School Holidays

May Half-Term

What’s on this May Half-Term in Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and Surrounding Areas.

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We’ve created this Jubilee Flag free to download and print so the children can colour it in and wave the flag with pride all Jubilee Weekend:

Mumbler jubilee flag colouring in

Download your Mumbler Jubilee Flag here!

Corgi treasure hunts, afternoon tea, crown making, bunting and stories – it’s all happening in a library near you between 23 May and 7 June. Ask at your local library to find out more or check out the Library Jubilee leaflet below.

Check out all the Jubilee Library Events!

All BCP Libraries will be closed on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June.

Open as usual on Saturday 4 June – for Wear a Hat in the Library day! #SWCrownsForAllJubilee

Bournemouth 7s Festival

2.-4. June 2022.

Bournemouth University, Sports Campus, Chapel Gate, East Parley, BH23 6BL.

Celebration of sports and music with 400 teams including rugby, netball, hockey, dodgeball and CrossFit. Under 14s go free.

Visit the website for ticket details.

Christchurch Food Festival

Thursday – Saturday 10am-8pm & Sunday 10am-5pm, 2. June – 5th June.

High Street & Quay, Christchurch, BH23 1A.

Come try and buy from the best local producers, delicious street food, craft drinks and bars and a host of great entertainment including the chef demo stage with some of the country’s top names. Come and enjoy great food & drink, community, entertainment and summertime fun together! FREE Entry.


Christchurch Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations

Various locations in Christchurch, BH23 4AB.

Thursday 2 June – The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

The beacon lighting event will be taking place at Mudeford Quay at 9.45pm however the event will be open from 5pm and will feature entertainment and food & drink stalls until 10pm.

Saturday 4 June – Christchurch Jubilee Children’s Tea Party

Christchurch BID is hosting a free Children’s Jubilee Tea Party & Cupcake Competition from 11am – 4pm.

This fun filled event includes plenty of activities and fun for families and children under 13. Activities will include Jamie Jigsaw with his circus workshops, stilt walking and magic shows, a cupcake competition and nature trails. There will also be music and dancing!

Druitt Hall will also be hosting a table top sale, cakes, jams and chutneys and more from the fantastic Dorset Made Food. The hall will also be serving refreshments, including hot and cold drinks.


Family Fun and Celebrations Weekend with Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Various times, Thursday 2. June until Sunday 5th June.

Lower Ground Pavilion, Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU.

From face painting, circus workshops, Alice in Wonderland tea party shows, Krazy Kev’s magic show and balloon modelling head on over to the Pavilion Terrace Bistro & South Terrace for FREE family fun!

Go Ape, Nets Adventure and Forest Segways at Moors Valley Country Park

The Go Ape Moors Valley team offer five different activities at Moors Valley – three Tree Top courses, Forest Segways, and Nets Adventure.

For more information including opening times, current prices or to make your booking call 01603 895500.


Jubilee Celebrations at the Tank Museeum

Open daily 9am-5pm.

Tank Museum, Linsay Rd, Bovington, Wareham BH20 6JG.

Your royally invited to the Jubilee Celebrations at the Tank Museum from ceremonial splendour and pageantry trying on actual military uniform worn on past parades to make your own bunting and flags.

Contact number: 01929 405096.

Kings and Queens Jubilee Trail – Red House Museum and Gardens

Saturday 28 May to Sunday 5 June 2022.

Red House Museum & Gardens, Quay Road, Christchurch, BH23 1BU.

Discover some of the Kings and Queens that have ruled England through 7 special objects in the museum.

The trail is also available as a seek-and-find hunt for younger children, so suitable to all ages. £1 per person.


May Half Term Fun at Kingston Lacey

9.30am-3.30pm, 28. May – 5. June 2022.

Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, BH21 4EA.

Pick up an adventure booklet, explore the woods and parkland and enjoy hands-on activities that celebrate wildlife. Pick up your journey stick trail from the shepherds hut and head to the bell tent for your nature-inspired crafts.

FREE event but admission charges apply for the venue.

For more info call 01202 883402.

Moors Valley Railway

10.45am – 5pm 28. May – 5. June 2022. 

Enjoy a ride on an authentic steam train around Moors Valley Country Park.

The 7 ¼” gauge narrow gauge railway provides a picturesque journey of just over a mile. Starting at Kingsmere Station, travel along the banks of the Moors Lake, a double loop around the play area incorporating three tunnels, inclines and a bridge before stopping at Lakeside Station.

Party in the Theme Park at Adventure Wonderland

10am-6pm, 28. May until 5. June

Merritown Ln, Hurn, Christchurch, BH23 6BA.

Half term jubilee joy at Adventure Wonderland in Bournemouth, bring a picnic join in the treasure hunt, we have games and competitions and a Dance with the stars Jubilee special for children up to the age of 10 years.

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in Poole

28. May to 5. June.

Window display competition, postbox for the Queen inside the Dolphin Shopping Center and Jubilee street singalongs in various locations.

2.-3. June – Big Screen in Falkland Square showing Jubilee events.

4. June – 11am-6pm Live music stage in Falkland Square.

5. June – Free facepainting for children under 12yrs. Street entertainment stilt walkers and circus workshop (located outside Bonmarche, Poole High Street).

Poole Seafood Festival

From Friday 2. June – Sunday 5. June

Friday 10am – 10pm
Saturday 10am – 9pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm

Poole Quay, BH15 1SB.

Join us for three days celebrating the best in local seafood, produce as well as plenty of live music all weekend!

Have the chance to enjoy some delicious seafood, local artisan burgers, pizzas, and tasty desserts too. We have themed clothing stalls, jewellery, art, accessories stalls, etc…FREE Entry!

Ranger Den at Moors Valley Country Park

1pm-4pm, Tuesday 31. May – Friday 3. June 2022.

Moors Valley Country Park, Horton Rd, Ashley Heath, Ringwood, BH24 2ET.

Come along and visit our Ranger Den, there is lots to see and do, meet the resident animals including Harvest Mice, minibeasts from the meadows and Microworld, children all ages welcome. FREE.

No need to book, just come along and join in. You can find us at the back of the Visitor Centre, opposite the toilets.

Street Light Center Wimborne

12pm-7pm Wednesday to Saturday (term time) Skate Park opens at 3.30pm

12pm-6pm Tuesday to Saturday (school holidays) Free sessions – 5pm to close.

Stone Lane Industrial Estate, Wimborne, BH21 1HB.

StreetLight was set up to support and benefit our local community. Our aim is that people would feel at home here.  We have a skate park, cafe, FREE soft play, parties, team riders and lessons. Minimum age is 6yrs to skate.

For more info and to book some skate lessons call 01202 848355.

Supper and Safari – Brownsea Island

6.30pm-11pm Thursday 2, 9, 23, 30 June 2022.

Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, BH13 7EE.

Enjoy an evening boat ride over to Brownsea after all of the day visitors have gone home. Dinner at the cafe then your guide will you on an adventure to meet some of Brownsea’s intriguing wildlife as they emerge for the evening. At this time of year the lagoon is alive with an orchestra of bird sonance and the nightjars have flown in and are skimming over the heath.

Adult £37.50. Child £18.75. Booking is required.


Trainmaster Dorset

Various Times, Saturdays & Sundays (& Bank Holidays) throughout May & June.

Locations in Verwood, Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Wimborne & New Milton.

Trainmaster is a room filled with a giant track layout, loads of motorised trains, ride on trains, a play tent, fancy dress and much more for active babies & children aged 5yrs +! £7.25 (for 1 adult+1 child).

Contact 07841 113683 for more info.

Whitsun Half Term at Wimborne Model Town

Open daily 10am-5pm.

16 King Street, Wimborne, BH21 1DY.

Activities at Wimborne Model Town this half term include Creature Quiz with Critter Clues as well as the diorama of 1950’s Wimborne, crazy golf, play area, dolls houses, model railway, Wareham Bears and more.