5 Things to Do on August Bank Holiday Weekend

Long weekends are what we live for – and we plan to make the last one of the year the best one yet. From colourful carnivals to comedy and music festivals, here are five things to do on August bank holiday weekend 2018. It’s time to see summer out with a bang.


1. Notting Hill Carnival

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Hailed as the biggest street party in Europe, the Notting Hill Carnival is back for its 52nd year on August bank holiday weekend. A celebration and showcase of London’s Caribbean communities, their culture and traditions, the two-day event features a parade with costume-clad dancers, steel bands, live music, including reggae, calypso and rumba, and delicious street food.


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2. Reading and Leeds Festivals

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Another year of music and mayhem awaits at the Reading and Leed Festivals, with this year’s line-up including headliners Fall Out Boy, Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon, N.E.R.D, Travis Scott and Panic! At The Disco. Whether camping out for the whole weekend or heading over for the day, there’s no better way to spend the bank holiday than with live music, mates and – with any luck – a bit of August sun.


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3. Manchester Pride

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One of the city’s most highly-anticipated events, Manchester Pride makes its colourful comeback with four days of celebrations and events to empower and support the LGBT+ community. The weekend includes the parade through the city centre, and live musical performances in the Gay Village, with the likes of Jake Shears, Sigala, Rita Ora, Todrick Hall and Alexandra Burke taking to the stage.


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4. Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world, bringing together thousands of performers on hundreds of stages every August. Featuring comedy, theatre, dance, circus, cabaret, musicals, spoken word, exhibitions and lots more, the three week-long event comes to a close this weekend, making it a must-see for culture vultures.

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5. Beach Break

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Whether you’re jetting off abroad or planning a trip to the UK’s shores (Brighton, Newquay, Bounemouth – we’re looking at you), a beach break is one of the best ways to spend the last long weekend of the summer. Better get booking that last-minute trip…

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