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Things to do in Warwickshire May half term 2023

With May half term 2023 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 2023

The British Motor Museum is celebrating 75 years of Land Rover this May half term. Their collections hold numerous Land Rovers, from the “Pink Panther” used by the SAS, to a Range Rover driven by King Charles III. A new Museum tour, hosted by costumed ‘Royal Chauffeurs’ focuses on the museum’s Land Rover collection. 

Craft activities take place in the Learning Space. Children can make a ‘Land Rover’ from air-drying dough. Their Colour Creator Trail lets visitors explore the colours in their collection and even mix some of their own. Activities are included in museum admission and there is no need to book. Head to the British Motor Museum website for full details. 

Draycote Water  

Whilst there is no specific event taking place during May half term 2023, Draycote Water is a great outdoor day out. It’s ideal 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. Find out more about Draycote Water from the Severn Trent website.

Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire May Half Term 2023

Kenilworth Castle is hosting a Kids Rule event during May half-term 2023 to celebrate King Charles III’s coronation with a “right royal knees up” of interactive activities and family fun. Head to Kenilworth between 27th May and 4th June 2023 where children can pick up a celebration crown. Train to become a knight, try sword fighting, and look at historic armour. 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. Full details are on the Kenilworth website where you can also book in advance to save 10%. You can also read my review of a dog friendly family day out at Kenilworth.

Kenilworth Castle Warwickshire children in period costumes

Hatton Adventure World  

Hatton Adventure World is being invaded by Captain Starling and his crew this May half term. Join them from 27th May to 4th June 2023 for a swashbuckling pirate-themed adventure. Activities include: 

  • Treasure hunt
  • Pirate academy
  • Zoobeard’s fun show
  • Tractor safari
  • Pirate cove
  • Dead man’s dig
  • Falconry displays
  • Sheep Grand National
  • Laser Combat

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. Don’t forget 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. Head to the Hatton website for full details. 

Mary Arden’s Farm

Head to Mary Arden’s Farm for a springtime celebration during May half term on 30th and 31st May 2023. They will be celebrating As You Like It, a play from Shakespeare’s First Folio. With romance in the air, visitors will learn more about the rivalry, love and mistaken identity in the play.

Hands-on activities include making flower crowns, helping to prepare a Tudor feast, and participating in an interactive reading of As You Like It. The day ends with traditional Tudor dancing set to Tudor-inspired music. Who will be named May Day King or Queen? For full details of the event and to book, head to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Umberslade Adventure, Warwickshire May Half Term 2023

Umberslade is open to the public during Warwickshire May half term from 29th May to 3rd June 2023. 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 

Head to the Umberslade Adventure website for further details and to book.

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle is a great half term day out for children of all ages. Little ones will enjoy three Zog themed attractions; Zog play land, interactive trail and live show. The Princess Tower is lovely for younger children too. The whole family will be excited to see the Falcolner’s Quest bird of prey show, Horrible Histories maze and the archery demonstration from the Warwick Castle bowman. Older children (10 years and over) can venture into the castle dungeon. There is an extra cost for this and it’s not for the faint hearted! Head to the Warwick Castle website for full details and read our review of Warwick Castle’s Wars of the Roses.

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