May brings out the best of barmy Britain

As we mark the start of summer with two bank holidays in May, we have a chance to spend quality time with our friends and family, and see some of what makes Britain great. With any luck, the weather stays dry and the beautiful areas around the south of England are more enjoyable bathed in the early glow of summer. As well as trips to the coast and national parks, there are hundreds of events taking place all across the country suited to all ages and interests. One of the quirkier events-Cheese rolling in Gloucestershire- attracts crowds from as far afield as New Zealand and South Africa and involves tumbling down a steep hill chasing a ball of cheese. The event always gets great feedback and is not for the faint-hearted, although fun to watch! In London, the last weekend hosts RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which draws in green-fingered audiences from across Europe. We love May and all it brings; the promise of a balmy summer and the barbeques and events that we look forward to throughout the wet and windy winter. If the weather disappoints, there is always the option of cleaning out the house, donating old clothes to charity, and making some space for a new summer wardrobe or garden furniture. Although, you can always count on great British optimism to encourage droves of city dwellers to sit on the beach wrapped in thermals and blankets with ice-creams in hand.