What's on this May half-term?

Why not make the most of this May half-term at the National Trust? With trails, outdoor play areas and activities on throughout the holidays, there's plenty to keep the little ones amused, come rain or shine.

A boy running along a path in the garden at Coleton Fishacre

Family fun at Coleton Fishacre

There's lots to keep your little-ones entertained, from playing in the wild play area to completing the spotter trail in the house. During the school holidays there are Wild Wednesday events, where kids can complete some 50 things to do before you're 11¾ activities with the rangers.

A family walking through long grass at Greenway

Family fun  

Agatha Christie and her family spent their time at Greenway relaxing, playing garden games and enjoying the woodland gardens. Why not follow in their footsteps by enjoying some activities for families?

Children playing a traditional game of quoits

Fun for families at Compton Castle

Little ones love castles, and at Compton there is plenty to keep them enchanted. They can dress up in medieval costumes, play traditional games in the garden, and complete the trails.

Hunting for bugs

Come out to play

Playful times in the garden hunting for clues helps us look after this sea-side gem.

Visitors wildlife spotting from Greenway Boathouse

Getting closer to nature at Greenway

Greenway's relaxed woodland garden on the edge of the River Dart is the perfect place for a bit of wildlife watching in early summer. Find out the best places to visit in the garden for nature spotting and what you may see there.

A nature detective peering out from bamboo

Top tips for nature detectives at Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre garden is a haven for wildlife; its combination of flower borders, woodland, grassland and streams create a variety of habitats for many creatures. Find out some things kids can look out for on your visit, to encourage them to become nature detectives.

Childern discovering a crab in a rockpool

Discover creatures in the rockpools

One of the best places in the country for a spot of rockpooling, the rock pools here are teeming with life such as limpets, sea anemones, crabs and starfish. You can see a whole world encapsulated in one small pool.

Two men paddle a National Trust canoe

Dave Halsall - Singing Paddles

Discover the secrets of the Salcombe estuary with David Halsall from Singing Paddles. Book a taster or day trip and explore hidden coves, shipwrecks and a shore teeming with wildlife.