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May 2024

Find activity ideas for occasions and events in May.

Find inspiration for occasions and events to plan into your programme in May. You can view the PDF version of our May calendar or find even more ideas on this page. 

Illustrated calendar for May 2024 in grid format
  • National Walking Month (May) 
  • May Day (Wednesday 1 May)
  • Star Wars Day (Saturday 4 May)  
  • Screen-Free Week (Monday 6 May to Sunday 12 May)
  • World Fair Trade Day (Saturday 11 May)
  • International Museum Day (Saturday 18 May)
  • World Bee Day (Monday 20 May) 
  • International Tea Day (Tuesday 21 May)  
  • Vesak (Thursday 23 May) 
  • World Turtle Day (Thursday 23 May) 
  • National Biscuit Day (Wednesday 29 May) 

National Walking Month (May)

Enjoy the lighter evenings and get outside during National Walking Month.

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May Day (1 May)

May Day marks the beginning of summer, and has been celebrated since the Romans.

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Deaf Awareness Week (1 - 7 May)

This week brings awareness to the isolation that people who are deaf and hearing impaired can experience, while promoting social inclusion of those with hearing loss. Learn more about supporting your young people.

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Star Wars Day (4 May)

Explore a galaxy far, far away, with our new Star Wars themed activities. May the fourth be with you! 

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Red Cross Week (4 - 10 May)

Take part in fundraising for the British Red Cross.

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Screen-Free Week (6 - 12 May)

Feeling like you are glued to your phone or computer? Why not have a screen-free week with some activities to get you active and outdoors.

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World Fair Trade Day (11 May)

Fairtrade Day celebrates and supports small-scale farmers, producers and their families to help create sustainable communities.

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International Museum Day (18 May)

International Museum Day has a different theme each year, to celebrate the value that museums bring to our communities.  

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World Bee Day (20 May)

The purpose of World Bee Day's to acknowledge the role of bees and other pollinators for the ecosystem.

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International Tea Day (21 May)

This day aims to raise awareness of the long history and cultural significance of tea around the world.

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Vesak (23 May)

Vesak is also known as Buddha Day. It's a holiday traditionally observed by Buddhists to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha. 

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World Turtle Day (23 May)

Be kinder to our planet and help save the turtles with some fun recycling activities.

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National Children's Gardening Week (25 May - 2 June)

During National Children's Gardening Week, celebrate the benefits of being outside and gardening.

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National Biscuit Day (29 May)

Take some time to celebrate the unofficial national delicacy of the United Kingdom! 

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