The Best Ways to Spend the August Bank Holiday

The August bank holiday weekend is the perfect opportunity to squeeze in an end of summer mini break. You don’t need to go overseas to enjoy a little holiday—in fact, you’ll find some of the nicest weather and most entertaining events right here in the UK. Don’t waste the opportunity to do something with the three days, so plan ahead and decide where you want to go. Here are some ideas on how to spend the weekend:

 

In a National Park…

at the Brecon Beacons Summer Fayre. In case the Welsh natural beauty all around you isn’t enough to keep you happy for the weekend, the Visitor Centre at the Brecon Beacons will be full of culture, things to do and some seriously good local food and drink. The Summer Fayre will have all the best Welsh produce on sale, as well as entertainment from a live Welsh folk band, pottery workshops, falconry demonstrations, water colour painting workshops and the opportunity to try wood turning. Stay in our Merthyr Tydfil hotel to be just on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, and a short drive from the Summer Fayre.

 

On the coast…

If you haven’t managed to squeeze in a trip to the beach yet, don’t worry, there’s still time. The British beaches are most enjoyable at the end of the summer when the weather is a little more reliable, particularly the further south you go. Spend three days in Cornwall, visiting the bays along the North coast, and you’ll come back feeling like you’ve had the refreshing escape of an exotic holiday. Stay in our Newquay Seafront hotel to be in the centre of the seaside social life, a short walk from surfer’s paradise Fistral Beach, and a short drive from the stunning Watergate Bay.

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Soaking up culture…

Over the last 20 years, Newcastle and Gateshead have invested over £250million in culture, and with attractions like The Angel Of The North statue, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, The Sage Gateshead, Great North Museum, Tyneside Cinema and the Life Science Centre, it’s no surprise. This summer, the most talked about cultural exhibition is probably the Enid Blyton display at Seven Stories, which is Britain’s only national gallery and archive dedicated to the world of children’s books. Stay in one of our Newcastle hotels to see it all.

 

Watching the cricket…

at The Ashes 5th test in Surrey. The bank holiday weekend will see the epic cricket event come to its climax at The Kia Oval. Stay in our London Central Waterloo hotel to combine a trip to the cricket with some city sightseeing. Book tickets to a West-End show, scare yourself silly at the London Dungeons and make a stop off at Oxford Street, where there are bound to be plenty of bank holiday sales.

 

Taking on a challenge…

The Tough Mudder is described as “probably the toughest event on the planet” and if you’re looking for a challenge, you’ll find one here. For the bank holiday weekend, the event will be setting up in Dalkeith, just outside of Edinburgh. So if you want to get as muddy as humanly possible, or just watch other people exhaust themselves, why not stay in one of our Edinburgh hotels for the weekend? You’ll even catch the end of the Fringe Festival too, which promises the best in theatre and the arts.