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May Day Traditions

Thursday, May 1st, 2014
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Believe it or not, today is the first day of May and I for one cannot believe how quickly the year is flying by! In honour of it being the first of May and there being just one working day left before yet another three day weekend, we thought that it would be a good idea to take a look at some of the traditional ways that May Day is celebrated, with a couple of facts thrown in!

1. May Day is traditionally thought of as being a celebration of summer and the beginning of nicer weather.

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2. Padstow’s May Day tradition is the procession of the ‘Obby ‘Oss (Hobby Horse). It is one of the oldest traditions of its kind and up to 30,000 people visit Padstow on May Day to join in the festivities!

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3. Traditionally a May Queen would be crowned, and the chosen young female would begin the celebrations and lead the parade. She wears a white dress and a flower crown to symbolise purity and spring.

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4. Whilst the origins of May Day are somewhat unknown, many believe that it originated as a pagan fertility festival.

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5. The 1st May is also International Workers Day, which was created to celebrate the working class and the labour market. It is often marked with organised street demonstrations and marches.

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6. Possibly the most well known May Day tradition is that of dancing around the May Pole; a ceremonial dance around a tall pole that is decorated with flowers and often has ribbons tied to it which the dancers weave into patterns.

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7. Traditionally, girls would head out before dawn on May Day and wash their faces with the morning dew. They believed that doing this would keep them beautiful for the rest of the year.

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8. Morris Dancing is also a customary way to celebrate May Day, with groups of men or women dressing in traditional costumes and performing energetic routines. The type of costume worn by Morris Dancers depends on which part of the country they are dancing in.

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9. Although May Day has been celebrated for hundreds of years, it was only designated a bank holiday in 1978. This early May bank holiday always takes place on the first Monday of May, however the 1st May is still recognised as May Day.

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10. On May Eve in Wales, ‘Spirit nights’ would take place as it was believed that it was one of the three nights of the year when the supernatural world was closest to the real world.

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

Making the most of the Bank Holiday weekend!

Monday, August 26th, 2013
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Today marks the final Bank Holiday before Christmas, which is a pretty good reason in my books to enjoy a long weekend. And, with weather forecasters predicting a return to the blazing temperatures of earlier in the year, there’s no excuse not to make the most the extra day off. You’ll find plenty of events organised up and down the country whether you’re on holiday or just looking for inspiration for a day out with the family. Meet Peter Rabbit at The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness-on-Windermere, visit TreeFest at Wiltshire’s Westonbirt Arboretum or take part in the Seaside Carnival in Llanelli. Or, if you’re after a relaxing day, simply lace up your walking boots and enjoy the breathtaking beauty on offer in the UK, breathe in lungfuls of fresh sea air along the South West Coastal Path or explore the rolling green hills of North Wales. The choice is yours!

Talland Bay, Cornwall

carousel on the beach

westonbirt arboretum

Fear not, we have a very dedicated team of holiday cottage advisors here at Sykes so if you’re wanting to plan a last minute break or make a booking for next summer, there’ll be one of our advisors waiting to take your call until 9.30pm tonight.

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Book Your Last Minute Bank Holiday Today!

Friday, August 16th, 2013
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No one likes to think about it, but sadly the summer is coming to and end. The nights have begun to cool and cravings for warming comfort food are setting in. Children in Scotland have already headed back to school for goodness sake, so there really is no getting away from it, summer 2013 is coming to a close.

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There is still time to squeeze a last little bit of fun and sun out of the summer though with the final bank holiday of the season coming up from 24-26th of August. That means that starting today you can book a last minute break for the long weekend starting today for cottages with a Friday changeover day, and tomorrow for those with a Saturday changeover.

Booking a Last Minute Holiday

Never booked a last minute break before? There’s nothing to it. Just browse our selection of last minute holiday cottages, make your selection, and either call our friendly reservations team to secure the booking via our website. You’ll have to make the full payment at the time of booking, but once that is all settled you can start planning your end of summer getaway!

So what are you waiting for? Get browsing the cottages today for next weekend’s last minute getaway! The early bird catches the worm so the earlier you make the decision the greater selection of cottages you’ll have.

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Get Away For the May Day Bank Holiday!

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
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The first bank holiday of the summer season is nearly upon us and what better way to celebrate than getting away on a cottage holiday. You don’t need to jet off to Europe to have a great time, especially with a weather report for the UK as glorious as the one for this weekend. We still have a wonderful selection of holiday cottages available for the weekend, and with Last Minute Breaks being only 65% of the regular weekly rental rate for a minimum of three nights, you can grab a great deal!

Here are a selection of cottages that are still available to rent over the May Bank Holiday, but get in quickly because once they are gone, they are gone!

For more great cottages that are still available for the 2013 May bank holiday weekend follow the links and see what kinds of deals you will find.

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Book now for the Early May Bank Holiday Weekend!

Friday, April 19th, 2013
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With two long weekends coming up in May, there is no better excuse to book a weekend away! Bank Holidays are a fantastic time to take a break, without having to take too much time off work plus with summer weather on the way, taking a trip to a holiday cottage is a lovely way to spend the long weekend.

Take a break in the UK for the May Day Bank Holiday

Take a break in the UK for the May Day Bank Holiday

Choosing to holiday in the UK over the May Bank Holiday means that you can really make the most of the long weekend without having to waste your precious time off travelling to your destination or stuck in airports. When you book a holiday cottage in the UK you can be at your holiday home in no time, leaving more time for you to enjoy your May Bank Holiday weekend with your nearest and dearest.

Escape for a romantic break for the May Bank Holiday Weekend

Escape for a romantic break for the May Bank Holiday Weekend

Don’t spend your May Bank Holiday weekend painting, spring cleaning or slaving away doing DIY projects around the home; British Bank Holidays are there to be enjoyed! Traditionally, May Day is celebrated in towns and villages with fetes, fairs and festivals to mark the day all over the country, including events taking place in Padstow, Oxford and Hastings. In the capital city, many special events are taking place including a May Day procession from the London Docklands Museum on Monday 6th May.

Whether you want to take part in traditional May Day activities, like dancing round the Maypole and Morris dancing, or simply want to enjoy the extra time off work, with country walks, fresh air and the company of friends and family, renting a holiday cottage is a superb option. Plus with three night breaks over the Early May Bank Holiday weekend starting from £121, we are sure to have a holiday cottage to suit all tastes, budgets and holiday itineraries!

Searching for a holiday cottage during the month of May? Click here to view holiday cottages with availability during May 2013.

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