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What’s On over May Half Term in Yorkshire 2019?

What’s On over May Half Term in Yorkshire 2019?

Looking for ideas for things to do in Yorkshire with kids over May half-term 2019?  Here’s a round-up of local family events and activities.  Do also have a look at my big post too:

30+ Fantastic Family Days Out in Yorkshire with the Kids

For lots more year round ideas and reviews.  But for May Half-Term in Yorkshire, have a look below!

The Woodland Adventure Company

The Woodland Adventure Company run adventures every school holidays! There are many different adventures to choose from, all of which will provide your child/children with an unforgettable magical experience, as well as the added health benefits of being outdoors and connecting with nature. Throughout the year children will have the opportunity to experience the changing of the seasons and different weather conditions first hand, helping them to connect with the cycles of nature.

For the younger children, each of our adventures involves telling a tale to inspire the children, setting the scene for the mysteries that await us. On every session we make something to aid in their quest, from wizard wands to elf rockets, stickmen to bog babies.

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.

Piglets Adventure Park

May Half Term (25th May – 2nd  June 2019)

Roll up, roll up to the big top tent and be wowed by the amazing Fatt Matt! With death defying stunts, upside down juggling and amazing acrobatics, it’s jaw-dropping entertainment every day over half term. We can’t wait!  So much fun!  Tractor trailer rides, bouncing pillows, go karts, barrel rides, crazy golf, giant sandpit, and loads more. And of course, lots of cute animals to meet in the paddocks, the animal barn and piglet maternity ward!

Take a tractor & trailer ride to our amazing Bale Play Baaarn…with NEW slides, straw bale mountain, junior tractor drivers’ area, giant drop slide, rope swing and dig’n’play.  Watch your little piggies play in our  heated seating area in the Bale Play Baaarn. Try a delicious hand made pizzas or barista style coffee. The Coffee House will be serving yummy snacks and refreshments too including sandwiches, cakes & more.

Have a look at our review of Mayhem at Piglets.

Lotherton Hall, Leeds

I can’t find any information as yet for May half term 2019, but this was last year’s activity: 

Come and join in with the Fairy Tale themed fun this May half term at Lotherton. Can you find all of the fairy tale characters hidden around the house and grounds, with the help of our Fairy Tale Trail? Dress up like a fairy tale character, or have a go at magical crafts in the House and Wildlife World! Don’t forget that on Thursday 31st May, we will be having our Fairytale Picnic, with storytelling, garden games, and a visit from our own fairy!  Normal admission into the estate applies.

Kilnsey Park’s Go Wild Week

Kilnsey Park, Skipton – Saturday 25 May to Sunday 2 June 2019

Go Wild Week is a chance to do your wild thing in the great outdoors. Catch a fish, build a den and make a mud pie. Wild Things Trail each day of half-term with Bank holiday weekend activities 25 – 27 May (including campfire & crafts).

Kilnsey Park

What’s on in Yorkshire over May Half Term 2019?

Traction Engine Rally Castle Howard

See our review of Castle Howard with Kids here.

Sat 25th May 2019 to Mon 27th May 2019
Traction Engine Rally
Event Type: Event for all

Castle Howard has a long history of holding traction engine rallies until the early 1980s and almost 40 years later Outdoor Shows Ltd and Castle Howard are jointly relaunching a traction engine rally on 25th and 26th May 2019! 

Performing in the main arena will be the Stannage International Stunt Show, featuring the flaming high fall show, exploding coffin, motorbike stunts, car jumps and trick riding to name a few. This is an exciting, high octane show for the whole family to enjoy. The event will also feature the Scarborough Fair Collection which will be entertaining the crowds at various times over the three days with their stage show, featuring dancers, singers and musicians. This is a musical extravaganza not to be missed!

There will be a full programme of top steam fair attractions including tractor pulling, steam engines, classic cars, vintage tractors, classic motorcycles, fairground organs, miniature steam engines, stationary engines and vintage commercials. You will also find an array of trade stands, autojumble, craft and fine food marquee, old time and modern funfair, non-stop arena entertainment, catering outlets and a fully licensed bar.

Additional Information:

Price: Included in standard grounds admission.

May half term at Castle Howard in Yorkshire

Fun at Thackray Medical Museum

Thackray Museum, Leeds often do kids activitives over May Half term- I’ll update as soon as I see anything!


Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall, near York.  (check the website as there are more activities!)

Organised activities on selected days

Just on the outskirts of York with its leafy woodlands and magical walled garden, Beningbrough’s extensive gardens and parkland are packed with hidden corners waiting to be explored and you can discover its delights with the National Trust’s essential 50 things play list. Join us for a host of organised events:

Sunday 26 May – Have fun with sticks 

Monday 27 May – Discover what’s in a pond 

Wednesday 29 May – Build a den

Friday 31 May – Go cloud watching and create some wild art

Sunday 2 June – Get to know a tree

The activities will run at specific times between 11am and 3.30pm. Beningbrough Hall will confirm shortly. 

They’re all free to join, plus there’s no need to book so we look forward to seeing you then.

We have reviewed Beningbrough Hall here.

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Yorkshire Arboretum

Yorkshire Arboretum – 25th May to the 2nd June 2019

May half term in Yorkshire

Mother Shipton’s Well – Hansel and Gretel

Mother Shipton’s Well, Knaresborough, Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June 2019.

This Half Term 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!

what's on over May half term in Yorkshire

The park will be transformed, creating an engaging May Half Term event for all the family. 25th May to 2nd June, 10am to 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm).

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.

For discounted tickets book online

Shibden Park

Shibden Estate is one of West Yorkshire’s most important heritage sites and a jewel in the crown of Calderdale’s cultural resources.  Explore Shibden’s beautifully restored grounds, commissioned by Anne Lister and influenced by the picturesque landscape movement of the early 19th century. The “Paisley Shawl” inspired Victorian bedding designs of Joshua Major, laid out on the front lawn at the hall, are a feast of colour as the spring and summer bedding erupts.  Experience the tranquillity of the Wilderness Garden, the cascade and pools, and explore the restored and re-opened tunnels within the terrace walls and leading through to Cunnery Wood, the site of the old kitchen garden.  Visit the fruit garden with its collection of heritage fruit trees, recently planted to reflect the varieties that were grown at Shibden over 200 years ago.  The Mere, designed to resemble a large river flowing through the Shibden valley, is now is home to rowing boats, an island and a population of birds that make their home at Shibden.


Strawberry Picking 

This is one of our favourite activities over May half term – strawberry picking is brilliant fun!  I have made a list of places to go strawberry picking in Yorkshire here.

Strawberry Picking Yorkshire


Also look at my other round ups for different times of the year, Things to do in Yorkshire with the kids at February half term, Easter, May half term, Summer Holidays, October half term and at Christmas

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