Manchester, Gothenburg or Munich – Make the most of your Spring break!

  • 09th May 2014

May is a great month – the days get noticeably longer, the weather improves, the landscape comes alive with fresh green leaves, and in the UK we get two bank holidays!

So, why not consider a spring break, exploring some of the UK’s and Europe’s great cities? Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway for two, a fun weekend with friends, or some family fun, we’re sure you’ll find something to keep everyone happy.
Here are a few different ideas to get you thinking:

Discover Manchester’s hidden gems

Visit Manchester has dug out five hidden gems that visitors to this vibrant city might otherwise overlook. The list includes Piccadilly records, a major part of the Manchester music scene, a lost-in-time pub, the Peveril of the Peak, the lovely Portico Library & Gallery, The Cord bar, and The Hidden Gem Church in the city centre – where the funeral of Factory Records’ boss Tony Wilson was held.

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Take a tour of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

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2014 marked the 150th anniversary of Bristol’s famous landmark, the Clifton Suspension Bridge designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. A visit to this wonderful piece of Victorian engineering is a must if you visit Bristol.

You get a brilliant view of the city and you can find out about how the bridge was constructed and join a tour – just check in at the visitor centre at the bridge.

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Have a thrilling ride on the new Helix roller coaster in Gothenberg, Sweden

Gothenberg, Sweden’s second largest city, lies on the south-west coast of the country. One of the city’s top tourist attractions is the Liseberg Amusement Park, which might prove an attraction if you’re a family looking for some thrills.

The park has just opened a new roller coaster called Helix that promises two minutes of “pure fun” over 1.4 km, hitting speeds of 100 km/hr, with plenty of inversions, hills, drops, twists and turns.

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Chill out in Brussels at the Jazz Marathon

For music lovers – how about the annual Jazz Marathon in Brussels? This year it takes place over three days 23 – 25 May.

Musicians come from all over the world to play in bars, clubs and out in the open air. 2015 marks the Jazz Marathon’s 19th anniversary and will feature more than 150 free concerts and hundreds of musicians playing jazz, blues, funk, and world music. The concerts take place day and night so you can plan your trip to include a mix of music and sight-seeing. Brussels has some wonderful Art Nouveau architecture, plenty of interesting museums and, let’s not forget, world-famous chocolate!

As the website says: “FREE admission for everyone, a special matinee for kids, free up- and downtown shuttles and a friendly atmosphere all over the city…” – sounds good?

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Help celebrate Whisky Month in Aberdeenshire

Throughout May Scotland is celebrating Whisky Month with lots of events including tastings, food and music. Lovers of single malt whisky may be interested in checking out The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, which runs from 30 April – 4 May 2015. As well as whisky tastings, there are distillery visits, music , craft workshops and lots of whisky-themed activities. So if you love your Macallan, Glenlivet and Glenfiddich, this festival is for you!

bmi regional flies from Manchester to Aberdeen and from Bristol to Aberdeen.

Go beer-tasting in Munich, Germany

Everyone’s heard of Oktoberfest but did you know Munich hosts a two-week Spring Festival – the Munchener Fruhlingsfest, or Little Oktoberfest – every year in late April/early May?

The festival, often known as the Little Oktoberfest, takes place at Munich’s famous Oktoberfest venue of Theresienwiese. The Spring Festival marks the end of winter in traditional Bavarian style – with lots of Bavarian beer, food, and music as well as market stalls and carnival rides. What’s more, the festival is free to enter and is open daily from 11am until 11pm (11.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays).

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