10 things to do over half term
1. LOOK A DINOSAUR IN THE EYE
Open wide! Immersive 3D exhibition created by the Natural History Museum with full-size T.rex, scarily realistic animatronic dinosaur scenes and hands on replicas all to help you answer the killer question: was T.rex as bad as he or she was painted? Longleat, nr Warminster, Thurs 24 May–Mon 3 Sept.
2. MAKE A PIZZA
Roll up your sleeves and learn how to make and bake (and then scoff) a wood-fired pizza at Forde Abbey, near Chard. Workshops Tues 29 & Weds 30 May.
3. COMPETE WITH THE BEAT
Jarred Christmas & Hobbit host The Mighty Kids Beatbox Gameshow. Learn some beatboxing tips and possibly be chosen to compete with the beat. Part of the very fun Wells Comedy Festival. The White Hart, Wells. Sun 27 May.
4. GO WILD FOR WILDLIFE
Birds of prey, a live bee hive, hedgehogs and twilight bat walks as well as foraging for wild foods during Wildlife Week at the Cheddar Gorge & Caves, Sat 26 May–Sun 3 June.
5. MAKE LIKE A VICTORIAN
Polish the silver, fold some napkins, play hopscotch or ride in a horse and carriage – just a few of the 10 Victorian things to do at the National Trust’s Tyntesfield House, near Wraxall. Sat 16 May to Sun 3 June.
6. SING-A-LONG TO THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Christopher Plummer (Captain von Trapp) called the film the Sound of Mucus but Muddy’s partial to a singing nun or two. Everyone gets a goody bag but will it made out of curtains? The Brewhouse, Taunton, Sat 2 June.
7. TIME A SHEEP SHEARER
But don’t blink you might miss it – a professional can denude a woolly one in 45 seconds. All sorts of farming and agriculture-related (and non-related) stuff – from a livestock tug o war to an Extreme BMX Bike Battle. The Royal Bath & West Show, Shepton Mallet. Weds 30 May–Sat 2 June.
8. FOLLOW A GARDEN TRAIL + DESIGNER SHOPPING
Let the kids play the games, answer the puzzles and learn some facts on the family trail around the stunning gardens at Kilver Court in Shepton Mallet. Then you have a look around their shops filled with discounted designer fashion (check out Orlebar Brown’s 1960s Riviera-inspired men’s beach and swim shorts in the Emporium). Fri 25 May–Sat 2 June.
9. GET CREATIVE
Recycle and upcycle all sorts of stuff to create something unique and incredible, with wood-fired pizzas, other grub, juices, smoothies and seriously good coffee to keep everyone going. Children of all ages and adults can drop in to Bootmakers Workshop in Wincanton, the winners of the Best Children’s Business in the Somerset Muddy Stilettos Awards 2018, 10am–6pm Tuesday to Saturday and 10am–4pm on Sundays.
8. WATCH A PLAY ON A BUS
Bit of a public transport theme here: The Stationmaster, about a 10 year-old boy who finds himself in charge of Swindon station, is being performed aboard the single-decker Theatre Bath Bus outside Bath Spa Railway Station. Sat 2 June. Other kid-friendly stuff too and all part of the Bath Fringe Festival. Fri 25 May–Sun 10 June.