Greener BeeGreen HolidaysMay Bank Holiday 2017 breaks, deals, weather forecast and things to do

Who doesn’t love a long weekend?

Luckily, even if we find it a struggle to arrange them ourselves, the government does it for us with bank holidays.

These are regulated by the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971.

Our next bank holiday is on Monday, May 29 and is officially known as Spring Bank Holiday, though many of us call it the Late May Bank Holiday.

Whatever you call it, make the most of it because the next one is not until the end of August.

What’s the weather forecast?

Specific forecasts from AccuWeather for each day of the Spring Bank Holiday weekend suggest the following:

Saturday, May 27 – Cloudy with spots of rain in the morning, light rain in the afternoon and showers in the evening, high of 15C (59F), low of 8C (46F)

Sunday, May 28 – Cloudy with rain in the morning and showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon, followed by a cloudy evening, high of 15C (59F), low of 7C (44F)

Monday, May 29 – Overcast with spotty showers in the morning and a little rain in the afternoon, high of 15C (59F), low of 7C (44F)

May Bank Holiday breaks and deals

The long bank holiday weekend is also a chance to get away and have a weekend break or even a longer holiday that stretches over half term.

There are some great flight deals on city breaks and sunshine holidays from Birmingham Airport.

May half term breaks – The best cheap holiday deals for 2017 from Birmingham Airport

And we also took a look at five last-minute bank holiday bargain breaks including London and Paris plus some top money-saving tips for booking a break.

Where will you be off to this bank holiday?

Five last-minute May Bank Holiday bargain getaways from Birmingham

Supermarket opening times


With the Bank Holiday in mind, supermarkets will reduce their opening hours – so it’s worth checking before you head out to the shops.

Things to do on May Bank Holiday weekend

It’s going to be a busy weekend in Birmingham during the weekend with Birmingham Pride taking centre stage.

There will be road closures as a parade will wind it’s way around the city centre with plenty of live entertainment, dressing up and music.

There’s also a Party Like Gatsby at 02 Institute with plenty of 1920s glitz and glamour.

If you fancy taking it easy you could try one of these suggestions….

Try one of our parks

Boat House Cafe, Handsworth Park

Boat House Cafe, Handsworth Park
(Photo: Graham Young)

There are hundreds of parks in Birmingham alone, with 17 of them having Green Flag awards.

Across the wider West Midlands, there are more than 50 sites entitled to fly a Green Flag with pride.

But even the parks which don’t have a Green Flag can be stunningly beautiful.

Find out more about our parks in our list here.

Eat at one of our best restaurants

Inside Purnell's on Cornwall Street

Inside Purnell’s on Cornwall Street

As well as our FIVE Michelin starred restaurants (Purnell’s, Adams, Simpsons, Turners and Carters of Moseley) we have loads of decent places to eat.

And bank holidays are certainly not a time to be stuck in the kitchen so you may want to book ahead and get a table now.

Here’s our list of 50 restaurants we think are worth trying.

Go to the pub

The Old Joint Stock from the first floor dining areaThe Old Joint Stock from the first floor dining area

The Old Joint Stock from the first floor dining area
(Photo: Graham Young)

It’s an obvious choice to make – whether you have a family or want to meet your friends. We have some great pubs in Birmingham – some with beer gardens – and others with fab food – including some good Desi Pubs. We have also looked at some gorgeous country pubs in case you wanted to escape the city. (Let’s hope for sunshine).

Do something for Free

Sarehole Mill

Sarehole Mill

There are loads of things to do in Birmingham but if you want to have a free day out there are a few things you could try.

In our list of 19 things to do for free we have included the Tolkien Trail, various museums, parks and gardens.

What to do on a Sunday?

Breathtaking bluebells and blossom adorn the gardens in summer at Winterbourne House and Botanic Garden

(Photo: Graham Young)

We really do have it all – from incredible food, art, architecture, culture and greenery! Birmingham has 571 parks – from Cannon Hill to Sutton via Handsworth – covering almost 9,000 acres, more than any other European city.

We also have seriously impressive art galleries including The Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum – which has the biggest Pre- Raphaelite collection in the world – something Brummies should be very proud of.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

*Visit one of Europe’s finest small art galleries

*Get wild at Edgbaston Reservoir

*Take the Big Brum Buz Tour

Find out more information in our What to do on a Sunday ideas list.

Half term things to do

Black Country Living Museum

The May bank holiday also marks the beginning of the school half term holidays.

There are plenty of things to do with the kids during the last week of May – from Jurassic Kingdom to Birmingham Pride.

There’s also loads of good theatre on, including Grease the Musical at Birmingham Hippodrome.

So what is Whitsun?

The bank holiday at the end of May is the modern replacement for Whitsun bank holiday.

Whitsun commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on to Christ’s disciples and is sometimes regarded as the birthday of the Church.

The day after Whitsun, known as Whit Monday, was a public holiday in the UK until 1978.

Because it depended on Easter, which does not have a fixed date, it also moved around the calendar from year to year.

Since 1978, we have had the fixed Spring Bank Holiday instead.

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