May Bank Holiday Events 2019

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May is our favourite month of the year – two bank holidays, yes please! Here’s how to make the most of the long weekends with our round up of the best May Bank Holiday events 2019

The Hertfordshire Garden Show, 4-6 May

Knebworth House, Hertfordshire

If you want to improve your garden in time for summer, stop by this bank holiday event for inspiration, tips and more. There’s over 100 exhibitors, including 30 nurseries, hot tubs, outdoor furniture and more. Experts will be on hand to share tips, while exhibitors sell quality plants, flowers and furnishings. Make sure you stop by the craft pavilion! Entry is included with Park & Gardens admission, £10 per person. Open 9.30 am to 5pm.

Ely Food & Drink Festival, 5-6 May

Ely, Cambs


Rounding up Ely’s Eel Festival is the ever popular two day Food and Drink Festival. 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.

The Weald Park Country Show & Festival of Dogs, 5-6 May

Brentwood, Essex

This show gest bigger and better every year! Expect lively and talented displays such as Motorbike Stunts, Heavy Horses, Falconry and Rural Crafters. There’s also celebrity chefs, a food festival with over 40 small producers and children’s activities. The show is combined with The Festival of Dogs. Great fun for owners and their pets, it features over22 classes a day, agility, Dogs Have Got Talent, displays and more.

Truckfest, 5-6 May

East of England Arena, Peterborough

A must for all trucking enthusiasts! There’s displays, awards, monster truck car crashing action, high adrenaline stunts, music, vloggers and more. Make the most of the event with a weekend camping experience. Don’t miss a celebrity appearance from Harry Redknapp!

Norwich City of Ale, 23 May – 2 June


Explore the city of Norwich, meandering along the river and Lanes, before sampling the region’s finest ales. Over 40 welcoming city pubs await you, serving ales that are often matched with seasonal local produce. Follow the ale trail or try a tasting or tour.

Duxford Air Show 2016

Duxford Air Festival 2019, 25-26 May

IWM Duxford, Cambs

The action-packed Duxford Air Festival returns for take-off this Spring Bank Holiday weekend, with fast flying and dazzling air displays in the skies above, to thrilling technology, inspiring inventions and ground-breaking innovation across the museum and showground.Visitors can experience: the powerful performance of the Breitling Jet Team, the last remaining airworthy B-17 Flying Fortress, the aerobatic grace of the AeroSuperBatics wingwalkers, the dynamic Apache attack helicopter, plus the agile RAF Chinook helicopter. 

The only airworthy Whirlwind HAR.10 helicopter in the world will be making its first appearance at Duxford Air Festival. Tickets from £30, kids under 16 go free. Book at

Framlingham Gala Fest, 25-27 May

Framlingham, Suffolk 

One of the best free local festivals in the region, visitors can enjoy three days of vibrancy, colour and music! This year’s theme is ‘Sand, Sea and Surf’ and will see a fun line up of events including plenty of live music, crafts, games, races, a car boot sale, food and more. With Framlingham Castle as the back drop, sit and watch live bands in Castle Meadow, tuck into BBQ food or feel the energy at the bright and bold parade which takes place on Bank Holiday Monday at noon.

Leestock Music Festival, 25-26 May

Long Melford, Suffolk

Held in the grounds of Melford Hall, the festival raises money for national charity the Willow Foundation, which supports seriously ill young adults. This year there’s a star-studded line up with headliners such as Pixie Lott and Starsailor, and support acts Rebecca Ferguson, B*Witched, Feeder and more.



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