With spring in full bloom and summer just around the corner, May is one of the best months to get out and about, exploring everything the UK has to offer. Events in May are exciting and diverse, from artisan cheese fairs to book festivals! If you needed a reason to book a break away, these May events are sure to get you packing your case…
Best things to do in May in the UK
Whether you’re booking a rental in Salcombe for the Crab Festival or in Snowdonia for the half marathon, Holiday Lettings has hundreds to choose from. Families can enjoy the space of a townhouse with a large garden, while couples might prefer a cosy bolthole with a romantic feel. Simply decide where you want to go and book your favourite place near one of these May events.
Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival | Hawick
When: 3 – 7 May
This international festival of experimental film and moving image returns once again to the Scottish Borders this May. The 2018 festival will screen 130 films over five days; with 36 world premieres, 18 European premieres, 24 UK premieres and 20 Scottish premieres. There’ll be installations, talks and inspiring visions that might make you want to pick up a camera and get filming yourself! Book a rental nearby and make the most of your stay in Hawick.
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Burnsfest 2018 | Ayr
When: 5 May
Burnsfest is a free, family-friendly live music festival celebrating the Scottish bard, Robert Burns. Held in the picturesque Rozelle Park, birthplace of Burns, the event boasts live music from Hipsway, Chesney Hawkes, Carol Laula, Apache Darling, The Hur, Brownbear, Anna Sweeney and Katee Kross & The Amberjax. The event, sponsored by Burns Pet Nutrition and Owen Kerr Signs, also has a range of other attractions including A-Coo-Stick tent, Bairns Bunnet, The Mercat, Burns Food & Drink Village and more! For more information, please visit www.burnsfestival.com
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The Artisan Cheese Fair | Melton Mowbray
When: 5 – 6 May
The Artisan Cheese Fair is the UK’s largest, with around 60 cheesemakers from as far as Ireland, north Scotland, Cornwall, Wales and eastern England. The 300 cheeses they make are some of the UK’s rarest and are mouth-wateringly tasty! Visitors can also buy Melton Mowbray’s famous pork pies, as well as beer, cakes and wine. There are talks and demonstrations in the Cheese Theatre and free tutored tastings including ‘Wines with Cheese’. Entertainment will be provided by Melstrum Ukulele Band, Morris Dancers and DMU Gospel Choir (runners up in Gareth’s Best Choir TV series and currently on Britain’s Got Talent).
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Salcombe Crab Festival | South Devon
When: 6 May
Salcombe Crab Festival – or Crabfest – returns to the South Devon coast this May. There’s a cracking line-up of cookery demonstrations, quality food and drink stalls, live music and fun culinary competitions. Be inspired by celebrity chefs including Matt Tebbutt (BBC Saturday Kitchen) and Jane Devonshire (MasterChef Champion 2016), and take home world-class local produce, such as Favis of Salcombe crab and the limited edition Crabfest 2018 Gin produced by Salcombe Distilling Co. Funds raised by the family-friendly festival are donated to local charities and entry is free.
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Ullapool Book Festival | Scottish Highlands
When: 11 – 13 May
Ullapool Book Festival is back for its 14th year this May and is as brilliantly bookish as ever. The festival promotes the best that contemporary literature has to offer, with an emphasis on Scottish and Scottish-based writers. There’ll be both established and first-time published poets in attendance, as well as writers of fiction and non-fiction. The inaugural Highland Book Prize will be announced at the festival, so this is a fantastic event in May that’s not to be missed! Maybe a stay in the stunning surroundings of the Scottish Highlands will inspire you to put pen to paper and write a book of your own?
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Ayr County Show | Ayrshire
When: 12 May
The gates will be opening on Saturday 12 May for the 175th show in this event’s 181-year history! Celebrating the traditional and embracing the future, the show has earned its place as a must-do event on the calendars of both the farming community and families looking for a good value day out. There’ll be animal exhibitions and competitions, trade stands, crafts, a vintage tractor display, sticks and crooks, SWI competitions, Young Farmers competitions and much, much more! Food and drink is very much part of the event emphasising the very important link from ‘Field to Fork’. For more details, please visit our site www.ayrcountyshow.co.uk
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Pint of Science Festival 2018 | Various locations
When: 14 – 16 May
The Pint of Science Festival 2018 is the world’s largest festival of public science talks, and brings more than 1000 scientists to the stage in pubs across 32 UK cities. Members of the public will have the chance to get up close and personal with the latest scientific innovations and pose their burning questions to talented researchers and science communicators. The festival brings a unique line-up of talks, demonstrations and live experiments to the nation’s favourite locals. So, get a round in and fill your brain with science this May!
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Snowdonia Half Marathon | North Wales
When: 20 May
This scenic (but tough!) half marathon is set in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park starts and finishes in the village of Llanrwst, which played host to the World Trail Running Championships in 2013. The park is a region of haunting beauty and grandeur, of wild rocky mountains, hidden valleys, cascading rivers, still glacial lakes and deep forests. 2018 sees the 7th running of this very scenic race and memorable event. RunWales, the event’s organisers, works hard behind the scenes to make sure the runners and spectators have a fantastic day out. Combine the race with a holiday in a beautiful part of the UK.
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The Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair | Moray
When: 20 May
From caber tossing to parkour athletes, highland dancing to Indian runner ducks, the Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair is a fun day out for all the family. Entering its eighth year, the annual event looks to welcome 10,000 national and international visitors in 2018 and it’s likely you’ll be back year after year! This unique event is definitely worth going on holiday for, so pack your kilt and get ready for some Highland highjinx!
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Knockengorroch World Ceilidh | Kirkcudbrightshire
When: 24 – 27 May
Knockengorroch World Ceilidh festival 2018 is a four-day roots music festival in the hills of South West Scotland. The line-up includes world music legends Transglobal Underground (featuring Natacha Atlas), American virtuoso turntablist Cut Chemist, West African all female powerhouse Les Amazones d’Afrique, Mongolian throat singers Anda Union, Gaelic supergroup Inyal, and the all-female brass band explosion Balkan Paradise Orchestra. There’ll also be a children’s area, workshops, cinema, sauna, healing area, real ales, global shopping, good food, traditional music sessions, a Celtic Longhouse, swimming, fire shows, art installations, dance, circus, comedy, spoken word, theatre, storytelling, puppets and, believe it or not, lots more!
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May Festival | Aberdeen
When: 25 – 27 May
The May Festival offers over 100 events for adults, families and schools, spanning themes including literature, music, science, sport and Gaelic. The ever-expanding ‘Discover’ theme also gives audiences an insight into the cutting edge research going on at the University. This year, a major theme is ‘Celebrate Youth’ with a special dedicated stand to support Scotland’s Year of Young People. And be sure not to miss the family fun Children’s Programme which offers a number of great drop-in events for all the family to enjoy.
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Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival | Scotland
When: 25 May – 3 June
The 39th Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival is Scotland’s largest rural performing arts festival, bringing 66 live shows to over 44 venues and reaching across 2,481 unspoilt square miles of one of the UK’s most beautiful regions. The full 2018 festival programme is now available and includes events from some of the nation’s most respected traditional musicians, five-star cutting-edge theatre, a host of hilarious comedians, engaging children’s shows, literary events, and more performances by Dumfries and Galloway artists than ever before. It’s sure to be a fantastic week of wit and wonder.
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There’s definitely no shortage of exciting things to do in June! The UK is bursting with fantastic foodie festivals, vintage fairs and arts events. If you like nothing better than stomping through stunning countryside, maybe the Aberdeen Kiltwalk is for you? Or if you want to immerse yourself in Welsh culture, how about a stay near the Tafwyl Festival in Cardiff? Whatever piques your interest, you’re bound to find a top event in June.
What To Do In June – The UK’s Top Events
If you’re planning a holiday in June with the whole gang, you’ll find thousands of family-friendly rentals to choose from. Townhouses, farmhouses and roomy rentals are perfect for a couple of families or large groups of friends. If it’s just the two of you, maybe a romantic garden apartment or a cosy cottage might fit the bill? Whatever rental you’re after, you’re sure to find it on Holiday Lettings.
Highcliffe Food Festival | 2 – 3 June
Situated on the Dorset/Hampshire border, Highcliffe is home to a dazzling array of cooking talent. This will be celebrated on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June when the Highcliffe Food Festival takes place. The two-day event (sponsored by Hoburne Holiday Parks) makes local chefs its focus and there’s an emphasis on quality artisan foods. Over 85 food and drink traders will be taking part, with a huge number of well-known local chefs and producers, including those from the acclaimed restaurants, Chewton Glen, The Pig and Jetty. When it comes to things to do in June, this delicious festival will leave you feeling more than satisfied.
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The Floral Fringe Fair | West Sussex | 2 – 3 June
The Floral Fringe Fair takes place at Knepp Castle, seven miles south of Horsham, and is a unique, eclectic and quirky experience. Expect beautiful classic cars, vintage dress and a whole lot of fun! Picnicking by the lake is a big part of the festival, so pack up a hamper and take a blanket with you to join the other revellers for lunch. If you prefer to grab a bite when you’re there, you’ll find plenty of food stalls to suit all tastes. Plus, there’ll be plant stalls, artists, delectable gin cocktails, a beer tent, music and, of course, dancing! Stay at a rental nearby and make a return visit to find out more about the John Nash designed Knepp Castle, built in 1806.
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Aberdeen Kiltwalk | 3 June
For a fun family day out in the picturesque Aberdeenshire countryside, pull on some comfy footwear and take part in the Aberdeen Kiltwalk. With three distances to choose from, there’s a walk for all ages and abilities… even the dog can join in! There is a 5-mile ‘Wee Wander’, a more challenging 14-mile ‘Big Stroll’, or the ultimate Kiltwalk experience of a 26-mile ‘Mighty Stride’. With entertainment, great food and a party at the finish, the Aberdeen Kiltwalk is a fantastic opportunity to get outdoors and explore this beautiful area. And with so many rentals to choose from, making a holiday of your visit will be a walk in the park.
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Worcester Food Festival | 8 – 10 June
Worcester Food Festival returns to the city this summer for a delicious weekend full of tasty treats, cookery demonstrations and a feast of family-friendly activities. There’ll be live music and more than 60 stalls brimming with fantastic fare. Visitors can try the ‘Ale Trail’ and sample food and drink matching sessions. Plus, there’ll be free cookery demonstrations and masterclass workshops with some of the country’s top chefs, while children can take part in a cookery theatre. If you’re looking for places to go in June, this foodie festival won’t leave you feeling hungry.
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Crail Food Festival | Fife | 9 – 10 June
Crail Food Festival returns for its eighth year this June for two days of foodie fun. There’s a packed programme of events to get your teeth into, including chefs’ workshops, live music, local produce, demonstrations and hands-on activities. A refreshed format will see the festivities based across three venues this year; Seafood Spectacular at the iconic Crail Harbour, Cookery Theatre and ‘Crail Creole’ dinner in Crail Community Hall and (new for 2018) Beech Walk Park which will host a series of events, a bar and live music.
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Congleton Food & Drink Festival 2018 | Cheshire | 10 June
Now in its tenth year, Congleton Food & Drink Festival is organised by a small team of experienced volunteers on an entirely not-for-profit basis. Entry to the festival is free and it’s located in a fascinating corner of eastern Cheshire, home to both Little Moreton Hall and Jodrell Bank Telescope. With around 100 carefully curated stalls, both local and national, visitors can look forward to a mouth-watering range of artisanal foods and drink. Plus, there’s a tempting selection of street foods from every corner of the globe. The Town Hall ‘Theatre of Tastes’ will be hosting a programme of demonstrations by South Cheshire College, and there’ll be live music, street theatre and activities for kids, too.
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Bridport Food Festival | 10 – 16 June
This week-long celebration of local food and drink showcases the best of Bridport’s fare. Restaurants, cafes, pubs, farm shops and food producers come together for an exciting range of foodie-friendly events. Take a tour of Palmers Brewery, Furleigh Estate vineyard and Liberty Orchards. Enjoy a three-course Indian feast with wine matching at the Taj Mahal. Or maybe have a go at sausage making at Framptons Butchers. There are lots of other tempting things to do and many local food venues will be offering special Festival menus. The week culminates with the Bridport Food & Beer Festival in Asker Meadows.
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The Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival | Leeds | 16 – 17 June
Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or just hungry to find out more, come along to this tasty event in June. Experience how fun, varied and healthy a plant-based lifestyle can be whilst enjoying a city break in Leeds. There’ll be 150 stalls each day, 10 world-food caterers, free samples, live inspirational cookery demos, informative talks and workshops. And if that wasn’t enough, release some tension with a yoga class or sit back and take in some live entertainment and music. If you’re planning on booking a break for the whole family this June, the festival has some fun-filled children’s activities, too.
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Hebden Bridge Arts Festival | West Yorkshire | 22 June – 1 July
All the town’s a stage during the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival! Book a rental in this pretty Pennine market town to enjoy nine days of comedy, film, dance, literature, drama, visual arts and street entertainment. There’ll be a wide array of entertainment including appearances from Martin Parr, Ed Miliband, Carol Ann Duffy, Bridget Christie and Adam Buxton. This year’s theme is nonconformism, so expect plenty of quirkiness! This fantastic festival is one of Yorkshire’s longest running, so when it comes to where to go in June, how about an inspiring visit to this intriguing arts festival?
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The Great Game Fairs of Ireland | County Antrim | 23 – 24 June
The 40th Anniversary All Ireland Game Fair takes place at Shanes Castle and combines the NI and ROI game fairs into one exciting event. There’ll be international country sport competitions with exceptional prize funds, three arenas with action-packed entertainment, and the ‘Fine Food & Craft’ festival. Visitors interested in times gone by should browse the ‘Living History’ festival, whilst those looking to bag a bargain should head to the shopping village. This special event is one the whole family can get involved in, so why not book a stay nearby to make the most of your time in this beautiful part of Ireland?
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Tafwyl Festival | Cardiff | 30 June – 1 July
This family-friendly festival is a celebration of Welsh art and culture, and was recently named ‘Cardiff’s Best Festival’ at the Cardiff Music Awards. Expect a lively mix of music, literature, drama, comedy, art, sports, and food and drink. The nine-day event is held all around the city, ending with the main event at Cardiff Castle on 30 June and 1 July. Entry to Tafwyl is free and it’s a great way to experience Welsh culture and language, whether you’re local or experiencing it for the first time. It’s well worth checking out if you’re wondering where to go in June.
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Brick Lane in London’s East End is an epicenter of cultural diversity, the Curry Capital of the U.K., and a mecca for on-trend shopaholics. The street runs from Bethnal Green to Whitechapel, passing through the Shoreditch and Spitalfield areas but nowadays ‘Brick Lane’ tends to refer to the wider area around the thoroughfare and not just the street itself. You’ll find a dizzying array of vintage shops, record stores, niche boutiques, street art, and nightlife catering to every taste as you navigate the area’s winding cobbled streets.
Weekends on Brick Lane are a full-on affair and not for the faint-hearted (or severely hungover). Throngs descend on the Brick Lane Market to haggle over one-of-a-kind clothing and eat at a food market which boasts more cuisines than you can shake a stick at, while a few badass buskers playing live music hold crowds in their thrall. If you’re in the area, don’t miss the jagged slabs of hot salt beef encased in small bagels smeared with mustard at Beigel Bake, the scent of fresh flowers at the Columbia Road Flower Market, and you certainly can’t leave Brick Lane without having a curry – that would just be wrong.
Here are a few things you may not know about the most famous street in London’s East End.
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Brick Lane
1. Why Is Brick Lane Known as Banglatown?
“Indian” food plays a huge role in British culture, and the U.K has over 10,000 “Indian” restaurants. Why the quotation marks? The Indian restaurants aren’t actually Indian. Over 80% of all South Asian or Indian restaurants in the U.K. are owned by Bengalis and almost 95% of them have roots in Sylhet in northern Bangladesh.
The partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947 led to major political upheavals in Bangladesh so many moved to the U.K. seeking work and security. The British love affair with South Asian food began just after the Second World War when curious natives discovered the spicy, flavourful food being cooked by the influx of Bengali migrants in the cafes and canteens that they set up to feed themselves and their families. Brick Lane is at the heart of London’s Bangladeshi-Sylheti community which is why it was nicknamed Banglatown.
As well as countless curry houses, you’ll find Bengali foods on sale in the local shops and markets, and the street plays host to an annual Curry Festival with live entertainment laid on by the Tower Hamlets Council. It’s clear that these days Brick Lane is a melting pot of social groups, cultures and subcultures, all of whom come together to enjoy the U.K.’s favourite dish: the curry.
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2. Dogs, Cats, Monkeys & Lion Cubs
We’ve mentioned that there’s an impressive selection of wares on offer in the shops, the the pop-up stores which occupy studio and gallery spaces, and of course the weekly markets around Brick Lane, but there was a time when the goods on sale were a little more extreme.
Between the 1800s and 1980s a live animal market took place each Sunday from Club Row to Sclater Street. Huguenot silk weavers selling songbirds were said to have started the market which expanded to include the sale of poultry, cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, and disturbingly exotic creatures like snakes, monkeys and even lion cubs.
In 1977, photographer Markéta Luskačová documented an instance where a lion cub being sold encountered a curious dog. After receiving thousands of complaints, the RSPCA finally shut down the market in 1983.
3. Brick Lane the Movie
Monica Ali’s novel Brick Lane, about a Bangladeshi woman in an arranged marriage was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and adapted into a film which was released in 2007. Brick Lane residents were hired to appear in the film as extras and many of the scenes were scheduled to be shot on location on the street until fierce protests involving over one hundred British Bangladeshis in July 2006 halted the production and an alternative location had to be found.
The novel and film provoked criticism by some in London’s Bangladeshi community who felt that Bangladeshis particularly from the Sylhet region were portrayed as uneducated and unsophisticated. Novelists Salman Rushdie, Hari Kunzru and Lisa Appignanesi came out in support of the production and the film was well received by most critics including Roger Ebert.
4. Street Art
Street artists from the local area and around the world come to Brick Lane to leave their mark. Well-known artists like Banksy, Stik, D*Face, ROA, Ben Eine and Omar Hassan have all contributed to the area’s legacy of stencil-based, and often political art.
One of the most prominent pieces by Banksy was painted close to a bridge on Brick Lane where no other street art was situated at the time. The piece read: “To advertise here call 0800 Banksy”, but sadly some of the work has since been removed by thieves. Keep your eyes peeled for pieces along the street, as well as on Pedley Street, Grimsby Street, Rivington Street, and Hanbury Street.
5. A Cereal Cafe as a Symbol of Gentrification
Brick Lane’s Cereal Killer Cafe was made famous by an anti-gentrification protest in September 2015. A large crowd of anti-gentrification activists carrying torches and pigs’ heads surrounded and defaced the premises until riot police arrived. Protesters outraged at the area’s rising rent prices saw the cafe which sells bowls of cereal as a valid target, however, the Cereal Killer Cafe an independent business run by two brothers and not a conglomerate.
The cafe’s customers are spoilt for choice with over 120 different cereal brands from all over the world to choose from and over 30 types of milk. Prices for a bowl of cereal range between £2.60 to £5.50 (not including toppings or premium milk). If cereal isn’t your thing Pop Tarts, a variety of coffees and malt shakes are also available. The cafe, situated at 139 Brick Lane is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. but get there early on weekends unless you want to queue.
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