30 Ways to entertain the kids this half term
Half term incoming! But how to keep the kids entertained and from climbing the walls you ask? Your bespoke Muddy Guide of course. Read on for the coolest stuff for them to do across Glos & Worcs, from toddlers to teens.
Whether you have little ones wanting to blow off some steam or hard-to-please teens, we’ve got you covered with these 30 super-fun ideas.
Carpa!, Sudeley Castle & Blenheim Palace, 09 May – 06 June
Muddy went to see this incredible show and it’s the best yet – arrrriba! Revel in the sights and sounds of rural Mexico with a visit to Carpa! This new UK tour brings Mexican performers over to join the show. A cast of talented performers, including Tweedy the Clown will be thrilling the crowds from 17 – 30 May at Sudeley Castle and until 06 June at Daylesford. Book into Circus Sauce restaurant for a fabulously theatrical pre-show meal or pick up a delicious taco and churros from the new La Cantina food wagon.
Splash Pool, Cattle Country Farm Park, Berkeley
Cool off in the brilliant Splash Pool, open from May half term (28th) to the 25th September, included in the ticket price to family fun park Cattle Country Farm Park. It’s perfect for children after a busy day of play, and safe for little ones to splash in.
PLUS check out the epic climbing net here too, for ages 5 and over. Also included in the ticket price.
Tudor Day and The Warwick Warriors, Berkeley Castle, 29 and 30 – 31 May
Take a trip to Glos’s Berkeley Castle for an action-packed two days. From a Tudor Day where a real life Henry VIII is on hand to bring history to life in a family themed day, to the Warriors descending on the Castle to impart their expert sword fighting skills. Learn how knights were trained in the 15th Century and watch breathtaking sword fight shows. The sword-fighting shows will be on the Lower Lawn at 12.30pm & 2.30pm.
Visit the Cotswolds own Mogul Palace, Sezincote, from 2nd May
Opening up to visitors for this first time this year on Monday 2 May, take a tour around the spectacular Sezincote – the Cotswolds’ very own 200-year-old Mogul Indian palace. And after you’ve discovered the house reminiscent of the Taj Mahal, near Moreton-in-Marsh, you can explore the grounds complete with temples, grottoes, waterfalls and canals.
Painting Garden Wildllife, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, 04 June
Want to find a fascinating experience over half term that will have them off their screens and up to their elbows in fun? Head to New Brewery Arts in the heart of Cirencester. We love this workshop In this workshop where you will have a complete introduction to watercolours and a step by step tutorial on painting garden wildlife. All materials and reference imagery is included but if you have any regular visitors to your garden that you’d like to paint, please feel free to bring along some photos, either printed or on a tablet. There will be a focus on creepy crawlies, pollinators, and garden birds. 10am – 4pm, cost £90.
Jubilee Baking Workshops, near Moreton-in-Marsh, May & June
Bake these Jubilee Crown beauties in an afternoon of celebration baking in preparation for the Platinum Jubilee. Make some spiffing scones and an array of other British favourites before sitting down for afternoon tea with plenty of treats for you to take home. Class dates are: Sat 21 May 2-5:30pm, Sat 28 May 2-5:30pm, Sat 4 June 2-5:30pm (all £85).
Cotswold Forest School, South Cerney, Cirencester, 30 May – 02 June
If you go down to the woods today – you’re sure to find a LOT of fun. At this brilliant fresh activity they can learn den and shelter construction, fuel foraging, bush craft, bow-making, woodland survival skills and even fire starting! Cost is £30 for the whole day.
Lechlade Festival, 27 – 29 May, Lechlade
Check into to this fantastic 3-day extravaganza of family friendly entertainment. From the Boomtown Rats and Alexandra Burke to an array of fabulous artists. There’ll be street food, fun and fingers crossed some sunshine for this lovely festival on the Thames.
Eastnor Steam and Vintage Fair, Eastnor Castle, 28 – 29 May
Big machines with steam! Promising two days of nostalgic family fun Eastnor Steam Weekend brings you everything from classic cars to steam engines all with the backdrop of grand Eastnor Castle which you can explore with your ticket. Located a short hop over the border into Herefordshire the kids will also love the zip wires and obstacle course, and Eastnor’s resident entertainer who’ll be popping up around the grounds. Refuel on hot dogs and nachos which will all be available from a gazebo in the courtyard.
Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Slimbridge
This gorgeous wetland and reserve boasts some wonderful watery trails where you can spot dragonflies, kingfishers and water voles to name but a few. And don’t miss the super cute otters who will melt your heart when they come out to feed. The playground is brilliant and has been recently revamped with a tower and wobbly bridge and there’s also an indoor soft play area.
This wonderful open air pool in the heat of Cirencester is spring-fed and heated to a balmy 27 degrees. Kids willl love the slide and there is an onsite tuck shop to keep them happy too. Check the website for details and book ahead. Or, head over to the lovely Sandford Lido which is a huge heated pool in the heart of Cheltenham. All open fully over half term.
Safari at Sudeley Castle, throughout May and June
An ark full of animals has arrived at Sudeley Castle with a permanent exhibition of life-sized sculptures capturing visitors’ imagination – all created from flowers, grasses and plants to shine a light on the need to peacefully coexistence with nature. Stroll among a herd of elephants, keep an eye out for crocodiles and spot orangutans relaxing in the castle grounds as part of the new CoExistence attraction, included with standard admission to Sudeley Castle.
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, Bristol, throughout May and June
Head to Bristol for Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience – an incredible exhibition that brings his art to life in a new and fabulous way. Using state of the art technology to create floor-to-ceiling projections of the artist’s most famous works, art lovers can step inside Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings; and even walk alongside him on a rich, virtual reality journey.
Superworm Activity Trail, Westonbirt Arboretum, Glos
Discover the small but mighty creatures in the much-loved story and learn about the everyday heroic feats of minibeasts in the forest. The new self-led trail in the Old Arboretum features brightly illustrated panels and a trail pack full of fun activities, including your very own mask. Packs are available to purchase from the Westonbirt shop for £3.50. The Trail starts outside the Great Oak Hall and takes visitors past two natural play spots and the Gruffalo sculptures.
Go Ape, Mallards Pike Lake & Beechenhurst Lodge, Forest of Dean
You’ll find not one, but two Go Apes, the treetop adventure playground for Tarzans and Janes, in the Forest of Dean, England’s largest oak woodland. The site at Mallards Pike Lake is home to the original Tree Top Adventure and Forest Segway, while three miles down the road, Beechenhurst Lodge is the place to go for a Tree Top Junior Adventure. It includes new obstacles including the Tank Trap, The Shuffle, Net Bridge and Itchen Crossing among the zip wires, Tarzan swings and rope ladders. And if you need a bit of rest after all that but still want to explore the leafy surroundings, you can hop on a forest Segway and go in search of deer and birds of prey.
KIds Cookery Simple Meals, Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, 01 June
During this cookery class you will make meals that children can easily replicate at home. Each kids cookery class will include the recipes to take home so children can build up their own recipe folder. All the items cooked or baked during the class can be taken home to share. Tastings are available during the class and soft drinks & aprons will be provided. Children under 7 will need to be accompanied by an adult carer. Cost is £40.
Holiday Club, Mighty Oaks, Cirencester
This brilliant club at the heart of Cirencester offers kids tons of fun activities throughout half term. Rated an Ofsted Outstanding provider the holiday club HQ is The Clubhouse in Gosditch Street, just a stone’s throw from Cirencester’s iconic Parish Church, where there is a beautiful walled garden to play in massive inside spaces across 4 rooms loaded with resources and access to the Abbey Ground park just across the road. Contact them directly for more details.
Alfresco FIlm Company, Glos & Worcs, throughout May and June
This cool and retro way to catch a movie (and consume your bodyweight in popcorn) is all-go for 2022. Catch an all time classic flick in Gloucester, Tewkesbury and Redditch. We can’t wait to settle into one of the deckchairs for a showing of Jurassic Park, Guardians of the Galaxy and Mama Mia! amongst other big hitters. This car-free cinema fest is perfect for half term, book your deckies now.
Paint a Pot, Royal Museum of Worcester, Worcester, from 04 April to December.
Inspire them with a visit to this interesting museum – a new for 2022 head for the new ceramic studio space and get creative and make a beautiful piece of painted pottery to take home. Browse the range of ceramic items and make a selection with prices from £9 upwards. You’ll be seated at your own table, with a range of colours and tools to use, with staff on hand to offer inspiration and assistance if required. Once you’ve finished painting, you will leave the item(s) to be glaze it and fired it in our kiln to collect in a weeks time. Super fun! A painting table for up to 6 costs £12.
Box Tales Little Grimm Tales. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 02 June
From the company who brought you the critically acclaimed The Wonderful Wizard of Oz comes a bonkers adaptation of Treasure Island. Shows are at 12pm and 4pm. Then, from May 17th to the 22nd the producers of the hit musical SIX bring the world premiere tour of Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World. Encounter the original wonder women from Frida Carlo to Amelia Earhart, all with their own inspirational stories to tell.
From May 30th go even further back into history, to when dinosaurs roamed the earth and the boards in Dinosaur World Live. An interactive show that brings the ancient creatures to life with incredible puppetry including the Triceratops, the tiny Microraptor and the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex to name a few.
For young adults, Spontaneous Potter apparates onto the stage June 2nd to take you to the magical world of Harry Potter improv. The smash-hit Spontaneous Potter is an entirely improvised Harry Potter comedy play, based on an audience suggestion of a fanfiction title.
Round out the half term with The Gruffalo. Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book. Tickets for all shows are on sale now and available via the Everyman Theatre box office on 01242 512515.
Cotswold Country Park and Beach, Cirencester
Head to the largest inland paddling beach in the UK for some ‘Costa del Cotswolds’ fun. This action-packed Country Park has a large, sandy lagoon for swimming and paddling, or hire one of the giant swan pedalos, row or electric boats for some laughter on the lake. There’s an inflatable aqua adventure park you can book ahead for and mini golf or book a private area and BBQ overlooking the lake and beach for the whole day.
Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power near Cheltenham
There are all levels of farmyard cuteness going on at Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park and it’s a fabulously entertaining day out. Head for the Animal Barn where you can sit and watch lambs being born, plus see piglets, donkey foals, calves, and herds of rare breeds. Kids can interact with the animals too, including the gorgeous native Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs, then take them to burn off all their energy at the Adventure Playground, Farm Safari, Tractor School or Giant Jumping PIllows.
Aztec Adventure, Upton Warren and Lower Moor, Worcs
We’ve recently discovered Aztec Adventure and we can’t believe how much you can do here. It’s a fantastic place to keep kids entertained over half term. Take them paddleboarding and kayaking or book onto a junior sailing course. The brilliant and bouncy inflatable aqua park opened up fully from 1 May too so nab a slot now.
West Midlands Safari & Leisure Park, Bewdley
This fantastic day out is a family favourite, with more than 165 species of animal to see, a drive through safari and a mini theme park to boot. Entry to the park buys you so much fun, from Boj’s Giggle Park, the Sea Lion Show, Penguin Cove, the Aquarium, Meerkat Mayhem, Hippo Lake and much more. Watch daily feeds and animal encounters with the residents then wear the kiddos out on the 20 adrenaline rides.
All Things Wild, Honeybourne near Evesham, from 12 April
This great indoor-outdoor zoo is a super place to take the kiddos. Let them go wild at the adventure play park, beach area, pedal go-karts and the Jungle Mayhem indoor play area. There is a rainbow array of animals to meet and squeal at or ride the Dino Train. See the website for the latest on daily itinerary seasonal activities from Lemur Walkthrough, Outback Trail, bug hunting and arts and crafts.