What’s on: August Bank Holiday

August Bank Holiday Weekend. The last official block of time off before Christmas so the pressure’s on to have something suitably brag-worthy to regale stories of at work next week. Given that the media is coining a new season (‘swinter’) and you’re not fully prepped to leave the house until festooned in layers, accompanied by bulging bag housing a scarf and sunglasses, we need to warn you that the weather‘s not looking at all predictable…but hey, we’re British, so off you go, brolly in hand and get your bums to one of these events… And of course, there’s still time to see I Scream Factory at Platform, Habitat Kings Road. Have fun!


Notting Hill Carnival

Where? Notting Hill, London. thenottinghillcarnival.com

When? 30th – 31st August

Need to know: Thousands will converge on these stucco-fronted routes to see Europe’s largest and most legendary street party. Takes the kids along on the more family-friendly Sunday. The main parade is on the Monday.


Where? Television Centre, Wood Lane, London W12 7RJ. storeys.london

When? 28th -31st August

Need to know: Who knew the top of the Beeb’s old multi-storey car park would be the latest in a pop-up foodie extravaganza? Pop along for daytime brunches, evening feasts and cocktails, with all of London stretching out in front of you. Fingers crossed for a sunset…

Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales at Groombridge Place

Where? Groombridge Place, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. groombridge.com

When? 29th-31st August

Need to know: Theatre, dress-up, wand making, all the fairy tale favourites, a pirate ship and an enchanted forest…think that ticks everything off the list for the little ‘uns


Dartmouth Royal Regatta 

Where? Dartmouth Harbour, Devon. dartmouthregatta.co.uk

When? 29th-31st August

Need to know: Enjoy traditional races, go aboard HMS Monmouth, cast your eye over the best dressed boat and watch crews row against a 15 metre long bungee rope. All the better accompanied by some pretty fabulous ales at the many pubs along the waterfront.


Manchester Pride Big Weekend

Where? Manchester. manchesterpride.com

When? 28th-31st August

Need to know: Celebrate Manchester Pride’s 25th anniversary with big-name acts (Texas, Dannii Minogue, DJ Fresh) taking to the stage and a parade through the city centre.insert3

Oxford Foodies Festival

Where? South Park, Oxford. foodiesfestival.com

When? 29th-31st August

Need to know: Everything to keep the most dedicated foodie’s mind and tummy enriched…they’ll be a new Tasting Theatre, a Cake and Bake Theatre, a Chef’s Theatre, a Drink’s Theatre, a Children’s Cookery Theatre amongst many others; covering every culinary category from raw and vegan to foraged!

Beaumaris Medieval Festival 

Where? Beaumaris Castle, North West Wales. cadw.wales.gov.uk

When? 29th-31st August

Need to know: A step back in time for all the family where kids can’t take part in ‘knight school’ and try their hand at archery and medieval crafts.

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