Half term is fast approaching so here are a few things you can do with the family in south Warwickshire.
This list has been put together by the tourism promoters Shakespeare’s England.
1. Kenilworth Castle
Learn how to become a knight at Kenilworth Castle – prices start from £41.50 for 2 adults and up to 3 children for weekday entry
Learn how to hold a sword, explore the armour tent and find out how the king bestows the title of knight upon someone – all within the shadow of Kenilworth Castle.
Families can also have fun with interactive exhibition that brings Kenilworth’s history back to life, whilst taking in views from Elizabeth I’s private rooms for the first time in centuries.
Suitable for the whole family. Runs 27 May to 4 June. Book online for a discount.
More info: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/kenilworth-castle-kids-rule-2023/ Photo: Kenilworth Castle
2. Magic Alley pirate adventure, Stratford
Embark on a new puzzle-themed pirate adventure in Stratford-upon-Avon at magical attraction, Magic Alley - £9 for over-6s, and £5 for children aged 3-6 (plus booking fee).
Encounter mysterious clues, hidden messages, and mind-bending challenges that will test your ingenuity and teamwork to retrieve the treasure in this new land or pirates and puzzles that opens on 27 May.
The adventure culminates in a visit to a beach full of play sand, where little ones can enjoy building sand castles, and parents can relax in a deck chair.
Recommended for those aged 6 and over. Runs until 4 September.
For more info: http://magicalleystratford.com/events/ Photo: Magic Alley
3. Stratford Butterfly Farm
Handle mini beasts and come face to face with a Spectacled Caiman at Stratford Butterfly Farm – £27.50 for 2 adults and 2 children when booked online
Walk amongst some of the world’s most stunning and colourful butterflies in a tropical rainforest setting, complete with fish-filled pools, splashing waterfalls, before having the chance to handle different insects between 27 May and 4 June.
A spectacled caiman – part of the alligator species – will also be greeting families as part of the new Rainforest Realm exhibition, which features other animals from Central American rainforests.
More info: https://www.butterflyfarm.co.uk/attraction/news/may-half-term Photo: Stratford Butterfly Farm
4. Mary Arden’s Farm, Stratford
Take the kids back to Tudor times at Mary Arden’s Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon – £7.50 per adult and £15 for children aged 4-15.
Get hands-on with flower crown crafting, help prepare for a Tudor feast and take part in an interactive retelling of As You Like It; one of Shakespeare’s most loved comedies.
Finally, the day will end with traditional Tudor dancing to the sounds of Tudor-inspired music.
Suitable for ages 4+ and runs on 30 and 31 May. Online booking required.
More info: https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/whats-on/spring-fun-at-the-farm/ Photo: Mary Arden’s Farm