The August bank holiday is here, ladies and gentlespoons – and with it comes a whole host of things to do this weekend for you to enjoy. I’ve selected some of my favourite August Bank Holiday highlights, to give you some inspo in case you’re wondering what to do this weekend.
Ready for 3 sweet days of fun? Let’s go.
LONDON | The Capital’s First Pop-up Vineyard
Wine is always a good idea right? So you’re going to love the world’s first train station vineyard. Find 75ft of living vines creeping across the capital this bank holiday weekend, appearing at Kings Cross, Waterloo, London Bridge and Paddington. It’s the first event of its kind, created by Brancott Estate Wines – producers of Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough – and it’s sure to bring cheers to commuters after the recent chaos.
The vineyards will be open for commuters from 8am, where passers-by can speak to wine experts, wander through the vines and take advantage of ‘Selfie Spots’. Samples of Brancott Estates Wines Sauvignon Blanc will also be handed out 12pm–2pm and 4pm–8pm.
THE COTSWOLDS | The Big Feastival
Alex James’ Cotswolds farm is open again this weekend – for the 7th year in a row – to big name food masters and music stars alike. Craig David, Paloma Faith, Basement Jaxx ware some of the music highlights to look forward to. They’re appearing alongside Marco Pierre White, Raymond Blanc, and Gennaro Contaldo – amongst other celebrity chefs cooking up a storm. As well as music and food, there’s fun and games for little ones in the form of Dick and Dom and Justin Fletcher.
Camping, weekend and day tickets are still available – but you better hurry!
Get tickets here: Big Feastival Tickets
YORKSHIRE | 10K Booze Run
Introducing Yorkshire’s answer to the Marathon du Medoc (the French marathon that features regular wine and food stops). Malton in Yorkshire is hosting its own version of the famous French booze run this August Bank Holiday weekend, although only 10km instead of a marathon stretch. The Marathon du Malton takes place on Sunday 26 August, starting and finishing at Malton’s Market Place and featuring various tasty offerings along the route. These include craft beer from Brass Castle Brewery, macaroons baked by Malton based producer Florian Poirot, and pan-fried grouse sourced from the local Yorkshire moors from The Talbot. Entry costs £20, plus £2 booking fee. Enter here.
MANCHESTER | Pride Festival
A riot of colour, song and dance explodes onto Manchester streets this weekend as the UK’s most famous Pride celebrations comes to town. See Rita Ora and Alexandra Burke headline and enjoy the festival’s superb Parade, which sees a riot of colourful floats swing by crowds of thousands of fun-lovers. Alongside it all, there’s The Superbia Weekend cultural programme – expect debates, premieres and workshops, as well as sing-a-long cinema screenings of The Greatest Showman and Hairspray, a silent disco and karaoke. Discover more here.
NEWCASTLE | Great Exhibition of the North
I love the North – and would definitely be attending this summer’s celebration of this wonderful part of the world if I could. If you can go, go: there are a variety of events happening, including free street theatre, courtesy of Bread and Butter Theatre, a talk by neuroscientist Dr Yuki Kikuchi at the Great North Museum, and a showing of animated adventure Bridges at the Sage Gateshead. Runs until 9 September. Discover more here.