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The Best May Half Term Activities in Yorkshire | 2024

May half term is one of my favourite school breaks. Weather permitting you can try a family walk, visit a new park, or even spend the day at a theme park! There are also some fun family events to pick from here in Yorkshire.

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May Half Term Activities in Yorkshire

May Half Term is the perfect time to get out and explore Leeds and Yorkshire with your family. There are plenty of free days out, family workshops, and outdoor fun activities to keep everyone entertained. From exploring the great outdoors at a local park, to taking part in creative workshops, there’s something for everyone this May Half Term.

Daily May Half Term Activities in Yorkshire

If you’re looking for a day-by-day listing and even more May Half Term activities, check out our May Activities and Fun round-up!

25/05/2024

Around the World in 80 Stories @ Lotherton Hall - Regular admission applies
The Wizard of York @ York City Centre - £5 – £10
Coming Home: The Life of Brian Wildsmith @ Experience Barnsley - Free
Wandering Words Trail @ Pontefract Castle - Free
Sheep Shearing at Cannon Hall Farm @ Cannon Hall Farm - £2 – £11.95
May Half Term at Mother Shipton’s @ Mother Shipton’s - £5 – £36.00
Wildflower and pollinator May half-term trail at Nostell @ National Trust Nostell Priory - Regular garden admission applies
May Half Term at Murton Park @ Murton Park - Various
May Half Term at Wentworth Woodhouse @ Wentworth Woodhouse - Various costs
H20 Heroes @ The Deep - Regular admission applies
Messy Mayhem at Yolk Farm @ Yolk Farm - £9.95
May Half Term @ Pit @ National Coal Mining Museum for England - Free
Best Buddies event at World of their Own @ World of their Own - £12.95 – £21.95
May Half Term Activities at Fountains Abbey @ Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden - Regular admission applies
Buzzing Bee May half-term trail @ East Riddlesden Hall - Normal admission prices apply
Escape the Gardens @ Wentworth Castle Gardens - £2
Mayhem Circus! @ Piglets Adventure Farm - £14.95
May Half Term at Beningbrough @ Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens - Regular admission applies
Paulo’s Circus at Farmer Copleys @ Farmer Copleys - £8
Find Your Happy at Temple Newsam @ Temple Newsam House and Estate - Drop in, included in the price of admission.
Abbey House Craft Fayre @ Abbey House Museum - Free
Gnome Sweet Gnome @ Abbey House Museum - Regular admission applies
Scarecrow Festival @ Kirkstall Abbey - Included in admission
Find the Hedgehogs Trail @ Leeds City Museum - Free
Germs, Glorious Germs @ Thackray Medical Museum - Included in admission
Minibeasts in May @ Castle Howard - Included in Admission tickets
Our Chaotic Oceans at MathsCity @ MathsCity - Regular entry applies
Marvellous Machines Trail 2024 @ Elsecar Heritage Centre - Free
Safe Anchor Trust ‘FREE’ Open Weekends @ Safe Anchor Trust Ltd - Free
Storytelling Sessions for Children @ Leeds Playhouse - £5
Enchanted Fairy Forest Returns @ Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre - £15.99 – £16.00
Heart Fest 2024 @ Headingley Heart Centre - £1
Free Family Fun at Pontefract Museum @ Pontefract Museum - Free
Rory’s Saturday Club @ Leeds City Museum - Free
Discover in a Day @ Yorkshire Sculpture Park - £9
The Big Wild Play Out @ Skelton Grange Environment Centre - Free
The Big Wild Play Out @ Skelton Grange Environment Centre - Free
West Riding to West Africa @ Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills - Drop in, included with admission

26/05/2024

Around the World in 80 Stories @ Lotherton Hall - Regular admission applies
Coming Home: The Life of Brian Wildsmith @ Experience Barnsley - Free
Wandering Words Trail @ Pontefract Castle - Free
Sheep Shearing at Cannon Hall Farm @ Cannon Hall Farm - £2 – £11.95
May Half Term at Mother Shipton’s @ Mother Shipton’s - £5 – £36.00
Wildflower and pollinator May half-term trail at Nostell @ National Trust Nostell Priory - Regular garden admission applies
May Half Term at Murton Park @ Murton Park - Various
May Half Term at Wentworth Woodhouse @ Wentworth Woodhouse - Various costs
H20 Heroes @ The Deep - Regular admission applies
Messy Mayhem at Yolk Farm @ Yolk Farm - £9.95
May Half Term @ Pit @ National Coal Mining Museum for England - Free
Best Buddies event at World of their Own @ World of their Own - £12.95 – £21.95
May Half Term Activities at Fountains Abbey @ Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden - Regular admission applies
Buzzing Bee May half-term trail @ East Riddlesden Hall - Normal admission prices apply
Escape the Gardens @ Wentworth Castle Gardens - £2
Mayhem Circus! @ Piglets Adventure Farm - £14.95
May Half Term at Beningbrough @ Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens - Regular admission applies
Paulo’s Circus at Farmer Copleys @ Farmer Copleys - £8
Find Your Happy at Temple Newsam @ Temple Newsam House and Estate - Drop in, included in the price of admission.
Abbey House Craft Fayre @ Abbey House Museum - Free
Gnome Sweet Gnome @ Abbey House Museum - Regular admission applies
Scarecrow Festival @ Kirkstall Abbey - Included in admission
Find the Hedgehogs Trail @ Leeds City Museum - Free
Germs, Glorious Germs @ Thackray Medical Museum - Included in admission
Minibeasts in May @ Castle Howard - Included in Admission tickets
Our Chaotic Oceans at MathsCity @ MathsCity - Regular entry applies
Marvellous Machines Trail 2024 @ Elsecar Heritage Centre - Free
Safe Anchor Trust ‘FREE’ Open Weekends @ Safe Anchor Trust Ltd - Free
Family Friendly Learn ‘n’ Roll @ Ramgarhia Sikh Centre - £8

Indoor Family Fun for May Half-Term

Is a half-term even a half-term without a few rainy days? Don’t worry, though, there is plenty of fun to be had indoors – in fact, we have over 100 suggestions for you in this Rainy Day Fun in Yorkshire post! We even have some FREE indoor suggestions for you!

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