If you’re looking for a family day out to make the most of the late May Bank Holiday there’s lots of events to choose from whether it’s a funky festival, a miniature railway, mermaids and pirates, a thrilling air show, Roman gladiators, tranquil gardens, Peter Rabbit and his friends, an interactive installation of light and colour, spy kids science, a traditional county show, or even some camel… yes… CAMEL racing! There really is something for everyone. Here’s a selection of family friendly late May Bank Holiday events in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire to look out for in 2018.
The weather can change and so can the details of events, so please check directly with the venue or organisers, BEFORE you travel.
Strawberry Woods Festival
Bovingdon Airfield, Upper Bourne End Lane, Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, HP1 2RR
Get your tickets for the Strawberry Woods Festival on Saturday 26th to Monday 28th May 2018 at Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire. This funky little festival for the whole family showcases a selection of the UK’s finest soul, jazz-funk acts and dance DJ’s, as well as vintage fairground, children’s workshops, yoga and meditation, kids football academy, street food and much more! Come together in the Hertfordshire countryside for a fun-filled weekend of entertainment. Visit the website to book your tickets or for more information.
Audley End Miniature Railway, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB
Visit Audley End Miniature Railway from Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June 2018, for the mermaid and pirate festival! Enjoy a magical day and take a train into the woods, meet the mermaids and the pirates, enjoy the fairy and elf walk, as well as crafts, face painting, storytelling and games. Book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Visit the website to book tickets or for more information.
IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR
Book your air show admission tickets for the Duxford Air Festival Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th May 2018 and experience the thrills in the sky above and in the show ground below. Visit the website to book your tickets and for more information.
Chiltern Open Air Museum, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, HP8 4AB
Visit the Chiltern Open Air Museum on Sunday 27th and Monday 28th May 2018 and see Roman Gladiators battle! Watch gladiators in action, meet costumed re-enactors and find out about life in Britain in the 1st century AD, at this family friendly living history event. All activities are subject to change and weather. Click here to read my review of our visit in 2017. Visit the website for more information.
Benington Lordship Gardens, Benington Lordship, Nr Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG2 7BS
Visit Benington Lordship Gardens on Sunday 27th and Monday 28th May 2018, 12noon to 5pm to see the gardens as part of the National Garden Scheme. Visit the website for more information.
Willows Activity Farm, Coursers Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0PF
From Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June 2018, Willows Activity Farm Spring Special will be in full swing. Come and see live sheep shearing with Tuck the shepherd, as well as sheep racing and a fun-packed programme including farm animals, new shows in the Peter Rabbit Theatre, the Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground and Tristan the Runaway Tractor. Don’t miss the fun at one of the top fun family days out in Hertfordshire. Visit the website to book tickets or for more information.
Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JH
Colourscape returns to Waddesdon Manor from Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June 2018, with a brand-new structure created specially to fit the Aviary glade. Enter a new world of intense light, colour and space in 56 interlinked chambers. Colourscape is a unique experience for all ages. Entry to Colourscape is in addition to entry fees to Waddesdon Manor park and gardens. Visit the website for more information.
Royal Gunpowder Mills Spy Kids Half Term
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Visit Royal Gunpowder Mills from Saturday 26th to Sunday 3rd June 2018 for Spy Kids Half Term! Calling all wannabe spies – Agent Nitrate and team have a mission for you. There’s a fantastic mix of science and fun throughout each day. Visit the website to book tickets or for detailed information about this event.
Hertfordshire County Show Ground, Dunstable Road, Redbourn, Hertfordshire, AL3 7PT
The annual Hertfordshire County Show takes place on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May 2018. Farm animals, horses, horticulture and showjumping as well as children’s entertainment, food hall and the circus! Enjoy this annual, fun family days out in Hertfordshire. Visit the website to book tickets in advance, or for more information.
Wrest Park – Wrest At War
Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire, MK45 4HR
Visit Wrest Park on Sunday 27th and Monday 28th May 2018, 10.30am-5pm, for Wrest At War. Take cover as this action-packed weekend propels you into wartime Britain. From the Tommy in the trenches of WWI to the Trooper of the WWII D-Day landings, prepare yourself as you’re drawn into the theatre of war from all quarters at Wrest Park. Fall into step and train as one of the budding troops, experience the life of the brave nurses and doctors patching-up the soldiers in the hospital and meet the female spies fighting behind enemy lines. From the sadness and injury of the battlefield to the make-do-and-mend lifestyle of the homefront, discover the stories behind the battles that shaped the world as we know it. Visit the website to buy tickets or for more information.
Northaw Point to Point Course, Coleshill, Northaw, Hertfordshire, EN6 4NT
The annual Camel Racing at Northaw Races takes place on Monday 28th May 2018, gates open at 10am and the racing starts at 12noon. There will also be pony rides, a traditional fun fair, bar and refreshments. 50% of profits go to Herts Air Ambulance. Visit the website for more information.
Green Dragon Eco Farm, Claydon Road, Hogshaw, Buckinghamshire, MK18 3LA
Visit Green Dragon Eco Farm on Monday 28th May 2018, 11am-4pm, and enjoy demonstrations and exhibitions at sheep shearing time! The rare breed sheep no longer need their fleecy coat as the weather gets warmer and as well as shearing demos from the Sheep Show, there will be local textile artists displaying their work, demonstrations of felting, knitting and spinning. Don’t follow your SatNav – there are directions on the website. Visit the website for more information.
Details of events are correct at the time of publishing.
Please check the details of an event and opening times directly with the venue or organisers, before you travel.