Reading Books at Hay Festival

Top Outdoor Events Not to be Missed This Spring!

From music, sports, arts, film and food festivals, we’re spoilt for choice for things to do this spring!

To make sure you get the best out of the spring sunshine (hopefully) we’ve put together some of the top outdoor events that you won’t want to miss! Whether you’re looking for family fun, couples retreats or you’re flying solo, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Go cheese rolling in Gloucestershire

People Taking Part In Cheese Rolling
Credit: SoGlos

When: 27 May

Be crowned the King or Queen of Coppers Hill at the annual cheese rolling event! (yes this is a real thing) The tradition dates back centuries and involves hundreds of people chasing a roll of 9lb double Gloucester cheese down a steep hill. The first runner to the bottom wins and the cheese is the prize! So get your running shoes on and sign up because it’s free to join and you might bag yourself some free cheese!

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Indulge in street food in Devon

Exeter Night Food Market
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When: First Thursday of every month from 3 May to September

The Night Market at the Exeter Quays is the perfect place to spend your spring! Indulge in some delicious food, enjoy live music and watch the sun go down at this beautiful location right next to the canal. Exeter is also home to the Southernhay Gardens and the Pizza Terracina food markets which hold regular events throughout spring and summer so take a look at which one is best for you!

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Get lost in a book in Hay

Reading Books at Hay Festival
Credit: Hay Festival

When: 23 May – 2 June

If you’re a book lover then the Hay festival is definitely the place for you! Jam-packed with inspiring writers, storytellers from around the world, interactive workshops, delicious food and plenty of fun things for the kids to do, it’s a great day out for all the family.

Or, if you’re thinking of going alone, there are lots of ways to meet and mingle with like-minded people. There have even been 22 weddings of couples that have met at the event! What are you waiting for!

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Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday in Stratford

Children Dressing Up As Shakespeare Characters
Credit: RSC

When: 27 April

Stratford is a great place to enjoy spring but celebrating the Bards’ birthday makes it even better! There will be street performances, a birthday parade, a garden party for the kids and even free cake! While you’re there, take a walk along the river and visit where Shakespeare used to live!

Show your support at the London Marathon

People Running In The Marathon
Credit: London Marathon Facebook

When: 28 April

If you don’t fancy completing the marathon, you can still get involved by cheering on the runners! The day has a great atmosphere with lots of enjoyment, encouragement and most of the time great weather! For details on the best viewing points, check out the spectator info.

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See spring in full bloom at the Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Pensioner Admiring Flower Display
Credit: RHS

When: 21-25 May

If you’re a gardening enthusiast, the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show is a must-see! Known for its glamorous gardens and stunning flower displays, you can discover flowers from all over the world and get inspired for your own outdoor space!

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For more ideas on how to make the most of spring, check out some of our favourite nature walks!

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