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10 best weekend break destinations for making the most of May

If you are thinking of taking a weekend break, then May is the perfect month. The sun is coming out more often than not, the days are getting longer, and the spring flowers are blooming. Even better, there are two bank holidays and May half term, so you have plenty of time to enjoy your getaway!

When you’re looking for the perfect destination, our forest locations have everything you need. Book your weekend break now, and here’s what you can look forward to...

1. Staggering scenery and wonderful wildlife in The Trossachs

Pack your picnic and prepare for a whole day of exploration in the Trossachs National Park. Spring is a wonderful time of year to see wildlife, busy after their winter rest, and with Scotland’s Big 5 in the area, who knows what you will see?

Red deer in the mist in Scotland

Explore Strathyre in May, and you’ll find the woodland covered in a carpet of bluebells. Head out to the hills to find red and roe deer, and look out for red squirrels scampering through the trees. High in the skies you’ll spot buzzards, and, if you’re lucky, the majestic and beautiful golden eagle. We’re also very pleased to see our resident pine martens going from strength to strength.

Pine marten in the trees

2. Romance and re-connections by a Scottish loch

How about a romantic long weekend, with views from your cabin decking across the serene loch waters? Ardgartan Argyll is set on the edge of Loch Long, and right next to Otters Creek, where you might catch a glimpse of these elusive creatures enjoying the spring weather.

Otter in water

As well as spending time together in your private hot tub, treat yourself to a Picnic Butler experience. Your Forest Ranger will take you to a magical loch-side spot to enjoy a luxury feast of traditional Scottish treats. With other options including in-cabin spa treatments, long walks along woodland trails and cycling through beautiful Scottish villages, this is the ideal couples’ bank holiday retreat.

Couple in cabin at Ardgartan Argyll

3. The sound of music in Cornwall

With a three-day weekend on hand, you can discover a lot of the Cornish countryside. And what fabulous countryside it is, thanks to the milder southern climate. One day-trip you won’t want to miss while staying at Deerpark is, of course, the Eden Project. Discover the rain forest biome, eat lunch on the terrace, and zip line across the gardens.

Eden Project

Over the early May bank holiday, the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival will be held at the Eden Project, with singers coming from as far as Finland, Australia, and South Africa to perform. If you want to attend both days, choose an Annual Pass that allows unlimited visits for one year – and then you can come back for another weekend getaway later in the year as well!

4. Live music, real ales, and mammal tracking in the North York Moors

Weekends at Cropton in the North York Moors National Park are always eventful, and throughout May there are plenty of events, whichever weekend you choose for a break. Over the early May bank holiday, Sutton Bank host an evening of live music and local brews, whilst the month ends with a Mammal Tracking Treasure Hunt over the late bank holiday; great fun for families. Throughout May you’ll find workshops for artists, walking tours, and plenty more.

Animal footprint in soil

5. Seaside, fish, and ships in North Yorkshire

A highlight of your spring weekend break at Keldy is a trip on the North York Moors Railway.

North York Moors Railway

Travel by steam train from nearby Pickering to the coastal town of Whitby, enjoying views of the moors and a stop at Goathland station, famous as Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter movies. Pick 18-19 May for your visit, and in Whitby you’ll find a traditional English seaside town celebrating the seafarer’s way of life at the Fish and Ship Festival.

Fish and chips

6. Fresh air and family time at Thorpe Forest in Norfolk

May half term is the time to get away with the whole family. Our cabins at Thorpe Forest have room for everyone, including the dog. With an extra day to enjoy, there’s time to stop in at the Forest Retreat for cake and develop your survival skills with our Forest Rangers. Spend your morning cycling through the spring sunshine, and your afternoon canoeing along the peaceful river. Fit in time for archery or tree climbing, and a pizza night and movie. A wonderful family break.

Family walking through forest with dog

7. Cabaret and cheer in Nottinghamshire

The beauty of a bank holiday weekend is the chance to travel a little bit further afield for a break. If you’re looking for a new location and a new experience, head to the heart of the country at Sherwood Forest. For 15 days in May, you’ll find the Magnificent Spiegeltent in Nottingham, a beautiful travelling wooden dance hall, where you can enjoy circus, theatre, music, comedy, and burlesque performances.

Circus performers

8. Beautiful walks in the Wye Valley

The Wye Valley is a haven for walkers, with a choice of family friendly paths and challenging trails for experienced hikers. Head to Forest of Dean, and prepare yourself for magnificent landscapes and plenty of exercise. The Sculpture Trail is a unique way to explore woodland and discover art along the way, while the climb to Symonds Yat Rock offers spectacular views, as well as the chance to see the famous peregrines, nesting on the cliff-side.

View from Symonds Yat Rock

9. A day trip to London – from Blackwood Forest

Combine the peace of the forest with the excitement of the big city, as you explore Blackwood Forest. With three whole days to explore, you need a plan of action. 

Go Ape

Start on the high wires of Go Ape, get closer to nature at the Hawk Conservancy Trust, and have fun on the play trails of the Alice Holt Forest. Then, after a good night’s sleep in your cabin, set off on the train to London for a day of museums, theatres, and tourist trails.

10. Action and adventure in Snowdonia

Even with a long weekend, you might not have enough time for all the action and adventure on offer at Beddgelert in North Wales. There’s rock climbing, abseiling, mountain walking, scrambling, and gorge walking, mountains to conquer and, once that’s all done, vineyards to tour. All of which you can pre-book and start looking forward to right now.

Couple walking through Beddgelert

Ready for your May break?

Whether you want a peaceful break or a weekend of activity, you’ll find a holiday to fit the bill with Forest Holidays. Each of our locations is set in beautiful forest, where freedom awaits in the spring sunshine. Book your break today.