Five outdoor activities you can do this May half-term
As the May half-term arrives, it's the perfect time to venture outdoors and find new ways to get your blood pumping. Here at Rufford Old Hall, we have lots of outdoor activities you can take part in that the whole family can enjoy, including the chance to tick off your '50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾' list.
From our free balance bikes, perfect for teaching your kids how to ride, to a range of walks through and around our grounds, there is a new experience to be had every time you visit us. But don't worry if you're stuck for ideas... here are some great outdoors activities we have planned for you this May half-term.
1. Sports on the Paddock
Saturday 25 June - Sunday 2 June, all day
Get stuck in to quick cricket, tennis, rounders and croquet with our free sports box on the Orchard Paddock. Have a rummage and see which game takes your fancy, before you set up and play to your hearts content. When you're getting tired, take a breather on one of our picnic tables (or head to our Victorian Tea Room) and treat yourself to an energy-boosting snack before the next round begins.
2. Plant it, Grow it, See it
Get your wellies on and prepare to get your hands dirty as you join our garden team to plant some seeds. You can even take a few home and watch them grow! This is not only a great way of stretching your arms and legs, but you can also exercise your mind as you learn lots of fascinating plant facts. Who knows... you could be an expert grower in no time!
3. Make and fly a kite
Whip out those dusty old kites from the attic and bring them along to our paddock. There's lots of space to run about and see how far you can make your kite fly. Don't have one? Join us for a special session on Thursday 30 May, where you can buy a kite-making kit from our reception for just £2 and get in on the action yourself.
4. Barefoot walking
Kick off your shoes and try our sensory walking trail in the paddock. Stretch out your toes and feel the soft grass beneath your feet. Why not bring along a friend, or even make some new ones, as you take in the peaceful setting of Rufford Old Hall.
5. Balance bikes
Will you be able to keep up with your children once they have learnt to cycle? Come along to Rufford Old Hall and borrow one of our free balance bikes – the perfect way to help your budding cyclists learn how to ride, in beautiful, traffic free surroundings. No need to book. Just turn up, grab a balance bike and helmet from our Reception and get going.