6 Brilliant May Day Bank Holiday Events 2018

Tour de Yorkshire: 3-6 May


Bigger, better and more beautiful, this year’s Le Tour cycling event covers multiple stages and a wealth of wonderful locations in ‘God’s Own Country’. The men’s race begins in Beverley, East Yorkshire on Thursday 3rd May before finishing in Leeds on the Sunday (where the race village will be hosting events and activities from 28 April). The Women’s Race has doubled in size this year with the 2 day event finishing in Ilkley on 4th May. www.letour.yorkshire.com

May the Fourth Be With You Festival, Kerry, Ireland: 4-6 May

Star Wars filming locations

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way already offered an out of this world experience before its recent appearance in the Star Wars saga. But now you can celebrate with three days of astronomical Star Wars events, activities and adventures amongst Kerry’s villages, starting on May 4th (of course!). You can even visit Luke Skywalker’s holiday home! www.wildatlanticway.com/may-the-fourth-festival

Salcombe Crab Festival, Devon: 6 May

Mitch Tonks and Matt Tebbutt ©Norsworthy Photography
©Norsworthy Photography

More than just a celebration of Salcombe’s seafood delicacy, ‘Crab Fest’ is a vibrant celebration of the town’s food, drink and lovely location on the Devon coast. Award-winning chefs, exhibitors, live music and special guests will make it an event to remember. www.salcombecrabfest.co.uk

Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cotswolds: 2-7 May  

Chelt jazz

Relaxing sounds, a stunning setting and the Cotswolds’ gentle ambience make this one of spring’s musical highlights. Don’t miss special performances by Giles Peterson, Courtney Pine, Corinne Bailey Rae, Bowie’s final collaborator Donny McCaslin and more! www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz

Donington Historic Festival (DHF), Leicestershire: 4-6 May

Formula 1

One of Britain’s most beloved motor racing circuits hosts a celebration of race cars from all ages. 2018’s event also commemorates the 25th anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s dramatic win at the 1993 European Grand Prix.  A selection of special F1 cars will be displayed that were either driven by him or against him. www.doningtonpark.msv.com/DP-18-Historic

Brighton Festival and Fringe, Sussex: 4 May – 3 June

Brighton Festival

One of Europe’s leading arts festivals combines with England’s largest to make an unforgettable long weekend of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film and much more. And if you want to carry on beyond the weekend, you can find events running all the way up to June. www.visitbrighton.com/whats-on

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