Family-friendly half-term events & activities

Attractions across Coventry and Warwickshire are getting ready to host exciting holiday activities.

The half term break is set to take place from Monday, May 31 and Shakespeare’s England members are gearing up to welcome people in.

With attractions now able to open once again under strict Coronavirus measures, they are all preparing a whole host of events for all the family to enjoy.

There will be everything from digital festivals, a literary festival, interesting exhibitions and a whole lot more to keep young people entertained.

Helen Peters, Chief Executive of Shakespeare’s England, is pleased that there is so much for families to take part in and enjoy during the school break.

“It has been so long since people have been able to enjoy events in person and at attractions, so I am thrilled that members are welcoming people back,” said Helen.

“There is so much on offer across the region and I would urge people to stay safe, but to go out and enjoy themselves.

“After months of being closed, we need to make sure we are supporting these businesses and that there is something to cater for everyone.”

The full list of events includes:

British Motor Museum – Join the British Motor Museum this May half-term as it celebrates the 60th Birthday of the ‘Most Beautiful Car in the World!’ – the Jaguar E-type.

Meet Dotty or Dougie the costumed characters from the swinging 60s and explore the new Jaguar E-type exhibition.

People can even take home their own E-type – that is, a cardboard cut-out for youngsters to make and decorate at home!

Those not able to visit the Museum can still join in the Birthday celebrations with the online activities. For more information click here. 

 

 

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry – The Belgrade Theatre is one of six regional theatres hosting the first ever MTFestUK digital tour from May 31 to June 6.

MTFestUK is a celebration of new musical theatre. The festival sets out to promote quality artistry with a view to showcasing and elevating projects to full production, giving audiences an insight into the process of creating new work and the art of collaboration.

This year’s festival was postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic but the show must go on! The eight brand-new musicals selected to feature in this year’s festival will be embarking on a digital tour with Belgrade Theatre audiences able to view from Mon 31 May to Sun 6 June.

The lineup this year features musicals by Harry Hill, Andrew Lippa, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and Tasha Taylor Johnson to name a few. Over half of the musicals are by first time writers.

 

 

Chesford Grange Hotel – The hotel has a Warwick Castle package with dinner, bed and breakfast and one day castle entry as well.

Warwick Castle Tents on East Front

 

 

Kenilworth Castle – The castle is running its Medieval Kenilworth event taking place from May 29 to May 31 and then Kids Rule from June 1 to June 6.

 

 

Stratford Literary Festival – Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell is just one of the leading names in the Stratford Literary Festival’s programme of events for young people this year. The creator of worldwide success, How to Train Your Dragon, will be discussing the conclusion to her best-selling series, The Wizards of Once, in a live online event on May 16.

In fact, May 16 will be entirely devoted to children’s events and a number of big names will be providing quality entertainment for all ages. The nation’s storyteller and award-winning author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, Sir Michael Morpurgo, will be sharing insights into two of his latest books for both young and older readers.

Although much of the Festival will take place online this year, several in-person workshops will be running for young people under Covid-compliant conditions. On May 16 Playbox Theatre will be running two workshops at Stratford Primary School focusing on story-telling through drama for ages 8-11 and 12+.

The following week, May 22 Stratford Primary School will also be hosting hands-on craft events with the brilliant Aardman modellers, returning to Stratford to show participants of all ages how to create much loved characters Shaun the Sheep, Feathers McGraw and Morph.

 

Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry – Two new exhibitions will be opening at the museum from May 28 – 2 Tone: Lives & Legacies and UnNatural History.

The half-term programme will also include Wildlife Wonder & Nature and Art Masterclass: Wet Felting Art

Coventry Transport Museum – Events that will be taking place at the museum include This Makes That With These: Star Inventions and Make and Play Engineers: Playing with the Stars

Lunt Roman Fort – The fort will be hosting The Romans Return.

Go CotswoldsGo Cotswolds will be reopening on May 17. As well as the signature ‘Cotswolds in a Day’ tour running four times per week this year, the team are also launching the new ‘Cotswolds Trails & Villages’ tour on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Children over the age of three are welcome on the Cotswolds in a Day tour, and children over eight on the Cotswolds Trails & Villages tour, so either tour can make a great family day out for half term.

 

 

Fairytale Farm – located just outside Chipping Norton – will open for May Half Term with its ever popular ‘Once upon a Unicorn’ event.

Fairytale Farm will host this popular event every day from May 29 to June 6

 

Gardens at Fairytale Farm

 

For further information about Shakespeare’s England and its members visit www.shakespeares-england.co.uk