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Our May Bank Holiday Top Ten

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Why not try punting in Cambridge?


It’s May already! With snow stretching right into April, you could be forgiven for thinking that summer is still ages away. But we’ve got some good news – it’s right on your doorstep, with the help of great value train tickets to take you there. And after the Easter chills, we’ve got plenty of ideas to perk you up now that May Day Bank Holiday is just around the corner.

Who knows – we might even get some sun!

  1. Pop a sizzler on the barbie
    Ladies put your feet up – and let the men take charge of the cooking! Take the kitchen outdoors, get your friends round, and let the char-grilling rule… nothing beats a barbecue for Bank Holiday fun.
  2. Check out a stately home
    From the ruins of Corfe Castle on the south coast to Inverewe Garden and Estate in northern Scotland, The National Trust has the whole country covered with some of the UK’s most amazing heritage properties and manicured gardens. Book a hotel nearby and see where the National Trust could take you.
  3. Catch the cuckoo
    The picturesque village of Downton, just south of Salisbury, hosts its legendary annual Cuckoo Fair on 4 May, complete with a traditional Maypole, Morris dancing and all the rural trimmings.
  4. Make it bloomin’ marvellous
    Stretch those green fingers of yours and get dug in! As your garden loses its winter coat (at last), it’s time to bring it all back to life. And don’t forget that you can earn 1 point for every £1 you spend at B&Q.
  5. Give the in-laws something to smile about…
    Bank Holidays were invented for family get-togethers. And with the help of great value train tickets, you can see your relatives for less – and leave the traffic jams behind.
  6. Get real
    Bust some moves. Sadler’s Wells in London is the venue for the Breakin Convention, where the world’s leading hip hop dance theatre artists deliver a weekend of live performances from 4-6 May. Respect!
  7. Put on a fresh lick of paint
    With three days back to back, the early May Day Bank Holiday is the ideal time to bring tired old rooms back to life. Whether it’s a fresh lick of paint of a total renovation, you can let your creativity run riot at B&Q.
  8. Breathe in some sea air
    Britain’s coastal resorts are coming out of their long winter slumber – and miles of sandy beaches are there for the taking. Dig out your bucket and spade – put a knot in your hanky – and go!
  9. Bring history back to life
    Take the train to the heart of mediaeval England. Warwick Castle transforms its grounds in to a historic encampment for three days of re-enactments from 4-6 May – giving you the chance to see how horrible history really was…
  10. Escape to the City
    Book a hotel in one of our dozens of historic cities – then put your feet through their paces. From Edinburgh to Exeter, some of Britain’s finest urban heritage is best reached with a cheap train ticket… then explored on foot.

Do you have any more ideas? Why not tell us your top ten on our Facebook Page, or in the comments below.

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