May half term: Top five fun days out in the UK

Top things to do with the kids in Britain this half term

The Eden Project

May half term is a terrific time to enjoy days out with the kids thanks to the school holidays coinciding with the long Bank Holiday weekend. To inspire you to get out and about, we've picked some fantastic days out for families around Britain this half term, from Carmarthenshire to Cornwall...

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Go hands-on with giant games in Cornwall

Play your way through half-term at the Eden Project with oversized, retro and traditional games to entertain all ages from 28 May to 5 June. There will be a giant selection of hands-on games, such as Massive Battleships, a Subbuteo Championship and arcade machines made out of cardboard. Younger ones can explore the play areas, hidden nooks and crannies that Eden's gardens have to offer and even play a game or two of hide and seek. In the Rainforest Biome, Eden's narrators will be teaching visitors about a variety of global games, such as mancala, a strategy game played using a wooden board with hollows in and either seeds, small stones or marbles. Price is included in admission: adults £22.50, children aged 5 to 16 £12.60, under 4s free entry and family tickets £62 when booked online.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Cameron Williams (left) and Rory Whyte during a visit to The Royal Mint Experience, which opens to the public today at The Royal Mint in South Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 17, 2016. The Royal Mint Experience will give visitors first-hand knowledge of the manufacturing journey, while a series of static and interactive exhibitions consisting of six zones will bring the 1,000-year-old organisation�s rich heritage to life. Photo credit should read: Alistair Heap/PA Wire

Enter the fascinating world of coins in South Wales

The Royal Mint Experience opens in the South Wales Valleys on 18 May and the new interactive exhibition will show visitors how coin production works, where you can discover the unexpected world of coins and the extraordinary processes involved in producing them. Experts will be on hand to share their knowledge and passion for their craft and you can strike your very own coin as a memento of your visit. While there, you can follow the journey of a coin from 'blank to bank' while a series of exhibitions bring the 1,000-year-old organisation's rich heritage to life. It's a must for coin lovers of all ages. Adults £13, children aged 5 to 15 £10.50, family ticket £38.50 (2+2, 1+3), under 5s go free.


Climb trees in Cumbria

With the recent release of The Jungle Book in cinemas, kids everywhere are looking to bring out their inner Mowgli and there's no better place to do it than at the new tree castle at Wray Castle. The tree castle was designed and built by National Trust rangers from suggestions and drawings sent in by children. The two-storey 4x5-metre structure has a slide, fireman's pole, two climbing boards and a battlement top. It offers some of the best views from a tree house in the UK – looking toward Lake Windermere and the fells beyond. As well as exploring the new tree castle this half term, children can take part in archery tasting sessions on Wednesday 1 June. Adults £8.50, children £4.25, family ticket £21.

Coastal Culture Trail

Get arty in East Sussex

Families looking to keep arty, crafty kids entertained this half term should head to East Sussex for a day out at one – or more – of its award-winning galleries on the Coastal Culture Trail. From learning about animation in Eastbourne to designing a tree house in Bexhill, or making a paper mosaic in Hastings, there is a day out to suit all tastes and budgets. There's plenty to keep big kids entertained too, with three of the country's most innovative contemporary art galleries (Towner Art Gallery, De La Warr Pavilion and Jerwood Gallery) to explore, as well as historic attractions, vintage shops and miles of coastline. Entry prices for the galleries vary.

girl feeding goose

Meet ducklings and build dens in Carmarthenshire

For one week only during May half term, WWT Llanelli in Carmarthenshire is offering visitors the chance to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the centre's duckling nursery for an exciting egg-to-duckling experience. Little people will delight in the chance to view baby ducklings up close, meet the newly-hatched fluffy arrivals and even follow the development of ducklings yet to hatch. Once the tour is over, there's plenty more to do from guided bird watching sessions to willow and wood den building, plus every day at 11am, there is minibeast hunting and mini pond dipping - a drop in session for all those who love catching creepy crawlies! Hour-long duckling tours run daily at 12pm, 2pm and 3pm from 28 May to 5 June. Price is included in admission: adults £9.20, children £5, under 4s free entry and family tickets £25.75.

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