May Bank Holiday: What to see & where to go!

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Keeping everyone entertained during the May Bank Holidays is easier than you think. We put our heads together here at SuperBreak HQ this week to bring you a ton of ideas for making the most of the bank holiday – which of these short break ideas appeals to you the most?

Enjoy the great outdoors

Getting the kids to love the outdoors can sometimes feel like a bit of an impossible task – especially when we know they’ll love it once they’re out! Encouraging them to put down their tablets and gadgets without it ending in tears can seem like more effort than it’s worth, but persevere this May Bank Holiday. With great apps like Geocaching you can combine nature and technology for a fun-filled day out scavenger hunting. There’s thousands of geocaches hidden around the UK, including The Peak District, New Forest and The Lake District, and finding them is all part of the excitement! We guarantee it will keep the little ones entertained for hours too.


If you’re really keen for some time away from the techy stuff, there’s a whole host of outdoor activities you can try. Den building is a great way for kids to reconnect with the wilderness in a hands-on environment – you can even have a go too! Hosted up and down the UK in a variety of National Parks, you’re bound to find one nearby on your short break.

For the daring souls among us, treetop aerial obstacle courses are an excellent choice. You can find them in a variety of countryside destinations, all allowing your child to swing, climb and balance their way through the bank holiday – now what computer game can beat that?!

Head to the coast

Indulge in the traditional British seaside experience where fish and chips, ice cream, sand castles and amusement parks are the main attraction. Try your luck on the 2p slot machines, dip your toes in the sea or simply relax while the kids get busy burying you in the sand. Scarborough, Brighton and Blackpool are all perfect for this kind of coastal escape, or for something a little different why not discover some of the UK’s best hidden beaches.


From fossil hunting to rock pooling – beach days on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire or the North Norfolk Heritage Coast offer the perfect family day out with lots of discovering to be done. To really liven up those trips to the seaside, why not opt for an adventurous day out coasteering or paddle boarding? Taking your exploration skills to the next level, you’ll have the chance to see gullies, caves and rock formations from a completely unique and exhilarating angle.

Go on a foodie adventure

The season for foodie festivals is almost upon us and what better way to spend your bank holiday than to eat your way through it. Brighton’s Food Festival sees Britain’s top chefs come together for the special event running from Thursday 18th to Monday 29th May.

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There’s plenty for the little ones to do too with most festivals offering fairground rides and face painting. Live musical entertainment throughout the day and evening will finish off the event with an energetic and exciting vibe. Hundreds of food festivals are held up and down the country every springtime making finding one close to your short break destination easy – just ask at the local tourist information point!

What plans have you got for this year’s May Bank Holiday? Has anything in this post inspired you to take a short break? Let us know using the comments box below.

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