May bank holiday: Top five open-air activities

30/04/2018 - Family Activities

Spring has officially sprung and what better way to spend a month with not one, but two bank holidays AND a half-term than with some fun-filled family time? As this week (30th April – 4th May) is Children’s Activities Week in the UK, ACE has investigated the top outdoor activities that you and your little ones can enjoy together. Spending time outdoors is not only enjoyable, it’s also proven to be great for the respiratory system whilst vitamin D rays boost the immune system and nervous system. Get stuck in outside this May with ACE, safe in the knowledge you can remove the stains but keep the memories.

Be bug of the ball at BeWILDerwood

Take a trip to BeWILDerwood in Norfolk from Tuesday 8th May to Friday 25th May for a truly enchanting experience. The treehouse adventure park is hosting it’s annual ‘BeWILDerbug Ball’, inspired by nature, where your little ones can scurry through the sky maze and fly along the zip wires! They will be transported through the forest by storytellers and become the belle of the ball with fairy tale face paint. For more information visit

Little Eden parent and under-fives club

Celebrate the great outdoors together at the Eden Project’s weekly parent and toddler club this May half term. Set in the magically wild perimeters of the Cornish centre every Thursday, why not head down for a delightful morning out in the open? Take part in games and stories, quests and hunts, making and creating and even work on those culinary skills with campfire cooking. Tickets are available for £7.50 per child per session (£7 for Eden Project Members) For more information visit 

Paint like Picasso

Pop to your local art supply store and pick up a children’s easel and some paints for endless creative fun. Capture your little one’s interpretation of somewhere you have picnics, walk the dog or play on the swings – or even in the comfort of your back garden, so Mum can put her feet up – it’s a great way to have fun and create memories together. A priceless keepsake that you will treasure for years to come.

Go Wild at Port Lympne reserve

Port Lympne in Kent is the place to go for a truly authentic Safari experience. The reserve is home to the UK’s largest outdoor dinosaur forest where your little adventurer can learn about the prehistoric world and become a palaeontologist for the day as they dig fossils. Conservation is at the heart of what the reserve does; it’s home to over 700 animals across 90 species. This May half term the park is hosting a raffle for £1 with the opportunity to win behind the scenes access. You can book online and get 20% off tickets, prices start from £16.80 visit for more information.

Plan a backyard movie night

As the evenings get warmer, why not enjoy a movie under the stars with the whole family? Decorate your lawn with fairy lights, bean bags and blankets for the perfect way to relax with your nearest and dearest. May is also the month that hosts Cannes Film Festival, so get inspired and watch a marathon of your all-time favourite movies or let the kids dress up as their favourite character. If you’re lucky enough to have a projector, hang up a white sheet for a drive-in cinema experience or gather around a tablet for a cosy atmosphere. For extra fun factor why not pop your own cinema style popcorn and add your favourite toppings… sprinkles, fruit or your favourite sweet treats.

Smell the fresh air already?

Pull out the wellies and leave the Sunday best at home!

What will you and your little ones get up to this May? Are they taking part in Children’s Activities Week? Let us know at @ACECLEANUK on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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