The sun is starting to shine, and better days are well and truly within sight. As the UK starts to open up, I'm sure that you - like us! - are scrambling to book in activities for yourself, your friends, and your family. After being cooped up for the winter, the long Bank Holiday weekend is approaching. If you're looking for some guaranteed fun, then look no further.
Book yourself in for a visit to a stately home, a botanical garden, a street food extravaganza, or a drive-in experience you'll never forget. We've got something for the whole family, so dive in and get booking, before it's too late!
Where: Various Locations
Get back outdoors and reconnect with England's history, with English Heritage. Whether you love visiting ancient castles, magnificent country houses or spectacular gardens you will find plenty to explore. Take yourself and your family on a bank holiday adventure, and stand where history happened.
Where: Kew Gardens, Richmond
Add Kew Gardens to your staycation plans and re-connect with nature this summer at the Secret World of Plants festival. Rediscover the natural world and delight in its secret details with a summer series of immersive experiences. Explore the wonderfully weird world of plants like never before as you discover the large-scale plantscapes, listen to the inner workings of plants and enjoy unique art installations across the Gardens. Coming to Kew Gardens 1st May – 19th September.
Experience the grounds and gardens of Beaulieu this spring, where marvellous days out are enjoyed together. Enjoy your visit to one of the South of England's top family days out. Attractions include the National Motor Museum, Palace House and Gardens, Beaulieu Abbey and World of Top Gear! Open throughout Bank Holiday weekend.
The Chelsea Physic Garden is London's oldest botanic garden and contains a unique living collection of around 5,000 different edible, useful and medicinal plants that have changed the world. Over this Bank Holiday weekend, the garden will be open from 11am on Sunday 2nd May and Monday 3rd May.
Where: Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon
Set in the heart of Buckinghamshire, the impressive French Renaissance-style château of Waddesdon boasts acres of garden and sweeping landscapes. It's a truly breath-taking sight to see. Discover parkland with hidden glades, magnificent woodland and picturesque views on your trip this Bank Holiday weekend.
Spring is here, and what better way to enjoy it than with a visit to Weston Park. The Park and Gardens are open to enjoy daily until September, including over the May Bank Holiday. From manicured Formal Gardens, the natural beauty of Temple Wood to the wide open expanse of Parkland – so why not get outdoors and get to know every corner of the estate?
Where: DEPOT, Cardiff
DEPOT finally returns with its infamous Street Food Social in Cardiff later this month, and is open over the Bank Holiday! Street Food Social encompasses seven of the finest street food traders in South Wales. Enjoy your food over a three hour session, in covered seating with socially distanced tables and a fully licensed bar. What's not to love?!
Car Park Party and award-winning partners Birmingham Stage Company are back with David Walliams' Billionaire Boy - Live On Stage for a strictly limited run. Over the Bank Holiday weekend, the show will be visiting Newark Showground, Harewood House in Leeds, and Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium. Don't miss the family fun!
This Bank Holiday, Car Park Party and award-winning partners Birmingham Stage Company are adding to the family fun with not one, but two Horrible Histories at locations across the country! You can see Barmy Britain, or Gorgeous Georgians & Vile Victorians live on stage and make a day of it at the ultimate family drive-in theatre experience!
If you're itching to have some fun outside of the house then the Luna Drive In Cinema have got you covered! Head on out to enjoy a classic movie on the big screen, but in a socially distanced and safe Drive-In setting, coming to Tatton Park in Cheshire, Goodwood Motor Circuit in Chichester, and the NEC Birmingham this May Bank Holiday.
At The Alfresco Theatre: Drive In, enjoy live theatre, comedy shows and feel-good movies, all served alongside one-off dishes from some of the UK’s finest chefs. Expect belly laughs at Mark Watson’s Carpool Comedy Club. Get your much needed fix of live music from BJÖRN AGAIN: The ABBA Show. Or, catch one of the amazing movies on offer on the big screen.
West End stars, direct to your cars! The UK's biggest musical theatre concert series is back! The producers of West End Musical Brunch, bring you another awesome season of the West End Musical Drive-In. Each week stars from the biggest West End shows will perform your favourite musical theatre hits - live on stage!
Where: West Calder, Scotland
Five Sisters Zoo is the most-visited wildlife attraction in West Lothian - and for good reason! The zoo has over 180 different species, daily keeper talks, lemur feeds, animal encounters, a large outdoor play and picnic area, and the new Leaping Lemurs Soft Play. So, it truly is a great day out for everyone all year round, and a guaranteed great Bank Holiday!
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