It’s May, lockdown is easing, and it’s the return of National Doughnut Week from 9th May 2021, raising money for the Children’s Trust. If you’re offering, I’ll have jam with sprinkles. Check out Pooky’s Deli in Horsforth for some absolute delights.
Businesses in hospitality, tourism, and retail should get their boots on for National Walking Month starting 1st May 2021 (with Walk To School Week from 18th May 2021). If you are lucky enough to live near a famous landmark, share details of your favourite loop, though those of us who live in towns and cities also have fantastic walks on our doorsteps. I really enjoy the Leeds-Liverpool Canal with everyone’s favourite bulldog – Veronica aka Ronnie. If your walk takes in a mill (which many in my local area do), make sure you incorporate it with National Mills Day on 9th May 2021.
English Tourism Week begins 22nd May 2021. As lockdown eases it’s an excellent opportunity to tempt potential customers and tourists alike to (safely) visit.
Booksellers, childcare, and other child-related businesses have an opportunity to share a story during May, as it is National Share A Story Month from 1st May 2021, and Children’s Book Week from 3rd May 2021. The NSPCC is running Number Day on 7th May 2021 with fun, free mathematics resources for all age groups. National Children’s Day UK will be on 16th May 2021. Lots of you took part in my ‘tell your story’ challenge earlier in the year, this could be the perfect excuse to share that evergreen content.
Local and Community History Month starts 1st May 2021. I know, small businesses have very strong links with their local community, and benefit from resources like Find It In Farsley, Horsforth High Street, and various Facebook groups – though make sure you meet the joining rules and politely navigate them.
Skin care businesses can help share information during Skin Care Awareness Month beginning 1st May 2021. Sun Awareness Week runs from 3rd May 2021. While you are looking after your skin, don’t forget to raise a smile during National Smile Month from 18th May 2021.
May the 4th is Star Wars Day, and Free Comic Book Day – social media has seen a massive boom to comic book shops and artists as a means to connect with fans.
As well as doughnuts, there’s a lot of other things to take note of for food and catering businesses. National BBQ Week and British Tomato Fortnight, both start on 25th May 2021. Wine sellers, time to raise a glass for local wines, English Wine Week starts 23rd May 2021. Check out Doorstep Wines for fabulous wines delivered to your door – they are great blokes that supply even better wines.
Other awareness days:
- Maternal Mental Health Month starts 1st May 2021, UK awareness week from 3rd May 2021
- Make May Purple with Stroke Association starts 1st May 2021
- Big Asthma Bake Sale all month from 1st May 2021. World Asthma Day is 2nd May 2021
- May Measurement Month in association with the World Hypertension Day runs until 30th May 2021
- Viral Meningitis Awareness Week from 4th May 2021
- Deaf Awareness Week begins 4th May 2021
- World Ovarian Cancer Day is 8th May 2021
- National Lost Sock Day will be 9th May 2021
- World Lupus Day is 10th May 2021
- ME Awareness Week runs from 11th May 2021
- Coeliac UK’s Awareness Week also starts 11th May 2021
- Dying Matters Week begins 11th May 2021
- Foster Care Fortnight is from 11th May 2021
- Action For Brain Injury Awareness runs from 11th May 2021
- Water Saving Week starts 11th May 2021
- Eid al-Fitr (1st day Islamic) will be 13th May 2021
- Spinal Cord Injury Awareness on 15th May 2021
- Hats For Hedway is on 15th May 2021
- Dementia Action Week begins 17th May 2021
- Shavuot (Jewish) will be 17th May 2021
- Mental Health Awareness Week from 18th May 2021
- Great British Spring Clean runs 28th May to 13th June 2021
- Learning At Work Week starts on 18th May 2021
- National Epilepsy Week begins 24th May 2021
- International Missing Children’s Day is 25th May 2021
- Wesak (Buddha Day) will be 26th May 2021
- Whit Sun (Christian) will also be 26th May 2021
Lockdown easing (at the time of posting):
England – Stage Three (no earlier than 17th May 2021) includes but not limited to: domestic overnight stays allowed with people not in your household or bubble; hospitality venues like pubs and restaurants can seat customers indoors; indoor entertainment can open; hotels, hostels and bed & breakfasts can reopen; and adult indoor group sports and exercise can restart.
Scotland – Level Two (from 17th May 2021) includes but not limited to: hospitality venues return to “greater normality” with the potential to service alcohol until 22:30 and customers being asked to book two-hour slots; outdoor contact sports and indoor group exercise can restart; and cinemas, amusement arcades, and bingo halls can reopen.
Wales – from 3rd May 2021: gym, leisure centres, fitness facilities can reopen though exercise classes will not be allowed; people can form extended households allowing two households to meet and have contact indoors. From 17th May 2021: children’s indoor activities can resume; community centres can open; and organised indoor activities for a maximum of 15 people can resume, including exercise classes.
Northern Ireland – from 30th April 2021: self-contained tourism accommodation may reopen; hospitality venues may reopen outdoor areas. An indicative date of 24th May 2021 has been set for the potential reopening of indoor hospitality and all tourism accommodation.