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May Bank Holiday Weekend

When is the May Bank Holiday 2017?

There are two Bank Holiday weekends in May 2017 so this page will give you ideas for events throughout the whole month including the dates April 29th to Bank Holiday Monday May 1st and the Spring Bank Holiday on 27th/28th/29th covering the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the weekend breaks.

South East England covers nine counties in the UK's sunniest region so our online calendar features hundreds of events and ideas for all tastes. To find something near you in a specific county, use the links below.

Spring Bank Holiday weekend coincides with half term, which takes place from Monday 29 May to Sunday 4 June and the choice of family activities to keep kids entertained has never been greater. Scroll through this page to have a look at our featured things to do, top ideas from Social Media and extensive events guide.

From festivals and exhibitions to walks, music and children’s activities, there really is something for everyone to enjoy in the beautiful south. There are also plenty of events to enjoy your weekend break whatever the weather so if the forecast is poor, our rainy day guide will ensure you have a great day out.

Top 11 things to do on May Bank Holiday Weekend

  • Treat the kids and yourself to a spring break away this May at Mill Rythe Holiday Village! Fabulous kids activities and clubs, half board packages and bags of entertainment!
  • Dress to impress at Plumpton Racecourse on Ladies Day
  • Take your seaside break in style by staying in one of the brand-new Bournemouth Beach Lodges.
  • Immerse yourself in Wakehurst’s wonderful Wild Wood festival (27-29 May) at Ardingly in West Sussex.
  • Come and join The Observatory Science Centre between Eastbourne and Hastings over the May bank holiday weekend for some bubbletastic fun! 
  • Oakley Hall Hotel in rural north Hampshire has a special offer for spring and summer breaks that includes a tour of the famous Bombay Sapphire Distillery.
  • Enjoy a fun packed family day out in Guildford on May Bank Holiday at the Surrey County Show.
  • Take on the iconic Goodwood Motor Circuit near Chichester with the precision and power of BMW M and the most progressive sports car, the BMW i8.
  • Take to the air and get a totally different perspective on the stunning countryside with a helicopter sightseeing flight from Goodwood Aerodrome
  • The World’s first diving helmet is on display at the Diving Museum Gosport
  • Basingstoke Transport Festival is a great day out for all the family.

Best May Bank Holiday activities from Twitter

What's on near me this May Bank Holiday Weekend?

Find hundreds more events and things to do in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire this May Bank Holiday weekend in our guide below. Whether you're looking for something near you or travelling to a part of South East England for a short break or day trip, use the 'map view' button to find something local.

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The Guildford Beer Festival 2017

The Guildford Beer Festival 2017

The Eigth Annual Guildford Beer Festival will again b e hosted by Guildford Cricket Club.  The event is held in marquees at The Sports Ground in...

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  1. Add Jane Austen in 41 Objects at Jane Austen's House Museum to your Itinerary

    Jane Austen in 41 Objects at Jane Austen's House Museum

    Type

    Show / Display

    Location

    Alton

    Dates

    From:
    3 Mar 2017To15 Dec 2017

    Special Jane Austen 200 exhibition.

  2. Add Lego Club to your Itinerary

    Lego Club

    Type

    Childrens Events

    Location

    Worthing

    Dates

    From:
    4 Mar 2017To2 Jun 2018

    Lego Club is for all children aged 4+ who love to build with Lego. This is a fun informal group where we build to a theme each week (adherence optional!) have a FREE drink and a snack and then show and tell to round off the session.
    Meanwhile the grown ups can either join in the fun or be kicking...

  3. Add Then and Now at the Epping Forest District Museum to your Itinerary

    Then and Now at the Epping Forest District Museum

    Type

    Exhibitions

    Location

    Waltham Abbey

    Dates

    From:
    25 Mar 2017To3 Jun 2017

    Then and Now - a photographic exhibition comparing the Museum's old photographs to how the district looks today.

  4. Add Enjoy a Bluebell Walk at Hole Park Gardens  to your Itinerary

    Enjoy a Bluebell Walk at Hole Park Gardens

    Type

    Guided Walk

    Location

    Cranbrook

    Dates

    From:
    29 Mar 2017To8 Jun 2017

    Often described as one of the best places to see bluebells in the country, Hole Park Gardens in Rolvenden, Kent, is also renowned for its mature rhododendrons and magnificent standard wisterias.

  5. Add Jane Austen Tea at Langrish House to your Itinerary

    Jane Austen Tea at Langrish House

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Location

    Petersfield

    Dates

    From:
    1 Apr 2017To30 Apr 2017

    A Jane Austen 200 event.

  6. Jane Austen's Worthing Tours

    Type

    Guided Walk

    Dates

    From:
    1 Apr 2017To31 Dec 2017

    Sussex Tours to Worthing

    Experience the places in Brighton and Worthing Jane Austen wrote about, visited and lived in during her stay in Sussex at the end of 1805. 

    Minibus return tours from Brighton to Worthing visiting Jane Austen’s Sussex home in 1805, Stanford’s Cottage.

    Possible...

  7. Add Easter at Wild Wood Adventure to your Itinerary

    Easter at Wild Wood Adventure

    Type

    Outdoor Event / Activities

    Location

    Stoke Park, Guildford

    Dates

    From:
    1 Apr 2017To30 Apr 2017

    Open all Easter Holidays - Guildford

  8. Add Bob's Safari Adventures at Woburn Safari Park to your Itinerary

    Bob's Safari Adventures at Woburn Safari Park

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Location

    Milton Keynes

    Dates

    From:
    7 Apr 2017To21 Oct 2017

    Bob's Safari Adventures at Woburn Safari Park

  9. Add Four Seasons Art Spring Exhibition to your Itinerary

    Four Seasons Art Spring Exhibition

    Type

    Exhibitions

    Location

    Exbury, Southampton

    Dates

    From:
    8 Apr 2017To11 Jun 2017

    Four Seasons Art is a group of artists headed by Marianna Kneller, Fellow and Founder Member of the Society of Botanical Artists.

  10. Add Tulip Festival at Pashley Manor Gardens to your Itinerary

    Tulip Festival at Pashley Manor Gardens

    Type

    Festival

    Location

    Ticehurst

    Dates

    From:
    21 Apr 2017To6 May 2017

    With over 100 varieties of tulip on show visitors can enjoy colour themed displays of demure lily flowered and romantic peony flowered blooms.