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London Wine Week will take place over the second May bank holiday weekendiStock

It is very tempting to spend a three-day weekend lounging on the sofa, but with so much going on around the UK there is no excuse to stay inside over the Bank Holiday. From London Wine Week to Birmingham Pride and vintage festivals in Cardiff, there is something for everyone. This year, the Spring May Bank Holiday falls on Monday 30 May.

London

London Wine Week will take place for the third year, with more than 500 different wines available for sampling and a selection of unique tasting events. Get started at the main hub of the festival in Devonshire Square, then move on to any of the other venues hosting events.

23 - 29 May, drinkup.london/wineweek/

Not a wine lover? Africa is returning to Spitalfields for the fourth time, offering Londoners the chance to experience a variety of African cultures – from foods to literature and handcrafted goods.

30 May, spitalfields.co.uk/event/africa-at-spitalfields-2016/

Cardiff

The Vintage Festival will return to the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff over the Bank Holiday weekend, with stalls, live music and more. What's more, it's free.

30 May, wmc.org.uk

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Katy B will perform at Birmingham Pride over the weekendGetty

Leeds

The Great British Food Festival will take place at Harewood House over the weekend, with food stalls, chef demos, live music, kids cookery classes and foraging walks. You can even enter the cake-off – if you think your skills are up to it.

28 - 30 May, greatbritishfoodfestival.com/harewood-house.asp

Birmingham

Birmingham Pride is returning to the UK's second city over the Bank Holiday, with performances from the likes of Katy B and DJ Fresh, as well as the main parade – kicking of a series of LGBT events across the UK this summer.

28 - 29 May, birminghampride.com

Edinburgh

The Whisky Stramash will take place for the fifth time in historic Edinburgh, giving whisky lovers the chance to enjoy a variety of whiskies from Scotland and around the world. It is aimed at challenging "stuffy" perceptions of Scotch – targeting both purists and those wanting to try something new.

28 - 29 May, thewhiskystramash.com

Manchester

The city centre's iconic shopping street, King Street, will host a long weekend of VIP shopping experiences over the bank holiday, with food, drink, music and freebies, including a pop-up prosecco bar.

28 - 30 May, visitmanchester.com