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Fun ideas for May Half Term

May half term crept up on you a bit too quickly this year? Don't worry, Muddy has you covered with the best family-friendly things to do over May half term in Cambridgeshire and beyond.

Pirate and Mermaid Festival, Audley End Miniature Railway, 25 May – 2 June 

All aboard the Pirate ship, or actually make that train, because pirates and mermaids have landed in Audley End this half term making the much-loved miniature railway even more fun. Expect frequent cries of ‘Ahoy there!’, story telling and singalong at the stage area, plus face painting a games area and crafts. Fancy dress very much encouraged (for the kids that is!).

audley-end-railway.co.uk

 

The Beach at Bury Lane Farm, May Half Term and 1st July – 1st September 2019

We might be a landlocked county, but that doesn’t mean you can’t promise the kids a trip to the beach this half term. Bury Lane Farm, has just opened The Beach, a huge outdoor play area, for mudlets aged 0 -12 years, full of diggers, trampolines, bungees, go-karts and a full sandy beach! There’s even an ice cream hut and a beach shop selling buckets and spades and sun cream (chance would be a fine thing!).

burylanefunbarn.co.uk

 

Grass Head Characters, Scotsdale’s Garden Centre, Great Shelford, 29 – 30 May

It’s National Children’s Gardening Week and crafty children from 2 – 12 will love to give their green fingers a go with this fun event, where you get to make comical grass head character, a plant pot for a sunflower and a wooden plant label.

scotsdalegardencentre.co.uk

 

Paper plane challenge, IWM Duxford, 29 and 30 May 

Make the most of living in a county with an awesome Imperial War Museum and take budding pilots along to this workshop to learn how to make the perfect paper plane and learn the principles of flight. It’s a family challenge so you might want to brush up on your origami skills or risk an embarrassing defeat.

iwm.org.uk

 

Tracks, poos and animal clues, Wicken Fen, 31 May

Image credit: Claire Sargent

Take muck-loving little boys and girls to Wicken Fen this half term, and join in this wildlife event where kids learn about animals from the clues they leave behind, with games and crafts. Cue lots of giggling every time anyone says the word ‘poo’!

nationaltrust.org.uk

 

Milkshake Live, Cambridge Corn Exchange, 1 June

This musical extravaganza is delivered in two halves – 32 minutes each with lots of audience participation and standing up involved – so even restless members of the audience will love it. All your kids’ favourite characters from Milkshake TV (come on, you know…Fireman Sam, Noddy, Shimmer & Shine, Digby Dragon, Wissper, Nella the Princess Knight and the Floogals) come together in a riot of colour, noise and dancing, that’ll delight little ones.

cambridgelive.org.uk

 

Cambridgeshire County Show, Wimpole Home Farm, 2 June 

Head to Wimpole Home Farm on 2 June and you’ll find much more than the usual farm animals and beautiful countryside walks. The Cambridgeshire County Show pitches up for it’s 20th anniversary this coming weekend and has something to delight all ages and interests – traditional crafts, livestock, rural crafts and displays, vintage tractors, fairground ride and ring events, plus some excellent summer shopping potential and a tempting food hall area, if tractors and pigs aren’t really your bag.

cambscountyshow.co.uk

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Show, Burgess Hall, St Ives, 2 June
Everyone loves Elmer the book so just imagine how little faces will light up when they see the lovable elephant come to life with all his animal friends on the stage in this colourful show that even adults can’t fail to enjoy.
There are two shows, at 11am and 2pm on Sunday 2 June
The Princess Bride Outdoor Cinema Screening, Saffron Walden, 2 June
Just over the border into Essex, the charming Saffron Walden Castle grounds has to be one of the prettiest places to sit al fresco and enjoy a family film together (well, if it’s pouring we can think of better places, but you know what we mean!). Forget prepping a picnic, there are food trucks on site as well as a bar and a prize draw to be won.
FURTHER AFIELD 

New Children’s Garden, Kew Gardens, London 

As if it wasn’t already a prime spot for day tripping, the clever sausages at Kew Gardens have added a brand new Children’s Garden just in time for May half term. Two years in the making, the interactive garden (aimed at ages 2 – 12) has over 100 varieties of mature trees, bamboo tunnels, hammocks and in-ground trampolines all under the cover of a huge 200 year old oak tree.

 

Dino Week, Mead Open Farm, Beds, Mon 27 – Fri 31 May

I’m always slightly puzzled as to why kids are always so crazy about dinosaurs, but hey ho, they can get their fix over at Mead Open Farm as its dedicating a who week to T-Rexes, Triceratopses and the like. There’s dinos hidden around the farm, the Caveman Rock Show, Jurassic tractor rides and a Dino Disco at the end of the day.

 

Beasts of London, Museum of London, Fri 5 May – Sun 5 Jan 

This looks amazing- a fully immersive, digital installation (see above for a sneak preview) exploring the role animals have played in the shaping of London, from the Roman era all they way up to present day. The interactive show uses video projection mapping to bring the beasts, from rats to lions, to life as they narrate a virtual tour of London. There are some major British celebs involved too, with Kate Moss, Brian Blessed, Pam Ferris and more voicing the beasts. museumoflondon.org.uk

 

Great Brick Safari, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Beds, until Sun 2 Jun 

I’ll bet a few of you have a LEGO obsessive under your roof. At Easter Whipsnade Zoo introduced its Brick Safari, with one million bricks’ worth of beasts and animals dotted around the mammoth zoo (it’s the biggest in the UK doncha know), as well as hands-on family activities. It’s included in entry price and running throughout this month. zsl.org

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