May Holiday Ideas – May of Magic
May, the last and the hottest spring month, is a great time to spend holidays, to add some bright impressions, to feel joy and happiness. Warm weather, spring nature, lots of sunshine – all these will not let you wear out the seat of your trousers. May is the best time to spend holidays outdoors, so if you do not want to stay in the solitude of your own room, this article is definitely for you. Still, if you are one of those home-birds, we do hope you will find here something interesting as well. Anyways, get ready for the adventures!
FREE HARRY POTTER LONDON FILM LOCATIONS TOUR
Both for children and adults
WHEN: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
It does not matter if you received your invitation to Hogwarts or not, you have all chances to explore the world of Harry Potter in London. If you love the magic world created by genius J. K. Rowling, you probably saw all the 8 movies that were mostly filmed right here, on the streets of the capital. This beautiful city has a lot of magic, both real and created. So why not to add some to your May holidays?
Harry Potter Tour, guided by the experts of the Rowling’s world of magic, will take you through the streets of London, pointing out various locations from the movies and telling the stories about the magic that lives right here, just at hand. Do not miss a chance to follow the footsteps of the most brilliant and brave wizard ever!
For all fans of Harry Potter, of all age, the tour will become a great way to spend time. It is always enchanting, sometimes exciting and for sure very interesting. You will be able to see a number of magical locations and real-life counterparts, so get ready to fall in love with the magic side of London. The tour includes a building with Ministry of Magic; it will take you via underground and show you the barriers Harry and Arthur Weasley traveled through, as well as you will be able to see the real Diagon Alley.
What is more, the tour will take you to the magnificent ‘Palace Theatre’, the home for the ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ story. Anyways, get ready for the adventure full of fun facts, film references and, of course, a little bit of magic.
The Harry Potter tour lasts approximately for 2 hours. You can join it on Monday evening (7:30 pm), on Wednesdays (2:00 pm) or on Friday morning (10:30 am). The tour is free but you can still name your own price to thank your guide. For more details, you can follow the link: www.freetoursbyfoot.com
For families with children
WHEN: Daily from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
On the outskirts of Wroxham, there is a 50 acres park called Bewilderwood – a perfect destination for all those who are looking for a way to spend holidays with children and to avoid the commercial side that characterizes many other theme parks. Here you will not find any special effects or modern technologies. Bewilderwood is wood with lots of simple and fun activities. Children love climbing trees, crossing rope bridges and building dens and hiding out in treehouses – all these is possible here.
The park was designed by Tom Blofeld, a talented local author who writes stories for children. That is why Bewilderwood is considered to be a fairytale place, with lots of magical creatures who came from the book pages. Children love them!
Though the park was created to entertain children from five to ten year old, parents can enjoy it as well. Adults can take part in some fun activities with children or just have a great rest in the woodland. One of the most loved ways of spending time here is gazing into surrounding trees to forget about the rest of the world.
One of the most popular attractions for kids is the stories they can hear during the boat trip. It makes them really happy to explore the world of Boggles and Twiggles while listening to the story of Swampy the Marsh Boggle.
Though BYO picnics are popular here, you can visit one of three (or all of three, as you wish) cafes where you can buy some sandwiches, snacks, and hot food. What is more, you can find a low-key gift shop to take something as a keepsake. There are books, soft toys, fridge magnets, hats, and costumes.
The price varies on a child’s height: free entrance for children under 92 cm, £13.50 for 92–105cm, and £15.50 for children and adults over 105cm. Considering the fact that you can spend in the park the whole day, have a lot of fun and to make your children happy, the price is definitely worth it. Still, as the park offers outdoor activities, it is always better to come here when the weather is fine. To learn more about the park, its events and activities, visit the website: www.bewilderwood.co.uk
NORTHUMBERLAND INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY PARK
For adults, children and nature lovers
WHERE: Northumberland county
WHEN: Every night
Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, the largest in Europe, is 572 square miles of protected night sky. The park was unveiled not so long ago, in December 2013. Also, the park was awarded gold for the most pristine skies, so if you are looking for the best place to get in touch with heaven beauty of our universe, Northumberland is the answer.
In the most parts of UK, especially in big cities, it becomes pretty hard to enjoy night sky due to an orange glow that lets you see just a handful of stars. In contrast, in the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, you can witness about 2,000 at any time of the year. What is more, you can even see the Andromeda Galaxy with your naked eyes. Believe us, it is worth to see it and to feel the infinity of the universe.
If you think that there is nothing special about seeing the closest to us galaxy, just note that 80% of people have never seen even our own galaxy, the Milky Way. If you come to spend a night in the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, you will be able to see it in all its glory. With binoculars, you can even see its arms stretching out in opposite directions from the bright core placed in the heart of the galaxy. It is like an adventure that will take you 2.5 million light years away.
If you always dreamed of watching shooting stars and making wishes, you have to know that the best view is always from darkest locations, so visiting the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park can make some of your dreams come true. Also, there is a great chance to see the Aurora, just make sure that it will occur during the period you want to come.
Though the best time to see night sky is winter and early spring, mid-summer offers beautiful skies along with good weather. May is a good time to come here. Still, for the best view, using binoculars is always a great idea. For more information, visit the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park website: www.visitnorthumberland.com