May is that wonderful month of the year that comes with not one, but two bank holiday weekends!
If you’re stumped with ideas on what to do with the family this Spring break, we’ve pulled together some ideas for you:
1. Mildred’s Magnificent Messy Fete
In Bewilderwood, Norfolk – you and your little ones can take part in Mildred’s Magnificent Messy Fete. Packed with a whole bunch of activities, your family can have a go at maypole dancing, mini-games as well as zooming around on the wooded zip wires. Visit the woods and meet all of your children’s favourite characters from the book and embark on an adventure to help Mildred wake up all the bugs for spring!
2. Visit a local castle
The UK has a fantastically rich heritage and along with that, some impressive historical sites dotted up and down the country. Most castles during the warmer months host regular weekend events and bank holidays are no exception to the rule, from jousting tournaments to maypole dancing, there’s always something exciting to do. The additional benefit of a day out to a castle is that it’s educational too! If you’re trying to watch your spend – why not go for a picnic instead? Most castles will let you visit the grounds for free; you could take a sketch pad and pencils and challenge your family to draw the castle over a ham sandwich. Best sketch wins a cake!
3. Take thrill seekers to a theme park
Theme parks are a great family day out, full of fast rides, musical shows and lots of children’s characters to take photos with. We’re lucky in the UK to have a bunch of award-winning theme parks with attractions that will appeal to the whole family. One of the downsides to taking the family to a theme park for the day is that if you’re not careful you can end up spending a fortune on entry, food and merchandise – also if the weather is great on the day you choose to visit, the queues may be quite long too!
The great news is that every year Merlin usually release offers for half price entry to top UK attractions, so keep an eye out for those! You may not be able to take your own food into the park with you (and who wants to lug around a cool box anyway?) however, you can prepare a picnic and take it with you, keep it in the car and pop back to eat it at lunchtime. If long queues are your bugbear, most parks offer fast pass tickets, so make sure you take full advantage of those.
Top tip: Most parks are designed to encourage crowds to move through the park in a clockwise direction so everyone reaches the exit by closing time. Move around the park in an anti-clockwise direction to avoid heavy ride queues.
4. Chelsea Flower Show
If you live near London and are hoping to do something more outdoorsy with the family over the spring break, why not pop down to the Chelsea flower show? A good wander around the gardens will get your family away from tv screens and out for some fresh air. With exhibitors and food stalls, there’s more to the show than just flowers. Considering that only 21% of you are comfortable with the idea of landscaping your own garden, you may come away with some inspiration and top tips on being able to tackle the job yourself.
5. Take a train to the past
Sometimes it’s nice to just escape the “here and now”, so head to Manchester for East Lancashire Railway’s 1940s weekend. Don your best 1940’s clothes and head back in time to enjoy battle re-enactments, live music and dancing, fashion and memorabilia stalls. It’s something a little different to the norm, but try it, you may find you enjoy it.
6. Edgbaston stadium tour
If you have any budding sports fans in your family and you’re located in the West Midlands, take advantage of the fact that Edgbaston tours are running free stadium tours during the bank holiday weekend. Take a look around the changing rooms, hospitality suites and even get the chance to go down to the pitch. Places will be limited so make sure you get in touch soon to secure your places.
7. Slam Dunk Festival
If music is more your thing, then head over to Slam Dunk Festival in Leeds for a weekend of big bands such as All Time Low, Bullet for my Valentine and New Found Glory. This event is for over 14’s so would be more suited to enjoying with friends and teenagers. Even though it’s smaller than other festivals, make sure you still pack everything you need for the day (like a power bank charger and sun cream).
8. Enjoy the latest blockbusters
No matter where you are in the country, visiting the cinema is an easy local past-time that the whole family can enjoy, and with new films out in time for the spring bank holiday like Aladdin, Marvels Avengers End Game, Detective Pikachu and Rocket Man, you’re spoilt for choice! Generally speaking, it’s a bit of a myth that you can’t take your own snacks into the theatres so reduce costs by taking your own sweets and popcorn (just check with your local cinema first to make sure). Some cinemas have offers running when you book and pay via their apps, so it’s well worth checking those out before you visit!
9. Take a Harry Potter tour!
Do you have any little witches or wizards in your home? Or perhaps a few big kids that just love the wizarding world of Harry Potter? While the Warner Bros studio tour is a magical place to spend the day, it also requires you to book in advance, and you may find that availability for the bank holiday is limited. But fear not! If you’re in travelling distance of Oxford, then you can take advantage of the Harry Potter scene tours that are taking place. Follow in the footsteps of the cast and test your Hogwarts knowledge along the way! Why not dress up and snap some pic’s too?
10. Action, adventure and outdoors
If your family is full of energy, then a great place to visit this spring bank holiday is Green Wood Family Park in Wales. Packed with loads of attractions and activities, you and your family can enjoy an exciting day out, whilst learning different crafts in the great outdoors. They even have sheltered activities for rainy days, so there really is no excuse to give it a miss!