Things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend
The last spring Bank Holiday of 2021 is fast approaching and we couldn’t more excited for yet another 3 day weekend! So far, the weather hasn’t been too great for us BUT things are looking up with the promise of drier and warmer weather coming our way very soon!
As lockdown restrictions continue to ease across the UK, many are planning on making the most of the next chance they have to enjoy a long weekend with family and friends.
Not sure what to do this May Bank Holiday Weekend? Here are some of our suggestions on what to do on the upcoming three day weekend.
However, June 21st is still a few weeks away meaning some rules are still in place for us UK folk.
Here is a quick reminder of the rules…
- Most outdoor attractions and settings are open, including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas.
- Outdoor socialising like picnics, barbecues and garden parties are allowed as long as you stick to the rule of 6.
- Restaurants and bars are now allowed to serve people indoors and outdoors.
- There is no specific restriction on how far from home you can travel, but the guidance suggests you should keep travel to a minimum.
- Visit the UK government’s website for a full list of the rules and restrictions.
- You can meet in groups of up to 6 from 2 households in an indoor public place such as a café, pub or restaurant.
- You can meet in groups of up to 6 from 6 households outdoors, in a private garden or a public place like a park or an outdoor area of a café.
- You can travel anywhere in Scotland.
- Cafés, pubs and restaurants can provide full outdoor service, subject to local licensing, and serve food indoors without alcohol until 8 pm.
- Tourist accommodation, all visitor attractions and drive-in events can all open.
- Visit the Scottish government’s website for the full list.
- A maximum of 6 people from 6 households can meet outdoors including in private gardens
- Outdoor visitor attractions and entertainment venues (including funfairs and theme parks), self-contained accommodation, outdoor hospitality and some organised outdoor activities can open.
- Visit the Welsh government’s website for the full list.
- Up to 15 people (including children) from no more than three households can meet up outdoors in a private garden, but you should maintain social distancing.
- Overnight stays are permitted in self-contained tourism accommodation (such as self-catering houses, caravans and motor homes).
- Outdoor areas at hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, social clubs, including members’ clubs) can reopen.
- Outdoor visitor attractions, activity centres, parks, play areas, outdoor areas of properties operated by the National Trust and the outdoor areas of stately homes, historic homes and castles are permitted to open. This includes drive-in cinemas and performances.
- Visit the NI government’s website for full details.
Now that we’ve covered the rules, here are some of our suggestions on what to do this May Bank Holiday weekend:
National Trust walk
Over the past year or so, walking has become the go-to activity for most people. To make your daily walk more enjoyable, why not turn your family walk into an adventure by discovering new paths to take? The National Trust has several different sites to explore and makes an amazing day out for couples and families alike! Head over to the Natural Trust website to find your local site.
Plan a day out to a Theme Park/Museum or Zoo!
With restrictions easing, you can now visit your favourite places once again! Whether you are a thrill seeker, art enthusiast or animal lover, you can now plan those trips to your favourite theme park, museum or zoo.
Take a trip to your local cinema or theatre
This is not a drill.. Cinemas and theatres are back open! YAY! We’ve been so excited for this day to come and we’re already planning all our cinema and theatre trips for the foreseeable future. If you love the cinema/theatre like us, then head down to your local cinema - doesn’t matter what the film is, just being back with the popcorn and Tango Ice Blasts is enough for us!
Cook up a storm with a picnic or barbecue!
Now I don’t know about you but last Summer we LOVED making our own picnics and exploring new places and we want that to continue moving forward into Summer 2021. If you’re not one for exploring new places, plan a picnic in your back garden! A picnic works anywhere after all! OR why not go bigger and plan a barbecue? If the weather forecast is correct then a barbecue is definitely the way forward!
Treat yourself to a Spa Day
There’s nothing more relaxing than a trip to the Spa. After what has been a roller coaster of a year, you deserve that relaxation day you have been dreaming of. This is your sign to book that facial and full body massage. Why not even throw in some time in the sauna and swimming pool too? You deserve it!
Visit to your local pub
If the thought of exercise is too much on a well-earned day off then a visit to your local pub could be in order. With pubs and restaurants reopening indoor dining from the 17th May, get yourself down to your local and order some yummy pub grub.
A long overdue catch up with Family and friends
It’s been a long 18 months, so seeing friends and family INSIDE would be the perfect way to spend the bank holiday right? A long catch up is definitely overdue and what better way to catch up than around the dinner table? You could book a table at your favourite restaurant or jump at the chance to show off those newly found cooking skills that you discovered during lockdown.
Bored of being at home? Why not discover a part of the country that you are yet to explore! There are so many beautiful places in the UK that do not get the attention they deserve. A trip to the coast sounds perfect to us!
If you have little ones that LOVE splashing around in the pool, then a trip to your local swimming baths is a no brainer for this bank holiday! Also, if you’re in need of some super cool new swimwear for your little ones then our brand new swimwear collection is now available on our website - and let’s just say they are ADORABLE!
Whatever your plans for the Bank Holiday weekend, have a good one – and stay safe!