May Half Term Family Activities & Events in and around Aylesbury 2016

Monday, 9 May 2016

I have compiled a list of the activities and events going on in and around Aylesbury during the May half term school holidays.

History & Nature Rides on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway
Saturday 28th May
A unique opportunity to see, listen and learn something about the history of the line and the local area it traverses and to also see some of our Chilterns area flora and fauna. The hour long trip in the vintage diesel bubblecar includes an informative but light-hearted commentary from the Railway volunteers.
Place: Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway, Station Approach, Station Road, Chinnor OX39 4ER
Trains: 10.30am, 12.00pm, 1.45pm, 3.15pm
Cost: Up to two children can travel for just £1 each when accompanied by another fare-paying adult/senior. See website for details
To find out more about travelling on this Railway, take a look at my review of the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway from last year.

Trees in Spring/Summer Trail at Rushmere Country Park at Rushmere Country Park
Saturday 28th May - Sunday 5th June
Pick up a Trail sheet at the Visitor Centre and go on a wander through the Country Park.
Place: Rushmere Country Park, Linslade Road, Leighton Buzzard LU7 0EB
Time: See website for park opening times
Cost: £2 per person. Car parking charges apply.
This park is one of our favourite places to visit. The last time we were there we went on a Fairy Trail at Rushmere Country Park.

Look at Life at Milton Keynes Museum
Saturday 28th May and Sunday 29th May
Go wild at the museum with the Look at Life weekend. Free attractions over the weekend include fascinating microscope safaris, pond dipping for watery mini beasts, rambles on the nature trail, demonstrations and lots more.
Place: Milton Keynes Museum, Milton Keynes MK12 5EL
Time: 11am - 4.30pm
Cost: Children aged 5-16 years £6.00, Under 5s are free, Adults £9.00 (tickets are valid for as many visits as you want for 12 months from purchase date)

Reptile Week at Mead Open Farm
Sunday 29th May - Friday 3rd June
Ever held a Tarantula or been nose to nose with a Chameleon? Stroked a Royal Python or listened to a Hissing Cockroach? Now’s your chance to do it all, at Reptile Week at Mead Open Farm. Come and learn more about reptiles and insects close-up with our reptile expert and enthusiast.
Place: Mead Open Farm, Stanbridge Road, Leighton Buzzard LU7 9JH
Time: 10am - 5pm
Cost: £9.95 for children (2-16), under 2s are free, £10.95 for adults.
To find out more about what's on offer, take a look at my review of Mead Open Farm from our visit.

Steaming Days and Special Events at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
Sunday 29th May - Sunday 5th June
Various events taking place including their Steaming Days where a full size engine will be in steam offering unlimited free train rides. Train rides can also be taken on the miniature railway for a small charge.
Place: Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, Quainton HP22 4BY
Time: 10.30am to 4pm (3.30pm on weekdays)
Cost: See website for details

Make It Amazing at intu Milton Keynes
Monday 30th May - Saturday 4th June
This half term at intu Milton Keynes enjoy some fun, free activities including crafting, book reading, cookie decorating and a painting workshop.
Place: intu Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes MK9 3GB
Times: See website for opening times
Cost: Free

Bug Hunt in Tring Park
Monday 30th May
Search Tring Park for a variety of bugs and discover where they live and how they move. Advance booking required with Tring Museum. Most suitable for ages 5+.
Place: Tring Park, Tring
Time: 1 hour activities at 10.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm
Cost: Free
We've enjoyed lots of family walks in Tring Park. Read more about our most recent visit when we found the Animal Sculptures in Tring Park.

Family Bushcraft Activity Day at Wendover Woods
Monday 30th May
Hosted by Green School. A morning activity session of bread-making over a charcoal campfire. An afternoon story walk for all the family (2.30pm start). Booking advisable.
Place: Wendover Woods
Time: 10am - 4pm
Cost: Morning activity: £4 per child. Afternoon activity: £7 per head or £30 per family (up to 5 people). Both activities: £10 per head.

Bugs & Beasts at Black Park Country Park
Tuesday 31st May
Hunt for creepy crawlies in Black Park with the help of our Rangers, using a mini-beast kit. Advance booking required.
Place: Black Park, Wexham SL3 6DS
Time: 2pm - 3pm
Cost: £5 per family (max 2 adults + 2 children)

Crafty Fun at Bucks County Museum
Tuesday 31st May - Friday 3rd June
A different activity each day; Tile Painting (31st May, Stained Glass Windows (1st June), Mosaic Tiles (2nd June) and Fabric Painting (3rd June). No need to book, just drop-in.
Place: Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP
Times: Drop-in between 10am - 12pm or 1pm - 3pm
Cost: £3 per child/participant

Busy Bee Week at Wyevale Garden Centres
Tuesday 31st May - Friday 3rd June
Different bee themed activities each day. All events must be pre-booked online.
Place: Wyevale Garden Centres: World's End - Wendover and Bicester Avenue
Time: Check website
Cost: From £2.50 per child

Ice Cream Dream at Frosts Garden Centres
Tuesday 31st May - Friday 3rd June
Kick off the summer by decorating your very own yummy cupcake ice cream cone. Choose your perfect buttercream from different flavours and let our experts show you how to create the "whippy top" then finish off with a range of different toppings. You will get to take home your creation in a cupcake box.... if you haven’t eaten it already! Then you can get creative by colouring in your very own flip flop key ring. Pre-booking advised - Book tickets online.
Place: Frosts Garden Centres: Woburn Sands (Milton Keynes) and Millets Farm (Abingdon)
Time: Anytime between 10am and 4pm
Cost: £4.99 per child

Craft Workshops at the Natural History Museum at Tring
Tuesday 31st May - Thursday 2nd June
Big Bugs (31st May & 2nd June) and Dragonfly Water Shooters (1st June). All activities most suitable for ages 5+.
Place: Natural History Museum at Tring, Akeman Street, Tring HP23 6AP
Time: Check website for workshop times
Cost: Activities £2 per child. Museum entry is free.
We've visited the Museum a few times and it's always been a hit with Little Miss A. Take a look at these posts: Meeting the Animals at Tring Museum and Meeting the Animals Again at Tring Museum

Half Term Fun at Rainbow Buttons
Tuesday 31st May and Thursday 2nd June
Rainbow Buttons will be open for drop-in sessions for 2 days during May half term. Children aged 2-5 will make their creations at the PVA tables and those aged 6+ will be able to use hot glue guns (full safety talks and demonstrations given).
Place: Unit 25, Wheatley Business centre, Old London Road, Wheatley OX33 1XW
Time: 10am - 4pm
Cost: Prices from £8.50

May Half Term Messy Church at Southcourt Baptist Church
Wednesday 1st June
Art, food crafts, bouncy castles, play, quizzes, story, singing, lunch and so much more...
Place: Southcourt Baptist Church, Aylesbury HP21 8HW
Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm
Cost: £1 per person
To find out more about this session, take a look at my review of the Messy Church from April and Messy Church review from May last year.

Swashbuckling Pirate Fun Day at Friars Square Shopping Centre
Wednesday 1st June
Meet a Captain Jack Sparrow lookalike, enjoy comedy shows from Pirates in Menspants and take part in the Pirate craft workshop - make parrots, masks and Pirate hats. Complete the treasure trail for a chance to win £50 for The Entertainer!
Place: Friars Square Shopping Centre, Aylesbury HP20 2QF
Time: 11am - 3pm
Cost: Free

Pond Explorers at College Lake Nature Reserve
Wednesday 1st June
Visit College Lake for a pond dip, and meet the weird and wonderful creatures that live in the pond at College Lake! No children under 6 to attend please. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential.
Place: College Lake Nature Reserve, Tring HP23 5QG
Time: 10am - 11am and 1pm - 2pm
Cost: £4 per child (accompanying adult free)
We always enjoy visiting College Lake for a walk, you can read more about our last visit to College Lake.

Kids 'n' Cakes at Abbotts View Alpacas
Wednesday 1st June
Learn how to decorate a cupcake in alpaca/pig/chick style. Then eat it or take it home to show off to your friends! Personalised tour around our private farm to meet our alpacas, rare breed sheep and pigs, pygmy goats, ponies, ducks, rabbits and guinea pigs. Children must be aged 5 years and over to join in the cupcake session. Younger children will be provided with crafts to keep them entertained. Booking essential.
Place: Abbotts View Farm, Moat Lane, Aston Abbotts HP22 4NF
Time: 10am - 11.30am or 1pm - 2.30pm
Cost: £6.50 per child (aged 5 and over). £4 per adult or child under 5.

Film Trail at Black Park Country Park
Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June
Find out about some of the different movies, TV shows, adverts and music videos that have been filmed in Black Park on this fascinating self-led film trail. No need to book.
Place: Black Park, Wexham SL3 6DS
Time: 10am to 3pm
Cost: £3 per trail guide

Footy Thursday - #AylesburyThursdays Event
Thursday 2nd June
Organised by Aylesbury Vale District Council, #AylesburyThursdays returns at half term with another free event. Get Euro 2016 fever with fab street football, speed cage, table football and arty activity!
Place: Aylesbury town centre
Time: 11am - 3pm
Cost: Free (charge for some activities on the day)

90th Birthday Party for The Queen at Buckingham Old Gaol
Thursday 2nd June
Celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday with children's craft activities, games and a birthday tea. Prizes for the best dressed boy and girl in a red, white and blue outfit. Limited spaces, first 24 children to apply will be the lucky ones! Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Place: Buckingham Old Gaol Museum, Buckingham MK18 1JX
Times: See website for details
Cost: Tickets £1.50 (members), £3 (non-members)

Bird Box Building at Black Park Country Park
Friday 3rd June
With help from the Country Park Rangers, have a go at putting together your own bird box. Take it home and make it a home for birds in your garden! Advance booking required.
Place: Black Park, Wexham SL3 6DS
Time: 10am - 12pm
Cost: £5 per bird box

Waddesdon Country Show 2016
Saturday 4th June
A day out for the whole family with plenty of attractions for visitors to enjoy. In addition to arts and craft stalls to browse, there will be rural craft demonstrations and agricultural trade stands. There will also be a main ring schedule featuring The Welsh Axeman Display Team, The Sheep Show and Young Farmers' competitions!
Place: The Bail, Waddesdon Estate, Waddesdon
Time: From 9am
Cost: See website for details

10th Anniversary Open Days at Two Oaks Pony Sanctuary
Saturday 4th June and Sunday 5th June
Celebrating 10 years of rescue. Meet rescued ponies, plus chickens, ducks, geese, pigs & goats. Entertainment including live music, displays, dog show, BBQ, bouncy castle and lots more.
Place: Two Oaks Pony Sanctuary, Darrs Lane, Northchurch HP4 3RJ
Time: 12pm - 4pm
Cost: Adults £1. Children free.

Open Farm Sunday
Sunday 5th June
There are lots of local farms taking part in Open Farm Sunday. Each event is unique with activities such as machinery displays, tractor & trailer rides, demonstrations, crafts and more! See the Open Farm Sunday website for details including which farms are taking part, opening times and costs.

Everyday (ongoing)
Join Stick Man on his forest adventure at Wendover Woods. Set off with a hop and a twirl and help get Stick Man get back to the family tree!!
Place: Wendover Woods
Time: 10am - 5pm
CostFree. Car parking charges apply. Activity packs available from the Go Ape cabin or Cafe for an additional cost of £3.
To find out more about the Trail, take a look at the review of the Stick Man Trail from our recent visits.

National Trust
Throughout half term
It's worth checking the National Trust website for details of the school holiday activities going on at each of their properties.

I've compiled these events from various websites, Facebook etc. Please check with the actual organisers/venue for up-to-date information.

I'd love to know if there's any events not on this list. I'll try to add to this list with any additional ones I find out about over the next couple of weeks.

For more ideas, you might also be interested in the Family Days Out and Family Walks that we've been on.

Hope you and your family have a great time over the May half term holidays, whatever you're up to!

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