Seasonal Sensations this May Half Term
With the May half term just around the corner, all those wanting to venture out over the holiday season will find everything they’re looking for in Staffordshire.
An estate with primates
The majestic Trentham Estate has it all, from perfectly pruned privets, to wild woodlands, a miniature railway and even Barbary Macaques - a guarantee to entertain the whole family!
After a pleasant amble amongst the rolling gardens and beautiful flowerbeds, why not take in the sights from a horse drawn carriage this May half term, with rides for just £3.50 per person. Also available is the chance to admire the beautiful views along the lake, either by foot or by catamaran, trying to spot the 15 enchanted fairies that live along the recently extended lakeside walk.
For some alfresco fun too, there will be an Artisan Market open for trade between Saturday 25th and Monday 27th of May, welcoming in the best food, drinks, arts and crafts stalls to the Trentham Estate. Available will be scores of seasonal farm produce and specialist foods guaranteed to send anyone’s taste buds into overdrive. The stalls will open at 10am till 5pm.
If you’d prefer more of a walk on the wild side though, why not enter the 60-acre Trentham Monkey Forest and be amazed by all the mischievous monkeys, the forest’s newborn macaques and their cheeky antics.
As an extra treat this half term too, Trentham is also welcoming the RSPB to help make natural bird feeders and get visitors to channel their inner explorer with Wilderness Survival Skills workshops.
In Pursuit of Fun
If action is more what you're looking for, kids can put their monkey skills literally to the test at the Audley Climbing Centre and enjoy hours of energetic fun, scrambling up the climbing walls. With sessions for 5-9 and 7-16 year olds, no-one is left out. Prices range from £5 for the youngest monkeys and £5.50 for the older.
Or if a whole day of activities is more of what you're after, there is the Peak Pursuits Fun Day taking place on Sunday 26th May at Tittesworth Water. The fun starts at 12pm and lasts throughout the afternoon until 5pm, and all are welcome to join in!
Adventure Farm in Full Bloom
With spring now in full bloom, farmyards and fields up and down the county, including the National Forest Adventure Farm near Burton upon Trent, will be a riot of colour and noise.
The Adventure Farm is a great way to spend a day out with the family, where adults and children can experience life on the farm and get close and personal to all the animals. Youngsters can feed the playful baby lambs, groom the ponies and pet lots of other animals including chicks, calves, piglets and baby rabbits.
Open every day between 10am and 6pm, with admission just £7.75 and FREE for under 2's, attractions this half term include the chance to watch daily demonstrations of egg collecting from the hatchery and even milk a cow.
Be Calm on the Farm
If getting lost in a book is more your cup of tea, the Lower Drayton Farm has the perfect day out for bookworms and literary-lovers this holiday.
Taking place on Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th and Friday 31st of May, and celebrating the launch of the new children's books 'Boris the Lost Badger', author Brian Hainsworth will be giving readings to visitors with artist Mair Perkins also joining him on Monday.
As an added treat too, Mair, who drew the beautiful illustrations in the books, will also be offering to pen original sketches and portraits inside purchased books to create a truly unique souvenir.
To book just call 07817 691352, admission for adults is £4.50 and children £2.50, with grandparents entering for FREE. Gates open at 10am each day and last admission is at 4pm.
Shake, Rattle and Roll!
For those who prefer to test their nerve, Staffordshire boasts two of the most popular theme parks in Britain - Alton Towers Resort and Drayton Manor Park. Both attractions promise to get your heart racing and nerves jangling, as each swoop, swerve, jolt, corkscrew and loop-the-loop will push all thrill-seekers to their absolute limit.
This May half term why not dare yourself and buckle up in the latest addition to the Alton Towers Resort's roller-coasting collection, The Smiler. Open from Thursday 23rd May, be the first to experience the world's first 14-looped coaster which is sure to test even the most daring visitors, with the strongest of stomachs.
Likewise Drayton Manor Theme Park will also be welcoming visitors to star attractions such as Thomas Land, the Ben 10 Ultimate Mission roller coaster, the hotel and grill and the park's very own zoo, complete with beautiful Bengal tigers!
To enjoy all four exciting attractions, the fantastic Thrill Hopper ticket secures entry for a family of four (two adults and two children under 12) for £170, and an individual ticket for just £60.
For the Artisan Crowd
For budding artists or those who just like to mess around with paint, The Emma Bridgewater Factory, Stoke-on-Trent, also has a load of fun planned for crafty critters during the holiday.
To celebrate the Queen's Coronation, a whole host of activities have been arranged to mark the occasion, including the chance for artistic adults to while away the hours in the studio, designing their own pottery crown for just £35.
To top the week off, a Courtyard Coronation Party will be taking place on Sunday 2nd June, with special edition, commemorative ware also available to buy in the Emma Bridgewater shop.
If your artistic skills leave a lot to be desired, perhaps a new approach to paint is what's needed. Why not duck and dive, bob and weave around the trees at the National Paintball Fields arming yourself with a paint gun, instead of a paintbrush.
Whether you're planning a family day out or a road trip with friends, the 200 acres of scenic woodland provides the perfect playing field to let paint-splattering battle commence! Prices start from £12.50 (which includes entry, kit, equipment, full tuition, tea/coffee plus a BBQ burger lunch) but there are also plenty of tailored packages to choose from. Just call 0121 667 9543 to book now.
So, with the May bank holiday fast approaching, we 'may' well be in for some sunny, spring weather. If not though, Staffordshire has all bases covered from action-packed activities outdoors, to fun, creative goings-on indoors - guaranteeing a great time for all.