Little wonder it’s known as the merry month of May when it starts and ends with a holiday.
The Late Spring Bank Holiday – what was traditionally known as Whitsun – is a Christian celebration but May Day, which opens the month has its roots going back into pre-Christian history. Marked as the start of summer and a festival of fertility as the world sprang back to life after the colder months, with May Poles, May Queens and Morris Dancing, May 1 is now the start proper of the holiday season.
It’s a fantastic time to visit us at South Meadows on the Northumberland Coast: our three acres of woodland is knee-deep in bluebells, and the meadow that the park is named after is peppered with traditional wildflowers. Plus the nights are getting longer, the weather is – we hope! – getting warmer, with summer literally just around the corner.
South Meadows is known as a pretty tranquil spot, especially before the rush of the summer season proper gets underway. That means May is a perfect time to visit if you want to get away from it all, even if it’s just for a few days. And if you have teenagers with exams looming, they don’t have to miss out because the quiet nature of the park means it’s an ideal place to revise.
If you’re looking for things to do and see, you won’t be disappointed either. Head up to Berwick on the Sunday before the Bank Holiday (May 24) for the May Fair Party on the Parade at the Barracks Museum. You’ll find music, entertainment and smashing Northumbrian cream teas from 11am until 7pm. The colourful Mayor’s Parade also takes place through the town, which is this year celebrating its 900th anniversary. There’ll be lots of events marking the date throughout the year.
And if you want to walk off all that cake and take in some local history too, you can find out how prehistoric Northumbrians lived in a guided walk taking in Iron Age Hill Forts in the Breamish Valley on May 27.
The walk starts at Ingram, near Powburn, less than half an hour’s drive from South Meadows.