Sunday 30 April 2017

The Month Ahead – May 2017

Welcome to May's The Month Ahead. We have a double Bank Holiday this month so there's extra events and days out to look forward to. Let's have a look at some of the traditional feasts and festivals, events and exhibitions that are happening around the UK this month.

All month - Scottish Rhododendron Festival – Across Scotland delight in the display of colour that are the season's rhododendrons. A selection of gardens will be open with many of them supporting the charity Scotland's Gardens.

1st-14th May - Isle of Wight Walking Festival – Whatever your walking level there's something for everyone from 1 mile strolls right up to the ultra 24 hour 72 mile round the Island coastal challenge.

1st May - The Rites of Spring, Leicester. Join in with the May Day celebrations at The Guildhall with maypole dancing and Morris Dancers plus some crafty fun.

5th-7th May - Southport Festival – Head to the coast for a cultural feast of music, poetry and street art. The town will be alive with entertainment and free performances for three days.

13th May – Asparagus Feast, Burwash Larder, Cambridge – Make the most of the short English asparagus season with this free celebration of all things asparagus.

19th May-18th June - Ely Cathedral Science Festival – The first science festival at Ely Cathedral will take in a month long series of events including exhibitions, lectures, walks and concerts.

20th-21st May - Simply Cheshire, Arley Hall and Gardens – Find the best products from local designers, makers and producers. A chance to buy some of the best unique items from independent sellers.

23rd-27th May - RHS Chelsea Flower Show – The horticultural highlight of the year set out in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. If you can't get hold of a ticket don't forget to tune into the BBC's coverage throughout the week.

27th-29th May - East Lancashire Railway 1940s Weekend, Bury – Be transported back to the war years with special events on the steam railway. If you've got a uniform or a 1940's dress dig it out and come in costume!

28th May – Wentworth Music Festival, South Yorkshire – The house and grounds of Wentworth Woodhouse have had a checked history over the years but the first Wentworth Music Festival is one step along the way to securing its future. Acts lined up include Heaven 17, Tony Christie, Lemar plus the Last Laugh Comedy Stage.

28th May - National Garden Scheme 90th Anniversary – On the 28th May 1927 the first gardens opened for what was to become the National Garden Scheme. Exactly 90 years later a selection of gardens will be opening for special anniversary event.

All events are subject to change. Please check with the organisers before travelling.

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