10 things to do in Herefordshire over May half term

What’s going on over the half term in Herefordshire? What can you do with the children to keep them and you, out of trouble. I’m sure I have not covered everything and if you have any extra to let me know about then please just comment.

Half term in Herefordshire runs from May 29th to Friday June 2nd.

25th May – 4th June: Haydays at Hay Festival – prices vary. 

We had the pleasure of visiting Hay Festival last year. We went for the day but you could easily go every day. It is a fabulous day out. This is my review from last year …A day out at Hay.

A couple of personal highlights for me this year are, Julia Donaldson the Everywhere bear and the science museum, super high tech robot show and not forgetting Dick and Dom.

You don’t have to even listen to a talk or performance just go and get crafty, do some cookery, get a book signed, sit in the sun and have a picnic or treat yourselves to a lovely meal.

See the full programme at www.hayfestival.com.

27th May – 4th June;

Croft castle- 10am-4pm – £2 entry- Leominster HR6 9PW

Croft castle are going to bring to life the magical world of C. S. Lewis in the gardens. Step into the land of Narnia, follow the clues and resist the temptation of the wicked witch along the way. Trails are £2 each and include a prize at the end.

Then on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June, discover Croft during the Second World War. See demonstrators as they set up camp for the weekend, with vintage wartime vehicles, living history displays, 1940’s music, stalls, memorabilia and more.

For more information pop onto the website https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croft-castle-and-parkland/features/may-half-term-at-croft-castle

31st of May – 1.30-3.30pm – Queenswood. Dinmore Hill 

Wildplay: Get crafty and play – magical forest fun. £2

Join the Wildplay team for some magical forest fun with elves, fairies and pixies over May half term at Queenswood.

  • Each session will include 3 or more activities.
  • Suitable for families with children aged 2 to 14 yrs.
  • Drop in outdoor nature session.

Make it into a full day and go looking for bears in the woods and have a play on the outdoor play area. Take a picnic or grab something to eat from the cafe. Don’t forget you do have to pay for parking at Queenswood now. If you can’t make the Wildplay session then just go to the woods and park for a play, it’s a lovely day out.

27th May – 29th of May – Hampton Court- Leominster HR6 0PN

Medieval Village and Birds of prey flying spectacular 

We are huge fans of Hampton Court and we have visited the gardens several times and got lost in the maze everytime we have been.

Over the bank holiday weekend you can step back in time as Hampton Court hosts The Border Levy. Wander through the C15th tented village discovering the craftsmen and women going about their daily lives. Watch as a Knight prepares for battle, visit the Medieval Surgeon and The Royal executioner, see the Birds of Prey Flying Spectacular Display and discover history in a relaxed and friendly setting.

The Medieval Encampment will be open all day for you to wander through and see a range of crafts and demonstrations taking place and experience a slice of medieval life. Re-Enactors will be on hand all day long to ask questions of and talk to.

Normal day prices apply for the event.. prices

This is a link to our last visit to Hampton – http://earthbasedfun.com/adventures/hampton-court-castle-and-garden

27th of May – 4th of June – Brockhampton Estate 

Secret garden family trail – £2

Have a go at some of the ’50 Things to do before you’re 11¾’ such as building a den, climbing a tree or hunting for bugs plus lots of other activities around the estate and on the natural play trail.

Families can also follow The Secret Garden family trail around the manor house and orchards. The Secret Garden was a popular book published in 1911. Find out how the children of this era played in the gardens of Brockhampton. Follow the clues and win a prize.

Free Cycling event – 30th May-2nd June 

Hereford Academy- HR2 7NG

I can not recommend these sessions enough. My son went from not being able to ride a bike to riding a bike in about 30 minutes. The learn to ride sessions are happening again along with other cycle skill sessions for 6-11 year olds to learn cycling on the road and bike club sessions to improve techniques and improve skills.

Session dates and times

Date and time Activity
Tuesday 30 May 10am-12pm Learn to ride
Tuesday 30 May 1pm-3pm Cycle skills
Wednesday 31 May 10am-12pm Learn to ride
Wednesday 31 May 1pm-3pm Bike club
Thursday 1 June 10am-12pm Cycle skills
Thursday 1 June 1pm-3pm Bike club
Friday 2 June 10am-12pm Cycle skills
Friday 2 June 1pm-3pm Bike club


The Weir Garden – 26th May – 5th June – Swainshill HR4 7QF

The Weir by the river – £2 – 10.30-4pm 

Come along on a journey and find out who lives at the Weir Garden, this half term.
The Weir Garden is a home to many creatures, come along and find out who they are and what they get up to. Collect your prize when you’ve made friends with them all.

Check out the link from the National trust for more details – www.nationaltrust.org

Eastnor Castle – 30th May-1st June – Ledbury HR8 1RL

Runaround Days – see website for prices – http://eastnorcastle.com

Eastnor Castle lies in Herefordshire at the foot of the Malvern Hills on the edge of the Cotswolds. Surrounded by a beautiful deer park, arboretum and lake, Eastnor Castle is the home of the Hervey-Bathurst family.

The Runaround Days are simply that, with a added quiz and activity check list. Take a picnic and let the children run around in beautiful surroundings.

On the 31st they also have a children’s pottery workshop taking place.

Bodenham nature reserve – 1st June – FREE

Seasonal wildlife inspired activities, crafts and games. Bring a picnic and relax by the lake.

Suitable for families with children aged 3 – 13

This event is free but booking is essential. Please note, if you book a place or places but are then unable to attend please let us know in advance so we can offer your places to somebody else.

Belmont Community Centre – 30th May – 11am – 12

The selfish giant: sea legs puppet company 

Since building a wall to keep the children out of his garden, the only visitors the Selfish Giant gets are Lady Snow and her friends. One morning he hears the most beautiful music coming from his bedroom window and is delighted with the sight that greets him.

Set in a magnificent steel sculpted garden, the story is told using beautifully crafted puppets, a brilliant musical soundtrack and superb storytelling.

For children age 4+


For more information on days out and events in Herefordshire then please follow my page Herefordshire Families – https://www.facebook.com/herefordshirefamilies/ and of course you can always find me on earth based fun.



  1. May 18, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    Oh I think we’ll be away but I’d love to go to the Hay festival some time. Lots of great events happening, love the idea of the cycling one.

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      May 20, 2017 / 2:01 am

      You must try one year its lovely. The cycling is brilliant and even better its free 🙂 x

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