Family events to enjoy this May

With spring flowers in full bloom, warmer weather on the way and those extra days off to enjoy, May is the ideal time to get outdoors and discover some amazing coast and countryside locations.

This May you can go back in time and re-live history, get back to nature or learn to use a telescope and search for the stars. And that’s not all, there’s a raft of activities for all the family with trampolining, archery, tree climbing and 50 things adventures.

Spend half-term and some long weekends making the most of the weather at some of our special places. What’s more, every visit helps support our work looking after special places for ever, for everyone.

    50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

    Den building at Brockhampton Estate

    Gibside, Tyne & Wear
    May half-term family fun, 26-30 May, 11am–3pm

    We’re running plenty of free family activities and outdoor adventures to enjoy every day of the May half-term. Visit us for explorer Monday, foodie Tuesday, wildlife Wednesday, adventure Thursday and fab Friday.

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    Stackpole, Pembrokeshire
    May holiday ‘50 Things to do before you're 11¾’ challenge, 29 & 30 May, 11am–3pm

    At Stackpole we're encouraging kids to get mucky, discover their wild side and most of all enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer. Explore this beautiful stretch of coastline and wooded valleys and complete as many of the ‘50 things’ activities as you can. Parents and older children are welcome to join in too.

    Price: £2.

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    Lyme Park, House and Garden, Cheshire
    The Lyme Park ‘50 things’ challenge, 24–26 May, 11am–4pm

    Lyme Park is nestled on the edge of the Peak District and is the perfect place for ’50 things’ activities. This half term they are offering 26 of the ’50 things’ activities. It was voted as the top spot in the UK for den building, so see how many activities you can tick off over the bank holiday weekend or even in one day.

    Normal admission fees apply.
    For more information, please call 01663 762023

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    Out of the ordinary

    A child using a telecope to look at the sky

    St Agnes to Padstow, Cornwall
    Sun and stars at Carnewas, 31 May, 7pm–10pm

    Join our rangers and Kernow Astronomers for some stargazing at this cliff-top location, recently awarded Dark Skies status. See if you can spot solar flares and sunspots with a special solar scope or search for the 'seas', mountains and craters on the moon through a telescope. Discover thousands of different stars with local astronomers who’ll guide you through the amazing Cornish sky.

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    The Vyne, Hampshire
    The Big Tree Climb, 24 May, 11am–5pm

    Visit The Vyne to climb some very big trees indeed and tick off number 1 on your ‘50 things’ list. Two friendly instructors help all ages reach new heights and to climb an oak tree deep in the woodland. They will teach you how to enter a tree's canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, whilst being securely attached in a harness. Once at the top of the tree you will gain an experience which can't be found anywhere on the ground and if you're feeling super brave you take the zip wire back down again.

    Suitable for ages 6 to 100.
    Booking essential, book online, Price: £15.
    For more information, please call 07584 088662

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    Get back to nature

    Barn Owl

    Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
    Evening owl walk, 27 May, 5pm–6.30pm

    Join this hands-on owl walk where you can be up close and personal to some wonderful birds of prey in the beautiful woodland of Clumber Park.

    Booking essential, all tickets £10.

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    Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire
    Pond dipping and mini-beast hunt, 27 May, 10.30am–3.15pm

    Wicken Fen, one of Europe's most important wetlands, supports an abundance of wildlife. There are more than 8,500 species, including a spectacular array of plants, birds and dragonflies. Come and discover the minibeasts that live here with a 30 minute pond dipping session, followed by a mini-beast hunt.

    Booking essential, Price: Child £2.50.
    For more information, please call 01353 720274.

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    Go on an adventure

    Climbing the Tulip tree on the island at Stourhead.

    Saltram, Devon
    Wild in the wood, 30 May, 10am–2pm

    Saltram is the perfect family day out: close to Plymouth and yet in a world of its own. Join the Forest School leader for a creative day of woodland activities and games.

    All children must be accompanied by an adult, booking essential.
    Price: Child £7.50.

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    Strangford Lough, County Down
    Sea safari sightseeing boat trip, 25 May

    Everyone loves this sightseeing boat tour of Strangford Lough with its abundance of nature and wildlife. See the Angus Rock Lighthouse, surface whirlpools and some of the many seals at Cloughy Rocks Nature Reserve. You might even see a pod of porpoise or a basking shark. Suitable for age 3 years plus.Trips leave from Strangford Pier.

    Prices: £18 per adult and £15 per child or £55 family ticket (2 adults, 2 children). Booking essential, please call 028 4372 3933.

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