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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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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Make a splash at Sandhaven Beach

Make a splash at Sandhaven Beach

Sandcastles, surf and smiles await in the fantastic seaside town of South Shields!

Location: South Shields, South Tyneside

 
August Events: Take in the big screen at Hertford Castle Open Air Cinema

August Events: Take in the big screen at Hertford Castle Open Air Cinema

Grab your popcorn and enjoy a weekend of open air cinema under the stars with the beautiful Hertford Castle providing a suitably dramatic backdrop.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordhsire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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 at this historic observatory.

Location: Greenwich, London

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Fun and free on Kent’s coastline

Fun and free on Kent’s coastline

Who says you need to break the bank to have a great day out with so much available for free on the coast of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate?

Location: Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, Kent

 
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

 
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

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