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- Pokémon GO Fest 2023, London
- Bouncy Castles in the Park, Wellington Country Park
- Fireman Sam Saves The Circus, Kingston Upon Thames
- Jousting Tournament, Hever Castle & Gardens
- Oxford Storytelling Festival, Waterperry House and Gardens
- Summertime Bonanza at Tapnell Farm Park, Isle of Wight
- Foodies Festival, Oxford
- Notting Hill Carnival, London
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!
1-2 St Giles High Street
London, WC2H 8LW
Pokémon GO Fest 2023, London
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!
Brockwell Park Gardens,
£32.00 per person
Bouncy Castles in the Park, Wellington Country Park
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!
Wellington Country Park,
Odiham Road, Riseley,
26th August - 28th August 2023
09:30 - 17:30
Included in entry ticket:
Fireman Sam Saves The Circus, Kingston Upon Thames
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!
24-26 High St,
Kingston upon Thames,
21st - 28th August 2023
Adult free (when accompanying a child)
Jousting Tournament, Hever Castle & Gardens
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?
Hever Rd, Hever,
12th & 13th, 19th & 20th, 25th – 28th August 2023 from 13:00
£2.00 plus entry
Oxford Storytelling Festival, Waterperry House and Gardens
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.
25th - 27th August 2023
Summertime Bonanza at Tapnell Farm Park, Isle of Wight
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!
Tapnell Farm Park,
Isle of Wight,
22nd July - 3rd September 2023
Foodies Festival, Oxford
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!
26th - 28th August 2023
11:00 – 21:00
Notting Hill Carnival, London
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!
Notting Hill, London
27th - 28th August 2023
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!