Published: April 27, 2016
The May Bank Holiday weekend is a great excuse to pack up the camper or caravan and away and unwind. Whether you’re looking to relax with a few days by the coast or head off on tour around some of the south west's historic cities there are some great activities taking place that are highly recommended for close proximity to one of our Best of British parks. Many of our holiday parks have special offers running now.
If you are heading to the south west here a few ideas to have a look at:-
During the May Bank Holiday, Dorset plays host to some stunning events that are sure to please young and old.
Dorset Knob Throwing FestivalTake part in the world famous Dorset Knob Throwing Festival and immerse yourself in one of Dorset’s best known and most unique events.
And don't forget, Bank Holiday favourites the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival - now in its 10th year the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival is one of Britain’s biggest and best fossil festivals. The annual event also celebrates the cultural and natural history of Lyme Regis, an area which has long been entwined with its fascinating Jurassic past, and provides a fantastic opportunity to learn about its fossils and geology.
For literay and music lovers, the Sherborne Abbey Music Festival makes a welcome return and it's bigger and better than ever!
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Salcombe Crabfest 2016 is a celebration of crab and all things seafood taking place on Sunday 1st May 2016 from 10am in Salcombe, South Devon. The event will be opened by the 'Queen of Cake's' Mary Berry (CBE) who will also be talking about her life, favourite recipes, and the new series of Great British Bakeoff.
Need a place to stay nearby? View a list of Best of British Devon Holiday Parks
The English National Surfing Championships, now in its 43rd year, one of the UKs longest running competitions, will see the next generation of young surfers battle to knock established competitors off the top spot over three divisions. The UK’s top surfers will gather at Watergate Bay on the bank holiday weekend from Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May to compete for national titles.
For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/pg/SurfingEngland/events/?ref=page_internal
The Padstow May Day celebrations take place on the 1st May, the biggest day in Padstow's calendar. It's not unusual for 30,000 people to flock into this little town on the day when Padstonians from all over the world return to their roots. The origins of the Obby Oss are numerous. Some say the celebration has its roots in pagan times, others that it's a rain maker, a fertility symbol, a deterrent to a possible landing by the French some centuries ago or perhaps a welcome to the summer.
The St Agnes Bolster also take place on Sunday the 1st May with a celebration of Cornish music and art featuring life size puppets, a drum band and a 28ft giant effigy re-enacting the famous Cornish legend of the giant called Bolster. A great day out for all the family. This spring festival incorporates one of the county’s oldest legends with plenty to entertain old and young alike. Follow the lantern procession up to the beacon and gather around the bonfire where clay houses are fired and then used the following day to symbolise the village of St Agnes.
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If you are thinking about upgrading your motor home, why not visit the The Ideal Motor Home Show at Chelston Business Park in Wellington which runs throughout the Bank Holiday Weekened. It's a celebration of the Motorhome Lifestyle with deals galore available on New & Used Motorhomes. The show includes Trade Stands, Craft Stands, Accessories, Complimentary BBQ & Refreshments, Competitions, fun stuff, subsidised bar, Elton John Tribute & much more.
For more information visit - http://www.idealmotorhomeexhibition.com/index.html
Celebrate May Day the Great British way with a Traditional English Weekend at Puxton Park. The family run adventure park is set within 40 acres of rolling Somerset countryside, and allows you to explore, learn and have great fun . Located near Weston-super-Mare.
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