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.

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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

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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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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

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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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Discover Bath’s 13 marvellous museums

Discover Bath’s 13 marvellous museums

Explore the incredible and diverse collection of museums and exhibitions, all within a short stroll of each other.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Sandcastles and rockpools at Bamburgh Beach

Sandcastles and rockpools 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

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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

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Enjoy an interactive fun-filled family day out, Eureka!

Enjoy an interactive fun-filled family day out, Eureka!

Eureka! in Halifax inspires children to learn all about themselves and the world around them by playing, imagining, experimenting and having fun.

Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire

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Watch films under the stars at Hertford Castle Open Air Cinema

Watch films under the stars 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 as its backdrop.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordhsire

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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

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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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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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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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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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Lose yourself in Lincolnshire at Lost Village Festival

Lose yourself in Lincolnshire at 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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