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What’s On In May

What’s On In May


Whether you're a lover of the theatre or the great outdoors, find out what's happening across the North West, North Wales and Midlands this May

The Great British Outdoors – you’ve got to love it!

Whether you’re a lover of theatre and culture, or a hands on sportsperson, you’re sure to find something fun and enjoyable to take part in or visit this month

From May Day Games to Food Festivals galore, we love a good old day out enjoying the local events

So, what can we look forward to in May?

Bluebell Walks

Between April 29th – May 7th, experience a stunning Bluebell Walk in the heart of Cheshire at Rode Hall and Gardens.

New to 2017, visitors can enjoy the newly restored bluebell pathways and walk through the Old Wood which was previously used by villagers walking up to the house in the 1800s.

The stunning wildflowers in the Wild Garden make for a truly beautiful setting and you may even catch a glimpse of the herons on Birthday Island along your walk. There’s also a tea room on the property which serves delicious home-made cakes, light lunches and cream teas.


You may even like to combine your visit to the Bluebell Walk with stopping off at the Farmers’ Market which is running on Saturday May 8th – featuring over 70 artisan stalls.

Visit http://www.rodehall.co.uk/ for more information

Castlefield Food Festival

Now in its 3rd year, Castlefield Food Festival is set to fill Castlefield Bowl with a dazzling array of tastes, smells, sights and sounds.

This unique urban Food Festival has a reputation for serving up lip-smacking Sizzling Street Food alongside the best our local farmers and producers have to offer.

Running from May 11th-14th, the festival will be held this year in Manchester, and will also see a fantastic array of performing bands, food demos, farmers and producers!

Certainly one for all the foodies out there!

The Tatton Park Country Fair

Returning for the 4th year, this family Country Fair will have something for everyone with all day entertainment including the Cavalry of Heroes Jousting Team, Jez Avery’s Stunt Bikes and Buggies, PADS dog training including have-a-go scurry and agility.

From Saturday 13 May 2017 to Sunday 14 May, Living History from medieval right through to World War 2, Terrier Racing, Birds of Prey Flying Displays, Goat Show including bottle feeding lambs and kids, children’s petting pens as well as entertainment from Banana Brain, the tallest Magic Show in the World as well as Arts, Crafts and Gifts Marquees, Food Hall and outside Trade Stands will be on show at The Tatton Park Country Fair.

On the Sunday there will also be a Companion Dog Show! So be sure to bring along a four legged friend and have a go, and proceeds will be going to the Marie Curie foundation.

The Great British Dog Walk

If spending time in the great outdoors and running about with your pup is your kind of thing, then The Great British Dog Walk is for you.

Running between 10:00-13:00 on May 13th at Lyme Park in Stockport, this is sure to be a fab charity walk for dog lovers of all ages! There are two routes, a longer 7km and a shorter family-friendly which is around 3km, and although the terrain is rugged with steep inclines, you and your furry friend are sure to enjoy a morning of fun and games.


There will be plenty of activities for both adults and children to take part in, such as playing the stalls to win some great gifts, browsing the homemade craft stalls and relaxing with refreshments, and by taking part, your £10 entry fee will be used to helping to raise vital funds and awareness so more life-changing hearing dogs can be trained.

A Taste Of The Future at Café Northcote

In support of Blackburn Youth Zone and in partnership with local charities, A Taste Of The Future brings together a number of young Northcote chefs and allows them to showcase their talents.

‘The Freshness Of Spring’ is running between May 18th-19th and begins at 7:30pm where a taster menu will be served by our talented chefs. This is an exciting project as it’s entirely apprentice led and offers an insight into the running of a kitchen and full restaurant service.

Early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment and refreshments are also available to purchase on the evening.

Ashley Hall Traction Engine Rally

Between May 27th-29th, Ashley Hall will play host for the 3rd year running to another of its extremely successful steam spectaculars.

This ideal venue near Altrincham, provides all you need for a weekend packed with family entertainment with easy road access from the M56 and M6 motorways.

Performing in the main arena will be the On The Edge Stunt Show, an amazing motorcycle trials stunt display team! Team members have multiple British, European and World Championship titles between them and they are the only team doing backflips on a trials bike.

Performing over the three days live on stage will be the Crazy Bears, so come and join Smarty, Rocky, Candy, Honey, Popsy, Sweet Tooth and Mr Keiron for a fun-packed extravaganza for the whole family! These six bears will entertain you with singing, dancing and magic tricks at various times over the full 3 days of the event including meet & greet sessions in-between their performances.

There will be a full programme of top steam fair attractions, including Steam Engines, Classic Cars, Vintage Tractors, Classic Motorcycles and Fairground Organs, not to mention the Non-stop Arena Entertainment and catering outlets.

With Early Bird prices starting from just £4 per adult and £2 per children under 16, visit http://outdoorshows.co.uk/ashley-hall-traction-engine-rally/ for more information

And there we have it! Just a handful of the top goings on in May to keep your eye on! We hope you spot something you love, and that you enjoy your experience!

Watch this space for What’s on in June!

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