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What's On In The UK | May 2016
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What's On In The UK | May 2016

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Updated: 26 May 2016
During the marvellous month of May, the UK blooms with plenty of exciting things to do. Food markets are opening outside, events are surrounded by nature and many more festivals are popping up! The UK is starting to finally warm up, just in time for summer, and the May bank holidays leave no excuse not to get outside. Culture Trip London have discovered the best events around art, food, music and more for an amazing month.

 

 


SUNDAY 1st – SUNDAY 8th MAY


Courtesy of Brighton Fringe Festival | Courtesy of Eat Cambridge | © Simon Richardson | Courtesy of RHS Malvern

Courtesy of Brighton Fringe Festival | Courtesy of Eat Cambridge | © Simon Richardson | Courtesy of RHS Malvern

 

BIRMINGHAM   |   Dance Over To Birmingham’s International Dance Festival

Sun 1 — Sun 22 May

This is the most diverse dance festival in the world with performances from leading international names — you don’t want to miss it!

 

MALVERN   |   The RHS Malvern Spring Festival Is In Full Bloom

Thurs 5 — Sun 8 May

The sun is shining and the flowers are blooming. There is no better time to start designing your new garden than now.

 

BRIGHTON   |   Brighton Fringe Festival Returns With 900 Events

Fri 6 May — Sun 5 June

Brighton Fringe Festival is coming back with an incredible 900-event programme, for you to spend the May bank holidays and the summer half-term break in a perfect way.

 

CAMBRIDGE   |   Celebrate The Local Food & Drink Scene At Eat Cambridge

Sat 7 May

Join Eat Cambridge for a day full of delicious food and drinks, ranging from Italian pastries to speciality Greek food.

 

 


MONDAY 9th – SUNDAY 15th MAY


© PublicDomainArchive / Pixabay | Courtesy of Focus Wales | © Brandon Morgan / Unsplash | © Khalil Al Zadjali

© PublicDomainArchive / Pixabay | Courtesy of Focus Wales | © Brandon Morgan / Unsplash | © Khalil Al Zadjali

 

WREXHAM   |   Expect The Country’s Biggest Talents At FOCUS Wales

Thurs 12 — Sun 15 May

Enjoy the arts of the region when FOCUS Wales returns this year, showcasing the very best new talent across 20 venues.

 

MANCHESTER   |   Castlefield Food Festival Leaves Nothing To Be Desired

Thurs 12 — Sun 15 May

Whether you’re craving a home baked Cheesecake or Indian street food, this year’s edition of the Castlefield Food Festival won’t disappoint you.

 

BANGOR   |   North Down & Ards Pipe Band Championships

Sat 14 May

Get your bagpipes and drums ready for a day cheering on your favourite bands who want to claim championship title.

 

WINDSOR   |   The Queen’s 90th Birthday: Celebration On The Long Walk

Sun 15 May

There are never enough birthday celebrations, especially when the Queen turns the youthful age of 90.

 

 


MONDAY 16th – SUNDAY 22nd MAY


Courtesy of Color Me Rad | © Céleste Boursier-Mougenot / Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery | Courtesy of Gung-Ho! | Courtesy of Scotland's Big Nature Festival

Courtesy of Color Me Rad | © Céleste Boursier-Mougenot / Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery | Courtesy of Gung-Ho! | Courtesy of Scotland’s Big Nature Festival

 

EDINBURGH   |   Spring Into Art At Jupiter Artland 

Mon 16 May — Sun 25 September

Have you ever wondered what an artist would do with both male and female urine in snow? Jupiter Artland will show you what Helen Chadwick has created with it.

 

CARDIFF   |   Get Ready To Be Gung-Ho! In Cardiff

Sat 21 May

If you’re serious about fun, join Gung Ho! for an unforgettable 5k run including ten giant inflatable obstacles you have to overcome.

 

LEEDS   |   Brighten Up Your Day At Color Me Rad Leeds

Sat 21 May

Get ready to be covered in yellow, blue and pink by colour bombs and cannons, and to cross the finish line tie-dyed at Color Me Rad Leeds.

 

MUSSELBURGH   |   Get Back To Nature With Scotland’s Big Nature Festival

Sat 21 — Sun 22 May

Is nature calling you? It must be otherwise this festival wouldn’t be taking place, so follow the bird calls and head up to the Musselburgh Lagoons.

 

 


MONDAY 23rd – SUNDAY 29th MAY


Courtesy of Dot to Dot Festival | Courtesy of How The Lights Get In | © Roger Price / WikiCommons | © Clive Wright

Courtesy of Dot to Dot Festival | Courtesy of How The Lights Get In | © Roger Price / WikiCommons | © Clive Wright

 

OXFORD   |   Explore Clive Wright’s 15th Exhibition: A Sideways Look

Wed 25 May — Sat 11 June

Explore paintings that give an immediate expression of exuberance and join the celebration of local character at Clive Wright’s 15th exhibition ‘A Sideways Look’.

 

HAY-ON-WYE   |   But How Does The Light Get Into Philosophy & Music?

Thurs 26 May — Sun 5 June

This unique philosophy and music festival will intoxicate you with 700 events set out across 11 days — not to mention Bridget Jones’ star Sally Phillips will be there…

 

BRISTOL   |   Join Dot To Dot For The Ultimate Festival Feeling

Fri 27 — Sun 29 May

Here’s your chance to join Dot To Dot Festival, promising to be the UK’s finest music event with an impressive lineup of handpicked new artists.

 

BELFAST   |   Travel The World With Belfast Spring Continental Market

Fri 27 — Mon 30 May

From Greek cheese to Dutch pancakes, a vast array of global cuisines are coming to Belfast with their Spring Continental Market.

 

 


MONDAY 30th – TUESDAY 31st MAY


© Anbiist / Pixabay | © Rob Jones | © Evan Powell | © Alex Bellink / Flickr

© Anbiist / Pixabay | © Rob Jones | © Evan Powell | © Alex Bellink / Flickr

 

CHIPPENHAM   |   Get Back To Your Roots With Chippenham Folk Festival

Mon 30 May

There is no traditional folk festival like the Chippenham Folk Festival, featuring over 200 events in its 43rd year.

 

MONMOUTHSHIRE   |   The Welsh Perry And Cider Festival Is Back

Mon 30 May

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy the country’s best cider and perry at the 15th Welsh Perry and Cider Festival, held at a truly picturesque venue.

 

GLASGOW   |   Enjoy Green Day’s Explosive Musical American Idiot

Tues 31 May — Sat 4 June

Whether you’re a fan of the band or an interested theatregoer, don’t miss Green Day’s thrilling and award-winning Broadway musical American Idiot.

 

CHESHIRE   |   Experience The Tremendous Adventures Of Roald Dahl

Until the end of 2016

Whether you’re looking for a place to try out all the Gobblefunk words you can think of, or simply looking for a whoopsy wiffling day out, Tatton Park will entertain all Roald Dahl fans.

 

 


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