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Things to do on a May bank holiday


Wherever you’re spending this May bank holiday, we want you to make the most of it. Here are the main events that are taking place this weekend in our cities, plus some ideas of fun things to do just in case you’re running short!



  • Bangor University Art and Ceramic Collections Guided Tours are taking place every day at 11am, starting from the foyer of the Main Arts Building, College Road.
  • Live Elvis music will be playing at Clwb Rygbi Pwllheli from 7pm on Friday 28th April.



  • For those Beyoncé lovers, on Friday 28th April there is a Queen Bey Party starting at 11pm in Komedia, so get your best outfit ready and don’t miss out!
  • Spring bank holiday alldayer: Too Darn Soulful, at the funky fish club on the 30th April from 3pm to 1am.
  • On Saturday 29th April there will be a DIY art market from 11am to 6pm at the old market.



  • If you’re up for a laugh, The Glee Club is hosting a comedy Saturday night on Saturday 29th April at 7pm.
  • A wine tasting fundraiser will take place at Marston Green Parish Hall on Saturday 29th April at 7pm.
  • Gig: The Saw Doctors are playing at the O2 institute on Sunday 30th April at 7pm.
  • Don’t miss the national motorcycle museum and collectors fair on Sunday 30th April from 9am.



  • Ready, steady, GLOW is a 5k and 10k night running event starting from Astor Court. Don’t forget your UV clothing and accessories (although you will be given 5 neon items with your ticket) and there will be music and drinks afterwards.
  • Fancy watching a play at a micro theatre? Head to The Basement at the Island on Friday 28th April between 3.30pm and 1am for an unforgettable experience.



  • Out Of The Blue flea market is taking place on Saturday 29th April from 10am to 3pm and will be selling clothes, jewellery, furniture, music, books and much more items for all tastes.
  • If you like stand up comedy, don’t miss the Big Friday Show on Friday 28th April at 8.30pm taking place in The Monkey Barrel.



  • Glasgow’s affordable vintage fair is back on Saturday 29th April at The Biggait from 11am to 4pm.
  • Head to the Grand Central Hotel on Sunday 30th April at 12pm for their Simba’s Sparkling Afternoon tea. Capital FM DJ and comedian Join Des will be attending as well as SIMBA ambassador Lisa Hogue, for an afternoon of guaranteed fun!



  • BWE Wrestling in Halifax: If you’re a fan of BWE Wrestling, make sure you head to North Bridge Leisure Centre in Halifax on Saturday 29th April at 6pm.
  • FREE gig: Deadbeat Brass is a mixture of funk, jazz and hip-hop with a dash of pop. Go to the Blind Pig (Sowerby Bridge) on the 30th April at 9pm if you’d like to get a taste of it for yourself.



  • Boombox Circus (at Beaver Works) is having a pirate themed party on Saturday 29th April at 10pm.
  • Napoleon’s Casino and Restaurant will be hosting a SPIN TO WIN evening on the 1st May, with lots of offers on gambling, food and drink.



  • A James E Smith exhibition will be on every day of this bank holiday until the 1st of May from 10am to 4pm at the Usher Gallery.
  • Lincoln Fashion Week (Friday 28th April to Friday 5th May): If you’re interested in fashion and don’t have plans this May bank holiday, head to the High Street Farmer’s Market at any time between 9am to 4pm during the week.



  • Hashtag Quiz, the ultimate smartphone quiz night will take place at 9pm in Tranmere Rovers FC, a pub in the heart of Birkenhead at 8pm on Friday 28th April.
  • Birkenhead also has a bingo night at Bonkers Bingo Mecca on Saturday 29th April starting at 9.30pm.
  • SHUSH: A silent disco night will take place on Saturday 29th April at the Blade Factory from 9pm.



  • Ballie Ballerson is a LED illuminated, glow in the dark adult play pen and bar in Stoke Newington. They’ll have a live DJ during all the bank holiday sessions – don’t miss out on this unique experience!
  • If staying in London this long weekend isn’t what you had originally planned, perhaps taking a break from the city is a good idea. There are tons of stunning places just a short journey away, perfect for a day trip, such as Brighton or West Sussex.
  • If the weather allows it (according to the weather predictions the best day is probably Saturday), don’t miss out on the experience of attending an open day theatre play. The outdoor theatre season hasn’t officially started (after mid May, Regents Park Open Air Theatre and Holland Park Outdoor Opera will start showing plays), however this bank holiday Shakespeare’s Globe is hosting Romeo and Juliet.

Image from Ballieballerson.com



  • Hashtag Quiz, the ultimate smartphone quiz night will take place at 8.30pm on Friday 28th April at Rose and Crown.
  • If you enjoy a good read, don’t miss the Charity Mega Book Sale by Exlibris at the Masked from 10am to 6pm on Saturday 29th April.
  • You better not have any plans on Monday 1st  May because The Kooks are playing at Rock City from 7pm – Tickets from £25.



  • Innerspace are hosting a Stress-free Living session on Saturday 29th April at 3pm. Remember to book online beforehand.
  • If you fancy watching a play, “How we think, we think” will be on all bank holiday at 7pm and it has been given a four star value on Everything Theatre.
  • For a night of dancing non-stop, head to the Bullingdon Arms on Saturday 29th April from 10.30pm for their “Rawdie // Natty Dub Takeover” session. Tickets are around £8 - £10. 



  • Lou Lou’s Plymouth Vintage Fair is taking place on Sunday 30th April from 11am to 4pm at Plymouth Guildhall.
  • No ice cream sound Reggae Boat Party is finally here! Head to Mayflower Steps at the Barbican for 6pm on Sunday 30th April for the ultimate bank holiday party in Plymouth. Tickets are only £10. 



  • Kickstart your holiday with the Whittingham beer and sausage festival, taking place at Goosnargh and Whittingham Sports and Social Club on Friday 28th April from 7pm.
  • DJ Will Wallace will be at LIVe Preston on Saturday 29th April from 8.30pm.
  • If you’re a fan of afternoon tea, don’t miss the Spring Afternooon Tea at Brockholes Nature Reserve on Sunday 30th April from 2.30pm. Tickets are £13.95.



  • Go back to the 70s & 80s on Friday 28th April from 9pm at Bredbury Hall Nightclub Hotel, Stockport.
  • Indonesian Cultural Festival: Discover wonderful experiences at the Manchester Academy 1 on Friday 28th April between 11am and 9pm.
  • Head to The Comedy Store (Manchester) at 6pm and enjoy their “Best in Stand Up” session.
  • The Hidden Forest is back! Don’t miss their 12 hour long opening party in Manchester on Sunday 30th April from 4pm to 4am. Tickets from £15.



  • Sheffield preloved Vintage Kilo will take place at Trafalgar Warehouse on Saturday 29th April at 10am.
  • The Fab 4 Beatles tribute will be live at Cutlers Arms, Rotherham on Saturday 29th April at 8pm.
  • The indie wedding fair will be on from 11am at 92 Burton Road on Sunday 30th April.