With summer saying goodbye and autumn soon appearing, make the most of the August sunshine. Here are at home’s suggestions for what to do this bank holiday weekend.
Notting Hill Carnival, London
If you live in London, or are visiting for the bank holiday weekend, there’ll be one thing you won’t want to miss, or be able to avoid, and that’s the city’s most exciting annual event, Carnival. Celebrating London’s West Indian community, the streets of West London come alive, with 20 miles of parades, vibrant costumes, steel bands, reggae music and stalls galore! The main parade is on Bank Holiday Monday, but the festival kicks off, with a day for the children, on the Sunday.
Camden Beach, Roundhouse, London
Until 24 August
Jealous of everyone on holiday at the moment? Want to be on a beach yourself? Well, if we can’t get to the Caribbean, the Caribbean will have to come to us… in Camden! Jet yourself straight to the Roundhouse for a day on the beach – complete with deckchairs, end-of-the-pier amusements, live music, ice cream and cocktails!
Kew’s IncrEdibles Summer Festival, Kew Gardens, London
Until 1 September
Be at one with nature and learn about the weird and wonderful world of edible plants at Kew Gardens’ summer festival. Ideal for the whole family, this event is both informative and fun. Row around the fruit inspired boating lake, enjoy a bite to eat from the barbecue, and watch live demos, all within the stunning surroundings of Kew. Oh, and kids go free, bonus!
Strictly Summer Ballroom, Southbank Centre, London
Dust off your dancing shoes and samba your way down to the Southbank Centre for a free ballroom dancing session. Whether you want to show off your tango or learn how to foxtrot, Star Dance Club’s Nicky Miles will be there, accompanied by live music, making it the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your moves!
Tudor Joust, Hampton Court Palace, Surrey
King Henry VIII would like to invite you to join him in celebrating the birth of the Princess Elizabeth, at his favourite place, Hampton Court, for a jousting tournament. History will come alive and famous Tudor characters will make appearances around the palace throughout the day, ahead of the tournament, which will take place at 3pm. Equestrian hunting games will also be showcased, and His Majesty’s prized hawks and hounds will be on display for you to meet too!
Hope Cove Weekend, South Devon
Situated in one of Devon’s loveliest areas, The Hope Cove Weekend, offers three days of good old fashioned seaside fun. A weekend full of family antics, from children’s races to sandcastle competitions, fancy dress to fireworks, and of course food, drink and live music to complete a lively yet relaxing weekend!
The Newlyn Fish Festival, Cornwall
Celebrate all things fishy in one of Cornwall’s most distinctive and original fishing ports, Newlyn, south of Penzance. Taste an array of the best seafood, watch professional cooking demos, enjoy live entertainment and bid in the seafood auction!
Brecon Beacons Summer Fayre, Wales
The Brecon Beacons National Park will be brimming with trade stands of Welsh food, arts, craft and live entertainment – and that’s just for you! For the kids, there will be activities including badge-making, face-painting, pottery turning, a 1950s vintage play bus and Punch and Judy, and for you all to enjoy together, archery, paintballing, wellie wanging and folk dance lessons! While having a great day out at one of Wales’ largest festivals, you’ll be supporting local Welsh producers promoting environmentally friendly living.
England’s Medieval Festival, Herstmonceau Castle, East Sussex
Celebrate the colourful Middle Ages at this 15th century castle, situated in the middle of the Sussex countryside, over 1,000 knights, bowmen and men-at-arms will battle, and armoured knights will compete in jousting. Over the weekend, lots of other medieval events will take place, such as falconry displays, longbow and crossbow competitions, archery, puppeteers and a traditional Medieval traders market, complete with beer taverns and hog roast!
Final weekend of Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland
Until 26 August
Fancy a laugh this bank holiday? Join in the fun and fit in a show or two before the festival ends! Hundreds of comedy hopefuls have showcased their talent over the last few weeks, while visitors, some whom have travelled thousands of miles, lap up the laughter and all-round amazing atmosphere, thanks to the shows they’ve watched and pubs they’ve visited! Don’t let this festival pass you by though, make the most of the final few days and nights and be part of Fringe 2013!
Treefest at Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire
Join Treefest over the bank holiday weekend and discover a world of wooden wonders, with expert carvers and a host of exhibitors that will enchant the whole family! Live local music, falconry, axe carving and racing, and traditional woodcraft and woodland skills will ensure you are all entertained all day long.
Words: Rosie Orgles