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

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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Build sandcastles at Bamburgh Beach

Build sandcastles 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

 
Beach huts, breweries and barmy arcade games

Beach huts, breweries and barmy arcade games

Take in Southwold’s iconic sights on a coastal stroll along Suffolk’s Heritage Coastline, from brightly coloured beach huts to homemade arcade games.

Location: Southwold, Suffolk

 
Rainy Day Activities: Discover Bath’s 13 marvellous museums

Rainy Day Activities: Discover Bath’s 13 marvellous museums

Discover the incredible and diverse collection of museums, galleries and exhibitions, all within a short stroll of one another, on a rainy day in Bath.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Retreat to Ruthern Valley

Retreat to Ruthern Valley

Get some peace and quiet in a wooded valley inhabited with squirrels and wild rabbits.

Location: Bodmin, Cornwall

 
Explore the pretty village of Thornton Le Dale

Explore the pretty village of Thornton Le Dale

When we tell you that this place is a chocolate box village, we’re really not joking.

Location: Thornton Le Dale, North Yorkshire

 
Rainy Day Activities: Get interactive on a family trip to Eureka!

Rainy Day Activities: Get interactive on a family trip to Eureka!

Eureka! in Halifax is an indoor attraction that inspires children to learn all about the world around them by playing, imagining, experimenting and having fun.

Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire

 
Relax and reconnect on a romantic Cornish coastal break

Relax and reconnect on a romantic Cornish coastal break

It’s all about you and your time together at Headland Hotel and Spa, where you can connect with each other, the ocean and the wild Cornish coastline.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Get your vintage chic on at Dreamland Margate

Get your vintage chic on at Dreamland Margate

Indulge in an 'old fashioned yet oh so fashionable' break in the UK's trendiest seaside resort

Location: Margate, Kent

 
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

 
August events: Enjoy top music and tasty cuisine at the Big Feastival

August events: Enjoy top music and tasty cuisine at the Big Feastival

Whatever happens at this festival, you won't go home with an empty stomach.

Location: Kingham, Oxfordshire

 
Go on a romantic break in the Peak District

Go on a romantic break in the Peak District

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

Location: Darley Moor, Derbyshire

 
Outdoor adventures in the North York Moors

Outdoor adventures in the North York Moors

Gee up the family with a high-octane adventure holiday in the North York Moors – you never know what you can do until you try.

Location: North York Moors, North Yorkshire

 
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

 
Eat, drink, shop and play till late at Camp and Furnace

Eat, drink, shop and play till late at Camp and Furnace

Camp and Furnace is all about fun: whether you want to play a game of Monopoly, go vintage shopping or sing-a-long with the music.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 
Go glamping in a gypsy cabin this summer

Go glamping in a gypsy cabin this summer

Experience a summer holiday with a difference this year by staying in a quirky Gypsy Cabin style pod just 15 minutes away from Whitby.

Location: Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire

 
August events: Sit under the stars at Summer Nights film screenings

August events: Sit under the stars at Summer Nights film screenings

Grab a blanket and watch a blockbuster film at Wollaton Hall's Summer Nights outdoor cinema.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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