Castle Howard’s children’s backpacks are full of fun activities to help your family discover nature at Castle Howard.
Become a mini explorer and head off on an adventure with bug hunting kits, mini binoculars, tree rubbing, explorer stickers and more.
Inside each pack you’ll find:
The Castle Howard children’s book, full of puzzles and trails
Activity sheets including I Spy, tree rubbing, bird spotting and bug hunting
Garden bird ID guide and binoculars for bird watching
Garden bugs and beasties ID guide, bug scoopers, bug pots and tweezers to help you on your bug hunt
Castle Howard Explorer stickers
To hire your Explorer’s Pack simply ask at the Ticket Office on your next visit.
(Suitable for children aged 6+)
Sat 25th May 2019 to Mon 27th May 2019
Castle Howard has a long history of holding traction engine rallies until the early 1980s
Performing in the main arena will be the Stannage International Stunt Show, featuring the flaming high fall show, exploding coffin, motorbike stunts, car jumps and trick riding to name a few. This is an exciting, high octane show for the whole family to enjoy. The event will also feature the Scarborough Fair Collection which will be entertaining the crowds at various times over the three days with their stage show, featuring dancers, singers and musicians. This is a musical extravaganza not to be missed!
There will be a full programme of top steam fair attractions including tractor pulling, steam engines, classic cars, vintage tractors, classic motorcycles, fairground organs, miniature steam engines, stationary engines and vintage commercials. You will also find an array of trade stands, autojumble, craft and fine food marquee, old time and modern funfair, non-stop arena entertainment, catering outlets and a fully licensed bar.
Price: Included in standard grounds admission.
Friday 31st May 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm
£6 per child
Wonderful Wildlife Day.
Another fantastic event with Green Underwings, encouraging kids to get outdoors and explore!
Discover the incredible wildlife that lives in the gardens and estate at Scampston. We will head out on a walk listening for bird species singing their hearts out, look for squirrels scampering up the trees, and uncover minibeasts that live amongst the undergrowth. The session will end with some wildlife-related art and craft in which children can make their very own animal models.
This family-friendly session is suitable for ages 4 to 10 years. Children outside of this age range are welcome to participate, however, some of the activities may not be suitable or of interest. Parents and guardians are required to stay with their children during the session.
Please bring suitable clothing for outdoor activities as the session will take place come rain or shine.
Session delivered by naturalist Phil Taylor from Green Underwing Wildlife Education. More information available from: www.greenunderwing.co.uk
Bookings made by calling the Conservatory on 01944 753105.
Scampston Walled Garden, Malton, YO17 8NG
Tuesday 28th May at 11.30am: Fairy Stories
Scampston’s Fairy Godmothers will be back in 2018 with some magical tales! Join them in the fairy woodland throughout May Half Term.
Enjoy the playground and nature trails for families to discover the outdoors and the incredible wildlife here at Scampston.
On storytelling days, all children wearing magical costumes will come in for free!
There will be a wet weather option.
Contact 01944 759 111
Saturday 1st June 11am – 4pm
Huge Inflatable Assault Course & Mini Version for the Kids, Steam Train Rides, Bucking Bronco, Bouncy Castle, Face painting, Live Music, Refreshments, Bush Craft, Tombola & Raffles Plus lots more…
Cedarbarn Farm Shop & Miniature Railway, Pickering YO18 7JX
Tuesday 28 May, 7.00pm
Wednesday 29 May, 2.30pm
Wednesday 29 May, 7.00pm
This heart-warming reimagining of The Ugly Duckling tells the tale of a plucky little bird picked on by the other farmyard animals because he’s different. Ugly embarks on an adventure, meeting an array of characters who teach him that it takes all sorts to make a world, and that he’s more than just his looks.
Surprising everyone – including its composers – by beating The Lion King and Mamma Mia! to the 2000 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Honk! has had over 8,000 productions globally. British writing duo Stiles and Drewe’s other works include West End smash-hits Half a Sixpence, Mary Poppins and The Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium. Described as ‘flawless’, ‘relentlessly excellent’ and ‘an absolute joy to watch’, this musical egg-stravaganza bursts with puppetry, magic and illusions… and water guns!
★★★★★ “Doesn’t put a foot or flipper wrong, an absolute joy”
Musical Theatre Review
Age guidance: 4+
Tickets: From £10
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Saturday 25th – Monday 27th May 11am-5pm 2019
Get to grips with the art of kite flying at Scarborough Castle. Expert kite flyers will dazzle you with their skills as they create a spectacle on the headland.
See gigantic kites in flight, watch synchronised demonstrations to music, have a go at making your very own kite and try it out in the family flying area where we’ll also give you some top tips on making it soar.
If you have a kite at home make sure you bring it along to join in the fun!
Child, 5-15 years £5.50
Castle Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1HY
Come one come all to Piglets crazy May-Hem Circus this May half term.
With death defying stunts, upside down juggling and amazing acrobatics, all in the big top tent, it’s unmissable fun for the entire family, from 25th May to 2nd June.
Step right up as the fun just keeps getting better! Take a tractor ride to the amazing Bale Play Baaarn with giant drop slides, straw bale mountain, junior tractor drivers’ area, rope swing and dig’n’play. If you’re feeling peckish, there’s even a heated seating area with delicious food from the Piggy Pizza Parlour or try a tasty treat in Truffle’s Trough.
You can also enjoy a refreshing drink and delicious snacks in the Piglets Coffee House with small soft play are or try a piggy poo ice-cream in the Ice-Cream Parlour!
Plus, don’t miss all the usual adventure farm fun, including Truffles Farmhouse & Barn, giant sandpit, bouncing pillows, crazy golf, barrel rides, magical fairy tale trail and go karts too. And that’s all before you see the cute animals! You’ll find lots out in the paddocks and in the animal barn. See adorable rabbits, goats and ponies plus get up close to little piglets in the Piglet Maternity Ward and if you are lucky see piglets being born, such a memorable experience.
Tumble on down to Piglets Adventure Farm this May Half Term and enjoy an amazing family day out. Get your discounted tickets online today.
Piglets Adventure Farm is located 15 minutes from the centre of York, on Towthorpe Moor Lane, between Strensall Road and the A64, North of York.
For full information please go to pigletsadventurefarm.com or call 01904 499183
Saturday 25 May
Party like a Victorian
10am-12pm & 2-4pm
Make your way to Woodend to celebrate Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday. Picture games, music, crafts, fancy dress and more, we’re going all out this year.
FREE, drop in
Tuesday 28 May
10:30am-12pm & 1:30-3pm
Explore Prehistoric times and find out about dinosaur footprints in hands-on sessions with our geologists.
FREE, drop in
Wednesday 29 May
Make Your Mark
10am-12pm & 2-4pm
Scarborough Art Gallery
Design and make your own stamps and explore different types of printing to create unique works of art. Dress to Mess!
FREE, drop in
Thursday 30 May
10am-12pm & 2-4pm
Make your own Egyptian ushabti or headdress inspired by our Ancient Egyptian objects.
FREE, drop in
All activities are FREE with an Annual Pass and Under 18s go FREE unless otherwise stated
All children must be accompanied by a parent/carer.
Scarborough Art Gallery, The Crescent, Scarborough, YO11 2PW
T: 01723 374753
Rotunda Museum, Vernon Road, Scarborough, YO11 2PS
T: 01723 353665
Woodend, The Crescent, Scarborough, YO11 2PW
T: 01723 384500
Sledmere House, Driffield, YO25 3XG. 01377 236637
The Grounds, Gardens, Stables, Café, Shops and Play Park open all year round 10am – 5pm Tuesdays to Sundays. CLOSED MONDAYS (except bank holiday Mondays).
The Spotty Pig Play Farm is home to some of the rare breeds kept on the estate. Staff on hand to introduce you to all the animals. Lovely adventure play ground where the kids can let off steam.
Don’t forget to pick up your ‘Friends Membership’ from the Farm Shop this entitles you to FREE ENTRY throughout the year including certain event days and also discounts and offers. ONLY £30 per adult – under 5s are free.
For more info please visit their website here.
25th May – 2nd June 2019, 10am-6pm
**See below for Mumbler offer on pre-booked tickets**
Did you think the age of dinosaurs was well and truly over? Think again! Enter through our Jurassic gates this Spring and prepare yourselves for a MONSTER day out because something ROAR-some is happening at Stockeld Park during May half term!
Take a walk through the Enchanted Forest but watch out… somewhere deep inside, dinosaurs are on the loose and we need your help to find them!
You can dig for fossils at our dig site and take part in our dino craft sessions with the Stockeld Rangers too!
Keep your wits about you during your visit because you never know when you might come face to face with our Raptor who will be roaming the park every day! He’s a curious creature and is looking forward to meeting you, so grab a selfie if you dare!
Our adventure playgrounds, boats, maze, skating rink and more will all be open for fun too!
The Jurassic week event is included free with your day pass. Pre-book online for 10% discount off your day passes, and use the Mumbler code MUMSCARBOROUGH for an additional 10% off!! Click here to book http://bit.ly/2UKbNrH
Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN. Tel: 01937 586333
Join us as we delve into the world of classic writers such as Bram Stoker, Emily Bronte and Charles Dickens. Learn more about their literature in the very setting which inspired many of them, and if you ever dreamt of standing face to face with your favourite classic writers, this may very well be your chance…
And if you’re feeling inspired why not enter our children’s’ writing workshop?
Whitby Abbey, Whitby, YO22 4JT
With 3000 years of history, Scarborough Castle is covered in traces of times past, and this spring we aim to uncover some of them. During our 2 weekends long archaeological excavation in the castle grounds you are invited to see the archaeologists in digging action, listen to the experts and even take part in revealing the castle’s past yourself.
For all young archaeologists visiting there will be a hands on experience uncovering exciting artefacts from times gone by.
Castle Road, Scarborough, YO11 1HY
25th May to 2nd June 2019. Dive in and learn more about super shark senses this May half term! It’s sure to be sense-ational! Join us in the Endless Oceans Gallery at 11am and 3pm for our interactive shark senses work shop and discover the amazing senses that sharks have used to survive for over 450 million years. You can even try your hand at hunting for prey just like a shark too!
Visit Craft Corner from 10am to 4pm to make you own finger puppet, choose from a shark, stingray or sawfish and don’t forget to follow the sense-ational shark trail as you go round the aquarium to be in with the chance of winning a prize. Find out more about the Shark Trust #Move4Makos campaign and show your support for ending uncontrolled shark fishing by moving 1 mile. Our guides can give you some great ideas on how to do this when you get home.
The Deep offers FREE return visits for 12 months with the Day Plus Pass. Simply complete your details at reception and retain your tickets to make use of this offer. Full terms and conditions can be found on The Deep’s website.
NEW FOR 2019!
Complete our Quiz and enter it in our end of season draw with a chance to win 1 of 5 Season Passes for 2020!
Season Tickets to enable you to enjoy the farm all season long and get 10% off in our tea-room!!!
Willow Warren – play, run, hide!
Den Zone- build your own den, use your imagination and skills to create your own play den.
Timber trail, tiny tots trail, Maze, Giant games, Giant sand pit & Mud kitchen, Mini foot golf, Nature trail, Childrens quiz, Minature railway, Wildflowers, Nature ponds, Lavender, Distillery, Picnic areas, Tearoom, Plant sales and Shop.
Free Parking. Gift Shop. Tea-room. Plant Sales. Toilets, Disabled Toilets and Baby Changing Facilities. Dogs welcome on a lead.
Wolds Way Lavender
Tel. 01944 758641
Active Coast offers activities designed to Explore, Join In and Enjoy the iconic East Yorkshire coastline. Get out and about, take part in activities, and experience sport and cultural events on the stunning East Yorkshire coast. Events happening across May 2019 half term are as follows:
For more information call 01482 395320/678255
Make your own Chocolate Drops in May Half Term – Saturday 25th May to Saturday 1st June 2019
Great fun and you can eat them too! Workshops takes place on a drop basis but booking is recommended. It lasts around 30 minutes. You will be able to flavour your chocolate, choose a transfer design and top them with various toppings.
19 Aberdeen Walk,
Scarborough YO11 1SL
East Riding Leisure have fun filled activities for the May half term holiday break – Bridlington, Beverley, Driffield and Francis Scaife.
Leisure services manager Adrian Walters said : “If you are a bit stuck for ideas this May School Holiday, or not sure how you can entertain the kids, or maybe you need to plan activities for the kids while the grandparents take over – this programme of events can really help them to have fun and stay fit at the same time!”
Including: Crash Course Swimming, table tennis, fun floats and swims, soft play, inflatables, Jet Skis, Sea Scooters, and much more. All information for May Half Term 2019 is on their website here.
Opening Dates for 2019
30th March to 28th April (Daily)
May – 1st – 24th (Weekends & Bank Holidays)
25th – 31st (Daily)
June, July, August & September (Daily)
Monday to Friday 10.30am – 5.30pm
Weekends / School Holidays 10am – 6pm
Please note the final round of the day will begin 90 mins before the specified closing time
West Avenue, Filey. YO14 9BQ
Flamingo Land Theme Park, Zoo and Resort is open daily from 10am.
There are a variety of junior and family rides, including the new Flamingo 1 racing cars, where both children and adults can test their driving skills as well as the Peter Rabbit Adventure playground.
Come and see your favourite characters, for no additional cost:
Skye and Chase from Paw Patrol – 1st June
Enjoy a tot’s party celebration that includes story telling, singing, dancing and face-painting.
Party in the Park: SATURDAY 25TH MAY – SEAN KINGSTON
Call 0800 40 888 40 for info.
Hornsea Freeport, Rolston Road, Hornsea, HU18 1UT. 01964 534211.
Details of the next school holiday activities at the shopping outlet coming soon.
Plus Bugtopia and Beach Cove open every day, free parking and facilities, great places to eat, and up to 50% off this season’s top brands.
17th – 31st May 2019
Celebrate everything local in the historic market and vaults, with music, crafts, fun family activities and free goodies.
Scarborough Market Hall
Saturday 1st June 2019
Let your imagination run rite with a theme of pirates and unicorns, enjoy a magical time at messy times workshops, plus children’s trail around the market and vaults.
Scarborough Market Hall
Situated near Scarborough on the outskirts of the village of Cayton, the farm is packed with things to do to entertain your children whatever the weather. The huge indoor play area includes soft play area, tractor zone, adventure trail and much more!
The Animal Barn and Interactive Paddocks are designed so the children can see animals in a natural farm environment. Come and get to know all our animals up close and join in with feeding.
Carr Lane, Cayton, Scarborough, YO11 3AT
Tel 01723 586351
25th May – 8th September 2019
Join us for our Pirates and Mermaids event this Summer! With fun activities, free transfer tattoos and the chance to have your photo taken with a Mermaid and a Pirate, there is lots of fun to have this summer at SEA LIFE Scarborough!
Don’t forget to stop at our brand new Turtle Rescue Centre where you can rescue your very own interactive turtle, and make sure you head over to our walk-through penguin enclosure where you can learn to waddle with our adorable penguins literally at your feet!
With over 1,000 incredible creatures in over 50 indoor and outdoor displays including Yorkshire’s only Seal Hospital, there is fun to be had for the whole family on a trip to SEA LIFE Scarborough!
Read our review here
Pay once and visit throughout 2019
Open daily from 10am
Scalby Mills, Scarborough, YO12 6RP. 0871 4232110
Sewerby Hall have some fantastic events happening this May 2019 half term:
Sewerby Hall, Church Ln, Sewerby, Bridlington YO15 1EA (01262) 673769
Sunday 26th May 10am – 4pm 2019
Open to all, general admissions apply.
A day jam packed with serious amounts of fun and games including giant inflatables. Punch and Judy shows, face painting and donkey rides. A variety of games and activities.
Sewerby Hall & Gardens YO15 1EA
Wednesday 29th May: Young Artist Workshop: A Path through the Park
10.30AM – 12.30PM & 1.30PM – 3.30PM
Suitable for ages 7 to 12 years (children can be dropped off).
Thursday 30th May: Beautiful bugs
10:30 AM – 12 PM
Hunt high and low for minibeasts in the grounds – search the meadows and woodlands with minibeast pots. Then come and create your own beautiful bug.
Suitable for ages 3 – 7.
Thursday 30th May: Minibeasts Madness
1.30PM – 3PM
Join us on a minibeast hunt in the grounds – how many different creatures can you find?
Suitable for ages 4 plus.
The Moors National Park Centre, Danby, YO21 2NB
For more information call 01439 772738
Saturday May 25th – Sunday June 2nd 2019
Scarecrow trail starts at the village hall, café opens daily from 10AM to 4PM. Parking, toilets, tombola, trail, maps, scarecrow goodies and more…
A fun day out for all the family.
Saturday 25th May 2pm
Meteorite Workshop – examine specimens and slides originating from asteroids, the Moon and Mars
£7 per person
Whitby Museum, Pannett Park. YO21 1RE