1. Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 2nd - 7th May:
With over 20,000 music-fans getting in the festival swing every year, and Jamie Cullum and Moira Stuart amongst its biggest fans, Cheltenham has become one of the country’s best-loved jazz festivals. Its trade-mark mix of international jazz icons, up-and-coming new artists and unique festival performances has seen the event play host to some of the world’s greatest musicians over the Bank Holiday weekend. Featuring a feast of free outdoor music, a selection of food and drink stalls, and fun family activities – it’s the only place to be over the Bank Holiday weekend.
2. Visit the re-opened Temperate House at Kew Gardens, from 6th May:
Anyone who has visited Kew Gardens in the last five years will have seen scaffolding and construction work surrounding Temperate House. Now, in May 2018, its ready to open its doors to the public once again.
First opened in 1860, the Decimus Burton designed glasshouse is a true wonder of Victorian engineering. The largest surviving glasshouse of its kind in the world, this Grade 1-listed marvel contains an astonishing 1,500 specimens of flora from as far and wide as Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Americans, Asia and the Pacific islands, many of which are rare and threatened.
3. Museums at Night Festival, 17th – 20th May:
Museums at Night is the UK-wide festival of late-openings in museums and galleries, produced by Culture24, the Brighton-based arts charity dedicated to shining a light on Britain’s sparkling culture and heritage. There are hundreds of museums and galleries across the country that are offering extended opening hours and exciting events. Search for one near your area here.
4. The Royal Wedding, 19th May:
The event of the month, of course, is The Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, due to take place in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. With ‘Royal Wedding Fever’ taking hold at home and abroad, it will be a most certainly be a spectacle worth watching and celebrating. Events will be held throughout the country, but for our readers in town, a full list can be found here.
5. Chelsea in Bloom and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 22th – 26th May:
This year’s ‘Chelsea in Bloom’ theme is ‘Summer of Love’, inspired by the Royal Wedding and the 60’s/70’s cultural revolution – from the Palace to the King’s Road! The competition showcases floral displays reflecting the participating retailers’ interpretation of the theme in their own unique style.