Suggestions for things to do outside London during May

My now regular look ahead to events happening next month that would probably be in my events guide, if only they weren’t happening outside the psychological barrier of the M25 motorway.

Padstow Obby Oss Day1st May
Ancient parade of two "hobby horses" in the town, which splits into two factions based on family lineage.Padstow, Cornwall

May Morning Choir at Oxford1st May
For over 500 years, the choir of Magdalen College climb to the top of a tall tower and sing at 6am to greet the rising sun.Oxford, Oxfordshire

Riding the Bounds1st May
Ancient ceremony where locals ride around the parish boundary to reassert their rights over the land.Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland

Abbey Hill Steam Rally4th-7th May
Large display of steam engines and road vehicles, as well as usual fun fair attractions.Yeovil, Somerset

Jack in the Green4th-7th May
Traditional May Day events with Morris Dancers recreating the Jack in the Green parade through the town centre.Hastings, East Sussex

World Pilot Gig Championships4th-7th May
Rowing boat races around the islandsIsles of Scilly

Spalding Flower Parade5th May
Spectacular tulip-decorated flower floats on the theme of Food Glorious Food, marching bands, music, dance and all the fun of the Parade.Spalding, Lincolnshire

Downton Cuckoo Fair5th May
Over 250 craft and other stalls on the greens and in marquees – along with parades and May Day themed eventsDownton, Wiltshire

Loughborough Canal and Boat Festival5th-6th May
This free admission event boasts music, exhibits, all day entertainment, crafts, food, vintage vehicles, demonstrations and displays, boat trips, canalware.Loughborough, Leics.

Weymouth Beach Kite Festival5th-7th May
Weymouth’s famous golden sands will host a three day Festival of aerial acrobats and colour, giant sky sculptures, stunt kites and many more.Weymouth, Dorset

Rushden Cavalcade of Historical Transport & Country Show5th-7th May
The Rushden Cavalcade brings together over 1,000 different exhibit’s from all over country.Rushden,

Llandudno Transport Festival5th-7th May
Held in conjunction with the Victorian Extravaganza, costume, vintage fairground and a host of attractions combine in a unique annual celebration of transport and entertainment heritage within the town.Llandudno, Conway, Wales

Rochester Sweeps Festival5th-7th May
More than 50 Morris dancing sides, free music in pubs and ars, fun children’s activities and Jack -in-the-Green.Rochester, Kent

Scarecrow Festival5th-7th May
Each year 45–50 scarecrows are made by families, groups and individuals in the village. This is the oldest such festival in the county.Urchfont, Wiltshire.

Abingdon Air & Country Show6th May
Air displays and acrobatics, along with ground show, classic vehicles and fair based entertainments.Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Festival of Wormcharming6th May
Contest where people try to charm earthworms out of the ground in an array of bizarre methods.Blackawton, Devon

Beltane at Thornborugh6th May
Each year, people gather at Thornborough Henge for the Celtic Festival of Beltane. A celebration of the arrival of Summer in the merry month of May.Ripon, North Yorkshire

Randwick Wap6th May
The WAP is a series of events during spring which culminates in a traditional procession and festival dating back to the Middle Ages.Randwick, Gloucestershire

Truckfest6th-7th May
30th annual event with huge parade of road trucks and associated entertainments.Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Stilton Cheese Rolling7th May
Teams compete in rolling Stilton cheeses down the main street. The event is also a village festival, and includes Maypole dancing, live music, ‘Molly’ dancing and other entertainment.Stilton, Cambridgeshire

Helston’s Flora Dance8th May
The whole town is decorated with flowers as parades, mumers plays and parades take place thoughout the town in a spring festival.Helston, Cornwall

East Allington Whacky Races12th May
The Whacky Races comprises a go-kart or soap-box style race through the village, with competitors racing time trial style for the uscombe Trophy.East Allington, Devon

Rehearsal for the Queen’s flypast15-16th May
It might be possible to see a large flypast heading north as a rehearsal for a flypast taking place over Windsor a few days later.Anglesey, Wales

Harwich Kichel Throwing17th May
The newly elected mayor of Harwich will stand at an open window of the council chamber in the town’s guildhall and will throw specially baked torpedo-shaped currant buns to the waiting crowd.Harwich, Essex

Mayor Weighing19th May
A tradition that can be dated back to 1678, the current Mayor is publicly weighed on their last day in office to check they haven’t got too fat on the public purse.High Wycombe, Bucks

Military flypast over Windsor Castle19th May
As part of the Jubilee Celebrations, a large military flypast of 85 planes will take place over Windsor CastleWindsor, Berkshire

The Scorton Arrow19th May
Once described as ‘The Daddy of all Sporting Fixtures’; The Antient Silver Arrow, is the World’s longest established and oldest recorded sporting event, dating back to 1673.Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Belvoir Castle Steam Festival19th-20th May
Large steam traction engine rally with fun fair, heavy horses and animal displaysGrantham, Lincs.

Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival25th-27th May
During the Festival, Yarmouth’s harbour will be filled with more than 100 visiting traditional sailing, steam and motor vessels, including the cream of the Old Gaffers fleet.Yarmouth, Norfolk

Southend Air Festival26th-27th May
75th annual air festival, with displays from modern and vintage aircraft, and usually the Red Arrows.Southend, Essex

Arbor Tree Festival27th May
Each year, a large tree is ceremonially decorated in memory of the 1786 wedding of a local squire.Aston on Clun, South Shropshire

World Custard Pie Championship28th May
Inspired by Charlie Chaplin, the World Custard Pie Championships have been held since 1967 in the village of Coxheath, Kent.Coxheath, Kent

Castleton Garland Day29th May
An ancient parade through the town with a garland – a beehive shaped head-dress, covered with wild flowers and greenery, which is worn by the May King over his head and shoulders.Castleton, Derbyshire


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