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May Bank Holiday Events you can Reach by Train

With a long weekend fast approaching, we’ve scoured the UK for the best Early May Bank Holiday events that you can reach by train. Each event promises a fun filled day that will bring joy for all the family.

Brighton Foodies Festival @foodiesfestival

Nearest Train Station: Brighton

Born in 2006 and launched as part of the Edinburgh Festival, the Foodies Festival is now the largest food festival in the UK and this Early May Bank Holiday you will find them in Brighton. With a host of chefs, including Matt Gillan, Stephen Crane and Adam Simmonds, live music on the Brighton Unsigned Music Stage and a plethora of tasty treats on Street Food Avenue, there’s plenty to see and eat.

Tour De Yorkshire @letouryorkshire

Nearest Train Station: York

One of the biggest cycle races in the UK returns in 2018 over the early May bank holiday weekend. Beginning in Beverley on the 3rd May and ending in Leeds on the 6th May, there are plenty of stages along the race where you can go and cheer on the cyclists and watch the incredible event unfold.

Dean Forest Railway @DeanForRailway

Nearest Train Station: Lydney

This bank holiday weekend join PJ Masks, as Owlette and Catboy visit the Railyway. It's sure to be a fun weekend full of exciting events that all the family will love.

May Day Celebrations at Kentwell Hall @KentwellHall

Nearest Train Station: Sudbury

Due to its popularity in Tudor times, Kentwell Hall ensures the tradition is kept alive with their May Day celebrations. With your visit you can expect processions, plays, pageantry, music and so much more. The event is based at the Barns Sward on the Farm to help create a village atmosphere, and once you’re there you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time.

Haslemere Charter Fair @VisitSurrey

Nearest Train Station: Haslemere

On the 7th May the Haslemere Charter Fair comes alive in the town centre with over 120 stalls made up of trade and charitable stalls. Along with the stalls you will find traditional fairground rides, animals, live music, stilt walkers and much more. With plenty of fun for the whole family, you can be sure you’ll have a great day out.

Sweeps Festival @VisitKent

Nearest Train Station: Rochester

A mix of music, dancing and entertainment, with over 60 Morris sides and entertainers, the Sweeps festival really is a sight to behold. With the help of Gordon Newton this festival has been brought back to life over the past few decades and is a extravagant tradition.

Real Ale Festival

Nearest Train Station: Smallbrook Junction

The Isle of Wight Real Ale Festival is back for the 13th year running, featuring popular beers from previous festivals. With over 25 Real Ales from around the UK, 15 beers from the Isle of Wight Breweries, Steam Train trips and much more, it’s a great way to spend the bank holiday weekend.

Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink – Exeter Castle

Nearest train station: Exeter Central Train Station

This is the ultimate foodie event, so if you have an avid interest in food and drink then this festical is for you. Held in the courtyard of Exeter Castle and the surrounding Northernhay Gardens right in the centre of Exeter the festival includes an abundance of food and drink stalls, live music, cookery demostrations and workships and lots of family hands-on activities. One things for sure at this event, you definitley aren’t going to leave hungry. The festival is just a 2 minutes walk from Exeter Central Train Station.

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