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Bank On Fun: Things to do this Bank Holiday Monday

Jo Dorey

22 May 2018

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What were the things to do on a bank holiday Monday before having kids? We can barely remember! Waking up at 10am, having breakfast in bed and maybe reading a book before heading out at around 1ish for a coffee and a stroll. Now let’s rewind that vision and replay it with kids…

A little girl jumping on the bed to wake up her parents

First, wake up at 5am to the sound of little steps on the stairs before heading back to bed. Wake up round two: a foot to the face at 7am and demands to watch telly. You make your way downstairs, somewhat bleary-eyed, for eggy soldiers and the latest adventures of Peppa Pig then by 8.30 (as late as that?!) it’s time to get dressed and out the house. After wrestling two kids into macs and wellies, stomp off into the drizzle for a day of fun.

Sound familiar? It might not be a soothing start to the day but of all the things to do this bank holiday, we’re sure you wouldn’t change a thing. Well, maybe that 5am wake up call, but you can’t have it all. Where we come in is in helping you find what’s on this bank holiday Monday so you can make the most of it with your family.

Sit back, relax and enjoy our foolproof guide of things to do this bank holiday. You can also take a peek at our bank holiday cheat sheet below.

When are the UK bank holidays in 2018?

  • New Year's Day - Monday 1st January
  • Good Friday - Friday 30th March
  • Easter Monday: Monday 2 April
  • Early May bank holiday - Monday 7th May
  • Spring bank holiday - Monday 28th May
  • Summer bank holiday - Monday 27th August
  • Christmas Day - Tuesday 25th December
  • Boxing Day - Wednesday 26th December

Things to do this bank holiday

The next bank holiday in the UK is the late May bank holiday. Taking place on the last Monday of May, it means we’ll be enjoying a day off work (and school!) on 28th May 2018. 

If you’re looking for what’s on this bank holiday weekend, or for things to do with the family, here’s our quick guide to some of the best May bank holiday events:

  1. Geronimo Festival, Arley Hall, Cheshire

    25th - 28th May

    Billed as the ultimate family festival in the UK, the first of two Geronimo Festival's takes place this May bank holiday in Cheshire. Described as 'Glastonbury for kids' by the Sunday Mirror, notable names include Justin Fletcher (aka Mr Tumble!), Andy and the Odd Socks and CBeebies' Alex Winters, alongside a host of live music and even a spa with a creche. With kids absolutely at the heart of the fun, it's a festival you won't want to miss this year. For more unmissable festivals, don't miss our guide to the best family festivals in 2018.

    Justin Fletcher on stage at Geronimo Festival

  2. Gloucester Cooper's Hill Cheese Roll, Gloucester

    28th May

    Possibly the most bonkers May bank holiday event on the list is the big cheese rolling event at Cooper's Hill. Starting from 12 noon, you'll watch dozens of people set off in chase of a hallowed Double Gloucester. With uphill races designed especially for kids too, this annual extravaganza is definitely not to be missed - get there early for a good spot!

    A sign for Cooper's Hill, where annual cheese rolling event takes place
    Image credit: 1000 Words /

  3. 1940s War Weekend at East Lancashire Railway, Greater Manchester

    26th - 28th May

    Dust off your dancing shoes for a weekend of glamour at East Lancashire Railway's 1940s Weekend! With loads of themed events from the bygone era, including a spitfire flypast, vintage stalls, live music, classic cars and tank displays, it's the perfect way to step back in time for a bank holiday of family fun!

    A family at 1940s weekend at East Lancashire Railway

  4. DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes, London

    Now until 9th September

    If you've got any super heroes in the making at home, then the fantastic DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes is a must visit this bank holiday. Home to more than 200 original comic pages, plus 45 original costumes, models and props from the films, you'll be able to explore everything from Superman and Wonder Woman, to Batman and The Joker. Plus, with kids under 16 going free, it's a great value day out for the whole family. Book your DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes tickets now

    A superman costume on display at DC Exhibitions: Dawn of Super Heroes

  5. Invisible Worlds at Eden Project, Cornwall

    26th May - 3rd June

    Head to The Eden Project this bank holiday Monday to check out the brand new exhibition, Invisible Worlds! Designed to reveal the world beyond your senses, a spectacular range of interactive exhibits and a special play area make it a fantastic addition to this Cornish favourite. Plus, with a huge programme of special events to help celebrate launch week, it's a great place to visit this May half-term too. 

    Invisible Worlds at the Eden Project



Jo Dorey

22 May 2018

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Jo is a Copywriter at Day Out With The Kids. She’s lived all over the world in places like Pakistan, Hungary and Hong Kong - these days though she loves a good, long walk and hanging out with her cat, Fergus.

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