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What to do during the August Bank holiday

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Worry not, a bank holiday is just around the corner. The weather seems to be staying dry so why not get involved. If you’re stuck for ideas on how to make the most of the three-day break, MyLocalPitch have put together a guide of the very best events and activities happening in Brighton, London & Manchester.

Notting Hill Carnival, London

When: 26 – 27 August
Price: Free
Tube: Bayswater

Nottz Hillz Carnz

It is not August bank holiday without a mention of Notting Hill Carnival. The carnival is a vivid spectacle representing London’s multicultural past and present. This August bank holiday. Europe’s largest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival, comes to west London with a huge Caribbean party. Join more than 1 million people for 3 days of colourful floats, parades, amazing street food, music and dance. Immerse yourself, and don’t be afraid to lose yourself in the party.

Smithfield Market 150th Birthday, London

When: 25 – 26 August
Price: Free
Tube: Barbican

Smithfield Market blog

Smithfield Market reaches the grand old age of 150 this year. Like anyone celebrating a centenary-and-a-half, it’s having a massive bash. Smithfield 150 will take place in the market and its surrounding areas on August 25 and 26 for a massive street party that’s all totally free. Across two days, you’ll be able to hear live music from experimental psych-pop trio Stealing Sheep, get involved with women’s music project Girls Rock London, and have a bop to the party sounds of Disco Loco. It might be a meat market, but this party is a family-friendly affair.

Brighton Mod Weekender, Brighton

When: 24 – 26 August
Price: Free

MOD weekend

It doesn’t get much more British than the mod movement, which originated in London in the Fifties and went on to be cemented in pop culture iconography with the help of The Jam. Get your Quadrophenia on as the who’s who of the mod world descend on their spiritual home for this annual road tripping event.

The Saturday and Sunday daytime action is all based around the Volks Tavern, 200m east of Brighton Pier, where there will be bands playing, retro markets and Scooter competitions. Entrance is free. Dig out your paisley and start growing those sideburns.

Spice Girls Exhibition, Manchester

When: 24 August – 05 September
Price: £10

splice gurlz

Girl Power comes to Manchester! Spice up your life and head to Manchester. This is the biggest touring exhibition of Spice Girls who as you may not know are one of the most successful girl bands from our shores. Memorabilia from around the world descends upon Manchester just in time for the bank holiday weekend. The exhibition includes hundreds of iconic costume pieces from the band’s heyday to merchandise and pop music history.

The Monster Inflatable Obstacle Course, London

When: 24 – 27 August
Price: £23
Tube: Wood Green

Unleash your inner child this bank holiday and visit The Monster – an inflatable obstacle course, that’s twice the length of a football pitch. Held at London’s Alexandra Palace, the 300-metre-long trial sees guests travel down an 18-metre slide, crawl through tunnels and jump into a giant adult ball pit. That is not enough?! Well, there’s also a spread of street food and craft beers and cocktails available at the finish line.

This is just a small proportion of the fantastic activities and events that take place around England that you can take part in over this August Bank Holiday. Make the most of it as the next one is not until Christmas. So on behalf of MyLocalPitch, enjoy your bank holiday.


BY - George Tipper

23 August 2018