May Day is a public holiday in France too – in fact, it’s an even bigger affair for our friends across the Channel. As well as being a spring celebration, the French have also held International Workers’ Day on 1 May since 1889. Today, there are regularly organised marches and parades, and the atmosphere is only boosted in sunny weather. Make the most of your bank holiday by hopping across the Channel to Paris, where you can celebrate May Day exploring outside.
At 7pm on the first Saturday of November, 57 of the best museums in Amsterdam open their doors to one of the biggest festivities of the year. A ticket for Museumnacht not only gets you into each of the city’s museums, but access to over 250 talks and activities too, like printmaking, cyanotype photography and even the chance to make your own home remedies. The streets transform into a massive carnival of art, science and history, with music and food stalls everywhere until 2am. That’s not to say the night’s over though. After the doors close, the party simply continues in the city’s many vibrant clubs.