Bank Holiday 2021: Dates for May Bank Holidays, early Portsmouth weather forecast, lockdown rules, pubs, restaurants and things you can do

The first of two May bank holidays is just a few days away.

Plenty of residents across the Portsmouth area will be looking forward to multiple long weekends this month.

But you might have lost track of when exactly the bank holidays take place.

You might also be looking for ways to make the most of the three day weekends.

A stunning view of the clear water at the Hot Walls, Old Portsmouth, during the first lockdown on April 24, 2020. Picture: Jamie Sunderland

Here is what you need to know:

When are the May Bank Holidays?

The first one – May Day – takes place on Monday (May 3).

Meaning it is only a few days away and this weekend will be a long one for many residents.

It will be followed by the spring bank holiday later in the month on Monday, May 31.

What will the weather be like?

The early Met Office forecast for May Day in Portsmouth is for cloudy weather turning to light rain.

It will be a mild day with highs of 11C and lows of 8C.

What are the lockdown rules?

For the first bank holiday, you are allowed to meet friends and family in groups of up to six outdoors and in private gardens.

You can also dine outdoors at restaurants, have drinks at a pub beer garden and visit non-essential shops.

There will be a further easing of lockdown on May 17.

If you are looking for a few ideas of how to make the most of the bank holiday weekend, here are a few ideas:

Have a drink at a pub

What ever your preferred tipple is, you can now take a trip to pub beer gardens across the city.

If you are looking for places to visit – see our list here.

Go for an outdoor meal at a restaurant

The easing of lockdown means you can now enjoy al fresco dining at restaurants across Portsmouth.

Visit the Southsea Model Village

The attraction in Eastney Esplanade is open again – as outdoor hospitality was given the green light to reopen on April 12.

Why not pay a visit to the model village over the bank holiday weekend!

Go for a walk or take a trip to the city’s parks

Why not stretch your legs this weekend with a nice walk.

If you are in need of some inspiration – here is our list of walks around the Portsmouth area.

You could also meet friends or family in one of Portsmouth’s lovely parks.

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