Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or history geek, there’s definitely something to inspire you to get out and about this May Half Term in 2018. With holiday parks across the UK, Parkdean Resorts is the perfect base from which to explore all corners of the beautiful British Isles, and get stuck into some of these exciting activities.
If you’re still unsure of what to do this May Half Term, make the most of fantastic savings on short breaks and 7-night holidays with our last minute May Half Term deals. In the meantime, let’s take a look at our list of activities across the country for inspiration of things to do with your friends and family this holiday.
Invisible Worlds, Eden Project
- Address: Bodelva, Par, Cornwall, PL24 2SG
- Date: 25th May (Launch Event), 26th May – 3rd June (Exhibition Open).
- Admission: Included in admission to Eden Project. View current ticket prices here
The first May Half Term activity on our list is perfect for those curious about the world we live in. Cornwall’s incredible tourist attraction is hosting an exhibition called “Invisible Worlds”, which aims to ‘reveal the world beyond your senses’. The centrepiece of the event is one of the largest ceramic sculptures ever created.
The sculpture, which is over eight metres tall, offers a multi-sensory experience for visitors exploring the world of micro-organisms from the origins of the planet. The exhibition also includes digital interactive exhibits, an awesome play area called The Play Lab and even an outdoor area showcasing the biology of geology.
Not only is Invisible Worlds set to be a fantastic day out for all the family, but it’ll also be a great opportunity to learn more about the planet and the incredible things that we can only begin to understand.
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Holidaymakers visiting Looe Bay, White Acres or St. Minver will be pleased to hear that the stunning Eden Project is less than a 40-minute drive away. Invisible Worlds is only one element of the Eden Project to enjoy. The awe-inspiring museum is a collection of domes housing different climates, along with an amazing array of plant and wildlife. There’s even England’s longest zip wire and a rainforest canopy walkway – what more can you want from a day out?!
Brave the Cave at Brockhole – The Lake District Visitor Centre
- Address: The Lake District Visitor Centre, Windermere, LA23 1LJ
- Date: 26th May – 3rd June
- Admission: £9 per person. Tickets available to book online
If you’re looking for something to get the heart-racing this half term then this event at Brockhole – The Lake District Visitor Centre - is for you. A 15-minute walk from White Cross Bay, and less than 10-minutes in the car from Fallbarrow and Limefitt, Brockhole sits just a stone’s throw from Lake Windermere.
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Not for the faint-hearted, Brockhole’s Brave the Cave event gives adventurers the chance to explore a selection of dark and narrow caves. Complete with helmet and head torch, cavers can look forward to a series of challenges including locating cave paintings, navigating the cave in complete darkness and more. There are size and age restrictions to this adventure, which are all detailed on the Brockhole website. Are you ready to brave the cave?
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Little Leeks & Pitman Painters at Woodhorn Colliery
- Address: QEII Country Park, Ashington, NE63 9YF
- Date: Weekends and School Holidays from 26th May
- Admission: Adults pay once for 12 months unlimited returns, children go free. For more information, view the Woodhorn Colliery website
Small children will love the next event at Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives. The team at Woodhorn invite you to join them to find out more about leeks! From crafting to learning and farming opportunities, Woodhorn is hosting a series of fun arts and crafts activities, while the gallery is set to be home to an exhibition looking at the history of allotments and Leek Shows.
Also at Woodhorn Museum, visitors can see an incredible private collection of artwork from the ‘Pitman Painters’. In partnership with the Ashington Group, Woodhorn aims to showcase this stunning collection of paintings in the home of the North East’s mining community. Visitors to Church Point, Sandy Bay and Cresswell Towers can all access Woodhorn in less than 10-minutes. There’s always something to keep the kids busy at Woodhorn, whatever the weather!
Various Events including Meet Peter Rabbit at Folly Farm
- Address: Begelly, Kilgetty, Wales, SA68 0XA
- Date: 29-30th May
- Admission: Included to admission to Folly Farm. Find out more information on the Folly Farm website
Fans of the new Peter Rabbit film will be delighted to hear that they can meet the rabbit himself at Folly Farm in Kilgetty, Wales. Peter will be at the farm on 29th and 30th June, and there’ll be plenty opportunity to meet him and event get a selfie with Beatrix Potter’s most famous creation. To learn more about Beatrix Potter’s love of the Lake District,exploring all of our favourite spots.
There are plenty of other activities to keep the kids busy at Folly Farm throughout the half term, including presentations from the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service. The farm is also home to an exciting selection of zoo animals including lions, giraffes, rhinos and penguins! As well as a barn full of adorable farm animals, fantastic indoor and outdoor play areas and the chance to meet and greet the expert zookeepers!
Lions at Folly Farm - Image courtesy of Folly Farm
Visitors to Pendine Sands Holiday Park can reach Folly Farm in just twenty minutes by car. It’s the perfect day out for families and children of all ages!
Viking Invasion at Fort George
- Address: Ardersier, Inverness, Scotland, IV2 7TD
- Date: 26-27th May
- Admission: Adults - £8; Concessions & Children - £6.50, Family tickets available. Tickets are available to book online
Aspiring historians will love the next spot on our list. Sitting on the peninsula jutting out into the Moray Firth, Fort George is an 18th-century fortress with quite the history. Built in the aftermath of the Jacobite rising of 1745, the historic building is now open to the public and regularly hosts historical re-enactments. A fascinating combination of educational and fun, Fort George is playing host to a Viking invasion this half term!
Fort George is an educational and exciting day out for holidaymakers visiting Nairn Lochloy this May Half Term. Not to mention the 20-minute drive from Nairn through the highland countryside to Fort George, which is definitely one of the most beautiful journeys you can do this summer.
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Adventure Activities Isle of Wight
- Address: Tapnell Farm House, Newport Rd, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0YJ
- Date: Throughout May Half Term
- Admission: £32 per child for a full day of activities. Book online at the Adventure Activities website
The final activity on our list is perfect for kids with a keen interest in the outdoors. From mountain boarding to bush-craft lessons, adventure kayaking and paddleboarding – there’s something for every level and interest at Adventure Activities Isle of Wight. Throughout the school holidays, the team at Adventure Activities hosts full day experiences for young people aged 8-16 years old. There will be a chance to try a wide range of activities, so there’s no need to choose!
For £32, kids can expect a full eight-hour day of adrenaline fuelled activities at incredible spots all across the Isle of Wight. The drop-off and pick up point is just 20-minutes from Thorness Bay, so you can drop the kids off for a fantastic day out with certified professionals, while you enjoy a bit of peace and quiet on the award-winning Isle of Wight coastline.
Video courtesy of Adventure Activities UK