Featured • April 04, 2023 • Author, Sharon Watkins
This year we get three May bank holidays, not just the regular two. Thanks to the new King we get three, 3 day weekends this May. Consider these extra holidays as the perfect time to make a start on the list of things there are to see and do on Anglesey.
Whether it’s exploring one of Anglesey’s peaceful spots away from the crowds, hanging out in a beer garden or attending special events, there’s plenty to keep you entertained on the Anglesey May bank holidays.
Check out our guide to the best events and things to do around Anglesey on the bank holidays in May.
What Dates are the Anglesey May Bank Holidays
Each year, there are two bank holidays in May, one at the start and one at the end. But this year, there will be an extra one to mark the King’s Coronation. The 3 Anglesey May bank holidays this year are
- Calan Mai (May day) – May 1st 2023.
- Extra bank holiday for the King’s Coronation – Monday, May 8 2023
- Spring bank holiday – Monday, May 29 2023
10 Things To Do In Anglesey On A May Bank Holiday and Throughout May
Celebrate the King’s Coronation
One of the biggest events of the year for many people in Wales and the rest of the UK – and the reason the UK is getting an extra May bank holiday will be the coronation of King Charles III.
The ceremony, which will see King Charles III crowned monarch and Camilla crowned Queen Consort, will be conducted at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, May 6.
To allow those in Anglesey to celebrate a little longer bars, pubs and clubs will be able to serve customers for an extra two hours between Friday, May 5 and Sunday, May 7.
Street parties are being staged around the country with the Coronation Big Lunch taking place on Sunday, May 7. However, we haven’t discovered any street parties registered as taking place in Anglesey yet.
On Monday 8th, following the weekend of celebrations, Anglesey gets the extra bank holiday.
Explore Anglesey’s Beaches This May Bank Holiday
With its rugged coastline and stunning beaches, Anglesey is a paradise for beach lovers. Now the weather is warming up it’s the perfect time to take a walk along one of the Anglesey beaches or try your hand at water sports like surfing or kayaking – a huge range of watersports is available from Rhosneigr’s beaches.
Visit Beaumaris Castle At Spring Bank
This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most impressive castles in Wales. Explore the castle’s many towers, turrets, and dungeons and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
There are a number of special events taking place at Beaumaris Castle during May and they make a great day out over the Spring bank holiday weekend.
- Men at Arms; Sat 27 May – Mon 29 May 2023; 10:00 – 17:00 [Bank holiday weekend]
- Beaumaris Nature Days; Tue 30 May – Thu 01 Jun 2023; 10:00 – 17:00
Attend the Gŵyl Beaumaris Festival 2023 At Late May Bank Holiday
Now well into its fourth decade, Beaumaris Festival has been bringing exciting new performers (and some well-established ones) to Beaumaris since the 1980s. Head along to the annual arts festival to hear some Jazz, Opera, recitals and the Beaumaris Seindorf Band. There are also a number of works of art being displayed.
The festival takes place at various locations around Beaumaris including the Lorwerth Rowlands Centre, Canolfan Beaumaris, Bulkeley Hotel Ballroom and St. Mary’s & St. Nicholas’s Church.
Date: 24 – 31 MAY 2023
Walk One Of Rhosneigr’s Coastal Paths
Spring is the perfect time to wander around Rhosneigr Coastal Paths. Enjoy the warmer weather and the May bank holiday and take in some of the most breathtaking views. It is the perfect place to relax away from the bank holiday crowds either as a family, with friends or alone with your dog.
Take A Boat Trip
Anglesey’s coast is home to a range of wildlife, including seals, dolphins, and seabirds. Take a boat trip from one of the island’s ports and enjoy the chance to see these animals up close.
Go on an Organised Tour of the Island
There is so much to see and do on the Island of Anglesey, it can be hard to know where to start. Anglesey guided tours can be a great way to see the island. You benefit from the guide’s experience, it saves time as they take care of the planning and you have the opportunity to meet other travellers. Take the stress out of your travelling and see the island of Anglesey on a tour this May bank holiday.
Visit The Red Squirrels at Plas Newydd
This 18th-century mansion and estate are set in beautiful gardens overlooking the Menai Strait. Explore the house’s rich history and enjoy a walk around the estate’s woodland and gardens. Plas Newydd is a great place to see the endangered red squirrel in the wild. If you’re visiting with children don’t miss the adventure play area, have a go at a game of Frisbee Golf or take a trip to the Treehouse in the old diary wood.
Anglesey is home to a range of bird species, including puffins, terns, and choughs. Visit one of the island’s nature reserves or take a guided birdwatching tour to see these birds in their natural habitat.
Do Some Free Activities
If you’re looking to conserve funds there’s a host of free things you can do and see on the island. Take a look at our post about free things to do on the island for some inspiration.
Other things happening in May
Visit the Anglesey Vintage Rally
Held in late May, this rally is a great opportunity to see Steam Engines, Motorbikes, Commerical Vehicles, Tractors, Classic cars, and more. There’s also a beer tent and entertainment, face painting for the kids and live craft demos.
It’s not a May bank holiday weekend, this is taking place on the only weekend in May that isn’t followed by a bank holiday Monday.
Date: Saturday 20th May to Sunday 21st May
Venue: Anglesey Agricultural Showground