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Our top picks for the May half term break

The May half term is possibly one of the nicest times to go away for a short break. The weather is warm, we are past the April showers, and everyone is ready for much needed time away from school and work. 

Here are some great reasons to book your half term break now – having something to look forward to will have a positive impact on your wellbeing and put a spring in your step.


Spring energy in the forest

The forest in May is bursting with spring flowers, birds are filling the trees with sound, and the wildlife is bustling about after the winter slumber – it’s a busy time. All that fresh air and energy is contagious – you’ll find yourself out and about exploring every day. And there are plenty of things to do. 

Each of our forest locations offer beautiful trails for hiking and walking. If you are wondering where to go this half term, the possibilities are endless you will just need to decide which beautiful  landscape suits your mood the best. Rugged mountains in Snowdonia or sweeping moorland in Yorkshire, beautiful Cornish beaches or the Norfolk broads – whichever you choose, there are family friendly routes as well as more challenging trails for adventure seekers. Find out more about walking holidays at our 10 UK locations.

With all that energy to spare, why not spend the May half term break trying a completely new experience? How about canoeing at Thorpe Forest, archery at Blackwood Forest, or gorge walking at Ardgartan Argyll?

May half term events

With May half term holiday comes plenty of scheduled events, giving you the chance to explore the local area, whichever location you are staying at. Festivals in particular are a great way to immerse yourself in local life. If you are a music fan, try the Dot To Dot festival on 26 May in Nottingham, near our cabins at Sherwood Forest. Literary fans cannot miss the Hay Festival, not far from Forest of Dean, with talks from authors for adults and children. 

Not far from Deerpark in Cornwall, is the Fal River Festival – a 10 day extravaganza with music, drama and the arts, as well as sailing, food and plenty of action. When you need a rest, stop on by the Eden Project, where Dick and Dom are taking up residency for a half term comedy experience.

Great places to visit this May half term

If you are looking for something to entertain the whole family, then a trip to Major Oak at Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre could be just what you're looking for. Within a 10 minute drive of our cabins at Sherwood Forest, it's great for all ages. Discover the story of Robin Hood and his band of merry men during your day out and try the ancient sport of archery in the famous outlaws playground during the rest of your stay.

Children will have a definite advantage over the adults on the North Yorkshire Waterpark, with their lower centre of gravity and better balance, so why not set a family challenge? The first one to fall in can cook dinner on the barbecue when you get back to your cabin at Keldy or Cropton

Finally, with 85 acres of attractions, an indoor play park, fossil hunts, and the Secret Animal Garden, it’s no wonder Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure was winner of the Best Visitor Attraction 2018 in Norfolk and Suffolk. Just 50 minutes away from your cabin at Thorpe Forest, it’s just what you need for an action-packed day out. 

After all that activity, you’ll be pleased to know that whichever forest location you book for your May half term holiday, there’ll be plenty of time to relax on your private decking, or sink into your hot tub, and enjoy the spring air as well.