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Staffordshire half term boredom busters

Explore Staffordshire this May half term and discover something new from inspirational aviation to celebrating the 10th anniversary of our much loved Trentham Estate. Here are our top five suggestions for a fun filled week. For more information visit:

10 years in the making

Celebrate a special 10 year anniversary with the Trentham Estate with a full day filled with entertainment and activities for all the family. Ten years ago, the gardens were transformed by renowned gardeners such as Tom Stuart-Smith and Piet Oudolf after being left in a state of disrepair since the end of the last century. In celebration of the transformation the day will include everything from giant strolling gardeners, a ‘rock choir’ singing famous songs and live statues giving their best Perseus impressions. The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice charity will be hosting a vintage tea party and of course don’t miss the 10th anniversary garden tour with the head of Garden and Estates, Michael Walker.

When: Thurs 29 May Price: £3

Characters Come to Life

Launching this half term, and a first of its kind in the UK, is the greatly anticipated CBeebies Land which will be opening at Alton Towers. Many of the preschool channel’s much loved characters will be brought to life with children being given the chance to meet their favourite characters like Postman Pat, Tree Fu Tom, Upsy Daisy and Igglepiggle in a fun packed world full of play areas and rides.

When: Open from Sat 24 May Price: Online Adults £36 Children 4+ £30.60

Wedgwood Fairyland

For a unique experience over half term enter a different realm at the Wedgwood Museum and experience the Fairyland Workshops. Explore the fascinating pottery and ceramics in the gallery and find the magic fairies along the way. Following this there is a chance for children to delve into their creative minds and create their own mythical inspired paper stained glass windows.

When: Mon 26 - Fri 30 May Price: £1.50 per person (in addition to museum entry fee)

Bop in the Park & Peppa Pig

A must not miss opportunity at Drayton Manor Theme Park, as children and families are invited to join all the fun with the extremely popular Channel 5 children’s show, Milkshake. Join presenters Jen and Derek to sing and dance as the Milkshake characters are brought to life on stage. Popular children’s favourite Peppa Pig will also be adding an extra touch of fun to your family day out when she visits Drayton Manor on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th May. The lovable little pig will be taking time out from jumping in muddy puddles to meet and greet her young fans on a specially created stage by the carousel at regular intervals between 12.30 – 4.30pm on both days.

When: Bop in the Park, most weekends Sat 10 May - 19 Oct. Peppa Pig 27 -28 May. Price: Included in Standard Admission

Inspirational Women in Aviation

This May half term the Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford is celebrating women in aviation. The free trail will explore the pioneering women who helped shape history. Children and grownups alike will have the opportunity to learn about inspirational aviators such as Amy Johnson who set many long distance records and flew in WW2 as part of the Air Transport Auxiliary.

When: Mon 26 - Fri 30 May Price: Free