There’s nothing nicer than making the most of the long Bank Holiday weekend – it’s the perfect excuse to squeeze in an extra getaway and explore an old favourite UK break destination where you know you’ll have a great time. Whether you choose a city break, a country escape or a trip to the seaside however, the one thing you can’t guarantee is the weather!
That’s where SuperBreak can help! Check out our handy Bank Holiday planner below for ideas on what to do in the most popular weekend getaway destinations come rain or shine.
SuperBreak’s Bank Holiday Planner
You can find a little more detail on each of the ideas featured here in the section below…
London is never more gorgeous than in the sunshine, and the great thing about being in the capital on a sunny day is simply that it puts everyone in a good mood. If you’re lucky enough to enjoy a warm Bank Holiday in London this year, make it extra special with a Thames river cruise – a great way to take in historic sites like the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament. On a clear day, you’ll also want to see the city from up high – and you certainly can’t get any higher than The View from The Shard! Round off the day by soaking up the sun with a picnic in Hyde Park, or choose Regent’s Park if you have time to see the iconic London Zoo.
When Irving Berlin wrote the song ‘Isn’t This a Lovely Day? (To Be Caught in the Rain)’, there’s a good chance he was thinking of London – there’s no place better to be, with tons of fascinating museums and attractions just waiting to be discovered. We’d recommend the V & A Museum of Art & Design, the family-friendly Science Museum or the stunning collection at the British Museum – all three are free to enter. If museums aren’t your thing, the ever-fun Madame Tussauds is bound to hit the right note.
If you’re facing the lottery of a changeable weather day, don’t let the showers put you off… experience the best of both worlds down at London’s trendy Southbank, where you can shelter in the utterly brilliant Tate Modern art gallery, or bask in the sunshine and take a ride on the London Eye!
Nowhere in the UK has more changeable weather than the Lake District. Visitors to this picturesque part of the country know well that whenever you’re there it’s necessary to have a Plan B (and, probably a Plan C and a Plan D, too). If you’re lucky enough to get a sunny day, take the chance to enjoy an active break and go hiking, biking or horse-trekking across Cumbria’s distinctive terrain. Scafell Pike – England’s tallest mountain – is a worthy challenge if you’re up for it. Spend a more serene sunny day boating on Lake Windermere, or why not reconnect with the animal kingdom at the popular Lake District Wildlife Park near Bassenthwaite Lake.
Any true Lakes walker will tell you that a little rain won’t put them off, and there are plenty of low-level walks ideal for saving a rainy day. Catbells is a prime example – the ever-popular fell is family-friendly, and a charming morning walk whatever the weather. Inclement weather may just be the perfect excuse to visit top attractions like Beatrix Potter’s house – the inspiration for many of her memorable children’s books – or perhaps Wordsworth’s home Dove Cottage in Grasmere. Of course, if you’re staying at one of the many Lake District spa hotels, there might be no need to brave the weather at all!
On a changeable day, Keswick is a great place with plenty to do. The genuinely fascinating Puzzling Place is full of great optical illusions, whilst the surprisingly interesting Pencil Museum is also worth an hour or two of your time. If the sun comes out later, why not try your hand at paddleboarding, or one of the other fab water sports based at nearby Derwent Water.
When you’re after a UK beach break, it’s obviously a bit nicer if you can enjoy some sunshine – choosing Scarborough on the country’s dryer east coast gives you a bit of a better chance that your Bank Holiday weekend won’t be a washout! When it’s sunny, crack out the bucket and spade and head to the beach; indulge and try the town’s renowned Fish & Chips, and round off lunch with a refreshing Lemon Top ice cream – a local favourite. If the beach doesn’t appeal, why not hire a boat and row yourself around the pretty, Oriental-themed Peasholm Park.
The most traditional way to fritter away a rainy day in Scarborough is at the always-fun Amusement Arcades – see how many prizes you can win on the infamous 2p machines! If you long for something a bit more cultured then check out the picturesque ruins of Scarborough Castle, set high up on the town’s headland. One of the best theatres in the country outside London, the Stephen Joseph Theatre is Alan Ayckbourn’s stomping ground and the distinctive, in-the-round theatre has premiered the vast majority of the great contemporary playwright’s plays – make sure you catch a show if you can.
Not sure what the weather will do? Treat the family to a day at the brilliant SEA LIFE aquarium, where cute penguins and turtles are a hit with visitors of all ages. If the weather does clear up, Cleveland Way – one of the region’s most popular walking trails, right along the waterfront – happens to be right outside.
Where are you off to this Bank Holiday? Let us know in the comments section below!