Best family activities for May Bank Holiday including Thorpe Park and Legoland

MAY Bank Holiday marks the start of half term for most schools in the UK.

If you’ve left the planning to the last minute, not to worry – we’ve rounded up some of the best activities you and your family can do together to make the most of the free time.

 Dedicate the late May Bank holiday to family activity

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Dedicate the late May Bank holiday to family activity

Bank Holidays can be a busy time as places are often completely booked up.

That is, if you haven’t struggled with coming up with new and exciting things to do with the family.

So Sun Online Travel has come up with the list of the best family activities and attractions throughout the UK that you can book at the last minute.

From real adventure to team experiences, we’ve got something to suit every family and budget.

1. Thorpe Park

 Thorpe Park Resort is situated just outside London


Thorpe Park Resort is situated just outside London
  • Thorpe Park Resort tickets, £33pp – buy here

If you’re after a thrilling experience, a theme park is the way to go.

Situated just outside London, Thorpe Park is famous for its iconic rides such as Derren Brown’s Ghost Train, Saw – The Ride and Mr Monkey’s Banana Ride.

This year, the park celebrates its 40th birthday with the opening of three new attractions: GAMEFX, Jungle Escape, and BounceZilla.

If you and your family decide to head to the Thorpe Park this weekend, look out for a special Luna Cinema with some exclusive film accesses. Find out more here.

2. Harry Potter Bus Tour of London

  • Harry Potter Bus Tour of London, £47 for adult and child from Buy A Gift – buy here
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Do you have a little wizard in the house who is crazy about Harry Potter stuff? Who isn’t!

This Bank Holiday is a great opportunity to get your tourist hat out, put some sunglasses on and dive into the magical world of Harry Potter creations.

The Leaky Cauldron, the Gringott’s Bank and Platform 9¾  are only a few locations that this tour will visit: make sure you take your camera to capture all the magical moments.

Perfect if you love Harry Potter but can’t get to Orlando for the new Hagrid ride at Universal Studios.



  • LEGOLAND Online Pre-Booked Ticket, £29pp – buy here

LEGOLAND Windsor Resort is great for families, especially those with children between the ages of three and 12.

The park features over 55 rides and other attractions, as well as an extensive range of dining places.

Check out the new Haunted House Monster Party Ride for the whole family, and get ready to meet Lord Vampyre!

4. Marvel Avengers at ExCel London

Avengers Station

  •  Marvel Avengers Station, £40 for a family ticket – buy here

Calling all Marvel fans – Avengers Station has finally come to the UK!

It’s an interactive exhibition where guests can take part in special agent training that will let them dive into the depths of the Avengers backstory.

Participants will have an opportunity to interact with props and characters from the biggest Marvel Universe movies.

Virgin Experience Days

  • Knowsley Safari Park, £50 for a family ticket – buy here

Love animals? Head to Knowsley Safari Park this May Bank holiday for a unique Safari driving experience with your family.

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The park is home to 700 animals: from cheeky monkeys to gigantic rhinos and lions. You’ll get a real taste for safari wildness.

It’s also a great educational tool for those who are interested in conservation.

6. Forest Laser Tag Adventure with pizza

Virgin Experience Days

  • Forest Laser Tag Adventure with Pizza for Four, £99 from Virgin Experience Days – buy here

Are you keen to find a fun and exciting activity that all the family members can get involved in?

Then load your Laser Tag gun, put on your ninja camouflage suit and get ready for the fight.

Each player will also get pizza with a drink afterwards.

This is a perfect team-building exercise that will get the whole family working together.

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Love cruises? Here we’ve revealed how you can make huge savings by booking with a newly renovated cruise ship.

Check out a three-night Malta holiday deal for £99pp.

Or if Croatia is your go-to destination, take a look at this deal for a two-night break for £89pp.

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