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10 Things to look forward to in May

Things really start to heat up in May – and we’re not just talking about the weather! – as this month brings countless events, holidays, and celebrations to enjoy.

To help you kick-start the summer with a bang, we’re sharing 10 things to look forward to in May 2023!

1. Bank Holi-Mays!

Bank Holi-MayThis month, we’ve been graced with 3 bank holidays: May 1st, May 29th and a bonus holiday to celebrate the coronation of King Charles on May 8th. While many will likely use these extra days to stay at home with family, we see it as an unmissable opportunity to get out and about. And there are plenty of things to do all over the UK. From romantic getaways for you and your beau, to family-friendly escapes in the countryside, and non-stop city breaks. Whatever you choose to do, be sure to get your plans in quick – we’re certain everyone will be hitting the roads this May!

2. The Coronation of Charles III and Camilla

Kings CoronationThe King’s Coronation, which takes place on Saturday 6th May, marks a significant moment in history. Of course, you can watch from the comfort of your home as you raise a toast to our new King and Queen Consort. Although, much like any monumental occasion regarding the Royal Family, many will travel to The Big Smoke to experience the buzz first-hand. The capital never shies away from putting on a show, and the coronation is no exception. London will be illuminated all weekend, with light displays happening at Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Battersea Power Station. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to head to a royal attraction such as the Queen’s Gallery. And of course, joining the crowds to enjoy the royal procession is a must!

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3. Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool

Eurovision Song Contest 2023It’s been over 25 years since the Eurovision Song Contest has taken place in the UK, and the 2023 event is set to be a particularly special one. Running from the 9th-13th May, if you’re lucky enough to bag a ticket for the venue in Liverpool, you’re in for an unforgettable night. And if not, there are countless other ways to watch along. Many pubs, bars and restaurants are rumoured to hold exclusive viewing parties up and down the country. From bottomless brunches to karaoke sessions and cabaret performances, you can really make the occasion your own. The big question is: will we be winners this year?

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4. RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023If you have a penchant for beautifully crafted flower displays, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show most certainly deserves a place on your May 2023 bucket list. This fabulous event will run for 5 days from Tuesday 23rd to Saturday 27th May. But it’s not just jaw-dropping flowers that’ll have you swooning – there’s also a chance to explore incredible garden designs, discover must-have houseplants, and see the latest scientific innovations. When you’re done browsing, it would be rude not to indulge in a little retail therapy, too. Why not pick up unique items for your garden or treat loved ones to a thoughtful gift?

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5. Brighton Festival

Brighton FestivalIf you’re a lover of all the arts, then Brighton Festival is sure to pique your fancy this May. Taking place in the beautifully vibrant and culturally diverse southern city from Saturday 6th to Sunday 28th, expect an array of gripping performances and events. There’ll be everything from theatre to dance and circus, classical music, intriguing debates, and live book clubs. With all that to come, it’s no wonder Brighton Festival is the southeast’s biggest and most talked-about arts festival. Whenever you choose to make a visit, you’d best take your loved ones as there’s something for everyone to do – even the kids!

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6. Women’s FA Cup Final

Women’s FA Cup FinalWithout a doubt, a brilliant game of football really brings everyone together. The Women’s FA Cup was founded back in 1970 and has been held annually ever since. It sees hundreds of teams compete to take home the highly sought-after trophy. Unless you’ve got tickets to see the final at Wembley Stadium on May 14th, you’re likely looking for a way to watch the game with loved ones. And given the newfound buzz surrounding women’s football, our top choice is to head to a packed-out viewing party. BOXPARK in London always promises a good time. Who are you placing your bets on this year?

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7. Birmingham Pride

Birmingham PrideEverybody deserves to be loved, celebrated, and accepted for being exactly who they are. So, why not head to the midlands from May 27th-28th to attend Birmingham Pride? This inclusive weekend is guaranteed to make you feel you belong – no matter who you are or where you come from. Make sure you gather your entire clan as there’ll be plenty to do all weekend. From a star-studded lineup of recording artists on the main stage, to a jam-packed dance arena and iconic drag performances, the question is: where will you go first? Get dressed up – Birmingham Pride is the place to go all out!

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8. Blenheim Palace Food Festival

Blenheim Palace Food FestivalFalling on the weekend of the last bank holiday in May is the Blenheim Palace Food Festival. This drool-worthy event takes place over 3 days and presents hungry foodies with a chance to indulge like never before. As you wander around, you’ll likely see some of the top chefs in the country as well as thriving local producers. There promises to be a tummy-churning lineup of samples to try, from international cuisine to sweet handmade treats, irresistible bakes and excellent craft beers. You can even expect a little entertainment – last year brought live music and interactive masterclasses! Without a doubt, this fantastic festival is one for the entire family.

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9. Ford RideLondon-Essex 60

RideLondon-Essex 60For keen cyclists ready to push their stamina to the limit, the Ford RideLondon-Essex 60 promises to do just that. This sixty-mile adventure on May 28th sees a convoy of like-minded individuals travel from central London all the way to Essex. Along the way, you’ll pedal past iconic London landmarks, before being greeted with the peaceful sights of the southeast’s finest countryside. If you don’t fancy getting your cycling gear on, you can still play your part! There will be many locations along the 60-mile route where you can watch the race. Why not show your support?

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10. Urdd Eisteddfod

Urdd EisteddfodEveryone loves a song and a dance, especially the kids! So, attending Urdd Eisteddfod in Llandovery, Carmarthenshire from the 29th May to the 3rd June is a must. This is one of Europe’s largest youth touring competitive festivals. It sees over 15,000 under 25s compete in front of thousands to celebrate music, literature, and performing arts. There’ll be plenty to do all week, with hundreds of exciting stalls to visit. A fun fair, live bands, and children’s shows with some famous faces will also be present. Let’s celebrate young people together in this beautiful Welsh market town!

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