If you’re looking for a family day out to make the most of the May Bank Holiday there’s lots of May Bank Holiday Weekend events in Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas to choose from whether it’s a traditional county show, a miniature railway, gladiators, a brick safari, some family theatre or camel racing! There really is something for everyone.
Here’s my selection of family friendly May Bank Holiday Weekend events in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire to look out for in 2019.
The weather can change and so can the details of events, so please check directly with the venue or organisers, BEFORE you travel.
Whipsnade Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2GY
Come to the Chilterns Gateway Centre at Dunstable Downs from Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June 2019, anytime from 10am to 4pm for the Dunstable Downs Fairy Trail. Collect your trail sheet from reception in the visitor centre, £1.50 per child, then go in search of the fairy doors hidden amongst the trees on the estate. Remember to wear clothing suitable for the weather and wellies or walking boots – it might be muddy! Visit the website for more information.
IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR
Book your air show admission tickets for the Duxford Air Festival Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th May 2019 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.
Hertfordshire County Show Ground, Dunstable Road, Redbourn, Hertfordshire, AL3 7PT
The annual Hertfordshire County Show takes place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May 2019. Farm animals, horses, horticulture and showjumping as well as children’s entertainment, food hall and the circus! Visit the website to book tickets in advance, or for more information.
Audley End Miniature Railway, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB
Visit Audley End Miniature Railway from Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June 2019, for the pirate and mermaid 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.
Royal Gunpowder Mills Agent Nitrate’s Spytastic School Holidays
Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Visit Royal Gunpowder Mills from Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June 2019 for the Spytastic School Holidays! 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.
Waddesdon, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JH
Colourscape returns to Waddesdon Manor from Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June 2019, with a structure created specially to fit the Aviary glade. Enter a new world of intense light, colour and space in 56 interlinked chambers. returning to Waddesdon for its 5th year, Colourscape is a unique experience for all ages. Visit the website for more information.
Southill Road, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9JX
Visit Jordans Mill from Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June 2019, and pick up your Let’s Go Wild Activity Passport, which helps little ones go on the hunt for wildlife in the Mill Meadow and Woodland. Complete the pages of the passport to earn a special badge. A Let’s Go Wild Passport costs £1.50 per child, or FREE with the purchase of every children’s meal in the Riverside Café. No need to book, just turn up. The gardens at Jordans Mill are open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm. Visit the website for more information.
Whipsnade Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2LF
Until Sunday 2nd June 2019, visit ZSL Whipsnade to embark on the Great Brick Safari. If you’re crazy about animals and wild about LEGO, then you’ll love this super-sized day out made for the whole family. Discover unbelievable LEGO brick beasts and mammals, from a jumbo elephant that weighs a tonne of bricks to a giant gorilla that’s built for life in the jungle! Visit the website to book your tickets or for more information.
The Marlowes Shopping Centre, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1DX
Visit the Marlowes Shopping Centre in Hemel Hempstead from Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June 2019 and celebrate the launch of the new Marley’s Stay & Play in the heart of the centre court at Marlowes Shopping Centre. There will be a whole host of entertainment, including free face painting, daily craft sessions, even a woodland themed trail. Visit the website for more information.
Hemel Old Town Hall – Bird’s Nest Billy
High Street, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 3AE
On Saturday 25th May 2019, visit Hemel Old Town Hall to see Bird’s Nest Billy. Billy is a little boy with a big brother called Bo. They both have big, bird’s nest hair. One day, when his big brother is at school and Billy has no-one to play with, a magical bird chirps out of his big, curly, bird’s nest hair. The bird grants him three wishes. The show brings his fantastical adventures to life with Fidget Theatre’s trademark wit and warmth, blending imaginative storytelling, puppetry and playful audience interaction. Suitable for children aged 3-7 years old and their families. Visit the website to book tickets or for more information.
Wodson Park Sports and Leisure Centre, Wadesmill Road, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 0UQ
Come along to Train and Track Play on Saturday 25th May 2019, session times are 10-11am, 11.15am-12.15pm, 1-2pm, 2.15-3.15pm and 3.30-4.30pm. Come and play with the Train and Track Play large track, trains and cars. Train and Track Play is an organised session for children to integrate and socialise with other children through playing with toy trains and cars. So if you’re looking for a great activity to keep your children busy, then try Train and Track Play sessions! Secure your space and book online! Only £6 per child for one hour, adults come along for free! Visit the website to book tickets or for more information.
Russet Drive, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0JQ
On Sunday 26th May 2019, see John Hinton’s Ensonglopedia of Animals at Trestle Arts Base in St Albans. Twenty-six animal songs, one for each letter of the alphabet. Get to grips with fascinating facts about extraordinary echinoderms, distressed damselflies, crazy corals, batty birds and amazing arachnids. Expect the unexpected… and expect it to rhyme. Suitable for children aged 5 years old + and their families. Visit the website to book tickets or for more information.
Ridgmont Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3AJ
St Albans South Signal Box Open Day takes place on Sunday 26th May 2019, 2-5pm. Signalling demonstrations run continuously on the operating floor and there are full size signals and other exhibits in the garden. Light refreshments also available. Visit the website for more information.
Station Road, Quainton, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22 4BY
Visit the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th May 2019, 10.30am to 5pm, for the Spring Steam Gala 2019. Enjoy a steam train ride at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, all available locomotives will be running! Visit the website to book your tickets, or for more information.
Benington Lordship, Nr Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG2 7BS
Visit Benington Lordship Gardens on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th May 2019, 12noon to 4pm to see the gardens over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend. Visit the website for more information.
Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, HP8 4AB
Visit the Chiltern Open Air Museum on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th May 2019 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. Visit the website for more information.
Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX
Visit Knebworth House on Monday 27th May 2019, and experience the prehistoric world of the dinosaurs at the Knebworth House Dino Adventure Day. Ventura Wildlife Rangers will be offering hands on experiences with the live reptilian relatives of the dinosaurs including snakes, lizards and tortoises. Hunt for hidden fossils at the Dino-Dig Palaeontological Site using specialist tools. Visit the website to book tickets, or for more information.
Northaw Point to Point Course, Coleshill, Northaw, Hertfordshire, EN6 4NT
The annual Camel Racing at Northaw Races in aid of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance takes place on Monday 27th May 2019, gates open at 10am and the racing starts at 1pm. There will also be pony rides, a traditional fun fair, bar and refreshments. Visit the website for more information.
Green Dragon Eco Farm Working With Wool Day
Claydon Road, Hogshaw, Buckinghamshire, MK18 3LA
Visit Green Dragon Eco Farm on Monday 27th May 2019, 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.
Cadwell Farm, Arlesy Road, Ickleford, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 3UA
Hitchin Lavender re-opens for the 2019 season on Monday 27th May 2019, (weather dependent so check Hitchin Lavender social media updates – flowering is mid June to mid August). For a small charge you can collect lavender, if it’s available to harvest (adults £6, under 14’s £3, under 5’s free) and enjoy a walk up and down the lavender fields. There’s also a lovely tea room. Top tip – wear trousers as the fields are often buzzing with bees. Visit the website for more information.
Welwyn Roman Baths – Woolly Sheep
Welwyn Bypass, Hertfordshire, AL6 9FG
On Monday 27th May 2019, 2pm to 4pm, come along to Welwyn Roman Baths and have fun getting creative making woolly sheep! No booking required but come at the start of the session as places are limited and it is first come, first served. Suitable for children aged 4 years old and above. This activity session is £3.50 per child and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times (free admission for one adult with each child taking part in a paid activity, otherwise admission is £3.50 per adult). Visit the website for more information.
Billington, Nr Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 9JH
Mead Open Farm’s Dino Week runs from Monday 27th to Friday 31st May 2019. Enjoy dino-themed activities at intervals throughout the day as well as an incredible activity timetable jam-packed full of indoor and outdoor animal fun, whatever the weather! Visit the website for more information.
Moneybury Hill, Nr Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1LT
Visit Ashridge Estate from Monday 27th to Friday 31st May 2019, 1oam-4pm and learn more about the myths and legends of Ashridge’s trees. Come to the visitor centre afterwards to complete your matching tree craft. £3 per child. A visit to Ashridge Estate is one of our favourite cheap fun family days out in Hertfordshire. Visit the website for more information.
Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, SL1 8NS
Book your place on a tree top adventure in Cliveden’s woodlands from Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th May 2019. The Big Tree Climbing Company are back again helping children and teenagers to reach new heights. Scale the woodland canopy and after enjoying a unique view of the estate, a final zip line to the forest floor completes the activity. £20 per person. Advance booking is essential. Visit the website to book your places or 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.