Things to do on the August bank holiday

With the August Bank Holiday fast approaching, Bea of Queenbeady shares her ideas on how to spend the long weekend. From extravagant weekend trips to den-building at home, it’s the last one before Christmas so, however you spend it, make sure you make the most of it.

Over to Bea…

Find yourself a weekend city break

Holiday comparison sites have made it even easier to fall upon cheap flights and European breaks nowadays. Many a weekend I spend trawling the internet to find my next travel stop. It gives me a goal and, with the extended weekend, the promise of an extra night to explore a new city. Try Oslo for something a little hip and for one of the best breakfasts you’ll ever eat, Budapest for authentic food and a raw history or why not take an hour’s flight to Amsterdam for a relaxed, cool vibe where you’ll feel at home straight away!

Holland style woman holding tulips

Do a little bit of DIY

The extra day off means an extra day to rest your weary bones after doing a little bit of DIY around the house. Touch up the walls with a lick of paint, spruce up the garden following a trip to the garden centre or spend some time putting some brand new furniture together. Habitat has some amazingly quirky bookshelves that can dramatically change your living space, plus it means you can have your own personal little library. Add a few cute little decorations to make it really stand out.

Succulents and cacti in pots

Book a Spa Day

Nothing quite says luxury like a good ol’ classic Spa Day. When you work hard sometimes it’s great to just blow off some steam and treat yourself to a heavenly massage. Lay back, relax and enjoy blissfulness for an hour or two. Nothing says weekend like a full body massage, can I get an amen?!

Explore your backyard

Sometimes you don’t have to travel too far to experience new things. Make a big deal out of travelling around your local area finding new foodie haunts and picturesque views to rival those abroad. There’s nothing more exciting than finding that special spot close to home! Plus supporting the local economy is pretty cool, too.  

Dining table with cutlery and glasses and a candle and plant

Visit your local Rescue Centre

I love animals and I’m a sucker for a cute little doggy. If you live in rented accommodation and aren’t allowed pets why not head to a local Rescue Centre and help out by taking a dog for a walk. It will fill that pet shaped void in your life and you’ll be supporting a local charity too.  

Head to a Festival

My August bank holiday will be spent enjoying the sweet sound of music at Leeds Festival this year. There’s something so exciting about heading to a music festival, the atmosphere is electric and there are good vibes all round. There are so many to choose from such as Creamfields for a dance vibe, Reading & Leeds for a cool indie & rock vibe, there are even lots of family festivals popping up and down the country that incorporate fantastic entertainment and gourmet street food! So pick your music genre and use that to choose which one you’re heading to!

Old records on display on shelves

Make a Fort

The August weather can be hit and miss and sometimes funds don’t allow extravagant purchases, so if you’ve fallen a little short this month why not relive your youth and create a magical fort inside your own home. Grab your duvets, throws and pillows from the soft furnishings range and get cosy watching a fun film with friends and loved ones. Make sure there are plenty of snacks on hand to enjoy as well.

With plenty of ideas there, have you drawn inspiration? What will you be doing this coming Bank Holiday? Whatever it is, I hope you have a wonderful weekend enjoying yourselves!

Queenbeady is 26 year old Bea’s blog which she started in 2012. She writes about personal style, travel and lifestyle with a bit of motivational mentoring thrown in. A Scorpio who’s too nice to use that sting in her tail, she can mostly be found searching for holidays or online shopping. She lives in Yorkshire with her husband. She’s happiest when being fed, travelling and spending time with Mr C.

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