Get hands on with history when you enjoy great days out and exciting events throughout the May half term. Meet Victorian toymakers to learn about their craft, brave a haunted castle to uncover the tales of days gone by, and join pirates for musket drills and smugglers' quests. 

With fun-filled events all across England, days out with the kids have never been more rewarding.

 Place(s) To Visit

The Play Area at Wrest Park

Outdoor play areas

Once you've finished exploring a castle, or wandering through the grounds of a stately home, head to the play area so your little adventurers can burn off their extra energy. We've picked out our favourite outdoor play areas for you and your family to discover.

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Will, Sheryl, Morgan and Raya at Dover Castle

Family property guides

Discover wartime tunnels and the mighty Tudor keep at Pendennis Castle, or step back in time at the home of Charles Darwin.

Make the most of your day out with our free family property guides. We'll show you interesting things to look out for, the best places for your kids to play, plus all the practical information you need to have the perfect family day out.

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Your Favourite Castles

Castles make for exciting days out for all ages, and we asked our Facebook followers to name their favourites. Here are your top picks.

More to explore

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  • People dressed in costume at Framlingham Castle.

    Days out for under £20

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  • The Old King Barrows at Sunset, in the Stonehenge landscape

    Travel Guides

    Plan a short break with our regional travel guides. They're packed with ideas of historic sites to visit, things to do, plus places to stay and practical advice.

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