From exciting days out and fun-filled activities to outdoor endeavours and plenty of garden fun, there’s something to cater for every age range and interest this May bank holiday.
Reconnect with mother nature
If your little ones have had more than their fair share of screen time following the lockdown-led ‘stay at home’ rules, it might be time to get them up and enjoy the great outdoors.
Regardless of whether you live in the countryside or the city, there is plenty of green spots to explore, including parks, rivers, canals and even community gardens.
You could even pick up some nature books, pots and fishing nets to help you investigate nearby ponds and educate children about any aquatic life that they might stumble across – just remember to put any critters back where you found them!
Plus, particularly young members of the family could even hitch a ride to your local park or nature reserve with an older relative using a portable bicycle child seat. Simply pack a bag filled with bottles of water, sandwiches and (of course) tasty treats, and you could spend the whole day reconnecting with mother nature.
As a free outdoor activity that the whole family can get involved in, including any canine companions, this fun family outing leaves plenty of cash for a few cooling ice creams at the end of your outdoor adventure, bike ride or sun-soaked springtime walk.
Enjoy a Movie night
Based on the assumption that we continue down the Government’s suggested roadmap out of lockdown, drive-in cinemas should be up and running ready for this marvellous May bank holiday. A great excuse to get out of the house and expose the kids to some classic films, all you need to do is pack plenty of popcorn and throw on some comfy clothes.
Alternatively, if there are no drive-in cinemas nearby or your local venue isn’t running any child-appropriate movies, why not consider creating your very own outdoor cinema at home?
Many households have leapt at the chance to drastically improve their garden during lockdown, so why not go that one step further and transform it into a fully functioning outdoor cinema? A magical way to enchant little ones and bring the whole family together.
A huge range of powerful and high-quality projectors, as well as projector screens in all kinds of sizes, can be snapped up to suit the dimensions of your garden and deliver an astounding image. Simply select your family’s favourite film, lay out plenty of pillows and blankets to fend off any lingering springtime chill, and let the movie stars take over the screen.
Release your wild side with a trip to the zoo
There’s no better time to show your support to your local zoo or any struggling wildlife sanctuary than by paying them a visit this May bank holiday weekend.
After all, who doesn’t like a trip to the zoo? Both educational and exciting, this family outing is engaging for all generations, fills up an entire day with activity and is a brilliant way to help zoos through this tough period of inactivity.
Regardless of whether the nearest wildlife park to your home is bursting with exotic animals or regional wildlife, it’s the perfect opportunity to get some fresh air and nurture a passion for protecting animals in children.
Can’t get to your nearest zoo? Don’t worry, there’s an endless number of ways that you can encourage local wildlife to come to your door instead. From picking up a freestanding bird feeder to installing an insect hotel onto the side of your home, these small additions can transform your backyard into an exciting haven for all kinds of local wildlife.
Pitch up for a weekend of camping
Following the easing of lockdown restrictions, some self-contained camping sites are also set to return to the UK holiday scene, so why not give yourself and your family a real break with a long weekend away exploring the outdoors?
A wonderful way to spend quality time together, a camping trip requires nothing more than a suitable tent, plenty of warm clothing, a sleeping bag for every camper and an abundance of tasty supplies to keep the whole family fed and watered.
Plus, if the weather holds out, you could even whip up a feast of irresistible chargrilled food using a portable barbecue – the ultimate camping tool for effortless – and utterly delicious – outdoor cooking.
However, if you’d like to have the same outdoor experience without the hassle of packing camping supplies, finding a working toilet or travelling to a dedicated camping site, then locating a suitable spot in your garden to pitch your tent is a great idea.
Ideal for any older or less mobile relatives who may not want to or be able to sleep comfortably in a tent, this home camping alternative gives them the opportunity to toast a few marshmallows without compromising on their sleeping arrangements.
Host a sports day
Make the most of the sunnier weather and spend some treasured family time in the fresh air by setting up a private sports day in your very own garden.
With plenty of family outdoor activities to get stuck into, you can choose from tennis, rounders and so many more beloved sports to encourage your family to get physical.
While many of these garden activities and family games can be easily picked up either online or in-store, if you have children, you probably already own an array of sporting equipment that you can easily incorporate into your family sports day.
Other useful additions include football dribbling cones to use as markers, a whistle to keep order amongst the fun-filled chaos, and plenty of spoons and hard-boiled eggs for those traditional eggs and spoon races.