May is off and racing – from horse races to camel races and motor races. Plus there’s a little something for film fans, flower fans, and those who just like a downright spectacle. Read on for ideas and inspiration on where to go and what to see in the very merry month of May.
Much like ‘the race that stops a nation’, the beloved Kentucky Derby is known as ‘the most exciting two minutes in sports’. It caps off two weeks of festivities and attracts more than 160,000 race fans on the day. This year, Grammy and Emmy award-winning crooner Harry Connick Jr will entertain the masses. So don your best race gear, grab a mint julep and place your bets.
Kentucky Derby, Louisville, USA, May 6, 2017
Cannes Film Festival
Italian actress Monica Bellucci will be Mistress of Ceremonies at this year’s Festival de Cannes, which attracts the cream of the acting crop from around the world. While it is technically an industry-only event, you can still get in on the action with free movies on the beach each night. Or hang out by the red carpet (Lumiere screenings) or blue carpet (Debussy screenings) to catch a glimpse of the stars.
Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, France, May 17-28, 2017
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
A fragrant wonderland, the Chelsea Flower Show in the grounds of London’s Royal Hospital Chelsea blossoms with horticultural displays by world-renowned garden designers, plant specialists, florists and nurseries. It’s a great place to get the inside track on the latest garden trends, or just take the time to stop and smell the roses.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London, May 23-27, 2017
Monaco Grand Prix
Start your engines! The Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco is set to roar through the glitzy streets of Monte Carlo, a daring circuit that leaves little margin for error. Celebrities including Brad Pitt and George Clooney have flocked to the race in past years. Former F1 driver David Coulthard recommends Cafe de Paris for a hangover-curing Bloody Mary, followed by a stint at the Casino.
Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, May 25-28, 2017
Uluru Camel Cup
Go bush for the quirky Camel Cup at Uluru, to see the mighty beasts thunder around this red-dirt track in the Northern Territory Outback. There’s also boot scooting, markets, stock whip demonstrations, wheelbarrow races, a kids’ sack race and camel-dung-throwing competition. It culminates in the Frock Up & Rock Up Gala Ball, where you can dance the night away on a red desert floor under a starry Outback sky.
Uluru Camel Cup, Uluru, Northern Territory, May 26-27, 2017
Light, music and ideas will illuminate your stay in the New South Wales capital during the 23-night Vivid festival. See Barangaroo, Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, the Sydney Opera House and more come alive with light installations; hear the music of artists including Goldfrapp, Fleet Foxes and Air at live performances; and be inspired by all manner of creative thinkers.
Vivid Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, May 27-June 17, 2017
* Featured image: Delphiniums at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Image: Getty