10 Ideas For The May Bank Holiday Weekend

May Bank Holiday Weekend is hopefully a chance for you to get away or just relax doing something other than work, so here are our top 10 things to do, including a few free events to help the money go a little bit further.

May Bank Holiday Weekend

Celebrate the London Fire Brigade’s 150th anniversary (FREE)

London Fire Brigade's 150th Anniversary
When: April 30 to May 30
Where: London (various locations)
Details: london-fire.gov.uk
Children can visit fire stations around London for free and learn about the fire engines on display.

Feel the force at Legoland Windsor

Star Wars Day At Legoland
When: April 30 to May 2
Where: Windsor
Details: legoland.co.uk
There will be a galaxy of Star Wars-themed activities to celebrate the arrival of the brand new 500,000-brick model of the Death Star for the early May bank holiday weekend. Come dressed as your favourite Star Wars character and you can enter the daily costume competition.

Enjoy a traditional May Day at Ironbridge Gorge Museums

Ironbridge Gorge Museums
When: May 1
Where: Shropshire
Details: ironbridge.org.uk
The May Queen leads the traditional May Day parade. Dress up and follow her through Blists Hill, departing at 2pm from the centre of the town. Other activities include maypole dancing on the green and candle dipping.

Head for the treetops at BeWILDerwood

BeWILDerwood
When: April 30 – May 2
Where: Norfolk
Details: bewilderwood.co.uk
Join Mildred, BeWILDerwood’s resident ‘Crocklebog’, at her brand new Maypole event. Find answers to clues, climb through the treetops and hear stories along the Lillypad Trail.

Bekonscot Model Village & Railway

Bekonscot Model Village & Railway
When: Daily 10am-5.30pm from February 13
Where: Buckinghamshire
Details: bekonscot.co.uk
This Thirties creation, the world’s oldest and original model village, started as a hobby and developed into more than an acre of meticulously made houses, farms, fields and lakes, connected by a model railway that wends its way through well-kept gardens. Profits go to charity.

National Railway Museum (FREE)

National Railway Museum
When: NRM York 10am-5pm daily; NRM Shildon 10am-5pm until October and 10am-4pm October-April
Where: North Yorkshire and County Durham
Details: nrm.org.uk
One of the best free museums in the country, across two sites, in York and at Shildon. Highlights include a Japanese bullet train, a Chinese locomotive, Queen Victoria’s railway carriage and Mallard, once the fastest steam train in the world. There is also a model railway, outdoor play area and train-ride simulator. The Shildon site has a Stirling Single from 1870 and family train rides.

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle The Home Of Harry Potter
When: daily 10am-5.30pm from March 24 until October 30
Where: Northumberland
Details: alnwickcastle.com
A 14th-century crenellated castle, best known as one of the locations for the Harry Potter films. Events and activities included in the admission price include “Broomstick training” workshops, medieval dressing up sessions, and tours of the state rooms and grounds.
Stonehenge

The Mystical Stonehenge
When: 9.30am-5pm daily. Later closing in summer months. Last admission two hours before closing.
Where: Wiltshire
Details: english-heritage.org.uk
December 2013 saw the opening of the new visitor centre which means a trip to this ancient prehistoric monument is now enhanced with audio-visual displays, hands-on exhibits and a new café. Reconstructed huts show how life would have been for Neolithic children.

The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre

The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre
When: site open all year. Exhibition daily 10am-5.30pm March 1 until October 31, then until 5pm until December 31
Where: Stirling
Details: battleofbannockburn.com
Opened to mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn in 2014, this centre recreates the sights and sounds of medieval battle using 3D technology. Visitors can watch or participate in the Battle Game, an interactive test of strategy, and Battle Show, a demonstration of how the battle was won.

Big Pit Mining Museum, Torfaen (FREE)

Big Pit Mining Museum, Torfaen
When: daily 9.30am – 4.30pm
Where: Stirling
Details: museumwales.ac.uk/bigpit/
You really get a feel of what life was like underground on a guided tour of the mine, which starts with a 300ft descent by pit cage down the mineshaft, equipped with helmets and cap lamps. Or you can opt to take a new virtual tour of a modern coal mine. The original winding engine house, blacksmith’s forge and fan house are open to visitors.

Bank Holiday Weekend

There’s plenty of ideas for you no matter what you enjoy with something there for everyone, the big question is what will you get up to?

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National Picnic Day

Today is National Picnic Day which is a great excuse to put together some amazing food and head out somewhere to enjoy it, so we thought we would help you out with some tasty picnic food ideas and some of our top pics from the latest ranges of sunglasses.

National Picnic Day

 

Tangy Collard and Cabbage Slaw

Top all your dogs with this tangy take on a classic this summer.

Tangy Collard And Cabbage Slaw

TOTAL TIME: 0:35 PREP: 0:20 COOK: 0:15

Ingredients

1 red onion, thinly sliced

1/4 c. cider vinegar

2 tbsp. whole grain mustard

1 1/2 tbsp. Honey

2/3 c. olive oil

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 small bunch collard greens, stems discarded and leaves shredded

1/2 small head green cabbage, shredded

6 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled

Directions

Combine onion, vinegar, mustard, honey, and oil in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Let stand, tossing occasionally until onion is wilted, 5 to 10 minutes.

Add collard greens and cabbage, and toss to coat. Chill 15 minutes. Toss in bacon.

Sunglasses

To go with your Slaw we would recommend the new unisex Ray-Ban Clubround Sunglasses in Spotted Brown Havana.

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Or maybe a more classic look with the Ray-Ban Clubround Sunglasses in Black Green

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Mojito Watermelon

This spiced up watermelon makes everyone’s favorite summer treat even better.

Mojito Watermelon

TOTAL TIME: 0:15 PREP: 0:15

Ingredients

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 strips lime zest, sliced, plus 2 tbsp juice

1 tsp. sugar

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1/2 small watermelon, rind discarded and sliced

1/3 c. torn mint

Flaky sea salt

Directions

Whisk together oil, lime juice, and sugar in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve watermelon topped with dressing, lime zest, mint, and sea salt.

Sunglasses

The Mojito Watermelon is something different so our choice of sunglasses are the same with these Womens Wildfox Malibu Sunglasses in Fireworks Pink Grey Gradient

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And for the men we would go with a pair of Persol Keyhole Sunglasses in Resina E Sale Havana Polarised

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Grilled Peaches with Smoked Ham and Sorghum

Grilling peaches is an easy way to amplify their sugars and bring out that natural sweetness; smoked ham is a wonderfully salty contrast.

Grilled Peaches with Smoked Ham and Sorghum

TOTAL TIME: 0:30 – 12 servings (24 pieces) SERVES: 12

Ingredients

4 large peaches

12 slice smoked country ham

4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Freshly ground pepper

1 head frisée

1 c. sorghum syrup or pure cane syrup

Directions

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice each peach half into thirds and set aside. Using a sharp knife, cut ham slices into 24 strips. Wrap each peach wedge with a slice of ham and place on prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with pepper.

Arrange frisée on a serving platter and set aside. Working in small batches, place peach slices on grill. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until ham is caramelized and turns a deep red. Carefully turn peach wedges and cook 1 minute. Transfer to prepared serving platter, and drizzle liberally with syrup and season with more pepper.

Sunglasses

This is a smokey dish so we would suggest a smokey pair of Fendi Colour Flash Cateye Sunglasses in Violet Salmon for the women

Fendi Colour Flash Cateye Sunglasses in Violet Salmon FF 0150/S U4S 51

And for the men we would go with a pair of  Gucci Sporty Square Sunglasses in Shiny Black

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Cranberry-Basil Spritzer

Cold weather doesn’t mean letting go of every chilled beverage. This spritzer combines the tastes of the cooler season with the refreshing fizz of warmer weather drinks.

Cranberry-Basil Spritzer

TOTAL TIME: 0:40 PREP: 0:15 makes 8 drinks

Ingredients

1 c. water

1 c. sugar

½ c. basil leaves

2 c. unsweetened cranberry juice

¼ c. fresh lime juice

1 L chilled club soda

4 slice lime

1 c. fresh cranberries

½ c. basil leaves

Directions

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring water and sugar to a boil. Stir to dissolve sugar. Add 1/2 cup basil leaves, remove pan from heat, and let steep for 20 minutes.

Strain syrup and let cool for at least 1 hour. In a large pitcher, combine syrup, unsweetened cranberry juice, and fresh lime juice.

Fill pitcher with chilled club soda, then add lime slices, fresh cranberries, and 1/2 cup basil leaves. To serve, pour spritzers over ice, top each with a splash more club soda, and garnish with basil.

Sunglasses

We finish off with a classic drink and obviously a classic pair of Michael Kors Sabina III Aviator Sunglasses in Gold Brown for the ladies

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And for the men, a pair of Prada Contemporary Rectangle Sunglasses in Black

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Now you are all set to celebrate National Picnic Day in style and with the tastiest treats, but which pair will you go for?

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Win A Pair Of Ray-Ban Clubround Sunglasses

Ray-Ban are the most iconic brand of sunglasses around and have been leaders in their field since 1937, so they know what looks good and what works. So for their new range they have taken 2 of the most popular trends, the Clubmaster and and the Round style and fused them both together to create this masterpiece…the Clubround. We are giving away 1 pair of Ray-Ban Clubround Sunglasses in Red Havana (worth £104) in this months Red Hot Competition.

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