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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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

 
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

 
Take your senses on a trip back in time at Beamish

Take your senses on a trip back in time at Beamish

Touch, taste, hear, see and smell history on an unforgettable journey into the past at England’s largest open-air museum.

Location: Vale of Durham

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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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