious visitor head to the Reptile house for petting and handling.
Entry into the soft play is also included in your ticket price– plus there’s a free quiz trail to help keep the kids occupied.
Running 25th May – 2nd June. Cannon Hall Farm, Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley