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Your guide to May

Exhibitions, festivals and everything in-between

Spring is in full swing, the bank holiday’s just around the corner and we plan to make the most of it. Here’s a bunch of events in the UK that’ll keep you busy the whole month long.

Fashioned from Nature @ The V&A

21 April – 27 January, London

For a style fix, head down to the V&A Museum for the Fashioned from Nature exhibition. It’s the first UK exhibition to explore the relationship between fashion and nature, with some of nature’s finest, innovative new fabrics and proper fashion gems on display. Charting 1600 to the present day, you’ll want to put on your best threads for this one.

Brighton Festival

5 – 25 May, East Sussex

Sticks of rock at the ready because Brighton Festival returns this May with Turner Prize nominated artist David Shrigley as guest director. Known for his darkly humorous works, the artist’s offbeat take on everyday life is reflected in an eclectic programme. There’ll be music, theatre, dance, film and more – from Problem in Brighton, a new pantomime by Shrigley, to stand-up from the likes of Bridget Christie.

Chelsea Flower Show

22 – 26 May, London

Got your ticket for Chelsea Flower Show? From exciting show gardens to flowers galore, it’s going to be a jam-packed weekend. This year’s themes include health and wellbeing so if you want to grow a garden that helps the environment and makes you feel happier (who wouldn’t want that?) then pop down.

Malton Food Lovers Festival

26 – 27 May, Yorkshire

What better way to spend this bank holiday weekend than in a foodie paradise? The Malton Food Lovers Festival will play host to a bevvy of street food vendors and stalls offering dishes from all four corners of the globe. Guests can also quench their thirst at the Festival Bar run by local brewery, Brass Castle, Orchards of Husthwaite Cider and Yorkshire gin producer, Sloe Motion. Yum.

Great CityGames

18 May, Manchester

For a weekend of great sport, take yourself and your trainers down to Albert Square where the annual Great CityGames will be kicking off in the heart of Manchester. Built around the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run – Europe’s biggest 10k – it’s totally free to head down and spectate so don your hat and don’t forget a bottle of water.

The Inheritance @ Young Vic

2 March – 19 May, London

Stephen Daldry directs this hilarious and profound heartbreaker – a major world premiere in two parts by New York playwright Matthew Lopez. Having raked in five star reviews since it’s debut at the Young Vic Theatre in March, The Inheritance is on for just a few more weeks. See it in two parts, watch it all in a day or just see one half. Either way, it’s not to be missed.


Nail spring style with blogger Charlotte Jacklin’s guide here.