In Old English, May was known as the Month Of Three Milkings – this was because cows could be milked three times a day. The two flowers of May are the hawthorn and the lily of the valley, the birthstone is the emerald.
In our selection of events for May we have tried to include more events outside London, in particular we looked at Manchester, Glasgow and Salisbury. Hope you will have the opportunity to visit some of the things we suggest, if you do enjoy it let us know, we would love to hear from you!
Children: Koinobori Flying Fish Workshop
Join the Koinobori Flying Fish Workshop at Cutty Sark in Greenwich and help to celebrate the Japanese festival of children‘s day by learning how to make a traditional carp kite inspired by Cutty Sark’s travels to Japan.
According to a Chinese legend, a carp swam upstream to turn into a beautiful dragon. Strength, determination and courage helped him to reach his wildest dreams. The Flying Fish kites are flown in honour of all children, who the parents hope will grow up to be strong, successful and as determined as a carp.
Take your children to this fun activity with free admission to the ship.
7 May - 1 June
The Bush Theatre has produced hundreds of groundbreaking premieres since its inception in 1972 and is famous for new plays. Iseult Golden and David Horan’s production of Class will receive its London premiere at the Bush Theatre on May 7th. The new Irish writing was first performed at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2017 and is about a nine year old, who is struggling at school. The teacher, Mr McCafferty thinks that Jaden should see a psychologist. But Brian and Donna never liked school, never liked teachers. Class is a hugely entertaining confrontation over learning difficulties, love and entitlement.
Art: Emma Kunz - Visionary Drawings
until 19 May
The first UK solo exhibition by Emma Kunz (1892-1963) is shown at the Serpentine Gallery in the heart of the Royal Park of Kensington Gardens. Established in 1970, the Serpentine Gallery showcases emerging and established artists from around the world. Emma Kunz, a swiss telepathic healer and mystical artist, creates her geometric drawings by consulting a pendulum. The exhibition aims to introduce her enigmatic art to a wider audience and presents 65 of her mandala-like drawings to the public. The drawings, which were selected by the curator Melissa Blanchflower and the Greek artist Christodoulos Panayiotou, are kaleidoscopic, hypnotic and enigmatic.
Not to be missed: Museum at Night 2019
London Museums open their doors for exciting evening events and spectacular night time displays. This annual festival takes part during three days in May and gives guests the opportunity to explore and observe art and architecture throughout the night. The viewers can watch numerous performances listen to live music in historical venues and explore new exhibitions. Don’t miss the best evening exhibitions at the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Tate, V&A and more. Check out the official website for detailed information.
Not to be missed: Pint of Science
London, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Cambridge, Southampton and many more locations in the UK.
Pint of Science is a worldwide science festival that takes place 20-22 May and brings researchers to your local pub to present their scientific discoveries. The events are for the public, you don't need any prior scientific knowledge to enjoy them and they happen across the UK - with nearly 600 events in more than 40 UK cities.
Sport: FINA/CNSG Diving World Series 2019
The FINA/CNSG Diving World Series is a high-profile competition with internationally recognised divers. The London event will be the 2019 season finale in May which has already had taken place in Beijing (CHN), Sagamihara (JPN), Kazan (RUS) and Montreal (CAN). The exclusive event hosts Olympic, World and European champions from both Great Britain and across the world and will take place across 3 days in the iconic London Aquatics Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Musik: Ara Malikian
During his Royal Garage World Tour 2019 Ara Malikian, a Lebanese-born Spanish violinist of Armenian descent, will make his debut at the Royal Albert Hall in May. Ara Malikian is a multi-award winning musician and an in-demand soloist, who performed with a wide range of artists like Sting or the Lebanese singer Fairuz and the world's best symphony orchestras including Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, Armenia Philharmonic and Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid. Performing arrangements of works from Bowie to Bach and Led Zeppelin to Paganini, Ara Malikianhe has assimilated the music of other cultures like those of the Middle East, Central Europe, Argentina and Spain.
Dance: Beats on Pointe
21 May until 16 June
Also shown at The Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester, June 22nd