Join the dots – Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham
Now in its eleventh year, Dot to Dot festival (opens in a new window) has been described as ‘a surreal urban celebration of music’ (sounds pretty great, doesn’t it?). The series of three one-day live music events takes place between the 27th and 29th of May (one day per city), and this year’s headliners are Mystery Jets, The Temper Trap and Brooklyn-based Augustines. Each day offers 14 hours of music for a seriously reasonable £25.
One-day ticket (2pm-4am): £25
Hit the Riverside - Glasgow
Glasgow’s top electronic music festival is back at the iconic Riverside Museum on the banks of the River Clyde. The Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival (opens in a new window) is held on three stages in the grounds of the museum, with DJs including Fatboy Slim, Laurent Garnier and legendary French music producer Dmitri from Paris. There’ll also be a range of street food vendors.
The festival happens across the 28th and 29th of May (weekend and day tickets available).
Weekend ticket: £80, day ticket £45
Get your kit on – various locations
OK, so competitive running’s not everyone’s idea of long-weekend fun, but build it into a trip away and you’ll get a sense of achievement along with the adventure. There’s not much time for training, but if you already run regularly, now could be the time to ramp things up a gear. Spring bank holiday weekend has half marathons in Edinburgh, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and others. See a full list at the Runner’s World website (opens in a new window)
Half marathon entry fee: £10-£35
Head to the fair - Scarborough
The last Scarborough Fair Festival (opens in a new window) was held in 1998, so its return after 18 years is set to be pretty massive. The weekend of music and live acts takes place across five stages at Redcliffe Farm (just five miles south of Scarborough). Look forward to headliners EVERYTHING EVERYTHING, Lianne La Havas and a bit of indie rock royalty in the form of Richard Ashcroft. DJ sets are courtesy of big names including Crazy P and BBC 6MUSIC’s Craig Charles. Even better, it’s the 27th to the 29th May, so you can go for the whole weekend and still have Monday to relax.
Weekend ticket £141.90 Day ticket: £48.40
Feed your face – Leeds
The Great British Food Festival (opens in a new window) moves around the country all summer, but for spring bank holiday it lands at Harewood House - 20 minutes’ drive north of Leeds. Across the three days (you can go to all three if you want, stomach capacity depending), the grounds of the country house will be home to 50 producers and around 25 bars and street food stalls. And when you’re not actually eating (which might be never), you can see chef demos, live music and loads more.
Day tickets: £10 (adult entry) £30 (family of four)
Nothing take your fancy?
Maybe none of these is your cup of tea (or you really would rather just have a cup of tea). If so, you can check out other spring bank holiday events around the UK at The List website (opens in a new window)