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Bank holiday ideas

Bank holiday ideas

23.08.2018 | Activities

Although the glorious summer is drawing to a close, the clocks haven’t gone back yet, the kids haven’t gone back to school yet and there is one last bank holiday to enjoy! This may be the last weekend in summer for us all before autumnal reality hits and we swap sandals for wellies.

If you’re stuck for plans for the three day break, check our round up of free activities up and down the country.

Nottinghill Carnival

When: 26th August – 27th August

Carnival returns for another year in London’s Nottinghill. With the first event being in 1959, Nottinghill Carnival has become a huge part of London’s bank holiday celebrations. A celebration of Caribbean culture, immerse yourself in a vibrant street party.  Sunday is children’s day and recommended for family’s as the crowds are smaller and kid-friendly floats create a fun environment.


Robin Hood Festival, Nottingham

When: 27th August – 2nd September

The Robin hood festival returns for its 34th year in 2018 at Sherwood Forest. This year for the first time the festival is organised by the RSPB. There are a range of activities planned including live magic shows, archery, live music, wild activities and crafts. A great choice if you will be entertaining children this bank holiday.


Edinburgh Fringe Festival

When: 3rd August – 27th August

 The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest arts festival in the world in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh. Every year there are thousands of acts and performers from big acts to entertainers trying to break into the industry. This is a great experience that creates a huge buzz in Edinburgh’s city centre. There is still time to be part of the magic, final tickets are still on sale now.


Arundel Festival, West Sussex

When: 18th -27th August

The biggest arts festival in the South of England, this event takes place at Arundel Castle in West Sussex. Entertainment includes everything from live musical performances to theatre, comedy and exhibitions. Perfect for a weekend with children and even better all events are free!


 Street Art’s Festival, Exeter

When: 25th August

This bank holiday will see Exeter city centre transformed into a one day festival dedicated to showcasing local vibrant art and performances. This event is family friendly and a fantastic opportunity to learn more about your local area or explore somewhere new.