It’s Bank Holiday! Make the most of the extra day off by visiting some great events around England, whether it’s a cultural festival in Oxfordshire or seeing a very short play in Bristol suggests Danielle Jones.
If you’re using this Bank Holiday weekend as a way to relax and unwind, then how about a chilled-out boat ride in one of the most beautiful parts of the country? Hop aboard this Victorian Steam Yacht Gondola at Coniston Water and feel the stress melt away. £21 for adults (10 April – 31 October)
Spend some time this weekend throwing shapes to some of the best acts that have ever graced the airwaves… or maybe not? PhoneyFEST brings some of the best tribute acts to Southampton. Whether you want to see Katy (not) Perry, or Elvis (definitely not) Presley, you’ll have a great line up to choose from. Tickets start at £15. (28 – 30 April)
England eccentricity is always at its best on Bank Holidays, and this weekend is no exception. Join the ranks of top worm charmers in this peculiar, but entertaining, spectacle near Totnes. Follow the parade to the top-secret location to charm as many wriggly worms out of the ground without digging. Free entry (30 April)
The Dorchester Festival is eclectic mix of music, art and family events, set in a quaint Oxfordshire village, including a Bond Night with music straight from 007. Or explore the village with 20 Dorchester things to do before you’re 99 3/4, as well as a dog show, duck race and much more. Events are individually ticketed and raise money for charity (28 April – 7 May)
A food festival is going to be good when it’s held at the birthplace of the Bakewell Tart. Prepare to gorge at the Bakewell Food Festival, where Apprentice winner Alana Spencer and other notable chefs will be showing off their wares, all within the beautiful backdrop of the Peak District. Free entry (29 – 30 April)
Opening this weekend at Quarry Bank, the “Worst Children’s Jobs in History” exhibition will make your hellish commute seem like nothing compared to the hardships of our ancestors. On top of the exhibition and several fun activities, there’s also a chance to see Sir Tony Robinson give a family talk. Entrance to Quarry Bank is £20, booking required. (Launching 29 April)
May Day is an intriguing ancient tradition with roots dating back to pre-Christian times. Find out more about the history of this celebration with a step back to Tudor era England, complete with maypoles, May Queens, Morris Dancing and Jack O’Green. Tickets are £15.08 for adults (29 April – 1 May)
If you love a bit of culture but find the theatre can be costly and lengthy, then SKINT Theatre in Bristol will solve all your problems. Each 15-minute performance brings to life the theme of Stranger Tales, for just £4. Easy access to culture and even comes with a Pop-Up Bar. (28 -30 April)
If you’re fascinated by the animal kingdom then this event at Banham Zoo will have you interested, and probably repulsed, at the same time. Drop In… for Droppings delves into the world of dung, and its significance in the animal kingdom. Or you could just look at the animals…. Entrance to the zoo is £18.15. (29 April – 1 May)
Obby-Oss (Hobby Horse) is rumoured to be one of England’s oldest fertility rites dating back millennia. Padstow is festooned with flowers and greenery for the spring and people dressed in red, white and blue sashes. There are accordion players and lots of dancing in the streets (apparently in people’s gardens too!) with the Oss. This event is free to watch. (1 May)
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