Things to do this August Bank Holiday

Posted on August 18, 2017 by Guest Writer
August Bank Holiday

There’s plenty of fun to be had across the UK over the August bank holiday weekend. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are five events to keep you entertained:
1. Notting Hill Carnival, London
August bank holiday is time for the biggest street carnival in Europe. A colourful Caribbean affair with music and mesmerising floats, Notting Hill Carnival in London is not only a fabulous family day out, it’s also free.

Caribbean-style parades, food, international music, singing and dancing take place each day from 26 to 28 August. So don your most colourful attire, grab a horn or whistle, and head out early to Powis Square for a good spot amongst the crowds (nearest tube station: Westbourne Park).

2. Food and Drink Festival, Bolton

Foodies will be salivating at the thought of the nation’s best food and drink from 25 to 28 August. Expect four days of food and drink, craft stalls, cookery demonstrations, afternoon teas, wine tasting, as well as live music. The children will also love the tea parties at Alice’s Wonderland.

Food celebrities Ainsley Harriott, James Martin and Simon Rimmer will all be there cooking up a storm for the gala dinner, whilst regional chefs will be busy demonstrating and competing in gruelling cookery challenges!

3. Edinburgh International Festival

Life in beautiful Edinburgh takes on a whole new tempo between 4 and 28 August when the Festival arrives in town. Enjoy a packed programme of works by some of the finest international writers, directors, choreographers, composers and performers from the world of drama, music and dance.

In honour of the Festival’s 70th anniversary taking place this year, Bloom, an epic, outdoor art event, will celebrate with spectacular explosions of colours, transforming an entire precinct into an incredible scene of colour, sounds and sensations!

4. Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff

The bank holiday weekend sees the Extreme Sailing Series return to Cardiff Bay between 25 and 28 August. If you’re new to sailing, the Extreme Sailing Series brings close combat racing to city centres around the world. Watch as world-class sailor’s race catamarans at full throttle just off the waterfront from the public race village located next to the Norwegian Church. Plus, best of all, it’s free!

5. BBC Proms

Inject some culture into your bank holiday weekend and get involved with the BBC Proms. Witness The Multi-Story Orchestra perform in a most unusual setting, a dis-used multi-storey car park in Peckham, or play along with the professionals at the Imperial College Union.

We hope you have a fabulous Bank Holiday weekend. If you’re doing something fun, we’d love to hear about it on Facebook.