From food festivals to instagrammble lightshows, add some of these May events to your Bank Holiday trips.
May is the month to enjoy Brighton’s cultural credentials as two major events fill the city with a colourful spectrum of entertainment. Brighton Fringe – one of the world’s largest fringe festivals – promises cabaret, comedy, club nights and street performance. The Brighton Festival hosts an eclectic programme of music, dance, theatre, debates and family-friendly shows. (3 May – 2 June)Find out more
Late May is the perfect time to explore one of Yorkshire’s foodie hotspots, as Leeds’ flagship food festival rolls into town. Leeds Indie Food Festival showcases the city’s booming local food and drink scene with a wide range of delicious events held in local restaurants, bars, art galleries and breweries. (9 – 27 May)Find out more
This year’s Norfolk & Norwich Festival opens with an exhilarating high-wire walk through the centre of Norwich – and that’s just to begin with! Take in an atmospheric choral performance in Norwich Cathedral, enjoy intimate performances in the Adnams Spiegeltent or catch a show at the Playhouse. (10-26 May)Find out more
See Liverpool in a new light at this one-night arts festival. Featuring everything from live music and late night exhibition openings to light installations and projections in iconic locations, LightNight Liverpool is a celebration of the city’s vibrant arts scene. A full programme of events is due to be released on 15 April, so get ready to plan an unforgettable night out. (17 May)Find out more
Learn about England’s long-standing relationship with the sea at this coastal festival in scenic Whitby. Tour trawlers and boats used to catch fish off Britain’s shores, before visiting the fish market to see how expert chefs fillet and prepare fresh fish for restaurants. Of course, you’ll also have plenty of opportunity to try a range of freshly-caught seafood for yourself! (18-19 May)Find out more
Birmingham’s annual celebration of all things LGBTQ+ returns to the Gay Village with plenty of famous performers. Join the parade on Saturday as it marches through the city centre, then get a good spot at the main stage to see the likes of the Human League, Years & Years and Faithless. (25-26 May)Find out more
Found on the outskirts of Bristol’s buzzing centre, Love Saves The Day features upcoming local talent and established contemporary acts from across the country. This year’s bill is headlined by Lily Allen and Chase and Status, but be sure to arrive early to discover something new on one of the festival’s six stages. (25-26 May)Find out more
First organised in the 17th century, the Cotswold Olimpick Games has been recognised by the British Olympic Association as “the first stirrings of Britain’s Olympic beginnings”. Headlined by a competitive ‘shin-kicking’ event, this eccentric affair is full of thrills and photo opps, whether you’re competing or spectating. (31 May)Find out more
Get your sweet tooth ready for a brand new summer festival in the capital. London Dessert Festival will be taking over the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane for a unique two-day dessert tasting experience. Tickets are set to be very limited, so be sure to register your interest before the end of May to avoid missing out! (17-18 August)Find out more
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