Looking for May half term events in Herts 2017 for kids and families? We put together an extensive lists of shows, days out, craft sessions, outdoor activities, fetes, fairs, and open days that’ll keep everyone entertained during the school holidays.

Here you’ll find lots of top things to do in Herts and the surrounding areas. All of the half term events are listed according to date and time. You can add to our list of May events by visiting our Add Event page.

May Half Term Events in Herts 2017

 

Events: Saturday 27th May – Sunday 4th June 2017

Sheep Week at Lee Valley Park Farms
Sat 27 May – Fri 2 June 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
May half term is a very exciting time at Lee Valley Park Farms as it’s Sheep Week! Prepare for all our usual activities to be taken over with a sheep theme
www.lvfarms.co.uk
Cost: Normal admission charges apply

There and Back Again – An Odyssey at Rhodes Arts Complex
Sat 27 May 2017, 12.00pm
1-3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 3JG
The Odyssey is the classic of classics, the mother of all stories, the ultimate source of myths and legends full of giants, ghosts, Greeks and great adventure. We’ll be adapting this epic narration to bring out the fundamental fable that everyone can follow – a thrilling ride across hostile seas and spooky islands to finally realise that no matter how far you roam, there’s no place like Homer. For ages 6+.
www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk
Cost: £9, £7 Conc, £28 Family of 4

Shark in the Park at Hertford Theatre
Sat 27 May 2017, 1.30pm & 3.30pm
Hertford Theatre, The Wash, Hertford, Herts, SG14 1PS
Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope –but wait, is that a Shark, in the Park!?
From the creative team behind ‘The Hairy Maclary show’ – see all 3 of Nick Sharratt’s ‘Shark in the Park’ books live on Stage! Suitable for children aged 3-8 years.
www.hertfordtheatre.com
Cost: £11, Family ticket £42. Online booking fee of £2.50 per transaction. Babes in Arms tickets are available for children under 18mths. Please ask the Box Office for your free ticket.

Hertfordshire County Show
Sat 27 May & Sun 28 May 2017, 8.30am – 5.30pm
The Showground, Dunstable Road, Redbourn, St Albans, Herts AL3 7PT
Enjoy a great day out with the family and kids. Bringing Farming and Countryside to the Town. Two days of attractions, food and drink, shopping, cattle, sheep and horse showing, international show jumping and so much more!
www.hertsshow.com
Cost: ADVANCED – Adult £15.20, Child £7.20 (5yrs – 15yrs, under 5’s free), Family £37.60 (admits two adults and two children), Senior £13.60
ON THE DAY – Adult £19.00, Child £9.00 (5yrs – 15yrs, under 5’s free), Family £47.00 (admits two adults and two children), Senior £17.00 (Over 60)

Wild West Weekend at the Gunpowder Mills
Sat 27 May – Mon 29 May 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Experience life in the Wild West, with the reenactors on hand demonstrating their daily life and telling you how they worked and live. Throughout the day there’s a fantastic array of activities such as panning for gold! , Make your own cowboy hat, make a lasso, have a go at painting with straw and even dress up as a cowboy or cowgirl for a photo!
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Adult £10.50, child £8.50, Conc (over 60 or full-time student) £9.00, Family tickets from £24.75

Spring Special at Willows Activity Farm
Sat 27 May – Sun 4 June 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Willows Activity Farm, Coursers Road, London Colney, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0PF
The Spring Special programme will include live sheep shearing demonstrations by Tuck the Shepherd – seeing our woolly friends getting their hair cut for the warmer weather. You will also enjoy new shows in the Peter Rabbit Theatre, Sheep Racing around the animal race track and all your Willows Favourites including Tristan the Runaway Tractor.
www.willowsactivityfarm.com
Cost: Adult £14.50 (£10.50 online), Child Ticket 2-16 yrs £16.50 (£12.50), Senior Citizen £13.50 (£9.50), Disabled Visitor (includes free carer) £9.50

Explore and Art at Rye Meads Nature Reserve
Sun 28 May 2017, 12.00pm-2.00pm
Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, SG12 8JS
Come outside on an adventure to discover amazing creatures and beautiful nature. With all this inspiration we will create some artwork for you to take home. Lots of fun for kids and adults alike! Booking essential.
www.rspb.org.uk
Cost: Members £2, Non-members £3 per child (£3 parking charge for non-members and cash only)

Love Your Zoo at Shepreth Wildlife Park
Mon 29 May 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Station Road, Shepreth, nr Royston, Herts, SG8 6PZ
Animal trails, feeds, presentations and craft workshops are just some of the fun activities we will be hosting to celebrate the BIAZA Love Your Zoo Day this May half term.
www.sheprethwildlifepark.co.uk
Cost: Normal admission rates apply.

Dino Experience at Knebworth House Gardens and Park
Mon 29 May 2017, 11.00am – 5.00pm
Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX
Experience the prehistoric world of the dinosaurs at Knebworth House Dino Adventure with amazing hands-on Dino Animal Encounters throughout the day. Aspiring palaeontologists and brave explorers can conquer our special dinosaur trail, travelling back in time to face the 72 life-sized dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures! Amongst the trees you might even spot triceratops having a snack, a long-necked giant reaching up for a leaf or maybe even the ultimate predator, T-Rex.
www.knebworthhouse.com
Cost: £9.50 per person (£8.55 advanced); Family of 4 £34.00 (£30.60 advanced)

Ancient Egyptians at Mill Green Museum
Mon 29 May – Thurs 1 June 2017, 10.00am, 11.15am, 1.15pm & 2.30pm
Bush Hall Lane, Mill Green, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5PD
Make a stunning Egyptian collar on Tuesday. Write your name in hieroglyphics in a cartouche on Wednesday. Or make a clay mummy in its very own sarcophagus on Thursday. Sessions last for one hour. No booking required. Suitable for age 4+.
welhat.gov.uk/millgreenmuseum
Cost: £3.50 per session

Dodo Bookmark Making at the Natural History Museum, Tring
Tues 30 May 2017, sessions from 10.15am – 3.30pm
The Walter Rothschild building, Akeman Street, Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 6AP
Create your own dodo to take home. It will be as thin as a feather to slide between your book pages. Suitable for children aged five and older.
www.nhm.ac.uk
Cost: £2 per child

Crafty Capers at Verulamium Museum
Tues 30 May 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
St Michaels Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4SW
Drop in craft activities with a Roman theme. Suitable for ages 3+, accompanied by an adult. Drop in activity.
www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk
Cost: £1.50.

Secret Garden Themed Drama Camp at Gordon Craig Theatre
Tues 30 May – Fri 2 June 2017, 10.00am
Lytton Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 1LZ
Ideal for 6 – 12 year olds we will explore drama, music, singing, dance, and visual art activities to bring musical stories to life. During each of the workshops we will devise and write a script that will be performed for parents, friends and families at the end of the week.
www.gordon-craig.co.uk
Cost: £110.00. £15 discount for siblings

Victorian Days at the Gunpowder Mills
Tues 30 May – Sun 4 June 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Step back in time at the Royal Gunpowder Mills this May Half Term and join us to explore life in Victorian times! Experience Victorian science in Professor Nitrate’s Mad Lab and discover our Victorian pharmacy where you can stir up your very own concoction. Try your hand at making a Zoetrope to amaze your family and friends. Learn about Morse code, make your own skipping rope, make a tea set, have fun with marble games and much more! Try our popular outdoor games arena to experience the games children played in Victorian times such as Hoopla, Quioits, the coconut shy and skittles!
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Adult £10.50, child £8.50, Conc (over 60 or full-time student) £9.00, Family tickets from £24.75

May Half Term Activities at the British Schools Museum
Weds 31 May 2017, 10.00am-1.00pm
Find out what life was like as a Victorian child. Get dressed up and try out some household chores, practise your pen and ink writing and play some traditional games.
www.britishschoolsmuseum.co.uk
Cost: £4 per child (adults free)

Archaeology Fun Day at Verulamium Museum
Weds 31 May 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm
St Michaels Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4SW
Discover the stories of Verulamium Museum’s history with a day of activities. Explore how the Roman town was excavated, listen to our storyteller bring museum founder Tessa Wheeler’s achievements to life, handle artefacts from the dig itself and take part in archaeology themed crafts. Drop in activity.
www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk
Cost: Free (£1.50 charge for craft activity).

Glastonbabies at Rhodes Art Complex
Weds 31 May 2017, 11.00am & 1.00pm
1-3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 3JG
Be delighted by a conga of crazy creatures that amaze and engage. The Glastonbabies unique interactive music jam begins and ends the show – turning into a full-on baby rave with the audience playing along!
www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk
Cost: £8, £6 Conc, £284 Family of 4

CJ Birds of Prey at Hatfield Park Farm
Weds 31 May 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5NB
CJ’s Birds of Prey display team will be at Hatfield Park Farm for a static display of their birds of prey. The fantastic father and daughter combination that spearheads “CJ’s Birds of Prey” has proved to be a winning formula that has developed over recent years to become one of the most popular Birds of Prey display teams in the UK.
www.hatfieldparkfarm.co.uk
Cost: Normal farm admission prices apply, £5 for adults, £2.50 for children and under 3’s are free.

Dick & Dom Live! at The Spotlight
Wed 31 May 2017, 2.00pm & 6.00pm
High Street, Hoddesdon, Herts, EN11 8BE
Dick & Dom, the BAFTA award winning legends of kids TV are about to be unleashed on the nation in a brand new live show. The stars of such memorable shows as Diddy TV, Absolute Genius with Dick & Dom, The Legend of Dick & Dom, Splatalot!, Da Dick & Dom Diaries and of course Dick & Dom in Da Bungalow amongst many others, will be live on stage and bringing their very own brand of madness and mayhem to the stage.
www.broxbourne.gov.uk
Cost: Adults £12, Children £10, family of four (2+2) £40

Explore: Mystery Specimens at the Natural History Museum, Tring
Wed 31 May & Thurs 1 June 2017, sessions from 10.15am – 3.30pm
The Walter Rothschild building, Akeman Street, Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 6AP
Take on the role of a scientist and investigate which animals these specimens belong to. Suitable for children aged five and older.
www.nhm.ac.uk
Cost: £2 per child

May Half Term Activities at the British Schools Museum
Thurs 1 June 2017, 10.00am-1.00pm
41/42 Queen Street, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9TS
Drop in for some arts and crafts and a museum trail to win a prize.
www.britishschoolsmuseum.co.uk
Cost: £3 per child (adults free)

The Curse of the Pharaohs at Verulamium Museum
Thurs 1 June 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm 
St Michaels Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4SW
Half term holiday activity for 6 – 11 year olds. Explore our Ancient Egyptian collection and hear about the stories, curses and legends from the heydays of excavating in the Nile Valley.  Make your own secret pyramid box to take home. Spaces are limited so please book in advance either in person at Verulamium Museum or by phone 01727 751810.
www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk
Cost: £6.00

Dogs Don’t Do Ballet at The Radlett Centre
Thurs 1 June 2017, 11.00am & 1.30pm
1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Hertfordshire WD7 8HL
Based on the bestselling children’s book by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie, this fabulous feel-good show features music, songs, hand-crafted puppets and Biff, the ballet-dancing dog! Brought to the stage by acclaimed Blunderbus, this hilarious new story for ages 3+ tells the very funny tale of a small dog with big dreams!
www.radlettcentre.co.uk
Cost: £10.00

Tring Park Nest Building at the Natural History Museum, Tring
Fri 2 June 2017, sessions from 10.30am-12.00pm & 2.30pm-4.00pm
The Walter Rothschild building, Akeman Street, Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 6AP
Understand the variety of different types of nests. Then complete a challenge to collect your material from the park to create your own large nest. Suitable for children aged seven and older.
www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/tring.html
Cost: £2 per child, suggested donation

Crafty Capers at Verulamium Museum
Fri 2 June 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
St Michaels Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4SW
Drop in craft activities with an Egyptian theme. Suitable for ages 3+, accompanied by an adult. Drop in activity.
www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk
Cost: £1.50.

Stay and Play Saturdays at Hertford Museum
Sat 3 June 2017, 10.30am – 4.30pm
18 Bull Plain Hertfordshire SG14 1DT
On the first Saturday of each month, The Andrews Room at Hertford Museum will be open for families to enjoy a free play session. Come along and play with traditional wooden toys, make something crafty and read a book. Whilst you are here why not use the discovery station toys to explore the galleries too?
www.hertfordmuseum.org
Cost: Free entry, just drop in

Victorian Days: Steam Heritage at the Gunpowder Mills
Sat 3 June – Sun 4 June 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Steam Heritage Weekend in now in its 11th year. This popular event will celebrate our industrial past with reproduction and scale model engines with a special spotlight on the Victorian and Edwardian steam traction engine builders.
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Adult £10.50, child £8.50, Conc (over 60 or full-time student) £9.00, Family tickets from £24.75

Herts Heavy Horse Show at Capel Manor Gardens
Sun 4 June 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, Middlesex EN1 4RQ
Enjoy a family day of nostalgia and living heritage at Capel Manor Gardens with different breeds of heavy horse participating in the Herts Heavy Horse Show. There will be a farrier offering specialist advice and you will also be able to enjoy dray rides, Capel’s gardens and animal collection, an obstacle course competition, dog agility display, stalls and refreshments.
www.capelmanorgardens.co.uk
Cost: Adults £7.00, Concessions (including senior citizens, disabled, students, benefit card holders) £6.00, Children (aged 3 to 15) £4.00, Family Ticket (two adults and up to three children) £20.00

Hertford Castle – Cars at the Castle
Sun 4 June 2017, 12.00pm & 4.00pm
Hertford, SG14 1HR
The castle lawn will be home to an array of cars for the afternoon, from modern to classics. Visitors will be able to roam around the grounds looking at the vehicles whilst children indulge in fun activities. The Castle will also be open for visitors to explore free of charge.
www.hertford.gov.uk
Cost: Free Entry, Charity Donations Welcome

The Tap Dancing Mermaid at Broadway, Letchworth
Sun 4 June 2017, 2.00pm
Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, Herts SG6 3DD
Combining tap dance, puppetry, live ukulele and a beautiful story, The Tap Dancing Mermiad will make you want to stick a coin on your shoe and join in the fun with a shuffle, step and a stomp! For ages 3+.
www.broadway-letchworth.com
Cost: £10.00, Family ticket £30.00

Victorian Lesson at the British Schools Museum
Sun 4 June 2017, 2.30pm & 3.30pm
41/42 Queen Street, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9TS
On the first Sunday of each month (March – November) you can enjoy a Victorian lesson at no extra charge! Lessons start at 2:30pm & 3:30pm – don’t be late! Booking recommended.
www.britishschoolsmuseum.co.uk
Cost: Normal admission charge applies

Messy Church at St. Francis Church, Welwyn Garden City
Sun 4 June 2017, 4.00pm-5.30pm
Church Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 6QJ
Messy Church takes place once a month on a Sunday from 4pm to 5:30pm.  The session will be tailored for two groups Key stage one and under and Key stage two and comprises of welcome, interactive story, arts and crafts session, team games and song time followed by high tea for all.
www.stfranciswgc.org.uk
Cost: £3 for 2 adults and child, 50p for any additional child.