Some call it Whitsun bank holiday, others call it late May…
Before May is out, we have one more bank holiday to enjoy. As this is the last one for a while lets really make the most of it. Up and down the country towns and villages are putting on a whole host of brilliant events; there are plenty of weekend-long festivals to get stuck into too. With the 10-day forecast hinting at parts of the UK reaching 20 degrees, there is no better excuse to grab your sunnies and revel in an extra day off work. Read on for our top pick of events for the bank holiday weekend!
Festival of Fools
This unusual festival takes place at Muncaster Castle in Ravenglass, Cumbria. It’s an annual event; with many people returning again and again. Visit the Festival of Fools from, 28th – 30th May for a lively weekend of fun. It’s a carnival atmosphere full of jest (…literally) which thrives off audience participation, enthusiasm and a good dash of sunshine. There is something for all ages, including circus workshops, bouncy inflatables, archery and a ukelele school. There will be food stalls available with refreshments too. Don’t miss out on this brilliant weekend for all the family.
Ulverston Food Festival
This food festival is a real gem of the Lake District. The Ulverston Food Festival will be taking place from 27th – 28th May and is organised by Taste Cumbria. Expect great foodie things over these two days. Here you will find not only tasty produce and traditional goodies but also live cooking and skills-based demonstrations. It’s a great spot to pick up some delicious fare and a few handy tips for when you get home. You’ll be cooking up a storm in no time. (and don’t forget the popular Ale Trail of local pubs/breweries!)
Lyme Regis Jazz Festival
If you would prefer a weekend of music then The Lyme Regis Jazz Festival is the place for you. Taking place from 26th – 29th May and held in Lyme Regis, Dorset, this festival will be taking place at the Marine Theatre. It is a musical celebration of all things saxophone and New Orleans, all things improv and swing. No matter your taste this brilliant mix of new and traditional live music is sure to get you swaying to the rhythm. Being situated on the famous Jurassic Coast means this festival will be a feast for your eyes, as well as your ears.
Dartington Food Fair
Right by the banks of the beautiful River Dart, and a stone’s throw from Dartmoor National Park, Dartington, Devon is already right up there as one of our favourite destinations for a weekend break. If you needed an extra reason to visit, from 28th – 29th May it is also home to Dartington Food Fair. Taking place at The Shops, this lovely event is a must for foodies. Here you’ll find amazing food, culinary showcases as well as the famous Dartington Cider Bar; what’s not to love?
The Great British Food Festival
If none of the food festivals have tickled your curiosity yet, then this one might be for you. Not just any old food festival; this is the GREAT British Food Festival. This festival will be touring the length of England; stopping at locations in Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Wiltshire and Cheshire. On this glorious bank holiday weekend, it will be making an appearance in Leeds, Yorkshire, from the 28th – 30th May. Held at the stunning venue, Harewood House, this festival will have all the foodie delights you would expect; from local produce to delicious drink stall goodies. The gates open at 10 am, don’t miss out.
Malton Food Lovers Festival
The charming market town of Malton, Yorkshire is known for being the Food Capital of Yorkshire, and so you can expect great things from the Malton Food Lovers Festival. To be held from the 27th – 28th May, you’ll get two days of foodie fun. In fact, this year’s festival is expected to be the biggest ever. On a visit here expect to find the very best of Yorkshire’s local produce, a chance to taste some of the goodies on offer, delicious street food and even a chance to brush up on your cookery skills.