Ideas on how to enjoy the May bank holiday in the UK

Ideas on how to enjoy the May bank holiday in the UK

The May bank holidays are just around the corner and that means fun-filled days, action-packed festivals, special events and a range of other great activities to keep you occupied.

On Monday 7th and 28th May people across the UK will be enjoying the national holiday, but if you’re looking to fill your bank holiday weekends with lots of activities there’s something for everyone to enjoy this spring.

Here at Champneys we’ve compiled a list of ideas and ways you can enjoy this bank holiday in the UK.

Attend the Geronimo Festival

Attend the Geronimo Festival

The Geronimo Festival offers something for both seasoned and newbie festival-goers. What sets it apart from other family-friendly festivals is the value for money and the unique number of attractions on offer.

Geronimo North takes place in the magnificent grounds of the Arley Hall Estate set in beautiful Cheshire countryside between 25 – 28 May, whilst Geronimo South will be held at the iconic Knebworth House Estate in Hertfordshire on 30 June – 1 July.

Talking about why you should visit the festivals over the May bank holiday, Geronimo Festival says that you will make magical family memories.

“Where else can you fly down a zip wire? Watch a West End Theatre performance? How about having a giant adabra tortoise encounter or cheering our brave jousting knights? There are over 150 activities spread out across the festival with T.V superstars playing live shows on the main stage, cardboard harp workshops, African drumming sessions and much more. Choose from eco-friendly activations and get to grips with nature from den building to willow weaving. Woodland Tribe will be assisting the kids to use saws, hammers and nails and get involved building a huge wooden ship.

“Make some magical family memories this Bank Holiday weekend with Geronimo at Arley Hall, Cheshire.”

Geronimo works on a tiered ticket system, so to avoid missing out you should buy your tickets early to get the best value.

Pamper yourself at a spa

Pamper yourself at a spa

What better way to spend your May bank holiday than at a Champneys spa resort? If you’re looking to completely get away from it all, then you should look out for bank holiday spa day deals and enjoy an indulgent escape away. At Champneys our spa days offer up the perfect excuse for some well-deserved downtime and are a great introduction to our bestselling range of treatments, including massage and facials.

At our Tring, Henlow, Forest Mere and Springs resorts you can enjoy lots of spa packages and you can go with friends or treat your loved one and can emerge refreshed and ready to book your spa break for next year.

Attend a cookery class

Attend a cookery class

If you want to make the most of your extra day off by trying something new, attending a cooking class could be just the ticket.

Based in south Cornwall bordering the river Fal, the Philleigh Way Cookery School, is the perfect place to notch up some new culinary skills. Local to some of the finest fish and meat produce found in the UK, you can indulge in the ‘Farm to Fork’ trend with the addition of vegetables grown on the grounds.

The only purpose built cookery school in Cornwall, Philleigh Way offer a variety of different courses that to try.

One class to pop in your diary is the Better Barbecuing course on 30th May. You’ll learn how to use a ‘lid-on’ barbecue technique to perfect steak, roasts, fish and pizza – so prepare to be the hostess with the mostess this summer.

There are lots of other cookery classes you could consider such as courses focusing on Italian cookery, sushi and sashimi, game, fish dishes and baking classes.

Enjoy a Rainforest Adventure at SEA LIFE Aquarium London

Enjoy a Rainforest Adventure at SEA LIFE Aquarium London

Newly opened this Easter, the SEA LIFE Aquarium London’s Rainforest Adventure is a great attraction to visit over the May bank holidays.

The new exhibition, which will be a permanent addition, will see you face the dangers of the rainforest. SEA LIFE London invites you to discover thousands of the Amazon’s most incredible creatures, including the UK’s largest population of Piranhas.

You’ll also learn about the world’s most venomous jungle critters and will be able to come face-to-face with the Goliath Bird Eating Spider and crocodiles.

Your interactive Amazonian adventure will begin in a Rainforest Ranger’s hut, where you’ll be guided by TV adventurer Andy Torbet, before you get closer than ever to the creatures in newly created tanks that allow you to climb into glass bubbles and see the species from a 360° angle.

Prices range from £26 per adult and £21 per child (3-15 years).

The Science Museum

The Science Museum

Another great May bank holiday must-see is the London Science Museum, a spokesperson reveals what you can expect.

“As the home of human ingenuity, we aim to inspire visitors with award-winning exhibitions, iconic objects and stories of incredible scientific achievement. Striving to be the best place in the world for people to enjoy science, the Science Museum's world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe.”

The museum has lots of different special exhibitions and other events taking place over the May national holiday such as a special wounded: conflict, casualties and care exhibition and a Red Arrows 3D experience.

Get fit at a boot camp

Get fit at a boot camp

If you’re looking to get fit or want to learn how to eat right you may want to try one of our boot camps over the May bank holiday.

Champneys boot camps offer the ultimate 360 fitness and nutrition experience. Our expert will educate you about which foods to eat and the best exercises to try, to start you on your journey of positive lifestyle changes.

Our boot camps are not just an opportunity to find a more positive attitude to exercise and eating, but sprinkled with fun and spa treatments too, they are a great opportunity to make new friends and meet goals through indoor and outdoor activities.

Image Credit: Geronimo Festival, SEA LIFE Aquarium London, Science Museum, Jody Kingzett.

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