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Things to do on an August Bank Holiday weekend


Finding the perfect thing to do on an August Bank Holiday weekend is always difficult! So, we are here to guide you through some amazing stuff going on – from festivals to perfect family day trips!

Things to do on an August Bank Holiday weekend

Notting Hill Carnival

No better place to start when talking about things to do on an August Bank Holiday weekend than Notting Hill carnival! An event which has been taking place since the 60s.

A free celebration of the Caribbean communities, culture and traditions. Two days of live music, including sound-systems & soca floats, and brilliant food. Spread throughout west London, the carnival reaches the areas of Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Grove.

The parade tends to begin at 9:30am and finishes off around 7pm!

South West Four (SW4)

Clapham Common’s bank holiday weekend of colour, arms in the air and big drops. SW4 always bring in some of the best DJs and live dance acts from across the world.

The event has been going on for 12+ years now and numbers for the event are always increasing. The festival gets going around 11:30am and finishing at 11pm.

South West Four tends to always sell out ahead of time – so make sure if you’re wanting to go, get tickets early!

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Hyde Park

The perfect destination for a family day out! Depending on what you feel like doing, something is there for everyone.

Already one of London’s most famous royal parks, it is now one of the capital’s most popular places for public holidays. Hyde Park has a variety of things going on – from sport activities, monuments, cafés and brilliant areas for picnics.

Will to Win Hyde Park is also within the area, if you fancy dropping in for a game of tennis!

Rooftop Film Club

Outdoor screenings are popping up more and more, and in a variety of places! Including canal boats, rooftops and parks.

It’s easy to see why this is a growing trend – who wouldn’t want to watch a classic film outdoors on a summer evening? Rooftop Film Club is a perfect Bank Holiday weekend trip, with great venues and films across the whole weekend.

Tickets are usually released a month at a time – so it’s always best to plan early for this. You might still be able to pick a few up where available.

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Wimbledon Park Food Festival

Wimbledon Park Food Festival has been running on the August Bank Holiday weekend for a few years now and it offers a memorable day for all foodies and families.

A number of stalls will be offering fresh, regional food and drink throughout the day. From various types of food including cheeses and meats, Wimbledon Park Food Festival will surely have what you’re after.

Wimbledon Park Food Festival is a perfect day out as a family, with a number of games, storytellers and face painting available.

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Science Museum

When looking for things to do on an August Bank Holiday weekend, museums are probably your go-to – it helps that they’re free!

Exhibitions are always going on during a Bank Holiday weekend, especially the Science Museum, and are a perfect way to spend your Bank Holiday weekend.

This year (2017) the exhibition taking place at the Science Museum is focused on robots and featuring a unique collection of these – perfect for families and friends.

Hampton Court Palace

A great day out, boasting many traditional features and some great attractions.

With 60 acres of Hampton Court gardens, a world-famous Maze, The Great Vine vineyard, Tudor Kitchen and also the first tennis ever court at Hampton Court Palace – there is a lot to get through!

Beautifully constructed throughout, it makes it an unmissable attraction and one which would make a perfect Bank Holiday weekend visit.

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BY - Adam Bromfield

23 August 2017