How to enjoy the May bank holiday long weekend - and save money!

Our Top 5 Picks for the May Bank Holiday

Make the most of the long weekend with these money saving activities

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1) Celebrate at the Brighton Festival

Across Birghton and Hove | May 2 - 24, 2015 |

Enjoy the sights and sounds of England’s largest annual arts festival. The events run for for the first three weeks of May, starting on the 2nd to the 24th. There is really no excuse to visit the Brighton Festival because there are over 100 activities that cost just under £10, a lot of which can be enjoyed for free. From music, theatre, dance, debates and family events, there is definitely something for everyone!

Don’t miss:

Gauge | Circus Street Market | May 1 - 24 | Free

A playful and educational interactive exhibition about weather and water by Australian creators Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey, two award winning sound artists who work with the human experience of listening.

Without Walls Weekend | May 3 : Woodingdean Central Park |4 May: Saltdean Oval | Free

There are six outdoor shows performing for two consecutive days. There will be fun and exhilarating peformances ranging from hip-hop capoeira, juggling to rock ‘n roll, circus performances and silly theatre.

2) Enjoy the Canalway Cavalcade

Little Venice | May 2-4 2015 | | Free

The annual canal festival organised by Inland Waterways is not to be missed. Expect to see dozens of beautiful boats moored by London’s Little Venice. There are plenty of British fun to be had from all the activities lined up for the long weekend - real ale bars, Moor dancing, food and trade stalls, live music and family-friendly events to suit all ages. On Sunday from 8pm, the evening festivities kicks off with live music and soon after, the illuminated nocturnal procession begins at 9pm. 

3) Play Hard and Get Fit

Finsbury Park/ Clapham Common | May 2-4 | Free for newcomers; £7.50 for returnees | | Free

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The fittest and funnest way to enjoy this long weekend is by joining the Rabble sports sessions where you can enjoy fun games like 'Quid-Pitch', 'British Bulldogs' and the 'Hung(ov)er Games'. In time for the upcoming elections, they are holding special games for the weekend where you must choose whether you’re Team Labour, Lib Dem or Conservative before going head to head for a fun remixed games of dodgeball, frisbee and canvas chase.

4) Get Your Sci-Fi Fix

The Alibi | May 4, 7pm | | Free

In preparation for the highly anticipated film Mad Max: Fury Road showing in a couple of weeks, London’s finest sci-fi film club, The Alibi, has been screening the original Mad Max trilogy. On Monday, Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderstorm starring Mel Gibson is on and free of charge. If you’re a movie geek and don’t want to spend for a ticket and nibbles, you are in luck! Bonus: The Alibi also hosts a free karaoke night every Monday. After watching the film, you can then put your singing shoes and end the long weekend with a high note, both figuratively and literally!

5) Enjoy a Fiesta

Southbank Centre | May 1- 4 | | Free

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Streets of Spain happening at the Southbank is a four-day fiesta where you can enjoy a true taste of España. Do not miss the fresh produce and tapas transported all the way from Barcelona’s famed La Boqueria food market. Be transported to Spain without leaving London as you enjoy a variety of Spanish street food, wines, music and live art.

Happy bank holiday weekend, everyone!