May Bank Holiday Family Activities

Storytelling Carnival at Battersea Park (Sat 1st May)
A Story in search of an audience- an exciting and spectacular event performed by the Vayu Naidu Company Artists and pupils from the Battersea Park School led by a giant 14ft high storyteller. The story unfolds using music, dance and carnival with colourful costumes/props. A free fun day out for the whole of the family.
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Kids eat free at Tate Britain (1st March-16th May)
Valid for children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult who buys a main course and a dessert from the a la carte menu. Plenty of activities to keep young and old amused. Kids can take part in a craft workshops, and also go on a discovery trail around the gallery.
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Brunswick Square- Open Garden Squares 2010 (2nd May 2010)
Celebrating that Brunswick Square’s oldest London plane tree has been recognised as one of the greatest trees in London. The Friends of Brunswick Square invite you to join in marking this important event. Get your face painted, kids can play in the playground and listen to music in this beautiful park.
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– Vaisakhi on the Square (Sun 2nd May)
Visit Trafalgar Square for the stunning ‘Vaisakhi on the Square’ Sikh festival. Fantastic music, dance performances and messages of peace plus wonderful food, make this a great and unusual day out for the whole family.
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Little Venice (Throughout the Bank Holiday)
The Canalway Cavalcade at Little Venice is a superb family day out, particularly if the weather surprises you with a bit of sun. Situated close to Warwick Avenue or Paddington stations, Little Venice is a charming area of London that really comes to life for this Cavalcade, with a boat rally, boat trips, plenty of food and drink and also some great kids’ activities in the form of puppet shows and teddy bear picnics. Free admission.
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Outer London
May Day Festival at Campbell Park (1st May) Campbell Park, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK9 4AD
Celebrate the traditions of May Day with this free, fun-packed festival by the canal. There will be a selection of traditional fairground rides, maypole dancing, Morris dancing, a variety of stalls and fete games. There will be a variety of refreshment stands including 1950s ice-cream, BBQ, local cider and the opportunity to board cheese and fudge canal boats.
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Walkern Fair (2nd May) Jubilee Pavilion, High Street, Walkern Hertfordshire SG2 7PD
A great afternoon out for the whole family. As well as firm favourites like the dog show and tug of war challenge, there’s a whole host of entertainment including a bouncy castle, fairground attractions, a special children’s play area, charity stalls and side shows like the coconut shy and plate smashing, trailer rides for kids, a display of military vehicles, and much more.
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Butterfly World Family Fun Day (3rd May) Noke Lane, Chiswell Green, St. Albans Hertfordshire AL2 3NY
A fantastic family fun day packed full of entertainment, colour and butterflies galore. A wide range of exciting activities for all ages to enjoy such as face painting, story telling, a treasure hunt, butterfly pageant and more. To make the day a real family treat, children wearing butterfly wings can enter for free!
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Written by Sam

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