The advent of May means a lot of different things to different people: to some, it’s the start of (relatively) warmer weather; to others, it’s the end of the football season. But to me, the month has always been about taking May bank holiday breaks – there are two of them after all!
I don’t yet have plans for the late May bank holiday on Monday the 25th, but I’m really excited about the first holiday on Monday the 4th. I’m heading up to Edinburgh to see some friends and I’m already booked in to see a preview of Hoors, Gregory Burke’s follow-up to the internationally-celebrated play Black Watch, at the Traverse Theatre (I’ll be sure to report back with my own little review!). And while I’m there, Bob Dylan is playing at the Playhouse – I don’t have tickets but I might hang around outside to try and catch a glimpse of him after the gig :).
But if you’re having trouble deciding how to spend your May bank holidays, I’m not surprised – there are so many fun things to do across the country, actually making a choice is pretty difficult. If money and geographical proximity is no object, Brighton would be my number one suggestion. With the Brighton Festival and the Brighton Fringe Festival both happening next month, there’ll be absolutely no end of things to do – from theatre and performance art to books and political debate.
However, if you live in the north of England or Scotland, it’s definitely understandable if southerly Brighton is too far for you to travel! Closer to home, you’ll find be able to fall back on the natural joys of breaks in the Lake District. Cumbria also plays host to a special Kendal Market on the late Spring bank holiday. I’ve never been, but I hear there are nearly 100 different stalls, with farmers’ market-style food and drink as well as entertainment.
Of course, if you live in Northern Ireland, that’s probably a little too far for you to go too… but if I was in Belfast over the early Spring bank holiday, I’d definitely be going to the Festival of Fools – a sort of free showcase of street performers and comedy artists. It sounds like a really interesting family day out and is in its sixth year – if anyone’s been before, I’d love to hear about it.
If there’s still nothing that takes your fancy, never fear! I’m planning to post little updates every so often on the best attractions over the May bank holiday weekends in the coming days and weeks.