May Bank Holiday Fun!
Dear Leonora

Below are ideas for the May bank holiday weekend both in London and locally in Surrey, and also a reminder about the 2 for 1 offers through Southern Railway.   As a one-off, the May bank holiday listings are in a table at the bottom of this email!
If you fancy a walk among the bluebells this weekend, some locations are suggested on the home page of
Next week I'll send out the listing with all the Proms events that are tailored to families.   None of the events are free this year, but several will come in below my £20 target price for the family.
Hope you all have a great weekend.  Best wishes.
Festival of Sport, Priory Park, Reigate
Sunday 6th May 10.30am to 4.30pm

One of the highlights of this event are the fun runs which start for different age groups at 10.30am and go through to 2pm.  However, for those of us who are non-runners, but aspire to do a bit more exercise, there are over 30 clubs demonstrating their sport, and aiming to get you enthused to join.  
This promises to be an event where there is something for everyone regardless of age or ability! 
2 for 1 offers with Southern railways
Don't forget the 2 for 1 offers that are available if you travel with Southern railways. This will take the entry prices for lots of London locations below £20 for the family.  Some highlights I've picked out are:
* Golden Hinde - do the guided tour, rather than the self-guided tour -actors bringing to life the challenges of life at sea in Elizabethan times. This Saturday is a Tudor fun Day, and Monday 7th a Pirate Day.
* Kensington Palace has just been refurbished and is well worth a look.
* Also, if you are at the Science Museum, the 2 for 1 offer gets you a discount for 3D shows at the IMAX theatre at the Science Museum.
May Bank Holiday listing below

There are loads of things to do locally in Surrey and in London this weekend.  The main attractions like the Science Museum and Natural History Museum have dedicated events over the weekend (see below).   If you feel in good voice, consider popping into the Southbank - they have a sing-a-long weekend.
Science Museum
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th & Monday 7th
Museum Tours: Flight.  Discover the history of Flight in this free tour. From mankind's earliest dreams of flight, through the Wright brothers to the jumbo jet.  Starts: 13:00
Saturday 5th  Sunday 6th & Monday 7th
Science Shows.  Find out more about the exciting principles of science in these interactive, Explainer led Science Shows.  Starts:11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th
Climate Changing.  Put yourself in their shells. Sign up for a Cockroach Tour of the Science Museum and get a quirky and inquisitive take on the human race.  Starts:14:00, 16:00
Saturday 5th  Monday 7th
Drama Characters.  Find out what Rosalind Franklin did to help uncover the structure of DNA.  Starts:14:00, 12:30
Sunday 6th
Museum Tours: Space.  Roaring rockets, amazing astronauts and smelly space poo.  Starts:13:00
Sunday 6th
Drama Characters.  Encounter Nancy the Waterseller as she tells you her story of why she has to sell water to the people of London during the early 1900s.  Starts:12:30, 14:00
Monday 7th
Museum Tours: Space.  Join us on this free tour to find out about the Space Race from the Soviet perspective.  Starts:14:00
Monday 7th
Museum Tours: Modern World.  A guided tour of our Making the Modern World gallery.  Starts:15:00
Natural History Museum
Saturday 5th
Cutting Edge Workshop for families.  Investigate how the teeth of animals are related to their diet in this interactive workshop.
Timing: 10.45 – 11.30, 11.45 – 12.30, 12.45 – 13.30
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th & Monday 7th
Investigate for families.  Become a scientist for the day in our hands-on science centre. Timing: 11.00 to 16.30
Saturday 5th
Mary Anning.  Meet the historical character Mary Anning, a fossil hunter from the 19th century.  Timing: 11.30 – 13.00, 14.00 – 15.30
Saturday 5th Sunday 6th
Hands on Nature – Dinosaurs.  Is it a dinosaur? Get up close and personal with real specimens to find out.  Timing: 14.00 – 17.00
Sunday 6th
The Bird Table for Families.  Drop into this fun activity with our science educators and discover how penguins and other birds are adapted to survive. Timing: 11.00 – 13.00
Monday 7th
Caught in a trap.  Find out how we collect insects while out in the field.  Timing: 12.30 – 13.00, 14.30 – 15.00
National Gallery
Sunday 6th
Family Walk and Talk (Greek Myths) Sunday 6 May, 12.30–1.30pm. 
Southbank Centre
Sat 5th to Monday 7th
Singing for Social Change event .  e.g. Sing-a-long Oliver, Family singing workshops.
British Museum
Saturday 5 May
Digital photography day.  Follow photography trails around the Museum, learn to photograph objects or have your picture taken wearing ancient Greek costumes.   Activities take 20–40 minutes.  Timing: 11.30–15.30
Sunday 6 May
Mega-mummy animation workshop.  Use digital video cameras and stop-motion software to create a giant and gruesome animation of the mummification process.  This activity takes 30–40 minutes.  Suitable for ages 7+.  Timing: 11.00 and 14.00
Museum of London
Saturday 5th
Bring your grandparents day at Museum of London Docklands.   We know how much all you grandparents do for your families. Please come along today for some events to say thank you and grandparents will receive 20% off all sandwiches in our cafe. See individual events listings for details. Timing 10.00
Saturday 5th
East End gran at Museum of London Docklands.  Join grandmother Renee for stories about growing up in the East End. How was her life different to yours?Timing 12.00.
Sunday 6th
Enter a Victorian photograph at Museum of London.   Create fictional Victorian characters and their life stories, then using blue screen technology, dress up and enter a photograph from the time.Timing: 12:30, 14:00, 15:30 
Museum of London Docklands
Saturday 5th
The 20th century island at Museum of London Docklands.   Meet a 'local' from the Isle of Dogs and find out about how life has changed in the area. What would it be like to have outside toilets? How much hard work was involved in wash day?  Timing: 11 – 12.30
Saturday 5th
Traditional crafts at Museum of London Docklands.   Do you know how to make jewellery or traditional Bengali art work and fabric designs? Or how to knit, weave baskets, make felt or crochet? Join us to watch demonstrations and have a go yourself. Timing: 11.00
Monday 7th
Champion of the sweeps at Museum of London Docklands.   Join us to hear the legend of Elizabeth Montagu whose young son was allegedly kidnapped for his fine clothes. Years later, she found him working as a chimney sweep and every May Day after that held a feast for all the young chimney sweeps of London.Timing: 12:30, 14:30, 15:30 
Monday 7th
Folk dancing at Museum of London Docklands.   Join the Belles of London City for this display of traditional morris dancing.Timing: 13:00, 15:00 
Monday 7th
Make a Jack in the Green at Museum of London Docklands.   Help us make a 'Jack in the Green', a traditional May Day custom. Join in the procession and take home a leaf for good luck.Timing: 11:30, 13:30 
Monday 7th
May Day on the docks at Museum of London Docklands. Join us at the Museum of London Docklands to celebrate May Day in traditional style. Choose from a range of craft, storytelling and object handling activities. Help to make a Jack in the Green, listen to stories and take part in our procession. See individual listings for details.Timings: 11.00 
Monday 7th
May Day procession at Museum of London Docklands.   Join us to celebrate May Day with a procession involving music, dancing and much more. Help us to parade the Jack in the Green made in the craft workshops and join in the fun.Timing: 15.00 
Monday 7th
Objects from English folklore at Museum of London Docklands.   Join our archaeologists to handle some objects connected with English folklore and superstition.Timing: 12.00 .
Monday 7th
Plague masks at Museum of London.   Doctors in London in 1665 used masks full of herbs to protect them against the Plague. They were sweet smelling, but did they work? Find out and make your own to take home.Timing: 12:30, 14:30 
Horniman Museum
Saturday 5th May
Hands On Family Workshops.  Touch real museum objects in these family sessions. Explore the animal kingdom, musical instruments, costume, masks, toys and puppets from all over the world in themed workshops.
Timing: 11.45am – 12.30pm, 1.00pm – 1.45pm
Saturday 5th May
Art MakersHave fun with art skills and exciting techniques to create something fabulous to take home. £3 per child.  Timing: 1.30pm – 2.15pm, 2.45pm – 3.30pm
National Maritime Museum
Saturday 5th May
Explore Saturdays at the National Maritime Museum.  Meet a character from the past and take part in an exciting performance that will bring maritime history to life.  Every Saturday in May. Timings: 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00
Gatton Park
Sunday 6th May
Garden Open Day.  Opening times: 1.00pm - 5.00pm. Guided tours are available throughout the afternoon or by prior arrangement and last approximately 2 hours.  Golf buggy tours are available on the day for those who are unable to manage Gatton's steps and slopes. Please book as you enter.  Refreshments available in Gatton Hall. Free activities are available at each Open Day for children and families to enjoy as they walk around and gardens.
Cost of entry: £4 per adult, children free. Dogs on a lead are welcome in the park. 
Priory Farm
Saturday 5 May
Trailer and tractor rides.  Come and enjoy a ride on our very own tractor and trailer. Great fun for kids big and small!   Meet us outside The Discovery Walk, Cost: £1.00 per ride.  Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Claremont Landscape Gardens
Sunday 6 May
Fleur de lys Morris Dancers.  Come along and watch a traditional display by the Fleur de lys Morris Dancers.  Timing: 2:30pm
Saturday 05 May
Calves Calling, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  Come and meet some of our beautiful newborn calves at their home farm near Wisley with Surrey Wildlife Trust Grazing Manager James Adler. We won’t be cuddling any of them as their mum’s don’t like it but you’ll be able to get a really good view! On the way to the farm see what the older cows are up to as they munch and manage their way round the heath. No dogs please!
Meet at: Wren’s Nest car park, Wisley Lane, Woking, Surrey. Come off the northbound A3 past RHS Wisley gardens. Go for half a mile and turn right into car park under height barrier.
Cost: Suggested donation, adults £2, children £1.

Fab Family Days, PO Box 296, REIGATE, RH2 0WS

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