The final May Bank Holiday promises a variety of different activities across the country and also coincides with the May half term. If keeping the children entertained is a priority for you, read on! We have taken a look at a few events occurring across the nation this weekend, so why not take a look and see if there is anything to suit you? Devon County Show Starting on the 21st of May andrunning through until the 23rd,the Devon County Show is one of the biggest events in the Devonshire calendar. Taking place in Westpoint in Exeter, the County Show features a vast range of attractions, including stands of local food and drink, prize-winning livestock, floral displays and demonstrations, as well as vintage vehicles and steam engines. Also included are six show rings showcasing a range of different performances, the highlight being a performance from the Bolddog Lings Motocross stunt team, which stuns crowds with aerial antics. For more information about the show, what is happening on the different days, and ticket information, take a look on the Devon County Show website here. Foodies Festival - Syon Park The UK’s largest food festival is returning for its 10th anniversary this year at Syon Park in Brentford, and is stretching over the whole of the Bank Holiday Weekend. There will be more than 200 exhibitors will be present, with a market selling the best wines, cheeses and bakes. Featuring cooking demonstrations from both local and celebrity chefs, showcasing their favourite summer recipes, cheese tasting, bee keeping, mixology and a very interesting sounding chocolate safari masterclass, this year will also feature a new wine and champagne theatre, where experts will guide visitors through the best bubbles around for 2015. There is also a masterclass in the new craft beer theatre. At the centre of the festival is the Street Food Avenue, where food from all over the world will be served and enjoyed either in the dining tent or outside in the beautiful grounds of Syon Park. The Festival runs from 11am — 7pm on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th, with the Bank Holiday Monday running from 11 am — 6pm. For more information about everything happening at the Festival, as well as ticket information, check out the website here. Holkham Hall There are a number of different events happening at Holkham Hall this Bank Holiday weekend, with Marble Hall concerts, open air cinema screenings and guided tours of the garden all happening in a jam-packed weekend. Christian Blackshaw will be starting things off on Saturday 23rd May with a piano performance in the Marble Hall at Holkham. Alternatively, you may wish to visit the open air cinema for a screening of, Mamma Mia on the 23rd and Top Gun on the 24th. Also taking place on Sunday 24th is a special guided tour of the gardens of Holkham Hall with Jonathon Taylor, the Deputy Landscape Manager. He will be showcasing the private gardens of Holkham, which are usually closed off to the public. The private gardens were designed by W.A. Nesfield, whose work can also be admired at Kew Gardens in London, in the 19th century,. For full information about all these events, including ticket booking and prices, please visit the Holkham Hall website found here. Story Telling — St Michael’s Mount St Michael’s Mount is an iconic rocky island off the coast of Marazion, deep into the South West of Cornwall. The Mount is crowned by a medieval church and castle, with the oldest buildings dating from the 12th century. If the tide is high, the Mount can be reached by boat. However, if the tide is low, individuals can walk the causeway to reach the island. Starting on Sunday 24th May and running throughout the May half term, St Michael’s Mount will be celebrating the legend of the giant Cormoran, with a team of narrators recounting the stories of the giant and his nemesis and foe, Jack the Giant Killer. Nautical tales of the mythical Mount Boatmen will also be told, complete with the history of the Mount as told by a storyteller who met an old Boatman during a childhood visit Visitors may also wish to take the time to explore the beautiful gardens on the island, where all sorts of unlikely plants can be found, thanks to the Mount’s unique climate. For more information on tide times and gaining access to the Mount, visit the website here.
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