Save yourself from a mayday this May Day bank holiday with our roundup of day-trips and attractions in the UK
If you’re after a timeless outdoor escapade, then the brand new A Day At The Lake festival (30 April-2 May) is worth travelling for. The beautiful Rudyard Lake, in Staffordshire, was a popular spot for day-trippers in the late 1800s, and the festival re-imagines the lake as it was during its Victorian heyday. There’s a programme of impressive performances, from tightrope-walking and outdoor theatre to storytelling and music. More old-school antics can be found down in Devon over the weekend, where the annual Brixham Pirate festival will be taking place, with swashbuckling re-enactments, shows and fancy dress, while in Maidstone 2 May will be a day of traditional celebrations, with a maypole, morris dancing and a tug of war. Family festival Geronimo – with everything from magic shows to jousting – is also taking place at Harewood House, Leeds on 2 May.