Things to do on the May bank holidays

Spring has well and truly sprung, and aside from warmer weather, blossom scattered streets and the sound of lawn mowers filling the air, the May bank holiday weekends are a sign that summer is fast approaching.

With two bank holidays coming up in May (3rd and 31st), it’s time to think about how you can make the most of the long weekends. From relaxing trips to spending time exploring what’s on offer near you, here are some ideas to help you decide what to do on the May bank holiday weekend.

Enjoy a picnic

The weather tends to warm up in May, making the bank holiday the ideal time to head to your local beauty spot and have a picnic. Pack your favourite drinks and nibbles and spend the afternoon with family and friends.

Whether you’re spending time with younger family members who want to play in the local park or you’re being ladies who lunch with your best friends, there’s a chance there could still be a chill in the air so you might want to add a layer. A cardigan is the perfect way to add a touch of warmth when the sun disappears behind the clouds. This vibrant coloured cardigan looks great over a plain white tee and can be dressed up with a scarf or necklace.

vibrant cardigan

Avoid any soggy bottoms with a pair of comfortable trousers. Stretchy materials are great for picnics as they let you sit in complete comfort – and the expandable waistband helps with the consumption of sausage rolls and cake!  

Head to the beach

If the trend for open water swimming isn’t quite floating your boat, how about dipping your toes into the sea? A staple of any May bank holiday weekend, a bracing walk on the beach followed by a 99 along the promenade is sure to put a smile on your face.

A summery skirt is great for paddling. Floaty midi skirts with polka dots, floral, or abstract designs look Riviera chic – even on a Yorkshire coast. Complete the look with a denim jacket, oversized sunglasses, a scarf and, of course, some sunscreen.

And don’t forget to pack a windbreaker and a foldable chair so you can set up camp for the day in complete comfort.  

Explore your surroundings

Bank holidays are the perfect time to really explore your local surroundings. If on weekends you’re often too busy and during the week you have other commitments, the May bank holidays give you two opportunities to rediscover your local area.

Being a tourist for the day is a great way to fall back in love with where you live. Maybe there’s a new restaurant you’ve been dying to try out, or perhaps there’s a nature trail nearby that offers amazing views?

No tourist would be complete without comfy walking shoes that allow you to explore on your feet for hours. Pack a raincoat just in case and plan your itinerary for the day!

Visit an attraction

Wherever you live, you’re sure to have an attraction or two you can visit. From stately homes to botanical gardens, museums and art galleries to wildlife parks, the country is filled with plenty of interesting and attractive places to explore.

If you love to visit historic housescastles and lush gardens, the May bank holiday in 2021 is the perfect time to take a trip out and see what’s on your doorstep, with many local attractions hosting special bank holiday events.

Complete your May bank holiday wardrobe and find our full collection at Be the best dressed for your long weekend – whatever the weather.  For more style tips and tricks, visit the Damart blog

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