7 things to do this August Bank Holiday weekend
If you’re not one of the reported 3.6 million Brits who are heading off on holiday for this Bank Holiday weekend you may well be pontificating about what to do over the course of the next three days.
Despite the weather forecast not looking great, there’s no reason to sit indoors twiddling your thumbs and feeling lonely; up and down the country there are great events taking place which will no doubt inspire some seasonal cheer come rain or shine.
Quidblog runs through seven of the most mouth-watering…
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
The final weekend of Scotland’s much heralded arts festival means it’s your last chance to have your sides split by the world’s freshest and hippest comedy acts as well as some of their more established peers. Now featuring an array of performances including dance, musicals, operas, theatre, music and exhibitions it’s a cultural tour de force. For full listings and to buy tickets download the Festival’s Android or iPhone app.
Northern Quarter Street Party Manchester
After the wedding of Wills and Kate last year and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in July, the retro appeal of street parties continue to ride the crest of a wave. From noon on Sunday, Manchester’s Edge Street, Thomas Street and High Street will be flowing with music, food, bunting and (probably) Pimm’s as trendy locals party outdoors with the aim of raising cash for charities Macmillan Cancer Support and Mind. The Northern Quarter has all the details.
Knebworth Classic Motor Show
For those in and around Hertfordshire, the beautiful surroundings of Knebworth House again host the annual Classic Motor Show. Set to feature over 2000 cherished vehicles from Fords to Ferraris it’s a car lover’s paradise. Club day is on Sunday, concours judging takes place on Monday while autojumble stalls will be open all weekend. Tickets include access to the country pile’s manicured park and gardens so even the missus will be pleased.
Notting Hill Carnival
Everybody should experience the Notting Hill Carnival at least once in their lifetime. Held each August Bank Holiday since 1966, it is the largest festival celebration of its kind in Europe and sees the streets of West London come alive with all manner of music from Calypso and Funk, to House and Reggae. West Indian food is the other major draw with thousands queuing for an authentic taste of the Caribbean.
Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style, Barbican
How better to celebrate 007’s fiftieth anniversary than by homage to Bond…James Bond at the Barbican. Featuring famous costumes and a host of Q’s gadgets and weapons from half a century of the movie franchise, including Ursula Andress’ bikini from Dr. No and Sean Connery’s favourite Aston Martin, it’s a must for all fans of the nation’s most loved secret agent.
Hampton Court Beer and Jazz Festival
Henry VIII would no doubt be proud that his favourite pad is still being used for jazzy banquets. Welcoming beer connoisseurs and music aficionados alike, Hampton Court Palace has again succeeded in attracting some of the most reputable names in jazz including New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band. It’s only £8 for a ticket if you arrive before 5pm, which leaves plenty of time for a pint or two of the 80 + beers on offer.
The Big Tribute, Aberystwyth
Ever wanted to see Lady Gaga perform on the same stage as Queen, Oasis, Take That and the Arctic Monkeys? Well now you can…sort of. Wales’ first, biggest and only weekend festival for tribute acts is something of a kitsch fantasy, but also incredibly fun. As well as music from the last seven decades The Big Tribute also includes a funfair and kid-friendly area making it suitable for the whole family.
How do you plan to spend the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend? Will you be with friends and family, staying in or going out, lighting up the barbecue or heading to the park for a picnic? Lets us know in the comment section below…
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