10 FREE Virtual Events to Enjoy This Bank Holiday Weekend

If you’re wondering what to do with your second lockdown bank holiday weekend, then I have got some great virtual events to add to your calendar. 

And there are lots going on to keep the family entertained all weekend, but this year it’s all virtual. As well as a virtual BBC Radio1 Big Weekend coverage, you can enjoy movies, food and drink, gaming and fantastic music. 

From a virtual dinner party with Gousto to a full-on festival, there’s plenty going on to keep you and your family entertained. Have a great weekend and enjoy quality time with those that you love! 

Gousto Table for 1 Million – Hosted by Nick Grimshaw

When: Friday 22nd May 8pm 

How: to tune in for free

To get your bank holiday off to a delicious start, recipe box company Gousto is bringing the nation together for an unmissable evening of food and entertainment. Joining from the comfort of their own kitchens, the four dinner guests, Nick Grimshaw, Paloma Faith, David Haye, and Katherine Ryan- will serve-up delicious food with a side of laughs! 

People joining from home will be able to ask them questions, participate in group photos, and get involved in a variety of unique interactive moments that bring everyone close together to celebrate community spirit.

Radio 1 Big Weekend 

When: Friday 22nd May – Sunday 24th May


Big Weekend 2020 is still going ahead as planned, but with a twist: it’s a virtual festival. Radio 1 and the world’s biggest artists will be joining you remotely while you stay at home.

Stormzy, Billie Eilish and plenty of other big named artists will hit the stage this bank holiday weekend, as Radio 1 hosts their first-ever virtual big weekend. The three-day set will feature classic performances from the years gone by, live performances from Sam Smith, Aitch X AJ Tracey and many more artists, and sets from Afro B and some big names from Clubland. Tune in from 7.30 Friday 22nd May.

Cocktail Masterclass with Bombay Sapphire

When: 6:30pm Friday 22nd May


If you want to enjoy a tipple before your virtual dinner party this evening, then the expert mixologists from Bombay Sapphire have the perfect pre-party drinks event.  

Take part in this one-hour cocktail masterclass and learn to mix a Bombay Bramble cocktail as well as the quintessential G&T.

Virtual Chelsea Flower Show 

When: Saturday 23rd May


RHS hosts their final broadcast from the Chelsea Flower Show this Saturday 23rd May.  You’ll join special guest Andy Sturgeon in his courtyard garden, where you’ll get advice on what to grow in a smaller space. Followed by garden designer Mark Gregory, as he shows you the garden with a special place in his heart. 

Google’s Nest Sessions

When: Saturday May 23rd to Monday May 25th


Jessie Ware and Olly Alexander lead the names of musicians who are set to perform and share their lockdown activities on the Google Nest Sessions. 

The popular musicians will be interviewed by Laura Whitmore this Bank Holiday weekend (May 23 to May 25) to talk about how they’ve been spending their time at home during the coronavirus pandemic and will also perform.

Laura Whitmore is the host of Google’s new Nest Sessions, helping listeners to relax over the weekend from May 23. Featuring music, home activities and chat to enjoy from 10am each day. Say “Ok Google, talk to Nest Sessions” or visit the YouTube page to get involved.

Digital Drag Fest

When: All weekend


Many of the big names in drag are coming together for a new digital concert festival this bank holiday weekend. Bob The Drag Queen, Nicky Doll and many others will host a once in a lifetime live experience for viewers around the world. Singing, cooking, comedy, lip-syncing and drama are just some of the elements that lucky viewers will get to see. 

Amazon Live: John Legend

When: 1pm on Friday 22nd May


The R&B superstar’s follow album won’t drop until June 19. But during this live event, he will perform songs from the forthcoming release, including “Bigger Love,” the title track, and “Conversations in the Dark.” Legend will also talk with fans, who can submit questions for him on his social media posts before the stream begins or use the platform’s chat function to pose them in real time. Tune in on Amazon Live from 1pm on Friday 22nd May. 

Hungry Hearts Homage to Bruce Springsteen 

When: Saturday 23rd May 8pm

Hungry Hearts are running a club night dedicated entirely to Bruce Springsteen – an absolute must if you’re a big fan of the Boss! Starting Saturday at 8pm and lasting all night long, this live-stream has been scheduled in recognition of Mental Health Awareness week. Bruce has spoken out about struggles with mental health in the past, so this night is designed to use Bruce’s music to raise awareness – all whilst bringing fans together for a great night of all-American tunes!

Lyaness Bank Holiday DJ Set

When: 5pm Monday 25th May


Missing the party right now? If you usually spend your Bank Holiday dancing with your friends at the city’s hottest bars, then make sure you check out Lyaness Monday DJ set. The famous Southbank bar is hosting five-hours of non-stop party on its Instagram page – come join resident DJ Martin 2 Smoove as he plays everything from funk to disco, soul to hop-hop, featuring special guests from the scene such as Volatile and DJ Cable. Starts at 5pm Monday night – perfect to end the Bank Holiday on a high!

The Sound of Music – Full Stage Show

When: Friday 22nd May – Sunday 24th May


Watch the Sound of Music live this Friday for free on YouTube. 

This Friday 22nd May, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless musical classic, starring Carrie Underwood is premiering on The Shows Must Go On. The show will be available from Friday evening in the UK, and be live until Monday, leaving plenty of time for you to watch over the weekend. 

The channel is worth bookmarking, as it has already hosted six of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s previous musicals – finishing with Cats, of course – and will continue to run with new shows for audiences to enjoy at home.


*This is a guest post by Gousto Table for 1 Million


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