The big jump from May- to August Bank Holiday can be tough, and when the time comes for that well-deserved Bank Holiday Break, it can be hard to decide where to go, what to do and how to fill this unfamiliar thing called ‘free time’, but that’s SuperBreak’s forte.
We love a good Bank Holiday, and we’ve come up with 5 of our best last minute ideas on how you can make the most of the time off with the kids, with your significant other or with the whole family – that’s if you haven’t had time to plan already.
1) Visit a Carnival in London
Now if there’s one city which knows how to take advantage of the Bank Holiday it’s London, and the bustling capital is alive with carnivals, sightseeing and world-famous attractions. The annual Notting Hill Carnival will take place across the city on 28th & 29th August, 2016 and is Europe’s biggest street carnival, guaranteeing a vibrant and upbeat way to start the three-day weekend! Sunday is the more ‘relaxed’ family day, with a colourful parade including dancing and floats, while the main, party-inspired event takes place through into the early hours on the Monday.
If you’d rather see the sights when in London, the London Eye is a great place to soak up the scenic panoramas of the city, while Shakespeare’s Globe offers a wonderful open-air-theatre experience.
2) Cruise along the River Ouse in York
York is a city which always has something going on, but when the Bank Holiday hits this beautiful corner of North Yorkshire is when it is really in its element. There is so much to see and do in York that one Bank Holiday just isn’t enough, but because the choice is so vast, there is something for all ages to enjoy on a weekend break in York.
For the kids, a day exploring the exciting York Maze and all its rides and attractions is a great way to spend some time with the family, whilst for big kids, a slow-paced cruise along the River Ouse, a visit to the chocolate museum or a cultural jaunt along the City Walls is sure to keep everyone entertained.
3) Cuddle the UK’s only koalas in Edinburgh
The beautiful Scottish capital is a great place to while away the Bank Holiday with the family, and it’s not just the majestic Edinburgh Castle which will have you head-over-heels in love with this city. If you like to be outdoors in your free time, the scenic walk to the top of Arthur’s Seat is a feast for the eyes, while Camera Obscura is an interactive world of optical illusions which will have all the family awestruck.
Edinburgh Zoo is also an absolute must for anyone visiting Edinburgh as it’s the only zoo in the UK which houses the cuddly koala – a great Bank Holiday treat for animal lovers!
4) Eat an ice cream on the beach in Blackpool
Come rain or shine, the seaside is a prime spot to spend that long Bank Holiday weekend, and Blackpool is an entertainment hub for families looking for a fun-filled weekend. With the infamous Blackpool Pleasure Beach boasting thrilling rides and entertaining shows, that is just one place you can let your hair down and get in the Bank Holiday spirit.
For Star Trek fans, the new Star Trek Exhibition on The Golden Mile is a wonderful way to spend the morning, before heading to the beach for a paddle and an ice cream. Blackpool Tower, Sandcastle Water Park and the attraction-packed piers are also worth visiting if you’re looking to pack as much fun as possible into your long weekend.
5) Climb England’s highest mountain in The Lake District
Alternatively, if you’re looking for serene escape far from the hustle and bustle of the city this Bank Holiday, the Lake District should be at the top of your list. As well as its rolling hills and seemingly Photoshopped landscapes, The Lakes provides a stunning backdrop for a long weekend full of peace and relaxation.
Two picnic-perfect spots, Lake Windermere and Bassenthwaite Lake are landscapes definitely worth snapping on your camera, and if you fancy lacing up those hiking boots, you can always gather the family for an active afternoon climbing England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike.
What are your plans this Bank Holiday? Let us know in the comment box below!