How to Spend Your Bank Holiday This Summer in the UK

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I lived in London for one year when I was 20 and bank holiday's, otherwise known as public holidays, were a great time to get away. I love Sarah's idea's for family fun within the UK though. Specially that medieval one, sounds super fun!

It’s hard getting time off work and for that reason Bank holidays can be a person’s favourite reason to jet off. However, there is a lot one can do within the United Kingdom that will take less travel time and just as fun. Of course some of the main holiday festivities celebrated in the UK are at Christmas, New Years and Easter and certainly provide an opportunity for people around the world to experience UK at its best. However, while the summer bank holidays are not as many, they certainly provide much better weather. The August Bank Holiday is usually celebrated on the last Monday of August. It marks the end of exotic summer vacations for many people and thus families are looking for something close to home.

The Newlyn Fish Festival in Cornwall is a great place to spend fun with the family on the august bank holiday, as it showcases some of UK’s best seafood. There is cooking demonstrations and workshops for adults and kids, helicopter displays, live bands, bouncy castles and much more.

In Warwickshire the Stoneleigh Park Country Festival has monster truck stunts. It also includes young riders on Pony’s demonstrating their skills and a dog agility competition too. Kids will love the magic shows and character appearances.


Another august break outside of your home town to consider is England’s Medieval Festival in Sussex. Held in Herstmonceau Castle is a mock-battle involving 100 knights, bowmen and men at arms laying siege to the castle twice daily. It also includes jousting competitions, puppeteers and fire-eating.

If you are not into festivals, there is plenty more to do in the UK on a bank holiday. If you like literature, perhaps you can enjoy some free lectures at the British Academy. If you are a wanderer at heart perhaps you would enjoy camping in the wild. One could take a scenic stroll at Sefton Park or fly a kite at Palm house. The UK has such a rich culture and history that perhaps a visit to its old architecture and museums is enough? The majority of the museums in the UK are free and provide an opportunity to learn about fashion, literature, history or the monarchy of the UK. Museums like the British museum, Science museum, Imperial War Museum and Natural History Museum. For nature lovers the scenic beauty of Scottish highlands, Lake Districts and peak districts are the best choices. The choice to spend your vacation in the most exquisite manner is limitless. So pack your bags and prepare to spend some quality time this summer anywhere in the UK.


Sarah Pickett lives and breathes the UK, specially on bank holidays. She has attended many festivals over her summers and continues to find more. She wrote this piece In association with Butlins. She hopes to extend her festival love to Europe next year.

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