30+ ideas for family days out, May Half Term 2021 – East Midlands

Please note, some events and activities are subject to change depending on Covid restrictions – we advise checking websites and social media to find out more.

Now restrictions are easing further, it is great to see indoor and outdoor areas ready to welcome visitors.

Here are just 30 of our top family days out in and around Leicestershire and the East Midlands, including Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire and more.

The National Forest Adventure Farm - a great day out for all the family
The National Forest Adventure Farm – a great day out for all the family

1. National Forest Adventure Farm, Fantasia Farm

Magical mermaids and unicorns galore in the Fantasia Farm at the National Forest Adventure Farm this half term alongside their enchanting Pixie Trail. Running from the 29th May – 6th June, we can’t wait to check this out!

Find out more here or check out our review of the National Forest Adventure Farm here.

2. Warwick Castle, Zog Activity Trail

Words can’t describe how much fun Lily had at the Warwick Castle Zog Activity Trail – such a great day out for all the family. The Falconer’s Quest birds of prey show and indoor areas of the castle will also be open for exploring in time for Half Term.

Find out more here or check out our review of the Zog Trail at Warwick Castle here.

Lily loved the Zog Activity Trail at Warwick Castle
Lily loved the Zog Activity Trail at Warwick Castle

3. West Lodge Farm Park

Those who follow us on social media will know how much we LOVE West Lodge Farm Park, so we are super excited to see the incredible indoor wooden play barn open in time for half term.

Always so much fun to be had at West Lodge Farm Park
Always so much fun to be had at West Lodge Farm Park

Alongside this, they also have free barrel rides, Lily’s favourite ever outdoor play area, animal petting, den making, pony rides, walking trails and more.

What’s more, they’ve also launched their brand new adventure golf in time for half term too!

Find out more here or check out our review here.

The face when you have a giant indoor treetop play area to yourself :)
The face when you have a giant indoor treetop play area to yourself 🙂

4. Manor Farm Park & Woodlands

Manor Farm Park & Woodlands is a wonderful day out with the family and in time for Half Term, the team are launching an exciting and accessible new trail in the woodlands, bringing to life a series of children’s books and characters produced in association with the Natural History Museum in London.

What’s more, as well as all the usual fun on the farm, you’ll also be able to  enjoy their animal experiences throughout the week too.

Find out more here or check out our review here.

Manor Farm Park is surrounded by beautiful countryside
Manor Farm Park is surrounded by beautiful countryside

5. Bluebell Dairy

We have made many great memories at Bluebell Dairy and can’t wait to head on one of their Ice Cream Getaways camping weekends very soon.

From cow cuddling and alpaca walking through to animal petting, the indoor and outdoor play areas and jumping pillows too, Bluebell Dairy is a little gem for all the family to visit – not to mention their incredible ice cream!

Find out more here or check out our review here.

Goat grooming at Bluebell Dairy
Goat grooming at Bluebell Dairy

6. National Trust Properties

We are huge fans of visiting National Trust properties with our membership, especially Calke Abbey and Stoneywell, however all the properties we visit are great for exploring, and they often have events going on for each of the school holidays too.

Find out more here or check out our review of Calke Abbey here.

Exploring Calke Abbey with her Learning Resources UK Kidnoculars
Exploring Calke Abbey with her Learning Resources UK Kidnoculars

7. Gulliver’s Theme Parks

We’ve lost count how many times we’ve visited Gulliver’s Theme Parks – they’re great place to head for a day or an overnight themed stay with the kids.

Check out our reviews here:

Gulliver’s Kingdom & Explorer’s Retreat Matlock Bath
Gulliver’s Land & Adventurer’s Village Milton Keynes
Gulliver’s Valley South Yorkshire

Visit the Gulliver’s Theme Parks website here.

Gulliver's Valley theme park South Yorshire
Gulliver’s Valley theme park South Yorshire

8. National Space Centre, Leicester

Excitement levels are ‘rocketing’ in our household that the National Space Centre can once again reopen its doors from May 22nd, and this half term you can enjoy their fantastic Project Astronaut event running throughout the week.

Not only is it hours of fun, with interactional exhibits suitable for all the family, you also get a free return pass to use within the year.

Find out more here or check out our review here.

9. Moira Furnace Museum & Country Park

We recently visited volunteer-run Moira Furnace before a timeslot at Calke Abbey and it was absolutely fantastic. With canal boat rides at weekends and through school holidays, their museum opening on the 22nd May and stunning woodland and canal-side walks, it really is a special place to visit.

Find out more here or check out our review here.

Enjoying a canal boat ride at Moira Furnace
Enjoying a canal boat ride at Moira Furnace

10. Twin Lakes theme park

Twin Lakes is one of our favourite theme parks, set in 100 acres of countryside. From the 17th May, all their indoor areas can reopen, making them a great day out, whatever the weather.

With rides suitable for children of all ages, daily events and even a farm to enjoy, we have always enjoyed our visits to Twin Lakes.

Find out more here or check out our review here

Rollercoaster fun at Twin Lakes Theme Park
Rollercoaster fun at Twin Lakes Theme Park

11. Swadlincote Snowsports Centre

If you’re looking for a day out for kids over the age of 4, that’s great for younger and older kids as well as adults too Swadlincote Snowsports Centre is your answers. With snow tubing, a toboggan run, drop slide, ski lessons and holiday clubs, it is a great place to visit in the school holidays.

Swadlincote Snowsports Centre is a fantastic day out for all the family
Swadlincote Snowsports Centre is a fantastic day out for all the family

Find out more here or check out our review here

12. Alton Towers

I know theme parks are an obvious choice, and one people often avoid in half term, but the theme park are opening the Gangsta Granny ride in time for half term – a great new adventure in time for the holidays, and you can even stay in a Gangsta Granny themed room.

With CBeebies Land, Sea Life and more to explore, it really is a great day out.

CBeebies Land is great fun at Alton Towers
CBeebies Land is great fun at Alton Towers

Check out our review of CBeebies Land at Alton Towers here or find out more here.

13. Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo is one of our favourite zoos and from the 29th May – 6th June they’re hosting a Wildlife Warriors event, with a conservation quest for kids to follow clues, solve riddles and complete their endangered species mission.

Find out more about the May half term event here or check out our review here.

Twycross Zoo
Meeting the giraffes at Twycross Zoo

14. SnowDome Tamworth

There is so much fun to be had at Tamworth SnowDome, whatever the weather. From their amazing snow fun park to their climbing walls and tobogganing too, we’ve always loved our visits to SnowDome.

We recommend signing up to their newsletter for huge discounts on all their activities, but we can’t recommend it enough for an adventure with the family!

Find out more here or check out our review here.

Snow much fun! Enjoying the snow fun park at SnowDome Tamworth
Snow much fun! Enjoying the snow fun park at SnowDome Tamworth

15. Conkers

There is so much to do for all the family at Conkers, from barefoot walk and outdoor adventure ropes, to enjoying their play areas, crafts, sensory trail, discovery centre and more.

The Conkerchoo trail has always been a favourite with Lily, and we’ve always found

Keep an eye on their Facebook page for half term activities, visit their website here, or check out our review here.

The sensory trail through the woods is great fun at Conkers
The sensory trail through the woods is great fun at Conkers

16. Boost Trampoline Park (Northampton & Leicester)

BOOST IS BACK!!!! In time for half term, Boost Trampoline Parks are back in both Northampton and Leicester. Lily has bounced at Boost since she was 2 years old, and is already looking forward to heading down.

Boost Trampoline Park, Leicester
Boost Trampoline Park, Leicester

With trampolines, foam pits, balance beams and more, we really do recommend a visit to Boost Trampoline Park.

Check out our review here or visit their website here for session details.

Loving life at Boost Trampoline Park
Loving life at Boost Trampoline Park

17. Sundown Adventureland

As a dedicated theme park for under-10s, Sundown Adventureland is truly a special place to go. With a huge outdoor Angry Birds play area, sandpits to play in and plenty of rides for young kids to enjoy, there really is so much to do at Sundown Adventureland.

Check out our review here or visit the website here.

So much fun at Sundown Adventureland for under 10s
So much fun at Sundown Adventureland for under 10s

18. Little Avenue, Leicester

Whether you’re looking for somewhere to head indoors on a rainy day or just something very different to do, Little Avenue in Leicester is a brand new dedicated role play centre featuring 12 areas specifically designed for young children, such as a hospital, vets and supermarket.

Parking is free and baby changing and accessible toilets are available too.

For more information, Little Avenue website or look out for our review very soon!

Little Avenue Roleplay in Leicester is opening in time for half term

19. Peak Wildlife Park

Peak Wildlife Park is a truly unique day out with the ability to come face-to-face with some amazing animals, including penguins, wallabies and lemurs.

With walk-through areas, daily talks, animal feeding and more, we really do recommend Peak Wildlife Park as a place to have fun, learn and meet some incredible animals.

Check out their website here or our review here.

Meeting the wallabies at Peak Wildlife Park
Meeting the wallabies at Peak Wildlife Park

20. Mini Meadows Farm

Nestled in 12 acres of rolling countryside in the village of Welford, Mini Meadows Farm provides a fun, educational and great value family day out for adults and children alike, whatever the weather.

With animals to meet and feed as well as some incredible indoor and outdoor play areas, we love our visits to Mini Meadows Farm.

Find out more here or check out our review here.

Forest school at Mini Meadows
Forest school at Mini Meadows

21. Windmill Farm Park

Windmill Farm Park in Leicestershire is a brilliant day out for the family. With brand-new jumping pillows, the reopening of their indoor play area, animal feeding, events and outdoor play areas too, it is a fun, affordable and special day out this half term.

Find out more here or check out our review here.

Windmill Farm Park is set in the Leicestershire countryside
Windmill Farm Park is set in the Leicestershire countryside

22. Hatton Adventure World

Hatton Adventure World is hosting the Wonderful Whitsun event this half term, from 29th May to 6th June.

Visiting the guinea pigs at Hatton Adventure World
Visiting the guinea pigs at Hatton Adventure World

With funfair rides, bouncy castles, falconry displays, spring animals and more, Wonderful Whitsun at Hatton Adventure World sounds a great day out this half term.

Find out more here or check out our review here.

23. Tropical Birdland, Leicestershire

Tropical Birdland in Desford, Leicestershire, is a fantastic 6.5aces bird sanctuary. With a parrot walk, outdoor play area, walk-through aviary and woodland walks, as well as the Real Macaw Cafe, it really is a special day out at Tropical Birdland.

Booking is essential – find out more on their website or check out our review here.

Meeting the birds at Tropical Birdland
Meeting the birds at Tropical Birdland

24. Foxton Locks, Market Harborough

Foxton Locks is a series of locks on the Grand Union Canal which is made up of two staircases, each of five locks, dating back to the 1900s.

Managed by the Canal & River Trust, it is the UK’s longest and steepest locks and a truly unique place to visit. There are beautiful walks, including accessible routes across the canal (see the map for access), which are also suitable for cycling and even free downloadable activity packs for kids too.

Lily’s favourite part was helping the volunteers to open the lock gates for the barges to come through!

Check out our review here.

Foxton Locks is a truly unique day out for fun and learning too!
Foxton Locks is a truly unique day out for fun and learning too!

25. Bosworth Water Park

Bosworth Water Park is home to a man-made beach where families can play and paddle, a mini golf course, a huge adventure play area, sand pit and more.

You can hire pedaloes and even camp there if you wish! What’s more, you just pay for parking, which although seems expensive, you can have a great day out for all the family with no other entrance fees too!

Find out more here or check out our review here.

A day out on the beach in the East Midlands - Bosworth Water Park
A day out on the beach in the East Midlands – Bosworth Water Park

26. Beacon Hill Country Park

If you have little adventurers, a great free day out (minus parking costs) is Beacon Hill Country Park. You have the rhododendron labyrinth, wooden play area and cafe as well as access to wooden sculpture trails from the bottom car park as well as rocks to climb and stunning views from the upper car park.

Lily also enjoyed den building in the woodlands – there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

Check out our review here.

Beacon Hill Country Park is a great place to explore!
Beacon Hill Country Park is a great place to explore!

27. Bradgate Park

Another favourite park of ours is Bradgate Park, with deer to visit, walks, an accessible path, cafes, toilets, and even a beautiful stream for paddling.

You can head to the top of Old John to enjoy the views and take the paths around the country park, or enjoy cycling, scooting and walking along the tarmac pathway through the middle.

Bradgate Park is a firm favourite of ours - though it can get busy at peak times
Bradgate Park is a firm favourite of ours – though it can get busy at peak times

28. Stonehurst Farm

Stonehurst Farm is a small family-run working farm in Leicestershire, where you can hold baby animals, feed the cows and sheep, collect the eggs, enjoy a tractor and trailer ride, children’s pony rides, and enjoy the play areas too.

We loved their farm shop for local produce during lockdown and you can enjoy home-cooked food from the teashop too.

Find out more here

Enjoying a day out at Stonehurst Farm
Enjoying a day out at Stonehurst Farm

29. Rufford Abbey Country Park – Oz, the Immersive Adventure

From the 2nd – 13th June, Oz – the Immersive Adventure is coming to Rufford Abbey Country Park in Nottinghamshire.

Journey over the rainbow to the beautiful woodland’s of Rufford Abbey. Immerse yourself in the family favourite ‘The Wizard of Oz’ as you explore outdoor theatre, dance, music and comedy combined with some modern ‘twisters’ along the way. 

Guided by Dorothy herself, you will be taken down the yellow brick road through a magical forest meeting the beloved characters during your adventure. Uncover the classic tale like never before, featuring beautiful costumes, stunning surroundings, professional actors and a fantastic soundtrack you won’t want to leave Oz!

For more information, visit the website here

Oz – The Immersive Adventure at Rufford Abbey Country Park, Nottinghamshire

30. Matlock Farm Park

On Sunday and Monday 30th & 31st of May, Matlock Farm Park is hosting a superhero weekend in time for half term as well as the Bubble Man on both Saturday 29th May and Friday June 4th.

The indoor jungle-themed Rainforest Playbarn is due to open on 17th May, however there are so many play areas, jumping pillow, sandpit, adventure play areas, animals and more.

Find out more here or check out our review here.

Matlock Farm Park
Matlock Farm Park

31. Magic Alley, Stratford

Magic Alley in Stratford is launching an Enchanted Treasure Trail in time for May half term, including enchanting entertainers while you solve magical riddles and puzzles as you go along the trail to find the treasure. You may even encounter unicorns, dragons and other magical creatures on your way, as well as get the change to play in the snow in the enchanted forest.

What’s more, you can get a certificate and prize on completion of the trail.

Book your space or find out more here

Visit Magic Alley in Stratford for a truly magical half term with a difference.
Visit Magic Alley in Stratford for a truly magical half term with a difference.

Need more inspiration?

Check out our ideas for unique family-friendly staycations in the UK

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