Looking for ideas for things to do in Yorkshire with kids over May half-term? Here’s a round-up of local family events and activities. Do also have a look at my big post:
For lots more year round ideas and reviews. But for May Half-Term in Yorkshire, have a look below!
Kilnsey Park, Skipton – Saturday 27 May to Sunday 4 June
During Go Wild Week a host of supervised events are lined up for youngsters and the ‘kids at heart’ adults, which will see them rummage in the undergrowth searching for creepy crawlies, building dens, making mud pies, creating a tree spirit out of clay or catching fresh trout. There’s also a 10 wild things trail to follow, nature-inspired craft activities and bread-making sessions. After all the energetic work, budding Bear Grylls will learn how to safely light a campfire without matches before sitting round re-living the day’s endeavours while enjoying toasted marshmallows.
For Go Wild Week, the activities run from 11am-4pm. Entrance fee is £3.50 for children (under 5’s free) and £4.50 for adults.
Meanwhile a two-day School of the Wild holiday club (Thursday 1 and Friday 2 June) will see a Forest Schools trained instructor taking kids on a mini-adventure, showing them how sticks, fallen tree trunks, streams and undergrowth can become a fascinating playground. Whether it’s building a makeshift shelter, racing round an obstacle course or simply chilling out in a hammock, each day will offer a different array of activities that will see youngsters returning home tired, happy, ever-so-slightly muddy and smelling of campfire smoke.
The Holiday Club runs from 10am-3pm for youngsters aged 7-13 and costs £25 per person per day.
Visitors will be transported back in time to a land of myth and legend at Castle Howard this half term when Rusticus lead adventures through the gardens into a world of gods, togas and chariots.
From Saturday 27 May to Sunday 4 June, visitors are invited to meet Hesiod the mythologist and storyteller on a journey to rescue some of the oldest myths which are getting lost in time. Hesiod, the toga and sandal-wearing storyteller, will lead an epic quest to Olympus and back to save some of the mythical heroes represented in Castle Howard’s statues. A mix of music, fun challenges and even a chariot race will bring the stories of Apollo, Marsyas and Phaeton back to life.
“Rusticus adventures were extremely popular last year and we are delighted that they are back at Castle Howard helping to bring our stories to life in their own unique way,” comments marketing manager, Rachel Underwood. “These interactive and energetic expeditions are a fantastic way for families to discover more of our gardens with young and old getting roped in to help uncover these myths and legends.”
Each of the mythical expeditions lasts around 45 minutes, taking visitors on a walk around some of the finest statues in the gardens, with a chance to join in mythology-themed craft activities indoors in the South East Wing from 11.00am to 4.00pm.
“Families can also discover the maze of woodland paths with our brass rubbing trail and uncover the mysterious pyramid which emerges from the undergrowth,” adds Rachel. “From the Boathouse decking peer deep into the depths of the Great Lake to spot the fresh water mussels on the lake bed before having your own adventures at our lakeside playground.”
Myths and Monsters adventures take place daily at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm and are included with garden tickets, there’s no need to book just drop-in on the day. The gardens are open daily from 10am to 5pm, with the house open from 10.30am to 4pm (last admissions). Gardens only ticket prices are: Adult £11.95, Concessions £11.00, child £7.95 and family tickets (two adults and three children) £31.85. House and gardens are £18.95, £17.50, £9.95 and £47.85 respectively.
Tuesday 30th May 10am – Stamford Bridge – BogBabies for 2-6 years.
Wednesday 31st May 10am – Stamford Bridge – Fairy and Elf Gardens for 2-8 years.
Only 5 spaces left on the Fairy Garden adventure!
As always prices and booking are on the website – any questions email or give Adam a call on 07788713393.
Have a look at our review of The Woodland Adventure Company.
Thackray Museum, Leeds 29 May – 2 June 2017
Enjoy some revolting fun this Half Term by entering the Body Lab at Thackray Medical Museum. From 29th May to 2nd June, the museum invites you to investigate your bodily functions in a series of hands-on science workshops. If you always wanted to know why wee changes colour or why we create snot when we have a cold, then these workshops are for you. Roll up your sleeves and don your lab coat to make a fake poo, mix ingredients to resemble sick, make slimy snot and create fake scabs.
Charlotte Chester, Learning Officer said “These activities are really hands-on and messy and great fun to take part in. By explaining the purpose of these bodily functions and their importance to keeping healthy, visitors will go away with an understanding of how the body works and what to look out for when things go wrong.” Family workshops take place from 29th May to 2nd June between 11am and 3pm. Museum admission charges apply, but there is no extra charge to take part.
Beningbrough Hall, near York. Saturday 27th May – Sunday 5th June.
To check off your 50 things play list, we have scheduled a number of activities throughout the week. Pick up a free scrapbook when you visit or drop into the stables shop if you’re looking for more kit to help you explore.
Saturday 27 May – go on a barefoot walk – this is brand new for Beningbrough if you want to be one of the first to try it.
Sunday 28 May – hunt for bugs.
Monday 29 & Wednesday 31st May – plant, it grow it, eat it.
Friday 2 June – discover what lives in a pond.
Sunday 5 June – build a raft (for the paddling pool – not life size!)
See details on the day for timings of when the sessions are running.
Yorkshire Arboretum, near Malton – 31st May
A fun-packed day for accompanied children aged 5-11, with seasonal indoor & outdoor activities & crafts e.g. pond dipping, minibeast hunts, leaf printing & mask making.
Mother Shipton’s Well, Knaresborough, Saturday 27th May to Sunday 4th June.
Meet some strange characters on your journey through Mother Shipton’s this May Half Term. Sarah needs your help to find her baby brother Toby, you must face puzzles and clues to complete the Goblin King’s Labyrinth by the 13th hour. Be quick, be brave, and above all be careful not to fall into the Bog of Eternal Stench!
Fun for all the family every day from Saturday 27th May to Sunday 4th June. Open 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). There are several scenic picnic areas, adventure playground and museum and gift shop.
Shibden Park, Halifax, 3rd June
On Saturday 3rd June we want you to help us light up the lake at sunset by sponsoring a lantern, which we will float on Shibden Lake.
Each lantern will be in memory of a loved one or in celebration of the care that we provide. The lanterns will be floated when the sun sets on Saturday 3rd June. We welcome you to join us from 8:30pm to reflect at this special event.
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