Marking the end of summer for many, the August Bank Holiday is fast approaching with the extended weekend of fun taking place from Friday 25 August until Monday 27 August. To celebrate the year’s final Bank Holiday weekend, we’re shining the spotlight on three destinations offering the perfect base for creating memories with a whole bucket list of things to do and events to experience!
August Bank Holiday in London
London offers everything you could possibly want from a memorable August Bank Holiday weekend and no doubt, the main attraction of the weekend is the Notting Hill Carnival! Established as Europe’s largest street festival, it takes place on Saturday 25 August until Monday 27 August. It’s definitely an exciting and vibrant way to spend your weekend. Soak up the atmosphere or simply sit back and enjoy the stunning parades and live music which include reggae, dub and salsa!
And of course, the list of things to do in the city definitely doesn’t stop there! The London Eye, The Tower of London and Buckingham Palace are just a few of the popular places to visit, along with Camden Market, Regent’s Park and Hyde Park adding to the many hotspots London has for a day out exploring.
If you’re looking for something to occupy the kids it’s a perfect time to visit as the official London Theatre group is offering free theatre tickets to under 16s to see selected performances when they’re accompanied by a full-paying adult. Running throughout August, adults can buy up to two extra kids’ tickets at half price and there are no booking or postage fees!
To find London accommodation for your Bank Holiday in the city, click here.
August Bank Holiday in Manchester
Bursting with character and energy, Manchester is the birthplace of the industrial revolution. Today it is a city jam-packed with exciting things to do and places to see. Manchester is home to an array of restaurants, bars, shops, museums and galleries. It’s popular for its incredible Pride Weekend which is always a huge success and takes place every year.
The Manchester Pride Festival is made up of The Big Weekend. This is where some of the very best artists take to the stage and perform. The Pride Parade sees thousands come together to walk the parade in front of tens of thousands of supporters cheering and celebrating. The Superbia Weekend has film screenings, cabaret, conversation and community workshops and is an additional attraction which you can enjoy!
To occupy the little ones, Manchester Museum, Manchester Art Gallery and the Museum of Science & Industry are options for the whole family. Plus, Bolton Food and Drink Festival is also taking place at the same time and offers the ultimate day out for food lovers!
To find your preferred place to stay in Manchester, click here.
August Bank Holiday in Edinburgh
It might not be Scotland’s official August Bank Holiday but Edinburgh is the perfect backdrop for a fantastic couple of days away! And what’s better is you’ll be arriving just before the vibrant Edinburgh Fringe Festival finishes on Monday 27 August. The famous festival is known as the single biggest celebration of arts and culture on the planet because it attracts visitors from around the world! A variety of artists, from famous faces to comics trying out for the first time take part in the annual festival, which has something for everyone. Last year’s event saw a staggering 50,000 performances in over 300 venues!
Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and The Real Mary King’s Close are some of the other attractions you can visit during your time in Scotland. Not forgetting the famous Scottish food that you must try before leaving, including Scotch Pie, Scotch Egg, Cullen Skink and Haggis. Whether you love or hate it, there are some fantastic restaurants in the old and new town that will make the experience extra special!
To browse some of the very best accommodation in Edinburgh, click here.
If you have a destination in mind which isn’t listed above, we have a variety of accommodation across the UK. Whether it’s apartments, inns, seaside or boutique style bedrooms, there really is something for all. If you’ve got somewhere in mind call our team from Monday to Friday at 9:00am to 5:30pm. They will be happy to find your perfect getaway for the August Bank Holiday.