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Our Guide To What’s Happening Across The UK In May 2018!

It’s May, which can only mean one thing – it’s the month of Bank Holidays galore! Step outside and explore what’s on your doorstep with our Futon Company What’s On Guide…

SHEFFIELD
The Festival of Light
This is a club concept like no other, merging a spectrum of lights, lanterns, effects and live performances, all with an epic soundtrack of house, garage and techno. O2 Academy on 6th May.

Sheffield Fake Festival
A fabulous opportunity for families and local communities to enjoy a fun-packed music day out together at their local playing field, village green, sport field or college campus. A chance to meet friends and listen to some great live bands. Each festival makes a mark on the local community and quickly becomes an annual event to look forward. Six top tribute bands perform at each Fake Festival and are chosen to please a wide audience range. Sheffield Fake Festival will take place on 19th May from 11am inside the giant marquee at Endcliffe Park.

Changing Lives: 200 Years of People and Protest in Sheffield
In 1918 the women’s suffrage movement successfully led to the passing of the Representation of the People Act, the first step in a major electoral reform that would extend voting rights to 8.5 million women across the UK. To mark the anniversary of this landmark development in British democracy, Changing Lives will celebrate how the people of Sheffield have stood up for what they believe in the past 200 years. Explore Sheffield’s remarkable history of protest and activism, from the Radical Press of the 1700s, through to the miners’ and steelworkers’ strikes and causes championed in the city today. Weston Park Museum from now until 1st July.

MANCHESTER
Blood Brothers
Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grew up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. Running 15th to 26th May at Palace Theatre.

Great City Games
This annual event will take place on May 18th at the Great City Games Track in the heart of the city – part of a great weekend of sport in Manchester, built around the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run, Europe’s biggest 10k.

Personal Feeling is the Main Thing
As part of The Lowry’s second Week 53 Festival, Chantal Joffe’s fearless paintings confront the physicality of the human body and the complexities of human emotions in a remarkable combination of detachment, humour and intimacy. Regarded as one of the most distinctive and uncompromising figurative artists working today, her fearless paintings of women and girls often share glimpses of her own relationship with her daughter, while exploring transitions into adolescence and motherhood. The Lowry, The Quays, Salford from 19th May until 2nd September.

EDINBURGH
Emil Nolde
Nolde was one of the greatest German expressionists, and a supreme colourist. His fate and survival of the Nazis is the subject of a great novel by Siegfried Lenz, and his exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art showcases his work in bulk. Running until October 21st.

Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos by Candlelight
St Giles Cathedral sees the London Concertante perform two hallmark works of the Baroque era:  J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos nos. 4 the second boasts a master class with five soloists playing simultaneously; and the sixth has no violins! 12th May.

Anatomy: Finest Cuts
Full-throttle live art cabaret: an unpredictable cauldron of mischievous performance, featuring everything from tactical action to bleak bouffon, from noise art to jokes, from opera to pop and ballet to biscuits. Showing at the Traverse Theatre 10th and 11th May.

CHISWICK
Adult Craft: Embroidery Workshop
Taking inspiration from historical pastimes, this embroidery workshop at Chiswick House on 13th May at 2pm, will lead you through a variety of decorative sewing techniques, completing a hand-stitched design inspired by the stunning gardens at Chiswick House, just like the ladies at the height of the Regency society loved to do.

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style
The great age of ocean liners was also an opportunity for the most extravagant contemporary design: this exhibition at the V&A promises to be an impressive survey of Art Deco and other excesses. Running until June 10th.

All too human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life
Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon stand at the head of British painting, and here is a grand survey of the highly original figurative art of their time. Running at Tate Britain until August 27th.

Picasso 1932
This exhibition at Tate Modern is set to be the exhibition of the year, focusing on one of the greatest moments in the prolific painter’s life. Running until September 9th.

Chiswick Food Market
Open every Sunday come rain or shine from 10am to midday at Dukes Meadows Trust Pavilion Car Park W4 2RX, the market is a social enterprise, and proceeds made from running it are used to improve and maintain both the local meadows and the surrounding riverside area. Features 25 top producers from around the country.

OXFORD
Oxfordshire Artweeks
Amazing art in wonderful places including friendly open studios and diverse pop-up exhibitions across Oxfordshire – all for free between 5th and 29th May. Artweeks is the opportunity to see amazing art in wonderful places: expect the unexpected, be inspired, diverted and delighted – and come home with a unique artwork of your own.

Oxford May Music
This is a music, science and arts festival that celebrates culture and human achievements in a truly unique way. The festival’s ethos of combining the very cutting edge of science alongside world class concerts has for the last eight years attracted visitors from all over the world. This year’s festival will take place from 3rd to 7th May in the SJE Arts Centre.

Ashmolean Museum
Contained in a gorgeous building across from the Randolph Hotel, the Ashmolean has paintings, coins, musical instruments and antiques, statues of deities and a must see Egyptian exhibition. Open every day. Free admission.

BRISTOL
VegFest UK Bristol
At its new venue of Ashton Gate Stadium, VegFest returns with a whole new set of features, as well as retaining its traditional flavours in the form of more than 200 stalls, spread over three main concourses. May 26th and 27th.

Alex Cecchetti at Spike Island
Cecchetti’s exhibition brings together performance, drawing, painting, sculpture and sound installation, turning the gallery into a three-dimensional concert in which visitors are invited to contribute to the musical score as they make their way through an unexpected sensory pathway. Running 4th May to 8th July.

Zoe Paul at Spike Island
Zoe Paul works primarily with sculpture, textiles and drawing to explore the character of domestic spaces, both in architectural and social terms, and in particular where the threshold between the interior and the exterior seem to disappear.  Her work aims to examine our relationship with tradition, and explores shifts in perception around the value of an object according to time and content. Paul often works with simple, timeless materials and techniques such as clay, weaving and drawing that have been used throughout centuries and can be sourced and crafted applying very little technology. Running 4th May to 8th July.

No Man’s Land Exhibition
No Man’s Land offers rarely-seen female perspectives on the First World War, featuring images taken by women who worked as nurses, ambulance drivers, and official photographers, as well as contemporary artists directly inspired by the conflict. Featuring photographs by three women of the epoch, alongside three women making work a century later. Showing at Bristol Cathedral from now until 1st July.

NOTTINGHAM
BBC Civilisations Festival at Creswell Crags
Prehistory in pop culture. What is it, exactly, that makes us human? Creswell Crags have brought together a range of images from the past 200 years which have been used to represent our Stone Age ancestors. These images crop up everywhere; in television, films, art, merchandise and social events. Some, like Fred Flintstone, are instantly nostalgic. Others may be unfamiliar. Some look just like us, while others are almost unrecognisable as humans. This exhibition is part of the BBC’s Civilisations Festival, which asks you to question your own civilisation and cultural identity. Running until 31st May.

Nottingham Cave City Underground Festival
In a celebration of Nottingham’s 800 caves, Cave City invites you to explore what lies beneath your very feet. Take your pick from a series of fun and intriguing events across the city, revealing Nottingham’s hidden landscape through a weekend of tours, talks, activities and experiences. 11th to 13th May.

Wellow Maypole Celebrations
The Wellow Maypole Celebrations take place annually on the village green. This unique event has its roots in the 19th century but has evolved over time to become one of Nottinghamshire’s largest one day village festivals. Join Wellow for the free event which includes entertainment, food and drink dancing and the crowning of the May Queen. 28th May.

CHESTER
Maelstrom Art Installation
Maelstrom, a public artwork by artist David Cotterrell, will acknowledge Chester’s evolving relationship with water and provide an excuse to stop and stare; to encourage alternative viewpoints and to reward urban curiosity and contemplation. Showing at the Chester Centre from now until 27th October 2018.

Swallows and Amazons
Storyhouse, Chester Centre presents its summer 2018 season, featuring Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s tale of adventure and the great outdoors. Reimagined for Chester, follow Captain John and his able crew as they set sail on an exotic adventure packed full of piracy, adventure and fun! 26th May to 24th June.

Unexpected Elegance: Female Fashion from the 1970s
The 1970s are often called ‘the decade that taste forgot’ but the dresses in this small exhibition at Chester Costume Gallery running now until 1st July 2019, show that this was far from true. From minis to midis and maxis, in fabrics ranging from cotton and corduroy to polyester and fake leopard-skin, with designs by Ossie Clark, Givenchy and Zandra Rhodes, this celebrates some of the more subtle pleasures of 1970s fashion.

TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD
Charmed Lives in Greece
Showing now until July 15th at the British Museum, this exhibition focuses on the friendship of the artists Niko Ghika and John Craxton, and the writer Patrick Leigh Fermor. Their shared love of Greece was fundamental to their work, as they embraced its sights, sounds, colours and people. Cultural figures of the 20th century, these three met at the end of WW2, becoming lifelong friends, spending much of their subsequent lives in Greece. Their time here was to shape each other’s works for the rest of their lives. The exhibition brings together their artworks, photographs, letters and personal possessions.

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style
The great age of ocean liners was also an opportunity for the most extravagant contemporary design: this exhibition at the V&A promises to be an impressive survey of Art Deco and other excesses. Running until June 10th.

All too human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life
Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon stand at the head of British painting, and here is a grand survey of the highly original figurative art of their time. Running at Tate Britain until August 27th.

Picasso 1932
This exhibition at Tate Modern is set to be the exhibition of the year, focusing on one of the greatest moments in the prolific painter’s life. Running until September 9th.

TUNBRIDGE WELLS
Jazz on the Pantiles
Live music on the Pantiles every Thursday from 7pm during the summer months, starting 17th May. There is no admission but you are invited to make a donation to support this much loved, popular event.

Seasons of Change: The Story of Fegans
The story of Fegans, the children’s charity. Deeply moved by the plight of destitute boys in London in the 1860s, James Fegan set up a society to provide desperately needed housing and schooling.  In 1870 he founded the charity that set up homes for children which brought shelter, care and hope. His story and that of the children in his care became intertwined with the history of child migration from Britain to the Empire in the late 1800s and early 1900s, with many boys being sent to live in Canada. This exhibition, showing now until 2nd June at Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery, tells Fegan’s 148 year long story through the historic archive held at the Museum.

Tunbridge Wells Farmers’ Market
Held outside the Town Hall, located centrally in the heart of the town, this Farmers’ Market provides a good source of local, fresh food. It is held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 9am to 2pm.

PLYMOUTH
Plymouth Pirate Weekend
The award winning Plymouth Pirate Weekend returns to our shores on 12th and 13th May for two days packed full of family fun.

Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon
In partnership with Plymouth City Council, this challenging yet scenic 13.1 mile course takes place across Plymouth’s famous landmarks. 20th May.

Lord Mayor’s Festival 2018
This popular annual event will again take place, welcoming the new Lord Mayor into their role on 26th May 2018.

Marvellous Maritime
Get the family hooked on Plymouth’s marvellous maritime heritage in this interactive workshop at the Mayflower Museum on May 4th. Friends from the National Marine Aquarium will join in the fun for a morning of activities that will dive deep into our oceans and explore their history.

CHELMSFORD
Austen’s Women
Thirteen of Jane Austen’s heroines come to life in this bold revisiting of some of literature’s most celebrated works. In this much-loved Edinburgh Festival sell-out hit, using only Austen’s words, beautifully observed women work together in critical moments from Austen’s novels. Cramphorn Studio on 17th and 18th May.

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella
A screening of this thrilling and evocative love story set in London during the Second World War. The internationally acclaimed choreographer’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale has, at its heart, a war time romance. Screening at The Picture House on 15th May.

Farmers & Crafts Market
Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Stables Visitor Centre at Hylands House, the wonderful Farmers & Crafts Market features a growing number of craft stalls and local farmers who are passionate about food. They sell a range of specialist foods including organic, locally grown seasonal vegetables, fine sausages and bacon, homemade cakes, fudge and pastries, pies and fantastic cheeses, homemade Indian foods and spices, locally grown plants and sweets and candyfloss for children. Held the first Sunday of every month from 10am-4pm.

CAMBRIDGE
Eat Cambridge 2018
Celebrate our local independent food scene. Eat Cambridge is an annual food and drink festival showcasing Cambridge’s delicious independent food scene. Taking place for two weeks every May, the festival was founded in 2013 by three local food lovers and is organised entirely by volunteers. This year’s event will take place on 19th May followed by two weeks of fringe events.

45th Cambridge Beer Festival
The festival is the oldest CAMRA beer festival and one of the largest in the country. It comes to Jesus Green, Cambridge from 21st-26th May. It is run by unpaid volunteers. All volunteers get cheap beer and free food.

Guitar Classes
Learn to play your guitar or improve your guitar playing further! Have fun, strumming chords and finger picking tunes with a friendly group! Get experienced professional help. Bring your steel string acoustic guitar or a nylon string Spanish guitar and join in! 17th May at St James Centre. 7.15-9.15pm.

NORWICH
Broads Outdoor Festival
As part of the Broads Outdoor Festival join Broad Tours for a special river trip to Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail. On route to the Nature Trail your skipper will cross Wroxham Broad and circle around Salhouse Broad, whilst giving an entertaining live commentary. He will explain the origins of the Broads and point out the abundance of wildlife and other points of interest along the way.  12th May.

Rum Festival
The UK’s first travelling Rum Party is back in Norwich on 18th and 19th May at 20 Bank Plain.

Ben Folds
Multi-platinum selling singer songwriter Ben Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation. Throughout his career, Folds has created an enormous body of genre-bending musical art that includes pop albums, solo rock albums, unique collaborative records and more. Folds comes to Norwich Theatre Royal on 19th May.

YORK
Yorkshire’s Jurassic World
Take an epic journey back through 150 million years of Yorkshire to discover lost giants and the changing worlds they inhibited in this brand new major exhibition at Yorkshire Museum & Gardens. From the depths of the deepest sea to the ancient coasts and tropical shallows, meet the dinosaurs and sea dragons that once roamed our vast and ever-changing landscapes. From now until 31st January 2020.

Shaping the Body
This major new exhibition looks at how body shape has changed over the past 500 years through culture, diet, fashion and lifestyle. From 18th century bum rolls, through to the Victorian hour glass figure, the punks of the 70s and the perms of the 80s, see how our bodies have been shaped and designed through the choices we make and the consequences of our lifestyle. York Museum Trust’s extensive collection of costumes, social history, archaeology and art will highlight how the perfect height and weight have fluctuated in different periods and how economic circumstances and cultural ideas impact on fashion. Open now until 31st January 2019.

Medieval York: Capital of the North
From the fifth century, for a thousand years, the north of England was ruled by York. Yorkshire Museum presents an exhibition of its permanent collection of the region’s greatest surviving treasures, exploring how York became England’s second city and how its fortunes rose and fell with its ties to the Crown and the Church. As the capital of regional, royal power, commerce, art, conflict and wealth across the Anglican, Viking, Norman, Medieval and Tudor periods, discover how the most powerful people in the world once ruled from within York’s City Walls. Open now until 6th June.

York Famers Market
York’s monthly Famers Market celebrates the best of local produce, including meat, eggs, bread and oils as well as selling non-food gifts like pottery and woollen goodies. The Farmers Market joins the city’s regular market at the Shambles on the last Friday of every month. Fresh goods sold here are grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholders within a 40-mile radius of York.

BATTERSEA
Venn Street Market
Held on a cobbled alleyway by Clapham Common, this market is a sight for sore eyes. Here you’ll find The Portland Scallop Co bringing seafood from Dorset, organic Suffolk mushroom pates at Pate Moi and Venn Street Flowers selling stunning arrangements. According to Elle Decoration, Vivienne Westwood buys her honey here, so it has fashion credentials too! Saturday mornings.

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style
The great age of ocean liners was also an opportunity for the most extravagant contemporary design: this exhibition at the V&A promises to be an impressive survey of Art Deco and other excesses. Running until June 10th.

All too human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life
Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon stand at the head of British painting, and here is a grand survey of the highly original figurative art of their time. Running at Tate Britain until August 27th.

Picasso 1932
This exhibition at Tate Modern is set to be the exhibition of the year, focusing on one of the greatest moments in the prolific painter’s life. Running until September 9th.

BRIGHTON
Brighton Fringe 2018
Brighton Fringe is England’s largest arts festival and one of the largest fringe festivals in the world. We set out to stimulate, educate and entertain a diverse range of people through a diverse range of art forms. And all this in an iconic city with unique cultural heritage. Various locations across Brighton from 4th May to 3rd June.

Artists Open House Festival 2018
Expect to see a wide range of art including jewellery, ceramics and textiles, paintings, sculpture, printmaking, photography and many other media whilst also having the opportunity to chat directly with artists at this event which takes place on all weekends across May. Free with various opening times.

Foodies Festival 2018
Back by popular demand, Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest celebration of food and drink, returns to Hove Lawns on the 5th, 6th and 7th May Bank Holiday with a mouth-watering summer event, which this year includes the launch of a brand new Musicians Against Homelessness music stage and extended opening times. Fantastic live music is the cherry on the top of an unrivalled foodie feast, proving there’s no better place to be this summer than Foodies Festival – a gastronomic Glastonbury!

GUILDFORD
Faith: The George Michael Legacy
A stunning celebration of one of the greatest singer songwriters of all time. Featuring international tribute act Wayne Dilks and his eight piece band. A musical journey of 35 years of hit records, from Wham to solo career, the show uses actual video footage from The George Michael 25 live tour and is a two hour spellbinding spectacular. 9th May at G Live.

Hellfire Comedy Club
The hottest up-and-coming comedy talent comes to G Live on 17th May. With a range of comedy styles, these emerging acts are fresh from the London circuit and give you a great opportunity to see some new stand-up talent in Guildford.

Guildford Farmers Market
Held on the first Tuesday of every month on the famous High Street.  Buy high quality, fresh, local produce directly from over 50 local farmers and producers. Try the best seasonal produce and ask questions about growing, rearing, manufacture and cooking methods. Enjoy the freshest meat, fish, cheese, eggs, fruit and vegetables and breads.

EXETER
Art Week
A highlight in Exeter’s vibrant arts scene, Art Week Exeter takes place 22nd to 28th May with hundreds of events in different venues across the city. The aim is to encourage and frame artistic activity: this involves working with artists, producers, organisations, venues and local government to produce a programme that showcases the best Exeter has to offer, alongside the work of nationally and internationally renowned artists.

Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink
The award-winning Festival returns for its 15th consecutive year on the May Day Bank Holiday from 5th to 7th May. A firm fixture on the food festival calendar, the event is held in the scenic grounds of Exeter Castle Courtyard. From celebrity chefs and producers to workshops and live music, expect a long weekend of foodie indulgence.

Keeping up Appearances
On the Home Front during the First World War, women were encouraged to maintain a positive outlook and to dress well, especially when men returned from posts overseas. This exhibition will showcase a selection of pretty, decorative accessories worn for days out or evening occasions. Part of a four year programme commemorating the First World War led by the Imperial War Museum, this small changing display focuses on the impact of the war on the South West. On display at Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery from now until 20th May.

MUSWELL HILL
Ocean Liners: Speed and Style
The great age of ocean liners was also an opportunity for the most extravagant contemporary design: this exhibition at the V&A promises to be an impressive survey of Art Deco and other excesses. Running until June 10th.

All too human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life
Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon stand at the head of British painting, and here is a grand survey of the highly original figurative art of their time. Running at Tate Britain until August 27th.

Picasso 1932
This exhibition at Tate Modern is set to be the exhibition of the year, focusing on one of the greatest moments in the prolific painter’s life. Running until September 9th.

KINGSTON
Kingston Beer & Cider Festival
Kingston and Leatherhead CAMRA are proud to present the 19th Kingston Beer & Cider Festival from 17th to 19th May featuring 60 real ales, many local, 12 ciders and perries, hot and cold food, plenty of lounge seating and two outdoor areas with tables and seating.

20th Century Boy
This is a celebration of the life of Marc Bolan and his band T Rex.  Rocker, poet, electric warrior, King of glam, godfather of punk – Marc Bolan tried many styles on for size in his search to become a superstar. Before his tragic death in 1977 he lived life at breakneck speed, creating a series of iconic images, a string of number one hits and an army of obsessive fans. This dynamic new musical looks behind the glitter and the sequins to discover what drove the ‘bard of Hackney’ to become ‘bigger than the Beatles.’ Showing at The Rose Theatre 9th to 12th May.

Much Ado About Nothing
The Rose Theatre presents a new stage adaptation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece Much Ado About Nothing, a co-production with Granville & Parham Productions and Antic Face, starring actress and TV presenter Mel Giedroyc. Running until 6th May.

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