At a mere two days, weekends can be far too short to really get things done. But with a Bank Holiday comes three glorious days to fully kick back, unwind and (hopefully!) celebrate the warmer weather. Here’s your guide to making the most of the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend…
1. Enjoy the great British BBQ
Bank Holidays are perfect for a BBQ, and Sainsbury’s is giving you the chance to fill up the fridge with 10x Nectar points between 26-28 May. The perfect opportunity to stock up on burgers, buns and bangers – hopefully the weather will cooperate!
2. Brighten up your own garden
Three work-free days gives you a chance to create your own dreamy outside space. Whether you go for some new rattan furniture or some twinkly outdoor fairy lights, you can get your gardern set for summer with eBay. Plus, keep an eye out for a special bonus points offer coming soon.
3. Have a mini break
A Bank Holiday provides more than enough time to enjoy a minibreak in the UK or further afield. You might want to soak up Georgian grandeur in Bath or get swept up in Glasgow’s nightlife. There are loads of fantastic offers to take advantage of 5x points on hotel bookings with Expedia, up to 1,000 points on UK car hire with Europcar and travel with Virgin Trains, on bookings made by 23 May.
4. Day trips
Why not go on a ramble this Bank Holiday. Longer than a walk, but not as intimidating as a hike! Plan your route so you can treat yourself to a well-earned cold drink at the end. Explore the Yorkshire Dales or walk the South West Coast Path and take advantage of up to 1,000 bonus Nectar points from Virgin Trains and Europcar; 5x Nectar points from Great Western Rail, South Western Rail and TransPennine Express.
5. Have a picnic
If the weather is behaving, take the chance to enjoy the first picnic of the year. This handy picnic bag has everything you need for a sophisticated outdoor dining experience. Don’t forget you can spend your points in Argos, every 500 points is £2.50 off your purchase – just take your Nectar card to the till (and you can always reserve your item online to collect in store). Trespass Deluxe 4 Person Picnic Pack, £39.99, Argos
6. Visit a farm
Visit a farm at this time of year and it’s likely to be packed with adorable lambs, ducklings and piglets, born just a month or two earlier. You won’t even have to do away with style in the welly department. Head to Tu in store and pick up a pair of pink glitter Chelsea boot wellies and you can take of advantage of 10x Nectar points from Sainsbury’s from 26-28 May.
7. Movie marathoning
If the weather isn’t playing ball, it’s worth having some indoor activities up your sleeve. Pick a box set, stock up on snacks from Sainsbury’s like popcorn, chocolate and pick’n’mix and make the most of 10x Nectar points over the Bank Holiday on your goodies. Then settle down for a whole day of Hollywood magic.
8. Do the wardrobe switch
Summer is on its way, so if you haven’t already packed away your winter woollens, now is the time. These vacuum storage bags are not only space-saving, but will protect your clothes from dust, damp and mites. And you can collect two Nectar points for £1 spent at Dunelm, when you shop through nectar.com.
9. Make culinary magic
Whether you’ve been toying with making a seven-layer trifle or trying to replicate those amazing meatballs you once had in Greece, a long weekend provides the perfect opportunity to get creative in the kitchen. Experiment with ingredients you’ve never used before and collect 10x Nectar points at Sainsbury’s from 26-28 May.
10. Have a spa day
What could be more Bank Holiday than a 3pm DIY spa session? Run a bath, light some candles, choose your music and turn off your phone. For max indulgence, pour in a generous slug of this honey and sweet almond bath milk, which will leave you with the silkiest of skin. Even sweeter when you can collect 10x Nectar points on all Mandara Spa products at Sainsbury’s this Bank Holiday. Mandara Spa Honeymilk Dream Pampering Bath 500ml, Sainsburys, £7.