7 Fun Things to do Over the August Bank Holiday Weekend Across the UK

Go out with a bang this summer and plan a fun day out or action-packed August Bank Holiday weekender regardless of where you are.

There are tons of festivals, events and activities scheduleD to take place up and down the country over the long weekend – and some of them won’t leave you praying for payday to come early either.

With the current mini heatwave expected to stick around , you’d be a fool not to get out there and soak up the last of the summertime vibes.

And if nothing catches your eye, why not read through our top 10 wallet-friendly ideas or cheap days out round up ?

Top things to do across the UK this weekend

1. Join the fun at Notting Hill Carnival in London

Are you heading to carnival this weekend?

If you’re heading to London you don’t want to miss out on experiencing Europe’s biggest street carnival. Not only is Notting Hill carnival is a fun family-friendly day out, it’s also free.

So, don your most colourful attire (complete with whistle or horn) and head out in the early to see the mesmerising floats and sounds of the Caribbean.

2. Go to Manchester Pride

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Gay Pride celebrations will be in full swing over the weekend in Manchester

Manchester City will host their Gay Pride celebrations from 26 August and this year revellers will get to enjoy music from MNEK, Katy B, Heather Small of M People and Will Young.

Alongside live performances will be plenty of local bars and food outlets to work your way through – and of course the huge parade.

Tickets to the festivities are still available and can be purchased directly from Ticketmaster . Prices start from £16 (plus booking fee) for a day ticket and £18 (plus booking fee) for a weekend tickets.

3. Party at SW4 festival in South London

Rudimental and Chemical Brothers will be headlining the south London festival

If you’ve not yet made it to a summer festival, it isn’t too late South West Four takes place over the weekend at Clapham Common, in South London.

British group Rudimental , the Chemical Brothers and electronic dance music group Above & Beyond are all set to headline.

You can pick up last minute tickets via Ticketmaster or try one of these re-sales sites for more GetMeIn , StubHub and viagogo for more sold-out ticketing options.

4. Head to your local lido (Nationwide)

If the suns out why not go for a refreshing dip outside?

As long as the weather holds up we’d seriously advocate visiting one of London’s popular Lido swimming pools.

From South London’s Tooting Bec and Brockwell Park outposts to Kings Cross pond and Hampton pool north of the river. Entry will not set you back more than £8 for adults and £5 for kids.

5. Go to Insomnia58 Games Festival in Birmingham

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Gaming fans will get to play the new FIFA 17 game at the festival

Birmingham is hosting the UK’s biggest gaming festival over the long weekend at the NEC (10.30am-6pm, from 26 to 29 August).

Serious gamers will get the chance to play football game FIFA 17 a month before it is released and fans of BBC’s Robot Wars can visit the dedicated robot arena.

Tickets can be bought here from The Ticket Factory – day tickets start from £25.

6. Fill up at Bolton’s Food and Drink Festival

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Nadiya Jamir Hussain on Great British Bake-Off

MasterChef’s John Torode, Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain and TV chef stalwart James Martin will all be in attendance at this year’s food and drink festival in Bolton.

The four-day foodie bonanza will feature speciality markets, cookery demonstrations and live music and entertainment.

The event is free for general entry, but specific events and demonstrations do require a paid for ticket – click here for further details .

7. Visit Cardiff Beach

British flag in sandcastle on beach

If you don’t have the time to head to the coast to lap up the good weather on the beach just head to Cardiff Bay’s Roald Dahl Plass instead.

for the fourth year running the area has been transformed into a free entry urban beach – complete with 300 tonnes of sand and 10,000 litres of water.

There’s also fairground rides, a Tropical Bay Bar and restaurants to keep you busy too


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