August Bank Holiday Ideas

august bank holiday ideas


It’s the last bank holiday weekend until Christmas so why not make the most of it and get out and about wherever you are in the UK.  Here’s a few ideas for this August Bank Holiday to get you started….

Find a festival

If you think you’ve missed the festival season then think again, the August Bank Holiday sees Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street festival hit the streets of London.  It kicks off on 30 August with The Sunday Parade, ideal for families and children, culminating on Bank Holiday Monday with The Grand Finale showcasing amazing costumes as 60 bands dance their way through London.

It’s not just the capital that’s celebrating the bank holiday weekend; Reading Festival starts on 28th through to the 30 August.  Mumford & Sons are headlining on the main stage on Friday with Metallica and The Libertines following on Saturday and Sunday.  There are three designated pick up/drop points at Reading Festival, why not book a cab ahead of the weekend and get organised and avoid the rush and any last minute panic.

For a fun-filled pop event you need to head to Cofton Park in Birmingham which plays host to the Fusion Festival with an amazing line up including Rudimental, Labrinth, Clean Bandit, Ella Henderson, Sigma and Becky Gill on Saturday night. The Sunday night line sees McBusted, The Vamps, Jess Glynee, Gorgon City, Conor August 29 and 30!

Family Day Out

Go on…take the kids out for the day; there are numerous theme parks to choose from wherever you live for a fun filled day of thrills and spills.  If you’ve got younger children they would love a day out at the seaside.  It doesn’t have to cost the earth either if you pack a picnic and take a bucket and spade with you.

Free Local Events

Have a look at your local newspaper or search online for free local events that are run in your area.  Whether you spend the bank holiday weekend browsing a local market or car boot sale, or enjoying a country walk there’s always something going on around you where you can spend a few hours relaxing without spending a fortune.

Last Minute UK City Break

How about booking a last minute city break, there are so many great places to visit in the UK.  Manchester makes a wonderful city break with great travel links and so much to do and see, from shopping to a football stadium tour.  If you head to the quirky Northern Quarter for lunch and a drink, you have to take a look in some of the city’s more alternative shops such as the Manchester Craft & Design Centre.  By night, Manchester’s thriving city centre boasts some of the best restaurants and clubs for a fantastic night out.

Outdoor cinema

The last few years has seen an explosion of outdoor cinemas across the UK.  If the weather is warm and dry, it’s a popular choice to pull up a deckchair or thrown down a blanket and enjoy the big screen experience outdoors.  Why not take a picnic and bottle of bubbly along, just remember to book a cab home!

Whatever you choose to do this August Bank Holiday, fingers crossed for some sunshine….