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10 best things to do in the UK this May half term

Simon Calder’s Travel

The May half term holiday is almost here, with the school break this year landing in the last week of the month across much of the UK.

While heading abroad to enjoy a beach getaway or European city break is a tempting idea, there are also plenty of fun things to do in the UK this May half-term, especially if you’re in need of activities to keep little ones occupied. Sunny skies and pleasant temperatures so far this May (for the most part) indicate that the end of the month will warm enough to enjoy beaches, parks and green spaces. But if not, families are also spoilt for choice for indoor experiences perfect for kids of all ages.

From festivals and farm days to exhibitions and play villages, keep reading for family-friendly activities to enjoy over the bank holiday and half term.

The Paddington Bear Experience, London

The adventure includes a journey to the Brown family’s house (The Paddington Bear Experience)

If your family is a fan of Paddington Bear, you’ll be interested to hear about this new interactive experience in County Hall on London’s South Bank. The adventure includes alighting a train carriage on a journey to the Brown family’s house, preparing for the Marmalade Day Festival and even being transported to Peru. Then you’ll arrive at the festival to celebrate, eat marmalade sandwiches, and have photos taken, before stopping off at a gift shop full of Paddington Bear memorabilia. A brand new event, the Paddington Bear Experience begins on 31 May.

Tickets: From £24.50 for children aged 2-15, and from £32.50 for adults,

Wildflowers and pollinators trail at Nostell, West Yorkshire

Enjoy the great outdoors in West Yorkshire with a wildflowers and pollinators trail at Nostell in Wakefield. Running from 25 May through to 1 June, it’s free once you’ve paid for entry into the National Trust property itself. Exploring how bees pollinate, participants will be encouraged to listen for sounds in a wildflower meadow and sniff the scents, too. Little ones can discover a woodland play area and get stuck into some arts and crafts as well.

Tickets: From £4 for children and £8 for adults, under fives go free,

Festival of Imagination at the Eden Project, Cornwall

Enjoy music, art, literature and games at the Festival of Imagination (The Eden Project)

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