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May Day Bank Holiday Events 2022

Written by Eleanor Weeks


It’s the May bank holiday, let’s have a day out,
Here are some great attractions to shout about!
From Beaulieu to Kent Life and many more,
There are so many fun places we can explore!

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, Dorset

30th April – 1st May 2022

The Lyme Regis Fossil Festival is returning this bank holiday weekends for endless science, discovery and fun! Located on the world famous Jurassic Coast, enjoy guided walks, talk and Q&As, Dinosaur Dome Shows (perfect for your little dino lovers) and much more. For more information, click here!


May Day Activities at The Tank Museum, Wareham

30th April – 2nd May 2022

The Tank Museum makes a brilliant day, with fascinating exhibitions to explore, over 300 tanks, explosive live displays and fun kids’ activities! Plus, for the bank holiday weekend, the museum will be running vehicle rides every day and a special ‘Tanks in Action’ display on bank holiday Monday. Find out more here!


Quayside Music Festival, Weymouth

30th April – 1st May 2022

Firmly established as one of Weymouth’s premiere events, The Quayside Musical Festival brings in a huge range of talented musicians for the whole family to listen to and enjoy! The stage is located on Weymouth Quayside along Weymouth Town Bridge and The Rendezvous Harbour side pub. Plus, Weymouth is the perfect place to visit for a fun family day trip too, with a popular sandy beach to explore and lots of yummy places to stop for fish and chips.  Find out more here!


Bank Holiday Family Fun Day at Bath Racecourse, Bath

2nd May 2022

This May Day head on down to Bath Racecourse for a family fun day that won’t disappoint! The kids can enjoy free entertainment including face painters, inflatables, roaming entertainers and more. For more information, click here!


BBC Gardeners’ World Spring fair at Beaulieu, Hampshire

29th April – 1st May 2022

The brilliant BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair will be taking place in the stunning grounds of Beaulieu this May Bank Holiday weekend! Key features of this Spring Fair includes Beautiful Borders and The Hillier Experience along with BBC Good Food Market and live entertainment too. Plus, your ticket also includes admission to the Beaulieu attractions! From the National Motor Museum to the new for 2022 Bond in Motion – No Time To Die exhibition, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and it’s wonderful grounds and so much more. Find out more here!


Spring Steam Gala at Mid-Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’, Hampshire

29th April – 2nd May 2o22

For a fun family day out over the 3-day weekend, hop on board the Watercress Line for the Spring Steam Gala! This years event will feature a Goods Train theme, and is a fantastic chance to see and ride behind guest engines and their home-fleet locomotives. Plus, enjoy talks and various exhibits as you explore the heritage stations along the 10 mile line between Alresford and Alton.
Find out more here!

May Day Celebrations at Kent Life, Maidstone

30th April – 2nd May 2022

Experience traditional May Day celebrations at Kent Life this bank holiday weekend! With plenty of opportunities to dance around the maypole, a fabulous May Day parade with the farms very own Mr Moo , fairground rides, animal encounters and big top shows, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. There will also be animals feeding sessions, owl flying demonstrations and so much more. Find out more here!


May Day Weekend at Hever Castle and Gardens, Edenbridge

30th April – 2nd May 2022

Celebrate May Day weekend at Hever Castle and Gardens where a whole host of fun family activities awaits! Watch Maypole and Morris dancing demonstrations before giving it a go yourself. Plus, at 3pm each day you will also have the chance to watch a free May Day place on the castle forecourt. Find out more here! 


May Day at Headstone Manor and Museum, Harrow

12pm – 5pm 2nd May 2022

Enjoy a day of fabulous family fun at Headstone Manor and Museum with the return of their annual May Day Festival! Experience a Tudor-tastic May Day featuring live costumed characters and  activities for children including jousting, sword fighting and archery. Plus, may pole and Tudor dancing lessons will be taking place throughout the grounds, along with live music, circus workshops and a variety of food and drink on offer too. Find out more here!


Tulip Festival at Hampton Court Palace

Running until 2nd May 2022 10am – 5:30pm daily

Admire a vibrant display of blooms across the palace gardens at Hampton Court Palace’s Tulip Festival running until the 2nd May. With over 120,000 tulips filling the courtyards and gardens of Hampton Court Palace, it is the biggest Tulip Festival in the UK! For more information, click here!


Thomas The Tank Engine at East Lancashire Railways, Bury

30th April – 2nd May 2022

This Bank Holiday Weekend, Thomas The Tank Engine will be taking center stage at East Lancashire Railway! Your excited little ones will get to meet Sir Topham Hatt at the station and say hello to Thomas from the platform before hopping on board a carriage to be pulled by the famous blue engine to Ramsbottom. Plus, at Bury there will be lots of further themed activities for the kids to enjoy.  Find out more here!


Circus Funtasia at Burrs Country Park, Bury

28th April – 8th May 2022

The Circus Funtasia is coming to Burrs Country Park in Greater Manchester for the bank holiday weekend. Enjoy astonishing acts, including fire-breathers, aerialists, motorcyclists on the Wall of Death and comedians. Find out more here!


Camp Severn Kids Festival Experience, Shrewsbury

10am – 4pm 2nd May 2022

Experience the giddiness of a family festival just for the one day with Camp Severn Kids Festival coming to Shrewsbury this May Day! Tickets include performances from three top acts which are Big Peter’s Monster Trucks, Vander Space Wheel and Panic Circus. Plus, make sure to visit Panic Circus’s big top where you can watch their incredible circus shows and get involved with the circus workshops. Find out more here!


May Day Carnival at Whitchurch Common, Cardiff

11am – 5pm 2nd May 2022

May Day Carnival is back by popular demand at Whitchurch Common! With live entertainment, craft stalls and food stalls, plus a licensed bar for the adults… a fun filled fay day out for all the family is in store. For more information, click here!


Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza

30th April – 2nd May 2022

This bank holiday weekend experience Wales’ largest free annual family event, Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza! This event takes over the main streets of Llandudno bringing vintage attractions, entertainment and a brilliant fun fair too. Find out more here!


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