As we welcome sunny May, here's our pick of must-see events this month. From foodie shows to jazz festivals, there's something for everyone. So grab your diary and make a note of our top 10 dates...
Cheltenham Jazz Festival - 1 to 6 May
More than 17,000 festival-goers are expected to visit the stunning grounds of Montpellier Gardens during one the UK's biggest jazz festivals. International artists like the legendary Dionne Warwick will play alongside a wave of new up and coming artists. If you've got time, grab some popcorn and squeeze in a visit to the boutique cinema for an eclectic programme of jazz inspired films.
Lord Mayor's Vaisakhi Festival - 5 May
Join thousand of revellers celebrate the Vaisakhi Festival in London’s Trafalgar Square. Held to celebrate the Sikh New Year, expect traditional dancers to perform on stage accompanied with traditional dhols (drums) and a musical line-up featuring some of the biggest names in the Asian music industry.
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Regents Open Air Theatre - 16 May to 7 September
Founded in 1932, Regents Park Open Air Theatre in London returns for its 16-week summer theatre season. Productions this year include Pride and Prejudice and one of the most beloved movie musicals of all-time The Sounds of Music...all together now: 'Doe a dear...'
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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013 - 21 to 25 May
This year marks the centenary of the inspiring flower show, so mark the occasion by picking up a unique gift designed by leading names including Dartington and Emma Bridgewater. Vote for the Plant of the Centenary or book tickets to see the Centenary Chelsea opera concert. With so much going on, don’t forget to check out the show gardens and admire the beautiful flower arrangements. Look online to book up tickets for the show in advance.
Hampton Court Foodies Festival - 25 to 17 May
Hampton Court Palace will again be hosting this fabulous two-day foodie event. There's so much going on we don't know where to start, but be sure to bring empty hampers and stomachs. From Champagne tasting to chocolate workshops the festival has everything covered. Expect a string of well-known chefs including Vivek Singh, Ben Tish and Johnnie Mountain giving their tips and advice on all things food related.
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Watercress Festival, Hampshire - 19 May 2013
Join the party as jazz musicians and Morris-dancers perform through the streets of New Alresford, Hampshire in celebration of the town’s famous watercress leaf. While here, watch chef demonstrations and fill your hampers with local goodies including hand-reared lamb, crumbly cheese and award-winning wine.
English Wine Week - 25 May to 2 June
Reisling, Sauvignon Blanc or Pinto Noir - what's your tipple? Whether you're a wine connoisseur or just want to just brush up on your wine knowledge head down to one of the many events taking place across England's wineries and vineyards. Take tours, sample grapes or dabble in some adventurous wine and food matching.
Cambridge Beer Festival - 20 to 25 May
If beer is more your thing then Cambridge is the place to go to sample more than 120 beers. It's now in its 38th and you can taste your way through a wide range of local and national beers as well as cider, perry, mead, wine and bottled and draught beers from around the world.
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Ludlow Spring Festival - 11 - 12 May
Set in the historical market town of Ludlow and in the castle's grounds, this two-day event is much more than just beer, bangers and bread. Expect great local food, chef master classes, a pudding trail that will take you through the town, and even a vintage car exhibition. Don't miss the festival pub featuring music from local bands and plenty of local brew to quench your thirst.
Luton Carnival - 26 May
Follow the beat of the Caribbean drums, samba bands and Afro-jazz singers at Britain's biggest one-day carnival as it weaves its way through the town centre. Expect a colourful parade filled with costumes not forgetting Caribbean food including goat curry, patties and plenty of tropical fruit smoothies to keep your energy levels high.
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Keya Modessa, ACHICA Features Writer
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