Things to do this May Bank Holiday
We list 10 great days out for the May bank holidays
This month we’re treated to not one but two bank holiday weekends. It’s the perfect occasion to get out and about and make the most of the region’s attractions. Here’s a few ideas to keep you entertained…
Get ready to explode with excitement as Wrest Park, Bedfordshire propels you back to wartime Britain this May! Over the late May Bank Holiday experience ‘Wrest at War’ Sunday 28 – Monday 29 May.
These huge live-action outdoor arena displays, with rifles, guns and huge explosions, will wow the whole family. From the tommy in the trenches of WWI to the trooper of the WWII D-Day landings, prepare yourself as you’re drawn into the theatre of war from all quarters. Fall into step as soldier’s train budding mini-troops (your children!), experience the life of the brave nurses and doctors patching up the soldiers in the hospital, and see the spectacle of the Prince Malik Lancers on horseback.
Inspired? Let your little ones become soldiers for the day in ‘Train the Troops’ Tuesday 30 May – Friday 2 June. Children can get active over the assault course and be put through their paces by the army general – make sure you shine your shoes or it will be basic rations for you! More details, times and prices at www.english-heritage.org.uk/wrest
Bluebell Weeks at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden
It’s the perfect time of year to see bluebells in full bloom. On the first May bank holiday take a trip to Fairhaven Woodland and Water Gardens, where from 24 April until 14 May you’ll be able to get exclusive access to its neighbouring nature reserve and bluebell woods. More details at www.fairhavengarden.co.uk
Pop up shops at Dalegate in Norfolk
The bank holidays are a great excuse to head to the coast, especially when there’s chance to do a little shopping too! Over both bank holidays, 27 April – 2 May and 25-30 May, and weekends during the summer, Dalegate Market will be hosting Pop Up Shops. The pop ups will change regularly and feature goods from local producers and artisans, in the beach huts behind Deepdale Café. Find out who will be popping up at www.dalegatemarket.co.uk/pop-up-shops
Enjoy the beauty of a Cambridgeshire market town and visit the St Neots Food and Drink Festival. Held over three days, visitors can celebrate the bank holiday with a fun-filled family entertainment. Visitors can expect a Beer and Cider Festival featuring a wide range of craft ales and ciders together with a great selection of hot food, live music, grocery and craft stalls, fairground rides for the children and more!
Downham Market Festival, 25-31 May, Norfolk
This year is the Downham Market Festival’s Ruby Anniversary and it promises to be a week of music, food and entertainment, including the much anticipated Festival Parade Day at The Howdale.
The Snape Maltings Vintage and Makers Market in Suffolk, 28 May
Make the most of the bank holiday weekend with a trip to the Suffolk Coast. Aldeburgh is the perfect escape with its pebble beach, boutiques and pubs. If you’re looking for something a little different head to the Snape Maltings between 9.30am to 4pm for its Vintage and Makers Market. There will be a hand-picked selection of the regions leading vintage traders, local artisans, makers and craftspeople. The market will feature everything from one-off vintage furniture, fashion, and homewares, to locally made products, artworks, fabrics and jewellery.
Visit Helmingham Hall, Suffolk
Stroll around the Grade I listed gardens which reopen on 1 May, and discover more about the 500-year history of the impressive Tudor moated hall. On 28 May it will host the Spring Plant Fair and Artisan Market. Set to be the biggest yet there will be specialist nurseries, new artisan and conservation zones, entertainment and children’s activities, plus there will be 800 free plants to the first 800 visitors. Plan your day out at www.helmingham.com
The annual event returns for its 12th year of fun. Located all the way from the Western Promenade to Brightlingsea Boatyard, enjoy a fantastic family weekend relaxing in the sun whilst watching boat races, displays, rescue demonstrations, competitions and lots of fun on the water. On dry land there’s plenty of entertainment with street performers, music and games. You won’t go hungry with the huge offering of food and drink. Fireworks begin at 9.30pm. Read more at www.brightlingseaboatshow.com
The Great British Pet and Country Show, Essex, 28-29 May
Taking place at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, this event promises to be a fabulous weekend for families to enjoy everything from dogs and cats to the countryside. Explore every aspect of the British countryside with live arena shows, animal displays, farming in action and a unique shopping experience. See what’s on at www.petandcountryshow.co.uk/tickets.htm
Sing your heart out at Watford Colosseum
On the last bank holiday weekend Watford Colosseum is putting on a great selection of shows for the whole family. On 28 May ‘Milkshake! Live’ comes to the stage. Starring Milkshake! favourites this all-singing, all-dancing musical masterpiece will take audiences on a journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales. If you’re a Bowie fan, book seats to ‘Live On Mars’ on 29 May; a bold new stage production celebrating iconic pop hero David Bowie; his music, artistry, style and showmanship. Book your ticket at https://watfordcolosseum.co.uk/