There’s a saying that ‘May, more than any other month of the year, wants us to feel most alive.’ May manages to hit that sweet spot; when there’s a welcome warmth of settled spring free from the oppressive heat of summer. It’s when social events start to spring up on the calendar, and there’s a tingle that runs through your bones like sunlight on skin. Of course, its all too easy to lose yourself too lazy afternoons soaked in Pimms and the promise of barbeques, but for those wanting to partake in the season of sublime growth – here are the best events to see you right through the darling buds of May…
Isle of Man TT
Those speed revelers who can't get enough of life on two wheels (we don’t mean the Jeremy Corbyn cycling kind) should be sure to cross the Irish Sea for the amazing Isle of Man TT race. The wail of a thousand motorbikes echoes across the usually peaceful island, the streets throng with cheering crowds, and there’s certainly a party spirit in the air. We aren’t just talking about a small raucous bike rally here, we are talking about 9 races, the fastest bikes on earth, world-class drivers, and a ton of throttle enthusiasts – up to 50 thousand to be precise. In-between the glut of glorious races you can also check out the lush landscapes, farm to table produce, and artfully designed B&B’s and cozy homestays that make the Isle of Man such a charming destination.
The War of the Worlds
‘Suddenly, like a thing falling upon me from without, came fear’ – cue dramatic music. This line uttered in HG Wells famed War of the Worlds captures the gulp-worthy wonder of the story in which Edwardian England is invaded by aliens. If that plot wasn’t compelling enough, you can now experience the War of the Worlds in the here and now. Immersive cinema is the future of film-watching and this epic evening combines multi-layered sensory realities to whisk you out of this world and into a whole new dimension. Held in London, you can leave your old life outside as you enter a realm of virtual reality, holograms, sounds, lights, smoke, fire, and fully immersive theater. Afterward, stumble back to some kind of strange and ruffled reality with a stiff drink in the steampunk bar.
Toto, you aren’t in Kansas anymore. For those who truly want to capture all the chills and thrills this May, nothing will whip your adrenaline into a frenzy like storm chasing in Colorado. For six days you can careen across America’s infamous hurricane alley alongside a storm chasing expert who may be a little too keen to get you up close to the action. Special adventure tour vehicles are fitted with top of the range equipment to track down the wildest and tightest tornadoes. Feel the wind in your hair and hold on tight to your toupes, as this journey doesn’t stop at state lines. Crossing from Colorado you will find yourself darting after darkened skies across the great plains of Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and of course – Kansas, along a handful of other storm dusted states. For those who are always seeking new thrills, storm chasing will be a thunderous experience.
Cannes Film Festival
Lights, camera, action – for those darlings of the silver screen, the highlight of May must be a trip to the frolicking French Riviera for the star-studded Cannes Film Festival. Absolutely a highlight on the high-class social calendar, Cannes sees celebrities, directors, movie stars, and industry big-wigs flock to the seaside town for fabulous film premiers, epic after parties, lashings of champagne, and a ton of chic dining and schmoozing. Members of the Life of Riley can enjoy first-class access to the highly coveted red-carpet event, complete with invites to the best VIP spots, select screenings, and amazing after-parties. This year you can expect to bump into the likes of Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Martin Scorsese, Terry Gilliam, Spike Lee, and more.
Genghis Khan Warrior Training
If May sounds like the month for flying arrows, soaring eagles, galloping horses, wild steppes, and wrestling, then its time to book a flight to the far-flung lands of Mongolia. For three days you can push yourself to limits you didn’t even know were possible on a Genghis Khan Warrior Training adventure. Taking pure inspiration from the worlds fiercest battle leader, this incredible adventure will take you back in time and teach you the tricks of the 13th-century trade. Not only will you get to learn skills like bow and arrow shooting, horseback riding, and battle training, but you can do it all against the undulating backdrop of Mongolia’s most remote lands. As evening sweeps across the steppes, its time to huddle around with your fellow warriors, sip milk vodka, and count prisms of stars before falling to sleep in your nomadic felt ger tent.