We’re sure it was Easter about five minutes ago? Nevertheless half term is hurtling towards us, hopefully with some glorious sunshine ready for trips to the seaside and picnics in the park. We’re rounded up a selection of half term events (with a few indoor options just in case!) from around the UK below.
The Amazing Bubble Man
Bubble love is pretty much universal in kid world and bubbleologist Louis Pearl is the best in the business. Helium bubbles, square bubbles, smoke-filled bubbles, bouncing bubbles, bubbles inside other bubbles… bath time will never be the same again.
27 May–4 June; Underbelly Festival; amazingbubbleman.com
International Children’s Festival
Imaginate’s annual festival is a celebration of the best children’s theatre and dance from around the world. Take your pick of the carefully selected shows, performances and film screenings for toddlers, teens and all the in-betweens.
27 May–4 June; Various venues; imaginate.org.uk
Cinema on the Pier
Watch a movie (choose from Back to the Future or Mamma Mia) under the stars and above the waves on Hastings beautiful pier this school holidays. Upgrade to a deck chair seat or pre-book fish and chips to be delivered to your seat for the ultimate alfresco experience.
26 & 28 May; Hastings Pier; hastingspier.org.uk
There’s plenty to engage kids of all ages here with dinosaur and fairy trails, an adventure playground, half-term foresty adventure club (book ahead) maze and greenery and gardens galore. Best of all, kids go free during the arboretum’s Book Week from 29 May to 2 June.
29 May–2 June; Arley Arboretum; arleyarboretum.co.uk
There’s no such thing as a quiet Friday night with David Walliams Gangsta Granny in charge. Produced by Birmingham Stage Company, the team behind the acclaimed Horrible Histories shows, it promises to be a laugh-out-loud treat.
31 May–3 June; Bristol Hippodrome; atgtickets.com
Kick half term off a week early and let them stay up past their bedtime for Liverpool’s brilliant free one-night arts festival. There are street events (light installations, music, art, dance) all over the city as well as happenings at museums and galleries.
19 May; City-wide; lightnightliverpool.co.uk