Monday 30 April 2018

The Month Ahead - May 2018

The Month Ahead May 2018
Welcome to May's The Month Ahead. Wedding fever as gripped the UK this month as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to marry in Windsor. For those not so interested in wedding bells and dresses there's the bonus of a double bank holiday month. Let's have a look at some of the traditional feasts and festivals, events and exhibitions that are happening around the UK this month.

2nd-7th May - Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Feel the spirit of jazz as it fills the gardens and streets in Cheltenham. As well as paid concerts there will be free music events around the town.

4th-6th May - World Pilot Gig Championships 2018. The beautiful Isles of Scilly plays host once again to the 29th world championships. Local teams take on international outfits in these traditional vessels.

8th May - Helston Flora Day. The Cornish town is bedecked in flowers as the end of winter and start of spring is celebrated. Houses and shops are covered in floral displays while a costumed parade dances its way through the town.

12th-13th May - Plymouth Pirate Weekend. Don your eye patch for a weekend of swashbuckling fun. Jump onboard one of the tall ships or head out to see on a power boat.

9th-13th May - Royal Windsor Horse Show. Windsor isn't just about weddings this month. One of the Queen's favourite pastimes is shown off with show jumping, displays and the famous Shetland Pony Grand National.

11th-27th May - Norwich and Norfolk Festival. A massive 17 days of events across Norfolk. It starts with a procession through Norwich city centre and then music, literature, performance and art exhibitions over the following two weeks.

17th-19th May - Devon County Show. Sample the best in local food and drink whilst enjoying the rural displays and competitions.

19th-20th May - Crab and Lobster Festival, Cromer and Sheringham, Norfolk. A weekend celebration of the seaside and seafaring. It kicks off with a traditional variety concert at Cromer Pier.

22nd-26th May - RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The premier horticultural event of the year set in the grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital. A few tickets are still available but even if you can't get in it's worth walking round the nearby streets to take in the shop displays.

25th-28th May - Geronimo Festival. The first of two for this year takes place at Arley Hall in Cheshire. The ultimate children's festival with all your Cbeebies favourites such as Justin Fletcher, Mr Bloom and Cook and Line from Swashbuckle.

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

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