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What’s on this May Half Term in Buckinghamshire

What’s on this May Half Term in Buckinghamshire

May Half Term is almost here, and if you’re looking for things to do with the kiddies over the school holidays then have a look at our handy guide to all the best bits in Buckinghamshire this half term for families from 28 May – 1 June 2018.

Colourscape at Waddesdon Manor National Trust, Bucks

26 May – 3 June 2018, 10.30am – 4.30pm

During spring 2018 an extraordinary experience of colour and light lands again on the Waddesdon lawns. A brand-new Colourscape with long sensational views will be installed on the Aviary glade.

By popular demand Waddesdon are bringing back Colourscape  with a brand-new structure created specially to exactly fit the Aviary glade.  Long views of intense colour and light stretch out – the longest view ever created in Colourscape will appear in the ‘Aviary Colourscape’. Enter a new world where you can explore intense light, colour and space in 56 interlinked chambers and encounter unusual musical experiences during your journey.

Each day there will be different music and dance performances – resident musician, Michael Ormiston creates family-friendly free-flowing workshops for all on weekdays and at weekends we present Hurdy-Gurdy, panpipes, dance, flutes from around the world and a spectacular theatre-piece with dance and acoustic costumes.

Returning to Waddesdon for its fourth year, Colourscape is for visitors of all ages and promises an experience you will not forget. Adult £5, Child £3 (Normal grounds admission applies).

For more information on this event, click here.

Half Term Fun at Hughenden Manor

Get buzzing at Hughenden this half term with crafting activities, meet the beekeepers, and trail trackers. Time to get the kiddies outdoors!

Get Buzzy! 29 May – 1 June 2018 – 10.30am – 4.00pm

Get Buzzy and have fun with your very own bee crafting activities in the Hughenden study base. Pick up a crafting kit and create a buzzy bee friend to take home. Runs every day during half term. Ideal for children up to 8 years. £3.00 per child, normal admission applies.

Meet the Beekeepers – 28 May 2018 – 11.00am – 4.00pm

Find out about beekeeping and honey production with our expert volunteer beekeepers and see Hughenden’s apiary of five active hives in the parkland. Accessible route, open to everyone, including dogs on leads.

Trail Trackers – 29 May 2018 – 10.30am – midday

Become a trail tracker for the day and join our Rangers exploring Hughenden’s parkland. You’ll have fun learning about orienteering, making your way with a map and compass and finding out all about the rare wildlife of the chalk hills. Ideal for children aged 5-10 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult (adults go free). Not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies as the trail runs through the parkland, suitable for dogs on leads. £4.00 per child, normal admission applies. Booking essential. Book online or call on 0344 249 1895.

Great Big Tree Climb – 1 June 2018 – 10.00am – 5.00pm

Two highly skilled and friendly instructors can help people of all ages reach new heights in one of Hughenden’s fantastic horse chestnut trees. The team from The Big Tree Climbing Co will teach you how to climb up into the tree canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners. You’ll be securely attached to a harness at all times. When you reach the top of the tree you’ll see a view only a few people ever get to enjoy. And that’s one of your ’50 things’ ticked too. £20.00 per person per 1 hour session. Suitable for children aged 6 and over. This needs to be booked direct with the Great Big Tree Climbing Co. online at or call 0800 0556760.

For more information on all of these great events at Hughenden, click here.

Holiday Fun on the Farm at Green Dragon Eco Farm

26 May – 3 June 2018

By the half term holiday the weather will be warm enough for the Green Dragon babies to leave the Animal Barn where they were born and venture outside. As usual there will be a full programme of animal encounters, from the cute and the cuddly to the cold blooded. And for those visitors who want something special there are exclusive, hands-on experiences led by one of the trained livestock team where visitors can get close to the animals. These popular 30 minute sessions can be tailor-made to suit visitors of all ages and need to be booked in advance.

On Monday 28 May there will be a Working with Wool day, a family day of demonstrations and exhibitions at sheep-shearing time.

For more information on events at Green Dragon Eco Farm, click here.

May Half Term Brilliant Birds Trail at Cliveden National Trust, Bucks

28 May – 1 June 2018, 10.30am – 2.30pm

Cliveden is renowned for it’s glorious gardens and, this May half-term, they’re bringing children even closer to them with an interactive half-term trail. With spring flowers in bloom and warmer weather on the way, May half-term is the ideal time to explore the outdoors and learn about the different birds which call Cliveden home. The trail runs Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June, from 10.30am to 2.30pm. The trail costs £2 per child and free for adults, get your trail pack from the Information Centre by the main car park. Usual admission charges to the estate apply.

For more information, click here.

Half Term Activities at Worlds End Wyevale Garden Centre, Wendover

Join Wyevale Garden Centre this half term for 5 days of fun activities from Monday 28th – Friday 1 June. Session dates and times may vary by centre but these are the activities taking place:

  • Make a magical windflower – create a flower pinwheel for lots of fun in your summer garden
  • Pots of colour – go potty! Decorate a pot and plant a colourful bedding plant
  • Little gardens for little growers – plant your own mini allotment with giant flowers, beehives and wild friends
  • Bird kite delight – make a beautiful bird kite to enjoy in the sunshine
  • Gnome sweet home – make a cosy home for your garden gnome using a pot and saucer.

All craft sessions cost £2.50 per child, last 20 minutes and include an activity sheet. Suitable for children age 3+ years. For more information click here.

Young Farmer’s Great Escape at Odds Farm Park, Wooburn Common

26 May – 3 June 2018

Calling all young farmers… Don’t miss the return of the exciting Seasonal Animal Demonstrations, plus lots of new traditional farming activities this May Half Term at Odds Farm Park. Activities include:

  • Kid goat bottle feeding
  • Join in with egg collecting and learn about where the eggs come from
  • Watch the hungry piggies being fed at Piggies Tea Time
  • Take the mini Land Rovers for a spin
  • Have a go at Welly Wanging
  • Jump aboard the Tractor & Trailer Ride.

Plus there will be all the usual fun on the farm, including; animal feeding, small animal petting, the amazing new water play attraction, the outside children’s play area, an inside soft play climbing frame and slides, indoor family restaurant, picnic areas, and more.

For more information and to book your tickets now, click here.

Squidgydoodle Craft Boxes

One of our personal faves, it can’t always be about going out over the school holidays and our little ones love nothing more than getting out the arts and crafts at home. Cue lots of frustration (theirs) and tears (mine) when the glue’s dried out, the felts are missing their lids and the glitter has spilt everywhere. Fear no more, Squidgydoodle to the rescue! Their craft boxes can be ordered online, fit through your letterbox and have everything you need in them for an afternoon of crafting. Boxes are themed, currently there’s ‘Superhero Adventure’, Unicorns & Rainbows, ‘Holiday Fun’ and ‘Spring Surprise’. Boxes are £12.00 each and come with 4 activities and all the equipment needed. Winner!

Find out more and get yours here now.

Milton Keynes Museum

Bring the kiddies to Milton Keynes Museum this Summer Half Term where there will be 5 days of activities geared to young children. During the school holidays there will be a host of special attractions, as well as all the usual demonstrations, displays and dozens of things to do.

The agenda is likely to include; extraordinary science, arts and crafts workshops, and magic lanterns shows. Keep an eye on their website though for full details as these weren’t yet available. The Granary Café will be open providing a great range of yummy and affordable goodies for families. The museum is open every day during half term from 11.00am – 4.30pm.

For more information, click here.

Eating out with Children this May Half Term – Family Friendly Restaurants in Bucks

Fancy getting a bite to eat out and about over the school holidays? If you’re looking for a fantastic family friendly restaurant in Bucks we’ve done a lot of research (tough job but we took one for the team), and you can check out our guide to eating out with kids locally, click here.

Terrific Tuesday at Chiltern Open Air Museum

29 May 2018

Come to Chiltern Open Air Museum on Tuesday 29 May 2018 from 11.00am – 4.00pm and become a museum explorer. Find out about the orienteering course and have a go yourself, take part in the trail and find out more about the buildings at the museum and the animals who live in the grounds. Children can also enjoy themed craft activities.

Terrific Tuesdays run in every Bucks school holiday. BBQ food will be available to buy from Wood End (next to the Tea Room). There are also plenty of spaces for picnics, baby changing facilities and lots of free car parking.

For more information, click here.



Fancy something slightly further afield…


The Wedding Bells of Windsor, Windsor Castle

Monday 28 May 2018, 11.00am – 4.00pm

Celebrate royal weddings past and present with this musical extravaganza in the Moat Garden. Windsor Castle has been a beautiful backdrop for royal weddings over many centuries. Take part in special wedding-themed storytelling sessions, picnic beneath the Round Tower and listen to live music throughout the day. Storytelling sessions will be delivered by Olivia Armstrong, as well as a special guest storyteller from Shakespeare’s Globe.

The day’s festivities will also include Bach to Baby concerts, the opportunity to meet serving soldiers from the Household Cavalry and an art workshop where you can create your own wedding bouquet or buttonhole.

All activities are free with a standard entry ticket.

For more information on this event, click here.

Merry May Half Term Fun at River & Rowing Museum, Henley

If you’re looking for something to do over the May Half Term why not skip over to the River & Rowing Museum for bundles of family fun? From Weaving Wonders to Shimmering Shells, the Museum is packed with fun things to do. Go along to the family workshop and help to create a banner showing Mr Toad’s adventures with his friends a fantastic array of paint and collage. Visit the Community Gallery and learn all about the Bicentenary of Leander Rowing Club then wind your way around the galleries and see how many brightly coloured hippos you can find!

The Museum offers free parking for visitors, has a fantastic on site café and is very family friendly with facilities including buggy park and baby changing.

For more information, click here.

Splash and Play at the Legoland Windsor Resort

26 May – 3 June 2018

Get your swimsuits at-the-ready for an awesome family day out this May half term at Legoland Windsor Resort – winner of the Best Family Attraction for Berkshire in the recent Little Ankle Biters Awards. There’s something for all ages with Duplo Splash Safari, Duplo Drench Towers, and the exhilarating Raft Racers all open for May Half Term.

Plus the much-loved Lego friends return to Heartlake Harbour with their live show, Lego Friends to the Rescue.

For more information and to book your tickets, click here.


We hope you found this post useful and have a great half term. For other ideas on days out with the kiddies in Buckinghamshire, click here.



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