Jun 25 ,2015 Written By: Verry Kerry

May Bank Holiday

 

 


My top 5 things to do this long weekend

 

1. Have a festival in your garden!

Pack a picnic, some instruments, bubble machine, bunting, great beats and some friends, and pile onto any green space and enjoy! Canal side is a bonus and you may even know a friend (like me) with a dinghy for the extra exhilarating boat rides! (trust me, it really is VERRY exciting!). And I wouldn’t have any outdoor gathering without my Cool Bar keeping drinks cold as well as being a useful table. Light, practical and extremely awesome.

 

 

2. Visit Wales for a weekend of adventure

Wales is incredibly beautiful and really not far! For those who love the outdoors, you can try surfing, coasteering, hiking, sea kayaking, horse riding, and even cliff jumping for the more daring! Weekend packages cost £225 and include : 

2 nights at the 5 Star Preseli Venture Eco Lodge • home cooked food Friday evening meal to lunch on Sunday • 2 half day adventures plus the coastal Hike • all specialist equipment and qualified guides • minibus transport for all activities • train station transfers


Visit preseliventure and get adventurous!

 

3. Embrace flower power at Columbia Road Flower Market

I'm verry lucky to live quite close to this glorious market, and with my passion and love for flowers and plants, it really is little slice of floral heaven. (My minature banana tree is still going strong and is a reminder of my Zambian and Australian upbringing :) You find yourself quite easily and suddenly wanting everything and inspired to be a (balcony in my case) landscape designer! As well as the flowers & plants, it is the atmosphere that is so electric, humble and groovy, with other little unique shops dotted around and quaint deliciousness hidden in cobbled pockets. There is always some wonderful live jazz music filling the air with an effortless cool vibe, as well as the intense scent of flowers and the characterful 'chant of the barrow boys “Everthin’ a fiver”.
The vibrant and iconic Brick Lane (where I first started trading at the upmarket) is just down the road and well worth the visit, so there is plenty to see, taste, smell for the day, and loads of oh-so-funky bars and hang outs for the evening. And lets not forget the famous Indian restaurants that you must try at least once in your life, and the iconic Beigel Shop & bakery open 24 hours (you'll see the queue) - An absolute East End institution.

 

4. Try a quirky, unusual restaurant


If you haven’t already, you should try the dining experience at Dans Les Noir.
It is a unique sensorial, social and human experience where guests dine in total darkness and are guided and served by the blind and visually impaired.

This is an amazing opportunity to realise how lucky we are to have our sight and how we manage without it .. for a few hours.  I encourage anyone to push their boundaries and challenge any potential fear of the unknown. We are quite capable beings and you will be surprised how quickly you adjust. Such a worthwhile experience for so many reasons, but mostly, to realise how fortunate we are to be able to walk out of there and see again. And how much we take it for granted. I remember it felt like I was floating as there was no roof or ground that you could see - only black. What I missed most was all the different shades and types of light that we see - soft, dappled, bright, dim, ambient, flickering, sharp, cool, warm, coloured ... seeing really is such a miracle and joy. Trying to guess what you are eating is certainly tricky! (all delicious of course). You think you know ... but then nothing is certain without your eyes. Utterly fascinating. I loved every minute of this truly incredible experience!


Another fabulous find is the exotic Archipelago in London.

A feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds, it is filled to the brim with interesting, exotic artifacts and treasures from around the world, and is cosy, intimate, excting and delicious. And to top it off had amazing service. A truly unique dinner that I didn't want to end!

Discover an uncharted culinary adventure as you experience many wild and wonderful tastes and cultures.  “ We take pride in our exotic ingredients like crocodile, kangaroo, zebra and bison, and celebrate the traditional with chicken and fish as well as inspired vegetarian options.  Our aim is to broaden culinary knowledge and experience, to celebrate diversity, and to show that the unfamiliar can be exciting, delicious and very good for you. All our ingredients are organic, free range and are either farmed or are part of a nationally recognised culling programme. We use nothing that has been irresponsibly taken from the wild.

 

5. And if it's rain.. (be grateful we have fresh clean water), curl up on the sofa wrapped in a kimono dressing gown and ..

.. Open a bottle of prosecco (bubbles are always welcome!). If you have the time to try and make something new, I would highly recommend Poppy and the Bee’s Mushroom Gyoza- Little Samurai Dumplings of Deliciousness, or if relaxing is of the essence, order something totally delicious from Deliveroo. Get amazing food from an incredible selection of local restaurants delivered super fast, hassle free and still warm! What's not to like?!

 

Whatever you do this long weekend,remember to smile

... because afterall, happiness is contagious! :)

 

 

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  • Comment Link Posted By Doreen

    Yay for bank holidays! Yay for TWO bank holidays in one month! And a TRIPLE yay for a chance for 30% off!! ;) My plans for this bank holiday include seeing as much of Londontown as I can before embarking on a 3-month adventure to Sri Lanka next month. Hoping for a lot of sunshine to bring out the best of the city - lots of photowalks, coffee stop shops and lounging in the parks :)

  • Comment Link Posted By Ola

    HEHEHE, BLOG! We're off to the New Forrest, and then on Monday to Peppa Pig World. That should keep little stinker entertained :). But it would be lovely to catch up with you too some time soon! Let me know when is good with you x

  • Comment Link Posted By Sam

    Hello! Bank holidays are awesome and I'm off next week which is super exciting! I'll be eating lots of yummy food and going kitesurfing! Fingers crossed for sunshine and wind! Enjoy! :)

  • Comment Link Posted By Francesco

    Peppa Pig World, sounds like we are going to schedule that one in!

  • Comment Link Posted By miles

    We all like a free day off :) Festival in Southampton for me, hope the weather hold out!

  • Comment Link Posted By Mary Latham

    For me it will be a nice long walk along the river Wandle from Merton Abbey Mills to the Thames - in training for my 50km hike in September!! Hopefully lovely sunny weather too :) - hope you have a Verry Verry fabulous weekend and hope to catch up soon - lots love xx

  • Comment Link Posted By Kerry

    Awesome guys! Keep those comments, ideas and exciting plans coming! Will be in touch verry soon with a special code :)

  • Comment Link Posted By Claire

    For a sunny bank holiday I can't think of anything nicer than a stroll around Winterbourne House and Gardens in Birmingham, although I think this time I'll go for a stroll round Symonds Yat and a hearty pub lunch.

  • Comment Link Posted By Rie

    Yay for 3 day weekend and yay yay for a chance to get the special coupon :) I found this website a while ago while searching for nice dresses to wear during my pregnancy! Just bought a new house so will be shopping for furniture and baby stuff this bank holiday weekend!!

  • Comment Link Posted By Emily

    I'm undertaking my first diy project, regrouting my bath. Eek! In my head it's going to take a fee hours and look wonderful, and the rest of the weekend will be park and barbecue filled. But who knows I might be stuck, spreading tool in hand, til Monday?! Wish me luck :)

  • Comment Link Posted By Catriona

    Think we'll head off to the Southbank and just take in the atmosphere, maybe a drink at Udderbelly. Unless it starts raining, its looking verry grey now so the pub may be the best bet. Time to dig out my Verry Kerry jacket and go!

  • Comment Link Posted By Susanna

    I'm in the final month of an intensive postgrad course. Taking a rare day off today to be super lazy-made a makeshift bed on my lounge floor with duvet and pillows - reading and watching mindless TV whilst drinking lots of tea and eating fresh melon and raspberries. Absolute heaven! Tomorrow I'm doing a local 10k road race - I've always been a runner but injuries have put me out of action for a while - being back racing is good for my body and soul! Then on Monday I'm spending the day cooking and baking for family visiting in the evening. All in all a pretty perfect Bank Holiday weekend! Looking forward to the new Verry Kerry designs (and to wearing my purchases from last year, once summer arrives). Have a lovely long weekend one and all!

  • Comment Link Posted By Mia

    Happy sunny day! I will be spending the bank holiday and the half term week holding my 3 little people and being thankful to spend time with them

  • Comment Link Posted By Rie

    Nice stroll around Barnes. Barbecue with friends this bank holiday!!

  • Comment Link Posted By Doreen

    Yay for bank holidays! Yay for TWO bank holidays in one month! And a TRIPLE yay for a chance for 30% off!! ;) My plans for this bank holiday include seeing as much of Londontown as I can before embarking on a 3-month adventure to Sri Lanka next month. Hoping for a lot of sunshine to bring out the best of the city - lots of photowalks, coffee stop shops and lounging in the parks :)

  • Comment Link Posted By Ola

    HEHEHE, BLOG! We're off to the New Forrest, and then on Monday to Peppa Pig World. That should keep little stinker entertained :). But it would be lovely to catch up with you too some time soon! Let me know when is good with you x

  • Comment Link Posted By Sam

    Hello! Bank holidays are awesome and I'm off next week which is super exciting! I'll be eating lots of yummy food and going kitesurfing! Fingers crossed for sunshine and wind! Enjoy! :)

  • Comment Link Posted By Francesco

    Peppa Pig World, sounds like we are going to schedule that one in!

  • Comment Link Posted By miles

    We all like a free day off :) Festival in Southampton for me, hope the weather hold out!

  • Comment Link Posted By Mary Latham

    For me it will be a nice long walk along the river Wandle from Merton Abbey Mills to the Thames - in training for my 50km hike in September!! Hopefully lovely sunny weather too :) - hope you have a Verry Verry fabulous weekend and hope to catch up soon - lots love xx

  • Comment Link Posted By Kerry

    Awesome guys! Keep those comments, ideas and exciting plans coming! Will be in touch verry soon with a special code :)

  • Comment Link Posted By Claire

    For a sunny bank holiday I can't think of anything nicer than a stroll around Winterbourne House and Gardens in Birmingham, although I think this time I'll go for a stroll round Symonds Yat and a hearty pub lunch.

  • Comment Link Posted By Rie

    Yay for 3 day weekend and yay yay for a chance to get the special coupon :) I found this website a while ago while searching for nice dresses to wear during my pregnancy! Just bought a new house so will be shopping for furniture and baby stuff this bank holiday weekend!!

  • Comment Link Posted By Emily

    I'm undertaking my first diy project, regrouting my bath. Eek! In my head it's going to take a fee hours and look wonderful, and the rest of the weekend will be park and barbecue filled. But who knows I might be stuck, spreading tool in hand, til Monday?! Wish me luck :)

  • Comment Link Posted By Catriona

    Think we'll head off to the Southbank and just take in the atmosphere, maybe a drink at Udderbelly. Unless it starts raining, its looking verry grey now so the pub may be the best bet. Time to dig out my Verry Kerry jacket and go!

  • Comment Link Posted By Susanna

    I'm in the final month of an intensive postgrad course. Taking a rare day off today to be super lazy-made a makeshift bed on my lounge floor with duvet and pillows - reading and watching mindless TV whilst drinking lots of tea and eating fresh melon and raspberries. Absolute heaven! Tomorrow I'm doing a local 10k road race - I've always been a runner but injuries have put me out of action for a while - being back racing is good for my body and soul! Then on Monday I'm spending the day cooking and baking for family visiting in the evening. All in all a pretty perfect Bank Holiday weekend! Looking forward to the new Verry Kerry designs (and to wearing my purchases from last year, once summer arrives). Have a lovely long weekend one and all!

  • Comment Link Posted By Mia

    Happy sunny day! I will be spending the bank holiday and the half term week holding my 3 little people and being thankful to spend time with them

  • Comment Link Posted By Rie

    Nice stroll around Barnes. Barbecue with friends this bank holiday!!

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