On your marks for the Fastest Filly race in Pontefract or for something a little less speedy, try out some craft beer in the heart of the capital. If your children love the open seas then sail to Wetherby for a Pirate Weekend, suggests Danielle Jones.
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If you’re partial to a crafty pint, then check out the vast array of brewers and their wares at the London Craft Beer Festival. You can have unlimited samples of what’s on offer in your free festival glass, plus there’s music and food to compliment the tipples. Tickets start at £25. (12th-14th August)
Bring the kids and some running shoes for a day at the races with a difference. Enjoy pony rides, face painting and meet some of the horses with the kids. Ladies can also compete to be crowned “Fastest Filly” in the star event. Family tickets cost £22. (14th August)
Watching a hot air balloon is a sight to behold but the skies above Bristol will be a veritable rainbow of them this weekend. Why not book a ride in a balloon? Or if you’d prefer to keep your feet on terra firma, watch the balloons light up for the Nightglows and Firework spectacular. Entry is free but there is a charge for parking. (11th-13th August)
Swap your sunglasses for some medieval chainmail at this interactive event at Rochester Castle. Wander around as the grounds play host to a free fayre full of re-enactments, cooking displays, falconry, archery and even a medieval fashion show for all your armour needs.
Becoming its own mini city, BoomTown Fair has an action packed line-up and spectacular visuals. With 24 stages rammed with every performance art form imaginable, acts such as Fun Lovin Criminals, Madness and the ever entertaining, Beardyman, this is one crazy, musical journey in the Hampshire countryside. Tickets start at £170 for the weekend. (11th-14th August)
Set in the grounds of the Bamburgh Castle, BFest gets underway this weekend with local musical acts, delicious food and drink from local based vendors and a relaxing family friendly vibe. Bring a blanket and relax in the grounds of this mighty fortress whilst also raising money for HospiceCare. (13th August)
Sometimes it’s easy to take cars for granted but this weekend you can be reminded of how amazing they truly are. The Bradford Classic has a celebration of all things automotive, with beautiful examples of cars through the ages, going right back to the 1920s. Alongside the vehicle eye-candy there’s live music, kid’s entertainment and a vintage market. Entry to the event is free. (13th August)
If you love the thrill of competition and like the idea of trying a more unusual mode of transport, then head to Diggerland to take part in Dumper Racing. Manoeuvre your way around the course in the fastest time and try not to get any penalties for your shot at victory. Entrance to the activity is £39.99. (13th August)
Ahoy, me Hearties! If you’re partial to doubloons and think you have what it takes to avoid Davy Jones’ locker, then weigh the anchor and hoist the mizzen to Stockeld Park for Pirate Weekend. As well as the adventure playgrounds and Go-Karts thar’ also be a prize for the best pirate duds. Entry is £13 per person. (13th-14th August)
Take in the sea air and feel the sand between your toes all whilst listening to the sounds of Deadmau5, Chase & Status, James Bay and more at Boardmasters this weekend. From its home on the Cornish coast you can mix up your festival experience watching adrenaline pumping surf competitions and some intimate beach gigs. Day tickets start from £47.50. (10th-14th August)
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