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A round-up of the many May spring bank holiday events going on around Britain.

The south and south-west

Brighton Festival

The music producer Brian Eno is the festival’s guest artistic director this year, as more than three weeks of cultural events get under way. Highlights range from Eno’s own improvisational musical work, This is Pure Scenius, through to processions, pyrotechnics, world theatre premieres and recitals of Rachmaninov.


Viking attack in Dorset

The air will be thick with battle cries around the ruins of Corfe Castle this weekend with

re-enactments of military clashes and Saxon village life on this beautiful stretch of the Dorset coastline.


Jazz and blues in Plymouth

Kicking off four months of summer festivals in Plymouth, this jazz and blues festival has gigs – some free of charge – around the Barbican, the town’s historic quayside quarter.


The Lost Gardens of Heligan

There will be a spring celebration with artistic workshops, wildlife activities, demonstrations and music throughout the gardens. Live Jazz will play on Flora’s Green, where visitors can also try their hand at Willow Weaving, face painting and paper bunting making. Horse carriage rides will depart from the Green throughout the day, taking visitors on a 15 minute ride through the pastures of the Wider Estate where demonstrations of woodturning, hazel weaving, flock care and charcoal burning will be taking place, as well as a behind the scenes tour of Heligan’s pioneering Wildlife Project.

Pirate Festival

In the picturesque Devon fishing port, the Brixham Pirate and Shanty Festival takes place, where a world record attempt for the number of people dressed as pirates will occur.


The Midlands

The Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival

Over 20 guided walks, including some challenging full day outings in and around the glorious Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. All walks are free but pre-booking is strongly recommended;


Spalding flower parade

Over 800 participants will take part in the 52nd Spalding Flower Parade (themed "Screen Heroes").


London and the East


Walk with dinosaurs

Mingle with Tyrannosaurus rex (or, rather, a life-size animatronic replica) on Oxford Street as Dinosaurs Unleashed comes to a close on May 3.

Oxford Street, London


High Tide Festival

Annual arts festival held in Halesworth, Suffolk, featuring local and international artists as well as a world premiere theatre productions, debates, talks, and films.


The North

Feast of flowers

The renowned 70-acre gardens of Muncaster Castle are now coming into their own, in particular the spectacular azaleas and rhododendrons. Free guided walks are being held with the head gardener this long weekend, taking in some of the world’s rarest rhododendrons, which bloom in these grounds.

More May Bank Holiday events can be found here

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