Top 7 May Half-Term Things To Do In Herefordshire

One family fun idea for every day of the week! Run wild in Herefordshire this May half-term

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Kids
11th May, 2021

There’s adventures for all ages, from canoe trips and llama treks to quad bikes and wild ponies. Young explorers will love the room to roam as they play in our meadows, moors and woodlands. Fill the days with castles, cute animals and farm-fresh ice cream or challenge older children to adrenaline activities.

 

1. Let off Steam at Eastnor Castle

Children are invited to run free around the extensive grounds and lake at Eastnor Castle, which also has an adventure playground, junior obstacle course, woodland play area, tree top walkway and super-slide. There’s a packed half-term programme, including the Eastnor Steam Weekend (30 & 31 May) for fans of steam engines and vintage cars, as well as falconry displays, Runaround Days (1,2,3 June) when children can enjoy fresh air fun plus Animal Encounters (6 June) where exotic animals will be introduced to visitors.
Pre-booking required.

 

2. Go on a Family Canoe Adventure

Grab the gang and go messing about on the River Wye with Canoe the Wye. Head downstream through the spectacular Wye Valley, paddling at your own pace and spotting wildlife from herons to kingfishers. The half-day route from Kerne Bridge to Symonds Yat terminates under dramatic limestone cliffs, home to the Peregrine Falcon. Take a picnic lunch to munch on the riverbank and find out who is the family stone-skimming champion! Suitable for children aged 4. Pre-booking required. 

 

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Canoeing the Wye

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Hergest Ridge

Hergest Ridge Ponies

3. Meet Wild Ponies & Cute Mini Animals

There’s miles of moorland to run around at Hergest Ridge, whilst the resident wild ponies are a magical sight. Other curiosities include the monkey puzzle trees and the Victorian racecourse. Refuel in one of Kington’s fab cafes before meeting the cutest small creatures at the Small Breeds Farm Park & Owl Centre. Feed the pygmy goats, walk around the Owl Garden and delight at the guinea pigs’ antics. Springtime visitors may even see newly hatched chicks, ducklings and owlets.
No booking required.

 

4. Taste Farm Fresh Ice Cream

Visit a Herefordshire farm with a difference: Rowlestone Court is home to a fantastic ice-cream parlour. Made with that morning’s milk, their 50 flavours of luxury ice cream go ‘from field to freezer’ in a day and there’s no nasty additives. Follow the adventure trail (small fee applies) to discover woodland, wildflower meadows and a 19th-century lime kiln. Bird spotters are in for a treat and bring a net if you fancy a spot of pond-dipping. There’s also a play area for younger children and the chance to see farm animals, including young calves and Highland cattle.
No booking required.

 

5. Zoom, Zip and Shoot!

Adventure awaits at Oaker Wood Leisure which offers a smorgasbord of outdoor activities for family bubbles. Speed on quad bikes along the tracks of the 175-acre wood or challenge yourselves to the high ropes and zip wire. Older children (12+) will love having a go at clay pigeon shooting by the picturesque lake. Less high adrenaline, but equally as competitive, is the Woodland Krypton Trail which is guaranteed to test the brain cells.
Pre-booking required.

 

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Oaker Wood

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Hampton Court Castle Yew Maze

Hampton Court Castle Yew Maze

6. Woodland Walks & Castle Adventures

Get a dose of Mother Nature this half-term at Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum. Follow the paths through the woods, looking out for birds, butterflies and wild deer. Younger explorers will especially enjoy the Gruffalo Trail and adventure playground. Just up the road is Hampton Court Castle, parents will feel inspired by the gardens whilst the children hide behind the waterfall, scamper over wooden bridges and swoop high on tree swings. 
No booking required.

 

7. Trek with a Llama

Take a friendly llama for a 3-mile walk in the foothills of the Herefordshire Black Mountains. These cuddly creatures love meeting children and it’s a very gentle, calming experience. Enjoy feeding, haltering and grooming the llamas before taking a stroll through rolling green meadows. Adults and children aged 12 upwards may have sole charge of a llama, whilst younger children will share with an adult. Each trek is exclusive and parties are not mixed.
Pre-booking required.