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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Plan a romantic escape to Malmaison Oxford

Plan a romantic escape to Malmaison Oxford

Enjoy chocolate dipped strawberries in a converted prison on a romantic break in Oxford.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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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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Cycle from Snape to Orford through scenic Suffolk

Cycle from Snape to Orford through scenic Suffolk

This delightful cycle route from Snape to Orford meanders through the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Location: Snape and Orford, Suffolk

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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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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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Experience a revival of Cotswolds’ culinary traditions

Experience a revival of Cotswolds’ culinary traditions

Perfect your culinary skills at Thyme at Southrop’s cookery school, then explore some of the Cotswolds’ best restaurants in Bibury and Nailsworth.

Location: Southrop, Gloucestershire

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Escape to the Lancashire countryside on a romantic spa trip

Escape to the Lancashire countryside on a romantic spa trip

Indulge yourself at Woodland Spa in Lancashire and take your pick from a wealth of relaxing treatments – from facials and manicures to holistic treatments.

Location: Burnley, Lancashire

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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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Discover the majestic Warwick Castle

Discover the majestic Warwick Castle

Explore the spooky towers and frightening dungeons at Warwick Castle, and uncover its gruesome past spanning over 1100 years.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

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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 Norfolk Coast Path

Explore the Norfolk Coast Path

Start your trek along the Norfolk Coast Path and witness some of the most tranquil sights you can see along the coastline.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

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Get back to nature at High Force waterfall

Get back to nature at High Force waterfall

Explore a peaceful landscape of moors and hills, valleys, waterfalls and rivers dotted with picturesque villages and historic market towns.

Location: Durham Dales

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Join the Clouds with Bristol Hot Air Ballooning

Join the Clouds with Bristol Hot Air Ballooning

Take to the skies in a hot air balloon across the West Country, giving you amazing views and an unforgettable experience.

Location: Bristol

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Let Plymouth bring out your adventurous streak

Let Plymouth bring out your adventurous streak

Plymouth provides the perfect place for adventurers, with water sports, scuba diving, climbing walls, cycle paths, walks and boat trips.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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Escape to a romantic rural retreat at Champneys spa

Escape to a romantic rural retreat at Champneys spa

Enjoy some time out for just the two of you with a sumptuous pampering and walking break in the heart of Hampshire’s countryside.

Location: Liphook, Hampshire

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Discover the Lanes and North Laine

Discover the Lanes and North Laine

The Lanes were originally the centre of the sleepy fishing village of Brighthelmstone.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Stay and play on Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park

Stay and play on Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park

Make the most of family fun time camping at Cotswold Farm Park, and visit nearby Bourton-on-the-Water to explore attractions & picnic by the river.

Location: Near Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire

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Discover Bath’s 13 marvellous museums

Discover Bath’s 13 marvellous museums

Explore the incredible and diverse collection of museums and exhibitions, all within a short stroll of each other.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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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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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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