May Bank Holiday 2018: Things to Do

Creative Tourist

From generational comedy at Oldham Coliseum to a macabre musical at HOME, via the return of a street food fair, a whole festival dedicated to TV, Balearic DJ sessions and Salford’s Chapel Street-long celebration of new music and performances – plus forays to Blackpool and Leeds – check out our guide to the best things to do over this early May Bank Holiday (5 – 7 May).

For more ideas, read our culture guides to exhibitions, music, cinema, theatre, literature and family events – and don’t miss our picks for the best spots for outdoor eating, our favourite roof terraces, hidden bars and afternoon tea haunts in Manchester.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Material Environments at The Tetley, Leeds

    Harold Offeh, Covers Arabesque After Grace Jones Island Life, still from Video, 2017. Courtesy of the artist. Material Environments at The Tetley, Leeds
    Harold Offeh, Covers Arabesque After Grace Jones Island Life, still from Video, 2017. Courtesy of The Tetley and the artist

    Material Environments at The Tetley, 4 May–8 July 2018, free entry - Visit now

    The Tetley gallery in Leeds is transformed back into a site of production for Material Environments, where five artists will each create work on site. Expect installations, workshops and ‘laboratories’ – inviting you to engage with the work, rather than just spectate.

  • 2. Beer Gardens in Manchester

    Beer Gardens. When the sun is shining, they’re where you want to be; here’s our guide to the best in Manchester. Remember to drink plenty of water between pints, and for goodness sake wear sun cream.

  • 3. Food and Drink

    Here are five of the best places to spend your money, fill your belly and wet your whistle this bank holiday weekend.

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