Things to do on August bank holiday in the UK

15th June 2020

Thinking of things to do this August bank holiday? With the bank holiday weekend fast approaching, it’s wise to collate some ideas of things to do, places to go and adventures to explore. From romantic spa breaks for two to canal boat holidays on the water, learn our top August bank holiday ideas from this detailed guide.

August bank holiday weekend breaks

Our much-needed bank holiday break in August is often a fun-filled, sunny (hopefully!) weekend which is spent with good friends or family – making the most of the long weekend, and also celebrating the end of British Summertime. So, what are the best things to do on August bank holiday?

Explore UK festivals

August bank holiday is often the peak for festival season – with a number of festivals scheduled across this weekend. The dates and venues will change every year, but typically, Leeds and Reading always hold their world-renowned festivals on this weekend – perfect for enjoying the sun with a beverage while watching your favourite band perform live. There’s likely to be other festivals dotted around the UK as well – for example, Manchester Pride has held its famous LGBT festival on this weekend in the past.

Spa breaks

Want to get away from the humdrum of busy daily life? Unwind and relax on a spa weekend with a loved one or a group of friends. Soak in the pool, feel pampered and relaxed, and indulge in a luxurious professional massage while you’re there. Whether you’re getting your nails done,  taking some time to exercise in the pools or gyms or you’re simply there to relax and get some shut-eye, a spa break is the perfect way to do this during the August bank holiday weekend.

Camping break

What better way to take advantage of the summertime temperatures in August than camping out under the stars? Head to a UK campsite with your sleeping bag and pillow in tow and peg your tent in for the night. Whether you’re camping out with friends, spending the night with a loved one or going solo, camping is a great way to unwind, get back to nature and remove yourself from the busy hustle and bustle of daily life.

Theme park getaway

Looking for a weekend filled with adventure and excitement for August bank holiday? Travel to one of the UK’s best theme parks for the weekend and take in the thrills of rollercoasters, Ferris wheels and more. Perfect for a family filled weekend, you can even stay the night at some  theme parks – Alton Towers has its own grand hotel, which is perfect for getting a head start on the rides early the next morning as the park opens exclusively to hotel guests. Thorpe Park also has quirky ‘pods’ which you can also sleep in overnight, meaning you’ll be able to get to the parks nice and early, and take advantage of the short queues!

Canal boat holiday

Looking for August bank holiday short breaks? Our canal boat holidays are the perfect solution. With many locations and marinas across England, Scotland and Wales, choose where to set off from to explore somewhere new, or keep close to home along familiar canals. Choose from our short routes – perfect for taking advantage of the long weekend. Canal boat holidays are ideal for those who want to escape to the waters, looking for adventure and serene exploration of the British Waterways.

Want to know more about our August bank holiday breaks from ABC Boat Hire? Get in touch with a member of our expert team today.

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