What's On: May Half-Term

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School holidays can be a difficult time for families looking for things to do. Almost everything seems to cost a small fortune, the kids are increasingly difficult to impress and parents aren’t always sure where to find what’s best. So, to help out a little, we decided to search Coventry and the surrounding areas for a variety of exciting and diverse options that will keep your little natives happy and more importantly, tired by night!

Photo by Coventry City Council

Photo by Coventry City Council

The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
As one of our favourite destinations in Coventry, the Herbert is home to not only art and exhibitions but a special half-term project exploring the playful processes of art. Running daily (Monday 25th - Friday 31st) from 10.30am - 3.30am, it gives children, of all ages, the opportunity to explore and experiment with the materials provided. You will be able to get hands on and create tape resist splatter paintings, tin foil line relief pictures and tissue paper transfer scenes.

Visit the Herbert Museum and Gallery website for more.

Coventry MotoFest
The MotoFest returns for another weekend of engine revving, rubber burning action and although it’s not specifically designed for children, it includes a wide-range of activities for all the family. Starting on Saturday 1st June, the MotoFest provides two days of non-stop, cultural action in the heart of Coventry. The emphasis will naturally be on the street circuit action but for the small ones there will be face painting, a fire station open day and mini Land Rovers for them to ride and for the older kids there will be music, food and fairground rides dotted across Coventry City Centre.

Visit the MotoFest website for more.

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Ryton Pools
This beautiful, natural oasis found 20 minutes outside of Coventry City Centre is a haven for wildlife and walkers. From the angling pool to the woodland playground, Ryton Pools offers all the family a piece of escapism and over the half-term break they are hosting a number of daily events including Pirate Blackbeard's Great Ruby Quest and Dinosaur and Fossil Fun. All their events can now be viewed and booked directly through EventBrite, the link can be found below.

Visit the Ryton Pools EventBrite website for more.

Coventry Transport Museum
As part of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the Transport Museum are exploring the role of the code breakers during the second world war. Running daily (Monday 25th - Friday 31st) from 10.30am - 3.30am, it gives children, of all ages, the opportunity to discover objects that were involved in the war effort including bicycles and motorcycles that were dropped into enemy territories. Being able to code and decode messages was very important. Breaking an enemy’s coded message could win a war. 

Visit the Transport Museum website for more.

Photo by Coventry City Council

Photo by Coventry City Council

The Belgrade Theatre
On Wednesday 28th and Thursday 28th May the Belgrade Theatre invites you to grab your compass and join the intrepid explorer across un-chartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus!

Visit the Belgrade Theatre website for more.

The Barn Kitchen
If you are looking for a day of child-friendly fantasy then look no further than the Barn Kitchen who have teamed up with Spangles to create the Unicorn Afternoon Tea Party on Wednesday 29th May. You can get the chance to ride the unicorns, enjoy rainbow treats and swig from flowing pots of tea.

Visit the event page website on Facebook for more.

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