To mark the start of a mega bank holiday weekend and Half term, we’ve doubled up on our usual Friday Five. Whether you’re planning to revisit your favourite spots in the City or leave town for a day trip, we’ve got you covered.
1. Connect with nature and enjoy a calm but fun-packed wellbeing day with Roam Free at Kew Garden’s wild botanic garden in West Sussex.
2. Cheer on valiant knights and head on a medieval adventure in Knight School: The Show, running at the Tower of London this May half term.
3. Get your skates on and head down to the Roller Nation Family Jam, taking place every Saturday.
With a live DJ and a Roller Bar serving drinks and snacks to your own booth, enjoy an alternative family day out rollerskating. Or why not even mark a birthday or special event with a skating session?
4. All aboard for Trains Trains Trains at the London Museum of Water and Steam.
At your next stop is lots of train-themed fun at the museum in Brentford, West London. There will be daily activities such as storytelling, crafts and model railways.
5. Enjoy an activity-packed weekend with the Summer Family Festival in Canary Wharf.
Explore Canary Wharf’s green spaces and enjoy the festival’s theatre shows, music, film and family workshops.
6. Set sail across the world with a tiny but adventurous sea snail in theatre production The Snail and The Whale. The show will be running at the arts depot theatre over the half term.
Inspired by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s classic picture book, a young girl and her dad reimagine the story of the seafaring snail.
7. Immerse yourself in the world of the Terrible Tudors with Horrible Histories Live on Stage at Hampton Court Palace this May half term.
The stage show, taking place at the Palace’s East Front Gardens, will bring to life well-known historical characters, some of whom even lived at Hampton Court. Find out all about the more grizzly historic accounts of Tudor life, with no nasty bits left out!
8. The Smartest Giant in Town is brought to life in a musical adventure at the Little Angel Theatre.
George dreams of changing his scruffy appearance. So, when he finds a shop selling giant-sized clothes he decides to treat himself to a smart new outfit. Finally, he is the smartest giant in town until he meets some friends who need his help…and his new clothes.
9. Wriggle through a caterpillar’s miniature world at London Zoo’s summer event The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Experience the caterpillar’s story through action-packed activities celebrating the iconic Eric Carle book and its wriggly hungry hero.
10. Wave goodbye to the city and take a trip to Windsor Castle for half term event Handsome Hats and Helmets.
Create a hat fit for a queen at the arts and crafts drop in event, drawing inspiration from pictures of the Queen’s magnificent hat collection. Or create your own medieval knight’s helmet, like the ones on display at the Castle.