May half-term in the East of England

Head outdoors this May half-term and reconnect with nature in the East of England. Half-term is the perfect time to explore, whether you want to spot the many birds of prey and creepy-crawlies our places are home to, or get out with the family to build a den or fly a kite.

Family walking dogs

Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

We’ve opened more than 100 gardens and parks in England and Northern Ireland through advanced booking. From Monday 6 July, we’re gradually opening gardens and parklands in Wales. Tickets are released on Friday for the following week. More than 200 coast and countryside car parks are open across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. All National Trust houses remain closed for now. Read this article to find out what's open and what to expect from your visit.

Father and daughter building sandcastles at Dunwich beach

May half-term in Suffolk 

Whatever the weather there is somewhere to explore this May half-term in Suffolk. Lavenham and Ickworth are perfect come rain or shine. Dunwich and Flatford with all of their open space are perfect places to head for a family walk and let the kids burn off some energy.

Boy playing in the woods at Hatfield forest

May half-term in Essex 

Essex is full of hidden gems for all the family to enjoy. Explore Hatfield Forest and see how many creepy crawlies you can find or trees you can climb, or step back in time at Paycocke’s and explore their beautiful gardens.

Kite festival at Dunstable Downs

May half-term in Bedfordshire 

The East of England is not known for hills, but Dunstable Downs are an amazing 243m above sea level. This is the highest point in Bedfordshire, providing the perfect spot to fly a kite, spot spectacular butterflies or explore the trees.

Family feeding calf at Wimpole Home Farm

May half term in Cambridgeshire 

Explore Wicken Fen this half term to reconnect with nature, or tick off some of our 50 things at Anglesey Abbey. If that doesn't take your fancy, head to Wimpole Home Farm to meet the new arrivals. There's plenty to do with the family in Cambridgeshire.

A family walking in the ground of Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk

May half-term in Norfolk 

There's lots of places to discover in Norfolk this half-term. Enjoy our new book trail at Blickling, embrace the fresh sea air with some fun on the Norfolk Coast or go bug hunting at Sheringham Park. There's more family trails, activities and cycle hire opportunities to choose from, the hard part will be choosing where to go first.

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Things to do

Get some inspiration for activities to do on your own or with family. You won't be short of things to do at home or in the garden this summer.

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