Cart horses at Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire

Things to do in Shropshire May half term 2023

With May half term rapidly approaching, it’s time for a list of things to do in Shropshire. Lots of attractions have events taking place this year and others are reopening for the summer. From family trails to fun days, there’s lots to see and do around Shropshire. If your dog would like to join you for some half term fun, check out my post about dog friendly days out in the West Midlands, which includes Shropshire.

This post covers the Shropshire area only. If you are looking for May half term days out in nearby counties, please see below:

Attingham Park

There are no events listed for May half term 2023 at Attingham Park but it is always a nice day out anyway. Children will enjoy their natural play area and visitors can also explore the mansion, walled garden, deer park and estate. A café and kiosk serve drinks, lunches and snacks. You can check the Attingham events page to see if a half term event is added closer to the time.

Blists Hill Victorian Town, Shropshire May half term 2023

It’s Horrible Histories time at Blists Hill this May half term, with their Nauseating Narratives event. Learn about life before clean water, cleansers, electricity and sanitation. Play the Blists Hill card game to compare Victorian workers. The winner is the one who collects the most Nauseating Narrative cards. Head to their website to find out more. You can also read my review of a dog friendly family day out at Blists Hill Victorian Town.

Blists Hill high street Shropshire May half term 2023
Victorian High Street at Blists Hill Victorian Town

Boscobel House English Heritage

Check out the Kids Rule event at Boscobel House in May half term 2023. Celebrate the coronation with a “right royal knees up”. Charles III is a bit busy, but visitors can meet Charles II and hear how he used Boscobel House as a place of refuge after defeat in the Civil War. See the priest hole he spent a night in and hear tales of his visit. Stroll down to see a descendant of the oak tree Charles hid in all day while Cromwell’s soldiers were searching for him. Don’t forget to visit the playground, take part in interactive stories and activities and find out about courtly etiquette. Full details are on the Boscobel House website.

Exotic Zoo Telford, Shropshire May Half Term 2023

There’s no specific event on for May half term 2023 at Exotic Zoo, but they are open from 11 am to 4 pm 7 days a week. Booking is not required, but if you want something extra special, you can book one of their VIP experiences to get up close to the animals. Full details are on the Exotic zoo website.  

Hawkstone Park Follies

It’s wilderness week at Hawkstone Park Follies this May half term from 27th May to 4th June 2023. Explore their caves, cross bridges, look for trolls, build a den, climb a tower and look out for wildlife while you take a stroll around the site. All activities are included in the admission price and it’s cheaper to buy tickets online before you go, although they are also available on the door. Full details are on the Hawkstone Park Follies website

Park Hall Farm Countryside Experience

Shropshire May half term 2023 is Jurassic Week at Park Hall Farm. Look out for dinosaur races, baby dino meet and greets and meeting Dora the dino in her den. Dig for fossils and take home your favourite, hunt for dino eggs, take part in a dinosaur footprint quiz and look out for other dinosaur themed activities. Visitors will also be able to meet rabbits and guinea pigs, go on a tractor ride and play in the climbing zone. Don’t forget to check out the indoor and outdoor play areas and museums while you’re there. Full details are on the Park Hall Farm website.

RAF Cosford, Shropshire May half term 2023

May half term 2023 is 1940s week at RAF Cosford. This is a free day out, so offers a great option if you’re on a budget this half term. Celebrate fashion, style and music from the art-deco 1920s through to 1980s power suits at the vintage fair. Stallholders will be stocking a variety of vintage products, ideal for collectors or anybody looking for something a little different.

Check out the vintage vehicle display, village fete activities and live music. Re-enactment groups will be putting on displays and demonstrations and a variety of musical acts will take to the stage. Home Front Crafts will be on hand with craft workshops based on 1940s sustainability and reusing. Make an airfix model to take home and learn how to plant vegetables. Whilst Cosford is free to visit, it is still worth booking via the website before you go.

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Visitors to the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre this half term from 29th May to 2nd June 2023 can learn the art of back yard survival! Find out how to survive outdoors, including filtering water, picking spring greens for a stir fry and making a one-minute fire. Den building is on the agenda as well. The backyard survival event is recommended for children aged 4-11 years. The website says that advance booking is essential. For full details, prices, dates and times see the Discovery Centre website.

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