Make this an August Bank Holiday to remember!

What a strange year this has been. In some ways it seems to have really dragged. Yet in other ways it is flying past. It’s hard to believe that it will soon be August Bank Holiday.

Until 1834, the UK used to have 33 Bank Holidays! But now there are only eight:

  • New Year
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • May Day
  • Spring Bank Holiday
  • August Bank Holiday
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day.

The only country in the world with fewer Bank Holidays than the UK is Mexico. And as you can see from the above list, August Bank Holiday is the last Bank Holiday before Christmas.So let’s make it a good one!

Here are some ideas for things to make this August Bank Holiday really special. A Bank Holiday to remember.


The end of summer?

August Bank Holiday always falls on the last Monday of August. And in many peoples’ minds it signifies the end of summer. 

But it wasn’t always the case. Until 1971, August Bank Holiday was on the first Monday of August. It was then moved to avoid clashing with the traditional fortnight summer shut down that many companies had in the 1970’s, some of which still exist to this day. For example, Shipyard Fortnight in the North East is reflected in the Nissan Summer Shutdown of today.

So yes, the Bank Holiday is relatively late in the British summer, but it does not mean it is the end of summer. We often have warm sunny weather well into September and even beyond. So why not treat August Bank Holiday as a summer celebration in every way.

Here are five ideas for your best Bank Holiday ever! Even better, they won’t break the bank!

1. Enjoy the great outdoors

Fresh air costs nothing, and makes a welcome change from our screen-dominated lives. So why not pack a picnic and head off for a walk or bike ride in the countryside? If possible, try to visit somewhere in your locality so you can avoid the Bank Holiday traffic. 

Whether it’s a country park, a beach, woods or a lake, it’s great to enjoy some exercise and fresh air, then have a food break when you’re ready. 

Even better if you can team up with family or friends to do this, so that the kids can have others to play with whilst the adults enjoy catching up over a drink or two.

2. Take a city break

Of course, being out in the open is not limited to the country. If you are more of a city person then why not plan a city break? This doesn’t have to involve actually staying in the city, unless you particularly want to. There is a lot that you can do in a day.

It’s often the case that we don’t get around to exploring our local town or city. We don’t do any of the things that a tourist would do if they came to visit. So now it’s time to change all that.

But you don’t have to spend a fortune on your day trip. For starters, many train companies have special travel offers for families during school holidays, and once you get there you’ll find a wide range of activities available for free. For example, in London there are over 20 free museums and galleries that you can visit, including The Natural History Museum, Science Museum, The British Museum and The Victoria and Albert Museum. 

It’s a good idea to plan a route in advance, perhaps with things for the children to see on the way round. Also think about where you are going to stop to eat, and whether you need to take food with you. 

With just a little bit of planning, it’s possible to have a fun day out that doesn’t cost the earth, and will make for a memorable Bank Holiday experience.


3. Free local activities

Another great idea is to investigate whether there are any Bank Holiday activities and events going on in your local area. Most areas will probably have at least one of the following:

  • Local music festivals or performances
  • Beer festivals
  • Car boot sales
  • Open air film screenings
  • Sports events
  • Treasure hunts.

Why not get a group together to go and support a local event? You would all enjoy it and help to build your local community.


4. Enjoy some history

If you or your family are interested in history, there are many places to visit on Bank Holiday. Organisations such as the National Trust and English Heritage have a wide range of historical sites to visit. It is free to enter the grounds of many of these venues: you don’t have to pay to go into the buildings themselves. If in doubt, check before you go.

Also look out for outdoor historical sites such as castles, ruins or standing stones. It costs nothing to go and look at these places, and hopefully there will also be some good spots for picnicking.


5. Fun with the family

One of the problems with going anywhere on a Bank Holiday is that everyone else gets the same idea. So don’t feel that you have to go anywhere if you don’t want to. You can have just as much fun at home, without having to travel anywhere.

If you have kids though, it’s a good idea to plan a few activities to prevent anyone getting bored or squabbles breaking out. If the children are old enough, they could be involved in the planning as well. Perhaps each person could choose and plan one activity.

Some possible ideas for this are:

  • BBQ
  • Picnic
  • Baking
  • Cocktail making
  • Film night
  • Karaoke
  • Outdoor games
  • Party games
  • Board games
  • Treasure hunt
  • Arts and crafts


Whatever you decide to do this August Bank Holiday, and whoever you spend it with, we hope that you have a wonderful time, and that you make it a Bank Holiday to remember.

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