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Top 10 Family Events happening in May 2019

Top 10 Family Events  happening in May 2019

If you’re looking for something to do this May with the family, here’s our guide to Top Family Events happening in May across the UK.

1. Family Events at Gulliver’s

Gulliver's family events

Gulliver’s in Bath, Milton Keynes and Warrington have 2 fantastic events happening this May

Princess & Pirate Weekend

4 – 6 May 2019

Get ready for a princess and pirate takeover across Gulliver’s theme parks. There will be treasure treats, fancy dress events, themed activities and so much more. Percy Pirate will be on stage with some swashbuckling songs and Princess Gilly will be making special appearances throughout the day.

Big treats for little treasures!

Gulliver’s are hosting a big treasure trade on park every day with surprises fit for royalty. Seek out Princesses and Pirates who will reward you with precious treasure treats. Explore the magical areas of our theme park and enjoy the fantastic rides available along the way.

Join the Princess and Pirate Parade 

Wear your best pirate or princess costume and head to the end of the Rainbow for the chance to win even more great prizes. Adults can join in too, make it a day of fun for the whole family. 

For more details click here


25 May – 2 June 2019

Tabbalabba is the ultimate family festival taking place across nine magical days. It’s all about fun, families and fantastic festivities. Discover Tabbalabba traditions in all shapes and sizes, from sock puppets to blue cake. Join the fun at Warrington, Milton Keynes or Matlock Bath.

What happens at Tabbalabba? 

  • Springtime Festivities 
  • The Big Bubble Show 
  • The Sock Puppet Parade 
  • The Gulliver’s Cake-Off 

Bring on the bunting, bubbles and blue cake!

As Tabbalabba continues to grow Gulliver’s are adding more and more amazing activities for the whole family. Create precious memories and join the Tabbalabba festival! Bring the family together for a celebration of hopes and dreams. Gully and the gang will be here to wish everyone a ‘Happy Tabbalabba’.

FREE return ticket for every child wearing a sock puppet!

Sock puppets are one of the most important parts of Tabbalabba and they are offering a FREE return ticket for every child wearing a sock puppet to this special event! You’ll have the chance to show off your creations in the sock puppet parade later in the day.  Make them as wacky and wonderful as possible! 

For more details click here

2. Underbelly Southbank

Underbelly family events

Open from April until the end of September, Underbelly Festival Southbank brings you world class entertainment at a beautiful pop-up festival right in the heart of London. We visited for the first time last month and it definitely has an authentic festival feel about it that you wouldn’t expect in the centre of London.

All shows are short (usually only an hour long), sharp and very sweet. And the vast majority of tickets are under £20 making Underbelly Festival an affordable way to entertain the family.

Underbelly Festival have a number of family shows on this May including The Amazing Bubble Man, The Showstoppers Kids Show, Comedy Club 4 Kids, Morgan & West’s Magic Show and much more

For more details click here

3. The Labyrinth Challenge, Dalkeith

4 – 5 May 2019



…is coming to Dalkeith Country Park on the 4th and 5th May 2019. It’s the perfect day out – for family fun, competing with friends or pitting yourself up against your colleagues – be prepared to enjoy and be silly.


The Labyrinth Challenge is brilliant entertainment for all ages. For ages 10+ and adults there are five unique themed zones to tackle with a series of interactive and wacky obstacles. Run, slide, jump through the Jungle Zone, The Lava Zone, The Toxic Zone, Combat Zone and Ocean Zone. At over 1000ft in length, the course is packed with hilarious challenges and obstacles like slides, balance beams, hurdles and more. The aim? To get through it as quickly as possible if you’re feeling fit! If not, just go at your own speed – a leisurely pace is just fine too.

For ages 5-9 there’s an amazing 200ft-long Mini Labyrinth. With four themed sections – Arctic, Jungle, Jurassic and Egyptian – to climb, slide, scramble and duck under – it’s sure to be a hit with your little people.

For more details click here

4. May Bank Holiday and Half Term at Drayton Manor

Drayton Manor have a number of events happening in May, plus they are currently running an offer where you can get a ticket for 4 for £95, saving you up to £61 when booking in advance.

May Bank Holiday

Kick start your summer when you join Drayton Manor over the long weekend this May Bank Holiday! Enjoy the long weekend and experience over 100 rides and attractions, delicious food throughout the park and a 15-acre zoo with lots of unusual and intriguing animals!

May Half Term

Enjoy time with the whole family this May Half Term from Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June as Drayton Manor celebrate ‘Love Your Zoo’ week. 

For more details click here

5. Half Term trails and Events at your local National Trust

Colourscape at Waddesdon Manor

We love the National Trust and if you have an annual membership it’s fantastic value.

As the days get warmer and evenings become longer, May half term is the perfect time to head outdoors and get closer to nature. From hunting for bugs and planting seeds to whittling wood and building secret dens, there are so many things to do for families.

Go wild in the great outdoors

If you’re looking for an excuse to get outside this May half term, you’ll find plenty of wild activities at places we care for near you. Why not follow the sensory butterfly trail and build a bee house at Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire, or learn bushcraft skills on a Spring Ranger Day on Brownsea Island in Dorset? Wherever you go, you’ll find plenty of ways to explore the natural world around you.

Have a go at crafts

Half term is a great time to try new things and unleash your creativity – so why not have a go at some natural crafts? At Barrington Court in Somerset you can paint your own wooden springtime decoration, or head to Kedleston in Derbyshire to make a spectacular nature crown to wear on your adventures

To find your nearest National Trust click here

6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar UK Tour

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle, has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969, selling more than 43 million copies worldwide.

Carle’s well-known books have captivated readers with his iconic colorful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories. His work has introduced generations of children to a bigger, brighter world – and to their first experience of reading itself.

This timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage.

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle’s stories, Brown Bear, Brown Bear10 Little Rubber DucksThe Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is touring the UK, starting in Birmingham on 2 May 2019. To find your nearest show click here

7. Geronimo Festival

24 – 27 May 2019

Described as Glastonbury for kids, Geronimo Festival in Cheshire is a family festival with Children’s Entertainment and activities, music, food and camping.

Acts this year include Sam & Mark, Katie Ashworth, Cook & Line from Swashbuckle, Alex Winters, West End Kids and lots more..

For more information click here

8. Lechlade Festival

24 – 26 May

Lechlade family festival

We are always on the look out for family friendly festivals and Lechlade Festival not only has great music but some fantastic family fun too.

Now in its 9th year, the multi award-winning Lechlade Festival returns over the bank holiday weekend from 24th to 26th May 2019.

This year’s festival promises to be bigger and better, jam-packed with over 100 performers, including Ivor Novello award-winning, Brit Award-nominated band The Feeling as headliners. Saturday night sees the return of ‘That 80s Rock Show’, performing 80s stadium rock anthems and power ballads with larger than life characters.

The festival is sticking firmly to its roots as a family friendly event, with comedy, camping, boutique glamping, free music, dance and craft workshops, circus skills tent, burlesque and more.  Fab food, real ales, stalls and rides complete the weekend.

Children 16 and under go free, whether camping or visiting for the day. Make the most of your bank holiday weekend with a stay alongside the River Thames in the glorious Cotswolds.

To buy tickets or for more information click here

9. The Cockfosters Festival

24 – 27 May

Family fesitval

The Cockfosters festival promises to be the talk of North London this May featuring a massive bank holiday weekend of SHOWSTOPPING attractions, music, and family fun.

These 12 acres of parkland will be packed with wonderful attractions including the World famous Happy’s traditional animal free Circus, with four fabulous shows a day. Professor Styles Punch n Judy shows will run alongside the Circus shows to ensure everyone can enjoy this traditional children’s show .

The live main stage will feature all day music by some of the best professional bands working the circuit all free of any charges on the day and the all-day 80’s music lounge bar featuring Ska Reggae and 80’s pop.

A massive installation of family and thrill rides covers the Amusement Park including the Children World of Attractions which will amaze and excite you just for the kids our lovely donkey rides straight off the beach. The amazing Labyrinth Challenge the largest inflatable assault course in the world will be available for all 3 days of the festival.

To quench your thirst there will be plenty of bars to choose from, if you are a bit peckish try out the many hot food stalls and with our shoppers’ market you can forget that usual dull shopping trip lots of retail goods and crafts on sale.

Festival Day entrance tickets on the gate are just £10. Under 5’s are Free

For more details or to book tickets click here

10. Wychwood Festival

31 May – 2 June

Family Festival

The UK’s favourite family festival takes place within the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside, with over 100 acts performing across four stages, plus music, dance and arts workshops, a circus school and a programme of talks, debates and comedy for all ages.

With optional idyllic camping and something to satisfy all appetites, there’s no wonder Wychwood has been nominated as ‘Best Family Festival’ each year at the UK Festival awards.

For more details or to book tickets click here

If we have missed any fantastic events happening this May please let us know by commenting below.

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