A group of ladies with their dogs enjoying a day at the Blenheim Palace Food Festival which returns for its eight year.  A festival for food lovers, family and friends.

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When is the May Half Term Holiday 2022?

May half term runs from Saturday 28th May to Sunday 5th June across South East England and includes both the Spring Bank Holiday on Thursday 2nd June and an extra bank holiday on Friday 3rd June to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. There are a host of family-friendly activities, festivals and special events to keep everybody thoroughly entertained during this May half term holiday including street parties, music concerts, outdoor trails, craft workshops and much more more.

South East England covers the nine counties and our online calendar features an ever growing number of events and activities to suit all tastes and budgets, from attraction led, value-added activities to internationally renowned events welcoming back thousands of visitors to the destination.  Whether you are looking to organise a day visit, weekend break or holiday to South East England, you're sure to find something near you to enjoy this May Half Term, use the links below to search what's on in a specific county, discover our featured events or, you can browse the full list of all May half term events within the region at the bottom of the page.

What's on this May Half Term in the South East?

  • Goodwoof, a great day out for dogs and humans too, at Goodwood, Chichester, 28th May
  • Enjoy the baa-rillent half term family fun at Kent Life, Maidstone including outdoor play areas, fun farm rides, a hunt around the site and the chance to get arty in our Paint-a-Pot studio.
  • Celebrating 200 years of Reading's biscuit town heritage this summer with exhibitions, guided tours and biscuit events to mark this special anniversary, 10th May onwards
  • Join Amberley Museum, West Sussex, for some family- filled fun this half term including a family trail, wildflower block printing, bus and train rides throughout the week, 28th-29th May, 1st-5th June 2022. Tickets must be pre-booked online during half term.
  • Big Lunch events, lighting beacons, a weekend of street parties, you'll find some right royally fun events in South East Engaland this Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, 2nd - 5th June.
  • Experience a right royally good day out this extra-special half term at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, there's nowhere better to celebrate the Jubilee, than at the palatial seaside home of Queen Victoria! 31st May - 2nd June.
  • How about trying life size KLUEDO with a twist! Put your detective skills to the test in a murder mystery game at The True Crime Museum, Hasting's 1066 Country, 28th May - 5th June.
  • Marvel at the spectacle of Roman Galdiator displays at Chiltern Open Air Museum, Buckinghamshire. Enjoy thrilling combat displays as Roman gladiators compete for the Emperor and the favour of the crowds! 28th-29th May.
  • Join the Jubilee Picnic in the Park to celebrate 70 year's of  the Queens reign! Gather friends and family, take union jack flags to wave and watch the national Platinum Party at the Palace, staged by the BBC, on screens around the The Long Walk, Windsor, Berkshire, 4th June.
  • The Blenheim Palace Food Festival takes place from 2nd - 5th June.  Now in its 8th year it includes a new tasting tent for extensive sampling, entertainment for the children and high quality local and national stallholders offering delicious delights.
  • Save 15% with a May half term getaway to an Away Resort, use code *ILOVEMAY. * Valid on selected locations only **Bookings and arrivals up to and including 26th May – Excludes Touring
  • Travel back in time across the stunning Sussex High Weald, area of outstanding natural beauty on one of Britain’s oldest heritage railway lines with Bluebell Railway
  • Enjoy the fantastic South East on your next getaway with Bunk Campers UK, giving you the freedom to roam at your own pace, throughout this diverse region. 

What's on near me this May Half Term and Spring Bank Holiday Weekend?

Find hundreds more events and things to do in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire this May Half Term holiday week and Spring Bank holiday in our guide below. Whether you're looking for something near you, or if you are travelling to a part of South East England for a short break or day trip, use the 'map view' button to find something local. 

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  1. Brighton: The Mystery of Who Smashed Brighton Rock

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    Brighton

    Turn Brighton's buzzing lanes into an exciting outdoor adventure, with the legendary unsolved mystery of Who Smashed Brighton Rock?!

    Can you unmask the dastardly sweetshop saboteur? (Suitable for adults & older children)

    Solve the clues & crack…

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    2 Sept 2021to1 Sept 2022Open 09:00 - 18:00
  2. Enliven Brighton Art Trail

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    Brighton

    Brighton welcomes a new art trail, showcasing the city's vibrant art scene with a colourful art trail with work by local artists encompassing walls, bus stops, lampposts and street furniture throughout Brilliant Brighton.

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    21 Jan 2022to1 June 2022
  3. Alice's Wonderland at Waddesdon Manor

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    Aylesbury

    Join us this year to celebrate the life, collections and legacy of a lesser known member of the Rothschild dynasty- Alice de Rothschild (1847-1922). Discover her key role in Waddesdon's history through exhibitions and displays that span our entire…

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    23 Mar 2022to30 Oct 2022Open 10:00 - 17:00
  4. BRICKOSAURS! Evolution at Marwell Zoo

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    Colden Common, Winchester

    Marwell Zoo is unveiling a world-first event featuring an all-new collection of 55 dinosaur sculptures this Spring.

    BRICKOSAURS! Evolution showcases over 20 species made using more than 2 million toy bricks and will leave you in awe as you embark…

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    1 Apr 2022to4 Sept 2022Open 10:00 - 17:00
  5. BRICKOSAURS! Evolution

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    Winchester

    Marwell Zoo will unveil a world-first event featuring an all-new collection of 55 dinosaur sculptures this Spring.

    BRICKOSAURS! Evolution showcases over 20 species made using more than 2 million toy bricks and will leave you in awe as you embark on…

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    1 Apr 2022to4 Sept 2022Open 10:00 - 17:00
  6. Enjoy a Bluebell Walk at Hole Park Gardens

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    Cranbrook

    Often described as one of the best places to see bluebells in the country, Hole Park Gardens in Rolvenden, Kent, is also renowned for its mature rhododendrons and magnificent standard wisterias.

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    1 Apr 2022to8 June 2022
  7. Explore the Thames with Thames Rivercruise

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    Reading

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    2 Apr 2022to30 Oct 2022Various Opening Times
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  8. Exhibition: Watching Narrowly Photography Exhibition at Gilbert White's House

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    High Street, Selborne

    When the covid-19 pandemic hit we were all forced to look at the world a little differently. With more time on our hands and only our local areas to explore, we all became a little more Gilbert White.

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    5 Apr 2022to12 June 2022Open 10:30 - 17:00
  9. A Window into Scottish Art: The Ingram & Fleming Collections

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    Woking

    This new exhibition will bring together significant works that explores the history of Scottish Art. A Window into Scottish Art will shine a spotlight on the character, inspiration, and talent of Scottish artists and provoke new ways of defining…

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    23 Apr 2022to3 July 2022Open 10:30 - 17:00
  10. Alton Walking Festival

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    Walking

    ALTON

    Alton Walking Festival, now in its 10th year, is a truly friendly walking event, ideal for enthusiastic walkers, relaxed wanderers, and curious explorers of all ages to explore the town, surrounding villages and discover the superb Hampshire…

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    1 May 2022to31 May 2022Open 08:30 - 17:00
  11. Brighton Festival

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    Festival

    Brighton

    Established in 1967, Brighton Festival is the largest and most established annual curated multi-arts festival in England.

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    7 May 2022to29 May 2022
  12. Biscuit Town 200

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    Heritage & History

    Reading

    The story of 200 years of biscuit heritage comes to Reading this summer
    Reading is celebrating 200 years of its amazing biscuit heritage this summer with a special exhibition, guided tours, biscuit events, a unique museum collection and afternoon…

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    10 May 2022to25 Sept 2022
  13. Charleston Festival

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    Lewes

    Charleston Festival is back!

    Bringing together today’s most exciting artists, writers and changemakers to engage with art and ideas in a thrilling programme of live events.

    Join us for 10 days of talks, conversations and performances, and see…

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    23 May 2022Open 12:00 - 21:00
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  14. Afternoon Tea

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    General event

    Brighton

    Treat yourself to one of our Afternoon Teas

    Take a look at our menu choices below to decide which option to treat yourself with.

    Our Traditional Afternoon Tea includes: finger sandwiches, selection of mini cakes, slices and strawberry tart, plain…

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    23 May 2022to31 July 2022
  15. Brighton Fringe 2022

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    Film

    Brighton & Hove

    Brighton Fringe is England's largest arts festival and one of the largest fringe festivals in the world, showcasing a range of diverse art forms to entertain a wide audience.

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  16. Brighton Festival -- Sacre

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    Dance / Dancing

    Brighton

    Ten acrobats from the exhilarating Circa ensemble bring Stravinsky’s seminal 'The Rite of Spring' to the circus stage

    Pulsating with tension and infused with dark humour, this dramatic production from Artistic Director Yaron Lifschitz confronts…

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  17. Twisted Tales

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    Brighton

    Twisted Tales is a deliciously depraved double bill that reveals the darkness under the domestic, the lengths people will go to for love & how to wash blood stains out of a carpet.

    Who is the bandaged man, obsessively in love & held captive inside…

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  18. War of the Worlds

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    Theatre

    Brighton

    No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by an intelligence greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own.

    A new adaptation of HG Wells classic story brought to…

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  19. Back Passages of Brighton: Walking tour

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    Brighton

    “Back by popular demand”, Brighton’s most unusual walking tour.

    Tucked away in the quiet little corners of the big city are the “Twittens”, passageways, “Snickets” and paths that can both enchant, amaze and astound.

    Take a step back in time on…

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    25 May 2022Open 11:00 - 12:20
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  20. Henley Decor Fair

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    Henley on Thames

    The Henley Decor Fair will return May 26th - 29th 2022 to its stunning riverside location along the Henley Royal Regatta course. With over 150 of the finest UK and international decorative antique traders, the Henley Decor Fair has built a…

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