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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
5. Bluebell Dairy
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!
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.
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:
Visit the Gulliver’s Theme Parks website here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
With trampolines, foam pits, balance beams and more, we really do recommend a visit to 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
22. Hatton Adventure World
Hatton Adventure World is hosting the Wonderful Whitsun event this half term, from 29th May to 6th June.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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