The May Whitsun half term holiday is one of the best times of the year to get out and about in Shakespeare’s England – the weather is often glorious, the parks and gardens are in full bloom, and there’s a wealth of family-friendly activities to keep youngsters entertained.

We’ve pulled together a few highlights here to give you some ideas.

If you fancy some Half Term Funny Business over the Bank Holiday weekend, head on down to The Old Slaughterhouse, which is bringing all the fun of the seaside to Stratford-upon-Avon.

You can also join in with some May half term family fun at the different Shakespeare family homes and gardens. This includes traditional sheep shearing and craft demonstrations as part of Woolly Week at Mary Arden’s Farm, and various family activities throughout the week at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage.

Elsewhere in the region there’s lots going on too.

Family fun is assured at Warwick Castle, where you can enjoy an action-packed full day out with the new Horrible Histories maze, return of the Horrible Histories Wicked Warwick Live Stage Show, mighty trebuchet, soaring eagles and resident Bowman.

Meanwhile, over at Kenilworth Castle, you can step back in time over 400 years and imagine life in a Tudor palace with some Elizabethan Fun & Games.

Warwickshire’s award-winning art gallery Compton Verney is putting on a host of outdoor activities designed to capture the imagination and stimulate the mind – from Shakespearean outdoor games to a giant teddy bears’ picnic.

And even if the sun doesn’t shine, you don’t have to miss out on fun. The British Motor Museum is hosting a series of animation workshops, giving you the opportunity to make your own short animation film with a motoring twist.

Why not browse Events and Things To Do for lots of other suggestions to keep you and the family occupied over half term – whatever the weather.

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