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Notts is set for a-may-zing half term family fun

Wednesday, 22 May 2024

As school holiday time approaches, families across Nottinghamshire are set to have a fun-filled half term thanks to plenty of activities and events to help keep the kids entertained.

With the weather set to get warmer, here’s some top tips of things to do to help plan for the coming May half-term:

  • Mansfield Central Library will be offering a rhythmic ‘drum and dance’ taster session to tease out your inner dancer.
  • Rufford Abbey Country Park is stepping into the world of fantastic and hosting a fabulous ‘Its pink’ Barbie buffet breakfast, featuring a very special appearance from none other than the style icon herself and a prize for the best dressed.
  • Families with little ones at Rufford Abbey Country Park can enjoy story time with a twist and capture snaps and selfies as part of an experience with baby owls.
  • For those looking for adrenaline-fuelled outdoor adventure during the warmer weather, Holme Pierrepont Country Park will be offering an adventure holiday club, including activities such as a sky trail and zip wire.
  • The launch of the new ‘Five for £5’ bus ticket is also a great opportunity to take advantage of this half term, with unlimited day travel on selected Nottsbus Connect services for up to two adults and up to three children. Allowing families to explore some of the beautiful scenic park grounds in the county such as Attenborough Nature Reserve and Kings Park in Retford.

Councillor Scott Carlton, Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health at Nottinghamshire County Council, said:

“Nottinghamshire has so many fantastic activities and events to offer this May half term, all of which are suitable for a variety of age groups. Whether it’s a day filled with canoeing and zip wire or a trip to one of our scenic country parks, I’ve no doubt that there will be something for everyone to take part in and enjoy.

“Don’t forget to take photos and share your adventures with us on social media by using the hashtag #ExploreNotts. We can’t wait to see what everyone gets up to this school holiday!”.

To find out more about events happening across Nottinghamshire visit our What’s On page:

Events for the May half term (Saturday 25 May – Sunday 2 June) include:

Adventure Holiday Club - Holme Pierrepont Country Park

Date: Saturday 25 May until Sunday 2 June
Price: £49 per child, per day

Looking for the ultimate outdoor Adventure Holiday Club? Kids can enjoy whizzing around a sky trail, putting on a mini golf course, paddling on the lagoon, racing around on wet or dry assault courses and more.

For more information:

Drum and dance! A taster session of rhythm and expression – Mansfield Central Library

Date: Saturday 1 June
Price: FREE

Grab a hand drum and join in the drumming circle, delving into the world of rhythm and song from around the world, then tease out your inner dancer and feel the beat all over your body as you shimmy. Suitable for families.

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‘It’s pink’ Barbie breakfast– Rufford Abbey Country Park

Date: Friday 31 May, 9am - 10.30am and 11.30am - 1pm
Price: £14.95 per person / Under 8's £7.25 / Under 1's FREE

Enjoy a delightful buffet breakfast accompanied by your choice of unlimited tea, coffee, or fruit juice in the ultimate morning treat this May at a Barbie Breakfast experience, where you'll have the extraordinary opportunity to meet none other than the iconic doll with the dreamhouse herself.

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Owl babies experience – Rufford Abbey Country Park

Date: Wednesday 29 May and Saturday 22 June
Price: £8 per person (children must be accompanied by a fee-paying adult)

Step into the magical world of Owl Babies which is designed for the little ones! Enjoy story time featuring the beloved Owl Babies tale. After the story, children will have the unique opportunity for an up-close experience with a friendly owl companion.

For more information:

Five for £5 school holiday bus ticket

The tickets will be valid during:
May half-term - Saturday 25 May to Sunday 2 June
Summer Holidays - Saturday 27 July to Sunday 1 September
October half-term - Saturday 19 October to Sunday 3 November

Our new ‘Five for £5’ ticket allows up to two adults and up to three children unlimited day travel on selected Nottsbus Connect services.

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