11 things to do on May Bank Holiday Monday

From food festivals to jousting

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The May Bank Holiday is just around the corner, and there are events taking place all around the UK to make the most of the three-day weekend.

Taking place on 7 May this year, Early Bank Holiday Monday is the first of two bank holidays in England and Wales this May.

From free food festivals to a jousting tournament, here are some of the best things to do around the country.

The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile comes to an end on Bank Holiday Monday, making it the last day for visitors to enjoy works by Monet, Tissot, Pissaro and more.

The exhibition provides insight into how French artists in exile, who had left the country to escape war, perceived the English capital during their stay.

Entry £17.70; free entry for children under 12.

The Great Malvern Food Festival takes place on Bank Holiday Monday this year, with over 60 stalls of locally produced food, drink and crafts.

Great Malvern Food Festival features over 60 stalls

The festival will include cookery demonstrations from Worcestershire chefs, local musicians, street performers and activities for children. Free entry.

Open-air museum The Beamish tells the story of the North East of England in the early 19th and 20th centuries and the 1940s.

On Bank Holiday Monday, the museum will celebrate by crowning the May Day King and Queen, with music, Maypole dancing and crafts.

Entry £19.

Wigan’s Three Sisters Circuit hosts a Family Day on Bank Holiday Monday, with rally cars, drifting cars, go karts and motorbikes set to feature.

Visitors are encouraged to learn more about motorsports and see if they’d like to train to race on the circuit’s 1.5km newly resurfaced track.

Entry to track is £5 for adults and free for anyone under 16.

City of Derry Jazz Festival takes place from 3-7 May. Headline act Van Morrison performs on both Sunday and Monday at Millennium Forum, while other performers include Dinosaur, Heavy Beat Brass Band and The Revolutionaires.

Derry Jazz Festival has plenty of free performances

In addition to the shows, there will also be dance classes and musical instrument workshops.

The majority of shows at the festival are free, but there are some ticketed events.

On Bank Holiday Monday, Norfolk Museums is running a series of medieval mystery tours, including highlights of the Castle Keep and displays of unusual items from the collections.

Exhibitions run from 10.30am-3.30pm; entry £33.40 for a family ticket.

Oxford’s Spring Jousting Tournament takes place throughout the weekend, culminating on Bank Holiday Monday.

Blenheim Palace’s Spring Jousting Tournament

In addition to daily jousting, guests can enjoy jester performances and a dragon procession, plus get up close to birds of prey.

Entry £26 for a Parks and Gardens ticket.

Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire is hosting a Crafts Fair from 5-7 May.

Visitors will be able to buy hand-made arts and crafts from around the world, and there will be a range of food stalls, plus donkey rides, birds of prey, paintball, a bouncy castle, face painting, chainsaw carving and a beer tent.

Entry £3.

On Bygone Beverley Raceday, the race course will celebrate the 1960s

Beverley Racecourse, near Hull, is hosting a Bygone Beverley Raceday on Bank Holiday Monday.

Recreating the sights and sounds of the course’s meeting on 7 May 1960, staff will be wearing bowlers and headscarves, while a number of traditional rides and stalls will hark back to the swinging Sixties.

Entry £4.

Artist Marija Nemčenko, the Lithuanian Cultural Institute and the European Commission in the UK are hosting a day of talks, screenings and workshops on Bank Holiday Monday at BRUT Europe, all exploring European Modernist architecture in contemporary cities.

Speakers include Edward Hollis, Chris Leslie and Evelina Simkute and there will be screen-printing workshops and a screening of Disappearing Glasgow.

Free entry, including lunch.

Popping up at 133 Bethnal Green Road, from 8am until 2pm on Sunday, a stone’s throw away from the world-famous Brick Lane, the New York Bakery Co will be encouraging Brits to spend quality time together for the most important meal of the day – breakfast.

Serving five takes on classic NYC bagel recipes, items on the menu include classic smoked salmon and cream cheese, American bacon and runny poached egg on bed of smashed avocado and a piled pastrami, gherkin and mustard stack.

Each attendee will be given a free ticket that entitles them to one of the choices on the menu, with the option to build your own.

Organiser say kids can get crafty with breakfast benches and blackboards, chalk and games.

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