Rafting in the Cetina River on the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia
Rafting in the Cetina River on the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia

The late May bank holiday, also known as the Spring bank holiday, also known as that random day off work at the end of May, is the cherry on the icing on the succulent cake that is the 31 days of the fifth month of the year.

By the time the late May bank holiday comes, you’re already prepared for it. You’ve been waiting for it, even. The early May bank holiday – easily the most forgettable of all the bank holidays – has reminded you that bank holidays exist, and so once it it passed you made a little mark in you calendar denoting the date of the late May bank holiday (which this year is Monday 25th May 2020, giving a long weekend from Saturday 23rd onwards) and saying, “i’m not going to waste this one like I did the last”.

The late May bank holiday is the people’s bank holiday. It’s a chance to get out and have an adventure on a long weekend, taking no days off, or fewer days off than you would otherwise have had to, right on the edge of summer, just as the days are getting longer and the sun is shining bright again. Since you’re here reading this, it seems that’s exactly what you are looking for: an adventure. So here are a few ideas:

1) Surf, Coasteer and Wild Camp in Cornwall

Get your surf toned on the waves at the bottom of England. 

Learn everything you need to know to pop up and catch a wave back into shore on some of the best breaks in Europe. Take a lesson, surf, have some lunch on the sand, surf a bit more, then unwind with a peaceful camp in the woods. Oh, and you also get to wild camp and jump off some cliffs too. So that’s nice.

Little fact: Cornwall’s awesome surf is caused by an Atlantic low-pressure system that sends a reliable swell right onto the county’s beaches.

Trip dates: Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th May 2020.

Days off work: None.

> Read the full itinerary for our surf, coasteer and wild camp trip in Cornwall now

2) The Snowdon Challenge

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Bikes by Llyyyau Cregennen beneath Cader idris, a mountain in Gwynedd, Wales in the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park. Photo: iStock/peplow

Snowdonia is one of the most remarkable areas in the United Kingdom. Cycle 17km, trek 14km and paddle 5km in a kayak through the serenity of the Welsh mountains on a 12-hour epic sure to leave you fulfilled. Since you’ve got the bank holiday after, you could even stick around and explore some more on your days off after!

Little fact: Snowdonia has 1497 miles of Public Footpaths, which fantastic, unless you love round numbers. So close.

Trip dates: Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th May 2020.

Days off work: Nada.

> Read the full itinerary for the Snowdon Challenge

3) Castaway Weekend on a Remote Scottish Island

Learn survival skills and wild camp on a remote Scottish island.

Get marooned in the Kyles of Bute, build a camp on the shore and learn what it takes to survive. Learn coastal survival skills on this remote Scottish island adventure. Practice your sailing knots as you chart a course through the spectacular scenery of the Kyles of Bute, develop your bushcraft skills foraging on a remote Scottish island, relax by a roaring campfire, wild camp on a golden sandy beach then head back to shore with a thrilling speedboat ride. A three day trip which usually requires one day off work, but with the bank holiday would require a big fat zero.

Little fact: The uninhabited island of Thilia has some of the best snorkelling in the Ionian Sea.

Trip dates:  Saturday 23rd – Monday 25th May 2020.

Days off work: Zero.

> Check out the full itinerary for the Castaway Weekend on a Remote Scottish Island

4) Stand-Up Paddleboard the Dalmatian Coast

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Night time Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in the Adriatic Sea, on the Dalmatian Coast

On this trip, you’ll circumnavigate the westernmost tip of the Split peninsula – on the beautiful Dalmatian Coast – on a SUP board. You will SUP over blue seas and turquoise rivers, between mountains and down canyons. Along the way, you’ll witness the astonishing sunset, lush green forest, and traditional native villages. But what makes this trip really special is the nighttime SUP tour you’ll embark on; armed with a unique LED-lit SUP board you’ll glide the calm waters that glow beneath you. Attracting the sea life to the surface, these specialist boards give an exciting twist on an already phenomenal watersport and give you a unique perspective of the tranquil Dalmatian waters.

Trip dates: Sunday 24th – Monday 25th May 2020.

Days off work: Zilch.

> Check out the full itinerary for our stand-up paddle adventure on the Dalmatian Coast

5) Climb Mount Toubkal (4,167m)

A group of Much Better Adventurers at the top of Mount Toubkal!

From the non-stop souks and food stalls of Marrakech, you’ll climb through the lovely Toubkal valley and spend the night in a high altitude refuge, before tackling the 4,167-metre summit of Mount Toubkal – the highest peak in North Africa, just as the sun rises over the High Atlas Mountains.

Little fact: The Roman scholar Pliny described the High Atlas Mountains as “the most fabulous in all of Africa”. We can’t disagree. They’re totally fabulous.

Trip dates: Friday 22nd – Monday 25th May 2020.

Days off work: One day.

> Read the full itinerary for our climb up Mount Toubkal

6) Kayak and Wild Camp in the Norwegian Fjords


Start with an unforgettable paddle down the Nærøyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the crown jewel in the fjords of Norway, and then explore the magnificent cliff faces, seal colonies and rarely visited waterfalls that surround it. That done, set up camp on the shoreline and wake in a Norwegian paradise.

Little fact: The cliffs surrounding Nærøyfjord rise up to 1,700 metres high, and where the inspiration for your favourite film, Disney’s Frozen.

Trip dates: Friday 22nd – Monday 25th May 2020.

Days off work: One day.

> Read the full itinerary for our hike, kayak and wild camp adventure in Norway

7) Kayak and Wild Camp the Archipelagos of Sweden’s West Coast (Self-Guided)

Sweden is one of the most remarkable countries to kayak.

Sea kayak and wild camp along Sweden’s most beautiful coastline; you’re about to take a truly inspiring journey.

With its remote outer archipelago and sheltered inner islands, the rocky coast of Bohuslän is known as one of Europe’s most beautiful areas for sea kayaking whether you’re a novice or an expert. Along the way you’ll enjoy crystal clear waters between 8000 wild, uninhabited islands and a changing majestic terrain that will keep you on your toes. Spend your evening’s wild camping along the coastline; swimming in the sheltered coves, fishing from the rocks and cooking on an open fire.

Little fact: Fika, the Swedish tradition of stopping everything for a coffee and cake break, is more a national state of mind than simply a snack.

Trip dates: Friday 22nd – Monday 25th May 2020.

Days off work: One day.

> Check out what’s provided and read the full itinerary for the self-guided kayak of Sweden’s coast

8) Kayak and Wild Camp in Croatia

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Wild Camping on the edge of Zrmanja River, in the heart of Dalmatia.

Immerse yourself in the spectacular beauty of the Zrmanja River on this epic long weekend in Croatia. Kayak turquoise waters through rugged canyons, stopping to play in waterfalls and pools on the way. At night you’ll camp next to the river and relax around a campfire. Then, thanks to your bank holiday, you even have a day off before you have to head back to the office.

Little fact: The Zrmanja River is known for its spring, which is located on the bottom of a steep, 200m-high funnel-shaped rock called Misije.

Trip dates: Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th May 2020.

Days off work: One day.

> Check out the itinerary for our wild camping and kayaking trip in Croatia

9) Bear Watching and Castle Hopping in Romania

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A brown bear walking among white sharp stones on the hillside of Greece.

Put a wild spin on your weekend with this Romanian adventure. Hike to an isolated hide in the Carpathian Mountains to watch enormous brown bears feed right in front of you. It’s a chance like no other to connect with these animals, and the photo op is incomparable. You’ll also visit an acclaimed bear sanctuary, enjoy a night in buzzing Bucharest, and explore two famous Transylvanian castles.

Little fact: You’ll be tracking bears with conservation experts who are imperative in helping the bear population in the area.

Trip dates: Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th May 2020.

Days off work: One day.

> Read the full itinerary about the Bear Watching and Castle Hopping trip

10) Trek to Nepal’s Hidden Glacier

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Trekking to the ice lake at the foot of the Annapurna IV Glacier

Fancy something a bit further flung for your bank holiday? This five-night trek in Nepal should tick the box.

Cross wooden bridges and trek remote trails to visit rarely seen mountain views that will leave you speechless, including Annapurna IV and the Madi River valley. Climb up to the spectacular Annapurna IV Glacier and swim in the mirror clear waters of Kaphucchhe Lake. Explore a picture-perfect wilderness of terraced fields and rugged valleys surrounded by the ever-present mountains and bathe beneath the 60m-waterfall known as the ‘Karane’. Celebrate successfully completing the trek in the pretty lakeside town of Pokhara – you’ll have earned it!

Little fact: The Kali Gandaki gorge, which separates the Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri, two of the highest mountains in the world, is one of the deepest in the world.

Trip dates: Saturday 23rd – Thursday 28th May 2020.

Days off work: Three.

> Read the full itinerary for our trek to the Annapurna IV Glacier in Nepal

Feeling inspired? There’s more where those come from. Tick a few more things off your bucket list with our epic adventure holidays, with only the best local guides and hosts.