Thank God it's Friday! With the promise of good weather on the horizon, the team here are really looking forward to the long weekend and we hope you are too. If you're planning a short break, looking for a nice day out, or wanting some ideas to have a fun day at home we've got you covered. For those of you who might be stuck for ideas or are not sure what's going on, we've put together a list of activities going on in the UK for August Bank Holiday Weekend 2017.
Host a BBQ
The weather this weekend in the UK is looking very promising (for once) with highs reaching up to 26°C. The perfect excuse to have a BBQ! A lot of supermarkets are doing great BBQ deals such as Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose. If you’re looking for a show-stopping summer salad recipe check out our sister site, Little Women, and their recent blog Summer Salads to Brighten Up Your Week.
Notting Hill Carnival (London)
One of Europe’s biggest street festivals, Notting Hill Carnival celebrates Caribbean culture, artistic talents, community spirit and cultural diversity. Whether you live in London or you’re visiting for the weekend, the carnival is perfect for everyone! Check out the program and TimeOut London’s guide.
Outdoor cinema’s have become increasingly popular in 2017. With the weather looking good this weekend, we’ve found some outdoor cinema events across the UK. A great activity to do as a couple, with your friends or as a family.
Knutsford, Tatton Park: Luna Cinema
Located just outside Manchester, Tatton Park is nestled in the beautiful Cheshire countryside. This August bank holiday weekend, Luna Cinema will be showing Back to The Future on Friday 25th August, Grease on Saturday 26th August and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on Sunday 27th August all starting at 6:30 with food and drink available on site.
Bristol Zoo Gardens: Cult Screens
Fancy a change from the movie blockbuster? Bristol Zoo Gardens opens their doors to the public after-hours. Catch Pretty Woman on Friday 25th August, The Lost Boys on Saturday 26th August and LaLa Land on Sunday 27th August. Doors open at 7pm with food and drink available to film-goers.
London, Stratford, Shoreditch and Peckham: Rooftop Film Club
In various locations across London with a range of film genres. Watch Purple Rain on Friday 25th August, take your pick from The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Heat on Saturday 26th August, enjoy Goodfellas with live music on Sunday 27th August and see Beauty & The Beast Monday 28th August.
Go to the Beach
If you’re getting away this bank holiday or are looking for something to do, why not take a trip to the beach? Have some good old family fun at Brighton Pier, enjoy some fish ‘n’ chips at Bournemouth beach or visit the sandy beaches of Marloes Sands.
Have a Movie Day/Night
Fancy staying in this bank holiday? We suggest having a movie day or night cuddled up on the sofa. If you’re stuck for choice on what to watch, check out this list from our sister site Little Women on the team's’ top favourite bank holiday movies.
Camp & Furnace (Liverpool)
Based in Liverpool, Camp & Furnace are a unique venue that offers a restaurant, bar, indoor festival site, music venue, pop-up event space, conference location, cultural hub and all-round surprising destination. The building itself is a revelation; it has the qualities of an industrial film-set, a feat of engineering, a hint of an industrious past. The best way to describe Camp & Furnace would be a kind of urban park. Camp & Furnace are putting on a range of events this August bank holiday including:
The Nightgarden host an exclusive pop-up of Liverpool Gin and Izakaya this Friday 25th August. With an array of gins and Japanese dishes to try and free entry, this would make for the perfect night with friends, family or lovers.
Love fun, food and fizz? This weekend Camp & Furnace celebrate prosecco with tastings and masterclasses. Each day is split into two four-hour afternoon and evening sessions, plus purchasing a ticket comes with five free glasses of prosecco!
Don’t miss the big fight that everyone’s been talking about! Catch it on the big screen for £5 at Camp & Furnace this Sunday 27th August, opening at midnight with last entry at 1am.
Go out for Dinner
Take the night off cooking and go out for something to eat instead. Try using Bookatable by Michelin to discover new restaurants and get a discount off your bill.
If you’re lucky enough to be heading to the Lake District this bank holiday here a few activities you may be interested in:
Ever wanted to take an alpaca for a walk? Well now you can! Enjoy a private walk with family, friends and your very own alpaca around the stunning grounds of the Lingholm Estate along the shores of the famous Derwent Water. Walks last around an hour and a half with flexible times to suit you. Don’t forget to bring your wellies!
Get a picturesque view this August bank holiday by taking a walk through some of the mountains at the Lake District. If you’re feeling adventurous, venture up the district's highest mountain Scafell Pike. The kudos of climbing England's largest peak are the stunning views to be seen over Wastwater to the west and the Langdale Pikes to the east. Scafell Pike is a popular climb but not for the fainthearted as this is one of the most difficult climbs.
Great for big groups, have an exciting afternoon bursting out of a Jet Plane into the war zone and fight your way through the field to capture the radar station, decode the tower and gain victory! The games build up to a grand finale where it’s every man/woman for themselves until the bitter end.
Victorious Festival (Portsmouth)
The Victorious Festival in Portsmouth is a festival for all the family. In partnership with the University of Portsmouth, the festival offers brilliant live music from outstanding acts such as Elbow and Madness, free entry to the Seafront attractions, a huge free kids area to keep youngsters entertained, bustling markets, a real ale tent, alongside plenty of bars, caterers and unique areas to explore. The festival starts Friday 25th August and ends on Sunday 27th August.
The Big Weekend (Manchester)
Manchester Pride’s flagship event, The Big Weekend, is part of the Manchester Pride festival. The Big Weekend will take place in Manchester’s world famous Gay Village over the August bank holiday weekend starting Friday 25th August until Monday 28th August. See great acts like Blondie, Clean Bandit, and Pixie Lott with the opportunity to meet and greet with the artists. New this year will be the secret silent disco on Saturday and Sunday 12pm-5pm.
Canteen Street Food Festival (Leicester)
Make your way to the Leicester Creative Business (LCB) depot for some tasty food this Friday 25th August. Open from 5pm until 10pm, enjoy a very special summer edition because Canteen are teaming up with Journeys Festival International to bring you the best street food with the theme around the world. Featuring dishes from Street Souvalki (a traditional Greek BBQ), Grill Brazil and Victoria Creperie for those with a sweet tooth, plus loads more. This event is free entry with stand-up comedy, cookery stalls, and workshops.
Whatever you get up to this August bank holiday weekend we’d love to see it! Tag us on Instagram at #TaylorandJackson