Things To Do On August Bank Holiday

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Now it’s August, and the school holidays are in full swing, what’s around the corner? The summer bank holiday, of course! What do we do with the kids?! Don’t worry – we’ve rounded up the best things to do on the August bank holiday 2023!

From fun family-friendly activities and special events to festival favourites!

Outernet London

Outernet London is an absolute blast for families! The ‘Now Building’ is like stepping into a futuristic wonderland with mind-blowing digital art and interactive experiences that’ll leave your kids wide-eyed. Plus, there’s a food paradise with something for even the pickiest eaters. For a day that mixes tech, culture, and tasty treats, Outernet is the ultimate family adventure in the heart of London!
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Outernet London
1-2 St Giles High Street
London, WC2H 8LW
United Kingdom

Pricing

Free!

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Pokémon GO Fest 2023, London

Treasure hunters and Trainers get ready for a festival like nothing you’ve never seen before!

X marks the spot, in England’s capital city – between Brockwell Park and Greater London! From glittering gameplay, brilliant bonuses and hidden surprises along your adventure, it’ll be a Pokémon experience to remember.

The experience will be split into Morning and Afternoon. You’ll have an event-exclusive gameplay experience, battlegrounds where you can test your mettle against other Trainers, plus compete for prizes! Enjoy fabulous photo opportunities with Pikachu and Eevee and even on a Pokémon bus!!

Not to mention exclusive merch! I don’t know about you, but this sounds like a super cool way to spend your bank holiday! Exploring London and playing Pokémon!

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Brockwell Park,
Brockwell Park Gardens,
London,
SE24 0NG

Pricing

£32.00 per person

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bouncy castle

Bouncy Castles in the Park, Wellington Country Park

Enjoy some bouncing fun with a whole host of awesome bouncy castles!!

Explore the jungle with the Jungle Bouncy Castle before bouncing sky-high into the Giant Giraffe Bouncy Castle! For the little ones, they have the Mini Bugs Castle to conquer before you ALL head to the Helter Skelter for some curvy wurvy sliding fun.

Next, if you have good aim, why not try the penalty shootout before tackling the Jungle Obstacle Course?!

It’s going to be SUPER DUPER fun!

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Wellington Country Park,
Odiham Road, Riseley,
Berkshire,
RG7 1SP

Opening Times

26th August - 28th August 2023
09:30 - 17:30

Pricing

Included in entry ticket:
Adult £18.95
Child £18.95

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fireman sam live show

Fireman Sam Saves The Circus, Kingston Upon Thames

Enjoy a LIVE show where a tiger is on the loose and there may be faulty lights at the circus! The danger is around the corner… But can Fireman Sam save the circus and most importantly…save the day?

Join Sam, Penny, Elvis, Station Officer Steele and Norman in a singing, dancing and adventurous show!

Perfect for families with little ones who love Fireman Sam!

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24-26 High St,
Kingston upon Thames,
KT1 1HL

Opening Times

21st - 28th August 2023

Pricing

Adult free (when accompanying a child)
Child £10.00

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hever castle jousting festival

Jousting Tournament, Hever Castle & Gardens

Calling all knights, kings and queens! This summer enjoy an action-packed medieval adventure! The Knights of Royal England will be entertaining all you lucky guests with an exhilarating display of jousting stunts and fights in an authentic arena!

They’ll be battling it out in the saddle and even on foot in one-to-one combat! Who will gain the most points and win the ultimate champion title?

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Hever Rd, Hever,
Edenbridge
TN8 7NG

Opening Times

12th & 13th, 19th & 20th, 25th – 28th August 2023 from 13:00

Pricing

£2.00 plus entry
Adult £20.80
Child £11.80

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oxford story-telling

Oxford Storytelling Festival, Waterperry House and Gardens

To go or not to go… That is a very important question of course, but you should definitely go!

Enjoy a day jam-packed day at this intimate festival that has been running for 3 years! This year’s theme is ‘Wildest Imaginings!’ – you can retell stories of your own and more.

Head to the grand Tipi and listen in on awe-inspiring stories and magic from the community. Sit and hear spoken word and poetry creating and even speaking your own poetry!

They’ll also be arts and crafts, an area for kids to perform, delicious food and so much more!

It’ll suit older kids who love English or younger ones with a wild imagination.

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Waterperry House
Waterperry,
Oxford,
OX33 1JZ

Opening Times

25th - 27th August 2023

Pricing

Adult £45.00
Child £10.00

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bubble magician at tapnell farm

Summertime Bonanza at Tapnell Farm Park, Isle of Wight

Head over to Tapnell Farm Park for an all-weather family fun day out!

Not only can you enjoy their award-winning farm with bouncy pillows, sledge slides, pedal go-karts and so much more! But you can watch daily falconry displays, navigate through a GIANT maize maze and even compete in the Tapnell Olympics!! From tug of war, sack races and welly wanging, you’ll be sure to laugh your socks off!

They even have craft workshops, tie-dye workshops and a BRAND NEW zip wire!

The fun doesn’t stop there though… Watch in awe as Wizard and his Giant Bubble Stage Show is performing in front of you. Enjoy classic kid’s party games and be amazed at the fantastic magician!

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Tapnell Farm Park,
Tapnell Farm,
Newport Road,
Yarmouth,
Isle of Wight,
PO41 0YJ

Opening Times

22nd July - 3rd September 2023

Pricing

Adult £13.95
Child £15.95

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daughter on father's shoulder

Foodies Festival, Oxford

Foodies unite! This is the August bank holiday event for you! It’s also a food festival with kids that you can all enjoy…with full bellies!

Join in for a huge celebration of the UK’s top chefs, with live entertainment and more!

Indulge in tasty street food and bottomless drinks at pop-up bars. Sample new wines, cocktails and champagne, taste new flavours and take part in cookery classes!

Even the kids can get involved with The Kids Cookery Theatre – watch them cook up a storm!  You can also learn how to make show-stopping cakes in The Cake & Bake Theatre with GBBO stars!!

Not to mention a chilli-eating competition… Parents, are you ready for it? Then for live entertainment,  you have Scouting For Girls, Sophie Ellis-Bexter and even Martin Kemp!

It’s a foodie festival during the school holidays you don’t want to miss out on!

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South Parks,
Headington Road,
Oxford,
OX3 0EB

Opening Times

26th - 28th August 2023
11:00 – 21:00

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notting carnival

Notting Hill Carnival, London

So…you all know the BIGGEST street festival and the greatest community-led event on the entire planet, right?

This annual festival and exciting event is the place to be in the summer.

Groove to the beat with Mas Bands, Brazillian bands with their bright and colourful outfits and blaring tunes. Dance to the beat with steel drums and taste all the glorious food and drink!

Notting Hill Carnival is a massive music festival that sounds to the beat of a hundred drums that drives audiences from all over the world. Let’s hope the weather shapes up!

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Notting Hill, London

Opening Times

27th - 28th August 2023

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So, if you’re on the hunt for family attractions, a festival experience, or a special event to experience this August bank holiday – then you know where to go! We’ll keep updating this as we find new events!

Looking for more things to do this summer? From free events and summer bowling, or where kids can eat for less!

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