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Here’s your guide to What’s On For Families in Warwickshire in May Half Term.


The week at a glance (scroll down for more info on all events and more days out)

Monday 29th

Southam Carnival – At 12.00pm the parade of floats will line up in Wood Street Car Park along with any walkers. The floats and walkers will be judged by the Town Mayor. Everyone will then move off at 12.30pm to parade around the town.
Down on the recreational grounds you will find lots of stalls. There are also a number of activities that are free, they are The Climbing Wall, The Laser Tag Game, Crazy Golf and a Soft Play area for the really young ones. In the arena The Mighty Smith will be giving a display of his immense strength, he has 2 shows, the first at 1.30pm and the second at 3.00pm, there will also be displays by Southam Gymnasts and The Secret Garden.

Long Itchington Carnival –   

Family Parties at The Royal Priors – See listing Below for more details

Tuesday 30th

Young Bushcrafter at Ryton Pools 10 am – 1.30 pm – See listing Below for more details

Jephson’s Jungle Club – 10:00 am – 12.30pm – See listing Below for more details

Lego Club at Warwick Library – 15:45 – 17:15 – See listing Below for more details

Arty Tots – Market Hall Museum – 10:00 – 3:00pm – See listing Below for more details

Brilliant Bug Detectives & Shelters and Survival – Brandon Marsh – 10:30 – 11.30 – See listing Below for more details


Wednesday 31st

Toddler Trundle at Ryton Pools 10 am – 11.30am – See listing Below for more details

Felted Butterflies & Moths Workshop – 10:30 – 12.30 – See listing Below for more details

Pond Dipping at Brandon Marsh – 10:30 – 11.30 – See listing Below for more details

Billionaire Boy – 6.30pm – Jephson’s Gardens

Thursday 1st June

Forest School at Compton Verney – 11:00 – 4:00pm

Spectacular Stone Age – Market Hall Museum – See listing Below for more details

Half Term Story Walk – Foundry Wood – 2:00 – 3:00pm

Billionaire Boy – 6.30pm – Jephson’s Gardens

Sunday 4th June


Foundry Wood Activities

Foundry Wood

Foundry Wood is a managed access community woodland. Through volunteer work parties the site is fully accessible with paths and facilities for all to use. If you have small people who like trains, they will love watching the trains zoom past from the top of the wood and you can even take your dog for a walk through the woods or build a den. A lovely little place to visit if you have an hour to kill, we advise parking in Victoria Park and walking across.

The woodland is open usually between 10am – 5pm for adventures.


01/06/2017 – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm- Join professional storyteller Pyn Stockman for a lively, magical storytelling adventure inspired by Foundry Wood.

Bring your drama skills and get involved in this interactive storytelling performance.

Suitable for ages 6+ and their families.

cost: Adults £3 Children £3contact for bookings and further information                                                            www.secretcityarts.comVisit Foundry Wood’s Website Here for more info and events

Family Parties Bouncy Castle & Soft Play


We’ll be in our usual spot for the Whitsun Half Term, for 5 days, starting on Monday 29th May, through to Friday 2nd June.

We’re going to be asking for a suggested donation of £1 per child, per day, as we know lots of you like to come back more than once a day. The donation is completely optional and you can just come and play for free if you prefer. 🙂

All money collected will go directly to the SCBU.

Also… If you ‘Like’ our Facebook page, and you get your hand stamped by us, you’ll receive…

10% discount off all Food and Drink at Muffin Break, 10% off all Milkshakes and Snacks at Mix Shakes, 10% off Comics at Spa Town Comics stand.

British Motor Museum


May Half Term at the British Motor Museum 29th May – 2nd June

This May half term is all about animation, and we’ve got an exciting opportunity for you to make your own short animated film with a motoring twist!

Create a storyboard and build a model car to star in your animation using Animate It!, the easy-to-use stop motion animation software developed by Kudlian Software and Aardman – the world famous Animation studio and creators of family favourites such as Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Morph.

For more info see the British Motor Museum website here

Under 5’s go free and one entry allows free return entries for the next 12 months!

Mini Mornings and other films at The Vue Cinema – Leamington Spa

Vue Cinema Leamington Spa

Children and adults go from £2.50 at selected viewings at Mini Mornings all year round.


Peppa Pig, My First Cinema Experience & The Lego Batman Movie –

Peppa Pig is on at 10am daily and The Lego Batman Movie is on at 9:45am daily. £2.50 per person!

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Click here for mini mornings listings

Also showing May Half Term

Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Beauty And The Beast, The Boss Baby, A Dog’s Purpose, Smurfs – The Lost Village, Bob The Builder – Mega Machines and Sing.

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Click here for the Vue website 

Warwick Arts Centre – 

David Walliams – The First Hippo on the Moon


Thu 1 Jun – Sun 4 Jun 2017 –

From Number One bestselling Children’s author David Walliams comes an explosively funny space adventure for children of 3 and up.

Book your tickets here for £13.50

Wyevale Garden Centres 

Whats on in warwickshire may half term

Join in the fun, growing, planting and digging at your local Wyevale centres.

Click here for more information 

Ryton Pools Country Park


Ryton Pools is a 100 acre park with great facilities including two play areas, toilets and plenty of bike riding paths to explore! There are always lots of fun events happening so check out the link below for up to date listings.

please see the website here and have a look at the listings below:

Of all the places locally this year, Ryton Pools seems to have half term packed full of fun:

Saturday 27 May to Sunday 4 June

Whitsun Holiday Trail at Ryton Pools Country Park

Follow the trail around the park. Complete your trail sheet and collect your prize. Fun for all the family!

  • Time: Drop in during centre opening times
  • Meet: The Visitor Centre
  • Cost: £2.50 per trail sheet

Tuesday 30 May

Young Bushcrafter at Ryton Pools Country Park

Fun Bushcraft session led by two of the Rangers at Ryton Pools Country Park. Activities include fire lighting, whittling, cordage making, location games and shelter building. The session will include a campfire baked potato, handmade dough sticks, popcorn and marshmallows. Parents wanting to join in on the baked potato feast can, at a cost of £2.50 per adult. Suitable for children ages 7 years and above. Please bring your own potato fillings and a drink.

  • Time: 10:00am to 1:30pm
  • Meet: The Visitor Centre
  • Cost: £10.00 per child
  • Booking is essential – telephone 024 7630 5592

Wednesday 31st May

Toddler Trundle at Ryton Pools Country Park

A weekly event for the tiniest of tiddlers!  Leaf fun, stories, mud pies and collecting treasures will be among some of our activities designed for the smallest naturalists.  After the walk and activities, head back to The Courtyard Cafe for refreshments (extra cost for refreshments).  A quarterly programme is available from the visitor centre giving details for each weeks activities.

  • Time: 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
  • Meet: The Visitor Centre Courtyard.
  • Cost: £2.50 per toddler.

Beautiful Felted Butterflies and Moths Workshop at Ryton Pools Country Park

Come and learn the wonderful craft of felt making with artist Ursula Westwood. Create a beautiful picture in felt of either a butterfly or a moth, by looking at their design, colour and pattern. Choose your design from the images provided. Visit for more information about felt making. Please bring a pair of rubber gloves. 

  • Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm
  • Meet: The Visitor Centre
  • Cost: Adults £20.00, Children £10.00, Adult & Child £25.00
  • Booking is essential – telephone 024 7630 5592

For more information please see the website here All above activities MUST BE BOOKED

Jephsons Jungle Club 

Tuesday 30th May

Glasshouse, Jephson Gardens – 10am-12.30pm

Meet some tropical creepy crawlies and make a mini beast craft. Turn up and join in at any time during the session. Activity takes around 15 minutes, suitable for 4-10 year olds.

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt!

Tuesday 30th May, 2pm | Weds – Sat, 11am & 2pm


Direct from a smash-hit West-End and international tour, Michael Rosen’s award-winning book We’re Going On A Bear Hunt is brought vividly and noisily to the stage in director Sally Cookson’s fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower’s versatile lively score.

Join our intrepid adventurers on their quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure – plus a few special surprises!

Recommended for ages 3+

See more info & buy tickets here


Warwick Library Lego Club

Tuesday 30th May – 15:45 – 17:15 – Warwick Library and Information Centre, Market Place, Warwick , CV34 4RL 

Lego club is FREE for children aged 8-11 years old. Parent/Guardian just needs to be present at the beginning and end of the session to sign their child in and out. Youger children aged 6-7 are welcome but will need parent present for the whole session.

It will involve storytelling and creative fun with Lego and there will be a different theme/activity each session.

There are limited places available so book a ticket now for each child attending to avoid disappointment.

As this session is during our Fantastic Fun With Words Festival it will be themed around fairy tales. Castles, beanstalks, dragons, fairies, let’s create a magical build!

See you there and don’t forget your library card, so you can borrow some of our Lego or monster books as research for our next session!

Register and attend for Free here

Warwickshire Libraries are running Fantastic Fun With Words with lots of activities across half term – click here for the full brochure 

Fantastic Fun With Words

Hatton Adventure World 

Pirate Festival at Hatton Adventure World

A swashbuckling mix of fun filled entertainment:-

▪Watch the fantastic live Pirate Show in the family theatre

▪Join in with our EXCITING Pirate Battles

▪Seek out the smuggled booty in our hidden Treasure Hunt

▪ Panning for Gold and Superslide Mania in our indoor play area

▪ Guinea Pig Village

▪ Tractor Safari

▪ Falconry Demonstrations

Plus funfair rides, bouncing castles, scales and tailes, there’s lots to entertain the whole family.  Suitable for younger and older children alike!

Click Here for Hatton’s Website  – you can save money by booking in advance.

The Royal Spa Centre Cinema

Peppa Pig, My First Cinema Experience

Date: 30th May 2017 – 3rd June 2017

Join Peppa in this exciting new preschool cinema experience, with plenty of snorts, giggles and jumping up and down in muddy puddles!

30 May, 01 & 03 Jun 2017 – 11am

31 May, 02 & 04 Jun 2017 – 2:30pm

Click here for more information and to book 

Become a Gruffalo Spotter?!

Gruffalo Spotting at Salcey Forest Gruffalo Quote

Head to your nearest Forestry Commission forest to find The Gruffalo and friends, download the NEW Gruffalo Spotter app and see the magic unfold in front of your eyes – For more info see our blog here

Compton Verney 

There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained at Compton Verney this May Half Term.

Enjoy a fun-filled day out with special activities or simply by exploring our spectacular Art & Park.

Jigsaw Jigsaws
Sat 27 May – Fri 2 June, 11am – 4pm
Take inspiration from the spring exhibition Creating the Countryside and create your ideal countryside image using jigsaw pieces.

Forest School
Thur 1 June, 11am – 4pm
Discover a secret world of bugs and mini-beast and the seasonal changes that take place to Compton Verney’s plants and trees as we head into Summer.

Meet the RSPB
Sat 3 June, 11am – 4pm
Head to the Ice House Coppice where the RSPB will teach you all about the fascinating world of dragonflies. Spot insects by the lake and learn how to make seed bombs for the birds in your garden.

All the activities are drop-in and included in the Collections & Park admission.

See the website with more details here

Heartbreak Productions Presents

Billionaire Boy  Wed 31st May & Thurs 1st June from 6.30pm in Jephson Gardens.

Billionaire Boy Heartbreak Productions Leamington Spa

David Walliams’ charming tale love, loss and friendship is both hilarious and poignant. Bring a picnic and your sense of adventure and join the fun at an exceptional outdoor adaptation of this best-selling children’s book

Some very exciting Craft and Drama Workshops linked to the David Walliams book will also be running 3.30-5pm both days (Wed – Craft & Thurs -Drama). Places cost £6, there are 25 places per workshop & recommended ages are 7-12 (but other ages accepted). Places can be pre-booked here

Note from Editor: “We went to Heartbreak Productions adaptation of Ratburger last summer and it was a brilliant evening, my aughter (6) loved it”!


Market Hall Museum Warwick

Arty Tots – Tuesday 30th May 10.00am – 3.00pm

‘What’s in your garden today? Join us for a fun filled creative session. Create mini-beasts to take home, or a beautiful bird. Hear all about a caterpillar who was very hungry. Suitable for under 5’s, older siblings welcome. Cost: £2.50 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book, just drop in.

Spectacular Stone Age – 
Thursday 1st June 10.00am – 3.00pm

Think you could have survived the Stone Age? Find out what people in the Stone Age ate and how they lived. Handle replica stone tools and make your own stone age necklace to take home. Have a go at creating your own cave art. Cost: £2.50 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book, just drop in.

More info here

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

Wildlife Watch – Brilliant Bug Detectives at Brandon Marsh (6yrs+)

Tue, 30/05/2017 – 10:30am – 11:30am

Join us for some spring bank holiday half term fun! £3.50 per child – book here

What can you discover hiding under a log, can you identify everything you discover? This session is suitable for children aged 6 years and up.

Wildlife Watch – Shelters and Survival at Brandon Marsh (6yrs+)

Tue, 30/05/2017 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Can you build shelter good enough to sleep in, test how waterproof it is and camouflage it to the max. This session is suitable for children aged 6 years and up. £3.50 per child – book here

Wildlife Watch – Pond dipping at Brandon Marsh (4yrs+)

Wed, 31/05/2017 – 10:30am – 11:30am

Come and discover what lurks in the murky depths of our pond, can you find the mysterious newt. This session is suitable for children aged 4 years and up. £3.50 each – Book Here

If you have any problems booking online please call: 02476 302912. For other enquiries about this event contact:

For more information about our Education team and its activities please call: 024 7630 8999

Jurassic Kingdom – Birmingham

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Jurassic Kingdom continues its UK wide tour to Birmingham Botanical Gardens, opening on the 20th May 2017 and closing on the 4th June 2017. It will be open daily during these dates and makes a fascinating and educational day out for families. The event will be open from 10am to 6pm daily with last entry at 5pm. Once inside the event visitors can stay as long as they like.

For more info & to purchase tickets click here 


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This listing is being updated as i type 🙂 Please feel free to let me know if there’s something exciting happening we don’t yet know about! You can email us here or comment below.

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