Top 5 bank holiday activities for the whole family

Not sure how to fill your bank holiday? We’ve rounded up some of the best events and activities that mean you can spend more time enjoying yourself without it costing an arm and a leg.

1. Visit the Brighton festival

Catch the last few days of this quirky celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature and debate. Events include live cinema from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green and storytelling for children with Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo.

Contact: 01273 709709;
Price: dependent on individual events; sometimes free

2. Hit the Hay Festival

The Hay Festival is Britain’s premier literary festival that incorporates poetry, speaking events, workshops and demonstrations. Famous face Simon Armitage will be speaking on Sunday 24th May.

Contact: 01497 822 629;
Price: dependent on individual events; from £7.00

3. Take a Hike or Get on Your Bike

May is National Walking Month and National Bike Month, so what better excuse to get outside than a nice long bank holiday? No matter what the weather’s like where you are, a stroll or cycle is a good way to blow away the cobwebs. Looking for motivation? Read our guide to 5 ways to get ready for spring cycling and discover the best walking trails in Britain.

Price: free

4. Get green fingered

London’s “alternative gardening festival” celebrates everything that makes gardening good for the soul, whether that’s installing art or participating in a community project. This year’s line-up includes an installation on the site of Bedlam hospital that takes a look at the relationship between plants and mental health. If you’d rather have a potter about in the garden at home, have a read of our garden hacks to try this spring.

Price: dependent on individual events; from £10

5. Get away

Looking to spend some quality time abroad with the family? It’s not too late to cash in on a last minute bank holiday deal. Eurocamp has some bargains, including two-nights in Croatia for up to 6 people from £36 per family. Easyjet are also offering 150,000 seats for £34.99 covering budget flights to Europe. By spending less on your flights, you can splurge on the finer things at your destination.

At First Utility, we believe in spending less on what you need and more on what you love, so you can afford to treat yourself this bank holiday. Discover more ways to save money and find out more about joining First Utility today.



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