Celebrations and Events in May 2018

Celebrations and Events in May 2018

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Events, celebrations, awareness events, saint's days, annual campaigns and anything else that is happening in the UK and internationally in May 2018.


May Day

1st May 2018

May Day is an ancient spring festival, traditionally celebrated with maypole dancing.

Related: May Day Printables


Star Wars Day

4th May 2018

May The Fourth Be With You!

Related: Star Wars Day Colouring Pictures


Cinco De Mayo

5th May 2018

Celebration of Mexican culture to commemorate the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla. It has now become a more general celebration of Mexican culture.

More about Cinco De Mayo


May Day Bank Holiday

7th May 2018

A Bank Holiday in the UK and Ireland.


Teacher Appreciation Day

8th May 2018

A day to to honor and appreciate teachers and recognize their lasting contributions to education and society and the lives of their students.

Related: Thank You Teacher! Teacher Appreciation Colouring Picture


National Bike to School Day

9th May 2018

Strap on your helmets, raise your kickstands, and join the thousands of students, families, community partners, and elected officials all around the country who will be participating in this year's Bike to School Day.

Event Website


National Doughnut Week

12th May to 19th May 2018

Fundraising event in aid of The Children's Trust organised by the baking industry.

Event Website




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World Fair Trade Day

12th May 2018

A worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade's contribution to sustainable development, and the economic empowerment of small producers, gender equality and responsible production.


Mother's Day (US)

13th May 2018

Let your Mom know how much you love her on her special day

More about Mother's Day (US)


National Children's Day UK

13th May 2018

National Children's Day UK is all about the importance of a healthy childhood and protecting the rights and freedoms of children so that they can grow into happy, healthy adults.

Event Website


National Sun Awareness Week

14th May to 20th May 2018

Raising awareness of the dangers of excessive sun exposure and how to avoid sunburn and skin cancers.

More about National Sun Awareness Week

Related: Children's Sun Protection Clothing


National Numeracy Day

16th May 2018

An annual celebration of the importance of numbers in everyday life and will bring together individuals, employers, educators and influencers to improve numeracy.

Event Website


Royal Wedding

19th May 2018

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which will take place in Windsor, England

More about Royal Wedding

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Walk To School Week

21st May to 25th May 2018

Annual event to encourage children and their parents to walk to school, organised by Living Streets.

More about Walk To School Week


World Turtle Day

23rd May 2018

World Turtle Day's aim is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive.

Event Website


Towel Day

25th May 2018

In memory of Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy author Douglas Adams.

Event Website


Elmer Day

26th May 2018

A celebration of reading, of elephants and of accepting yourself and others, just like Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, star of the Elmer books by David McKee.

More about Elmer Day


May Half Term

28th May to 1st Jun 2018

Check with your school for individual date variations.

More about May Half Term


Oakapple Day

29th May 2018

Also known as Restoration Day, it is a traditional English celebration of the restoration of the monachy in 1660, following the death of Oliver Cromwell.


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