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9 family activities this May half-term in Peterborough

It's all set to be a sunny May half-term - but what things can families get excited about over the week?
Peterborough Lido
Peterborough Lido celebrated 85 years in operation - and is a top pick for our things to do on a sunny half-term day

1. Secret Carnival

A free interactive storytrail that will get the family out and about in Peterborough city centre, hoping to spot one of 10 carnival characters? Where do we sign up? In fact, there's no need to even do that - you just need your smartphone and to keep your eyes peeled, with QR codes scattered around participating venues that unlock a whole new world.

Find out more here.

2. Railworld Wildlife Haven

Railworld opens all week for half-terms and this first once since reopening is no exception. It'll be old school fun at the popular attraction this half-term, beginning on Saturday, May 29 and running until the schools go back. 

Face painting, hook-a-duck, tombola, treasure hunt and Smack-A-Rat are all on offer. All monies will go towards buying some trains for the garden railway.

IMG_7621Railworld Wildlife Haven reopened for visitors on May 19. By Charlotte Moore

3. Nene Park

Activities aren't quite back to normal at Nene Park, with Wild Wednesdays in a busy Discovery Den out of the question, but there's still plenty to sign up for. Pay and play hire at Nene Outdoors, plus the Ferry Meadows holiday trail, will keep families busy if they fancy a day out in the park. And the weather is set to be glorious, so bring it on.

4. Key Theatre

Horrible Histories might be horribly sold out, but the Key Theatre has family film Peter Rabbit 2 showing throughout the week, as well as a stage production of Sarah and Duck performing three times on June 2.

Children will receive complementary ice cream when attending the theatre production and free popcorn for the movie screening.

Key TheatreThe Key Theatre has offers throughout half-term. Photo: John Baker

5. Lido

If it's sunny weather, one place in Peterborough is sure to be heaving - the Lido is back and in business! Of course, that many people may not be the most appealing-sounding activity, but the pool is open until 6pm, so early-evening may be a cooler but calmer option.

6. British Spring Clean activity

Hear me out: it's litter-picking but as a family in Nene Park. Between 8.30am and 2pm on Tuesday June 1, Peterborough's country park is taking part in the Great British Spring Clean campaign to encourage a greener, cleaner environment.

Sign up on the day to collect a sanitised litter picker and bin bags - and make it a inter-family competition! Who can pick the most?

7. Inflata Nation

Hitting the May 17 part of the roadmap out of lockdown meant the return of soft play, which meant the return of Peterborough's Inflata Nation.

Located at the Peterborough One retail park in Eye, there's plenty to keep the kids busy - and tired out by the end of the day!

Booking in advance is essential - do that here.

inflatanationInflata Nation has an array of inflatable activities

8. Flip Out Peterborough

Trampoline parks are back too, with Flip Out Peterborough offering hour or two-hour play sessions for all ages - yes, mum and dad can also get involved.

The Bretton site is open every day of the week during holidays, from 10am to 9pm.

9. Showcase Cinema

Sure, it's supposed to be glorious weather and usually we'd never want to spend that time indoors - but it's been so long since most people last went to the cinema, you'll be let off this once. Go in the middle of the day, when you'd be seeking shade anyway!

Family picks could be Raya and the Last Dragon, Peter Rabbit 2 or Tom and Jerry.