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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August events: Notting Hill Carnival

August events: 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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Enjoy a Michelin-starred meal in the Wiltshire countryside

Enjoy a Michelin-starred meal in the Wiltshire countryside

Indulge in a gastronomic experience at highly-acclaimed restaurant The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside.

Location: Nr Marlborough, Wiltshire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Grab your paddle for an exploration of Bristol’s Harbour

Grab your paddle for an exploration of Bristol’s Harbour

Set out on a water sports adventure in Bristol’s beautiful, historic Harbour - the perfect setting for learning to paddleboard, canoe or sail.

Location: Bristol

 
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 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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
A luxury B&B for you and your horse

A luxury B&B for you and your horse

Tugford is a family run working farm that has both a B&B and holiday cottages as well as a purpose built stabling and livery.

Location: Craven Arms, Shropshire

 
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

 
August events: Lost Village Festival

August events: Lost Village Festival

Take a trip into the surreal landscape of large-scale, interactive theatre performance art. In the woods. With DJs.

Location: Norton Disney, Lincolnshire

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