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Family Guide to May Activities in Yorkshire | 2022

With May Bank Holiday weekend, May half term, and Spring Bank Holiday all coming up, there are loads of May activities in Yorkshire to choose from. Whether you’re looking for the best free days out or days out for teens and tweens, there is plenty on to keep the entire family happy!

Do mark this post and check back as more events will be added as they come available.

Featured Events

The Flavours Food Festival comes to Barnsley from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 May!

The popular event, previously held at Elsecar Heritage Centre, makes the move to the Glass Works Square in 2022 and there is something to suit everyone’s taste.

Packed full of exciting stalls and live entertainment, it promises to be an action-packed weekend for foodies and families alike.

Experience flavours from Italy to Asia at the wide range of street food vendors including focaccia, Turkish kebabs and Gyoza dumplings!

Browse the independent traders to purchase regional cheese, gin and much more.

Saturday, May 14th the National Coal Mining Museum of England in Wakefield will host the Yorkshire Geological Society for a FREE Geology Rocks! event. 

Bring the kids to meet the experts, enjoy hands-on activities, and dig into geology’s role in popular film and television during this jam-packed day of events!

Yorkshire Family Events Early May Bank Holiday Saturday, April 30 – Monday, May 2

30/04/2022

Holmfirth Spring Easter Bunny Trail @ Holmfirth Town Centre - £2
Saltaire Arts Trail at Saltaire Village @ Saltaire Village - £3.00
GOTHIC FALCONRY AT WHITBY ABBEY @ Whitby Abbey - £1 – £29.00
Kirkstall Abbey Markets @ Kirkstall Abbey - Free
The Gruffalo @ Leeds Playhouse
Milkshake Live at St George’s Hall @ St George’s Hall - £18.50
The Gruffalo @ Leeds Playhouse

01/05/2022

Eid Family Celebration @ The Piece Hall - Free
Meet Frances Tempest at Bolling Hall @ Bolling Hall Museum & Library - Free
Kirkstall Abbey Markets @ Kirkstall Abbey - Free

02/05/2022

Furry Friends Open Day @ Animal Centre - Free
Kirkstall Abbey Markets @ Kirkstall Abbey - Free
Tree trail @ NT East Riddlesden Hall - Free

Yorkshire Family Events Saturday, May 7 – Sunday, May 8

07/05/2022

Diesel Days at Pugneys Light Railway @ Pugneys Watersports Centre & Country park
Holmfirth Festival of Folk 2022 @ Various venues in Holmfirth, Holmfirth, HD9 1AA
Family Cycle Zone @ Bolton Abbey
Be Curious 2022 @ University of Leeds
Inflatable Adventure World Wakefield @ Barnes Road Playing Fields - £2 – £14
Inflatable Adventure World Wakefield @ Barnes Road Playing Fields

08/05/2022

Diesel Days at Pugneys Light Railway @ Pugneys Watersports Centre & Country park
Event with Kirklees Model Boat Club (Wilton Park,Batley) @ Wilton Park, Woodlands Road, Batley
Holmfirth Festival of Folk 2022 @ Various venues in Holmfirth, Holmfirth, HD9 1AA
Family Cycle Zone @ Bolton Abbey
Hope Pit Explore @ National Coal Mining Museum for England
Pithead Baths Explores @ National Coal Mining Museum for England
Inflatable Adventure World Wakefield @ Barnes Road Playing Fields
Meet Frances Tempest at Bolling Hall @ Bolling Hall Museum & Library - Free
Garden Play @ The Hepworth Wakefield - Free
Cherry Blossom Festival @ Bolling Hall Museum & Library - Free
Mum2mum Market Baby & Children’s Nearly New Sale – Brighouse @ Lightcliffe Academy Sports Centre - £2

Yorkshire Family Events Saturday, May 14 – Sunday, May 15

14/05/2022

Family Cycle Zone @ Bolton Abbey
Superhero Meet and Greet @ White Rose Shopping Centre - Free
Geology Rocks! @ National Coal Mining Museum for England - Free
Mindful May at South Square Centre @ South Square Centre, BD13 3LD - £5.00
Leeds Dads Forest School @ Meanwood Valley Urban Farm - Free
Kids Club Films @ National Science and Media Museum - £3
Dough Babies & Tyke’s @ Belgrave Feast @ Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen - Free
Hebden’s Happy Hounds @ Calder Holmes Park
Rory’s Saturday Club @ Leeds City Museum - Free
My Crazy Family Golf @ Salt’s Mill - Free

15/05/2022

Family Cycle Zone @ Bolton Abbey
Hope Pit Explore @ National Coal Mining Museum for England
Pithead Baths Explores @ National Coal Mining Museum for England
Market on the Farm @ Yummy Yorkshire - Free
Kids Club Films @ National Science and Media Museum - £3
Meet Frances Tempest at Bolling Hall @ Bolling Hall Museum & Library - Free
My Crazy Family Golf @ Salt’s Mill - Free
ROYAL SIGNALS ASSOCIATION REUNION PARADE & SERVICE @ Eden Camp Modern History Museum - £5 – £13.00
A Celebration of Ukrainian Culture @ Huddersfield Town Hall

Yorkshire Family Events Saturday, May 21 – Sunday, May 22

21/05/2022

Shepley Spring Festival 2022 @ Shepley Spring Festival
Story Trails: Quest for the Missing Elements @ Anglers Country Park - Free
Family Cycle Zone @ Bolton Abbey
Spring Makers Market @ The Piece Hall - Free
SHEPLEY SPRING FESTIVAL BACK FOR 2022 @ Shepley Spring Festival
Flavours Food Festival @ The Glass Works - Free
Day Out With Thomas @ Whistlestop Valley - £2 – £70.95
Leeds Dads Forest School @ Meanwood Valley Urban Farm - Free
Kids Club Films @ National Science and Media Museum - £3
Rory’s Saturday Club @ Leeds City Museum - Free
My Crazy Family Golf @ Salt’s Mill - Free
Otley Show @ Otley Show - £30
Bridlington Kite Festival @ Bridlington Kite Festival - Free
Medieval May-hem at Monk Bretton Priory 2022 @ Friends of Monk Bretton Priory

22/05/2022

Shepley Spring Festival 2022 @ Shepley Spring Festival
Family Cycle Zone @ Bolton Abbey
Hope Pit Explore @ National Coal Mining Museum for England
Pithead Baths Explores @ National Coal Mining Museum for England
Spring Makers Market @ The Piece Hall - Free
SHEPLEY SPRING FESTIVAL BACK FOR 2022 @ Shepley Spring Festival
Flavours Food Festival @ The Glass Works - Free
Day Out With Thomas @ Whistlestop Valley - £2 – £70.95
Kids Club Films @ National Science and Media Museum - £3
Meet Frances Tempest at Bolling Hall @ Bolling Hall Museum & Library - Free
My Crazy Family Golf @ Salt’s Mill - Free
Dads Meet Up @ Holbeck Club - Free
Bridlington Kite Festival @ Bridlington Kite Festival - Free
Medieval May-hem at Monk Bretton Priory 2022 @ Friends of Monk Bretton Priory

Yorkshire Family Events Saturday, May 28 – Sunday, May 29

28/05/2022

Paulos Circus @ Farmer Copleys - £8
Festival of Fairies @ Constable Burton Hall Gardens - £2 – £35.00
Family Cycle Zone @ Bolton Abbey
Welly Walk 2022 @ Bolton Abbey
Queen’s Jubilee: May Half Term @ Pit @ National Coal Mining Museum for England
May Half Term @ Pit @ National Coal Mining Museum for England - Free
Twisted; Festival of Natural Art @ Barnsley Town Centre - Free
Dino Live! @ Thornton Hall Country Park
Platinum Jubilee at National Railway Museum @ National Railway Museum - Free
May half term – The Power of Superbees @ RHS Garden Harlow Carr
York Spring Fair & Food Festival @ Clocktower Enclosure, York Racecourse - £7.50
Spring Adventure at Stockeld Park @ Stockeld Park - £2 – £16.50
Out for the Count: The Story Of Dracula @ Whitby Abbey - £1 – £29.00
Kide Rule! @ May Half Term at Scarborough Castle @ Scarborough Castle - £1 – £22.60
Blossom crafts @ East Riddlesden Hall - Free
Bloody Romans! @ Royal Armouries
Leeds Dads Forest School @ Meanwood Valley Urban Farm - Free
May Half Term: Jubilee Celebrations @ Temple Newsam Estate
Kirkstall Abbey Markets @ Kirkstall Abbey - Free
Rory’s Saturday Club @ Leeds City Museum - Free
Pop Up Circus @ Leeds City Centre - Free
JORVIK Viking Festival 2022 @ JORVIK Viking Centre - Free
Super Cyber Skills @ National Science and Media Museum - Free

29/05/2022

Paulos Circus @ Farmer Copleys - £8
Festival of Fairies @ Constable Burton Hall Gardens - £2 – £35.00
Family Cycle Zone @ Bolton Abbey
Welly Walk 2022 @ Bolton Abbey
Hope Pit Explore @ National Coal Mining Museum for England
Pithead Baths Explores @ National Coal Mining Museum for England
Queen’s Jubilee: May Half Term @ Pit @ National Coal Mining Museum for England
May Half Term @ Pit @ National Coal Mining Museum for England - Free
Twisted; Festival of Natural Art @ Barnsley Town Centre - Free
Dino Live! @ Thornton Hall Country Park
Platinum Jubilee at National Railway Museum @ National Railway Museum - Free
May half term – The Power of Superbees @ RHS Garden Harlow Carr
York Spring Fair & Food Festival @ Clocktower Enclosure, York Racecourse - £7.50
Out for the Count: The Story Of Dracula @ Whitby Abbey - £1 – £29.00
Kide Rule! @ May Half Term at Scarborough Castle @ Scarborough Castle - £1 – £22.60
Bloody Romans! @ Royal Armouries
May Half Term: Jubilee Celebrations @ Temple Newsam Estate
Pop Up Circus @ Leeds City Centre - Free
JORVIK Viking Festival 2022 @ JORVIK Viking Centre - Free

Yorkshire Half Term Events Monday, May 30 – Wednesday, June 1

30/05/2022

Paulos Circus @ Farmer Copleys - £8
Festival of Fairies @ Constable Burton Hall Gardens - £2 – £35.00
Family Cycle Zone @ Bolton Abbey
Welly Walk 2022 @ Bolton Abbey
May Half Term @ Pit @ National Coal Mining Museum for England - Free
Twisted; Festival of Natural Art @ Barnsley Town Centre - Free
Dino Live! @ Thornton Hall Country Park
Platinum Jubilee at National Railway Museum @ National Railway Museum - Free
May half term – The Power of Superbees @ RHS Garden Harlow Carr
York Spring Fair & Food Festival @ Clocktower Enclosure, York Racecourse - £7.50
Out for the Count: The Story Of Dracula @ Whitby Abbey - £1 – £29.00
Kide Rule! @ May Half Term at Scarborough Castle @ Scarborough Castle - £1 – £22.60
Bloody Romans! @ Royal Armouries
May Half Term: Jubilee Celebrations @ Temple Newsam Estate
Pop Up Circus @ Leeds City Centre - Free
JORVIK Viking Festival 2022 @ JORVIK Viking Centre - Free

31/05/2022

Paulos Circus @ Farmer Copleys - £8
Festival of Fairies @ Constable Burton Hall Gardens - £2 – £35.00
Family Cycle Zone @ Bolton Abbey
Welly Walk 2022 @ Bolton Abbey
May Half Term @ Pit @ National Coal Mining Museum for England - Free
Twisted; Festival of Natural Art @ Barnsley Town Centre - Free
Dino Live! @ Thornton Hall Country Park
Platinum Jubilee at National Railway Museum @ National Railway Museum - Free
May half term – The Power of Superbees @ RHS Garden Harlow Carr
York Spring Fair & Food Festival @ Clocktower Enclosure, York Racecourse - £7.50
Out for the Count: The Story Of Dracula @ Whitby Abbey - £1 – £29.00
Kide Rule! @ May Half Term at Scarborough Castle @ Scarborough Castle - £1 – £22.60
Bloody Romans! @ Royal Armouries
May Half Term: Jubilee Celebrations @ Temple Newsam Estate
Pop Up Circus @ Leeds City Centre - Free
JORVIK Viking Festival 2022 @ JORVIK Viking Centre - Free

01/06/2022

Paulos Circus @ Farmer Copleys - £8
Festival of Fairies @ Constable Burton Hall Gardens - £2 – £35.00
Family Cycle Zone @ Bolton Abbey
Welly Walk 2022 @ Bolton Abbey
Queen’s Jubilee: May Half Term @ Pit @ National Coal Mining Museum for England
May Half Term @ Pit @ National Coal Mining Museum for England - Free
Twisted; Festival of Natural Art @ Barnsley Town Centre - Free
Dino Live! @ Thornton Hall Country Park
Platinum Jubilee at National Railway Museum @ National Railway Museum - Free
May half term – The Power of Superbees @ RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Sling Library Drop In Session @ The Circle Farsley - Free
York Spring Fair & Food Festival @ Clocktower Enclosure, York Racecourse - £7.50
Out for the Count: The Story Of Dracula @ Whitby Abbey - £1 – £29.00
Kide Rule! @ May Half Term at Scarborough Castle @ Scarborough Castle - £1 – £22.60
Bloody Romans! @ Royal Armouries
May Half Term: Jubilee Celebrations @ Temple Newsam Estate
Pop Up Circus @ Leeds City Centre - Free
IMPS Holiday Club : Journey To The Stars @ new earswick folk hall - £10
IMPS Holiday Club : Journey To The Stars @ new earswick folk hall - £10
JORVIK Viking Festival 2022 @ JORVIK Viking Centre - Free

Yorkshire Family Events Spring Bank Holiday Weekend Thursday, June 2 – Sunday, June 5

02/06/2022

Paulos Circus @ Farmer Copleys - £8
Festival of Fairies @ Constable Burton Hall Gardens - £2 – £35.00
Family Cycle Zone @ Bolton Abbey
Welly Walk 2022 @ Bolton Abbey
Queen’s Jubilee: May Half Term @ Pit @ National Coal Mining Museum for England
May Half Term @ Pit @ National Coal Mining Museum for England - Free
Twisted; Festival of Natural Art @ Barnsley Town Centre - Free
Dino Live! @ Thornton Hall Country Park
Platinum Jubilee at National Railway Museum @ National Railway Museum - Free
May half term – The Power of Superbees @ RHS Garden Harlow Carr
York Spring Fair & Food Festival @ Clocktower Enclosure, York Racecourse - £7.50
Out for the Count: The Story Of Dracula @ Whitby Abbey - £1 – £29.00
Kide Rule! @ May Half Term at Scarborough Castle @ Scarborough Castle - £1 – £22.60
Bloody Romans! @ Royal Armouries
May Half Term: Jubilee Celebrations @ Temple Newsam Estate
Pop Up Circus @ Leeds City Centre - Free
JORVIK Viking Festival 2022 @ JORVIK Viking Centre - Free

03/06/2022

HM Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee @ Eden Camp Modern History Museum - £5 – £13.00
Paulos Circus @ Farmer Copleys - £8
Festival of Fairies @ Constable Burton Hall Gardens - £2 – £35.00
Family Cycle Zone @ Bolton Abbey
Welly Walk 2022 @ Bolton Abbey
Queen’s Jubilee: May Half Term @ Pit @ National Coal Mining Museum for England
May Half Term @ Pit @ National Coal Mining Museum for England - Free
Twisted; Festival of Natural Art @ Barnsley Town Centre - Free
Dino Live! @ Thornton Hall Country Park
Platinum Jubilee at National Railway Museum @ National Railway Museum - Free
May half term – The Power of Superbees @ RHS Garden Harlow Carr
York Spring Fair & Food Festival @ Clocktower Enclosure, York Racecourse - £7.50
Out for the Count: The Story Of Dracula @ Whitby Abbey - £1 – £29.00
Kide Rule! @ May Half Term at Scarborough Castle @ Scarborough Castle - £1 – £22.60
Bloody Romans! @ Royal Armouries
Pop Up Circus @ Leeds City Centre - Free

04/06/2022

HM Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee @ Eden Camp Modern History Museum - £5 – £13.00
Brighouse 1940’s Weekend 2022 @ Brighouse Town Centre - Free
Paulos Circus @ Farmer Copleys - £8
Festival of Fairies @ Constable Burton Hall Gardens - £2 – £35.00
Family Cycle Zone @ Bolton Abbey
Welly Walk 2022 @ Bolton Abbey
Queen’s Jubilee: May Half Term @ Pit @ National Coal Mining Museum for England
May Half Term @ Pit @ National Coal Mining Museum for England - Free
Queens Platinum Celebration Weekend @ Beaumont Park - Free
Twisted; Festival of Natural Art @ Barnsley Town Centre - Free
Dino Live! @ Thornton Hall Country Park
Platinum Jubilee at National Railway Museum @ National Railway Museum - Free
May half term – The Power of Superbees @ RHS Garden Harlow Carr
York Spring Fair & Food Festival @ Clocktower Enclosure, York Racecourse - £7.50
Out for the Count: The Story Of Dracula @ Whitby Abbey - £1 – £29.00
Kide Rule! @ May Half Term at Scarborough Castle @ Scarborough Castle - £1 – £22.60
Bloody Romans! @ Royal Armouries
Kids Club Films @ National Science and Media Museum - £3
Rory’s Saturday Club @ Leeds City Museum - Free
Pop Up Circus @ Leeds City Centre - Free

05/06/2022

HM Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee @ Eden Camp Modern History Museum - £5 – £13.00
Brighouse 1940’s Weekend 2022 @ Brighouse Town Centre - Free
Paulos Circus @ Farmer Copleys - £8
Festival of Fairies @ Constable Burton Hall Gardens - £2 – £35.00
Family Cycle Zone @ Bolton Abbey
Welly Walk 2022 @ Bolton Abbey
Queen’s Jubilee: May Half Term @ Pit @ National Coal Mining Museum for England
Caphouse Creators: Candle Making @ National Coal Mining Museum for England - £5
May Half Term @ Pit @ National Coal Mining Museum for England - Free
Queens Platinum Celebration Weekend @ Beaumont Park - Free
Twisted; Festival of Natural Art @ Barnsley Town Centre - Free
Dino Live! @ Thornton Hall Country Park
Platinum Jubilee at National Railway Museum @ National Railway Museum - Free
May half term – The Power of Superbees @ RHS Garden Harlow Carr
York Spring Fair & Food Festival @ Clocktower Enclosure, York Racecourse - £7.50
Out for the Count: The Story Of Dracula @ Whitby Abbey - £1 – £29.00
Kide Rule! @ May Half Term at Scarborough Castle @ Scarborough Castle - £1 – £22.60
Bloody Romans! @ Royal Armouries
Kids Club Films @ National Science and Media Museum - £3
Dad & Kids Walk at Golden Acre Park @ Golden Acre Park - Free
The Big Jubilee Lunch! @ Oakwell Hall - Free

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