May half-term in the South East

The days are getting warmer, the sun is... up there somewhere, so why not head outdoors and burn off some spring energy with us this half-term. We'd love to see you at your local National Trust place in the South East for a family day out. You can try the natural play trails at Ightham Mote and Box Hill, or fun activities at Stowe and Chartwell...

Child on a trail in the sunshine


We’ve got lots of May half-term adventures for little ones, in and around Hampshire. Learn about hedgehogs and hares on Hinton Ampner's and Uppark's activity trails. Mottisfont is helping kids design their very own gardens, and at Winchester City Mill there's duck-themed fun and pumpkin seed-planting.

A child with a mail hood and wooden sword at Bodiam Castle gate

East Sussex 

Uncover fantastical stories at the home of Rudyard Kipling, Bateman's, or storm the battlements at Bodiam Castle. With plenty of activities to keep the family occupied, May half-term is the ideal time to explore the outdoors and try new things in and around East Sussex.

Children standing on a bridge at Chartwell Kent


There's plenty in store to keep the family occupied this May half-term in Kent. Complete the Billy Goat Gruff trail at Ightham Mote and you'll earn a prize, whilst outdoor fun awaits at Chartwell. When you spend time together in the outdoors this summer, you help us care for places inside out.

Half term fun at Nymans

West Sussex 

It’s the ideal time to explore the outdoors and try new things in West Sussex. Bring the kids to our fun half-term activities, from creating new inventions at Petworth to exploring the gardens and estate on a trail at Nymans and Standen.

A family in the parkland at Hatchlands


With summer weather on the way and half-term school holidays to look forward to, it’s the ideal time to explore the outdoors and try new things. Discover nature at Dapdune Wharf, try your hand a den building at the Witley Centre or explore on a trail at Runnymede and Claremont.

Father and two daughters enjoying the woodlands.


May half term is the time to turf the kids out into Berkshire's gardens and parkland to run free. From the Great Ball Run returning to Basildon Park to the Wild Week at Cliveden, and bug hunting and walks to enjoy - what will you explore this half-term?

Children climbing a tree in Stowe Landscape Garden Buckinghamshire


May is the ideal time to get outdoors and try new things. The Chilterns Countryside is clothing itself in green and unrolling miles of valleys and woodlands to explore. Gardens are drying out underfoot and are perfect for running, jumping and hiding.

Child looking at a bug in an insect catcher

Isle of Wight 

Hunt for a hidden bear through meadows and creeks, discover behind closed doors, or take up the challenge to complete some of your 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4. With lots of activities to try this half-term, mini adventurers will find plenty to do over the holidays on the Isle of Wight.