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What’s on this May Bank Holiday?
Ok, May might not be the most popular month of the year for students because of exams; but on the plus side, there are two bank holiday weekends to enjoy. So, what have you got planned for the upcoming long weekend? Even if you’ve still got exams ahead, take some time out from your revision to enjoy some of the fun (and some free) events taking place in cities around the country. Take a look below for some of our top picks…
This weekend, make your way to Oxford’s South Park – one of the most beautiful parks in the UK, for the Common People Festival. Packed with live music and DJs playing across multiple stages, dance and sing the weekend away. There’s a lineup including performances from The Jacksons, The New Power Generation (Prince’s Legendary Band), and Boney M. Whilst enjoying the music there are a selection of scrumptious street food stalls to indulge in. There’s also The Great Oxfordshire Gin Festival and many more attractions to experience. It’s one festival not to be missed this bank holiday weekend!
The UK’s biggest two-day Pride Festival takes place in Birmingham on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May. The traditional Pride Parade will kick start the weekend’s festivities from Victoria Square at 10am on Saturday. The procession will dance through the city centre to the Southside area of the city where the partying continues. With artists such as Louisa Johnson, Nadine Coyle, Jax Jones and Rudimental lighting up the Main Stage, as well as a variety of artists performing on the Future Stage, Dance Arena, Cabaret Marquee and Women’s Area, you’ll be spoilt for choice. And when you need a break from dancing, head to the Street Food Court and Beer Garden for a quick refuel.
If you’re a fan of fizz, why not kick off the long weekend by sampling some of the finest Italian prosecco? Arriving in Plymouth on Friday 25th May, the UK’s largest prosecco festival – Viva Prosecco, will be making a quick pit stop at Plymouth Guildhall. Enjoy live music and entertainment as you sip prosecco cocktails and sample Italian street food and gelato. And if prosecco isn’t your thing, there’s a Peroni bar and soft drinks available too.
Last October, the 45,000 nautical mile Volvo Ocean Race set out from Alicante with stops in destinations such as Hong Kong, Cape Town and Auckland, and this bank holiday Monday, the leading boats in the fleet are expected to arrive in Cardiff Bay. To coincide, Cardiff Bay will be hosting a two-week free event from 27th May until 10th June. With its very own Race Village located on the Cardiff Bay Barrage, a variety of entertainment and plenty of race-themed attractions, it’s one not to be missed!
Finally, sticking with the nautical theme, the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta will be taking place at Albert Dock in Liverpool from 25th May through to Monday 28th May. The free event will see a fleet of tall ships from across the world arrive on the River Mersey. It’s all part of the city’s 10th year anniversary as a European Capital of Culture. Spectators will have the rare opportunity to board the ships and admire the incredible vessels. And what festival would be complete without live music, entertainment and a selection of food and drink stalls.
So, there you have it. That’s just a small snap shot of some of the things going on around the UK this bank holiday. With lots more free events taking place all over the country for you to enjoy. So, now you know what’s on, let’s hope the weather holds up and the sun’s shining!
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