Things To Do On August Bank Holiday 2019 In Your CityTuesday 20 August 2019 by Kayleigh Little August bank holiday is just around the corner, and although it brings the slightly depressing realisation that summer 2019 is almost over, it’s also a great excuse for a fun family day out or a last minute weekend away. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for days out with the kids, or just fun things to do, keep reading as we break down our favourite activities and events in some of the UK’s top cities.
Top Things to do on August Bank Holiday Around the UK
A Grand Day Out at Bristol Zoo with Wallace & Gromit / 20th July – 13th October
If you’re searching high and low for days out with the kids during August, then search no more because this is one we can guarantee the little one will enjoy. Until 13th October, Bristol Zoo Gardens opens its doors to lovable characters Wallace and Gromit who will be hosting ‘A Grand Day Out’ to celebrate the duos 30th anniversary. Visitors can learn how to become a ‘Trainee Zookeeper’ by taking on various tasks including designing an animal enclosure and recording animal behaviour. Little ones can also join in on the fun by looking out for Wallace and Gromit’s arch nemesis Feathers McGraw who is hiding around the Zoo after escaping from prison.
Bristol Beach Club photo credit: @aliceeatsbristol
Summertime on the Square / 26th July – 7th September
The go-to destination in Bristol this summer seems to be Millennium Square so if you’re in the city and looking for fun-filled activities that are suitable for all the family, then look no further. From a lively roller disco to free film screenings on Big Screen Bristol, a beach club complete with delicious food and cocktails hosting plenty of summer games and a new independent coffee shop, you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to begin. There’s certainly plenty of fun things to do!
Frome 80’s Festival / 25th August
If you love 80’s music then this festival is one for you! National treasure Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet fame will be headlining this year with his popular Back to the 80’s DJ set at the dynamic Cheese & Grain venue in Frome. There will also be some nostalgic live performances from arguably the UK’s best 80’s cover band Retro Electro, iconic Jazz Funk legends Shakatak, soul band Soulville Express and a lively DJ set from Jonny Bonny Tyler. Conveniently, our SACO Bath – St James’s Paradeapartments are only a 30 minute drive from the event (and we’re still offering a 15% discount on stays until 8th September!) So once you’ve got your accommodation sorted, you can grab your tickets from the Cheese & Grain website HERE.
Pride Cymru photo credit: @its_not_schrodingers_autism
Pride Cymru / 24th – 26th August
Pride Cymru is Wales’ largest annual celebration of diversity and equality, which this year is being held outside on the Cardiff City Hall Lawns. Taking place across three days during August bank holiday, over 50,000 people join together amid the Welsh capital to support the LGBT+ community and to raise awareness of diversity within society. Expect plenty of fun for the whole family in the form of extravagant entertainment, a mile-long parade, delicious street food and laugh-out-loud stand-up performances wrapped up in a pure party atmosphere. There’s even a gin bar for when you need a pit stop after partying with some of the biggest names in music, cabaret and comedy, such as Atomic Kitten, Joel Dommett, Charlie Hides and Liberty X – just to name a few.
Insomnia Gaming Festival / 24th – 27th August
Insomnia65 is the UK’s biggest gaming festival, and this year it will be taking place at Birmingham’s iconic NEC. Experience virtual reality, try out some of the world’s newest games and meet some of your favourite YouTubers from all around the world. Not to mention, there are also different zones with exciting variations of gaming in each, from nostalgic themes in the Retro Zone to a thrilling new level of gaming in the Tabletop Zone. There’s even a Cosplay Zone for those who wish to get involved with the interactive shows exhibiting some of gaming and pop-culture’s biggest fictional characters.
The Monster Inflatable Obstacle Course / 24th – 27th August
Finding things to do with kids during August bank holiday can be a little challenging if your children are slightly older, especially if you’ve already experienced days out to the usual places of interest such as the London Eye and the London Bridge. But this year, The Monster Inflatable Obstacle Course (A.K.A the craziest bouncy castle in the world) will be taking over the city (or at least 300 meters of it) and it’s an activity that everyone will enjoy, whether you’re travelling with kids or not. After making your way through over 40 obstacles and an extensive menu of delicious street food and alcohol, enjoy a full day of partying accompanied by live DJs, boozy games of bingo and inflatable ball pits.
Adult sessions run daily from 11am to 11pm although this is one notably for the older children amongst you as participants do need to be over 16. “What about my overly-energetic 8 year old?!” we hear you cry – well not to worry! They can still experience the fun on separated children’s days which are specially organised for 7 - 15 year olds.
Notting Hill Carnival photo credit: @realmenplaymas
Notting Hill Carnival / 26th – 27th August
Notting Hill Carnival makes its long-awaited, colourful return to the streets of London this weekend and is one of the best free things to do during August Bank Holiday in the capital. Join over one million people in the celebrations as the city plays host to a variety of energetic Caribbean themed outdoor entertainment. Listen to the sounds of steel drums and calypso music whilst exploring an endless range of popup food stalls offering authentic cultural flavours as you witness elaborate floats and dancers in extravagant costumes pass by. If you’re looking for family days out in London we’d recommend visiting on the Sunday, which is always known as Children's Day, for kid-friendly activities and smaller crowds.
Wimbledon Park Food Festival / 25th – 27th August
Looking for something a little less active and a little more delicious? Embark on a taste adventure at Wimbledon Park Food Festival - another great day out in London which this year is returning for the August bank holiday. Entry price is very inexpensive and children under five can go for free, making it a perfect day out for all the family. Indulge on high-quality food and drink in the tranquil surroundings of Wimbledon Park whilst getting involved with a packed programme of free events that include drinks tasting, demonstrations, talks, and not to mention the exciting opportunity to meet some well-renowned chefs and food experts.
Manchester Pride photo credit: @emma_1706
Manchester Pride Big Weekend / 24th – 27th August
Manchester will also be honouring the LGBT+ community across the August bank holiday with its iconic Pride Big Weekend, an internationally renowned event which stretches from Mayfield to Deansgate. There are some huge names joining this year’s celebrations such as Ariana Grande, Years & Years, Emeli Sandé, Basement Jaxx, Bananarama and Pixie Lott, amongst others. The extravaganza combination of entertainment, colour, music and fun makes for a truly unforgettable weekend. Grab your tickets HERE, but be quick as they’re selling fast!
Not able to attend the event but don’t want to miss out? There’s plenty of other Pride celebrations happening around the city including the famous parade through the streets, a Youth Pride MCR event for LGBTQ+ teenagers and Superbia Weekend, a programme of film, art and live music which is mostly free-to-attend.
Playa Day Beach Club and Restaurant at Nottingham Beach / 13th July – 1st September
Iconic for providing family entertainment for over ten years, Old Market Square welcomes back Nottingham Beach once again this year. If you’re in the city, it’s the best (and most practical) way to get your sand and sea fix before summer draws to a close. Delicious food, beach BBQs, summery cocktails, traditional beach games, live music and a schedule packed full of entertainment can all be guaranteed - even if the weather isn’t. Make it a day out with the kids and visit on the bank holiday for family-friendly film screenings which run every Monday from 5pm.
New for 2019, experience the stylish Playa Day Club and Restaurant, a pop-up restaurant-bar concept inspired by iconic beach clubs from across the world. Relax poolside on a day bed if you opt for the VIP area, and enjoy delectable food from the chic restaurant which boasts Laurence Henry, recent winner of BBC MasterChef: The Professionals, as its head chef.