Breaking the Bank Holiday
We chose some of our favourite family-friendly events to ensure you make the most of the May half-term Bank Holiday whether you are young or simply young at heart…
Mattel Play! Liverpool
Housed on the attraction-packed Albert Dock, Mattel Play! is the newest addition to a fantastic day out in Liverpool for the whole family. Children and parents alike get to explore over 13,000 square feet of themed zones with interactive play areas to ignite the imaginations of little tykes and get their hearts racing, plus a green screen photo studio experience.
Half Term Family Fun
You don’t need an excuse like Easter to indulge a love of chocolate on this self-guided tour, where different themed zones recount the history of cocoa and the Cadbury family. A full-scale reconstruction of the cobbled square where John Cadbury opened his shop leads onto a gentle ride through a chocolate wonderland and a 4K cinematic experience.
Art Of The Brick: DC Super Heroes
Celebrated New York-based LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya is back with his blockbuster exhibition Art Of The Brick. This year inviting us into the Bat Cave with his dazzling display of large-scale sculptures of characters including works devoted to Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Joker and Harley Quinn.
We're Going On A Bear Hunt
If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise, but there’s an even bigger surprise at the Belgrade Theatre where the stage version of Michael Rosen’s award-winning book, featuring iconic illustrations by Helen Oxenbury, sets up stall during the Bank Holiday. A fun-filled adaptation embarks on the expedition of a lifetime with a plucky family who travel in the hope of a close encounter of the friendly kind with a cuddly carnivore.
The Forbidden Forest
Defy the orders of Professor Dumbledore and explore the Forbidden Forest as part of the latest expansion to The Making Of Harry Potter tour in Leavesden, based on the wizarding world of JK Rowling. Walk through the gates to Hogwarts, past one of Rubeus Hagrid’s original costumes, where you will be greeted by a full-size model of the magnificent hippogriff Buckbeak and come face to face with the 18 feet wide spider Aragog.
Morgan & West
It’s a kind of magic when dapper double-act Morgan & West hark back to the golden age of variety with two performances of 19th century-inspired entertainment in 21st century Shrewsbury. The time-travelling duo arm themselves with a dizzying array of cards, cups and blindfolds as they attempt to misdirect a modern audience of families to mind-blowing effect. An impressive and jaw-dropping show for all ages.
Gruesome Nature Live!
First opened to paying visitors in 1847, the world famous ZSL London Zoo is home to creatures great and small that visitors might consider terrifying or gruesome including spiders, snakes, scorpions and cockroaches. During May half-term, the conservation centre unveils an interactive sing-along stage show, Gruesome Nature Live!, crammed to bursting with fascinating facts about some of the weirdest creatures on the planet.The show takes place daily and promises lots of stomach-churning treats from the vast and sprawling animal kingdom.
Dr Dee's Daughter & The Philosopher's Stone
When it comes to keeping children entertained during the Bank Holiday, classical music might not seem like an obvious solution. But when you team period instruments with puppetry, magic and storytelling, the outlook is considerably more exciting. The Award-winning recorder quartet have joined forces with Rust and Stardust theatre company to tell the story of Katherine, daughter of 16th century alchemist, astronomer and magician Dr John Dee, who reads about her father’s abandoned quest to discover the Philosopher’s Stone.
Mister Maker & The Shapes Live!
The CBeebies arts and crafts hero played by Phil Gallagher brings his popular preschool show to life on this first live theatre tour, which touches down in Lichfield on the Bank Holiday weekend. The show will feature a classic ‘big make’ and lots of other interactive crafts for everyone to get involved with. He will be flanked by a supporting cast of fuzzy shapes - Circle, Triangle, Square and Rectangle - who help Mister Maker in his artistic pursuits.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
First published in 1969, Eric Carle’s colourful picture book has captured the imagination of generations of children with its iconic hand-painted tissue paper illustrations of one incredibly greedy insect, who makes his way through various foodstuffs before pupating and finally emerging as a majestic butterfly. Jonathan Rockefeller’s family-friendly stage production uses a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets manipulated by four actors faithfully bringing to life Carle’s unforgettable story as well as three other tall tales.
Community Rail Fun Day
Join us for an afternoon of fun and activities for all ages; whilst learning about the Community Rail Partnership and how it's making a difference on the Abbey Line. With activities throughout the day, look out for the Mardi Gras Jazz band, face painting and our Award - winning magician who will be appearing on selected trains from Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey.