Family days out for the May bank holidays

With two bank holidays waiting in May you’re going to need some ideas to keep the kids entertained over those long weekends…


Ronnie loved playing with his Matchbox cars | Image: Woburn Safari Park

Save the Rhino Charity Weekend – Woburn Safari Park

Join Woburn Safari Park from Saturday 2 May to Monday 4 May 2015 for a wonderful weekend of fantastic rhino themed fun and help raise much needed funds for Save the Rhino International.

There are multiple threats to rhinos’ survival, nearly all of which are caused by humans. Over the past few decades the illegal rhino horn trade, habitat loss and political conflict, have seen a drastic decline in population numbers. At the beginning of the twentiethcentury there were 500,000 rhinos across Africa and Asia in the wild. Today this stands at only 20,000. Save the Rhino International aims to reduce poaching and habitat loss, monitor numbers and provide education to people about this majestic species.

Come along and meet the team of keepers and find out loads more about the four Southern White rhino living at Woburn Safari Park.  There will be a chance to join in lots of fun and games, with some great prizes to be won.

For those looking for something extra special, there will also be a chance to purchase mini VIP tours to get closer to the rhinos and learn more about them from the keepers.

For younger children, Peppa Pig will also be appearing at the park on Monday 4 May and Monday 25 May, so tiny fans will get the chance to meet Peppa, get a selfie with her, and listen to her favourite tales during story-time sessions.

The Park opens from 10am until 6pm with last entry at 5pm. For more information, visit:


 "Ridicule is nothing to be scared of" ... Oh, sorry: wrong song | Image: London Dungeon

Rascals & Rogues: London’s Highway Robbers – The London Dungeon

In the London Dungeon’s special bank holiday show, guests will be commanded to ‘stand and deliver’ as the attraction brings to life the deadly (and dandy) highwaymen (and highwaywomen) who robbed the rich (and not so rich) on the roads around seventeenth century London.

The notorious Moll Cutpurse and Claude Duvall will be holding up the Dungeon and demonstrating the skills required to pull off the perfect highway robbery in a flamboyantly fun masterclass. Belligerent Moll was the most infamous female highway robber of the time with a short, sharp and very effective approach - whilst smooth criminal Duvall was known as ‘the true gentleman of the road’, employing altogether more romantic tactics. Guests who prove they have the daring to deliver the goods will be signed up to join Cutpurse and Duvall in a life of crime; those who fail may pay for it with their purses!

Those who do prove their mettle will make their way (purses intact) deeper into the depths of the London Dungeon where more rascals and rogues lie in wait.  From Jack the Ripper’s Whitechapel to Sweeney Todd’s Fleet Street, Henry VIII’s deadly torture chamber and Guy Fawkes’ parliament, 1000 years of London’s murky past is brought to life in 18 shows, featuring 20 actors, two thrilling rides and plenty of edge of the seat surprises.

Prices on the door are £25.95 per adult, and £20.95 for children, though if you book in advance online you’ll save 30 per cent. For more information, visit:


Little Timmy feared his friend would succumb to peer pressure and have a pint | Image: Potters Resort 

Potters Bank Holiday Weekenders – Norfolk readers get a hefty DAD discount when treating the family to a three-night bank holiday break at Potters Resort. This special deal is available over both the early May and the spring bank holidays.

If you’re in need of some time to unwind while the kids are kept happy, these three-night deals feature kids’ clubs, daytime sports and activities, and live evening entertainment from Potters Theatre Company and the comedy team. (Read our full review.)

Prices for non-DAD readers over the early bank holiday weekend (staying from Friday 1 May 2015) are: £314 per adult; £224 for nine to 15-year-olds; £204 for kids aged two to eight; and babies and toddlers under two costing £25. However, readers quoting ‘’ when booking pay just £199 per adult; £129 for nine to 15 year olds; £109 for kids aged two to eight; while under twos go for just a tenner.*

Over the spring bank holiday (staying from Saturday 23 May 2015), prices are usually: £334 per adult; £244 for children aged nine to 15; £224 for kids aged two to eight; and £25 for under twos. Readers quoting ‘’ when booking pay just £249 per adult; £179 for nine to 15 year olds; £159 for kids aged two to eight; while, again, under twos still go for just a tenner.*

The price includes accommodation, four meals a day for each full day of the break, all entertainment and activities, and extensive sports and leisure facilities. Call 0333 3207 497 to book. 

*Exclusions apply: this offer is applicable to new bookings only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Prices quoted based on standard bungalow accommodation.


 Underwater fish bumps... err... fist bumps | Image: Octonauts

Octonauts at Royal Windsor Racecourse

Sound the Octo-Alert! Captain Barnacles and Kwazii, from the hit TV show Octonauts, are making a special appearance on 25 May 2015 at Royal Windsor Racecourse’s late May Bank Holiday Family Fun Day.

Children will be excited to know that throughout the day they will be able to meet the two intrepid underwater explorers; brave polar bear Captain Barnacles and ex-pirate cat Kwazii.

There will also be a fabulous traditional fun fair and face painting to enjoy and for any hopeful young jockeys attending, pony rides will be available too. All of the children’s entertainment is free of charge and starts at 10.30am, two hours before the first race.

Book in advance to save £5 on admission to all enclosures and entrance is FREE for racegoers under the age of 18 when accompanied by an adult – adults can be responsible for up to three children.

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