What to do this May Bank Holiday

It’s that time of year in England when we seem to have a bank holiday every other week – and with the current splattering of sunshine to enjoy – what’s better? If you’re in or around the capital – whether you’re a local or on holiday – make sure you check out a couple of the May Bank Holiday events that are taking place between Friday and Monday.

Chelsea in Bloom is a free festival that runs during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show –  shops and restaurants in and around Sloane Street, Sloane Square and Duke of York Square will be decorating with floral installations in this year with the theme of ‘Creation in Colour’.  There’ll also be pop-up ice cream sellers, champagne bars, plenty of flower displays, family friendly activities and even free rickshaw tours.

Hammer & Claw at the Farr’s School of Dancing on Saturday will be a bit of an American style foodie celebration. A crab feast. You’ll be able to enjoy everything from pork skins with chipotle dip, peanut butter ice cream, corn on the cob and of course the star – crabs in a spicy seasoning.

The Rite of Spring – The Great May Masquerade at the Coronet (Elephant and Castle) will be celebrating the one hundred and first anniversary of the Parisian premiere of Russian ballet ‘Le Sacre du Printemps’.  A Curious Invitation are hosting this enticing extravaganza, featuring live performances, cabaret, dance and music designed to transport you back to the wilder part of the early 20th century. You’ll find everything from The London Gay Symphony Orchestra playing live, a baroque buffet, a life-drawing room and even (hot tubs) with film screening.

Meantime Brewfest at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich is for those who feel like a drink in less extravagant, but none the less enticing, settings. This spring festival will see some 40 breweries from all over the world gather at The Old Royal Naval College for three days of beer tasting – afterwards, you can head into Greenwch park to soak up the sun.

Finally, if you feel like escaping the capital or if you’re in the south already head to Dover for Second World War weekend at Dover Castle. Dover castle is already a pleasure to explore, what with its underground tunnels and proximity to the coastline – but for this weekend you’ll be able to dress up in military uniforms, try some ration-time style cakes and dance to a live swing band.