Spring bank holiday, or late May bank holiday as you may know it, offers the perfect time to do something a little different.
To help you take full advantage of your three-day weekend, we’ve gathered together our top tips – from a city-wide music festival and street-wide takeover by one of the city’s most beloved bands, via The Refuge’s hedonistic three-day-long party, through to the final performance of ‘one of the most impressive pieces of theatre you’ll see this year’, Manchester has plenty to offer.
Further afield, it’s your last chance to catch this year’s Leeds Indie Food Fest, while Liverpool’s diverse celebration of Sgt Pepper is only just kicking off. And if you yearn to escape the city, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is handily launching its latest high-profile showcase.
Read on for details of all of these – and why not check out our half term guide too?
Here are our picks
Liverpool is presenting a series of events to celebrate 50 years since The Beatles released Sgt Pepper – from mass-participation free music events to dance exclusives, plus exhibitions, brass bands and more. The city-wide party begins over the Spring bank holiday.
Dot To Dot Festival, the winner Live UK Awards 2016’s Best Festival award, returns to Manchester with the likes of Sundara Karma, Amber Run, The Growlers, Honeyblood and Pinegrove performing at venues around the city including the Albert Hall, Soup Kitchen and Old Granada Studios.
To mark the release of their latest album, The Charlatans take over cafes, shops and more along Oldham Street for one day only, hosting listening parties, signing records, giving away gig tickets and more.