National Walking Month – throughout May
Join Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, for National Walking Month this May. The charity aims to create a nation where people from all generations walk and enjoy the benefits that this simple act brings. There are lots of ways to get involved – why not give 'Try20' a go, incorporating at least 20 minutes of walking into your daily routine.
To learn more about National Walking Month, visit https://www.livingstreets.org.uk
Hodsock bluebell walks – 29th April-7 May
Explore the stunning bluebell woods of Hodsock Priory estate on the border of North Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. With the 19th-century house as your backdrop, bring your camera and capture the nation's favourite flower in bloom.
For more information, including specific opening times and dates, visit www.hodsockpriory.com/events/ or call 01909 591 204.
Image: ©Hodsock Priory
Maldon Mud Race - 7 May
The mud race has been an annual event since its revival in 1994, with competitors struggling their way across the Blackwater estuary in a 400m crawl to the finish line. This year over 300 entrants are expected, all raising money for good causes and having great fun racing in teams or individually. The event now also consists of a fancy dress competition and Duck race on the river accompanied by stalls of gifts and well-earned snacks!
For more information and to apply to race, visit www.maldonmudrace.com/
Film on a Farm – 5 May-27 May
Ever thought about watching your favourite movie in the countryside as the sun goes down, surrounded by locally sourced food and drink? Well, Film on a Farm offers just that. From Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Back to the Future, Notting Hill, Pretty Woman and The Lion King, there is a film for everyone, spread over a range of locations including Droxford, Hampshire and Lincolnshire.
To find out more information, including venues and screening dates, visit www.filmonafarm.co.uk.
Image: ©Film on a Farm
Putley Open Gardens - 13 May
For the third year running, six intrepid gardeners and their hardworking under-gardeners are showcasing their work to the public. Open for just half a day (1.00pm to 5.30pm) on Saturday 13 May, Putley Gardens in Herefordshire will be an explosion of colour. Seeking a little shade? Why not duck inside Putley Church, location of the village's flower arranging competition? All money raised for the open gardens will go towards the upkeep of the Parish Hall and Church.
To find out more information, visit www.putleygardens.org.uk
Image: ©Putley Gardens
Great British Bee Count: 19 May-30 June
Step outside and discover the fascinating world of bees with the Great British Bee Count. Our furry friends are important pollinators for many of our plants, making them vital for the health of the countryside. Recording their numbers provides valuable information for their conservation. Between 19 May and 30 June, the bee count sweeps the nation.
To download their free app and help with the count, visit www.act.foe.co.uk/act/join-great-british-bee-count
Annual Dry Stone Walling Competition - 20 May
The Friends of the Lake District hosts their annual dry stone walling event in Little Asby this May. Everybody's welcome, with separate classes for juniors, amateurs, professionals and veterans giving everyone a chance to lift the winners trophy.
The competition is free for wallers and spectators alike, inviting anyone who passes by to learn about the skill and history of dry stone walling.
To find out more information, visit www.friendsofthelakedistrict.org.uk
Alresford Watercress Festival – 21 May
For 13 years, the Georgian market town of Alresford, set deep in the Hampshire countryside, has paid tribute to the most modest of crops: watercress. Dubbed the ‘Capital of Watercress’, there's lots to enjoy, from sampling sensational dishes to testing the knowledge of the experts about the history and health benefits of this delicious peppery leaf. They'll even show you how to grow it!
To find out more, visit, www.watercressfestival.org.
Image: ©Watercress Festival
Cheese Rolling, Gloucestershire - 29 May
This crazy annual event is thought to have taken place for hundreds of years and the festival now attracts thousands of people from all over the world. 9 cheese chases occur throughout the day; 5 downhill and 4 uphill allowing all ages the chance of catching the 8lb Double Gloucester cheese wheel.
To enter, just turn up on the day (and prepare for the bruises!). The event is sometimes cancelled by health and safety authorities, so keep an eye on the website for updates in the run up to the bank holiday.
For more information, visit www.cheese-rolling.co.uk
Brixham Marine Conservation Day – 30 May
Bringing together local, national and international organisations concerned with marine conservation, Brixham Marine Conservation Day aims to raise awareness of marine conservation issues, to educate the next generation and to introduce children to research and survey work.
The day will be filled with interesting and informative talks, interactive stands and demonstrations – fun for all the family.
To find out more information, visit www.brixhammarineconservationday.uk
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