The bank holidays in the UK isn’t something that started only recently but actually dates back to the nineteenth century after a new legislation was passed officially known as The Bank Holidays Act 1871. Before this act was passed, there were in a total of 33 bank holidays. This was reduced to 4 after the 1871 legislation.
Now coming back to the present, there is a lot going on during the August bank holiday every year and even this time it’s no different. In this post, we will look at the different things to do in the UK during the August 2018 bank holiday:
1. Notting Hill Carnival:
Well, what better way to lift your spirits than take part in the age-old Notting Hill Carnival of 2018. The festival is attended by more than 2 million people every year and has the distinction of being Europe’s biggest street festival. The 2-day festival this time around will take place on the 27th and 28th of August with the festivities being spread across Westbourne Park, Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill. If you want to enjoy more than just the carnival then you ought to visit the place on Sunday’s family day. This is also a good time to bring the kids around.
You can arrive early to skip the huge crowd of the afternoon and enjoy the colourful costumes, Calypso music, good food and the Carribean culture. A truly grand way of spending some quality time with friends and family this August bank holiday!
2. Outdoor Cinemas:
The autumn is fast approaching and what better way to enjoy some cooler nights than an outdoor movie screening? In London, you will find a plethora of options for outdoor seating shows and there is no better time than this to spend with your loved ones. These temporary screens pop up in all different locations of London, each one more beautiful than the next.
You can catch some classic movies at the event including the likes of Titanic, Casablanca and Jurassic Park. If you plan to spend some quality time on cosy musicals and theatre, then you might want to grab the discounts at Discount Theatre recently rebranded to Encore Tickets and get up to 20% off your booking.
3. Festival of Love:
No, there is no kidding about the name of this next affair. Celebrate the season of love on Monday where you can enjoy some quiet time with your partner. Take some time out to attend the Big Wedding Weekend where you can dress up in the old traditional way as a bridesmaid and take some dancing lessons in classic ballroom dancing.
This is also the day where you will find many couples across the country renewing their vows or chirpy new couples taking new ones in mass ceremonies, one of the few places to catch a glimpse of this is the Royal Festival Hall. Make it a long weekend like no other this time around in the month of August.
4. Edinburgh Festival Fringe:
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe happens to be one of the largest arts festival taking place in Europe. This year, it is slated to happen from the 8th of August to the 27th of August, right around the time of the August 2018 bank holiday.
The festival easily showcases around 40,000 performances and up to 2500 shows on a yearly basis covering all genres from musicals, opera, horror, comedy to drama. If you are into visual arts and classical music, then this festival is definitely bound to be a treat for you. A musical fiesta and live performances are perfect to enjoy the much-needed holiday season. Apart from that, look stylish at the Swansea Beer Festival with some bootcut jeans available at a 30% discount on Spartoo.
5. Swansea Bay Beer Festival:
If you are a cold brew, cider and ale lover, then this is definitely the one for you. The Swansea Bay beer festival showcases some of the best ales, ciders, and perries from all across Great Britain. The festival has become a sort of tradition in Swansea and this year will be the 12th year of its celebration. This is complemented by live music and good food. The whole event is put up by the Swansea Camra members every year. The tickets for the event are going to go live soon on their official website. Be sure to get your pass before the counter closes. The tickets do have a tendency of getting sold out every single year.
So there we have a small list of things you can do during the August 2018 bank holiday. Make sure you are present at all these venues to enjoy a good time this coming month.