May Half Term

School's out sign


Can you believe it’s already May Half Term? It only seems five minutes since the kids finished school for Easter and now they’re off again! Not a bad life, eh? Anyway, Hopewiser understands the trickiness of planning a week’s (in some lucky/unlucky cases, two!) worth of activities to occupy your youngsters’ time. That said, May Half Term is a hive for country-wide activities that are ideal for just the children or the family as a whole. You really will be spoilt for choice. Hopewiser has put together our top picks from across the UK:



Chill Factore


Let’s start with our native region, the North-West. You’ve all heard of the Chill Factore, right? If not then you certainly don’t know what you’re missing. If you and the family are fans of snow and ski sports then this is definitely the day-out for you. The added bonus is that you don’t have to book a flight to France or Switzerland and pay a fortune in luggage costs for your equipment. Nope, it’s located just off the M60 at junction 10 and most of your gear is included in the ticket price.


People wearing skiing gear


Chill Factore’s newest attraction, Altitude, has opened just in time for the school holidays and promises a combination of family fun and team spirit. This exhilarating experience consists of two teams battling it out to reach the highest peak of the snow park, striving to score as many mountain metres as possible. Prices start from just £12.50 per child aged four and above for a 1 hour slot (this has recently been reduced from £22!). Don’t worry Mums and Dads, Altitude is for all the family. Tickets can be purchased online at


If this isn’t enough to sway you, then the fact that the slope is just a stones throw away from the Trafford Centre might just be. There are many more events being held across the North-West throughout half term meaning there is something to cater for every family.


Chill Factore, Trafford City, 7 Trafford Way, Manchester, M41 7JA.


Yorkshire Wildlife Park

For all you animal lovers out there, Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster is home to the ONLY polar bears in England! We think that’s enough reason in itself to make a visit there. In addition to these cute creatures, you can also look forward to 60 other species, live shows, daily talks, and that all-important animal education.

Also, new for 2018 is the Big Bugs Play Area which offers a giant pyramid-shaped tent so that families and friends can enjoy picnics whatever the weather. The Safari Village is another perfect place to stop off for a bite to eat. And for those parents with hyperactive children, you can be safe in the knowledge that they’ll exert all that excess energy in the Zoom Super Slide Barn before the drive home.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Warning Tongue Ln, Branton DN4 6TB.


Peter Pan – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre


For those of you who live near London or are heading down that way this week, why not surprise the kids to something different and take a trip to Regent’s Park for a magical reinterpretation of JM Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan. Set in the park's open air theatre, the production tells the story of the unforgettable world of Neverland whilst being set against the events of World War I. If you cannot get booked in for half term then fear not because you can watch Peter Pan from 17th May-15th June, and it is just one of the many performances being shown throughout the summer at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Ticket prices start at £30 and can be booked online. Don’t miss out on this piece of summer enchantment.


Regent’s Park, Inner Cir, London NW1 4NU.



Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace


Buckingham Palace


If you plan on making a few days out of your trip to London, then you HAVE to squeeze in a viewing of the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. It’s a London must! What’s even better is that it is 100% free, which is perfect for any families that are trying to stick to a budget. The Telegraph recommend getting there before the 11.30am start as it can get rather crowded. However, it will be worth getting there early to take in the spectacular views of the palace and the Queen Victoria Monument. Afterwards, why not take a stroll through St James’ Park and enjoy a family picnic...if the weather’s nice that is.


Buckingham Palace, Westminster, London SW1A 1AA.



RAF Museum Cosford


Next on the free list is one for the aviation fanatics (come on Dads, this one’s for you), it is no other than RAF Cosford. At just over an hour's drive from Birmingham, there are more than 70 historic aircraft on display and the setup is very child-friendly. Why not take Grandad along as well? You never know, he might recognise one or two of them.


Aircraft in the sky


To make this day more enticing for the children then be sure to tell them that Percy the Penguin and Roland Rat will be making guest appearances. Additionally, a 4D air fighter experience will keep them occupied as well as touch screen kiosks that will teach them about aviation history. Also, if you enjoy your visit (which we know you will) then make a note in your diary for Sunday 10th June which is the annual RAF Cosford Air Show. Tickets can be purchased for this event online.


Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, Shifnal TF11 8UP.


This is just a handful of the activities and days out that the UK has to offer this week. Wherever you decide to take the children this half term, be sure to download Hopewiser’s app, Proximity, to find your nearest transport and leisure facilities around the country. Oh, and don’t forget to pack the factor 50!

Train station