A sneaky peak at what May 2024 has to offer
A sneaky peak at what May 2024 has to offer

A sneaky peak at what May 2024 has to offer

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May is a month that is often synonymous with the blossoming of flowers, warmer weather, and a sense of renewal. It’s a time to celebrate the return of outdoor activities, enjoy seasonal foods, and appreciate the various special occasions that May has in store. In this article, we will delve into the fascinating facts about May, explore delicious May food ideas, highlight the special occasions in the UK, acknowledge famous May birthdays, provide thoughtful May gift ideas, and outline the prominent May events in
the UK.

At a glance:


1st May Day
6th Early Bank Holiday, England & Wales
19th Whit Sunday
21st to 25th Chelsea Flower Show
23rd to 2nd June
25th May UK Cup Final
27th Spring Bank Holiday


Facts About May


May is the fifth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar and is named after Maia, the Greek goddess of fertility. It has 31 days and is a time of transition, symbolising the shift from spring to summer in many parts of the world. With its unique blend of cultural history, celestial events, and natural phenomena, May is a month that captures the imagination.

The Historical Significance of May

Throughout history, May has been associated with celebrations and festivals. In ancient Rome, the month was dedicated to honouring Maia and other deities linked to growth and fertility. May Day, celebrated on the first of the month, is a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. It is celebrated by dancing around the maypole and crowning the Queen of May.

Aud’s May Kitchen

As the weather warms up, the culinary world takes advantage of May’s fresh produce. Seasonal fruits and vegetables like asparagus, peas, and strawberries appear in farmers’ markets, inspiring vibrant and healthy dishes.

Fresh Asparagus, Pea and Feta Frittata

Asparagus, Pea and Feta Frittata

May’s flavours are all about freshness and simplicity, so focus on dishes that let these seasonal stars shine. Hence, this month’s recipe suggestion is a fresh asparagus, pea, and feta frittata.

In the UK, asparagus has a short growing season. They say it grows best from St George’s Day to the summer solstice in mid-June! It loves to grow in sandy soil, so a lot is grown locally in Formby.

Our local asparagus is delicious, so it would be good to incorporate it into your diet over the next few weeks.

Frittata is an Italian dish that is somewhere in between an omelette and a crustless quiche. It can be eaten warm or cold.

Outdoor Dining and Barbecues

With the warmer temperatures, May is also the perfect time to start dining al fresco. Barbecue season begins, and grilling favourites such as burgers, kebabs, and grilled vegetables become the go-to for weekend gatherings.

Special Occasions in the UK

May in the UK is peppered with public holidays and special occasions. The first Monday of May is the Early May Bank Holiday, when people enjoy a day off to relax or engage in leisure activities. At the end of the month, another bank holiday provides a long weekend for many.

The Chelsea Flower Show

One of the most prestigious gardening events in the world, the Chelsea Flower Show, takes place in May. This event attracts visitors from all over the globe who come to admire the innovative garden designs and floral exhibits.

The FA Cup Final

For sports enthusiasts, May is significant as it hosts the FA Cup Final, one of the most important events in the UK football calendar. Fans gather to watch as two teams battle it out at Wembley Stadium for the coveted trophy.

May Birthdays

May Birthdays, Zodiac Sign TaurusMay is a month of birthdays, and if you know someone celebrating theirs during this time, it’s the perfect opportunity to acknowledge their special day with thoughtfulness and creativity.

May’s Zodiac Signs and Birthstone


People born in May fall under the zodiac signs of Taurus (April 20 – May 20) or Gemini (May 21—June 20). The birthstone for May is the emerald, which symbolises rebirth and love, making it a significant gift for those born this month.


Several notable figures have May birthdays, including Queen Victoria, Florence Nightingale, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


May Gift Ideas

Hair Accessories, Plants, Ornaments, Coasters.

Finding the perfect gift for a May birthday can be a delightful challenge.
Custom jewellery featuring the emerald birthstone or a bespoke garden kit for the aspiring gardener are thoughtful options. For those who love experiences, tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show or a voucher for a countryside retreat could be the perfect present.

May Events in the UK

The UK calendar is full of events in May, from cultural festivals to historical commemorations.

The Hay Festival

The Hay Festival, which takes place in the picturesque town of Hay-on-Wye, celebrates literature and the arts. Writers, poets, and thinkers converge to discuss and share their work with enthusiastic audiences.

Aud’s Takeaways

May is a month rich in tradition, seasonal delights, and cultural events. Whether you’re enjoying the fresh flavours of spring produce, celebrating a May birthday with a personalised gift, or participating in one of the many special occasions in the UK, there is something for everyone to enjoy. May offers a blend of excitement and tranquillity as the gateway to summer, making it a truly special time of year.

By embracing all that May has to offer, from its historical roots to contemporary celebrations, you can experience what this vibrant month can bring into your life. So, take a moment to plan your May activities, whether they involve culinary experimentation, outdoor adventures, or cultural exploration, and make the most of this beautiful and bountiful time of year.

Written by

Audrey Spencer
Audrey Spencer
Founder & owner