If you’re super organised, you’ve probably recently had 18 days off in a row due to the Easter Bank Holiday and early May Bank Holiday being so close to each other this year (read the article here to learn how this was possible).
However, if like me, you didn’t take advantage of this amazing life hack, have no fear because another bank holiday is near (Monday 27th May). Here’s a list of the top 10 things to do over the late May Bank Holiday weekend to make up for missing out on over 2 weeks off work:
25th – 27th May
Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest food festival returns to London’s Syon Park this May Bank Holiday. Get your tickets now to enjoy live music, workshops, masterclasses and of course some good food whilst strolling around the beautiful Syon Park.
2.Rooftop Film Club
Whilst the Rooftop Film Club is on all year round, they are pulling out all the stops for this May Bank Holiday weekend! In addition to screening some classics like Back to the Future and Bridget Jones’s Diary, they are giving out free extrême ice creams at selected screenings.
Check out the programme at a number of London locations including the Bussey Building in Peckham, Roof East in Stratford and Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch.
25th – 26th May
Attracting over 75,000 annually, one of the UK’s biggest two-day gay festivals returns to Birmingham’s Gay Village this May Bank Holiday weekend. Beginning with a parade from the city centre to the Gay Village in Hurst Street, the festival site hosts live music acts from the likes of Mabel and Years and Years, a dance arena, funfair, cabaret stalls and much more.
4.Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
16th May – 8th June
Starting from 16th May, Regent’s Park will transform into a magical, open air theatre showcasing a production called “Our Town” until June. Grab some pre-theatre drinks or food before sitting back and relaxing to watch a story of birth; marriage; death and everything in between.
5.All Points East
24th May- 2nd June
The annual ten day event returns to London’s Victoria Park with yet another action packed agenda and promising lineup. Whether you’re interested in the renowned music festival (with headline acts such as Mumford and Sons and Bring me the Horizon), or whether you’re interested in their “In the Neighbourhood” programme (four days of free entry and free activities such as yoga, circus, dancing and more), All Points East is bound to cater for all.
4th – 26th May
Brighton’s annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events is already in full swing. Taking place in a number of venues throughout Brighton and Hove over three weeks, there are still a number of activities to get stuck into; especially over the May Bank Holiday weekend. These include afrobeats dance performances, talks from artists, contemporary music performances and book readings to name just a few.
7. Feria De Londres
24th – 26th May
Whether you are heading to Spain later in the Summer or whether you wish you were going but aren’t, Feria de Londres is the fair for you. Located on London’s Southbank, this event pays homage to Andalucian culture by recreating the scenes seen at many of Spain’s local Ferias. Tuck into some traditional seafood paella, croquettes, iberico ham, and churros whilst sipping on some refreshing Iberian beers and wine with flamenco dancers.
8. Free From Festival
Free From Festival is the UK’s first gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free food festival. Along with indulging in healthy “free-from” desserts, savoury snacks, beer and wine, festival-goers will be able to join talks and demos by talented nutritionists & industry professionals to learn some great tips on how to cook healthy tasty food without using gluten, refined sugar etc.
Get down to the Boiler House on Brick Lane this May Bank Holiday Monday to explore.
9. Dalston Rooftop Party
With earlybird tickets and general release tickets already sold out, the second release of tickets are shortly likely to follow suit. Surrounded by Hackney’s gorgeous Victorian buildings with views of London’s skyscrapers, it’s no wonder why this event at Dalston Roof Park has sold out three years in a row!
Get your tickets now for Dalston Rooftop Party tickets to enjoy summery cocktails, food, glitter and great music with 360 views.
10. Leonardo Da Vinci: A Life In Drawing Exhibition
24th May – 13th October
Marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci’s death, the exhibition which will be kicking off at Buckingham Palace over the May Bank Holiday weekend, brings together more than 200 of the Renaissance master’s greatest drawings in the Royal Collection. Here until October, the exhibition forms the largest exhibition of Leonardo’s work in over 65 years.