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May Half Term 2018 – Family Days Out in Yorkshire

May Half Term 2018 – Family Days Out in Yorkshire

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 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 (26th May – 3rd  June)

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!

Have a look at our review of Mayhem at Piglets.

Lotherton Hall, Leeds

Traditional Tales – 26th May to 3rd June

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 26 May to Sunday 3 June

Go wild and re-connect with the simple pleasures and sheer fun that the outdoors offers, whether it’s den building, fishing or sitting round a campfire toasting marshmallows. Prepare to giggle, get muddy and be gripped with excitement during our wild week where nature’s playground becomes the classroom. Children and ‘kids at heart’ adults can ditch the online games and mobile phones in favour of pursuits such as building a den, catching a fish, splashing in the stream or making a tree spirit and mud pies. With a range of nature-inspired craft activities and bread-making sessions also lined up as well as a special summer woodland trail to follow, boredom will be a forgotten word. After expending all that energy, sitting in front of a roaring campfire re-living the day’s endeavours while toasting marshmallows will be a perfect end to the day.


  • Ten Wild Things Trail
  • Firelighting
  • Tree spirits (with clay)
  • Marshmallow toasting
  • Nature crafts
  • Bread making (selected days)

Dates: Sat 26 May – Sun 3 June

Activity times: 11am to 5pm

Cost: Child £5.50; Adult £4.50 (Concession £3.50)


Beatrix Potter at Castle Howard

Saturday 26 May to Sunday 3 June

See our review of Castle Howard with Kids here.

This May Half Term join us for Beatrix Potter themed activities around the Gardens and the House. A daily fun outdoor and indoor trail are included in the price of admission and you can meet Peter Rabbit himself on Sunday 27th and Monday 28th May. Plus a daily theatre show from £6 a ticket.

Gobbledigook Theatre and Frederick Warne & Co will present ‘The Tales of Beatrix Potter,’ a fantastic interactive theatre production for all ages. With a national reputation for creating imaginative twists on classic family stories, they’ll bring a show inspired by three of Potters favourite tales – The Tale of Pie and the Patty Pan, The Tale of Samuel Whiskers and The Tale of Ginger and Pickles. Join Beatrix Potter and her characters on an adventure full of mischief and mayhem witihn Castle Howard’s iconic grounds. 

‘the show is delightfully nostalgic but not dated. Instead it reminds you how wonderful it is to think like a child and to never forget what that felt like’ York Press on The Famous Five (2017 production by Gobbledigook). 

Beatrix Potter’s animal friends will be taking up residence throughout the House as part of an indoor trail and the live characters from the show will be on hand for you to meet in the gardens before each performance. Plus, take part in an outdoor hunt around our very own ‘Mr McGregor’s’ walled garden.  On Sunday 27th and Monday 28th May, Peter Rabbit™ will be making appearances at intervals throughout the day. Peter Rabbit™ will be visiting Castle Howard’s Gardens, don’t forget your camera as there will be opportunities to take photographs.
Meeting Peter Rabbit™ is included in standard admission price.

Trail activities and show will run Saturday 26th May – Sunday 3rd June.
The indoor and outdoor trails are included in standard admission price. Admission for children under 4 and Friends of Castle Howard is free. If you are interested in becoming a Friend please click here for further information.

The Tales of Beatrix Potter Show
Daily at 11am, 2pm & 5pm (1 hour long) 

Show Tickets:

House, Grounds & Show
Under 4 years £6.00
Child £15.95
Adult* £24.95

Gardens & Show
Under 4 years £6.00
Child £13.95
Adult* £17.95



Robots are Coming –  Fun at Thackray Medical Museum

Thackray Museum, Leeds 28 May 2018 until 1 June 2018 11am-3pm

How are robots used in surgery?

  • Meet a walking, talking robot and have a go at programming
  • Craft your own robot to take home


Beningbrough Hall

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

Build a (mini) raft

Sun 27 May 2018
Ahoy there matey! Head over to Beningbrough and put your rafting skills to the test. We’ll provide the materials, but will yours sink or sail?

Find your way with a compass

Mon 28 May 2018


Discover how to use a compass as you navigate your way around Beningbrough’s gardens. Once you’ve mastered the skill, there will be no stopping you on your adventures.

We have reviewed Beningbrough Hall here.


Yorkshire Arboretum

Yorkshire Arboretum, near Malton – 31st May

HALF TERM TRAILS – Follow the fun trails and each clue will lead you closer to your sticker, or ask for a collecting strip and see what you can find on your own adventure.  Also look for Explorer’s Club and Junior Rangers details!


Mother Shipton’s Well – Hansel and Gretel

Mother Shipton’s Well, Knaresborough, Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June.

Join Hansel and Gretel at Mother Shipton’s as they journey through the woods trying to find their way home. Actors will be stationed as characters in the park to help families complete a themed quiz sheet. Fun for all the family Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June, 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). 


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.


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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