Have Your Best May Bank Holiday Weekend Ever

It’s almost the May Bank Holiday Weekend 2015. Hooray! If you’re not quite sure what to do with yourself, look no further. We’ve found all the festivals, breaks and generally really cool events going down across the country, whatever you’re into. So go on, get going and have the best weekend of your life so far…

Party Like You’re In Ibiza

Bring the hedonistic spirit of the white isle to your weekend, without forking out for plane tickets. Neighbourhood in Manchester are offering a champagne brunch to kick the day off in style, or experience the weird and wonderful, at The Cuckoos Nest in Panacea. Further North Glasgow’s legendary SubClub are holding a Bank Holiday Weekend like no other with a courtyard and block party featuring the sounds of Derrick Carter, Dixon Avenue and Basement Jams. Stay up all night in Cardiff, with 90s favourite Sonique playing at Clwb Ifor Bach.

In London check out the pop-up Flamingo Pier Party where you can enjoy Bali-inspired cocktails on the venue’s floating pontoon, while the house DJs spin deep disco and hip hop. Leeds’ Mint Warehouse are also hosting DJ super group J.E.s.u.S who, after a summer storming the decks in Ibiza, have reunited on home turf for one crazy night. Bikinis and glow sticks optional.

Electric Run, London


For healthistas

On a bit of a health kick? Don’t worry, you can still have a kick-ass weekend – in fact, there are so many awesome things on, you may even manage to drag your friends out of the beer garden to join you. Be:Fit London is a three-day event showcasing all the latest fitness, health and food trends. There are plenty of classes to try out for free, from celeb fave Barry’s Bootcamp to training with Olympic athletes. Food-wise, learn all the healthy eating hacks from super nutritionist Madeleine Shaw and many more.

Up North? Pretend you’re in France and go cheer on the Tour De Yorkshire, which is running from the 1st to the 3rd. Or grab your best running shoes for the Electric Run: London on the 2nd May, this 5k glow-in-the-dark fun run sees you darting in and out of electric-themed landscapes. Think glow sticks times 3000! Plus afterwards, to reward you for your efforts there’s a huge party with top DJs to dance off any energy you have leftover. The next day there’s the Wings For Life World Run where, in locations across the world, every one starts running at the same time (11am) and the race only ends once the infamous Catcher Car has managed to reach everyone racing. On your marks, get set…



Laugh Out Loud

Laughter cures everything. Fact. Well, not quite fact but after a weekend of laughing until you’re snorting/crying/weeing (delete where appropriate) you’ll feel ready to take on anything. Yes, even that terrifying meeting with your boss scheduled in for 10am Tuesday.

Luckily, there’s plenty of comedy to catch across the UK, from the finest LOL creators in town. In Wales, there’s the Machynlleth Comedy Festival featuring a bill of who’s-who in comedy, including LOOK favourite Bridget Christie, alongside E4s Matt Richardson, Phil Kay and Rhod Gilbert.

The E4 Udderbelly AKA that big upside down purple cow is also back and open for business over the Bank Holiday weekend, with a whole host of famous comedians ready and waiting to tickle your funny bones.

Jimmy Carr, Alan Carr and Sarah Millican are also all touring with dates across the country – so wherever you are, there’s someone waiting to make you chuckle.


Movie buffs

Take ‘shall we catch a movie?’ to a whole new level, and immerse yourself in the experience with TRON:LEGACY where, as well as getting to watch the film in full, you’ll also get to party playing laser tag into the wee hours in a pop-up one-night-only rave.

If you simply fancy seeing a film, rather than placing yourself in the action, you’re in luck as plenty of brilliant releases are out over the weekend. The much anticipated Far From The Madding Cloud starring Carey Mulligan and based on the Thomas Hardy classic is out, as is Samba – a French comedy that has all the critics raving about.

Stuff Your Face

Spend the entire weekend eating. It’s a glorious way to spend your time, and with a huge number of pop-up food festivals taking place also totally feasible. In Brighton, the UK’s largest celebration of food and drink, Foodies, returns to Brighton Hove Lawns with a new wine and champagne theatre, vintage tea tent and cake and bake demonstrations. In Manchester catch Paul Hollywood, Gok Wan and other celebs whipping up delectable treats for you at The Lowry Outlet Food Festival.

In London there are plenty of food markets to take a bite out of. Whether you fancy tofu or tiramisu there’s something for you at StreetFeast on Kingsland Road. In the same neck of the woods, check out Urban Food Fest, which features different stalls each week and keeps the party going ‘til midnight. They also have a location in Manchester!



… Have a bath. Or better yet, go Bath. And have a bath there.  Take a trip to one of the UK’s most relaxing cities for the ultimate Bank Holiday break.  There’s no shortage of accommodation options available, but we can’t recommend Royal Crescent Apartments highly enough. Right in the heart of the city (and less than ten minutes of cobble-walking to get to the main attractions), there are flats suitable for couples or larger groups and families, and they’re the ultimate in affordable luxury. Costs start at approximately £100 per night, and if cooking homemade pasta and pesto every night doesn’t float your boat, the apartments are all next door to the Royal Crescent Hotel – meaning you can make use of their award-winning restaurants, or head to their spa for just £35 a day.
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