10 best May bank holiday day trips from Shropshire

As the days get longer and the temperatures (finally) begin to climb, the promise of not one but two May bank holidays brings the perfect opportunity to explore the beauty of the UK.

Nestled in the heart of England, Shropshire is bursting with family-friendly attractions. As well as the Wrekin, Oswestry and Ironbridge Gorge on your doorstep, the area is an ideal launch pad for memorable day trips further afield, offering a blend of fun adventures, coastal escapes, picturesque picnic spots and all-weather activities for parents, children and four-legged friends alike.

So, if you’re looking for bank holiday ideas, buckle up and join us on a virtual road trip as we uncover the best destinations within driving distance of Shropshire to make the most of the long weekend!

1. Step back in time at the Black Country Living Museum

See history come to life at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley. Wander through cobbled streets and explore authentic shops, houses and industrial buildings. You can also ride vintage trams, meet costumed characters and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the past at this unique canal-side village.

2. Explore the bluebell trail at Sallow Coppice

If you’re seeking a seasonal May bank holiday idea, look no further! Shropshire’s woodlands are home to some of the UK’s most impressive bluebell displays. The woods of Sallow Coppice in the South Shropshire Hills are a canvas for a sea of blue in May, with plenty of walks to explore at whatever pace suits you.

3. Grab your crabbing net or hiking boots in Wales

The A458 unlocks a host of Welsh adventures, with beautiful roads and views to enjoy en route to your destination. Craving a dose of sea air? Hit the road towards the charming seaside town of Aberdyfi. Grab an ice cream and try your hand at crabbing while soaking in the laid-back atmosphere.

Or head north into Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park for some incredible walks and views. Pack a picnic and lace up your hiking boots for a rewarding day out in the great outdoors. Check out the Fforest Coaster at Zip World. Suitable for ages three and over, this toboggan-style rollercoaster twists and turns through the trees. There are also zip lines and tree-top nets to enjoy.

4. Feed your curiosity at Hay Festival

Head to South Wales to Hay-on-Wye and its famous annual literature and arts festival. 2024’s Hay Festival is running from 23 May to 2 June 2024, covering the second May bank holiday.

The perfect school holiday activity for book lovers, there’s plenty to entertain the whole family. Immerse yourself in the schedule of inclusive events with authors, illustrators and performers, interactive workshops and an all-new family garden.

5. Become a knight of the realm at Warwick Castle

Step into a medieval world at Warwick Castle and explore its towering battlements, Kingmaker experience and majestic Great Hall. Watch thrilling falconry displays, participate in knightly challenges and wander through beautifully landscaped gardens. Don’t miss a leisurely stroll around Warwick town itself to soak in the sights, captivating Tudor history and enchanting scenery.

6. ‘Potter’ around Stoke-on-Trent

Another brilliant thing to do this May bank holiday weekend is take a family adventure in Stoke-on-Trent, fondly nicknamed ‘The Potteries’, where the area’s heritage of ceramics unfolds. Dive into hands-on pottery painting experiences at Emma Bridgewater and Royal Stafford, or explore Gladstone Pottery Museum and give pot throwing a go.

7. Enjoy some top grub in Ludlow

Known as the foodie capital of Shropshire, the historic market town of Ludlow is a gastronomic haven waiting to be explored. Wander through its medieval streets lined with independent shops and artisanal eateries, sample delicious local produce at the bustling market or visit the imposing Ludlow Castle for a glimpse into the town’s rich history.

8. Be daring at Alton Towers

The drive to this popular theme park is an experience in itself, with a scenic ride through charming countryside and quaint villages. Once at the park, you can brave thrilling rides, explore whimsical worlds in CBeebies Land or even make a splash at the water park – there are attractions for all ages.

9. Get arty in Handsworth Park

Embark on a cultural journey at Handsworth Park’s Arts Trail. Launched in 2017 by renowned photographer Vanley Burke, the trail showcases innovative artworks. Explore pieces designed by local artists, community members and school children. Explore the trail’s evolution, including smaller temporary installations near the Boathouse Café, then enjoy a picnic and let children frolic in the playground.

10. Pick your adventure in Birmingham

Birmingham also holds an array of exciting day trip options. The LEGOLAND Discovery Centre promises endless fun with rides, LEGO bricks and a 4D cinema, while Birmingham Botanical Gardens is the green heart of the city, with 15 acres of gorgeous gardens. For adventure seekers, The Bear Grylls Adventure offers 11 thrilling activities, while those with a sweet tooth will enjoy Cadbury World, which delves into the history of this family-favourite chocolate. And that’s not all – the National Sea Life Centre and Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum offer captivating experiences for all ages.

A bank holiday to remember with Budgen

Decided on your bank holiday adventure? It’s nearly time to pack up your car and get on the road!

Don’t forget your road-trip snacks, comfy shoes and sun cream (you never know!). But the most important thing to consider is making sure your car is in prime condition – book a health check at Budgen in Shrewsbury or Telford to give you complete peace of mind.

As your trusted local dealer, we understand the importance of making the most of your precious time off. Looking for the perfect car for the trip? Visit our showroom today and let us help you find the perfect ride for your adventures ahead.

10 best May bank holiday day trips from Shropshire