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Staffordshire May Half Term Activities

Things do do with the kids this half term in Staffordshire and surrounding areas

Half term is rapidly approaching so how can you keep the kids entertained for a whole week without resorting to the ipad or another day at the park? Staffordshire has some great attractions, many with special events planned over the May half term so read on for some ideas to keep everyone happy.

For budding sculptors

Staffordshire May Half Term Activities

The World of Wedgewood  in Stoke-on-Trent is holding Play with Clay & Clay Creation Workshops between 28th May to 5th June 2016.  For just £4 you can create your own little creature out of clay and take them home to decorate and keep forever. Or you can try your hand at throwing a pot on the potters wheel for free! For a small fee they will even arrange for your pot to be fired and posted home.

Call 01782 282986 or e-mail info@worldofwedgood.com for more

For creepy crawly fans

The National Forest Adventure Farm in Tatenhill is holding a Wild and Deadly week from 28th May – 5th June. Alongside all the usual activities you will be able to meet spiders, bugs, snakes and reptiles and learn about these amazing creatures! You will also be able to watch the sheep get their summer hair cuts in the sheep shearing demonstrations, go on a mini beast hunt around the fun field and cheer on your favourite in the sheep racing.

Visit their website and book tickets in advance to save 10%.

For outdoor adventurers 

The National Trust is holding a Woodland Explorer Trail at Ilam Park where you can build dens and hunt for fairies along their specially designed trails. It’s only an extra £1 to take part.

Another great place to get outdoors with the kids is Trentham Gardens. It’s a stunning open space with play areas, barefoot walk, wildflower maze and more!

For land-locked sea lovers

The Arboretum near Alrewas has a great selection of naval themed activities. Tuesday 31st May marks the start of the Centenary of the Battle of Jutland. Which was the largest sea Battle of World War I. To help younger children engage with this historic event over the half term, kids can take part in boat building and arts and crafts. There will be story telling each day at 12pm and 3pm and guided walks at 11am and 2pm. They have a suggested donation of just £2 per child.

For little thrill seekers

Drayton Manor Park and Zoo has plenty to keep you entertained everyday during Whitsun Week with Thomas Land Character shows and all the usual rides suitable for all ages. They are also holding a “Love your zoo week” between 30th May and 3rd June. With animal arts and crafts, balloon modelling and regular animal feeding.  You can even Meet and Greet Rory the Lion and Friends, around the park, Thomas Land and zoo.

For traditional village fun

The Annual Well Dressing celebration at Endon (between Leeke and Stoke-on-Trent) is taking place over the bank holiday weekend. There will be Maypole dancing, a crafts marquee, canal art and a graffiti workshop. Sunday is packed with activites from the Audley Brass band, Punch and Judy, magic shows and a circus workshop. Monday sees the classic car and vintage tractor procession. Also a pet show, an owl display and a duck race to top it all off.

I’d love to hear all of your Staffordshire May Half Term Activities, just leave a comment below.

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