Hatton Adventure World is to host its popular and special Pirate Festival from 26 May – 3 June 2018. The popular family attraction is yet again inviting budding Buccaneers, Long John Silver’s and Captain Jack Sparrow’s to experience the golden age of piracy and enter a world of hidden treasure, skulduggery and pesky pirate antics during the Whitsun half term!
Where: Hatton Country World, Dark Lane, Hatton, Warwick, CV35 8XA
Tel: 01926 843411
It’s where a bright Midlands schoolboy was educated and inspired to become the world’s greatest playwright.
Your visit to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall will bring to life William’s time as a schoolboy, from about 1571 to 1578. You’ll find out how his outlook and ambitions were formed by the lessons he attended at the Guildhall and the plays he saw there.
You’ll follow in William’s footsteps, exploring the classroom where he studied between the ages of 7 and 14. You can watch a short film about the kind of lessons he went to, and try some Tudor homework. You can even take part in a live Tudor lesson under the watchful eye of a ‘master’!
A visit to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall has something for everyone. You’ll have fun, and you’ll discover amazing stories. You’ll come a lot closer to knowing the real Shakespeare and understanding his formative childhood years.
Take advantage of the newly launched offer from Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall, the MAD Museum and Stratford Butterfly Farm. The 3 award-winning attractions have launched a Family Super Saver ticket priced at £57 which is for 2 adults and 2 children, with each additional child place £9.50.
Tel: 01789 203 170
Springtime at the Butterfly Farm!
Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm has lots to celebrate this spring. As well as hundreds of beautiful tropical butterflies, we have two amazing new creatures on display in Minibeast Metropolis. The Goliath Bird Eating Spider, also known as Theraphosa leblondi, which is considered to be the largest spider in the world, was named by Victorian explorers who saw one eating a hummingbird! Visitors can also see a venomous Vietnamese Centipede, also known as Scolopendra subspinipes. They are highly aggressive and have a venomous bite.
Recently launched is ‘Cafe on the Go’, situated in the wildflower garden where baristas will be serving delicious hot drinks, milkshakes and snacks. The retro style coffee bicycle, which is equipped with a full barista Fracino machine, will be serving a specialist Fairtrade coffee brand sourced directly from the growers.
During half term from 26 May – 3 June 2018 in the Discovery Zone children and adults can take part in twice daily ‘Meet the Mini-Beast’ handling sessions with one of the friendly team members. Visitors can hold creatures such as a giant African millipede, African land snail and a variety of stick insects. There will also be informative talks, throughout the week, for all the family about our beetles, leafcutter ants and tailless whip scorpion.
Where: Stratford Butterfly Farm, Swan’s Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LS
Tel: 01789 299 288
Come and let the kids go wild this May half term and…
Celebrate the opening of our NEW Outback Trail
Discover the wonderful wildlife of Australia
plus lots more…!
When: 26th May to 3rd June 2018
Where: Station Road, Honeybourne, Nr Evesham, WR11 7QZ
Tel: 01386 833083
May half-term 2018 is all about Adventure, Animation and Land Rovers! This year is the 70th birthday of Land Rover and we are celebrating with some great themed activities for you to enjoy.
We’ve got an exciting opportunity for you to make your own short animated film with a Land Rover twist! Create a storyboard and build a Land Rover model to star in your animation using ‘Animate It!’, the easy to use stop motion animation software and app developed by Kudlian Software and Aardman – the world famous animation studio and creators of family favourites such as Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Morph. The script is everything, so start thinking about the plot for your animation now.
Come and discover some of the Land Rovers in our collection with this family friendly trail. Simply pick up a trail sheet from the Family Activity Station in the Welcome Gallery and enjoy this self-guided trail.
Family ‘Adventure Tour’
Join our costumed guides on a family ‘Adventure Tour’ and discover the stories of some of our cars amazing adventures – through jungles and deserts often with no 4×4 or sat nav – how did they do it? … come and find out!
Where: 11 Banbury Road, Gaydon CV35 0BJ
Tel: 01926 641188
For 2018, the Charles Chipperfield circus WILL NOT be in town for May half-term – but will be coming later in the year!
Where: Stratford Racecourse, Luddington Road, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9SE
From recent blockbusters to classic favourites, family-friendly world cinema and exclusive events, Kids’ Club at SuA Picturehouse is a great way to treat your family to a special outing without breaking the bank. Toddler Time and Kids Club continue through school holidays too.
Tuesdays: 11am “Toddler Time” film screening exclusively for preschool children and their parents or carers
Wednesdays: 11am “Big Scream” film screening exclusively for parents and guardians with babies under one year old. Enjoy the latest releases from our regular programme accompanied by baby in a safe and comfortable environment.
Saturdays: 11:15am “Kids Club” film screening exclusively for children and their parents or carers. Unaccompanied adults are not admitted.
Where: Stratford-upon-Avon Picturehouse, Windsor Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6NL
Tel: 0871 902 5741
There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained at Compton Verney this May Half Term. Enjoy a fun-filled day out with special activities or simply by exploring the spectacular Art & Park. All the activities are drop-in and included in Compton Verney’s Collections & Park admission.
Special Half-term activities
Jigsaw Jigsaws Sat 27 May – Fri 2 June 2017, 11am – 4pm
Take inspiration from the spring exhibition Creating the Countryside and create your ideal countryside image using jigsaw pieces.
Forest School Thur 1 June 2017, 11am – 4pm
This half term get outdoors for nature fun in Compton Verney’s popular Forest School for all ages. Discover a secret world of bugs and mini-beast and the seasonal changes that take place to plants and trees as we head into Summer.
Meet the RSPB Sat 3 June 2017, 11am – 4pm
Drop-in session with The RSPB, they will teach you all about the fascinating world of dragonflies. Spot insects by the lake and learn how to make seed bombs for the birds in your garden.
Where: Compton Verney, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ
Tel: 01926 645500
Experience Nature Week at Cotswold Farm Park and explore nature whilst gaining an awareness of how we impact on it. Activities include a Mini-beasts safari, woodland adventures with tree rubbing, leaf rubbing or twig building, pond dipping and eco-warriors.
When: May half term 2018
Where: Cotswold Farm Park, Kineton, Guiting Power, GL54 5UG
A place to relax with a drink while your children are entertained. Pop into the Lego Cafe for an afternoon of building on Thursday 31st May 1pm-4pm at Stratford’s Heritage & Arts Centre, The Old Slaughterhouse. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book just drop in
When: Thursday 31 May 2018
Where: The Old Slaughterhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6RW
Come and meet some amazing animals with the ZooLabs ranger and learn all about a host of crawly creatures and beastly bugs. Find out about what animals you might have stumbled across when exploring a medieval castle.
We will also be having a medieval academy for budding knights and princesses, with tips on everything from curtsies to combat!
When: Tue 29 May – Sun 3 Jun 2018
Where: Castle Green, Kenilworth CV8 1NE
Tel: 0370 333 1181
Part of English Heritage
Visit Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum on 26 May 2018 and enjoy an activity from the Art Cart. Create your own Hammam patterns! Free, drop in and join in. Or make your own mini Lowry collage on 31 May 2018. Suitable for children up to 12 years. Cost is £2.50 per child.
Where: Royal Pump Rooms Parade, Leamington Spa CV32 4AA
Tel: 01926 742700
The Lunt Roman Fort is the only partially reconstructed wooden fort in Britain today and home to the Gyrus, the only horse training ring found within a Roman fort. Open to the public only on selected dates in the school holidays during May, summer and October.
Come inside the Granary this October and discover more about our original Roman pots on display. Have a go at making your own pot out of air drying clay to take home. Free though site admission applies. Booking is not required. Suitable for children 5 yrs +
When: Tuesday 29 May to Friday 1 June 2018
The MAD Museum, which showcases over 60 pieces of kinetic art and automata, is offering a FREE downloadable fun pack from their website. Answer questions, solve challenges and design a wacky invention to become a VIP member of The MAD Museum’s Fun Club.
When: May half term 2018
Where: 4-5 Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6PT
Tel: 01789 269356
Visit the Royal Shakespeare Company and join Kinetika dance artists in a fun and energetic workshop to develop a mass dance for their Midsummer Dance Party Event in June, or come along to a craft workshop in preparation for the party, plus get stuck in with Blood, Guts and Gore and learn the tricks of the trade behind stage bruises, cuts and scars.
Midsummer Dance Party: Craft Workshop on 29 May 2018 at The Other Place
Kate’s Storytree on 1 June 2018 at The Other Place
Enjoy a fun programme of activities at the Shakespeare Family Homes this May Half Term!
Draw me “as you like it” at Shakespeare’s Birthplace – 26 – 28 May 2018
Come along to Shakespeare’s Birthplace and get yourself drawn by our caricature artist with a Tudor twist. Lady Macbeth, Hamlet, Puck or don a Tudor ruff… you decide!
Heroes vs Supervillains at New Place – 26 May – 3 June 2018
Which Shakespeare character would you class as a villain or hero? Is Iago really that evil or is he simply misunderstood?
Shakespeare’s Avengers Assembleth: Age of Oberon at New Place – 1 June 2018 6pm
Ever wondered what would happen if Shakespeare was kidnapped by a crazed fairy in an enchanted forest? Well, wonder no more. With the fate of the Bard and his mystical infinity quill in the balance, can Shakespeare’s heroes save their creator from the evil machinations of Oberon, Lord of Midsummer? Booking essential
Shakespeare’s Avengers Assembleth: All’s War That Ends War at New Place – 2 June 2018 6pm
Join Drake’s Drummers as they take you to a world where all of Shakespeare’s creations live, laugh and love together. Full of tragedy, history and lashings of comedy! Booking essential
Become a fairy or a sprite at Hall’s Croft – 26 May – 3 June 2018
Head down to Hall’s Croft and discover the magical world of the fairies. Make your own head-band using flowers or leaves and learn about their influence in Jacobean folklore.Helping Hand
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage – 26 May – 3 June 2018
Visit our ever-popular family activity tent and make a bird feeder with recyclable materials for your garden.
Woolly Week at Mary Arden’s Farm – 26 May – 3 June 2018
Why not try your hand at spinning wool and find out how to make a Tudor braid to take home?
Opening on 26 May at Warwick Castle is the return of the Wars of the Roses Live spectacle with a new challenge – the UK’s first family Escape Room set in a medieval gaol. Set in the underground prison, the challenge provides a thrilling live actor-led experience for visitors as they battle the clock to set a knight free in time to return to the arena and join the famous Lancaster versus York battles. The Escape Room is designed for the family, incorporating stories and puzzles, actor-led interventions and a set that suits children & adults. Available in timed sessions, it costs £5 per person when booked online in advance.
When: 26 May – 3rd June 2018
Where: Warwick Castle, Warwick CV34 4QU
Tel: 0871 265 2000
Rides from around the world – free admission – open daily – special offer 50p discount vouchers in local shops
When: Friday 25th May to Sunday 3rd June 2018
Where: Recreation Ground, Swans Nest, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7PZ