Make the most of the August Bank Holiday with activities across the country. Pull on your hiking boots for the Dartmoor Walking Festival, party like a VIP at Victorious Fest on the south coast, or switch off with some space-themed viewing in Manchester. Words by Danielle Jones
Check out performances from The Manic Street Preachers and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, all set to the backdrop of the sunny Solent. With a kids’ area, food and drink from local artisan vendors, plus a lineup to challenge any major UK festival, Victorious is set to be bigger and better than ever. Day tickets are £35 (27th-28th August)
Explore the picturesque streets of Arundel, complete with its very own castle, whilst following the annual festival gallery trail. Highlights include Dragon Boat racing on the River Arun and the somewhat cuter rubber duck race, plus a calendar packed with music, street performance, and more all free of charge. (21st-29th August)
The coast around Blyth will be a spectacle to behold with these monoliths of boating prowess. You can see the ships first-hand, sail into the Port of Blyth before undertaking a 500 mile race towards Gothenburg in Sweden. Highlights include being able to go aboard, five entertainment zones and the Parade of Sail.
No matter if you’re a heavyweight hiker or the closest you get is nipping to the shops, the Dartmoor Walking Festival has ambles and bimbles designed for all. Set on the spectacular Devon backdrop there is also a celebration event in Princetown with food and music with the British Heart Foundation, as well as talks and activities taking place throughout the week. (27th August - 4th September)
With sci-fi firmly on the agenda you can lose yourself this weekend by seeing some cult classics and lost gems in Manchester. Highlights include ’lost’ episodes of the original Thunderbirds, the Pop-Up Puppet Cinema screening of Flash Gordon plus, a sneaky peek of the new Red Dwarf XI due this autumn. Tickets start from £25.50 a day (26th-28th August)
Discover a hidden world of waterfalls, caverns and underground sights. This introductory event means even a complete beginner can strap on a headlamp and squeeze into some exciting spaces. For £15 you can tour the caves and learn about how they came to be, plus the importance of conserving these subterranean treasures. (28th August)
Whether your allegiance is with Xbox or Playstation, the great and the good of gaming are coming together this weekend for an extravaganza of pixels and players at Insomnia58 in Birmingham. Tour the arena and have a go at all of the latest games and upcoming releases. Watch YouTube stars battle it out live on screens in games of racing, RPG and more. Entrance is £25 but the adventure is endless. (26th-29th August)
Man’s best friend takes pride of place this week in Norfolk at this exciting outdoor event. With celebrity guests Ashleigh and Pudsey from Britain’s Got Talent, arena shows from doggie display teams and Have-A-Go activities for you and your pooches, grab your lead and head over for a fun-filled walkies at just £7 a ticket.
Was it Colonel Mustard in the library with the lead pipe? Or perhaps it was Professor Plum with the candlestick in the kitchen? Well not this week! Poor old Miss Rose has met her maker and it’s up to you, her dinner guests, to find out “Who Dunnit” at this free interactive theatre event in Bristol. (27th August)
This weekend in Oxford you can throw off your cares in peaceful surroundings with a programme filled with yoga, meditation, music and positivity - free of charge. There are family areas, peaceful woodland to relax in, and talks designed to help you take a step back and take stock. (27th-29th August)
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