Out and about this May Day Bank Holiday

Posted on April 30, 2018 by Guest Writer

The up-coming May Day bank holiday provides a great opportunity to get out and about with family and friends.  If you’re looking to make the most of your long weekend, here are a few events taking place across the UK.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Jousting Knights at Berkeley Castle

Sunday 6 – Monday 7 May

Relive the times when gallant knights went out to battle on their steeds. As well as mock battles, knights will be performing in energetic jousting tournaments and stunt displays before posing for photos with you and your loved ones.

The castle itself is also worth a visit. Dating back to Norman times, its walls breathe a multitude of past happenings, including the murder of King Edward II and the first staging of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Visit the Berkeley Castle website for more information.

 

DORSET

Railway Weekend at Wimborne Model Town, Wimborne Minster

Saturday 5 – Monday 7 May

A trip to Wimborne’s Railway Weekend is perfect for train spotters of the family. The fun takes place in the Model Town Garden so gather up the little ones and hop aboard the mini six track railway trains that run for just under 100 feet through the garden.

Wimborne also features over 100 miniature, old-fashioned shop fronts as well as the Beryl Dade Dolls’ Houses, each intricately furnished and with their own stories to tell.

Visit the Wimborne Model Town website for more information.
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LONDON

Lebara Days of Poland Festival, Potters Fields Park

Sunday 6 May

For something quite different, come and experience a little bit of Poland in London’s East End. A cultural experience for all the family, this annual celebration of Polish culture is a family-friendly festival which showcases the best of traditional and contemporary Polish music, along with its arts and crafts and cuisine.
For younger members of the family there’s face painting, giant bubble shows and competitions, as well as Polish national dancing.

Visit the Days of Poland website for more information.

 

NORFOLK

Medieval Mystery Tours, Norwich Castle Museum

Monday 7 May

Norwich Castle’s museum is open year-round for you to explore a fascinating Norman and medieval world, including internationally significant collections on loan from the British Museum.

This Bank Holiday there will be a day of tours and trails to reveal hidden highlights in the Castle Keep, along with particularly unusual items from the museum’s collections. Children will love dressing up as royalty, as well as meeting “Snap” the famous dragon, a vital part of Norwich’s tradition and history.

See the Visit Norwich website for more information.

 

CUMBRIA

Cumberland Sausage Festival, Muncaster Castle

Saturday 5 – Monday 7 May

Muncaster Castle treats your taste buds to a tantalising three-day celebration of top-class food and drink. Expect marquees-full of artisan sausages, craft beers and all things delicious and Cumbrian.

You’ll see celebrity chefs too (this year including Gary McClure, Kevin Hillyer and Peter Sidwell), along with cookery demonstrations to inspire mealtimes at home.

For more information and to buy tickets online, visit the Muncaster Castle website.
 

WALES

Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza, Llandudno

Saturday 5 – Monday 7 May

As the name suggests, Llandudno’s Victorian Extravaganza will be packed-full of all things Victorian; in fact, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped right back in time!

Expect everything from steam engines and musical organs to vintage cars, costumes and old-style fairground rides. Then there are the stalls and street entertainment – it all makes an interesting, fun day out for all the family.

Visit the Victorian Extravaganza website for more information.
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SCOTLAND

Spirit of Speyside Festival, Speyside

Thursday 3 – Monday 7 May

Scotch whisky lovers are in heaven in romantic Speyside, home of the famous Glenlivet and Glenfiddich Scotches.

The May Day bank holiday is an opportunity to celebrate whisky at the unique Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. There’s plenty to do, from behind-the-scenes distillery tours, whisky and food pairings to whisky tours taking place across local venues and distilleries.

For the non-whisky drinkers of your party, there are always the arts and crafts stalls, food and lively ceilidhs to keep them happily entertained.

For more information visit the Spirit of Speyside website.