Bank On Fun: Things to do this Bank Holiday Monday
What were the best things to do on a bank holiday Monday before having kids? We can barely remember! Waking up at 10am, having breakfast in bed and maybe reading a book, before heading out at around 1ish for a coffee and a stroll. We'll bet things look slightly different now that you've got kids, starting with that much appreciated 5am wake up call…
It might not be a soothing start to the day but of all the things to do this bank holiday, we’re sure you wouldn’t change a thing. Where we come in is by helping you find what’s on this bank holiday weekend, so you can make the most of it with your family. Sit back, relax and enjoy our foolproof guide to bank holiday events.
10 events to do for the August bank holiday:
- The Shard Breakfast Event - London, Greater London
24th August 2019
Kick-start this bank holiday weekend with an early breakfast at The View from The Shard! With free face painting, balloon modelling and lots more bank holiday activities in store, there’s plenty to get the kids excited. It’s a great start to the day for all the family!
Feel like a VIP with early access (08:30 - 10:00) and enjoy the breath-taking view of the capital from the highest viewing platform in London before the attraction opens to the public. You’re welcome to stay up there and soak in the sights as long as you like, too! Plus, you can order all your delicious breakfast favourites and you can help yourself to unlimited hot drinks and juice.
Not to mention, you can even win a prize….
Arts and Crafts Fete at Royal Mews, London
24th - 26th August 2019
Drop by the Royal Mews this bank holiday Monday for an Arts and Crafts Fete, packed with bank holiday activities for creative families. From watercolour painting to photography, to making your own hobby horse - there’s plenty for you and your little artists to do together. Don’t miss your chance to create your very own masterpiece to take home with you!
Keepers of the Castle at Pembroke Castle, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire
26th August 2019
Want to know what’s on this bank holiday Monday in Pembroke Castle? Something very special, indeed! You’ll have the chance to see the very last Keepers of the Castle performance of this summer. It’s an action-filled outdoor performance, complete with lots of music and laughs, perfect for history lovers of all ages.
Knights School at King Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester, Leicestershire
24th - 26th August 2019
Your kids might not be excited to go back to school but they’ll love the Knights School bank holiday event at King Richard III Visitor Centre! There your brave little warriors will get to learn essential medieval battle skills and you’ll find out who’s got what it takes to claim victory.
Ice Cream Festival at Kent Life, Maidstone, Kent
26th August 2019
An Ice Cream Festival, tempting you with over 20 delicious flavours of ice cream to try and a whole load of family fun, including live music, animal fun, face painting - if this is your kind of a bank holiday event, you should put a visit to Kent Life on your list of things to do this bank holiday weekend. Make sure to put sprinkles and marshmallows on your ice cream too!
Dragon Slayer at Warwick Castle, Warwick, Warwickshire
24th - 26th August 2019
Last chance to see the amazing Dragon Slayer performance at Warwick Castle! Featuring hear-racing fire jousting, fireworks and epic battles, this thrilling evening show is one of the most exciting things to do this bank holiday. We’re getting fired up just talking about it!
Pirates and Mermaids Festival at Whitehouse Farm Centre, Morpeth, Northumberland
24th - 26th August 2019
From swashbuckling pirate lessons and panning for gold, to face-to-face encounters with magical mermaids and enchanting glitter face painting, the Pirates and Mermaids Festival at Whitehouse Farm Centre is sure to entice the imaginations of your little adventurers. It’s one of the most whimsical entries on our list of what’s on - bank holiday weekend edition.
Big Machines Weekend at Thornton Hall Farm Country Park, Skipton, North Yorkshire
25th - 26th August 2019
Are your little ones fascinated by big farming equipment? Big Machines Weekend at Thornton Hall Farm Country Park is the bank holiday event for you! In addition to the usual farmyard fun, you’ll get to get hands on with real tractors, diggers and dozers. Demonstrations, sit-ons and displays are all in store!
See Marshall from PAW Patrol at The Big Sheep, Bideford, Devon
25th August 2019
Stop by The Big Sheep this bank holiday weekend for a Sunday meet and greet with Marshall from PAW Patrol. He’ll be popping up at the indoor animal barn 11:00 and 15:30 to give high fives to his biggest little fans, so make sure you bring your camera along - your kids will want to remember that meeting!
Early Explorers and Mars Odyssey at Dundee Science Centre, Dundee, Dundee and Angus
Select dates in August/September 2019
There are a couple of exciting things to do this bank holiday Monday at Dundee Science Centre. Younger kids (3-5) are invited to learn about space exploration through play with Early Explorers: AstroTots (26th- 27th August). Older kids (4-15), on the other hand, can go on an adventure to the Red Planet in Mars Odyssey (14th August - 1st September).
10 things to do this bank holiday:
- Visit a theme park
Assume bank holidays would be one of the busiest days to visit a theme park? Think again - they can actually be quieter than most days in the school holidays! Plan your visit to one of the best theme parks in the UK.
- Have a picnic
Make the most of one of any nice weather and enjoy a picnic in the park. Make it even more epic with our picnic hacks and 5 tasty picnic dishes to try. Bank holiday weather a washout? Recreate your picnic indoors!
- 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 a dinosaur garden for kids, mum Jemma talks us through some of her favourite gardening activities.
- Go to the cinema
With loads of must-see new kids’ movies coming out in 2019, there’s bound to be something on the big screen to take your fancy. Pssst! Don’t forget you can save up to 38% on cinema tickets by becoming a Day Out With The Kids Member!
- Get crafty
Perfect for a rainy day, we’ve got loads of arts and crafts for kids on the blog, including toddler crafts, pom pom crafts, pottery painting and more.
- Try a zip wire adventure
Zooming through the sky is something every daredevil needs to try… are you brave enough to try 10 of the best and longest zip wires in the UK?
- Visit a National Trust destination
Looking after 775 miles of coastline, 618,000 acres of farmland and 49 churches, it’s no wonder that 4 million members love National Trust days out, us included!
- Visit a zoo
From lions and tigers to giraffes, elephants and more, enjoy an animal adventure this bank holiday by visiting one of the best zoos in the UK.
- Have a Sunday night movie marathon
Make the most of no school or work on Monday morning, by hosting a family movie night on Sunday. Grab snacks, build a den, and choose from our list of the 50 best kids films and family movies to watch together.
- Try somewhere new
Head to our homepage and enter your postcode to find a great day out near you. Filter your results then challenge the kids to pick somewhere you haven’t been before. Our 15 quirky attractions you need to visit and our pick for the best crazy golf courses in the UK, should be a good place to start!
We hope this has given you loads of ideas for things to do this bank holiday Monday so you’re not left wondering what to do, but for even more great family day out ideas, simply head to the homepage and enter your town or postcode!
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Wondering when the bank holidays are this year? We can help with that too!
When are the UK bank holidays in 2019?
- New Year's Day - Tuesday 1st January 2019
- Good Friday - Friday 19th April 2019
- Easter Monday - Monday 22nd April 2019
- Early May bank holiday - Monday 6th May 2019
- Spring bank holiday - Monday 27th May 2019
- Summer bank holiday - Monday 26th August 2019
- Christmas Day - Wednesday 25th December 2019
- Boxing Day - Thursday 26th December 2019