May is traditionally a time to banish any lingering winter blues and really blow the cobwebs away as summer approaches. And with loads going on right across the UK, there’s no shortage of ways to do exactly that! Whether you’re looking for a great family day out, a chance to get out in the fresh air and get your blood pumping or something a little quirkier, here’s some great ideas.
To help you make the most of it, we’ve put together our monthly list of just a few of the events well worth a visit – from ones hosted by The Co-operative through to some of the bigger national events.
Did you know that 2012 is the UN International Year of Co-operatives? It’s a chance for us all to celebrate the amazing work of co-operatives worldwide. And, as the official home of The Co-operative movement, there’s loads going on in the UK – including a nationwide tour by a special IYC VW campervan full of interesting things! It could be appearing at a town or city near you…
To find out more about the IYC Campervan Tour and where it’s calling at, visit www.co-operativememberevents.coop
Keen cyclist? Take part in the annual Stokesley Charity Bike Ride round the edge of the beautiful North York Moors National Park. It's a 30 mile round trip, so you have to be in good shape to take part – but it’s well worth it for all the charities you’ll be helping. And with refreshments from The Co-operative throughout en route, your energy levels will be constantly topped up.
To find out more visit stokesleycharityride.wikidot.com
Come along and visit the newly restored Rochdale Pioneers Museum for a chance to see rare items central to the history of The Co-operative movement. If you’re a member with us, you can use your trip to get a stamp on your Passport to Co-operation – get 5 of these by visiting other co-operative businesses, events or landmarks and you’ll be entered into a fantastic prize draw.
To book a visit or for more information www.rochdalepioneersmuseum.coop
Join in the family fun at the famous New Lanark Heritage Site – a landmark location for The Co-operative movement’s pioneer Robert Owen. There’s loads happening including a ‘Savour the Flavour’ cookery demo, film screenings, exhibitions and children’s games. If you’re a member, you can get your Passport to Co-operation stamped for entry to our free prize draw.
For more information call 0141 304 5582 or visit www.co-operativememberevents.coop
Come along to the Royal Welsh Showground to see and hear from smallholders who grow and cultivate fruit, veg and even livestock at local level. They’ll share experiences, practical techniques and other ideas – including how to get started as a smallholder yourself.
For more information call 0198 255 4408 or visit www.rwas.co.uk/en/garden-festival
Featuring a mix of top musical talent, local food, drink and crafts plus some traditional south west pastimes like welly wanging and skittles, Lakefest is a brilliant family friendly festival. Now in its second year, it’s already attracting bands like Toploader, Dodgy and Reef. A fantastic weekend awaits.
For more information visit www.lakefest.co.uk
A get together to give people the chance to learn more about co-operatives in their area plus information about Fairtrade and Global Poverty campaigns. Featuring a talk by Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative, Fairtrade tasting, Truly Irresistible food from The Co-operative plus short films, it’s worth a visit.
For more information visit www.co-operativememberevents.coop
Brighton is one of Britain’s most vibrant, cultured and beautiful cities. Discover its hidden stories on a guided walking tour. Taking you through the lanes, past the seafront and round major landmarks, it’s a chance to get under the skin of what was once a small fishing village and now a famous seaside resort.
For more information visit www.brightonwalks.com
Join the clean up at stunning Studland Beach and learn more about the amazing wildlife and plant life it’s home to. Blow those cobwebs away!
For more information visit www.nationaltrust.co.uk/studland
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Great page, would be good if regional too, perhaps.
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