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Ten Things To Do This Bank Holiday

Author: Lauren Coleman

Has this bank holiday taken anyone else by surprise? All of a sudden May has crept in and a lot of us have the day off on Monday. Perhaps you’re like me and want to avoid the regulation DIY but what to do with that well earned day off?

Trip to A Bluebell Wood

I think it’s good to be reminded the bluebells are in season. Last year I finally made it to the spectacular wood at Coton Manor the very last week of the season. The flowers were just beginning to turn and I’m hoping to go back earlier this year to see them in all their glory. The Woodland Trust have a guide on their site of what they view to the best bluebell woods across the country.

Take A Trip To The Fringe

Rock My Wedding’s Alice is off to the coast this weekend to The Brighton Fringe festival, England’s largest arts festival. If the Edinburgh Fringe in August is too far to travel then do check out the festival in the south of England instead. Running until 3rd June there are lots of free events as well as tickets for shows starting from £4.

Star Wars

If you’re a Star Wars fan (there’s a real split in the team at Rock My Towers) then you could kick off the long weekend with a trip to The Space Centre in Leicestershire. The ‘May the 4th Be with You’ event promises to be a “very special adult-only evening of music, art, science, fashion and food, that will be dedicated to celebrating the Dark Side of the Force, with maybe a hint of the Rebellion.”

Head To London

TimeOut share their round-up of ten things to do this bank holiday including Brockwell Lido Fair (dealers selling furniture and clothing around the pool) and the al fresco bar at Skylight.

National Trust and Other Stately Homes

I’m still debating whether to get National Trust membership as my beloved Chatsworth is a private owned estate but maybe it’s about time I started to visit a few more places. What better way to spend the bank holiday than immersed in history soaking up some culture?

Netflix Binge

If you’d rather relax and kick back indoors then maybe you fancy a Netflix binge. As usual there’s lots of new (to Netflix) releases coming this month including old favourites such as Sliding Doors and Amelie. For a full list check out Vulture.

Get A Late Deal

A few years ago James and I booked a spur-of-the-moment trip one morning and got a last minute hotel booking to stay in Windsor. The hotel was slightly dubious I have to admit but the weekend was one to remember as we were pretty pleased with ourselves for being so spontaneous. If you’re like me I prefer to research your trip to minute detail it’s probably best to go to a town you’re already familiar with or throw caution to the wind and live in the moment. Check out our archives for a few tours from towns such as Brighton, Leeds, Liverpool and Bath.

Cheltenham Jazz Festival

The annual Cheltenham Jazz runs until the 7th May and includes the biggest names from jazz, blues and world music. Combine with a trip around the rest of the Cotswolds and it’ll be a fab recipe for a long weekend. On the subject of music festivals, with Glastonbury taking a break this year then check out the Evening Standard for their pick of the best summertime festivals.

Pack A Picnic

My husband detests alfresco dining but he humours me every so often and we go on an annual picnic. The weather forecast looks pretty good from where I’m standing so maybe we won’t be needing our cagoules.

Food Lovers

Alice’s family head to the Easton Castle Chilli festival in Herefordshire which sounds very intriguing! With cookery classes, stalls , music and dancing and plenty of veggie food too. There are also heaps of other food festivals and Farmer’s markets going on around the country to get your taste buds going.

How are you spending the bank holiday? Anyone else planning on a day with friends and family? Are you off visiting anywhere interesting?

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14 thoughts on “Ten Things To Do This Bank Holiday

  1. Some great ideas! I never realised we had a fringe festival in England, the weather will be perfect. Mine will stereotypically be filled with DIY as the long road to the loft conversion starts here. However it’s not all work, we are heading north for with a family bike ride with the in-laws and extended family to celebrate the life of my wife’s late grandma and raise some money for the local hospice.
    And for once it’s not going to rain!

    1. Sounds like a very productive way to to spend the weekend Matt. Have a fab time in the sun!

  2. Bank holiday is starting early for me as I’m off today and tomorrow, albeit today was necessity as need to let the tree surgeons – our 50ft conifer is coming down in time for the sun this weekend 👐👐 My parents are coming down to visit for the first time since we moved into the house so we’ll be taking advantage of their car with trips to the dump and getting boards for the loft… Think all future bank holidays will be containing all the DIY joy for the foreseeable!
    Hope everyone has a lovely long weekend whatever you’re up to!

  3. We’re off to Edinburgh for a long weekend and I am so blooming excited! It was rescheduled after the snowy weekend in March (lost the cost of the hotel but Easyjet were brilliant and allowed us to rebook flights whenever we wanted, so we went for the expensive bank holiday!). I have prepared a fab itinerary, including a special tasting menu at a top scottish restaurant with paired drinks, tickets for Britannia, a Sunday stroll around Stockbridge including a trip to its market and on Monday we are going on a guided bike tour of the Waters of Leith. Maybe I should send you a submission!

    1. Oh I’d like to read that…and here’s me lived in or around Edinburgh most of my days. Two things on your list I didn’t even know where ‘things’ to do round here! Hope the sun comes out for both of us and have a great time.

    2. Yes do! I’m going to Edinburgh in a few weeks, a) to run a half marathon and b) for a mini break, so tips and ideas of things to see, do and eat would be very welcome!

  4. Bank Holiday? I forgot all about it so zero plans made but sometimes those are the best kind of plans 🙂

  5. I live in Brighton so will be making the most of the start of the Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe (both go on all month). It’s the Children’s parade on Saturday so will be taking my 2 year old along to that – possibly followed by Monski Mouse’s baby disco dance hall in the Spiegeltent!

  6. Love Love Love Chatsworth! We considered that an option for a family day out this weekend but went recently so have opted for a visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. It’s just so nice to have the option for outdoor places with the weather!!

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