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Bank of Fun: Things to do this Bank Holiday Monday

Dela Gonon

16 December 2020

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Used to scouring the internet for the best bank holiday events near you and making a whole list of all the things to do this bank holiday Monday with the kids? 

Things may look a little different this August bank holiday but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great family day out for your 2020 long bank holiday weekend.

We’ve got a whole list of great attractions to visit and things to do ideas for you to choose from. So don’t waste any more time, just dive in and find out what’s on this bank holiday weekend!

10 great attractions and events perfect for the August bank holiday:

  1. Adventures with Go Ape, Nationwide

    Girl climbing a Go Ape course

    Fancy an active day out this August bank holiday? Fresh air and heaps of adrenaline await on your next outdoor adventure at Go Ape! From daring zip lines to rope bridges in the treetops, this is the perfect activity for daredevils of all ages (tots included!). With over 34 Go Ape locations across the UK, you can explore the heights of city parks and scenic woodlands - the choice is yours!

    Want some help choosing your perfect Go Ape site? If you love movies, try Go Ape Alice Holt - you’ll feel like a hero from the big screen when you take on the 41 aerial crossings, plus just a stone’s throw away, there’s a family adventure trail where scenes from Gladiator, Skyfall and Captain America were filmed.

    Up for thrills? Check out Go Ape’s first double Tarzan swing at Go Ape Bracknell, check out one of the highest courses in Southern England at Go Ape Southampton or whizz your way through the forest on a segway at Go Ape Crawley. If you’re brave enough, you can even try the hair-raising 85-metre zip wire finale at Go Ape Wendover Woods. There’s so much to discover!

    Book your Go Ape adventure today

  2. Aerospace Bristol, Bristol, Somerset and Bristol

    Got mini plane enthusiasts at home? Take off to Aerospace Bristol this bank holiday Monday and discover over 100 years of aviation history, as you come face to face with aeroplanes, helicopters, missiles and more. With hands-on activities and interactive family-friendly areas, your little ones will have a brilliant time.

  3. Eureka! The Children’s Museum, Halifax, West Yorkshire

    This August bank holiday Eureka! The Children’s museum is open and ready to provide a safe environment for your little ones to learn and pay with 60% less visitors, social distancing & enhanced cleaning measures in place. It’s a fun educational day out for the whole family.

  4. The Wind in the Willows Sculpture Trail, Billericay, Essex

    Another beautiful outdoor option for you August bank holiday with the kids is The Wind in the Willows Sculpture Trail. Set in the stunning Hanningfield Reservoir, is a picturesque trail where your little book lovers can find colourful sculptures of Mr. Toad and his friends. It’s spacious, so you can explore safely, plus the trail map costs just £1 - a day out hardly gets cheaper than that!

    The Wind in The Willows Trail - Mr Toad

  5. Odds Farm Park, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

    Get ready because this one will have your kids jumping around with excitement! From cute farm animals to sand and water play, to adventure fort and playgrounds, this summer Odds Farm Park will be jam packed with seasonal fun. Thanks to the COVID safety measures in place, including limited visitor numbers, new routes to ensure social distancing, multiple hand washing and sanitising stations, you can enjoy a peace of mind on your day out. Advance booking required.

  6. Hobbledown, Epsom, Surrey

    Take your kids on a magical fantasy adventure this bank holiday Monday at Hobbledown! In addition to the usual crazy characters and mystical farm antics, you’ll have the chance to discover brand new summer features, including a huge play castle, a water pillow, jumping pillows, a family dragon swing and an improved sand mining village. Oh, and for the creature lovers out there, the farm has some new additions - lemurs and lorikeets too!

  7. The Deep, Hull, East Yorkshire

    If our previous suggestion was meeting the animals on the ground, now we’ll give you a place where you can dive into the depths of the ocean and explore the creatures that live deep underwater. The Deep is back with enhanced health and safety measures in place, so if you fancy a walk in an underwater tunnel - this is your place to go or your August bank holiday outing!

    Girl with little chicken

  8. Farmer Palmers, Poole, Dorset

    Want more furry farm animals? Check out Farmer Palmers and enjoy plenty of outdoor play, up-close encounters with the animals, and even tractor and trailer rides. Not to mention, there are daily events running at the farm, so your mini farmers will have plenty of great things to remember about their bank holiday experience.

  9. Story Seekers at IWM London, London, Greater London
    Daily, 10am - 4pm until 31 August 2020

    Bank holiday weekend is your last chance to experience the Story Seekers event at IWM London, which calls on adventurers of all ages to come and explore real artefact up close, and to uncover the fascinating stories of people who have braved shark-infested waters to ingenious nurses and more. It’s a free event - don’t miss out!

  10. Check out one of the other attractions reopening in August

    Want even more attractions to choose from? Here’s a list of 10 more great places to visit in August for a safe family day out. Don’t forget to book early and get ready for a magnificent bank holiday weekend!

Two girls walking in August

10 things to do this bank holiday:

Yeah, we know we set out to tell you what’s on this bank holiday but you can never have too many ideas on hand, so we decided to add 10 more for you! 

  1. Check out some more attractions that have reopened this summer

    Attractions have been gradually reopening since the lockdown has ended and we’ve been keeping track of some of the top places that are now open and safe to visit. Here are some of the first ones to reopen, plus some of the best attractions to have come back early in August.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.
  4. Play a mystery game at home

    If your family’s favourite type of day out is taking on the top escape room challenges in the country, we’ve got one you can try at home. Put your minds to the test and help Professor Forgetnic find his missing potion!

  5. 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.

    A picnic, woman on zip wire and family in cinema

  6. 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?

  7. Enjoy a day at the beach
    If you fancy a relaxing bank holiday Monday by the beach, check out our list of the best beaches in the UK. Don’t forget to keep your distance and stay safe!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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. 

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 2020?

  • New Year's Day - 1st January 2020
  • Good Friday - 10th April 2020
  • Easter Monday - 13th April 2020
  • Early May bank holiday - 8th May 2020
  • Spring bank holiday - 25th May 2020
  • Summer bank holiday - 31st August 2020
  • Christmas Day - Friday 25th December 2020
  • Boxing Day - Monday 28th December 2020