May 2015 Bank Holidays

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There are two bank holidays in May: May 4th - or May Day - and May 25th. Here are some fun family friendly things to do with your children around the country:

Take the National Trust Challenge – 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

The National Trust is challenging children under 12 to get mucky, discover their wild side, get out into nature and get involved. They have created a list of 50 brilliant things for kids to do as well as great places to do them.

Ideas include everything from finding frogspawn, tracking wild animals, learning how to dam a stream and skim a stone to going on a nature walk at night.

For more inspiration, visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/families/50-things/

See Shaun the Sheep

World famous Shaun the Sheep is starring in a public arts trail in London until May 25. Giant Shaun the Sheep sculptures, created by artists, designers and celebrities, are grazing green spaces and iconic locations across the city before going off to auction later in the year. More information at http://shauninthecity.org.uk/

Go to the London Pet Show

This annual fur-filled show is a must for animal lovers. The fair is aimed at both pet owners and anyone looking for advice on how to keep a pet. The show is divided into different zones and visitors can meet owners and breeders and get advice on care and training for whichever creature they are most interested in. Keep an eye out for the live rabbit show jumping, doggy dancing and duck herding or watch some of the 'Superdogs Live' competition entrants.

The Pet Show takes place at ExCeL in London on Saturday, May 9th. Find out more at http://www.londonpetshow.co.uk/

Explore a British beach

Spring is well and truly here and now is one of the best times of the year to explore our stunning beaches. Perfect for a blustery walk, sandcastle building, games of beach cricket or even slightly chilly beach picnics, there's no better way to spend a day. Head to your nearest coast and blow away the cobwebs.

When the vitamin gang go for a picnic, I'll let Mr C & Mr D go exploring and tire themselves out while I keep an eye on the food and Mr A gets stuck into a good book. What do you like to do?

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