10 brilliant ways to make the most of the May bank holiday weekend

The May bank holiday weekend is just around the corner (Saturday 28th – Monday 30th May) and the choice of family activities to keep the kids entertained has never been greater. Plan your time off with A-Z’s round-up of some of the best family friendly outdoor events, walks and days out on a budget taking place all over the UK. Let’s just hope the sun makes an appearance!

Transport for London’s “Spring into Summer” free guided walks, celebrating national walking month. (Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd May 2016)

There are 45 free guided walks across the Capital which are organized by “Walk London” and TfL, which explore London’s hidden gems, parks, famous landmarks and canals. There is something to suit all ages and abilities. Many of the walks are family friendly with Animal I-Spy in the City, a gentle stroll searching for dragons, lions and unicorns and Goodnight Mister Tom, inspired by the much loved book, particularly popular with children.

Free guided walks in London

The walks have been running since 2007 and their popularity has grown significantly since. To cope with the large increase in demand, there is a new online booking system for “Spring into Summer” walks. It is a quick and simple process to book a free place on the walk London website. Their website is also full of information regarding times, routes, distances.

National Parks (Located across the UK)

There are 15 national parks in the UK, but the number of places to visit and things to do within them is limitless. The 15 parks are located all over the UK so there is something for all ages and abilities and can make a fantastic adventure for all the family over the May bank holiday weekend!

Lake District
Lake District

Don’t forget to take a map with you and make sure you take advantage of our 35% discount on Ordnance Survey Explorer and Landranger maps!

You can also find plenty of ideas in the National Parks “Top 15” list!

Eden Project, South West

The Eden Project in Cornwall makes for a great day out for the whole family. Explore the largest indoor rainforest in the world and enjoy special events over the May bank holiday weekend.

Get involved with activities such as:

  • Making a marble run
  • Enter the Subbuteo championship
  • Try your hand at coding
  • Help their storytellers build a story with the roll of a dice
  • Play a super-sized team version of the classic naval game, Battleships
Eden Project
Eden Project

Create your own May bank holiday weekend adventure with an A-Z Adventure Atlas!

The A-Z Adventure series is an innovative concept that utilises Ordnance Survey Explorer mapping in a book, therefore eliminating the need to fold and re-fold a large sheet map to the desired area. OS Explorer is Ordnance Survey’s detailed mapping at a scale of 1:25,000, showing public rights of way, open access land, national parks, tourist information, car parks, public houses and camping and caravan sites.

 Adventure Atlas
Go exploring with an Adventure Atlas

We have adventure atlases for many beautiful scenic locations all over the UK.

Buy your Adventure Atlas now from www.az.co.uk and take advantage of 20% off using voucher code MAY25 until the end of May!

Port Lympne Animal Reserve, Kent

Guinea Baboon, Port Lympne Animal Reserve

Port Lympne Reserve is located in the South East of England in Kent. Home to the UK’s original and authentic African experience safari, Port Lympne offers a unique family adventure, set in over 600 acres.

Tickets from £21; however, they do often have deals on tickets such as 10% off single entry tickets and family tickets priced at £82. It is an unforgettable experience for all the family. For more information, visit their website.

BeWILDerwood, Norfolk


BeWILDerwood is a wild and imaginative adventure park with treehouses, zip wires, jungle bridges, boat trips, marsh walks and much more. Perfect for the May bank holiday weekend!

BeWILDerwood is based on a fantastical tale by local children’s author, Tom Blofeld. Parents are encouraged to play alongside their children, which makes a brilliant and exciting day for all the family!

Purchase tickets online from £10.50

York Ghost Walk 

Ghost Walk, York Minster
Ghost Walk, York Minster

Something a bit different, the Original Ghost Walk of York offers a night of history and mystery to capture your imagination.

“The Walk was established before 1973 and was an original creation believed to be the first in the world. The Walk aims to be accurate, authentic and genuine, exploring a world of folklore, legend and dreams. We do not need to stage manage tricks or gimmicks but remain above all a fun night out.”

Purchase tickets from The Original Ghost Walk of York website: £5.00 Adults, £3.00 Children

Yorkshire Trails

Meet the Studfold trails characters
Meet the Studfold trails characters

This North Yorkshire adventure is aimed at pre-school and primary school aged children.
“Rabbit, Mole and Owl will take you on an adventure, teaching you about the wildlife, while you search for clues and hidden treasure”
£4 Adult, £3 Child

Visit the Studfold trails website for more information regarding times, dates and different events.

Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport

Amongst the objects on display are everything from skateboards to locomotives, paintings to prams, velocipedes to voiturettes, vintage cars to a stormtrooper, there really is something to delight visitors of all ages.​ Visit the Museum’s website for more information. Free entry.

Scotland's Museum of Transport and Travel
Vintage Glasgow tram – Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel, Glasgow, Scotland


Welsh Open Stone skimming Championships at Llanwrtyd Wells (29th May 2016)

Almost everyone has skimmed a stone at some stage of their life. The British and European version “Stoneskimming” is concerned with the distance achieved.

Stone skimming ripples
Stone skimming ripples

You can enter yourself for the event for only £5.00 if you fancy having a go, or it is free to spectate, visit the Green Events website for more details.

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