10 hit-it-out-of the park things to do this May Half Term
The countdown to crazy days has begun. But fear not, we've scoped out plenty to keep your little terrors busy in Wilts this half term (so that's one thing ticked off your list).
FARM DAY: Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, Swindon, 28 May – 4 June
Washing a tractor, planting a sunflower, and petting bunnies? Sounds like an idyllic Spring afternoon to me. Wait, what do you mean it’s for toddlers and primary schoolers only?! Seriously, if your little lambs’ idea of heaven is fun on the farm, take them to Roves Farm just outside Swindon any day over half-term (but remember to book in advance). You’ll have them eating out of your hand by bedtime.
MUSIC WORKSHOP: JukeBox Music Club, Broad Hinton near Swindon, 28 and 30 May
If you’re hothousing the next Harry Styles/Pavarotti/Beyonce, book them onto this one day workshop with Wiltshire Music Connect, where they’ll get the chance to explore different types of music and instruments. They’ll be able to dip into jazz to classical, musical theatre to pop and learn how to creatively apply newfound skills to playing with a group. For 8-18 year olds.
FAMILY DO: Bemberton Beach Party, Salisbury, 28 May
If you can’t get to sunny shores this half term, take the family to Salisbury’s beach party. Ok, I am yet to navigate the beach element of it, but it’s sure to be a fun-packed day with activities including a craft café, theatre shows, a climbing wall, fun run and, er, axe-throwing. Part of Salisbury International Arts Festival.
COOKERY CLASSES: Holiday Cookery Club, The Farm Cookery School, Chippenham, 30 & 31 May and 1 June
Send your 5+, 8+ and 11+ kids off to learn to bake Blondies, Cheese Scones and Soft Cinammon Pretzels and look forward to blowing that diet when they come home.
UNOFFICIAL BABYSITTERS SORRY, HOLIDAY CAMP: PH Camp, Tisbury, 30 May – 1 June
Just reading about all the goings-on this holiday activity camp makes me feel like crashing onto the couch in exhaustion – which can only be a good thing, right? There’s art workshops like face-mask-making, wall art and a group art installation to create, sports like football, tag rugby, netball, volleyball, cricket, tennis and rounders, and a variety of ice-breaker games. ALL DAY LONG. Ages 4-14.
HISTORY LESSON: Stone School, Stonehenge, 28 May – 5 June
Ever wondered what Neolithic workers ate after a hard day building Stonehenge? During half term, English Heritage’s Neolithic-costumed bush craft crew will teach families what feeding The Flintstones was like. Challenge yourself and the brood to design and build a trap to snare a beast using the few resources they had 5000 years, try spear-throwing and finish with a Neolithic Tasting Menu. Not quite sure the latter will top an Ottolenghi supper for two but you never know. All ages.
VILLAGE TRAIL: Westwood Scarecrow Trail, 28 May – 5 June
Always impressive, this year’s Scarecrow Trail in the pretty village of Westwood is ‘Out of this World’ thanks to an outer-galactic theme. Buy your trail map from the Westwood Stores (all proceeds to the village school) and follow the 1.5-2 mile route around the village. En route, try to identify which space-related film, book, tv programme, character, famous saying, song or artist the scarecrow is depicting then take your form back to the Westwood Stores to be entered into a prize draw. And if you feel like a well-deserved reward after all that walking, pop into the local pub the New Inn, or down the road at the dreamy Iford Manor Cafe. Time it right and you might be able to visit their beautiful gardens too (above).
FAMILY FESTIVAL: Tidworth Family Fiesta, Tidworth, 31 May
There’ll be every opportunity to live it large with your fam this May when the Leisure Centre become a stage for workshops, theatre, live entertainment and more.
NARROWBOAT WORKSHOP: The Boater’s Apprentice, Bradford-on-Avon Wharf, 31 May
Okay, so for this trip, you’re required to go along too and play ‘photographer’. But it’ll be so worth if when you see the fun your 10+ old is going to have, learning the art of narrowboating. They’ll be buddied up with a member of the crew, try their hand at helming the boat, work the locks, be “bowman”, learn how to knock in a pin and tie up the boat and use a throwline while all under the watchful eye of their experienced crew. Even better, a picnic lunch is included (for you too) and you get to go for free.
THEATRE: Dig! At Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, 31 May
Perfect for 6-month-olds to 2-year-olds, this is a first-theatre experience. As the sun comes up the garden comes alive with growing plants, busy bugs and wriggling worms. Sing along with the story and stay and play among the plants after the curtain comes down.
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