Sunset over the pirate ship at Drayton Manor Theme Park and Zoo in Tamworth, Staffordshire

Things to do in Staffordshire May half term 2024

With May half term 2024 rapidly approaching, it’s time for a list of things to do in Staffordshire. 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 Staffordshire. 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 Staffordshire.

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

Theme parks and days out in Staffordshire May half term 2024

Looking for something fun to do with the kids during the May half term school holidays? Look no further than these fantastic attractions in Staffordshire. Each of these is a full day out with both indoor and outdoor areas to enjoy.

Alton Towers

This May half term, Alton Towers are celebrating 10 years of cBeebies land with live entertainment, fun activities, food, drinks and special guests. The live show this year features fan favourite Bluey, who will also be offering meet and greets. And for the thrill seekers, Nemesis is back! Nemesis reborn is billed as intense and untamed.

Dates: 25th May to 2nd June 2024.

Website: Alton Towers.

Review: Plutonium Sox review of Alton Towers theme park, water park and cBeebies hotel with little ones.

Putting our Konfidence swim jackets to the test at Alton Towers waterpark
cBeebies Land is a favourite among young visitors to Alton Towers in Staffordshire

Drayton Manor

It’s all about vibrant colours, circus performers and Samba at Drayton Manor for May half term 2024, thanks to their Fiestaval celebration. Look out for the Samba band, drummers, dancers, fiesta shows, balcony shows and Rory’s Fiesta Finale.

Dates: 25th May to 2nd June 2024

Website: Drayton Manor

Review: Plutonium Sox Drayton Manor review.

Large dinosaurs looking down on the Dino trail at Drayton Manor in Staffordshire. Drayton Manor Park theme park and zoo, Tamworth, West Midlands | Drayton Manor Park is a theme park that caters for kids and big kids of all ages. There are rides, play areas and a zoo that are perfect for toddlers, with the Thomas Land area aimed specifically at young children. For thrill seekers, there are big rollercoasters in Drayton Manor Park. It is one of the most fun days out in the West Midlands.
Dino trail at Drayton Manor in Staffordshire

National Forest Adventure Farm

With a range of indoor and outdoor activities, the National Forest Adventure Farm is a great place to visit with the whole family. May half term 2024 is dino week. They have a brand new dino walk-through as well as Raptor ranch, dino training camp, and dinosaur meet and greets. Visitors can also take part in fossil panning, tractor rides and all the other attractions are open too.

Dates: 25th May to 2nd June 2024

Website: National Forest Adventure Farm.

Review: Plutonium Sox review of Halloween half term at the National Forest Adventure Farm.

National Forest Adventure Farm | Situated in Staffordshire in the West Midlands, UK - the National Forest Adventure Farm is the perfect day out for children and families who like to be outdoors. On Halloween, pick your own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch to take home with you. Plus, see all the other scary goings on. #Halloween #WestMIdlands #NationalForest #familytravel
An young calf at National Forest Adventure Farm in Staffordshire

Statfold Country Park

Statfold Barn is open this May half term. Visitors can enjoy a ride on the narrow gauge train and explore the railway museum. Younger visitors will appreciate Toby’s Barn play and climb, a soft play area and children’s indoor climbing wall. There’s an outdoor play area full of diggers as well as a children’s play park. Visit on 27th May to meet Paw Patrol heroes Chase and Marshall.

Dates: 25th May to 2nd June 2024

Website: Statfold Country Park.

Review: Plutonium Sox review of a family day out at Statfold Barn.

Steam engines in Statfold Barn Railway Museum Staffordshire West Midlands
Statfold Barn museum

Outdoor activities in Staffordshire May half term 2024

If you’re looking to make the most of the great outdoors this May half term, then Staffordshire is the perfect destination. With plenty of attractions and events on offer, you and your family are sure to have an unforgettable time.
Here are just a few of the outdoor attractions in Staffordshire that you could visit during May half term 2024.

National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire is a beautiful place to visit any time of year, but during the May half term they have some fun, family-friendly activities planned. This year, there’s a flower theme. Enjoy free arts and craft sessions, a Find the Flowers trail, a Stick Man themed trail and a 1944 trail. Whilst entry is free, they advise booking in advance to save money on parking and to guarantee your space.

Dates: 27th to 31st May 2024.

Website: National Memorial Arboretum.

Trentham Estate

A stunning landscaped garden and parkland, the Trentham Estate is home to a wide range of outdoor activities. From boat rides on the lake to adventure playgrounds, there’s something for everyone. Stroll around the gardens, ride the miniature train, hunt for fairies or go on a wildlife cruise. There don’t appear to be any special events on for May half term, but it’s always worth a visit.

Website: Trentham.

Trentham Monkey Forest

Monkey forest is a great day out, especially for animal loving children. Walk through the monkey enclosure where 140 Barbary macaques stroll around freely. There’s even a primate-themed play area for little ones to enjoy. Whilst this isn’t a full day out, it’s well worth a visit and can be combined with a trip to Trentham Estate.

Website: Monkey Forest.

Adult Barbary macaque monkey siting on the grass with trees behind at Monkey Forest in Staffordshire
Adult Barbary macaque monkeys at Monkey Forest, Staffordshire

Cannock Chase

This Forestry England site in Staffordshire is a brilliant day out for all the family, including the dog! Take bikes and enjoy the bike tracks for all ages and abilities. Follow the Gruffalo sculpture trail or treat your dog to a run around the dog agility course. There’s a great children’s play area and you can even book in to do Go Ape. This can be a full day out with a café, bike hire and toilet facilities available. Better still, it’s free to visit and you only have to pay for parking.

Website: Forestry England

Review: Plutonium Sox review of a dog friendly family day out at Cannock Chase.

Dog jumping over a wooden obstacle on a dog activity trail in Cannock Chase Forest Staffordshire West Midlands
Dog agility course at Cannock Chase

Rudyard Lake

Located in the Staffordshire Moorlands, Rudyard Lake is a stunning reservoir surrounded by woodland and hills. Visitors can enjoy a range of outdoor activities, including boating, fishing, and cycling. During May half term, visitors can enjoy water sports, ride the steam train and make the most of the great food and drink options at Rudyard Lake.

Website: Rudyard Lake.

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