Days Out Ideas

Free Days Out In May

Written by Louise Winter


With two Bank Holidays and half term during the month of May, we can guess that you might need some inspiration of things to do with the kids. Well, we’ve found some fun family days out – and even better, they’re free!

Mudchute Park and Farm; Isle of Dogs, London


Come along and meet some friendly farmyard favourites, including goats, sheep, donkeys, pigs, llamas, alpacas, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and an array of birds! Wow! Mudchute promote public interaction so you have the chance to handle very cute guinea pigs, bunnies and gerbils.

The Tate Britain and Tate Modern; London

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The Tate Britain in Pimlico houses a prestigious collection of British art from the 16th century to the present day. Her modern sister, the Tate Modern, is completely different with collections of 20th and 21st century art that’s constantly changing. Both galleries are family friendly, with Apps to download and activities suggested you can do as you make your way around.

Fine Foundation Marine Centre; Kimmeridge Bay, Lulworth, Dorset

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This beautiful nature reserve in Kimmeridge Bay has plenty of rock-pools for you to explore, a number of walks with stunning views to follow and there’s a visitor centre with marine tanks and information about the local wildlife.

The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Devon

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This sanctuary is set right by the sea in the beautiful Devon countryside and provides a home to many rescued donkeys. Make lots of new friends and give them some cuddles, the gentle animals always like meeting new people. In the surrounding grounds there are numerous walking trails for the family to follow, no matter your age, everyone will enjoy the stunning views of the countryside.

Ipswich Museum; Suffolk

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Take the family to this hugely fascinating and unique Victorian museum ‘stuffed full’ of taxidermy animals and exhibits telling the story of Ipswich’s past from the Iron Age to Romans and Saxons. There are interactive displays and activities for children to enjoy.

Cheshire Ice Cream Farm; Chester, Cheshire


As well as enjoying some very yummy ice creams, you can see the resident farm animals including pigs, deer, ponies, guinea pigs and rabbits. Plus if the kids need to burn off the excess ice cream energy, they can have fun on the climbing frame, zip wires, and crazy golf!

Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Wakefield, West Yorkshire

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This unique park has 500 hidden pieces of art scattered throughout its 500 acres. You will discover musical sculptures to inspire the children and everyone will enjoy the magical views.

Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum, South Shields

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Here you will find a partially restored Roman fort where you can see what has been excavated from the site. The kids will love the interactive exhibits where they can get hands-on, including digging for finds in the reconstructed excavation site and studying what they have found.

Aira Force; Penrith, Cumbria


Bring the family to see the magnificent Aria Force which drops 65ft –  and what makes the experience even more magical is that you reach the falls by walking through some enchanting forest and landscaped glades. Don’t forget to bring a picnic and make the most of the stunning scenery.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens;  Scotland

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These beautiful gardens make a great place to take the family for a walk. There’s an array of plant collections, and even some tropical ponds, and of course the recently restored Kibble Palace really is a stunning sight!

Big Pit National Coal Museum; Blaenavon, Wales


Bring the kids to this fun and informative museum which is packed full of exciting exhibitions exploring the world of mining.  There are discovery trails and activities, and even underground tours where the children will love dressing up with a helmet and torch and exploring the underground.

Let us know what you get up to during the merry month of May! 🙂




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