May bank holidays in or out of St Albans and Harpenden

April 30th 2018
By: Melanie
May bank holidays in or out of St Albans and Harpenden

The spring brings two bank holidays in May to enjoy in St Albans and Harpenden this year. Even though the dates changing every year the spring bank holidays always fall on the first and last Mondays of May, with the first known as May Day and the second named the Spring Bank Holiday.

May Day 2018, falls on Monday, May 7th and is typically celebrated with Morris Dancing, singing and feasts, as well as the crowning of the May Queen and dancing around the maypole. A day to say farewell to winter with pagan Anglo-Saxon customs reaching back to the festival Beltane, which marks the beginning of summer. Even though summer does not technically start until June May Day is seen as a celebration of things coming to life. There may not be as much maypole dancing in Harpenden and St Albans nowadays but there is plenty to do on a May bank holiday in Hertfordshire.

The great thing about St Albans and Harpenden is also it’s proximity to London so if you need a city fix one of these May bank holidays a quick trip to the capital could be in order. If you like spice you could do worse than spend a day on the South Bank crying tears of joy and heat as KERB returns to the river with 29 food traders. They will be plating up punchy dishes from across India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. All washed down with Punjabi Pimms, Watermelon Wallbangers and Brick Brewery’s special edition tamarind and lime leaf sours. 

The second May bank holiday falls on the last Monday in May, which means it will be on Monday, May 28th in 2018. The great thing about St Albans and Harpenden May bank holidays is that if you exhaust yourself with the wealth of activity available on the first weekend you can enjoy your home on the second one!