10 brilliant Spring bank holiday getaways
You can bank on a great time at these wonderful Spring Bank Holiday events. Pack your caravan and get ready for some fun!
1. Bath Fringe
24 May to 9 June
The fabulous Georgian city has more than 200 events during the Bath Fringe Festival.
Look forward to:
- circus artists
- film screenings
- kids workshops
- and live music taking place throughout the city
Venues include cafés, backstreets, squares and even The Rec, home to Bath Rugby.
Stay: Bath Marina & Caravan Park, Brassmill Lane, Bath Somerset BA1 3JT
T 01225 424301
2. Bristol Walk Fest
1 May to 31 May
The best way to see a city is on foot, so lock up the caravan and set out to explore this fascinating port city.
Follow guided walks through Bristol’s green spaces and historic city streets. Admire its art and architecture. Or head out into the rolling green countryside beyond the city limits. With over 150 walks from which to choose you’re bound to find a trail that whets your appetite.
Stay: Baltic Wharf Caravan and Motorhome Club Site, Cumberland Road, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 6XG
T 01179 268030
3. Chippenham Folk Festival
25 to 28 May
Caravanners who take a tour to Chippenham will have music wherever they go on this bank holiday.
The four-day Chippenham Folk Festival includes more than 200 events.
They range from:
- storytelling to
- dance workshops
- morris dancers
- May pole dancing
- And, of course, folk concerts.
Stay: Plough Lane Caravan Site, Kington Langley, Chippenham Wiltshire SN15 5PS
T 01249 750146
4. Tetbury Woolsack Races
You’ll never moan again about filling the aquaroll once you’ve watched these historic races.
Competitors struggle uphill as fast as they can, burdened by a heavy woolsack across their shoulders. They tackle gradients touching on 25% in places.
There’s a carnival atmosphere in the town, with stalls, street entertainers and fairground rides. As many as 5,000 people turn up to watch the event.
Stay: The Holford Arms, Knockdown, Sherston, Tetbury GL8 8QY
T 01454 238669
5. Food Lovers Festival
Malton, North Yorkshire
25 to 26 May
Forget caravan cooking and feast on the produce available in the town that bills itself as Yorkshire’s ‘food capital’.
The festival features over 160 food stalls and mouthwatering locally-sourced street food. Watch demonstrations by celebrity chefs. Take a cookery lesson. Treat yourself to a tasting or two, and relax with a local pint in the evenings at one of the live music events.
Stay: Wyse House Farm, Old Malton, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 6RE
T 07949 794648
6. Suffolk Show
Trinity Park, Ipswich IP3 8UH
29 to 30 May
Extend your bank holiday tour into the last days of May with a trip to the Suffolk Show. There’s more than enough attractions, entertainment and stalls to fill two days.
Admire the 3,000 farm animals competing for a best in class rosette. And laugh at the Shetland Pony Grand National and Pig Olympics.
The 800-plus trade stands will have a goodie or two for your caravan. And there are scores of delicious food and craft stalls. Flower displays, jitterbug dancing and Apache helicopters add variety to the proceedings.
Stay: Toadhall Caravan Site, Felixstowe Road, Nacton, Ipswich Suffolk IP10 0DE
T 07813 899661
7. 1940s Weekend
East Lancashire Railway, Rawtenstall, Lancashire, BB4 6EH
25 to 27 May
Diminutive, purple-dressing popstar Prince partied like it was 1999. But here’s your chance to get in costume and dance like it’s 1949.
Nostalgia (and rose-tinted spectacles) are the order of the day here. As are ration books, polka dot dresses, sharp suits and military uniforms of post-WW2 Britain.
Clamber aboard one of East Lancashire Railway’s steam trains. Lace up your dancing shoes to twirl your partner at one of the afternoon tea dances set to 1940s swing music. And revel in the vintage vehicle displays.
Stay: Burrs Country Park Caravan and Motorhome Club Site, Woodhill Road Burrs, Bury BL8 1DA
T 0161 761 0489
8. Cheese Rolling
Cooper’s Hill, near Brockworth, Gloucester GL3 4SB
It may be bonkers, dangerous and anarchic. But Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling has become a stellar spectator event.
The rules are simple: competitors pursue a 9lb (ca. 4 kg) wheel of cheddar cheese down a big, steep slope. Sports injuries and shattered bones are commonplace. Competitors tumble head-over-heels down the hill. No one ever catches the cheese, but the winner is the first to the foot of the hill (and in one piece).
Stay: Briarfields Motel & Touring Caravan Park, Gloucester Road (B4063), Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL51 0SS
T 01242 235 324
9. Hay Festival
23 May to 2 June
Choose your 2019 campsite booklist at Britain’s premier literary festival. The festival has talks, interviews and readings with some of the country’s top authors, politicians, poets and comedians.
The bank holiday weekend alone will see:
- Gruffalo creator Julia Donaldson
- historian Simon Schama
- award-winning novelist Jonathan Coe
- poet Simon Armitage
- politician Sir Keir Starmer
- all-round wonder talent Stephen Fry
- comedian Bill Bailey
- And QI presenter Sandi Toksvig all take to the stage.
Stay: Wye Meadow Camping (a pop-up campsite next to the festival), Hay-on-Wye
T 01666 504601
10. Islay Festival of Music and Malt
Isle of Islay, Southern Hebrides, Argyll
24 May to 1 June
Feis Ile, to give it its Gaelic name, is a week-long celebration of all things Islay. You'll find ceilidhs to golf and, of course, whisky tasting.
There are eight distilleries on Islay. Each will hold an open day during the festival, giving caravanner the chance to snap up a bottle or two to ward away the campsite chill on cooler tours.
As an island, Islay also offers abundant rugged and remote walks to enjoy in a spectacular landscape.
Stay: Port Mòr Centre, Port Charlotte, Isle Of Islay, Argyll PA48 7UE
T 01496 850441