Things to do this Bank Holiday weekend!
In the UK, one thing we can never guarantee for the summer Bank Holiday is the weather. The number of barbeques, outdoor pursuits and holidays that have been ruined by wet, stormy weather, well we certainly couldn’t count them on one hand! But, as much as the weather can dictate the activity, it’s fair to say us Brits make the most out of our sacred days off anyway!
With that said, the weather reports have given us promising information that, wait for it, we’re in for a scorcher of a Bank Holiday weekend, so we’re going to give you some great ideas to really make the most of your Bank Holiday weekend this August!
One (weather permitting) family occasion perfect for a bank holiday out and about is a picnic. It may seem simple, but what’s better than a bit of sun and some yummy snacks for a relaxing day off from work? Researching your perfect location is the most important prep you can do for the perfect picnic (bar the food selections, of course) and having a search on Google Maps for a nearby, or further afield if you’re wanting to explore, area that can be the perfect hideout from the real world for a few hours is one of the best things you can do to make sure you find somewhere convenient for you. Use the Green Flag Awards website to find out where your local award-winning parks are located here.
If you want to try something a bit different this Bank Holiday, but want to spend this well-deserved break in the outdoors, why not try getting a group of friends and family together and help to conserve Britain’s well-loved green spaces? A group called The Conservation Volunteers run what they call ‘one-day’ tasks across the country that allow you to help plant hedges and repair any old dry stone walls, and have some fun in the process! You can go back to work after your long weekend and feel like you’ve given something back, which there can’t be a better feeling! Visit TCV’s website here for more information and to find the local volunteering options near you.
With the kids being off on holiday too, and with just a few weeks left until they’re all back to school, keeping them entertained is key when boredom has no doubt already struck! It may seem simple, but a Pick Your Own fruit and veg trip may be a great way to get them on board with something new! There are plenty of PYO shops nearby, check out the website here for your local shop, and the family can find the ripest fruits and tastiest vegetables, and the kids will love to taste the produce they picked themselves (that’s one way to get them to eat their greens!).
If you’re wanting something bigger and better this Bank Holiday, how about heading to the bright lights of the big city and visit Notting Hill Carnival! If you’re planning to attend with your children, make sure to go on the first day, as the Monday can be very busy and crowded, but if you’ve decided on a child-free weekend, make sure you’re dressed bold in your Everyday leggings and hit the street festival for wonderful food, dancing and drink so you can say you really made the most of your time off!
If you find yourself in London, but busy streets aren’t you bag, then why not head to the lovely Covent Garden for their ice cream festival, Cool Down. All your favourite restaurants will be offering the most delectable ice-creamy treats including iced macarons at Ladurée or traditional gelato at Morelli’s, so they’ll definitely be something to tingle those tastebuds!
We’d love to hear how you’ll be spending your Bank Holiday this weekend, so please let us know in the comments – let’s keep all our fingers crossed for the warm weather!