Bank holiday weeks never seem to be as quick as they appear on paper, do they?

Well not to fret, we’ve got a great list of things to do nearby to get you excited about that next day off again.

1. Palo Alto at The Black Box Music Institute on Friday May 6
The local four-piece indie disco group that have been growing in popularity will be bopping on stage alongside Delagrave Urban Natives.

2. Farmers Market at Carlisle Cathedral on Saturday May 7
It’s the first weekend of the month, so it’s the perfect time to pick up all the fresh produce for local sellers at the heart of Cumbria.

3. World Donkey Day at Oak Tree Farm, Wetherall,  Sunday May 8
Learn all about our four legged friends and how they are wonderfully unique, perfect for the family with talks and games running throughout the day.

4. A talk with Mick Wadsworth & Stuart Roy Clarke at Old Fire Station on Friday May 6.
Listen as Nick Barnes shoots questions to Mick Wadsworth, former CUFC manager & Stuart Roy Clarke The Homes of Football curator

5. Crime and Wine with MW Craven and Fiona Cummins at Cakes and Ale Café on May 12
Fiona Cummins and M W Craven will be celebrating the launch of Fiona’s fourth novel and thriller, Into The Dark, a dark and gripping crime thriller about revenge, greed, ambition and the true cost of friendship.

6. Hadrian’s Wall Challenge on Saturday May 7
Join the Heel and Toe Children’s charity as they embark on a 12.5 mile hike along Hadrian’s Wall. Contact Heel and Toe for more information.

7. Monthly Sound Journey at Belah Community Centre on Sunday May 8
Allow the vibrations of Tibetan bowls , drum, gong and voice realign and centre you. Releasing negative feelings letting go of all that does not serve you. Limited spaces, so booking is essential.

8. Afternoon Tea at Dobbies Carlisle on Friday May 6 and May 7
Treat yourself to one of the popular cafes Afternoon Tea selections filled with delicious cakes and sandwiches.

9. Pop-up shop at the Lanes running all weekend.

The perfect opportunity to pick up one-of-a-kind gifts and minders for that special person or even just yourself.

10. Go for an Ice-cream at your favourite spot
The sun is set to be shining on the Saturday, why not treat yourself to Carlisle’s highest rated places to get an ice-cream as chosen by our readers, including Pokey Parlour; Castle Chocolates; Ye Old Sweet Shoppe or Hammond’s Pond Café.