The August bank holiday is one of our favourite times of the year. An exciting weekend full of events to explore, followed by a Monday morning lay-in. Here we have chosen our favourite bank holiday activities if you’re still deciding where to spend yours this year.
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1. Notting Hill Carnival
Its back and bigger than ever – over 50 years old Notting Hill Carnival returns to London for the 26th, 27th and 28th August. The Carnival will take place as usual across W10’s Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park.
Here you will find more than 2 million Londoners celebrating the caribbean culture, music, food and drink. Watch 15,000 costumes shimmer down the streets as music booms all day and night long. Its the perfect spot for a weekend of high-energy dancing!
TOP TIPS: For the main carnival experience, head over on Monday, which features the main parade and grand finale.
Also, take a bottle of water to stay hydrated. It is known that lots of shops shut-up, and those which don’t sell out quick.
LOCATION: Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park
TICKETS: Free to watch, food & drink varies from each vendor. Additional tickets needed for private events.
2. Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens offers unique landscapes and iconic architecture from every stage of the Gardens’ history. Explore the glasshouses and nurseries as you explore the world’s largest collection of living plants.
Explore Kew’s array of attractions including The Hive, a multi sensory experience highlighting the life of a bumblebee. Others include a Treetop Walkway, as well as Palm House with its rainforest climate enabling it to house a unique collection of palms and other tropical species. Also, there’s the option to explore Kew Palace and its fascinating history.
TOP TIP: Look out for the beautiful spiral staircases in Palm House for the perfect Instagram shot.
LOCATION: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AE. Kew Gardens Station via the tube.
TICKETS: Adults £14.00 and Children £2.50. Please note: these are online ticket prices.
3. SW4 Festival
The winner of the UK Festival Award for Best Dance Event is returning to the Common this Summer for one of the final music festivals of the Summer. Top names of the Dance scene including Pendulum and Sub Focus take to the stages across both Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday is already sold out, however don’t fret there are still Sunday tickets available online. The event runs from 11:30-23:00 both days and they say this year will be the biggest yet!
TOP TIP: Take as little as possible, security this year has heightened therefore no large bags are allowed as well as a ban on full drinks bottles – get your water inside.
LOCATION: Clapham Common, London
TICKETS: Sunday £62.50 + Standard booking fee
4. Bank holiday club brunch at Madisons
Head up to Madison’s iconic rooftop, known for its incredible views of St Paul’s, for an afternoon of brunch, cocktails and an incredible line up of entertainment from celebrity DJ, Vogue Williams!
Group bookings are available, while a minimum spend applies, all guests with table bookings will receive complimentary entry and queue jump.
TOP TIP: Madisons do have a dress code, so glam up and leave your trainers at home.
LOCATION: Rooftop Terrace One New Change, St Pauls, EC4M 9AF. St Paul’s via the tube.
TICKETS: £35.00 per person (1 cocktail for first 2 hours when you arrive between 12 & 2pm with brunch bowls and bites)
5. Richmond Park Bike Ride
When the sun is shining, and you want to enjoy the fresh outdoors this bank holiday… Richmond Park is the spot to explore. Enjoy the scenic routes and spot the local wildlife along your ride.
Parkcycle ensure you have everything once you arrive, road and trail bikes are available to hire, as well as a full range of refreshments to keep you topped up.
TOP TIP: The park has specifically designed routes therefore do your research to enjoy a safe and traffic free cycle.
LOCATION: Richmond Park, London SW15 5JR.
TICKETS: Free. Additional charges for bike and accessory hire.
6. Day Trip to Brighton
Fancy a break from the city? Less than an hour by train, Brighton’s quirky seaside activities can keep you entertained for the day.
First things first head straight to the beach, a not-to-miss spot if the sun is shining. When you fancy a spot of retail indulgence The Lanes are filled with a treasure trove of fudge shops, boutiques, and cool cafes. Finally don’t forget the new British Airways i360 attraction, providing stunning views across the town.
TOP TIP: Take your umbrella, this is the British seaside after all, and a jacket – its known to get windy.
LOCATION: Brighton, England. Trains run from London Victoria, London Bridge and London Blackfriars. A fast train will get you there in under an hour.