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What’s on this August Bank Holiday Weekend!

Written by Annabel Middleton

Do you fancy visiting a great steam fair?
Or Edinburgh Fringe to braid your hair!
There’s so much food to be enjoyed,
these food festivals are not ones to avoid!

Great Dorset Steam Fair

Tarrant Hinton, Dorset

Said to be the World’s leading and largest heritage event this is not one to miss! Showcasing Great Britain’s rich industrial, agricultural & leisure history there will be so much to explore! See steam demonstrations, stunt displays, World War 1 & 2 commemorations, and heavy horse attractions! Plus, there will be a fairground and live music to keep all the family entertained throughout the day! Find out more here!

Dorset Plane Pull


Do you and your family friends fancy a challenge this august bank holiday Monday? All you need to do is form a team of 20 for your chance to pull a plane! Enter to pull a Boeing 737 a distance of 50 metres for an achievement like no other! Plus, it raises money for charity! Find out more here!

Newlyn Fish Festival


Are you a fish fan? Then Newlyn Fish Festival is the one for you! There are local arts and crafts throughout the day as well as musical and theatre events and children’s entertainment! Head down to see how a fish and seafood auction works and how this community runs daily! Find out more here!

The Big Feastival, Alex James’ Farm

Kingham, The Cotswolds

Taking place at Alex James’ Farm The Big Feastival is set to be an incredible weekend! With headliners such as Anna-Marie and Stereophonics, you’ll have a great time! This family-friendly festival also has so much planned for your little ones with an accidentally fabulous dance workout, Cbeebies Bedtime Stories, den building, and much more! Find out more here!

Victorious Festival


Fancy visiting a festival as a family? Well, the Victorious Festival is set to be an amazing day for everyone to enjoy! Visit on Saturday or Sunday for the kid’s arena with headline performances from Fireman Sam and Swashbuckle characters Cook and Line! Plus, your little one can learn to play an instrument at the Ready to Rock School or show off some moves at Ickle Bambino Baby Raves! If astronomy or space is their thing, then they can also embark on an adventure with the New Theatre Royal and the University of Portsmouth! There is so much fun for your kids to get involved with and at only £8 for 5-12 year-olds and just £1 for under 5s what’s not to love! Find out more here!

Foodies Festival


Learn how to make your very own show-stopping cakes at The Cake & Bake Theatre in Oxford with expert bakers this bank holiday weekend! You may even be able to catch some tips and baking tricks from Great British Bake Off’s Jürgen Krauss! There’s even a kid’s cookery theatre with the theme of Ninja’s Love Noodles for them to enjoy throughout the day! Find out more here!

Ramsgate Festival of Sound

Ramsgate, Kent

Celebrate the history, landscapes, architecture, and people of Ramsgate this bank holiday weekend! From a baby sensory with everything parachutes, water, and bubbles to a boogie booth encouraging dad dancing, there’s loads to join in with! Find out more here!

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill, London

Get dressed up for Notting Hill Carnival on the August Bank Holiday weekend! As a haven for different musical styles and astounding performances, your little ones will be amazed! For family workshops and a variety of Caribbean food and drink you can also visit Horniman’s Pleasance Park from 9am to 8:30pm! Find out more here!

This Bright Land at Somerset House


Step into the magical world of This Bright Land! The transformed wonderland courtyard will be host to day-and-night performances, music, dance, talks, workshops, and more! There will also be a 35m observation wheel and openair Vogue Balls! It will be a festival encouraging connection and collaboration through entertainment and play! Find out more here!

Summer: In the Black Fantastic at the Southbank Centre


Party through the weekend with all the family on the Southbank Riverside Terrace! There will be DJs from Colourful as well as a radio station that’s dedicated 20 years to African and African and Caribbean music and culture! Head down to the Southbank at 6pm on the 27th, 2pm on the 28th and 1pm on the 29th for some amazing music! Entry is Free! Find out more here!

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

The Queens House Lawns, Greenwich

Experience London’s leading free festival of outdoor performing arts! This bank holiday weekend organic fireworks will illuminate Greenwich in the amazing ‘Spark’ performance! Through innovative technology and awe-inspiring design by Dutch Artist Daan Roosegaarde, artificial ‘fireflies’ will fill the skies over Greenwich! Bring along a blanket and pillow to be amazed under the SPARKS! Find out more here!

Victorian Vauxhall


Head to Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens this August bank holiday as they turn back the clocks to the Victorian era! They’ll be a Victorian flair in the air featuring appropriate games! Look out for tightrope walkers, strong men, music hall bands, stilt walkers, a vintage carousel, and a hot air balloon! Find out more here!

The August Bank Holiday Bottomless Brunch at The Clapham North Pub


Enjoy a bottomless brunch with the family until 4pm all weekend long! What better way to spend your bank holiday than with delicious food and good conversation! There will be music, sun and all round good vibes! Find out more here!

Underbelly Festival Open-Air Cinema

Earl’s Court

Underbelly’s Festival Earl’s Court has been transformed into an open-air cinema! Head to London this bank holiday weekend to enjoy a variety of films that the whole family will like! There’s Mamma Mia, Annie, The Princess Diaries and The Jungle Book just to name a few! In addition to this amazing open-air cinema there’s also an outdoor city beach with fun and free activities such as boules. If you get peckish, there’s some award-winning street food and pop-up bars. Find out more here!

Hereford River Carnival


Said to be Hereford’s biggest & brightest community event, this carnival is not one to miss! On the 26th and 27th of August, they will be making waves and bringing the seaside to Hereford. The theme is water! From live performances along and on the river on Friday to a legendary street carnival on Saturday, it’s set to be an unforgettable few days! Start planning your carnival costume today! Find out more here!

All about Dogs

Norwich, Norfolk

Why not enter your furry family member into a dog show this bank holiday weekend for the chance to win a rosette? If this sounds like too much, then you can simply pay a visit to watch exciting arena displays and even get some expert doggy advice! Go shopping for your dogs at home or bring them along to experience lure racing, flyball, hurdles, and dock diving! But be warned, they will get wet! Find out more here!


Attleborough, Norfolk

Have a fun family bank holiday weekend at Roarrstock! Set in an 85-acre adventure park there will be live music with a velociraptor vibe, arts and crafts and face painting! If you need to take a break during the day then you can head to the story-telling tent to sit back and relax with your little one. Their imaginations will run wild as they are transported to the pre-historic era! There will also be a new Jurassic live show and for the dino-enthusiasts amongst you, you can take a twilight tour of the park to see the resident dinosaurs in a different settig! Find out more here!

Jurassic Encounter


This August Bank holiday weekend the dinosaurs will be coming to Bute Park! More than 50 life-sized dinosaurs from a big T-rex to a mother Diplodocus will be there! Covering the Jurassic, Triassic, and Cretaceous periods your little ones will have so many dinosaurs to see and learn about! There will even be ride-on dinosaurs and a fossil excavation pit so get excited! Find out more here!

Swansea Parks Fest Morriston Park


Join in with the fun for Swansea Parks Fest in a local Swansea Park near you! On Friday 27th you can enjoy a family film such as Moana and Mamma Mia, before getting ready for the family fun day on Saturday 28th! Enjoy storytime with Morriston Library, craft workshops with Elysium, disco, games, and a magic show with Roly Poly Entertainments Ltd plus much more! Every little one will even get a free glitter tattoo! Find out more here!

Malton Food Lovers Festival

Malton, North Yorkshire

Set on the streets of Yorkshire, Malton food festival is the place to be this August Bank holiday if you’re a food lover! Celebrating Yorkshire’s finest produce there will be over 150 artisan stalls and street food vendors taking over the village! If you’ve ever wanted to meet a celebrity chef, then this is the event for you! With many celebrity chefs showing off their skills as well as live music from buskers and brass bands it’s set to be a great day out! Find out more here!

Kynren performance

Bishop Auckland, County Durham

Reserve your spot to see the performance of Kynren on the 27th of August! It follows an epic tale of England bringing to life two thousand years of history! From Boudicca to the Vikings at Flatts Farm in Bishop Auckland, it will all be shown in an incredible outdoor spectacular! This family-friendly show will leave your little ones amazed at the stunts, jaw-dropping equestrianism, special effects, and pyrotechnics! It also guarantees plenty of belly laughs, gasps, and goosebumps! Find out more here!

Edinburgh Fringe Festival


Head to the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the August Bank Holiday Weekend! The streets and squares are transformed into outdoor street performance arenas where you can see a variety of comedy acts, buskers, circus skills, and living statues! There are even hair braiders, face painters, portrait artists, and caricaturists if you and your little ones fancy getting involved! Find out more here!


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