Things to do this May bank holiday weekend including fun days with the kids

May Bank Holiday ideas for things to do including special events, festivals and lots of family outings on Bank Holiday Monday itself – read our guide

A family of four cycling on bicycles in a forest on a sunny day
There’s plenty of fun to be had this holiday weekend

The May bank holiday weekend is fast creeping in and you might be looking for ideas to keep the kids entertained or just make the most of the extra day off.

Luckily for you we have a guide to some of the best things to do this weekend, from special events and fun festivals worth bookmarking to the theme parks not to be missed and ideas for an exciting experience days off that the whole family can enjoy.

Oh, and for those days when the holiday weather forecast doesn’t look particularly welcoming, we’ve also flagged up some of the best movie releases, museum events, and other rainy day ideas to keep both adults and kids entertained.

Check out our guide below…

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Climb the O2

Get ready for an exhilarating walk across the roof of the O2. The 90-minute experience includes a 52m high walk with spectacular views of the London skyline. Choose between daytime, sunset and twilight climbs – or even opt for a Celebration Climb where you can indulge yourself with a glass of bubbly at the top! Tickets from £35 per person and must be booked in advance. Learn more at

Go to an amusement park

For 2022 there are many fun new rides at the theme parks


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Theme parks are open for the season and there are plenty of them fun new rides and attractions for 2022 at Legoland, Alton Towers and Paultons Park (home of Peppa Pig World).

There is enough of United Kingdom Theme Park Deals for 2022 also find if you’re looking to keep costs down, including deals on adults are free and savings on food and beverages.

Hiking tours with a difference

Walking tours can be a fascinating way to explore a destination, but if you know the area, visiting the tourist hotspots might not be appealing. However, there are some great tours where you can discover lesser-known gems and fun facts as you walk around.

Treasure Trails, for example, has lots of maps you can download and then follow cryptic clues through a town to solve puzzles or “find treasure” – and they cater to groups of all ages. Learn more at

National Trust events

Exploring a new National Trust site can be a fun way to do something different, whether it’s beautiful gardens on a sunny day or a stroll in grandiose homes on a rainy morning.

To help you with that, National Trust actually has a guide that rounds up the best springtime events, including some bank holiday inspiration. Learn more at

Discover the soul of Madrid

Madrí Excepcional, the Mediterranean-style lager, serves up the soul of Madrid this bank holiday weekend in London, in a celebration of the food, art and music found in both the Spanish and English capitals.

London Bridge’s Vinegar Yard will host the special event with performances by Fusa Nocta and Lady Leshurr (10pm on Friday 29 April), delicious food inspired by Madrí Excepcional including burgers and original artworks that will be a feast for the eyes.

The new Nanny Bills menu inspired by Madrí Excepcional is available until May 27, 2022. Learn more at

Go see a show in the West End

It might be time to take Wicked off the bucket list


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Thinking of a trip to London’s West End to see a show? There are tons of dazzling performances out there right now, including the likes of Frozen, Wicked, Mamma Mia, Back to the Future, Come From Away, and more.

There’s no need to break the bank, either. For example, Wowcher Theater breaks from £89pp including a hotel stay and tickets while Buyagift has Theater offers and discounts.

Beatrix Potter exhibition at the V&A

The V&A Museum is currently hosting the Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature exhibition in partnership with the National Trust. The exhibition offers a glimpse into the popular author’s life as a scientist and conservationist, exploring the places and animals that inspired her most beloved characters.

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Spend a rainy day at the cinema

Cinema trips are back and there are plenty of great movies to keep in mind if you want to kill a few hours or have some fun on a rainy day.

Top movies currently on the market Odeon, See and cinema world contain:

  • Downton Abbey: A New Era
  • The Lost City
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • The Bad Boys

Everyman Cinemas also offer perks, including comfy couches, food served at your table, and some great pre-movie cocktails. Learn more at

York’s Giant Deck Chair Competition

10 giant deckchairs are hidden across York – and if you find all 10 you could win a £500 York gift card. Visit the Visitor Information Center on Museum Street to search for the eye-catching creations (you’ll also learn about York’s past and present along the way).

Learn more at

Looking for a cheap stay? There are currently many tempting offers:

  • Haven offers family holidays from £479 for the summer holidays – book here.
  • Travelodge has rooms from £29 a night – take advantage of them Price finder tool here.
  • Premier Inn has rooms from £29 per night for the summer – book here.
  • Shearings offers last minute tours and breaks from £164 per person – book here.
  • Parkdean Resorts has up to £250 off Summer Holidays – book here.

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Meet the friendly giant of Stonehenge

The kind and gentle giant Gnomus will be heading to Stonehenge this bank holiday weekend to check on his old friends the stones. He will tell stories about how Stonehenge came to be thanks to a clever mix of puppetry, history and preservation.

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Take on an escape room

Looking for a challenge the whole family can enjoy no matter what the UK weather is like this weekend? An escape room can be a lot of fun and there are different themes that are sure to suit a variety of ages, whether you’re after zombies or just looking for a fun themed room that the kids will love too.

Tripadvisor has a handy guide to some of them England’s best escape rooms to help you get started. Things to do this May bank holiday weekend including fun days with the kids

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