Celebrating the bank holiday in style! Boozy revellers party in style

Celebrating the bank holiday in style! Boozy revellers in Birmingham and Leeds pack out bars and clubs in fancy dress as they make the most of the long weekend

  • Revellers hit Britain’s high streets last night for the early May Bank Holiday 
  • Union Jacks and bunting are already lining town centres ahead of Coronation 

As Britain gears up for the Coronation of King Charles III next week, revellers in high streets up and down the country gave a taste of what’s to come.

Already, town centres are lined with Union Jack flags and bunting in preparation for the big day on May 6, which is being held for the first time in living memory for most people.

Partygoers hit the tiles last night ahead of the first May Bank Holiday, showing off their summer outfits as temperatures hit 19C (66.2F).

A recreation of Geri Horner’s famous Union Jack dress from her Spice Girls days was among the outfits on show alongside a Teletubby and Top Gun’s Maverick. 

Elsewhere, mermaid skirts, laced corsets, tartan kilts and even a naughty vicar made an appearance.

A young woman leads a throng dressed in a laced corset and floral headdress, while friends follow – one in a tartan kilt and another in Hawaiian fancy dress

Priests and cardinals were also a chosen theme for fancy dress for these partygoers in Leeds

Cities are braced for an invasion of May Bank Holiday ‘stags and hens’ aimed at partying till the sun rises.

But the top ten list of favourite destinations doesn’t include London, where maybe the prices are too high.

From Bristol, Brighton, Bournemouth, Bath and Belfast, to Edinburgh, Newcastle and Liverpool, bridegrooms will be chained naked to lamp posts and brides-to-be will be faced by male strippers as all sorts of naughties take place.

It’s the busiest weekend for stag and hen dos across the country as the nation prepares for time off.

And it’s followed by King Charles’ Coronation extended holiday weekend to allow for continuous partying for those who have been crafty enough to re-jig their work rotas.

Stagweb.com and gohen.com, two of the UK’s leading stag and hen party providers, predict this weekend is expected to be a staggering 25 per cent busier than the next busiest weekend.

Jon Stainer, creative director of both Stag Web and Go Hen, said people are ready to let their hair down after the long, dreary winter months.

‘The early May Bank Holiday is always one of the busiest weekends of the year as everyone gets an extra day of partying, plus it allows for a comfortable gap between the December and January festivities and the weddings in the summer.

A recreation of Geri Horner’s famous Union Jack dress from her Spice Girls days (right) was among the outfits hitting the tiles alongside a Teletubby and Top Gun’s Maverick

Revellers enjoy the ‘Otley Run 16 Pub Crawl’ in Leeds yesterday, as the celebrate the Bank Holiday weekend

A dashing Roman emperor wearing a leaf crown and flowing red cloak lifts up a girl dressed in a ballerina ensemble

Revellers hit the town in Birmingham early on Friday evening to start the early May Bank Holiday weekend

The party showed no signs of abating in Leeds last night, as drinkers took plastic cups into the street

A hardy band of mates out on a session donned hi-vis jackets and builders’ safety helmets as they went out in Leeds

A cheerful redheaded duo cling on to each other as they cross the road as festivities broke out in Leeds

Snow White has had enough! This would-be Disney Princess is helped along the street by two friends in Leeds

Revellers make the most of Friday night out in Soho, central London at the start of the Bank Holiday weekend

Soho’s famous red lights lit up the terraces next to its bars and clubs as young people enjoyed the Bank Holiday 

Peace man! A group of young women make the peace sign in Soho as they enjoyed a fun night out

The capital was abuzz with groups of young people out drinking yesterday as they enjoyed the long Bank Holiday weekend

Easter throwover? Bunny headdresses were still on show in Birmingham last night as partygoers hit the streets

A trio of young women make a peace sign while walking home in Birmingham city centre on Friday evening

Bristol is set to see the biggest boom in stag and hen dos, with Liverpool a close second and Edinburgh in third.

Jon said ‘Bristol and Liverpool have always been hugely popular destinations for both stag and hens, but the most surprising name on the list is Bath in fourth.

‘Whilst Bath isn’t particularly popular with stags, it’s been the most popular hen party destination in the UK for years due to its stylish vibe, vibrant bar scene, and the world-famous Thermae Spa.

Brighton is fifth on the list – nearly 10 per cent of all Stag Web and Go Hen’s UK bookings are for the seaside city this weekend.

Jon said ‘Brighton has always been popular with hens in particular because it is the perfect mix of a vibrant UK seaside destination and bouncing party city.

‘With a load of incredible activities on offer – both on land and at sea – there’s plenty to take on and conquer when they’re not enjoying those big nights out.

‘Interestingly, all of our groups heading to Brighton this weekend are hen parties with stags preferring to go to places like Bristol, Liverpool and Edinburgh.’

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