Make the most of your May Day bank holiday weekend
There are hundreds of events taking place up and down the UK this bank holiday weekend. Get out and about whatever the weather with our pick of the bunch
During the bank holiday weekend, go down the Roman City of Wroxeter, Shropshire, between 10am and 5pm and join in on a Roman Family Fun Trail. All their Roman soldiers have taken leave of their posts and gone missing, can you hunt down all the clues and find them all? There are special prizes for those that can, and all are welcome.
On Monday 7 May, Mendlesham Community Centre in Suffolk will be playing host to an art and crafts show, part of the annual Mendlesham Street Fair, from 11am until 4.30pm. The arts and craft show attracts around 5,000 visitors each year to see its eclectic mix of arts and crafts.
Mendlesham Community Centre, Old Station Road, Mendlesham, Stowmarket, IP14 5RX
Visit Hanningford Reservoir visitor centre, Essex, on Saturday and Sunday to enjoy a self-guided trail suitable for all the family. The trail will be themed around wild flowers to celebrate the spectacle of the Bluebell bloom that occurs in spring. Run by the Wildlife Trusts, see the website for more details, and information on similar trails in your area.
Celebrate National Dawn Chorus Day by getting up with the birds! Join the ranger at 6am on Sunday at Dog Falls car park in Glen Affric, Highland. Take advantage of a rare opportunity to take a guided walk with an experienced ranger and wake up with the birds. Suitable for the whole family (if you can get them up!).
On Sunday, the Hamsterley Forest visitor centre in Durham is offering you a chance to experience nature as you never have before; see it, hear it, touch it and smell it in a whole load of excitingly different new ways. Mix up your own special whiff, discover what it would be like to have a third eye in the top of your head, collect colours from nature's palette, take part in a play where nature will provide all your special effects - and much more besides. Booking essential.
Join the hundreds of villagers and visitors on Monday as they make their way to the main street of Stilton, Cambridgeshire, to watch the teams battling for a worth title: the Stilton Cheese Rolling Champion. As well as the now world-famous main event, the village has a festival with maypole dancing, live music, side shows, fairground rides and much more.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Clovelly Folk Festival in Devon will be the setting for many talented Devonian singers and musicians with an eclectic mix of styles and voices, from blues and samba to the songs of the West Country and beyond. The parish church will also be hosting two concerts by local musicians. During the weekend workshops for both children and adults will be held in the village and the parish hall.
Saturday and Sunday will see a fun-filled weekend of music and song to celebrate the arrival of spring. Set deep in the heart of the remote Scottish Borders, this bijou festival will have food, beer tent, craft stalls, entertainment for children, plus a play area and activities, various workshops and open mic stage.
Over the bank holiday weekend, Bristol Folk Festival will showcase award-winning artists, ceilidhs, workshops, singalongs, morris dancers, mummers, maypoles, arts, crafts, musicians, open mics, street parades, buskers, circus poetry and storytelling.
Celebrating the All Wales Coastal Path launch, Cardigan Walks Festival is an annual programme of walks and talks in and around Cardigan. Until Monday, the festival will comprise of weekend of walks, talks and social events to mark the launch of the All Wales Coastal Path. A range of walks is planned to cover all tastes and abilities, including urban, countryside, and the coastal.
Until 6 May, come and see Horrible Histories live on stage in Llandudno. Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, these two shows - The Terrible Tudors and The Vile Victorians - are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips.
Join this ranger-led walk through Mugdock Country Park, Glasgow, on Saturday or Sunday and listen out for and learn about the habits of these fantastic birds. There are no guarantees you’ll hear a cuckoo, but you’re sure to learn how to recognise some other species along the way.
This five day festival in the centre of Belfast brings you more than 130 top class performances. See the best in street theatre, live music, comedy, acrobatics, and general merriment and chaos and enjoy a bank holiday weekend to remember.
On Saturdayat 10.30am, take a guided walk around Durham City. Over three and a half hours, cover Durham city, the riverside, woodland and an iron age fort. At 5.5 miles this is a medium walk, and a packed lunch is recommended.
Over the bank holiday weekend, enjoy a 60 minute walking tour with a qualified Blue Badge Guide through Brighton's fascinating history. From a small fishing village to today's vibrant cosmopolitan city, you’ll learn about the scandals and splendour of the Regency period. From Brighton Pier along to the KissWall and into the Lanes, round hidden corners and out into wonderful vistas, this walk is an ideal way to orientate yourself with the city.
From Saturday-Monday, step back in time with the Rochester Sweeps Festival in Kent. Medway’s annual Sweeps Festival recreates the joy and laughter enjoyed by the chimney sweeps at their traditional holiday: the one time of the year the sweeps could leave the soot behind and have some fun, marking the occasion by staging a procession through the streets of Rochester. Come and join in and enjoy more than 50 morris dancing sides, free music in pubs and bars, fun children’s activities, Jack-in-the-Green and much more.
Armagh Apple Blossom Fair
On Saturday, the entire area around Loughgall will be in bloom with stunning apple blossom, providing a beautiful backdrop for this event. Events throughout the day will include: food and craft stalls, cookery demonstrations, music by local musicians Harry and Dixie, traditional games, barbecue, children's games, animal petting farm, guided orchard tours by coach and walking. Suitable for individuals, groups and coach parties.
Celebrating the end of winter and the coming of spring is a tradition that stretches back hundreds of years. At midday at the Guildhall the Grand Bard and Mayor choose the May Queen and King and their attending Prince and Princess, in a ceremony known bizarrely as the “pee whip”. The St Ives Guisers, dressed in their traditional black and white "mock formal" make an appearance, horn blowers herald the start of spring and there’ll be May sticks. At 1pm there’s a parade to the harbour where you can watch May pole dances, traditional Cornish dancing and music. Various local choirs and brass bands perform by the harbour throughout the day.
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