After a very cold and long winter, what better way to welcome the warmer months than by enjoying a long weekend away, relaxing with family and friends. May is blessed with two bank holidays that allow you to enjoy an extended weekend getaway. Wherever you go for the May bank holiday weekends, finding excellent entertainment in the UK won’t be hard. Whether you want to take a well-earned break at the beach or in the countryside, if you’re looking for inspiration for a great bank holiday weekend, here are a few places you may want to consider visiting:
Fun for the whole family in Gwynedd County, Wales
If you’re looking for a holiday rental where you can unwind surrounded by magnificent mountains, cascading rivers, wooded valleys and wild moors, then the Welsh county of Gwynedd is the place to go. It lies in the North West of Wales and is home to the stunning Snowdonia National Park. When you’re not hiking, cycling or swimming in a mountain lake you can explore the gorgeous Cumbrian coast or visit historical sites like Bangor Cathedral, Plas Glyn y Weddw art gallery, or the Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery. Visitors to Gwynedd County can enjoy some early May bank holiday fun at Caernarfon Castle. You’ll be able to travel back in time and meet medieval characters and participate in a variety of hands-on activities for the entire family. It’s not the only castle in Wales where you can enjoy some family fun during the early May bank holiday weekend. Caerphilly Castle and Raglan Castle will also be hosting some magical May Day entertainment.
Celebrate with friends in colourful Kent
The unspoilt countryside and scenic coastline of Kent, in the South East of England, is another great option if you’re looking for a long weekend in picturesque surroundings. There are delightful places to choose a Kent holiday rental, like Canterbury, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells and Thanet, where you can go sailing and fishing in the morning, and enjoy an afternoon of exploring museums and galleries, and walking in the gardens of quintessentially English country houses like Goodnestone Park. You’ll find May Day celebrations in full swing in the city of Rochester. Rochester Castle hosts a popular and colourful 3-day event known as The Sweeps Festival over the long weekend. It’s the perfect destination for friends looking for a fun weekend away.
Dance around the Maypole with family and friends in Scotland
If you want to experience traditional May Day celebrations of dancing around the Maypole, Morris dancing and crowning of the May Queen, then you should head to Scotland for the early May bank holiday. If you’re spending the weekend with a group of friends, why not stay in an Aberdeen holiday rental where you can celebrate with plenty of whisky and distillery visits during the Spirit of Speyside festival? If you’re staying in the Scottish Highlands during the spring bank holiday at the end of May you can watch the Atholl Gathering and Highland Games, where participants take part in traditional disciplines as well as Highland Dance. It’s festive fun for the whole family.
Spend a romantic weekend in the Lake District
The Lake District is one of the most beautiful areas in England. Here you’ll find holiday cottages overlooking peaceful lakes and wooded valleys. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic long weekend, and there are plenty of activities to keep active couples busy like hiking, cycling or even rock climbing. And if the holiday looks like it’s going to be a wash out, don’t worry, outdoor activities are not the only way of keeping busy in the Lake District. There are plenty of museums and art galleries, including the fascinating Puzzling Place, which is full of optical illusions. You can celebrate the spring bank holiday at the end of May at Muncaster Castle, with the Muncaster Festival, also known as the Festival of Fools. The festival has a wide variety of entertainment, from chainsaw carving and archery to Indian head massage and an adult bouncy castle. The festival culminates with the International Jesters Tournament on the final day, when the Fool of Muncaster is crowned.
What a shame it would be to spend a three day weekend at home when there are so many wonderful places to explore in the UK.