Events and activities for May half term 2023

Top picks!

If you're getting yourself tied up in 'Notts' over what to do in the school holidays, our round-up of a few top picks could help you out.

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Set in beautiful parkland, Rufford Abbey offers over 870 years of history, from its origins as a 12th-century Cistercian monastery to its period as a Jacobean-era family home. There is plenty to explore; with walks through the native woodlands, a lake and gardens plus events to enjoy.

Knights Vs Pirates Trail 

Saturday 27 May - Sunday 4 June 2023, 10am - 4pm
Trail sheets are £2.50 per child and are available on the day from the gift shop

Choose your side carefully and embark on an epic adventure to save the kingdom of Ye Olds Rufford Abbey.

White Post Farm Wednesday

Wednesday 31 May 2023, 10.30am-3.30pm 

Tickets are £2.50 per child and will be available on the day from the admin office. 

The White Post team will be bringing a selection of their fluffy friends for you to meet - including fluffy bunnies, squeaky mice, snakes, insects and lizards!

Book tickets here for White Post Farm Wednesday

Little Princess sing-a-long 

Friday 2 June and Saturday 3 June

Breakfast at 9am and Brunch at 11.30am

Tickets are £15.95 per person (under 1s are FREE)

Enjoy a delicious, freshly cooked breakfast in Lord Savile's Kitchen and be joined by a real Princess who will lead a sing-a-long and teach you how to be a princess! You will be sure to have an unforgettable and magical experience!

Book tickets here for the Little Princess sing-a-long 

Saturday brunch

Saturdays only, 9am - 11.30am

NEW! Enjoy a Saturday brunch in Lord Savile's Kitchen.

Sunday carvery

Sundays only, sittings at 12 noon and 2pm

Enjoy a delicious home cooked Sunday lunch in Lord Savile's Kitchen.

Come along to our libraries this May for a whole host of A-May-zing activities! Check out what's happening near you at 

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InspiREAD 2023 is here!

Get ready to discover the best new children's books of the year with InspiREAD!

Inspire’s primary book award is back and our ELS librarians have carefully selected the best books published in the last year, across three categories: picture books, shorter books, and longer novels. Now it's over to you to read and vote for your favourites!

Pick up copies of shortlisted books at your local library (subject to availability) or online at a discount with

You can vote in one, two, or all three categories, and the final winner in each category will be announced at the Inspire Awards evening on 29 June 2023.

Visit the link below to view the shortlist and vote.

InspiREAD 2023

Small World Cinema 

£1 per child – for ages 4+
30 May 2023, 10am at Newark Library

Explore making movie images in this creative film session then settle down to watch a series of short animations. Find out how early cinema pioneers invented different ways to make images come to life.

Children will make Zoetropes and Thaumatropes, popular Victorian optical toys, to animate images. Then families can settle down to enjoy a programme of short animations, curated by the London International Animation Festival at our brand new pop-up cinema. These are from around the world and are largely without dialogue so can be enjoyed by all.

Small World Cinema

Dementia friendly film screening of Peter Rabbit 

31 May, 1.30pm at Mansfield Central Library

A rebellious rabbit tries to sneak into a farmer's vegetable garden!

These relaxed screenings are particularly suitable for people living with dementia and memory challenges, their family and friends but anyone is welcome. Please feel free to talk, sing and move during the screening. 

Places are limited, so booking is highly advised!

Film screening of Peter Rabbit


From adrenaline-fuelled activities to family-friendly fun, both on and off the water, you can find something for everyone to enjoy at Holme Pierrepont Country Park.

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Adventure Holiday Club at Holme Pierrepont County Park

May half term Tuesday 30 May - Friday 2 June

Join us this half term for the ultimate outdoor Adventure Holiday Club.

Kids can enjoy whizzing around our Sky Trail, putting on our Mini Golf course, throwing some arrows in Archery Combat, racing around our Assault Course and more!

Child drop-off: 8.30am - 9am
Collection: 5pm - 5.30pm

Packed lunch provided
Suitable for ages 8-14

£45 per child, per day- 10% off for bookings of multiple children

May Half-term Activities

Are you looking for something to do during May half term? We have a range of activities on offer here at Holme Pierrepont Country Park:

NEW for May half term, Mini Land Rovers

  • Sky Trail
  • Mini Golf
  • Sky Tykes
  • Archery Combat
  • Lagoon Wipeout
  • Kayaking
  • Paddleboarding
  • Tubing
  • Rafting and much more!

Activities will be open from Saturday 27 May - Sunday 4 June

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Notts Outdoors is the outdoor and environmental education service from Nottinghamshire County Council. We're all about discovering the great outdoors, having fun and making memories to last a lifetime. Our centres are located around Nottinghamshire and in the beautiful Peak District, each offering something unique and different.

The Mill Adventure Base Holiday Club

Adventurers will enjoy at least three fun activities each day, ranging from high ropes, canoeing, zip wire and many more. There is the opportunity to develop and build on new skills as the week progresses.

Saturday 27 May - Sunday 4 June 
£160 per week (£32 per day), with early drop-off and late pick-ups available at additional cost
Suitable for ages 3-8 years

Bookable in weekly blocks - hurry! 

Mill Adventure Base Holiday Club


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