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The May half-term is hurtling towards us and, Platinum Jubilee celebrations aside, you might be wondering how to keep the children occupied for the week.

We have compiled a list of 10 activities – at least one for every day of the half-term break – which might provide some inspiration for the school holidays.

From comedy aimed at children to adventure golf and archery, we hope there is something new and budget friendly to experience here.

Moyse's Hall
Moyse's Hall

Monday to Saturday until September 30

Brick Built, Moyse's Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds, daily 10am-4pm, tickets £4/£5/£6

Following on from the popular Brick City exhibition in 2016, Moyse's Hall is hosting a new display made entirely out of LEGO bricks this summer.

From the Houses of Parliament to the exploration of space, this touring exhibition by Warren Elsmore will feature his team’s models of famous buildings, monuments and structures.

There is also a space for visitors to build their own models.

Advanced booking is preferred but not essential.

For more information and tickets, click here

West Stow Country Park. Picture: Mark Westley
West Stow Country Park. Picture: Mark Westley

Saturday, May 28

Dragons in the Park– walk and workshop, West Stow Country Park, 11am, noon, 1pm, £3 per child

This event will see participants taken on a guided walk along the River Lark with the county dragonfly recorder learning about what the insects like to eat, where they live and more.

The walk will be followed by a creative session making a dragonfly art installation, working outdoors making mini mosaics and pen drawings inspired by shimmering wings in flight.

The session is aimed at children aged eight and over, but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information and tickets, click here

Whitsun Fayre 2019. Picture: Mecha Morton
Whitsun Fayre 2019. Picture: Mecha Morton

Sunday, May 29

Whitsun Fayre, Bury St Edmunds, 10am-4pm, free entry

This year's Whitsun Fayre is a one-day event across the town centre.

Treats at the popular event will include flowers, plants, crafts, food and drink traders in the Buttermarket and Cornhill, while local produce and crafts will be on Angel Hill.

There will also be a display by the Athenaeum Astronomy Association, children's activities, a stilt walker, balloon modelling, magic and fairground rides.

More information here

Arts Centre Haverhill. Picture: Mark Westley
Arts Centre Haverhill. Picture: Mark Westley

Monday, May 30

Pongo's Party, Haverhill Arts Centre, 2pm, Tickets £8.50/£10.50/£32

Be transported to Marty MacDonald’s Farm for Pongo's Party, featuring the voices of Justin Fletcher and Nicole Davis from CBeebies as Pongo the Pig and Molly-Moo the Cow.

It is the day Pongo the pig has been waiting for – his birthday.

He has been dropping hints to his friends all year so is looking forward to a fantastic party, but the trouble is nobody seems to have remembered.

The show is aimed at children aged two-seven.

Book tickets here

Suffolk Show at Trinity Park, Ipswich
Suffolk Show at Trinity Park, Ipswich

Tuesday, May 31 and Wednesday, June 1

The Suffolk Show, Trinity Park Ipswich, 7am-5.30pm, tickets from £7.50 (under 15s free)

This is the biggie – the return of the annual Suffolk Show, one of the UK's oldest county shows that remains a traditional agricultural show at heart – following a two-year pandemic-related absence.

The show line-up includes plenty of new and exciting activities and displays and a full rings timetable.

Buy tickets here

Arts Centre Haverhill. Picture: Mark Westley
Arts Centre Haverhill. Picture: Mark Westley

Wednesday, June 1

James Campbell – stand up, Haverhill Arts Centre, 2.30pm, tickets £8.50

Hold on to your socks, take the banana out of your ears and enjoy the best comedy for children from the man who invented it.

James Campbell presents a stand-up comedy show for children aged over six, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without rude words.

James finds the funny things about everything including pets, couscous, spaniels, making your own yoghurt, bees, why we have hair and will answer questions such as, ‘do sausage dogs eat sausages?'.

For more information and tickets, click here

Ickworth House Picture: Mecha Morton
Ickworth House Picture: Mecha Morton

Thursday, June 2

Archery at Ickworth, 10am-3pm, from £2 for three arrows (usual admission charges apply)

Visit Ickworth on the first bank holiday and let loose your inner Robin Hood or Maid Marion with Woods O Wisdom Bushcraft archery.

Simply had to the north lawn and join a qualified archery instructor with a have-a-go archery fun range, from £2 for three arrows (usual admission charges apply).

Cash or card payments will be available.

For more information, go to https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/66ba2898-8f5a-4a24-90d7-8a4e2e0beffd/pages/details

High Lodge Adventure Golf. Picture: Rebekah Chilvers
High Lodge Adventure Golf. Picture: Rebekah Chilvers

Friday, June 3

Adventure golf, High Lodge Brandon, daily 10am-6pm (Thursday to Sunday only in term-time), £5

New to High Lodge this year, the adventure golf course features 18 forest-themed holes between the trees.

Can you make it over the bridge – avoiding the mushrooms – and through the train?

For more information and to book, click here

Hollow Trees Farm
Hollow Trees Farm

Saturday, June 4

Hollow Trees Farm, Semer, 10am-4pm, tickets from £6.50 (under threes free)

In addition to its popular farm trail, Hollow Trees Farm will also have its cresta run sledges open for half-term fun.

Visitors can also enjoy a stroll through the 'Royal walk' wildflower meadow and discover fun facts with the Queen's quiz.

Pre-booking is advisable, with tickets £6.50 per person (under threes are free, but cannot use the cresta run).

For more information and booking, click here

The Theatre Royal, in Bury St Edmunds
The Theatre Royal, in Bury St Edmunds

Sunday, June 5

Groove into the Woods, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, 11am and 2pm, tickets £6.50/£10.50.

During our final half-term activity, audiences will go on a jazz and funk-filled family adventure into the deep, dark woods during this 55-minute extravaganza.

Designed for children aged three-seven (and their grown-ups) the Groove in the Woods experience includes a mixture of animation, interactive music-making and groove from the Groove Baby Organ Trio.

Buy tickets here