Events

May Day

May Day

1st May

May Day is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival and usually a public holiday; it is also a traditional spring holiday in many cultures.

Children's Book Week

Children's Book Week

1st May to 7th May

This event is an annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

World Asthma Day

World Asthma Day

2nd May

World Asthma Day aims to improve awareness of asthma and asthma care throughout the world.

Star Wars Day

Star Wars Day

4th May

May 4 is considered a holiday by Star Wars fans to celebrate Star Wars culture and honour the films.

International Midwives Day

International Midwives Day

5th May

May 5 is the internationally recognised day for recognising the work of midwives.

Sun Awareness Week

Sun Awareness Week

8th May to 14th May

This annual event encourages people to check themselves for signs of skin cancer and also educates them about the dangers of sunburn and excessive tanning.

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

8th May

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day celebrates the work of those who volunteer with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Victory in Europe Day (VE Day)

Victory in Europe Day (VE Day)

8th May

VE Day was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945 to mark the date when the World War II Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, thus ending the war in Europe.

Beep Beep Day

Beep Beep Day

10th May

Every year thousands of tots and infants age 2-7 take part in a special Beep Beep! Day organised by their nursery, playgroup, childminder or infant school, to help save little lives. It's a great way to engage children with the road safety basics through fun activities, while raising awareness among parents and the wider community about protecting children on roads.

Wesak

Wesak

10th May

Wesak is the most important of the Buddhist festivals and is celebrated on the full moon in May. It celebrates the Buddha's birthday.

International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day

12th May

A celebration to mark the contributions that nurses make to society.

Florence Nightingale's Birthday

Florence Nightingale's Birthday

12th May

Florence Nightingale was born on May the 12th 1820. She was known as "The Lady with the Lamp" during her nursing career in the Crimean War.

Christian Aid Week

Christian Aid Week

14th May to 20th May

Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.

International Day of Families

International Day of Families

15th May

This event celebrates the importance of families and the work started during the International Year of Families.

Walk to School Week

Walk to School Week

15th May to 19th May

Walk to School Week forms part of the Great British Walking Challenge! Use this event to encourage everyone to walk to school.

Share a Pencil Day

Share a Pencil Day

17th May

Share a Pencil Day is a fun and interactive way for schools, teachers and pupils to explore the reasons why millions of children globally are missing out on an education, and why that is important. Find out more here.

International Museum Day

International Museum Day

18th May

International Museum Day has been organised worldwide on or around May 18 since 1977. This day is an occasion to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society.

International Day for Biodiversity

International Day for Biodiversity

22nd May

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

Birthday of Queen Victoria

Birthday of Queen Victoria

24th May

Queen Victoria, the longest reigning British monarch, was born on the 24th of May 1819.

Africa Day

Africa Day

25th May

Africa Day is the annual commemoration on May 25 of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).

Ascension Day

Ascension Day

25th May

Ascension Day celebrates Jesus's ascension to heaven after he was resurrected on Easter Day.

FA Cup Final

FA Cup Final

27th May

One of the highlights of the footballing year, the FA Cup Final will take place at Wembley Stadium.

Ramadan

Ramadan

27th May to 25th June

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and a time when Muslims across the world will fast during the hours of daylight.

Shavuot

Shavuot

30th May to 1st June

Shavuot is one of the Jewish harvest festivals, also known as the festival or feast of 'Weeks'. It also marks the time that the Jews were given the Torah on Mount Sinai.