20 Things To Do In May

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Jousting, May celebrations and food!

With bank holidays aplenty, half term on the horizon and lots of Coronation celebrations, we have a roundup fit for royalty. Here are our top 20 things to do in London this May.


Blenheim Palace takes you back in time with an action-packed Jousting Tournament. The Knights of Middle England show off their skills, mixing history with action and stunts. (To May 1)


Celebrate the King’s Coronation aboard an Art Deco style train for Heritage Train Journeys: Coronation Special. (To May 1)


At Hever Castle’s May Day Weekend you can dance around the Maypole, watch a traditional play or take a stroll through the award-winning gardens. (To May 1)


Jim Henson’s classic tale of a reluctant hero in a world of magic and darkness is brought to life when music, dance, and puppetry combine in Universe: A Dark Crystal Odyssey at the Linbury Theatre. (May 13 to June 3)


Hop aboard a Thomas Wicksteed Locomotive at the London Museum of Water and Steam. Train fans can then explore lots of engines around the museum before cooling off in the Splash Zone. (May 6)


A haven for cheese loving families, the Chiswick Cheese Market features over 150 different cheeses and cheese-related goodies. (May 21)


Unleash your inner rebel at the Tate Modern’s Empower Make Studio and create a colourful poster for your chosen cause, inspired by the gallery’s rule-bending artists. (To May 24)


CBeebies are giving Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night a unique twist for a special show at the Globe full of songs and dancing to keep little ones entertained. (May 30 to 31)


Help the Little Feet teddies prepare for a special celebration and Party like a Persian at the British Museum. Use your creative and time skills to help make the party fit for royalty. (May 25)


Cooking from Michelin star and TV chefs, music, food and fun for all the family at the Foodies Festival Syon Park, with a special children’s play zone and cookery theatre. (May 27 to 29)


The hit CBeebies TV show Hey Duggee makes its way to the stage, featuring Duggee and all your favourite squirrels at the Rose Theatre. (From May 31)


Rave with Big Fish Little Fish as they celebrate their 10th birthday as well as 150 years of iconic venue, Alexandra Palace. (May 27)


Take a stroll along flower-filled streets at Chelsea in Bloom, inspired by this years cinematic theme of ‘Flowers on Film’. (May 22-28)


Create new animals and mythical creatures and have fun experimenting with collage materials at the British Library’s Animal Creation workshop. (May 21) 


Have a royal knees up at a Covent Garden King’s Coronation Party, with a busy lineup of free activities and entertainment. (May 7)


Or head to Battersea Power Station for their Coronation Party extravaganza with live music, big screens, face painting and a bubble show. (May 6-7)


Bounce on over to the Horseman Museum for their new Under the Sea Soft Play. (From May 5)


Join author and storyteller Wendy Shearer for Caribbean folktales at the V&A Family Storytelling workshops. (May 31)


Mini chefs can practice their icing skills at a Paddington-themed cookery workshop at Biscuiteers Belgravia. (May 30 to 31)


Enjoy carnival vibes and celebrate Caribbean and African music, food and culture at the City Splash festival. (May 29)

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