Goat Girl at SFTOC 2018 PHOTO CREDIT Jody Hartley
Goat Girl at SFTOC 2018 | Jody Hartley

May Bank Holiday 2019: Things to Do

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This is our early May bank holiday guide, click here for our Spring Bank Holiday / Late May Bank Holiday Guide,

It’s the most wonderful time of the year as the bank holidays come thick and fast. Easter bank holiday was just a couple of weeks ago and now we’re already looking forward to the first of two long weekends this May. All hail the May Bank Holiday.

Whether rain or shine – our guide will guarantee that you make the most of those extra, and precious, days off work.

For more ideas read our culture guides which feature exhibitions, music, cinema, theatre, literature and family events – and don’t miss our guide to the Spring Bank Holiday, it’s just a couple of weeks away!

Here are our picks

  • 1. Places To Eat Outside in Manchester

    20 Stories eat outside in Manchester

    If the weather is anything like as good as it was for Easter, you might be looking for somewhere to eat outside in Manchester. Here’s our guide to the restaurants in Manchester with the best areas for al fresco dining.

  • 2. The Lost Words at Lyme

    National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

    The Lost Words at Lyme Park, 23 March–1 September 2019, Lyme admission prices apply (free for National Trust members) £2.50 for trail - Visit now

    Robert McFarlane and Jackie Morris’ spell book is brought to life in a special new artist trail which brings to life the language of the natural world.

  • 3. Parks and Gardens in Manchester

    Blossom on trees in Manchester

    If its nice weather, it’s either in the beer garden, or stomping around a park long enough to justify the time spent in the beer garden.

  • 4. Charles Rennie Mackintosh: making the Glasgow Style at Walker Art Gallery

    Charles Rennie Mackintosh: making the Glasgow Style at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool
    Poster designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1896 @CSG CIC Glasgow Museums

    Charles Rennie Mackintosh: making the Glasgow Style at Walker Art Gallery, City Centre, 15 March–26 August 2019, from £2 - Book now

    While you’re there, Walker Art Gallery have on one of the blockbuster exhibitions of 2019, dedicated to the life and work of the Glaswegian artist, architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh – father of the UK’s part in the international Art Nouveau movement.

  • 5. Things to Do in Liverpool

    Image courtesy of Visit Britain

    For more ideas of things to do in Liverpool, check out our latest recommendations and the pick of places to eat, drink, shop and stay.

  • 6. Pubs in Leeds

    Whitelock’s Ale House Leeds

    If you’re heading over for any of the great events at Leeds International Festival, you’ll probably appreciate this guide to watering holes. We’ve also put together guides for vegan food in Leeds, hotels in Leeds and the best places to grab lunch.

  • 7. Forest Side Restaurant

    Forest Side Restaurant
    North Atlantic Cod, Peas, Oyster, Dill

    Forest Side Restaurant, Keswick Road, Grasmere, Ambleside, LA22 9RN - Visit now

    If the weather is good, a trip to The Lakes is never a bad idea. We love the fantastic Forest Side Restaurant. Attached to the historic Forest Side Hotel in Grasmere, this is one of the best places to eat in Cumbria.

  • 8. Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories

    Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories in Cumbria
    Courtesy of Lakeland Arts

    Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories, Rayrigg Road, Windermere,, Cumbria, LA231BN - Visit now

    Try something new while you’re up there with a brand-new museum dedicated to the simple, timeless pleasure of boating opens on the banks of one of England’s largest and most picturesque lakes.

  • 9. Beer Gardens in Manchester

    If you don’t feel like doing anything too strenuous, there’s always the 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.