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Things To Do With Kids in Preston: May Half Term & Bank Holiday Activities

Let us help you keep the whole family entertained this half term and check out our guide to some of the most fun things to do in Preston with kids.

We’ve covered a selection of indoor and outdoor activities, keeping the unreliable British weather in mind. There’s something for all ages and abilities for you and the family to enjoy.

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So, tear the kids away from their screens this school holidays, and get them involved in some of these fun and exciting family activities in Preston.

Outdoor Family Activities in Preston

We can only hope the bank holiday weather won’t let us down for the start of half term. Regardless, there are plenty of fun things to do in Preston with kids, which involve discovering nature and being outdoors come rain or shine.

Family Days Out in Preston at Brockholes Nature Reserve

From pond dipping to drop in craft sessions, there are plenty of regularly scheduled activities in Preston, suitable for all weather eventualities, at Brockholes Nature Reserve.

Take time getting back to nature by joining in the Xplorer Challenge. Designed to encourage your young people to hone their navigation skills, as well as enjoy the fresh air and the outdoors during the school holidays.

Wildlife Ranger Workshops will take place on the 28th, setting your little adventurers on the hunt for minibeasts and searching the skies for birds of all shapes and sizes.

In association with the Wildlife Trust, a special Wildside Adventure Club will take place this half term at Brockholes.

Your kids will get the chance to learn all sorts of survival skills, including fire building, shelter construction and woodland games. Children need to be 8 years old or over to take part in Wildside Adventure Club, where they’ll learn all sorts of valuable outdoor skills.

Wrapping half term up, a one-off Wild Families session will come to Brockholes Nature Reserve on the 31st of May. Inspired by The Wind in the Willows, the event will involve families building Toad Hall, making boats for Ratty and messy mud castles for Mole.

Activities start on 24th May and run until the 2nd of June. Tickets to all events can be booked online, starting at £2 for regularly scheduled events and up to £17.50 for Adventure Club places.

Fun Forrest School and Camping

When: 29th May

Where: Cuerden Valley Park

Teach your family how much fun it is to be outdoors this half term, by booking them a slot on the Forrest School Camp.

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Together with tent loads of other kids, your little one will get the chance to play outdoor games, build dens and shelters and sit around the campfire, eating tasty treats and telling stories.

The entire session will be spent enjoying what nature provides, teaching the younger generation how much fun time spent outdoors can be.

Tickets start at just £20 per child and the event is suitable for children aged between 5 and 11.

Fun Festivals and Fairs in Preston

There are so many amazing things to do with the kids in Preston this half term.

Check out some of these family festivals and funfairs, perfect for keeping your little ones busy during the half term holidays.

Preston’s Traditional Whit Fair

Where: Moor Park

When: 24th – 31st May

Take the kids back in time to enjoy a traditional funfair experience, as Silcock’s Whit Fair rolls into town.

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Enjoy jumping on and off all your favourite old school rides, like dodgems and a spooky ghost train.

There’ll be plenty of traditional fairground food and huge inflatables for the little ones to have a bounce on.

All rides are priced at just £1.50, making this an amazing way to spend your family days out in Preston together, during half term.

A Big Family Fun Day

Where: Anderton Arms

When: 26th May

In aid of Derian House & Alzheimer’s Society, The Anderton Arms will be hosting a fabulous family day out in Preston to start May half term off.

Make your way to the charming public house, where a pop-up funfair with attractions and exciting rides awaits.

There will be live music throughout the day and a special live performance from the local superstar, Dani Wallace.

Entry is free and proceeds will go to a great cause.

Something For Everyone at Cuerden Valley Fair

Where: Cuerden Valley Park

When: 26th May

More outdoor fun for the whole family at Cuerden Valley Park this half term, as they host the Cuerden Valley Fair.

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There’ll be plenty of family-friendly activities to get involved in. From archery and crafts, to games and martial arts workshops, plus a selection of live music, donkey rides and lots of tasty food and drinks.

Tickets are priced at £5 per adult and £2 per child, family tickets are available for two adults and two children for £10.

Eden Project Host a The Big Lunch

Where: Ashton Park

When: 2nd June

A huge community event, organised by Eden Project; The Big Lunch will be taking over Ashton Park this half term.

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Bring the whole family along for a fun, family day out in Preston and enjoy eating lunch from a variety of street food stalls, bouncing on huge bouncy castles and watching live entertainment on the main stage.

Entry is completely free for all.

Indoor Family Activities in Preston

If the weather isn’t up to scratch this bank holiday and half-term, fear not as organisations have arranged tonnes of fun things to do with the kids in Preston, indoors.

Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library

A trip to The Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library is always fun on a family day out in Preston. This bank holiday and half-term event organisers have put together an exciting series of workshops and performances, designed to entertain the younger generation.

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On the 28th May, there will be a chance to get hands-on, and a bit messy, as a member of The Pottery Preston hosts Clay Time. Those taking part will learn basic clay modelling skills, how to use simple tools and make a clay creation to take home.

Tickets are just £2, and three, 1-hour sessions start hourly from 10:30.

Does your little one fancy themselves a super sleuth? If so, let them get hands on to try and solve their very first case, in an interactive Detective Science Workshop. This insightful activity will cover all the scientific measures and methods that are used to crack cases, including fingerprint analysis and evidence collection.

Tickets are £5, and two, 1-hour sessions will run from 11:00 am.

Next, a live rap and poetry performance will be provided by Mole & Gecko on the 30th. A dynamic duo, tell their story about a quest for adventure with a duck in tow. This interactive comedy show will encourage audience participation, teaching your kids about rhyme and rhythm, whilst making them laugh too.

Tickets are just £2, with two 50-minute performances starting at 11:00 am.

Free Half Term Fun with Betsy Bumblebee

Where: Samlesbury Hall

When: 27th– 30th May

Pay a visit to Samlesbury Hall this half term, to see what Betsy Bumblebee has in store for the whole family.


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Younger kids can enjoy taking part in a fun quiz, explore the historic hall and search its surrounding woodland for clues.

There will be stories, a tour of the menagerie and a chance to see how honeybees do their jobs in the Bee Centre.

Entry free and given on a first come first served basis. Events run from 11 am each day of half term.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Where: Preston Guild Hall

When: 29th May

A 45-year-old nursery rhyme, that we all remember from our childhood, will be brought to life on the stage of Preston Guild Hall & Charter Theatre this half term.

There Was An Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, has been enjoyed for generations in storybook form and now, families can share the magic, live on stage with their little ones.

Colourful characters, including the old woman and all the animals she swallows, will sing some popular children’s songs whilst telling the story and getting the audience involved.

Tickets start at £13 and the show begins at 14:30 pm.

Astral Circus is Coming to Preston

Where: Cuerden Valley Park

When: 31st May – 1st June

Roll Up Roll Up!

Everybody get ready as the Astral Circus comes to town to wrap up an exciting half term in Preston this May.

The little big top will be putting on a spellbinding show, including tightrope performances, aerial acrobatics, crazy clown acts and dazzling fire shows.

The Astral Circus brings all the daring dynamics of a sensational circus, to a smaller audience. The perfect family day out in Preston to top off an exciting half-term holiday.

Looking Forward to Half Term Family Breaks at The Shankly

Soon, your family could book your next spectacular half term break at The Shankly Hotel Preston.

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Following on with what we already do at The Shankly Liverpool, our amazing family accommodation offers will include overnight breaks, breakfasts and meals in The Carriage Bar and Restaurant.

Until then keep up to date with the progress of The Shankly Hotel construction on our social media channels and check out our blog to discover more of our helpful Preston city guides.