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In association with Visit England
May Bank Holiday Weekend & May Half Term
If you're heading out of London this weekend, but unsure of where to go Visit England have provided us with the best events that suit all the family....enjoy!!

Brixham Pirate Festival, Devon (30 April – 2 May)

A swashbuckling mix of piratical fun and entertainment! The Brixham Pirate Festival is an annual gathering of the world’s most infamous pirates and lowly scallywags. There will be lots of pirates, military and period reenactors, and plenty of music too with shanties and pirate rock to keep ye hoppin’. Buskers and jugglers will perform around the streets and harbour; meanwhile there will be other shows, re-enactments and events around the town throughout the weekend. Eye patches are a must! http://www.englishriviera.co.uk/whats-on/brixham-pirate-festival-2016-p1170073


Beach, Bugs and Bones, Isle of Wight (1 May 10.30am – 12.30pm)

As part of of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival, Sandown Bay is hosting a packed morning of beach art, bug hunting and fossil finds. You can also listen to the sea through a hydrophone too! This is a free event for all the family and the Bay’s famous 5 mile beach, means there’s plenty of room. No need to book http://www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk


Family kite flying, White Horse Hill, Oxfordshire (29 May, 11am – 4pm)

With great views and wide open spaces, White Horse Hill is perfect kite-flying territory. The National Trust site, home to the enigmatic chalk man, is also a great place to tick off some of the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’  (pick up a scrapbook when you arrive), including climbing up a really big hill – and then rolling down it again. This is a free event – bring your own kite http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/white-horse-hill


Sheep Week – Lee Valley Park Farm, Essex (28 May - 5 June, 10am - 5pm)

See the lamb racing, watch sheep shearing demonstrations and meet the 300 animals which call Lee Valley home, including;  meerkats, llamas, Guinea pigs, rabbits and exotic species such as Bearded Dragons.  There are many year round activities and attractions as well, including taking a thrilling toboggan ride. Adults £9.50, children/concessions £8.50, under 2s free (book online for 10% off) http://www.lvfarms.co.uk


Geronimo Festival at Tatton Park, Knutsford (29 May)

The North West’s biggest children’s festival that celebrates family fun – Geronimo, has hundreds of activities for children aged from two to twelve and a host of popular characters like CBeebies’ Mr Bloom. The Adrenaline Zone will challenge even the bravest adventurers with tree climbing, den making and a thrilling zip line. For those who like things a little slower, there are fencing and archery taster lessons and parkour sessions where Geronimites can learn how to jump and roll like a pro. New for 2016 is the Arena Zone, an extravaganza of live displays featuring motorbike display teams, sheepdog shows, and owls in the falconry show – on horseback. For history fans, watch the Knights of the Royal Order as they carry out a live joust, or check out a local band of cowboys showing off their horse handling skills. Price; £25-£30 per person. http://www.geronimofest.com


Treetop Nets, Yorkshire (Opens End of May)

The award-winning Lake District attraction Treetop Nets has a new site next to Lightwater Valley in North Yorkshire. The new Treetop Nets site will venture even higher up into the trees than its original counterpart, and is set to be 50% bigger than the Lake District attraction. Explore the gigantic aerial ball pool, tree house and 50 foot high crow’s nest as well as the ever popular giant tree trampolines. The new site will provide an adventurous day out with its walkways, slides and tunnels all made entirely from encased rope, so get ready to safely bounce, run, climb and swing to your hearts content. Prices; 3-years old - £12.50, 5-10, 5years old - £20, Adult supervising - £12.50 http://www.treetopnets.co.uk


Knights and Princesses, Saffron Walden, Essex, (30 May - 2 June, 11am - 5pm)                                                      
You’re cordially invited to Framlingham Castle where courtly experts will teach skills in heroic chivalry and eloquent etiquette - you’d be a jabbering jester to miss it! Fairy-tale fanatics can polish off their armour or dust off their tiara’s as it’s time to learn the tools of the trade as you become a knight or princess for the day for one day only.  Prices: Adult £18.30, Child £11, Family £47.60, concession £16.50. Members Free http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/audley

*Photos from Google Images
In association with Visit England
May Bank Holiday Weekend & May Half Term
If you're heading out of London this weekend, but unsure of where to go Visit England have provided us with the best events that suit all the family....enjoy!!

Brixham Pirate Festival, Devon (30 April – 2 May)

A swashbuckling mix of piratical fun and entertainment! The Brixham Pirate Festival is an annual gathering of the world’s most infamous pirates and lowly scallywags. There will be lots of pirates, military and period reenactors, and plenty of music too with shanties and pirate rock to keep ye hoppin’. Buskers and jugglers will perform around the streets and harbour; meanwhile there will be other shows, re-enactments and events around the town throughout the weekend. Eye patches are a must! http://www.englishriviera.co.uk/whats-on/brixham-pirate-festival-2016-p1170073


Beach, Bugs and Bones, Isle of Wight (1 May 10.30am – 12.30pm)

As part of of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival, Sandown Bay is hosting a packed morning of beach art, bug hunting and fossil finds. You can also listen to the sea through a hydrophone too! This is a free event for all the family and the Bay’s famous 5 mile beach, means there’s plenty of room. No need to book http://www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk


Family kite flying, White Horse Hill, Oxfordshire (29 May, 11am – 4pm)

With great views and wide open spaces, White Horse Hill is perfect kite-flying territory. The National Trust site, home to the enigmatic chalk man, is also a great place to tick off some of the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’  (pick up a scrapbook when you arrive), including climbing up a really big hill – and then rolling down it again. This is a free event – bring your own kite http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/white-horse-hill


Sheep Week – Lee Valley Park Farm, Essex (28 May - 5 June, 10am - 5pm)

See the lamb racing, watch sheep shearing demonstrations and meet the 300 animals which call Lee Valley home, including;  meerkats, llamas, Guinea pigs, rabbits and exotic species such as Bearded Dragons.  There are many year round activities and attractions as well, including taking a thrilling toboggan ride. Adults £9.50, children/concessions £8.50, under 2s free (book online for 10% off) http://www.lvfarms.co.uk


Geronimo Festival at Tatton Park, Knutsford (29 May)

The North West’s biggest children’s festival that celebrates family fun – Geronimo, has hundreds of activities for children aged from two to twelve and a host of popular characters like CBeebies’ Mr Bloom. The Adrenaline Zone will challenge even the bravest adventurers with tree climbing, den making and a thrilling zip line. For those who like things a little slower, there are fencing and archery taster lessons and parkour sessions where Geronimites can learn how to jump and roll like a pro. New for 2016 is the Arena Zone, an extravaganza of live displays featuring motorbike display teams, sheepdog shows, and owls in the falconry show – on horseback. For history fans, watch the Knights of the Royal Order as they carry out a live joust, or check out a local band of cowboys showing off their horse handling skills. Price; £25-£30 per person. http://www.geronimofest.com


Treetop Nets, Yorkshire (Opens End of May)

The award-winning Lake District attraction Treetop Nets has a new site next to Lightwater Valley in North Yorkshire. The new Treetop Nets site will venture even higher up into the trees than its original counterpart, and is set to be 50% bigger than the Lake District attraction. Explore the gigantic aerial ball pool, tree house and 50 foot high crow’s nest as well as the ever popular giant tree trampolines. The new site will provide an adventurous day out with its walkways, slides and tunnels all made entirely from encased rope, so get ready to safely bounce, run, climb and swing to your hearts content. Prices; 3-years old - £12.50, 5-10, 5years old - £20, Adult supervising - £12.50 http://www.treetopnets.co.uk


Knights and Princesses, Saffron Walden, Essex, (30 May - 2 June, 11am - 5pm)                                                      
You’re cordially invited to Framlingham Castle where courtly experts will teach skills in heroic chivalry and eloquent etiquette - you’d be a jabbering jester to miss it! Fairy-tale fanatics can polish off their armour or dust off their tiara’s as it’s time to learn the tools of the trade as you become a knight or princess for the day for one day only.  Prices: Adult £18.30, Child £11, Family £47.60, concession £16.50. Members Free http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/audley

*Photos from Google Images