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Things to do in Warwickshire May half term 2024

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

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

British Motor Museum, Warwickshire May Half Term 2024

This May half term is all about patterns at the British Motor Museum. Enjoy a Character Driven Family Tour exploring shapes and patterns and visit the learning hub to make your own patterned paper. There’s also a self-guided trail of the fastest cars in the collection.

Dates: 25th May to 2nd June 2024.

Website: British Motor Museum.

Draycote Water  

Draycote Water is an ideal day out if you are on a budget, since you only have to pay for parking. This 240-hectare reservoir and country park has plenty of activities and things to do. A five-mile tarmac pavement around the reservoir is ideal for walking and cycling. Head up Hensborough hill top for a picnic with a view, and spot water birds including rare species from the bird-watching hide. Sailing and windsurfing lessons incur an additional cost. Facilities include two sets of toilets, a small shop selling snacks, toys and ice creams, a picnic area with benches, and the Waterside Restaurant with great views across the reservoir. This half term, there’s a free scavenger hunt trail for children to scavenge for nature. Pick up a trail sheet from the visitor hub.

Dates: 25th May to 2nd June 2024

Website: Severn Trent.

Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire May Half Term 2024

Look out, the kids are in charge at Kenilworth Castle this May half term! Head to the Kids Rule event and explore an armoury tent with weapons from the past. Then, take part in sword-fighting games with a foam sword. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out Elizabeth I’s private rooms, an interactive exhibition of Kenilworth’s history, and dress up in period clothing. Stroll around the garden, including the thriving aviary and marble fountain. The Stables Tearoom will be open or you can take a picnic.

Dates: 25th May to 2nd June 2024.

Website: Kenilworth Castle.

Review: Plutonium Sox review of a dog friendly family day out at Kenilworth Castle.

Kenilworth Castle Warwickshire children in period costumes

Hatton Adventure World  

The dinosaurs have taken over this Whitsun half term at Hatton Adventure World. Activities include:

  • Baby dinosaur petting zoo
  • Dino show
  • Raptor encounter
  • Falconry display
  • Family show
  • Sheep racing
  • Tractor safari
  • Animal handling
  • Laser combat
  • Funfair rides
  • Bouncy castles
  • Superslide mania

Don’t forget to visit the regular attractions like the indoor slides, sensory play and reptile enclosure. Head to the fun fair and theatre and then make your way outside to meet farmyard animals and see the guinea pig village and mini JCB track. You’ll also be able to pan for gold and take on an assault course among other indoor and outdoor activities.

Dates: 25th May to 2nd June 2024.

Website: Hatton Adventure World.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

A range of activities take place at Shakespeare Birthplace Trust properties this May half term, including the launch of new backpacks for little explorers at both Shakespeare’s New Place and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. There will also be interactive activities, live performances, exhibitions and nature-themed crafting.

Dates: 25th May to 2nd June 2024

Website: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Umberslade Adventure, Warwickshire May Half Term 2024

Umberslade is open to the public during Warwickshire May half term. This large outdoor facility offers has lots of activities to get everyone outside and active. Look out for these activities on your visit: 

  • A fun Low Ropes Course for all ages just 2 feet from the ground between 13 impressive oak trees. 
  • The challenging Commando Course is great for confidence, competition, motor skills and a test of your physical ability. 
  • The Events Field has a picnic area as well as Bluebells Lodge, which provides hot and cold food and drinks. 
  • Nature trails 
  • Archery
  • Zip line
  • Tree climbing with experienced instructors
  • Dedicated den building area 
  • Toddler play area 

Dates: 27th May to 1st June 2024

Website: Umberslade Adventure

Warwick Castle

May half term sees the return of the fantastic Wars of the Roses live show at Warwick Castle. Other activities include the Falconers Quest bird of prey show, the enormous Trebuchet siege machine and four Zog themed activities inlcuding a live show. Little ones will love the storytelling experience in the Princess Tower and the Horrible Histories maze is great fun too.

Dates: 25th May to 2nd June 2024

Website: Warwick Castle

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