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Free things to do with the kids for May half term 2018

School holidays can be the stuff of nightmares for parents who have to find something new and exciting to do with the kids.

It's even harder when you haven't got a huge budget too but a fun day out with the kids shouldn't leave you with empty pockets.

So we've had a look around for free family-friendly places, activities, events and workshops you and the children can enjoy over the May half term in Liverpool and beyond.

Things to book now for May half term 2018

When is May half term?
For the majority of schools in Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley and Halton, break up on Friday, May 25, 2018 and return on Monday, June 4, 2018.

For the majority of schools in Warrington and West Lancashire also break up on Friday, May 25, 2018 and return on Monday, June 4, 2018 - but some return on Monday, June 11, 2018.

We've rounded up a list of events to take the kids to over the holidays.

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Rice Lane City Farm, Walton, Liverpool

Rice Lane City Farm might just be Liverpool’s best-kept secret, a countryside oasis in the midst of Walton

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Albert Dock, Liverpool

The Albert Dock in Liverpool has a buzzing atmosphere with lots to see and do including free museums and an art gallery

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Formby Beach, Sefton

If you don't mind a little sand in your shoes, then you'll love a trip to Formby Beach

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Otterspool Adventure, Liverpool

Head to Otterspool Adventure Centre for a fun and active day out with the kids

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Formby Pinewoods, Sefton

Head to Formby Pinewoods in Sefton with the family and let the kids run wild.

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Grace Darling Pirate Ship, Hoylake Beach, Wirral

Head to Hoylake Beach where you can play on the Grace Darling pirate ship

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The Mermaid Trail, New Brighton

If you're looking for an enchanting trek across New Brighton, then try the Mermaid Trail

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The Asparagus Trail, Formby, Sefton

Discover the story behind Formby's famous asparagus with the Asparagus Trail

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FREE Chester Zoo Nature Reserve

Chester Zoo have opened a huge nature reserve just outside the main zoo - and it's FREE to enter

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Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm, Bidston Hill, Wirral

If you're on a tight budget, you're in luck because Tam O’Shanter Farm in Wirral has free entry

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Tate Liverpool

Pick up a free rocket explore backpack during your visit to Tate Liverpool art gallery with lots to discover

Kids eat free
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Southport Beach, Sefton

Enjoy a picnic on the beach or a bag of chips or and ice cream cone in the sunshine

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Birkenhead Priory, Birkenhead, Wirral

If you're looking for a unique family outing head to Birkenhead Priory and discover the history and beauty of the 850-year-old site

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Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, Warrington

Take a step back through time at one of the oldest museums in the country

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The Atkinson, Southport

The Atkinson in Southport has a theatre, cafe, library and museum - so there is something all the family to see and do