5 things to do this May Bank Holiday

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May Bank holiday is almost here. Here’s how to make the most of the three day weekend…

Have lunch at the new ‘secret garden’ at Bill’s, St Albans 

The secret is out, there’s a new sunny hot spot in St Albans. The new ‘secret garden’ area seats up to 24 people in an intimate setting, beautifully designed with garden mirrors, fairy lights and foliage creating the ultimate daytime or evening ambience. Enjoy basking in the sun on a hot day and savour a drink or tuck into one the light summer dishes such as chicken and avocado salad or seabass! Weekend brunch is always popular and now there’s more exciting options than ever to tempt your tastebuds including Eggs Royale with chips, Bill’s Brunch and a variety of sharing plates including Halloumi, Health and Raw plates.

The new garden comes hot on the trail of the relaunch of Bill’s St Albans restaurant earlier this year which now offers more intimate dining areas, a fun open bar area and plenty of room for everyone with show-stopping interiors to enjoy some of the new dishes on the menu. Call ahead to reserve a table or visit https://bills-website.co.uk/restaurants/st-albans

The QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket Racecourse

Taking place on 5-6 May, the festival is a spring highlight at the Rowley Mile featuring two days of entertainment in addition to horse racing. The Hyperion Lawn will be hosting activities and a live band providing music all weekend long and various food and drink for all, there’s a Horsepower Exhibition and family fun at ‘The Fan Zone’ from BCS the Pony Club and on the Boulevard Lawn near the Grandstand & Paddock entrance. Free activities for kids all weekend – attend jockey school, learn about tack and kit, meet a former racehorse and go on an exclusive tour – plus farriery demonstrations, pony rides, face painting, inflatable slides, a bouncy castle, and much more! 



After the horses stop, Apres Racing begins – extending the party into the evening. On Saturday 5 May, TV presenter and Radio DJ, Reggie Yates will take to the decks and on Sunday 6th, racegoers will be delighted by a top performance from UK beatboxing band, DUKE. Don’t forget, children under 18 go FREE! http://newmarket.thejockeyclub.co.uk/events-tickets/whats-on/qipco-guineas-festival


Bottomless brunch at Caruccio’s Colchester and Chelmsford

Put some added sparkle into your Bank Holiday Monday with Carluccio’s. The Colchester and Chelmsford restaurants will be offering you bottomless bubbles when ordering off its brand new breakfast menu. For just £26 per person on 7 May, between 10am-1pm brunch lovers can choose any breakfast dish and combine it with free-flowing prosecco for up to 90 minutes. Full details at www.carluccios.com/restaurants. Salute!

Family Dog Show in Lodden

A family dog show is being held in Loddon on Sunday 6 May to raise funds for its annual and popular scarecrow festival, scheduled for 16 June. The Chet carnival and community group is running a Fun Dog Show on between 11.30 am and 5.30pm at the Jubilee Hall playing fields. Classes include Musical dogs, Most handsome dog, and Best in show, entertainment on the day comes from Waggytails dog display team, Face Painting, and Funky Feet, and stalls will be holding competitions including Guess the weight of the dog and how many bones in the jar. Entry forms for your dog are available from rosy Lee’s Tea rooms in Loddon and you can find out more about the event by calling 766585 or e mailing [email protected] 

Ely Food & Drink Festival

Rounding up Ely’s Eel Festival is the ever popular two day Food and Drink Festival now in its fifth year. Taking place 4-7 May on Palace Green, over 75 artisan and specialist food and drink traders will be showcasing their wares. There’s a great Street Food Scene, plus beer tent and cocktail bar with some easy listening, live music to enjoy. Back on St Mary’s Green is the Kitchen Pantry with a selection of goodies to help stock your pantry and this year’s Cookery Theatre will host celebrity haute cuisine teacher, Rosemary Shrager and the original TV Chef, Brian Turner who will be demonstrating a variety of dishes alongside some of our much loved local chefs. www.elyeelfestival.co.uk


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