Top 10 things to do in May
Sarah Vickers
Prize Fulfilment

Top 10 things to do in May

3rd May 2016

With bank holidays bookending the month, May's arrival is very welcome. To make the most of our favourite spring month, here are some of our top suggestions for group incentives or exciting competition prizes.

 

Cinco de Mayo, Mexico

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Cinco de Mayo, Mexico

Cinco De Mayo celebrates the triumph of local Mexican soldiers over the much larger French army in the Battle of Puelba in 1862. Events take place throughout Mexico but Puelba holds the biggest celebrations. These feature a military parade, dance exhibitions and theatrical performances. Outside of the event, be sure to explore the city of Puelba itself. Said to be the gastronomic capital of Mexico, this colourful colonial town's dining scene gives you a real taste of Latin America.

 

Bottlerock Festival, California

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Bottlerock Napa Valley, California, USA

Bottlerock is the start of the Bay Area's long line-up of summer festivities. As well as great music (headline acts this year include the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Stevie Wonder), the festival is all about embracing Napa Valley's culture, complete with outstanding Californian wines, local craft beers and sophisticated food. Far apart from your standard festival food trucks, choices at Bottlerock include sushi, organic meats and wood-fired pizzas.

 

Cannes Film Festival

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Cannes International Film Festival, France

For two weeks in May the Côte d'Azur is flooded by movie stars, filmmakers and the paparazzi, all eager to be a part of the glamour and awards of Cannes Film Festival. As well as celebrity spotting, there's other things to do if you aren't a Hollywood A-lister. Check out some of the smaller films on the scene to see if you can predict the next big hit, or catch a showing on the beach at the Cinéma de la Plage.

 

Hay Festival

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Hay Festival, Wales

Hay Festival is a literary lovers' dream. Based in Hay-on-Wye, the festival is a celebration of all things linguistic. Here reading and writing take centre stage in a variety of forms, from plays and poems to essays and storytelling, all set in the beautiful Welsh countryside.

 

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Gnaoua World Music Festival, Morocco

The Moroccan coastal city of Essaouira is said to have been inspiring musicians for decades - everyone from The Beatles to Jimi Hendrix are reported to have composed music influenced by their stays here. Essaouira is now the setting for the Gnaoua World Music Festival, an ancestral celebration of the Gnaoua brotherhood. The city is filled with the sounds of traditional tribal-style music. Made up of just three instruments and consisting of only a few short lines of song, the sounds are uniquely enchanting and have locals and visitors alike moving to the beat. 

 

St Petersburg, Russia

 

 

White Nights, St. Petersburg, Russia

A collection of events focused around the longest days of the year, White Nights begins in mid-May and lasts until mid-July. The celebration sees St. Petersburg come alive with activity. There's an exciting cultural buzz around the city with music, dance and film taking centre stage in outdoor celebrations that take advantage of the extra long summer days.

 

Hang Out Festival, Alabama

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Hangout Festival, Alabama, USA

Think of the American coastline and what springs to mind is unlikely to be the Gulf Shores of Alabama. Often overlooked for the east or west coasts, the gulfs of the Southeast have calmer, warmer waters than their Atlantic and Pacific counterparts making them perfect for a swim - or the location for a music festival. Founded in 2010 after the nearby oil spill, Hangout Festival was original created as a way of continuing to bring people to the area after the disaster. Since its beginnings, Hangout has grown in popularity, bringing with it top acts such as Calvin Harris, Florence and the Machine and The Weeknd.

 

Jazz Music

 

 

St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, St. Lucia

If you're going to visit a jazz festival in the Caribbean, there's no better location than St. Lucia. Home of hidden beach coves, cocoa plantations and the astounding beauty of the Pitons, this is the perfect island to explore while enjoying some chilled out tunes. Performances take place throughout the day and night in spectacular locations that showcase the island's stunning scenery. Hop from Cuban beats in the capital of Castries to laid-back reggae by the beach.

 

Cheese Rolling

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Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling, England

Held for nearly 20 years, this is possibly one of the most bizarre races in the world. Participants gather at the top of a 295ft, 2:1 gradient hill to chase 8lb wheels of cheese to the bottom. Over the years the event has increased in popularity, attracting 5,000 spectators last year.

 

Country Music

 

 

Stagecoach, California, USA

Set in the California desert, Stagecoach is the home of all things country. The music, of course, is the main attraction with legendary artists taking the stage each year. This year's headliners include Eric Church, Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan. Off stage, the rest of the festival stays true to its country roots with BBQ, brisket and beers on the menu.

 

 

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