Bank holiday breaks

Bank holiday things to do in England

August Bank holiday is nearly here - what better time to treat yourself to a mini break! England is bustling with holiday ideas to make the most out of your long weekends, from romantic getaways exploring picturesque landscapes to cheap weekend breaks that won't skimp on the fun. Looking for ways to entertain the kids? There’s plenty of family fun to be had this bank holiday, whether it’s swinging through the trees in the forest, playing arcade games on the coast or attending one of England’s many free bank holiday festivals and events.

Bank holiday things to do in England

Bank holiday breaks

August Bank holiday is nearly here - what better time to treat yourself to a mini break! England is bustling with holiday ideas to make the most out of your long weekends, from romantic getaways exploring picturesque landscapes to cheap weekend breaks that won't skimp on the fun. Looking for ways to entertain the kids? There’s plenty of family fun to be had this bank holiday, whether it’s swinging through the trees in the forest, playing arcade games on the coast or attending one of England’s many free bank holiday festivals and events.

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Fill up on pie, mash and music at Pie & Vinyl

Fill up on pie, mash and music at Pie & Vinyl

Pie and Vinyl combines the UK's favourite comfort food, ‘Pie & Mash’ with everyone's favourite food for the soul, music.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Grab your paddle for an exploration of Bristol’s Harbour

Grab your paddle for an exploration of Bristol’s Harbour

Set out on a water sports adventure in Bristol’s beautiful, historic Harbour - the perfect setting for learning to paddleboard, canoe or sail.

Location: Bristol

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Sandcastles and rockpools at Bamburgh Beach

Sandcastles and rockpools at Bamburgh Beach

Do you know your cockles from your winkles? St. Aidan and Grace Darling certainly did. And what better place to learn than on Bamburgh Beach.

Location: Bamburgh, Northumberland

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Cookery and butchery courses at Coddy's Farm

Cookery and butchery courses at Coddy's Farm

Boost your culinary skills with seasonal cookery and butchery courses at Coddy's Farm, in Holmfirth. Great accommodation, great views, great food.

Location: Holmfirth, Yorkshire

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Soak up the night sky at Summer Nights film festival

Soak up the night sky at Summer Nights film festival

Sit under the stars and take in a blockbuster film under the watches of Wollaton Hall and its scenic parkland at the Summer Nights Film Festival.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Get back to nature whilst glamping in a shepherd’s hut

Get back to nature whilst glamping in a shepherd’s hut

A stone’s throw from Kielder Water and Forest Park, PoSHHuts in Falstone is an oasis of indulgence – a perfect glamping getaway in Northumberland.

Location: Falstone, Northumberland

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Explore the magical Roman Baths by torchlight

Explore the magical Roman Baths by torchlight

Stroll hand in hand as you explore the ancient Roman Baths by flickering torchlight, followed by a romantic three course meal.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Trot over to meet Redwings Horse Sanctuary's rescued residents

Trot over to meet Redwings Horse Sanctuary's rescued residents

Come nose to nose with some of Redwings Horse Sanctuary's most delightful residents at Redwings Ada Cole Rescue Centre in Essex.

Location: Nazeing, Essex

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Stand astride the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Stand astride the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Stand with one foot in the east and one in the west and feel on top of the world. Climb over the roof of The O2 and ride on London’s only cable car.

Location: Greenwich, London

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Enjoy a budget break at Euro Hostel Liverpool

Enjoy a budget break at Euro Hostel Liverpool

Spend a weekend in Liverpool and stay at a hostel with a difference – it’s dormitories, but not as you know it.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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Explore Gorleston beach, Roman ruins and the Angles Way

Explore Gorleston beach, Roman ruins and the Angles Way

Enjoy gorgeous Gorleston beach then explore ancient Roman ruins and the Angles Way, a fantastic riverside walk along the Yare.

Location: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

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Join the parade at Notting Hill Carnival

Join the parade at Notting Hill Carnival

Dance to the steel pans, see amazing costumes and enjoy a slice of the Caribbean at Notting Hill Carnival, the biggest street carnival in Europe.

Location: Notting Hill, Greater London

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Sample local craft beers brewed in Henry VIII's Southsea Castle

Sample local craft beers brewed in Henry VIII's Southsea Castle

Discover the taste of Southsea Brewing Co., brewed in Southsea Castle's micro-brewery.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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A luxury B&B for you and your horse

A luxury B&B for you and your horse

Tugford is a family run working farm that has both a B&B and holiday cottages as well as a purpose built stabling and livery.

Location: Craven Arms, Shropshire

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Spend some quality time together in a luxury forest lodge

Spend some quality time together in a luxury forest lodge

Treat your loved one to a weekend of pleasure and pampering in a five-star rural retreat.

Location: Darley Moor, Derbyshire

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Soar above England’s highest chalk sea cliff

Soar above England’s highest chalk sea cliff

Work up the courage for a unique, exhilarating way to take in the iconic scenery of East Sussex’s famous Beachy Head, near Eastbourne.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Indulge in a romantic city break in Manchester

Indulge in a romantic city break in Manchester

Your romantic getaway is just round the corner; visit some of the city’s most sumptuous hot spots for great cuisine and spectacular skyline views.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Indulge in some ‘me time’ in Exeter

Indulge in some ‘me time’ in Exeter

Escape the fast pace and hum drum of everyday life and treat yourself to an indulgent break in Exeter.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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Visit one of Capability Brown’s finest landscapes

Visit one of Capability Brown’s finest landscapes

Celebrate Capability Brown’s tercentenary as you explore 42 acres of Sherborne Castle's beautiful gardens and soak up the beauty, peace and tranquility of this natural setting.

Location: Sherborne, Dorset

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Find each of the Norwich 12

Find each of the Norwich 12

The Norwich 12 is an exciting collection of historically and architecturally rich buildings spanning 1,000 years of history in Norwich.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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