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Peak District Early May Bank Holiday Weekend: WHAT’S ON

Peak District Early May Bank Holiday Weekend: WHAT’S ON

The early May bank holiday is just around the corner and if you’re looking for family-friendly events taking place in and around the Peak District for the long weekend, then we’ve got you covered.

This year, the early May bank holiday is 6th May 2024. This guide covers any Peak District family events taking place over the long weekend (4th to 6th May).

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For general days out, rather than specific events, please check out our guide to Family Days Out in the Peak District, which provides lots of inspiration. Although not much beats a long family walk in the Peak District or family bike ride, and perhaps a stop at a Peak District ice cream parlour afterwards to reward everyone’s efforts.  

As always, we’ll be keeping this page updated as much as possible with news from these Peak District May half term events. But also keep an eye on the Peak District Kids Facebook Group and also our Instagram. Feel free to email us if you know of an event not listed here.

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1. Magical May at Crich Tramway Village

Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May from 10am – 5.30pm (last admissions 4.00pm)
Standard admission prices apply and return tickets may be used for this event.
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Click here for the Peak District Kids review of Crich Tramway Village

Crich Tramway May weekend

Experience springtime magic with the popular fairy trail from Wakebridge tram stop to Derwent View. Meet the Fairy Queen at the Bird Hide and make a wish (11.30am – 3.45pm).

Your family can make fairy dens in our woods, attend wizarding school and let the kids get their faces painted!

Have a go at maypole dancing both days. (Sunday with Lizzie Dripping Morris at 2.00pm and 3.00pm – Monday with Ripley Morris at 2.00pm and 3.00pm.).

Woodies Wings Owl and Parrots will be attending on Sunday, and BB Falconry on Monday.

Woodsprites puppet walkabout at 11:45am, 1.15pm and 2.15pm.

2. Family Day Rock Climbing with Peak Lines

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a boy rock climbing in the Peak District

Spend quality time with your family, discover stunning locations in the Peak District, and create memories to last a lifetime with the family rock climbing sessions over the May half term.

Peak Lines offer private half-day and full-day climbing experiences in the Peak District. 

  • The sessions are friendly, encouraging, and aimed to get you working together as a family
  • You will have a go at climbing and abseiling, learn how to hold each other’s ropes and even learn some of the techniques essential to climbing independently
  • The session will be tailored to you and your family based on experience, age, and fitness level
  • Top-of-the-range safety equipment is provided

The cost for a half-day is £150 and for the full day it is £220. Prices includes all of the equipment and up to 6 people. 

3. Canoeing / kayaking and abseiling with Peaks and Paddles

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Peaks and Paddles are running family abseiling and canoeing sessions over the first May bank holiday weekend, as well as ‘Kayak Swan Along‘ which involves a gentle paddle to High Peak Junction and back along the Cromford Canal.

Click here for The Peak District Kids abseiling review, and click here for the canoeing review.

4. Go Ape in Buxton

Visit the Go Ape website for more information.
Click here for our review

Go Ape Buxton

Go Ape Buxton have adventure covered and are open every day over the May bank holiday weekend!

Join them in Buxton Country Park, Poole’s Cavern for 2-3 hours of action-packed fun. Climb up rope ladders, tackle tricky crossings, leap off Tarzan Swings and experience high-speed ziplines in the great outdoors. Come rain or shine, whatever the weather.

Please note that as this is one of the bigger and more challenging Go Ape courses, there is a minimum age restriction of 10 years and a minimum height restriction of 1.4 metres. One adult (18+) can supervise up to two children aged between 10-15 while on the course with them. 16 and 17-year-olds can supervise themselves (but not younger children).

The parking for Go Ape is shared with Poole’s Cavern, so you can combine your visit to the cavern, and/or venture up to Solomon’s Temple.

5. Thornbridge Estate Bank Holi-YAY!

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There’s lots of fun at Thornbridge over the early May Bank Holiday weekend!

🦆Free parking

🦆Nature trail through the gardens

🦆Lawn games

🦆10 acres to run around

🦆Meet & feed the cute animals

🦆Duck fountain

Quackers Café will be serving its usual delicious menu including sweet treats, sausage rolls and BEER ON TAP ALL DAY EVERY DAYYYYYY!

Make sure to pre-book your tickets for a fabulous weekend in the sun (or rain…) at a discount!

Adults £8, Kids £4 & Under 3’s FREE

6. Victorian Weekend celebrations at Heights of Abraham

4th to 6th May
Read our guide to Heights of Abraham

The Heights of Abraham is a special place to visit any time of year, but during May Bank Holiday weekend, the Victorian Cavern guides and hosts are out in force, celebrating heritage and history. Join Mr. Benjamin Bryan, Victorian owner of the Heights on his remarkable over ground historical tours, take tea with Mrs. Brassington, or venture underground with the Great Rutland Cavern Guides to learn what life was like in 1842. 

Try your hand at one of the Victorian games, climb to the top of the Victoria Prospect tower (built to celebrate a visit by Princess Victoria), and promenade through the period costume exhibition to marvel at the clothes that those 19th century guests used to wear when they visited the Heights by donkey over 150 years ago. 

Fortunately, you can arrive a lot quicker, and in style, via one of the “flying gondolas” (as Mr. Bryan likes to call them). Once you’re at the summit there’s so much to see and explore, as well as jaw dropping views across the valley towards Matlock and along the banks of the River Derwent. Gaze out to the south and you can just make out the mills and factories of a nearby World Heritage Site. 

Normal ticket prices apply, so your cable car ticket will also include access to two cavern tours, including the brand new illuminated display in the Great Masson Cavern, as well as two undercover exhibitions, a film theatre, adventure playgrounds, woodland walks and sculpture trail plus amazing views across the 60 acre estate. 

There will also be live music throughout the bank holiday weekend, with performances taking place on the pergola stage on all three days. 

7. Superhero Bank Holiday Funday at Matlock Farm Park

Monday 6 May 10:30am-5pm
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Click here for our Matlock Farm Park review and tips for your visit

The Neighbourhood Spider, The Bat and Girl of Steel will be with us throughout the day to perform some superhero training sessions for your young superhero wannabes! It takes a lot to become a superhero- does your little one have what it takes?

There will also be time for a chat and photo with your favourite superhero, so bring your cameras!

Performance times at 10:30; 11:45; 1:15; 2:30 & 3:45

Lots of playtime and super interactive animal fun, including small animal petting, sheep racing, meerkat talks and more!

FREE with farm park entry.

8. Princess & Pirate Bank Holiday Weekend Takeover at Gulliver’s Kingdom

4th, 5th and 6th May
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Click here for our guide to Gulliver’s Kingdom

The Princess & Pirate Bank Holiday Weekend Takeover at Gulliver’s Kingdom will feature treasure treats, fancy dress events, themed activities and more, with Buddy Barnacle the Pirate showcasing his swashbuckling antics, and Princess Gilly making special appearances throughout the weekend.

There will also be a Princess & Pirate Parade, when children can wear their best pirate or princess costume (and adults too!) and collect some special princess and pirate treasures.


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