Bank holiday breaks

Bank holiday things to do in England

Bank holiday is finally 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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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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Gather your pieces-of-eight for some piratical fun

Gather your pieces-of-eight for some piratical fun

Landlubbers beware! Grab an eye-patch and a parrot and head to Brixham for an adventure on the high seas.

Location: Brixham, Devon

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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

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Enjoy the great outdoors at the Peak District Walking Festival

Enjoy the great outdoors at the Peak District Walking Festival

Put on your hiking boots and join in with one of a hundred themed events and walks happening across the Peak District.

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

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Relive the past at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Relive the past at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Peel back 900 years of history at this UNESCO World Heritage Site of majestic monastic ruins, water gardens and medieval deer park.

Location: Near Ripon, North Yorkshire

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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 being pampered in your own moorland lodge retreat

Enjoy being pampered in your own moorland lodge retreat

Indulge in a full range of spa treatments in the comfort of your own luxury Scandinavian lodge before setting off to explore the English countryside.

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

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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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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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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

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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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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

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Climb aboard the East Lancashire Railway for a 1940s festival

Climb aboard the East Lancashire Railway for a 1940s festival

Join the East Lancashire Railway to party like its 1949 in Rawtenstall, Lancashire where the blitz spirit is still going strong.27-29 May 2017.

Location: Rawtenstall, Lancashire

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Try a Tipple at Plymouth Gin Distillery

Try a Tipple at Plymouth Gin Distillery

Tour the Distillery and see how Plymouth's unique smooth gin is made first hand in the oldest working distillery in England.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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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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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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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

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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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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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Cycle the track at Derby Arena

Cycle the track at Derby Arena

Enter the adrenaline-fuelled world of track cycling on Derby's 250-metre indoor Velodrome, for novice, veterans and elite cyclists.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

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