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Gilbert White's House

Gilbert White's House

Hampshire

May Bank Holiday Weekend

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When is the May Bank Holiday 2018?

There are two Bank Holiday weekends in May 2018 so this page will give you ideas for events throughout the whole month including the dates May 5th to Bank Holiday Monday May 7th and the Spring Bank Holiday on 26th/27th/28th 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. Take a look at our featured things to do and extensive events guide below!

  • Come and stay at Park House hotel & spa this May Bank Holiday and explore the local area.
  • Set against the stunning backdrop of Woburn Abbey and within 42 acres of Abbey Gardens, Woburn Abbey Garden Show 2018 offers one of the best locations of any show in the UK.
  • West Dean Arts & Craft Festival
    1-3 June, 10am-5pm
    Buy high quality crafts and prints, watch demonstrations and get hands-on in creative workshops and drop-in sessions.
  • What better way to spend your bank holiday Monday than with all your nearest and dearest at Windsor Racecourse's Family Fun Day Spectacular.
  • Enjoy all that Spring has to offer in the beautiful Garden of England by allowing Coast and Country Rambles the opportunity to organise a walking break just for you!
  • Wakehurst’s wonderful woodlands come alive May bank holiday (26 – 28 May 2018). Join us in the heart Pearcelands Wood, as we celebrate the secrets of our wonderful ancient woodland. 
  • A famously subtropical climate, lush green countryside, gorgeous beaches, picturesque villages and top attractions on the Isle of Wight – enjoy them all when you stay at The Royal Hotel.
  • Gilbert White & the Oates Collections are unveiling their £3million renovation on the 12th May!
  • The Vineyard is a 5 red star hotel and spa, renowned for its impeccable service, 3 AA Rosette restaurant and award winning 30,000 bottle wine cellar.
  • Join Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village this May Half Term (27 May 2018 - 3 June 2018)  and paint a fantastic beast from your wildest imagination. 
  • Spend an amazing day on the Dorset coast with City Cruises Poole, exploring two historical towns and the unforgettable Jurassic Coast heritage site.
  • Make the most of spring with a trip to the award-winning Drusillas Park, East Sussex!
  • Join Didcot Railway Centre at Rails on the Western Front (26-28 May) as they commemorate the First World War.  The Great War Society will be recreating a French Station and an infantry camp to demonstrate the realities of a soldier’s life. 
  • Just 15 minutes from the coast, the Lodge at Solent offers a fun, creative and friendly experience, with outstanding home cooked food in a location with lots to see and do.
  • Enjoy an overnight stay in a beautiful English countryside at Esseborne Manor with award winning restaurant and gorgeous bedrooms.
  • Poppies: Wave, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, is on display at Fort Nelson, near Portsmouth until 24 June 2018. 
  • Overnight offer at Park House Hotel for Sunday 27th or Monday 28th May. 
    £250 for 2 people - enjoy glass of Pimm's on arrival, cream tea for 2, best available bedroom overnight, 2-course dinner in the restaurant, full English breakfast and more.
  • Visit the Isle of Wight for fun filled family adventures this half term. Award winning attractions, great family dining, child-friendly places to stay, plus miles of stunning beaches, countryside, cycleways and footpaths; the Island has adventures for all the family!
  • Catch Penelope Keith when she returns to Chichester in one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable plays, Enid Bagnold’s mysterious The Chalk Garden at Chichester Festival Theatre.
  • Step back in time at Weald & Downland Living Museum's Living History Festival! Experience 1,000 years of living history from Saxon times to the twentieth century through over 200 re-enactors.
  • Meet wonderful animals and birds in this beautiful woodland park at the New Forest Wildlife Park.

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.

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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  1. Little Ninjas (3-5yrs)

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    Participatory Event

    Gillingham

    Dryside Sports Programme
    Little Ninjas (3-5yrs) held at Black Lion Leisure Centre.
    Held on Tuesday 5.30pm-6pm.
    For further information please contact reception on 01634 283700283700

    Dates

    From:
    1 Apr 2009to1 Apr 2020
  2. Family Karate

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    Participatory Event

    Gillingham

    Dryside Sports Programme
    Family karate held at Black Lion Leisure Centre Tuesday 6pm-7pm.
    For further information please contact reception on 01634 283700

    Dates

    From:
    1 Apr 2009to1 Apr 2020
  3. The Museum of Transology

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    Museums

    Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton

    This bold, brave and profound collection of artefacts and photographic portraiture began with donations from Brighton’s vibrant trans community. It is now the largest collection representing trans people in the UK – if not the world.
    Free with...

    Dates

    From:
    20 July 2017to3 June 2018
  4. Rubbish Walks

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    Participatory Event

    Rye


    Rubbish Walks where we walk a stretch of beach collecting litter along the way. Meet at the car park at 10am on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2018to1 Dec 2018Various Opening Times
  5. Make a bear puppet at Brading Roman Villa

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    Childrens Events

    BRADING

    "We're going on a bear hunt" is at Brading Roman Villa. Come to the villa and hunt for the parts to make your bear puppet. Then come inside and decorate him. You can also decorate masks, make a mosaic coaster and lots more.

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2018to20 Dec 2018Open 10:00 - 16:30
  6. Army Medical Services in the 1st World War

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    Exhibition

    Aldershot

    The Army Medical Services Museum is commemorating the 1st World War through a new gallery following events that happened one hundred years ago.

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    From:
    1 Jan 2018to31 Dec 2018Various Opening Times
  7. Windsor 2-4-1 taster one hour kayak tour

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    Participatory Event

    Windsor

    If you're new to kayaking why not try our Taster Tour and paddle Windsor for one hour? Now on special offer for a limited time only for the price of 2-4-1 offer!

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2018to31 Dec 2018
  8. The London Showboat Cruise On The Thames

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    Special Events

    London

    The best night in town is on the river! 

    Wine, dine and dance on this great dinner cruise on the Thames, see spectacular views and enjoy show songs and top hits sung by a live performer. Your evening begins the moment you step aboard and are handed...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2018to30 Dec 2018
  9. Southamptons Western Walls and Vaults Walk

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    Guided Walk

    Southampton

    Guided Tours of the Southampton's historic old town take place throughout the year, commencing from the south side of the Bargate near the entrance to the Bargate Shopping Centre.

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2018to31 Dec 2018
  10. Explorers Trail at Marwell Wildlife

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    Childrens Events

    Winchester

    Pick up your Explorers Trail at Marwell's info cabin for a suggested donation of £1. They suggest families bring a pencil to complete the name and activities of children taking part, but the trail can be done without a pencil by collecting all nine...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2018to31 Dec 2018Open 10:00 - 16:00
  11. Collector’s Choice: Star Wars

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    Exhibition

    Hove

    This display of vintage Star Wars toys and memorabilia from the 1970s and 80s will appeal to all fans. Take a trip down memory lane or brush up on the back story to the newest Star Wars releases.

    Dates

    From:
    22 Jan 2018to26 June 2018
  12. Hush Heath Winery

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    Tour

    Kent

    Winter Winery Tours
    Summer Evening Tours

    Winter Winery Tour & Tasting:
    £20 per person
    Join us inside on a guided tour of our state-of-the-art Winery where the process of still and sparkling winemaking is explained. The tour is followed by a tutored...

    Dates

    From:
    7 Feb 2018to7 Feb 2019Open 11:00 - 17:00
  13. Tudor Secrets Self-guided Tour at The Vyne

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    Heritage & History

    Basingstoke

    At the site visited by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in 1535, pick up your self-guided tour at the Visitor Reception and uncover hidden secrets contained in The Vyne's surviving Tudor features.

    Dates

    From:
    10 Feb 2018to3 June 2018Open 10:00 - 17:00
  14. Sea Stars

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    Other

    East Sussex, Brighton

    Featuring more than 170 sensational sea dwellers from across the world, Sea Stars is the UK's largest celebration of the ocean's most visually captivating, and most important creatures, the humble 'star fish'

    Dates

    From:
    10 Feb 2018to31 Dec 2018Open 10:00 - 16:00
  15. Sea Stars

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    Other

    Brighton

    Visitors to Sea Life Brighton this half term are in for a treat as the aquarium unveils its dazzling new creature installation Sea Stars, which will open to the public on 10 February.

    Featuring more than 170 sensational sea dwellers from across...

    Dates

    From:
    10 Feb 2018to31 Dec 2018Open 10:00 - 16:00
  16. Hidden Heroes at Carisbrooke Castle Museum

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    Exhibition

    NEWPORT

    10th Feb – 28th October 2018 New displays celebrating the diverse Hidden Heroes of the Isle of Wight. Come and discover more about the Island people who, across more than 1,000 years of history, have achieved something remarkable or made a special...

    Dates

    From:
    10 Feb 2018to28 Oct 2018Open 10:00 - 16:00
  17. Hidden Heroes at the Classic Boat Museum Gallery

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    Exhibition

    EAST COWES

    The Hidden Heroes exhibition is at the Classic Boat Museum Gallery in Columbine Rd, East Cowes from 10th February and runs until end of September 2018. 2pm on 10th Feb 10am daily thereafter Ever since the waters rose and created the Isle of...

    Dates

    From:
    10 Feb 2018to30 Sept 2018Open 10:00 - 16:00
  18. Children's Tudor Animal Trail at The Vyne

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    Childrens Events

    Basingstoke

    Deer, horses and falcons are just some of the creatures you may have seen at The Vyne in 1535. See if you can spot the animals that played an important part in Tudor life. Pick up your trail from Visitor Reception and keep an eye out for animals...

    Dates

    From:
    10 Feb 2018to3 June 2018Open 10:00 - 17:00
  19. Aliens, Zombies and Monsters!

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    Exhibition

    Hove

    Popular children’s writer and illustrator, Aaron Blecha will reveal the tricks of his trade in February, in a new interactive display at Hove Museum.
    Free entry, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sat: 10am-5pm, Wed: Closed, Sun: 2pm-5pm

    Dates

    From:
    10 Feb 2018to4 Sept 2018
  20. Family, Friendship and Northanger Abbey at Jane Austen's House Museum

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    Museums

    Chawton

    Displays throughout Jane Austen House Museum, featuring newly acquired treasures, will explore the themes of family and friendship in both Northanger Abbey and in the lives of the Austen family. Come and discover how attending society balls, writing...

    Dates

    From:
    14 Feb 2018to31 May 2018Open 10:30 - 16:30
    From:
    1 June 2018to31 Aug 2018Open 10:00 - 17:00