Things to do this bank holiday weekend

by Katie Rowe

Category: Weekend ideas
May 20 2015

Needs last minute things to do this weekend? What about heading to a quaint Cotswolds village to experience one of England’s most eccentric events, eating your way through Leeds' food scene or hopping on a steam train ride to the 1940s?

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1. Cheer on unicycle races

Watch unicyclists with bated breath

See one of England’s most eccentric events take over a usually quiet street in the Cotswolds as the Woolsack Races head into the town of Tetbury on May 25. Brave competitors show off their skills and strength as they unicycle up and down an extremely steep street whilst carrying a sack of wool on their backs all in the name of charity. Along with this quirky annual event, there’ll be a fair bustling with street entertainers, local stalls and amusement rides. 

2. Eat your way through Leeds

Head to Leeds with an empty stomach as the Leeds Food and Drink Festival takes over the city from May 22 to June 7. Now in its 10th year, it brings local businesses together into one massive foodie hub with stall after stall of tempting local produce to sink your teeth into. Visit before the Bank Holiday Monday and you’ll also be able to catch the Leeds Indie Food Festival which sees a wide range of events held in independent restaurants, bars, cinemas, art galleries and breweries until May 24. 

3. Sip beer and cider by the sea

Drink up local beer and sea views in Eastbourne ©Graham Huntley

Head to Eastbourne to admire sea views while sampling some of England’s top local tipples. Taking place over the late May Bank Holiday Weekend (May 22 – 24) on Eastbourne’s Western Lawns, the third addition of Beer and Cider by the Sea is set to be the biggest yet. Choose from a large range of ciders and real ales, many of which have been brewed locally at the Long Man and Beachy Head Breweries in Sussex. Music complements beer perfectly and there’s plenty of it to experience at this festival, with live music from Wakin’ Snakes and Dirty Martini Swing Band already confirmed.

4. Fool around at Muncaster Castle

Head to Muncaster Castle for a family-friendly event that showcases some of best street performers around from May 24 to 28. The Muncaster Festival lets little ones join in with circus workshops and jousting, while adults can browse market stalls or simply soak up the medieval sights and sounds over a picnic. Don’t miss the annual International Jesters Tournament on the last day, an eccentric competition that sees hopefuls battle to win the prestigious ‘Fool of Muncaster’ title.

5. Lindy hop into the 1940s

Pull on your glad rags and be transported back to wartime Britain over the late May Bank Holiday weekend. East Lancashire Railway’s award-winning 1940s Weekend is a highlight in many a vintage enthusiast’s calendar, and this year is expected to be the best yet with more activities than ever. Spot Captain Mainwaring lookalikes in the battle re-enactments, do your best lindy hop to the sounds of 1940s-style bands, ogle at vintage cars and indulge in a cream tea aboard a steam train. 


Make the most of your weekend…













Katie Rowe

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