School holidays, again?! If you are searching for ways to entertain the kids in Warwickshire this May half term, you're in luck! We've rounded up some exciting activities and events to help you plan your half term fun in Shakespeare's England.

Mediaeval Adventures at Warwick Castle!

Three actors dressed in costume as mediaeval knights performing on horseback in a live jousting show at Warwick Castle

Your May half term adventures await at Warwick Castle where history is waiting to be unleashed! Experience over 20 live shows and attractions during half term, including live jousting, falconry displays, the return of the Trebuchet, and the ZOG Live Show! 

From 27th May, catch the critically acclaimed Wars of the Roses LIVE! A thrilling show packed with stunning equestrian stunts, world-class jousting and a brand-new, fearless finale. You can also catch the Falconer's Quest live falconry show twice a day, and the new Legend of the Trebuchet show featuring Britain's biggest siege machine.

Day tickets are priced from £26 per person when booked in advance.
Find out more and book online here.

Kids Rule at Kenilworth Castle

An external view of Kenilworth Castle

Join Kenilworth Castle for a royal party this May half term where you can enjoy a host of activities themed around the coronation of King Charles III!

Try your hand at sword fighting, embark in some knight training, and don't forget to visit the armour tent - this is your chance to be a monarch for the day! 

From £41.50 for 2 adults and up to 3 children for weekday entry. English Heritage Members go free.
Book online and save 10%.
Download the timetable of activities and book here

Spring Fun at Mary Arden's Farm

A young female dressed in Tudor costumer walking through an arch of sticks decorated with colourful ribbons

Head to Mary Arden’s Farm on Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st May to join a springtime celebration themed around Shakespeare's play of love, rivalry and mistaken identity; As You Like It.

Romance will be in the air as you get hands-on with flower crown crafting, help prepare for a Tudor feast and take part in an interactive retelling of As You Like It; one of Shakespeare’s most loved comedies.

Your day will end with traditional Tudor dancing to the sounds of Tudor-inspired music. The question is, who will be crowned the May Day King or Queen?

From £7.50 per adult and £15 for children aged 4-15
Pre-booking is essential, to find tickets click here.

Discover the Curse of Jewel Island at Magic Alley

An artist impression of a skull and crossbones under the sea in front of a pirate treasure chest at Magic Alley

Immerse yourself in a land of pirates and puzzles for a brand new swashbuckling adventure at Magic Alley in Stratford-upon-Avon. Encounter mysterious clues, hidden messages, and mind-bending challenges that will test your ingenuity and teamwork to retrieve the treasure in this new land of pirates and puzzles that opens on 27th May.

The adventures end with a visit to an indoor beach full of play sand, where the little ones can enjoy building sand castles, while parents can relax in a deck chair. Recommended for those aged 6 and over.

£9 for over-6s, and £5 for children aged 3-6 (plus booking fee)
For more information and to book your slot, click here.

Celebrating the Land Rover at British Motor Museum

A family overlooking a collection of classic cars from a mezzanine balcony

Celebrate Land Rover’s 75th Birthday with a selection of fun family activities at the British Motor Museum this May Half-Term!

Take a tour of various Land Rovers through the years - from tough wayfarers like the "Pink Panther", a Series IIa from 1968 used by the SAS, to a Range Rover Vogue TDi that was driven by His Majesty King Charles III.

Get crafty with hands-on  activities are back in the Learning Space, where children can also have a go at making their own Land Rover out of air-drying dough to take home.

From £40 for 2 adults 2 children (book online in advance to save money on your ticket)
For information and bookings, click here.

Delve into the Rainforest Realm at Stratford Butterfly Farm

A spectacled caimen swimming in water at Stratford Butterfly Farm

Little explorers will love to visit Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm this May half term where they can experience the newly opened Rainforest Realm, an exciting display linking the Butterfly Farm to the rainforests of Belize and the ancient Maya civilisation. Hang out with exciting mini-beasts that originate from the rainforests of Central America including new star resident, Kenny the Spectacled Caimen!

Meet the Mini-Beast handling sessions and Butterfly Life-Cycle demonstrations will take place daily at 11am in the Discovery Zone and a Pupae Preparation demonstration will take place at 11am on Wednesday 1st June. 

From £27.50 for 2 adults and 2 children when booked online
For more information and bookings click here.

Get Buzzy with Bee-Friendly Fun at Charlecote Park

Two children playing amongst spring blossoms at Charlecote Park

Enjoy the buzz and excitement of a bee-themed trail and activities at Charlecote Park! Learn more about our trusty pollinator friends, and visit on Wednesday 31st May for a special Craft Wednesday session where you can create your own pom pom bumblebee to take home!

Entrance prices from £11 per adult and £5.50 per child
Booking not required ore information on visiting Charlecote Park can be found here.

Unicorns and Dragons at Fairytale Farm

A colourful cartoon poster advertising Once upon a unicorn and dragons at Fairytale Farm

Enter a real-life fairy tale this half term with a visit to ‘Once upon a Unicorn and Dragons’ at Fairytale Farm

There is something magical happening at the farm every day throughout half term. Get crafty in the Mythical Craft Marquee, see the magical story ‘A Dragon’s Tale’ told through puppets, scenery, music and sound effects in the Mythical Cabaret Theatre, with three shows per day or become a Unicorn Knight or a Dragon Knight in our Knight’s Quest trail activity.

Half term will also be a chance to explore Fairytale Farm's new magical land, Fairy Dell, an immersive new area where you will be reduced to the size of fairies, with giant toadstools, raised walkways and bridges, crawl tunnel, clamber net, climbing wall and slides. It's also wheelchair accessible with a series of sensory experiences. 

The new Wilderness Walk area, which is being formally launched on 25th May, will also be fully open for half term.

From £37.96 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children, under 2's go free
No special tickets are needed for this event. Just book standard admission tickets. There is a 10% discount if booked online.
For more information and bookings, click here.

Half Term Family Breaks

Two children sitting on a mediaeval themed bed at Warwick castle

Why not stay a little longer? With a wide choice of accommodation from countryside escapes to town centre hotels, and self-catering stays – there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. Find a place to stay in Shakespeare’s England here.

Keep an eye on our What's On pages for a full calendar of events and activities taking place in Shakespeare’s England all year round.

We hope you have a wonderful half term in Shakespeare’s England and don’t forget to share your stories and adventures with us on social media – #MyShakespearesEngland.