Marvellous May at Mr Straw's!

May millipede

Welcome to May, the traditional start of the warmer weather and the blossoming of flowers and trees. Why not join us this May half term for our spring themed children’s activities at Mr Straw’s House?

Come and create your own marvellous millipede, cute caterpillar, dancing dragonfly or beautiful butterfly to take home. Our Make a May Millepede craft event is taking place in the Family Zone in the orchard, suggested donation £2 per child.

If you would rather track down a real bug, kick start your National Trust 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 3/4 adventure and tick off numbers 1 - Get to know a tree, or number 31; Make friends with a bug, and number - 33.”Go cloud watching.

50 things To Do before you’re 11 ¾ is a great way to get your kids or grandchildren to connect with nature and the environment, ensuring they have the experiences that are all too often missing from modern life.

Make a May Millipede and 50 Things activities will run from Tuesday 28 May to Saturday 1 June and can be enjoyed without a tour of the historic house.

May Day is the traditional time to get out and about and enjoy nature. May celebrations have a long history, with records going back to Roman times. Traditions such as dancing round the Maypole and the crowning of a May Queen have existed since medieval times. In Nottinghamshire, 12 villages including North Wheatley, Gedling, Lindby, Hucknall and Wellow had their own Maypole. In Derbyshire, Well Dressing is a May time custom, possibly deriving from a pagan tradition of decorating wells and other sources of water with coloured ribbons and garlands.

The introduction of the May Day Bank Holiday in 1978 has meant that the early spring is still a time for relaxation and celebration, subject to the weather of course!

If you would like to combine your crafts with a tour of Mr Straw’s House, please do book on 01909 482380 as spaces are limited. Entry is free to National Trust members or standard admission fees apply.