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May Bank Holiday Events

Fri 06 May 2016

May Bank Holiday Events

With May Day weekend and an extra bank holiday at the end of the month, May is a month that families all over the UK look forward to. The weather is (usually) picking up, spring is in the air and there are two long weekends to enjoy.

There are hundreds of events that go on throughout the UK over May Day weekend and beyond. Here are some of the events we like best, you might have missed some of them but keep an eye out for them happening again throughout the year.


If you’re in the midlands and fancy a day out, the annual Cheese Rolling event in Brockworth, Gloustershire is well worth a visit. Locals chase an 8lb wheel of local cheese down a hill, and the first person to cross the finish line gets to take it home with them. It’s an event that is famous throughout the local area and has been happening for years. The event takes place every May bank holiday – this year it was Monday 30th April 2016. 


London Fire Brigade turns 150 this year, and to celebrate fire stations all over the city are holding open days throughout the whole of May, starting on the early Bank Holiday Weekend.  Kids will love being able to see inside real fire engines and finding out how they fight fires, and adults might learn a few things too! All open days are free, more information is available on the London Fire Brigade website.


If you’re a bit of a foodie, then the Leeds Independent Food Festival might be right up your street. The city has become famous for its restaurants and street food over the last couple of years and from 12th-30th May this year you’ll be able to sample everything from cake to vegetarian delicacies at venues all over the city. With daytime and evening events, this is something that the whole family can enjoy.

UK Wide

As spring is in full bloom, there are plenty of garden and flower festivals throughout May. Whether you’re a keen gardener or just fancy a nice family day out in the sunshine, there’s an event for you! The Royal Horticultural Society website has a list of lots of ticketed shows that are on throughout the UK, and the Telegraph lists more local events, some of which are free. 

Make sure you check your local area for any events happening on your doorstep and join in with the fun!