50 things to do in May Half Term

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50 things to do in May Half Term

Ready for an early summer getaway? May Half Term is on the horizon and you can feel summer creeping back in. From the sunrise getting a little earlier each day to long evenings with blue skies, even if you still definitely need to be wearing a coat, you can feel us edging closer to the time of year that makes us all feel a little bit sunnier.

Sunshine and blue skies aside, summer is all about the kids. The long school holidays are approaching and it’s daunting trying to think about ways to keep children busy. Use May Half Term as a chance to test their boundaries, get little ones to try new things and they might discover something they really love. Plus, it’ll give you lots of inspiration for keeping them entertained all summer long.


Here are 50 fun things to do with kids in May Half Term holidays:

1. Visit the Ashdown Forest in Sussex and play Pooh sticks in the Hundred Acre Wood

2. Step into a jungle at the Eden Project

3. Collect sea glass on your favourite beach…

Long beach days and evenings paddling while the sun sets.

4. Then make a picture from it at home

5. Say hello to the seals at Gweek Seal Sanctuary

6. Walk with the dinosaurs at Dorchester’s Dino Museum

7. Ride ponies (or bikes) across the Quantock hills

Pony trekking in the Quantocks allows you to see the landscape from a totally new angle.

8. Speed across the sea on the Isle of Wight hovercraft

9. Find the Giant’s heart on St Michael’s Mount

10. Play knights at Corfe Castle

11. Explore Bateman’s, the home of Rudyard Kipling

12. Surf some knarly waves (or try it for the first time!)

13. Paddleboard everywhere!

14. Create your own personal performance at the Minack Theatre

15. Build a den in the New Forest

16. Visit Coleton Fishacre

17. Make a new friend at the Sussex Llama Farm

18. Let kids loose at Kernow Adventure Park

19. Paint at pot at China Blue in Totnes

20. Scramble across the rope bridge at the Lost Gardens of Heligan

Scramble across the rope bridge at the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

21. Eat everything at the River Cottage Food Fair

22. Walk into (a pretend) battle at Tintagel Castle

23. Explore the National Trust village of Wembury

24. Dress up in Tudor Costume at Trerice Manor

25. Explore the gardens of Overbecks in south Devon

26. Scream your heart out on a Crealy rollercoaster

27. Embrace life on the sea at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth

28. Squeeze through the letterbox gap at Cheddar Gorge

29. Go bodyboarding in Woolacombe

30. Climb to the top of Glastonbury Tor

31. Feel like a giant at Babbacombe Model Village

32. Go underground at Wookey Hole

33. Explore the Ventor Botanic Garden

34. Visit the Bishop’s Palace in Wells

35. Hunt for the golden carrots at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

36. Skim stones at Chesil Beach

37. Enjoy a day out at Black Gang Chine

38. Take a coastal walk at Durdle Door

39. See the Slapton Sands tank

Slapton Sands is a gorgeous golden beach in south Devon.

40. Flower-spot at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

41. Sit in a WWI tank at the Tank Museum

42. Cycle along Bournemouth seafront

43. Burn off some energy at Tapnell Farm Park

44. Visit the Abbotsbury Swannery

45. Spend a day hiking through Haytor Quarries

46. Hop on the Swanage Railway

47. Go kayaking with Adventure Activities on the Isle of Wight

48. Take an epic night sky picture

49. Take a dip in the sea for a spot of wild swimming

50. Soak up the sunshine wherever you are!


Take your pick of our holiday cottages in the South of England and Wales and start planning your half term getaway now.

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