5 Things To Do in May

5 Things To Do in May

Cycle Somewhere Special This May

 

Welcome to Gallivant's listicle of five fantabulous things to do in May as spring signals the start of “get the bike out of the shed” season.

 



1. Padstow ‘Obby Oss festival
What the heck is that? We hear you ask. Hold your horses... It’s a traditional English May Day event in the Cornish gem of Padstow. The centre of the event are the Hobby Horses (‘Obby Osses... you see?!) which dance the streets after slumbering through winter. It's a unique and slightly bonkers affair.

Check the date and details here. 


🚲 Bicycle bits
Mix up the May Day celebrations with a cycle on the Camel trail. Perfect for the whole family, this virtually level track follows a disused train line. Start at Wadebridge and finish 5.5 miles later in Padstow just in time for the Maypole. 

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2. Dance the Furry Dance
If you’re in Cornwall with your partner (or perhaps someone you wish was your partner) you can join revelers in Helston on the 8th of May as couples dance through the streets to the music of the town band. No one seems to no when or where this originated, but by Jove they’ve embraced it - traditionally men will dance in morning suits and the ladies in full length gowns. 

Check the date and details here


🚲Bicycle bits
Only 20 minutes drive from Helston is The Great Flat Lode. How good does that sound? It’s a 12km route that forms part of the Cornish mining world heritage site - it’s not all mine shafts and coal mine. It’s an ideal place for couple’s to cycle.

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3. Take in the Tulips of Spalding
Spalding happens to be one of the most important flower growing areas of the UK especially for, you guessed it, tulips. The new blooms are celebrated with the Spalding Flower Parade where dozens of floats are decorated with up to 100,000 tulips each. Marching bands add even more vibrancy and volume to colourful and unforgettable proceedings.

Check the date and details here


🚲 Bicycle bits
The area surrounding the town is particularly pleasant for a spring pedal. It's flat and it's beautiful so nothing hard. Just right for a little pootle on the bicycle.

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4. Chase the Cheese
Frankly, if you have never watched a bunch of lunatics hurling them selves down a hill in pursuit of a large Double Gloucester and eternal glory, you haven’t lived. Despite a constant and almost guaranteed list of injuries the tradition persists at Coopers Hill, in the Cotswolds. And with an estimated 5000 cheering cheese lovers going to the event on May 27th, it’s not “going off” anytime soon (sorry).

Check the date and details here


🚲 Bicycle bits
The Cotswolds has all kinds of cycling opportunities, from the family friendly Stroud Valleys trail, to the more taxing 12m route between Honeybourne and Moreton-in-Marsh. Here’s the Sustrans guide to the top cycle trails in the Cotswolds

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5. Try a Bevvy of Beers in Cambridge
The Cambridge Beer Festival, held at the end of May, has been running since 1974 and is England's longest running booze bender. With over 200 ales available you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Check the date and details here


🚲 Bicycle bits:
It’s Cambridge! The place is basically 100% populated by bicycles. Get on your bike and ride around this beautiful city. Just stick to a few halves though - we don’t condone drinking and cycling. 

 

 

🚲What a load of kit: Spring bike into action!

We have put together a list of kit that we think is perfect for spring - so you don't need to. Check it out here