Bank Holiday Weekends usually come with the promise of those typical UK showers, but let’s not also forget the thrill of a three-day weekend – going to sleep on a Sunday knowing there’ll be no need for alarm clocks set this evening. With this August weekend being one of the last before all the schools go back, take the chance to experience quality family time whilst the homework, stress and long days are still at bay. If the summer sun does manage to make its appearance, go and enjoy a day outside with a picnic and some vintage wine! And if not? We still have things for you to explore on those rainy days, making sure you won’t be twiddling your thumbs on this extra-long weekend.
Are you in the mood for feeling cultured?
This Bank Holiday Weekend, the annual Notting Hill Carnival takes place and with its live music, delicious food and fabulous atmosphere, it’s surely not one to miss. Having taken place each year since 1964, it has earned its name as Europe’s largest street festival and aims to celebrate London’s Caribbean community, their culture and traditions. And don’t worry about whether or not you should bring your children. Sunday, although still busy, is seen as the Family Day, which features traditionally less crowds and family-friendly floats during the parade. The whole family can admire the glittering Caribbean costumes whilst all the while feeling a part of the thrilling ambience. With many checklists and travel information available online, you can ensure you’re fully prepared for the day ahead and enjoy Notting Hill Carnival completely.
A guaranteed day of family fun, the many National Trust properties dotted across the UK are the perfect way to fill this Bank Holiday weekend. Venture through long walks across beautifully-kept parkland, take a step into their historic houses and even explore the properties’ magical gardens. Some especially stand-out examples include Cornwall’s Antony House, the location for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire where, between the garden trees, an enchanted fairy house awaits. Experience lunch on site or bring your own and get ready to spend the whole day there.
Are you feeling Hungry?
Perhaps you’re feeling a little tender after celebrations from the night before, or simply just wanting to really indulge in the rare lazy Monday morning, but brunch is always a good idea! Fast becoming a total craze, both stylish and delicious eateries are cropping up all over and you will not find yourself struggling for choice. For a touch of the high-life, head to London’s the Duck & Waffle for the promise of break-taking views (from the 40th floor!) and exquisite breakfast and brunch menus. And for those not after such heights, The Black Penny in Covent Garden offers a still stylish but far more chilled location, complete with a delicious menu and extensive vegetarian options. But if you don’t want to leave the house? Don’t let that stop you. Check out our very own Best of the Brunch recipes to savour from the comfort of your own home.
If the rain does defy usual Bank Holiday traditions and, in fact, manages to hold off this weekend, why not take part in everyone’s favourite summer’s day activity? A luxury picnic from one of Fortnum and Mason’s world-renowned hampers ensures delicious drinks, buttery biscuits and tempting treats that you just can’t resist – a quintessentially British picnic amidst the British countryside.
Are you looking for something more active?
Whether or not the weather stays dry, there are plenty of activities for you to choose from if you so wish. Family dog-walks are perfect on those brisk mornings, so don a waterproof and head to picture-perfect beach walks, explore through forests and meander around lakes (just remember to check for on/off lead areas!). And when you’re looking for a way to keep the children occupied, indoor trampoline parks and swimming pools are the ultimate way for them to burn off some energy. Suitable for all ages, let them bounce off the walls or slip and fly down waterslides even if the rain pours down outside.
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