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Friday, 26 May 2017

Things To Do This May Bank Holiday Weekend

Strawberry Split Over Glass of ChampagneAnother list?  Yeah babe, but trust me it's with good reason!  The bank holiday weekend is about to kick in and it looks as though it's set to be a gorgeously warm one.  Needless to say, there are tons of things going on across the UK over the next few days, though many of which require booking ahead.  So, if you're a bit of a last-minute merchant and wondering how to make the most of this sunny bank holiday weekend at short notice, read on for some inspiration...

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GARDENS & CASTLES

A Very Victorian Weekend - games and falconry entertainment - Witley Court & Gardens, Worcester

Leeds Castle - Grand Medieval Joust, Chelsea Fringe Inside Out - Kent
(read more >> Leeds Castle & Gardens)

Beaumaris Castle - medieval weekend of archery, falconry and medieval crafts - Wales

Waddesdon Manor - spectacular building and gardens, Rothschild history - Aylesbury
(read more >> 24 Hours in Waddesdon)

Exbury Gardens - famous, massive and colourful gardens, with a stream train - Hampshire

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FOOD & DRINK

Eat and Drink Festival - take a seat at the UK's biggest chef's table - SEC, Glasgow

Brixton Beach - 'bringing Havana life to SW9' with flowers, food and rooftop urban beach - London

Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival - tastings and talks, food from 100+ producers - Wales

Foodies Festival - UK's biggest food festival ft. GBBO and MasterChef winners - London

Spring Continental Market - mixture of foods from across the globe - Belfast City Hall

Ealing Park Tavern - BBQ from 12-5 with sausages, drinks and live music - London

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BEACHES

Canford Cliffs Beach - combine with a visit to Compton Acres gardens - Dorset

Tankerton Beach and The Street - plenty of colourful clapboard houses/beach huts - Whitstable, Kent

Camber Sands - impressive dunes system (referred to as 'Arabian-looking') - East Sussex

Brighton Beach - walk along the seafront, up the pier and enjoy the expansive beach - Brighton
(read more >> Weekend Break in Brighton)

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SHOWS


SkyLive Air Show - flying displays - Darlington, County Durham

Surrey County Show - animal-focussed, family fun - Stoke Park, Guildford

National Trust Country Fair - dog shows, live music & craft stalls - Hylands Park, County Fermanagh

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ACTIVITIES

The Tamsin Trail - bike ride with ice-cream stops along the way - Richmond Park

Paul's Picnic - picnic for two, made to order - London

Arnos Vale After Hours - explore the ethereal beauty of Bristol's ''Necropolis'' via night tour - Bristol

Belgravia In Bloom - 'floral fiesta' as businesses drape themsleves in blooms (free!) - London

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I hope my suggestions have given you inspiration for this long weekend!  For tons of other day-trip ideas that involve good food, beautiful views and usually a sprinkling of history and/or gardens, take a trip down memory lane via my blog's archives.

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. Aw unfortunately I live in America so it's not as easy to just visit an extravagant castle on a 3 day weekend, hehe. We don't have as grand of castles where I live. But I appreciate the list! It's easy to read.

    Kim
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  2. I am so up for food and drink! Unfortunately, I am in Manchester anymore :( If I was still there, I would go to some cool cafe at Northern Quarter!


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  3. I wish I could attend and partake in all of these suggestions you've shared here, I'm sure they're all so fun and beautiful! It's actually a holiday weekend here in the States as well, Memorial Day weekend! It's a holiday to remember all of those who have fought for and served our country. It's usually celebrated with BBQs and pool/beach parties, so I'm so looking forward to a relaxing weekend :) Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a great holiday weekend as well!

    XO,

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  4. Oh I wish I was in the UK and could do all these things haha, lol! Next time, I have to look up some of your tips. You always seem to find the gems. And have a lovely weekend gorgeous. Hope it'll be a fun and relaxing one! Xx

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  5. Now, I'm all for food and drink haha! Hope the sun continues, have a fab weekend lovely!

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  6. Wow, so many onteresting things to do!!!
    I'd love to take part of them, especially to those in "castles & gardens" and "activities" part, everything seems so interesting and fun! :D
    Have alovely week end, sweetie!
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  7. OH! How I wish I could do some of these things! They sound amazing :)
    xoxo

    Ileana

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  8. What delightful suggestions! I'm inspired to find my own fun this weekend =)

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  9. Ahh, you make me wish I could hop on a plane immediately! Enjoy your bank holiday Gabrielle!

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  10. I always love travel and food tripping! Good choices!!

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  11. Lovely suggestions! It's all about great food/drink with a big hamper and in great company for us this weeeknd. We have friends in town so will likely do something outdoors. Wish you a marvellous bank holiday weekend, Gabrielle! xx

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  12. Great suggestions!!! You have so many things to do there!

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  13. Ohh such a great post, thanks for the tips.Worth to read. hihi


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  14. Oh God, I wish I would be in UK right now, unfortunately I live in Copenhagen. Great and fun list!

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  15. Great suggestions Gabrielle!! Hope you enjoy your long weekend!! :)

    Andrea.

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  16. Those drinks look soooo delicious! Just love the glasses with the gold trim-sooo chic!
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  17. There is so many things on your list that I want to visit, starting with Brixton that I never visited even while living in London. :)

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  18. So many interesting things to do!! Oh I love food tripping! x

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  19. So many wonderful things to do in the UK Gabrielle! I wish I was there! So many food festivals & castles to see. Hope you have a great weekend.
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  20. As Jalisa mentioned above it is a holiday weekend for us too full of plenty of events. You offered up a lot of good options for travelers and locals for this weekend.
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  21. All of these are so exciting, thanks for sharing about events in the whole of the UK! I'm going to check out Belgravia in Bloom, I've missed Chelsea in Bloom unfortunately so this might be my second chance to see pretty flowers in London :D

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  22. Since coming back from holiday on Friday I have had serious post holiday blues and have been pestering my boyfriend for some fun days out over the next few weekends so that we have something to look forward to. I will definitely be keeping these ideas in mind and I have come across this post just at the right time :) Thanks for the ideas and I hope you're having a lovely bank holiday weekend. x

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  23. oh so many beautiful places to visit
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  24. I cannot believe how lovely this weekend has been! It's almost unheard of right? You offered some lovely suggestions of things to do because lets face it, we can fall into that hole of wanting to do something but unsure of what! I so wish I could be on Brighton beach!

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  25. I went to Brighton a few years ago and I had a ton of fun! :) It wasn't as warm as it is now, it was pretty cold actually, but it was still sunny and everyone seemed to be in a good mood :) I loved it there

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  26. This is a lovely inspiration dear! This weekend I didn't have the change to do much, I had stuff to do, but at least the weather was incredibly gorgeous and sunny...that's always a plus. Have a nice Sunday!

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  27. I just got back from the UK today. I wish I could have stayed there longer; there are always so many exciting things to do!

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  28. what an amazing post :)
    have a nice week!

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  29. all these sound like fun things to engage in

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  30. Totally love this dreamy list Gabrielle, so many divine places and ideas to give anyone the most magical of bank holiday weekends! Leeds Castle holds lots of memories for my boyf and I and the Grand Medieval Joust sounds so spectacular. Absolutely adore Camber Sands, I just can't get enough of the place! Definitely one of the most exotic beaches we boast here in the UK hehe ;) The beach huts in Whitstable are always a great spot too. Paul's Picnic sounds amazing, I love the idea of a picnic made to order <3

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  31. I hope you have amazing celebrations girl, enjoy the long weekend!

    Camila,
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  32. You're making me wish I was in the UK right now Gabrielle! We're currently in the midst of a long weekend in the states and how I'd love to go spend time exploring a castle. Guess I'll just have to settle for exploring NYC ;p

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  33. While I'm not in the UK I hope you enjoy your long weekend. Just a regular weekend here in Australia sadly!



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  34. What a great list, I really like visiting stately homes and the Belgravia in Bloom sounds fab too, it's such a pretty part of London!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
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  35. Cool ideas, thanks for sharing :)
    Happy Monday!
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  36. I love your ideas, Gabrielle. I've been spending the weekend in front of my laptop but I really need to go and check out the floral decorations in Belgravia before they are removed.

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  37. Ah this is such a lovely post hun! Loving all these ideas and it's great to have some time to yourself too! Wishing you a wonderful day and a great week! :)

    Layla xx

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  38. These sound like fun and interesting suggestions, wish I could give these a try to, especially go to castle and enjoy. But unfortunately, I am not from UK, though I am sure your native followers must have found these suggestions very helpful. I hope you had a lovely long weekend :)
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  39. Cool tips! Enjoy your holiday, dear! xoxo

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  40. They are all such lovely ideas! Hope you enjoyed your long weekend!
    x Emily
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  41. If I lived in England - or could enjoy a vacation there - I would definitely follow your recommendations! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

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  42. This is such a shame that I have only discovered this post on bank holiday monday at 4pm lool ... But thanks for sharing so many things to do!

    Keelie x
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  43. Awesome ideas hun, hope you are well ? xx

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  44. Love these ideas, a weekend castle trip sounds like such a fun visit!

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  45. I come to see your post a bit late but they are suck great ideas there!
    Hope you had a fabulous BH weekend
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  46. What lovely ideas for the long weekend! We also had an extended holiday weekend here in the U.S. My husband and I took advantage of it to do some antique shopping and enjoy the sun. Glad to hear you're also having lovely weather, Gabrielle!
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  47. Really great ideas mentioned! Great post lovely x

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  48. Reading through your lists, sometimes I wish I lived in England (but not enough for me to leave the Aussie heat haha) so I have a bunch of cool things to do. You’re always out doing really fun stuff! I guess it’s a good excuse for me to plan a trip there? Haha x

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  49. I wish I could attend all these suggestions.

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  50. These all sound like such fun suggestions! I hope you had a lovely weekend, lady.

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  51. I miss classic British bank holiday weekends so much! I love how quintessentially British everything on your list is :) Can't beat a good castle.

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  52. Ahh, i love going to events and walks. How I wish I was there!

    xoxo,
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  53. What a great list! I’ve heard of Exbury Gardens in Hampshire. The Foodies Festival looks like a lot of fun!

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  54. Such great ideas! Hope you had a good one.

    Gemma x
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  55. Wow so many cool places to hit up. Wish the uk was closer to oz dammit.

    Sxx
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  56. Hope you had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend and ticked some of these off the list! I was at Radio 1's Big Weekend all weekend!
    Amy xx
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  57. Oh wow what wonderful suggestions Gabrielle!! I'm definitely taking your Gardens and Castles list away with me as I explore more of the UK this summer. It's so easy to neglect our country in favour of travelling further afield but there is so much beauty on our doorstep that it would be a shame not to explore!

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  58. This post is actually a brilliant idea. I was racking my brain on Friday for ideas of what to do with my weekend - we ended up going to the Peak District and doing a bit of strolling :)

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  59. So many nice places to visit and great things to do! In fact, we have a bank holiday next weekend so we are definitely going to the beach, I need to get a good tan so I am praying and hoping for a nice weather!! Hope you had fun Gabrielle!! x

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  61. Thanks for amazing tips!definitely useful all year long! Leeds castle is one of most fave places in the whole world!!
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  62. great post and so useful tips dear xx

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  63. If only we had any castles here at all! I would love to do some of these activities, they sound so fun!

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  64. Omg, that sounds amazing! I wish I could be there :))

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  65. There is so many things to do! Thanks for sharing!

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  66. What an amazing list! I currently live in Milan and we don't celebrate bank holiday, but would love to hop on a plane and check all of these locations.

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  67. I love this list. It gives such wonderful ideas that are so perfect for the holiday and traveling as well :)
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  68. Great list! I'm heading to London in the Fall so I'm going to google some of these spots :)
    Hope you had a great long weekend :)
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