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Bank Holiday: 20 great ideas for the August bank holiday

Lisa O'Keeffe

25 August 2017

As summer comes to a close, the August bank holiday is the ideal opportunity to make the most of that precious family time. Plus, with this being the last bank holiday until Christmas (yep, really!), you really wouldn’t want to waste it.

We’ve pulled together 20 great bank holiday ideas, from days out to things you can do at home. The tough bit is deciding which one to choose!

  1. Prepare for the return of the Great British Bake Off

    It’s the show that unites the whole country, and even with the move to Channel 4, baking fever is well and truly back. If you’re not quite ready for lion-shaped bread and six-storey showstoppers, then why not try this rainbow cupcake recipe? It’s quick, easy and of course super tasty, making it the perfect treat for the bank holiday. And if the thought of baking with the kids fills you with fear, don’t miss Rachel’s tips for staying sane!

    Rainbow cupcakes for bank holiday baking

  2. Be a tourist in your own city

    When was the last time you explored your own city? When we live somewhere or visit regularly, it’s easy to forget all the little things that make it exciting! For the ultimate way to explore your local city, book your place on a bright red City Sightseeing Hop On Hop off Tour. Spend everything from an hour to the whole day exploring the best attractions near you from the top deck, before hopping off at any stops that catch your eye. With 20 routes across the UK, book your tickets with us now.

  3. Visit a theme park

    It’s easy to assume that all theme parks will be heaving on a bank holiday, but with so many people thinking that, it can actually be quieter than your average school holiday day! We’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite theme parks in the UK – which thrilling day out will you choose?

    Theme parks are great bank holiday days out

  4. Cosmo Crash Landing at Groombridge Place

    There have been some galactic goings-on at Groombridge Enchanted Forest, with reports of something out of this world taking place! This special event takes place from 26th – 28th August, where families can join in to uncover hidden secrets through storytelling, arts and crafts, bouncy castles and an actual moon walk. Book your tickets now to save 10%.

  5. Have a picnic

    Make the most of what might actually be a dry bank holiday, by enjoying a picnic! Whether it’s at the local park, or you don’t venture further than your back garden, it could be one of your last chances to enjoy some food al fresco this year. For inspiration for what to pack in your hamper, don’t miss Steph’s tasty picnic recipes.

    Picnic recipes to try this bank holiday
  1. Go to a Foodies Festival

    Food and drink are both essential bank holiday ingredients, so a foodies festival ticks all the boxes! Head to Alexandra Palace from 26th – 28th August for loads of food, fun and famous chefs, all in the stunning North London grounds. With Bake Off stars running the Cake & Desserts theatre, plus lots of great cooking activities for kids, book your tickets with us now for a whopping 50% off!
  1. Enroll your kids in superhero school

    Ahead of going back to actual school, why not let your little ones live out their superhero dreams by completing our Superhero School? From testing their physical strengths, to helping others, we’ve got 15 activities and a free downloadable certificate – hours of bank holiday fun!
  1. Edinburgh Fringe Festival

    28th August marks the end of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the 70th annual festival! With loads to explore in one of our favourite Scottish cities, including plenty of family friendly shows, don’t miss Steph’s guide to Edinburgh Fringe Festival with kids.

    Edinburgh Fringe Festival with kids
  1. Jurassic Shark at Bristol Aquarium

    Did you know that many sharks have remained virtually unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs? Meet the masters of evolution in this special event at Bristol Aquarium, where you can watch sharks being fed, touch real shark teeth and complete a sharky trail too. Don’t forget to watch what Fritha from Tigerlilly Quinn thought when she visited last month!

  2. Get gardening

    Gardening is another classic bank holiday activity, and there are loads of ways to get the kids involved. From growing vegetables, to creating fun themed gardens for kids, Jemma talks us through some of her favourite gardening activities.

    Gardening with kids this bank holiday

  3. Visit a farm park

    Offering you the chance to get up close and cuddly with some adorable animals, children's farms are a hit with the whole family. Cotswold Farm Park is one of the most popular on our site, and with a Maize Maze to explore this summer, it’s a great bank holiday family day out.

  4. Go on a camping trip

    Nothing brings a family together like a camping trip, from cosying up in a tent to singing songs around the campfire. Choose somewhere local or pack up the car and head to one of the hundreds of campsites around the UK, or host an impromptu family festival in your back garden! If you haven’t taken the kids camping before, then be sure to check out Harriet’s top tips for camping with kids before you go.

  5. Wizard Week at Alnwick Castle

    Harry Potter fans will love this magical event, taking place at one of the filming locations for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Join the resident wizarding professors for a broomstick training lesson in the same spot where Harry had his first flying lesson, take a tour around some of the Alnwick Castle's filming locations and explore everything else one of our top 10 castles in the UK has to offer!

    Broomstick training at Alnwick Castle

  6. Get crafty

    Bank holiday fun doesn’t always have to include a day out, and if you’d rather stay in then why not get creative with some arts and crafts? Our blog is filled with ideas, from science experiments to turning everyday items like toilet rolls into something way more fun! Take a look now to see what you can make.

  7. Left it to the last minute?

    You want to get out and explore this bank holiday, but in the summer holidays haze, its crept up and you’re all out of ideas. Don’t worry, because we’re full of ideas, just like Treasure Trails. Cheaper than a round of ice cream for the family, and available as an instant download, you can choose from over 100 locations across the UK and have a trail in your hand in less than 5 minutes – plus it’s a super fun way to explore!

    Treasure Trails for kids
  1. Enjoy an action-packed adventure through history at Castle Live!

    Knights in training will love Castle Live at Dover Castle, where history is brought to life with lots of exciting activities! From meeting Henry VIII, to marching with Napoleonic soldiers, there’s loads to explore at one of the best castles in the UK.

  2. Blackberry picking

    Before the end of the season, why not take the whole family blackberry picking? You’re sure to find a local spot brimming with berries, and the best bit is that you can eat them when you get home! Turn it into a challenge by seeing who can pick the most, or who can come up with the best recipe when you get home! We vote for this blackberry and apple crumble recipe, by our resident foodie Rachel!

  3. Collect all your summer memories

    After a summer of fun, we’ll bet you’ve got loads of photos and more all saved on your phone. Now is the perfect time to dig out your favourites and create a memory box, so you can all look back on the highlights of the last six weeks, just like Harriet does every year. We love the photos boxes at Cheerz, they’re an easy way to print your best photos and come in a range of sizes. Don’t forget, you can get £5 off your first order at Cheerz, plus loads more goodies, when you sign up for our newsletter

    Create summer memory boxes this summer

  4. Go Critter Crazy at Lee Valley Park Farms

    From millipedes and stick insects to snakes and chinchillas, this is the perfect chance to meet some of the friendly critters at Lee Valley Park Farms. Daily activities include a falconry flying display, meerkat feeding, lamb racing and the popular bunny and guinea pig sessions – the perfect bank holiday day out.

  5. Try somewhere new

    We all have our favourite days out, but today we challenge you to find somewhere new; who knows, it might even become your new favourite. Enter your postcode on our homepage to find loads of ideas near you, or use our filters to find something that ticks all the boxes for your family. Put us to the test now, and don’t forget to tell us where you discover by leaving a review!

How will you be spending the bank holiday? Let us know in a comment below!



Lisa O'Keeffe

25 August 2017

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Lisa is Brand Manager at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from London, she now lives in Birmingham and is a big kid at heart!

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