As we’re now seeing much more of the sunshine, it’s the perfect time to be getting some activities and adventures down in the diary for May. Whether you enjoy slower paced strolls taking in the scenery, more active pursuits pushing yourself to new limits, or even spending time appreciating the outdoors closer to home, we have plenty of activities for you to be getting outdoors and enjoying this season. 


River Punting in Oxford 

Oxford offers the opportunity to take in the charm and beauty of its scenery while enjoying a leisurely punt. Perfect for novices and experts alike. Hiring a punt allows you the chance to slow down, listen out for wildlife, and admire the architecture of Oxford from the water. Bound to make your trip to this city an unforgettable one. 


River Punting in Oxford and Cambridge
tour the Three Castles in Snowdonia National Park

Tour the Three Castles in Snowdonia National Park 

Spend a day touring the three castles in Snowdonia. Exploring Conwy, Dolbadarn, and Caernarfon is the perfect way to take in the breathtaking surroundings, while learning about the park’s flora, fauna, and fantastic history.   


Walk Dorset’s Jurassic Coast 

One of the best ways to fully appreciate the spectacular views of the Jurassic Coast is by taking a walk. The Jurassic Coast has the benefit of hundreds of miles of connecting footpaths and bridleways providing you with a variety of circular walks, no matter where you are on the coast. Guided walks are offered throughout the year, many of which are led by the Jurassic Coast Trust’s expert volunteer ambassadors. 


Dorset's Jurassic Coast
Scrambling the hills


Scrambling bridges the gap between hiking and climbing, perfect for anyone that’s looking to emphasise that thrill feeling on their hikes. Whether you’re likely to set out for a full day’s scramble, or maybe your next hike has a short scrambling section for you to try out for the first time, the good weather conditions provided to us by May, make this month a great time to get outdoors and push yourself to new limits. 


Visit Stately Homes 

May is the perfect time to begin visiting the stately homes which open their gardens and estate for us to explore. Many of these stately homes have numerous gardens for you to wander around, from butterfly gardens to wildflower meadows, and everything in between! As an added benefit, you can explore the inside of these homes and learn about their history. Some are even dog friendly, making them a great family day out with your furry friends.  
Some fantastic visits include Castle Ashby, Castle Howard, or even Highclere Castle.  


Visiting stately homes
Birdwatching in the UK


The month of May is fantastic for birdwatching, whether you’re an expert or simply want to try something new. Dawn Chorus Day takes place on the first Sunday of May and encourages us to rise early and listen out for the sweet sounds of birdsong, whether you’re sat at home with an open window and a cuppa, or even in the middle of the countryside equipped with your flask and notepad. Alternatively, set out with your trusty pair of binoculars to spot birds such as the Ruff, the Yellow Wagtail, or the Pied Flycatcher, to name a few.



If you’re looking for a new hobby, May is National Photography Month. Making it a great time to try your hand at photography and make friends along the way. Whether you’re shooting the colours of local landscape and habitats, looking out for wildlife on quiet evenings, or heading to the city to shoot architectural wonders, there’s something for everyone within this exciting pastime.

With plenty of options to get you outdoors, May is a great time for appreciating the nature around us, whether you’re listening to the birds on your doorstep, appreciating the blooms during your next dog walk, or embarking on historical tours.


Photography in the UK landscape