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.
The good news? Our next bank holiday is on Monday 27th August. The bad news? It’s the last one until Christmas (yep, really!), so you definitely won’t want to waste it.
20 things to do this August bank holiday:
- Prepare for the return of the Great British Bake Off
GBBO is back on TV later this month, but if you’re not quite ready for lion-shaped bread and six-storey showstoppers, then try this quick and easy rainbow cupcake recipe. After all, we all know what baking with kids is really like.
- 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 summer holidays! Plan your visit to one of the best theme parks in the UK.
- Have a picnic
Make the most of one of your last chances to enjoy a picnic in the park. Make it even more epic with our picnic hacks and 5 tasty picnic dishes to try.
- 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, Jemma talks us through some of her favourite gardening activities.
- Visit a maize maze
They won’t be around for much longer (many close at the start of September!), so don’t miss your chance to complete a maize maze near you.
- Book a short break
Whether you managed to get away this summer or not, short family breaks are always something to look forward to, even if you don’t venture far from home. Book yours now, with special offers from some of our selected partners too.
- 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.
- Go fruit picking
Fruit picking is fun for the whole family, and with apples, blackberries, elderberries, plums, raspberries and strawberries all in season, you’ll love eating your rewards! Find the best places to pick your own fruit near you in the UK.
- Visit Kent Life’s Ice Cream Festival
Back by popular demand, enjoy a delicious day out at Kent Life’s Ice Cream Festival on 27th August to enjoy over 20 varieties of ice cream. Don’t live near Kent? Find an ice cream farm near you instead.
- Book a FREE theatre show for kids
Let your kids experience the magic of the West End this summer, with FREE kids theatre tickets on selected shows until the end of August, all thanks to Kids Week by Official London Theatre.
- Go on a Giant Adventure at Alnwick Garden
Explore the land of giants at Alnwick Garden, with 7 huge installations and an augmented reality app to make you feel like you’ve shrunk in size, it’s an epic adventure for the whole family.
- Celebrate 60 years of the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Celebrating it’s Diamond Anniversary this summer, explore all 60 years of seal rescue at Cornish Seal Sanctuary with daily talks, Seal Cinema 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!
- Go to the Cannon Hall Farm Food Festival
Tickle your taste buds at Cannon Hall Farm’s Food Festival, featuring cookery demonstrations, delicious food stalls, live music and more!
- See Rex the T-Rex at Manor Wildlife Park
Walk with the most realistic T-Rex you’ll find, as Rex the animatronic dinosaur returns to Manor Wildlife Park this August bank holiday alongside a baby triceratops - it’s a must visit for any dino fan!
- Enjoy the last weekend of 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.
- Carnival fever at Notting Hill Carnival
Plan your visit to Europe's biggest street festival, is one of the biggest things to do in London this August bank holiday weekend. Sunday is definitely better for families thanks to it being a little quieter than Monday, but be sure to prepare - TimeOut has some great advice for Notting Hill Carnival with kids.
- 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 is a good place to start!
- Prepare for back to school
The new school year is just around the corner, so make sure the kids are ready and raring to go for the new school year with our tips. Psychologist Sam Wass has tips for preparing for back to school, there’s tips for preparing your toddler for their first day at nursery, and tips from a teacher on moving from primary to secondary school.
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 2018?
- New Year's Day - Monday 1st January
- Good Friday - Friday 30th March
- Easter Monday - Monday 2 April
- Early May bank holiday - Monday 7th May
- Spring bank holiday - Monday 28th May
- Summer bank holiday - Monday 27th August
- Christmas Day - Tuesday 25th December
- Boxing Day - Wednesday 26th December