Bank holidays are just brilliant. As if it wasn't enough to get an extra day off work, the week that follows is only four-days long! If that's not the cat's pyjamas, we don't know what is.
We've been asking round the office, finding out what everyone's up to across the UK this bank holiday weekend, so we thought we'd put together a little list of local events across some of our favourite British cities to help you make the most of your time off.
Hampton Court Palace by edwin.11
Events in the Capital
Fans of street dance and hip-hop won't want to miss the Breakin' Convention, a three-day festival at Sadler's Wells Theatre in Finsbury that features pioneering hip-hop dance theatre artists from around the world, with some of the best poppers, lockers, DJs & MCs, B-boys and B-girls that Earth has to offer. The festival runs from Saturday 5th May to Monday 7th May, and tickets start at £15.
For those who prefer their surroundings a little more genteel, check out the Food Festival at Hampton Court Palace. Taking place all weekend long, the festival features a number of foodie events for kids, families, and anyone who loves fine cuisine. With Michelin star chefs demonstrating their skills and knowledge, gourmet workshops and masterclasses for aspiring chefs of all ages, and more free samples than you can shake a stick at, this is guaranteed to satisfy your curiosity as well as your stomach. Adult tickets are £15, and kids under 16 go free.
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Peter’s Church in Ancoats by salford_ian
May Merriment in Manchester
For those heading up north to Manchester for their city break, wine lovers will adore the North West Spring Wine Fest. Taking place all weekend long at the dramatic St. Peter's Church in Ancoats, the festival is a celebration of exciting, exclusive, and boutique wines brought to Manchester by a range of independent merchants from around the world.
With food stalls, wine tutorials, and a plethora of free plonk, this is a perfect excuse to get some daytime merriness into your bank holiday weekend. For those wanting to stay on the wagon, the Fest is also offering guided walking tours of its historic setting, the mysterious and industrial neighbourhood of Ancoats, considered by many to be the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Walking tours take place on Saturday 5th May, and offer visitors the chance to learn more about this fascinating area of the city, and the role it played in putting Manchester on the world map. Tickets to the North West Spring Wine Fest cost £10.
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Edinburgh's Festivals: More than just the Fringe
It's not just the legendary Fringe theatre festival in the summer; Scotland's capital has events and festivals all year round, and the May Bank Holiday weekend is no exception. Sticking with the city's love of theatre, the Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival is perfect for those visiting the city with children. Starting on bank holiday Monday, Imaginate is a touring children's theatre festival, which brings together shows from top international performers as well as local Scottish theatre companies, for audiences that range from babies to teenagers. Claiming to be the ‘largest and most successful performing arts festival for children and young people in the UK', Imaginate features 15 or so productions at various venues across Edinburgh.
Tickets start at £10, and the sprawling nature of the festival means that there's bound to be some near your cheap accommodation in Edinburgh.
Whether you're staying in your home city, visiting relatives in another part of the UK with your family, or heading on a romantic couples city-break for the long weekend, there are plenty of exciting events to get involved with, wherever you're going on your May Bank Holiday weekend.
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