We have three glorious days off, so how are we going to make the most of them?
The sun looks set to shine for this May Bank Holiday, so here are our top suggestions on how best to spend the well-deserved break.
1) The Canalway Cavalcade
There can be no better way to while away the hours on a sunny day than taking in the charms of the Canalway Cavalcade. Over 130 boats will be moored in the Grand Union Canal near Little Venice, London, for three days, with live music, food stalls, boat trips and morris dancers all on hand to entertain the masses. Fun for all the family.
2) Lowry Outlet Food Festival
Taking place over three days in Salford, the Lowry Outlet Food Festival will have hundreds of mouth-watering stalls offering tasty local cheeses, rich handmade chocolates, hearty traditional pies and farm fresh sausages. The foodie festival will also feature masterclasses with celebrity chefs like Gino D’Acampo, James Martin and Paul Hollywood. And the best part? It’s free!
3) SPIN London
You can bet this urban bicycle festival will be where all the cool kids are hanging out this Bank Holiday. Taking place in the street-trendy Old Truman Brewery in East London, you’ll get to see bikes being built and raced. There will also be talks, displays and films, all set to the backdrop of live music from some of the finest emerging DJ talent to come from London.
4) The Look of Love
Steve Coogan, Anna Friel, Imogen Poots and Tamsin Egerton star in this biopic about the ‘King of Soho’, Paul Raymond. There’s plenty of sex, drugs and scandal in this true story of the adult magazine publisher and pornographer, who was Britain’s richest man for a while. The best part is a stand-out performance by the beautiful Imogen Poots as Raymond’s daughter, Debbie. Mark her down as one to watch.
5) Cocktails in the City
If you’re looking to start the weekend early and you’re based up North, head to Manchester’s Town Hall, where the city’s most popular haunts (think Mojo, Apotheca, Neighbourhood, Cloud 23 and The Second Floor Harvey Nichols) have set up pop-up bars. There’ll be the drinking of cocktails and lessons on how to make said cocktails. Food will be supplied by Almost Famous and music from Crazy P and Neil Diablos of El Diablos Social Club fame.
6) Tatty Devine sample sale
Head to Brick Lane to get your stylish paws on one-off samples and classic out-of-production pieces all at up to 70% off. Prices start at £5 and new items will be added each day of the sale.
7) English National Surfing Championships
With the promise of glorious sunshine, join the thousands of people who will be heading down to Newquay to watch the English National Surfing Championships this weekend. The competition is taking place in the picturesque Watergate Bay, so take your SPF 30, fling on some boardshorts and get involved.
8) Edible Cinema
The Electric cinema in Notting Hill will be showing two screenings of the cult ‘mockumentary’ This is Spinal Tap this Bank Holiday. If you’ve not heard of Edible Cinema before, the idea is that by using certain foods and drinks, a multi-sensory experience is created. Each thing you put in your mouth is designed to enhance what’s showing on the big screen. Basically, you get to eat as you watch. We’re big fans.
Got any other Bank Holiday suggestions? Let us know below.