9 inspiring ideas for the May half term

26th May 2017

Another half-term brings another five days to keep the kids entertained, so we have compiled a list of nine family-friendly adventures that are sure to keep boredom at bay.

Save on your travels this half-term with a Family & Friends Railcard to get a third off adult rail fares and 60% off kids’ fares. Buy online or for last minute trips you can get your Railcard at your nearest staffed National Rail train station, for £30 for a year of cheaper train journeys with the kids.

London – Robot Zoo

Take the kids to Horniman Museum in Forest Hill and meet a robotic rhino, a squid with 18- foot tentacles and a huge house fly with a vacuum cleaner mouth.

Travel: Off-Peak Return with Family & Friends Railcard from Bristol (Temple Meads) to London (Paddington) £124.70

Usually: £181.85

Total Saving: £57.15


Alfriston - Drusillas Park

Treat the kids to a close encounter with some wild animals at Drusillas Park in Alfriston.

Choose from ‘Lemur Feeding,’ ‘Picnic with a Red Panda’ or the ‘Meerkat Experience’ amongst others, and for the more adventurous you can even ‘Tickle a Tarantula’.

Travel: Off-Peak Return with Family & Friends Railcard from London (Victoria) to Berwick £47.30

Usually: £61.40

Total Saving: £14.10


Cumbria – the Lake District

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and take the kids for a walk in the Lake District. Home to Beatrix Potter’s tales of Peter Rabbit and Mrs Tiggywinkle – it’s the perfect backdrop for a family walk in the spring sunshine.

Travel: Off-Peak Return with Family & Friends Railcard from Manchester Piccadily to Oxenholme £33.50

Usually: £59.10

Total Saving: £25.60


Hull - The Deep

Head underwater for the day and visit one of the biggest aquariums in the UK. The Deep in Hull has more than 3,500 fish including sharks and rays, as well as turtles and penguins. Don’t miss the dive show and watch divers swim amongst the sharks!

Travel: Off-Peak Return with Family & Friends Railcard from Doncaster to Hull £31.80

Usually: £56.10

Total Saving: £24.30


London - V&A Museum of Childhood

Another attraction in the capital that’s perfect to while away the hours is the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. It has great collections of toys throughout the ages, as well as plenty of interactive exhibitions to tinker with – and best of all free admission!

Travel: Off-Peak Return with Family & Friends Railcard from Southampton Central to London (Waterloo) £75.00

Usually: £109.35

Total Saving: £34.35


Warwick – Warwick Castle

Turn back the clock and dive into some medieval history at Warwick Castle. Once you’ve scaled the battlements, enjoy a live show featuring the world’s largest catapult and a maze inspired by the popular Horrible Histories series.

Travel: Off-Peak Return with Family & Friends Railcard from Oxford to Warwick £32.00

Usually: £56.40

Total Saving: £24.40


Birmingham - Lickey Hills

Take in the fresh air and scenery of the Lickey Hills in Birmingham. With over 524 acres of countryside it’s a natural playground for kids.

Travel: Off-Peak Return with Family & Friends Railcard from Birmingham New Street to Barnt Green £7.80

Usually: £10.90

Total Saving: £3.10


Manchester – iFly

Soar like a bird in an indoor wind tunnel in Manchester. Suitable from flyers from 3 to 103 years of age, it’s an unforgettable experience that the whole family can enjoy.

Travel: Off-Peak Return with Family & Friends Railcard from Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Piccadily £25.90

Usually: £45.60

Total Saving: £19.70


Newcastle – Climb Newcastle

Take on a climbing challenge like no other and visit Climb Newcastle. With a first time family induction session and a range of wall climbs and difficulties, it’s sure to keep aspiring adventurers on their toes.

Travel: Off-Peak Return with Family & Friends Railcard from Edinburgh to Newcastle £89.40

Usually: £157.80

Total Saving: £68.40


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