Head to the beach this Bank Holiday - 169 Blue Flag Beaches flank the UK coastline

Head to the beach this Bank Holiday - 169 Blue Flag Beaches flank the UK coastline

This August Bank Holiday weekend why not head out and about in the UK, and stay a night or two! Looking for some last minute inspiration? Here’s our pick of the top 10 things to do this Bank Holiday. The UK has 169 Blue Flag award-winning beaches, 14 stunning National Parks, state of the art waterparks and theme parks, real ale trails, quirky family events and breathtaking World Heritage Coastlines just waiting to be discovered this August Bank Holiday Weekend.

Where will you be this Bank Holiday Weekend?

Where will you be this Bank Holiday Weekend?

1. Make a Splash!

Scarborough’s brand new waterpark is now open and promises the waterpark experience to beat all featuring a huge wave pool erupting every 30 minutes with metre high waves, a warm outdoor garden pool with whirlpools and a relaxing infinity pool with soothing iodine water!

2. Head off on the Real Ale Trail

In Wharfedale in the southern Yorkshire Dales. Sample some of the finest locally brewed ales in some of the Yorkshire Dales’ finest inns including The Grassington House Hotel and the Foresters Arms in Grassington, The Buck Inn at Buckton and The Blue Bell and King’s Head at Kettlewell. No need to worry about transport – hop aboard the ‘Pride of the Dales’ hopper bus services.

Exploring Bronte Country by vintage bus & train

Exploring Bronte Country by vintage bus & train

3. Explore Bronte Country by Vintage bus and train

Have you heard – the Bronte Parsonage Museum has teamed up with the Keighley & Worth Valley steam railway to offer an additional vintage bus service (which goes open top in fine weather). From Haworth station the vintage bus heads up the famous steep hill to the top of Main Street and the Bronte Parsonage. The bus service is FREE with a Rover or Family ticket so what are you waiting for!

Dorset & East Devon's Jurassic Coast

Dorset & East Devon's Jurassic Coast

4. Go hiking along England’s World Heritage Jurassic Coast

Bask in glorious sunshine along East Devon and Dorset’s Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site – 95 miles of coastal paradise. The South West Coast Path makes it easy to explore on foot taking in breathtaking landmarks such as Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove!

Bank Holiday Weekends in York

Bank Holiday Weekends in York

5. Bank Holiday Shopping escape in York

It’s a great time to shop with the pound stretching that bit further especially for overseas visitors! Checkout the laid-back unique shopping experiences in England’s great cathedral cities! Stroll down the famous Shambles in the heart of York and take a break in Yorkshire’s own Betty’s Tearooms.

6. Be a last minute festival goer on the Isle of Man

Some of the big high profile festivals may well be booked up this Bank Holiday weekend, but who wants to follow the crowd! Bike lovers won’t want to miss the newly developed Classic TT Races at The Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling running across the Bank Holiday weekend into early September.

7. Coaster into the Night at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Pleasure Beach Theme Park in Blackpool is the place to be this Saturday 27th August for Late Night Riding topped off with a spectacular fireworks display. Spend a chillout Sunday post late night rides on Blackpool’s brand new stretch of Blue Flag beach just opposite Pleasure Beach!

Hit the Surf on Fistral Beach in Newquay

Hit the Surf on Fistral Beach in Newquay

8. Hit the surf in Newquay

Make it this Bank Holiday when you book your first surfing lesson and hit the surf on one of Newquay’s choice of top surfing beaches from Lusty Glaze to England’s top surfing beach Fistral.

Tenby's award-winning beaches - Pembrokeshire Coast, Wales

Tenby's award-winning beaches - Pembrokeshire Coast, Wales

9. Take a boat trip to an off-shore island

Beaches and boat trips combined guarantee an extra special Bank Holiday weekend escape. Make like you’re in the Caribbean and head to Tenby on the Pembrokeshire Coast in South West Wales with its choice of award-winning beaches. Pick up boat trips from the harbour to off-shore Caldey Island.

Exploring the Beatrix Potter Trail - Borrowdale in the Lake District

Exploring the Beatrix Potter Trail - Borrowdale in the Lake District

10. Dip in to the new Beatrix Potter Trail in the Lake District

Think you know Beatrix Potter, Britain’s celebrated children’s author? The National Trust have made discovering more easier by developing the fascinating Beatrix Potter Trail around the Lakes and Cumbria. The trail forms part of the 150th Anniversary birthday celebrations and not only treads in the footsteps of Potter herself, but also takes in key sites featured in her children's books like the Cat Bells walk near Keswick which is where Lucie tracked Mrs Tiggy-Winkle !

Accommodation in Scarborough Town Centre

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    Award-winning Scarborough hotel offering en-suite rooms with sea views. Close to local attractions. Bar with sun patio. 24 hour access. Families welcome.
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  • Scarborough   (0.3 miles from the centre of Scarborough Town Centre)
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    Scarborough holiday flats with sea views. Choose from six properties with rooms in various configurations to sleep up to four people. Limited on-site parking.
     
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    Well appointed Grassington B&B ideal for exploring the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Ensuite rooms, delicious breakfast, comfortable lounge and lawn garden. Parking and bike storage.
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Accommodation in Haworth

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    Sleeps 6
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  • Haworth   (1.4 miles from the centre of Haworth)
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  • Weymouth
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    Comfortable B&B close to Weymouth town centre. Easy access to Jurassic Coast and Dorchester. 4 en-suite rooms. Breakfast included. Next door to an inn serving daily carvery.
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    Three delightful holiday properties in Lyme Regis ideal for relaxing breaks to the Jurassic Coast. Stunning sea-views, parking & Wi-Fi. Short breaks off peak. Sleep up to 3 or 4.
     
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Accommodation in York & City Centre

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    Contemporary one bedroom riverside apartment in York on trendy Bishops Wharf, a short walk from attractions, inns and restaurants with allocated parking, free WiFi and short breaks
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    Romantic Victorian villa B&B in York, 10 minute walk from city centre with 10 four poster rooms, WiFi, limited secure parking, guest lounge and hearty breakfasts.
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Accommodation on the Isle of Man

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    Spacious 4 Star Gold Port Erin apartments 10 minutes from the Airport & 30 minutes from Douglas. Flexible open plan accommodation with WiFi and ample onsite parking. Sleep 4.
     
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Accommodation in Blackpool - South Shore

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Accommodation in Newquay Town Centre

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  • Newquay   (0.1 miles from the centre of Newquay Town Centre)
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    Newquay holiday flats situated within a short walking distance of the beach & plenty of activities. The well equipped accommodation enjoys stunning views & a great location
     
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  • Newquay   (0.7 miles from the centre of Newquay Town Centre)
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Accommodation in Tenby

  • Lamphey   (6.8 miles from the centre of Tenby)
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    Peaceful guest house in Pembrokeshire with 4 guest rooms including a four poster room and family room. Spacious guest's lounge, choice of breakfast, pet friendly. Wifi service.
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  • Pembroke   (7.6 miles from the centre of Tenby)
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    Well equipped, good value, self catering holiday homes sleeping up to six people at Freshwater Bay Village near Tenby, huge sandy beach close by. Clean & comfortable. No pets.
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  • Tenby   (0.1 miles from the centre of Tenby)
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Accommodation in Bowness-on-Windermere

  • Bowness on Windermere   (0.7 miles from the centre of Bowness on Windermere)
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    Lakeland stone guest house in Bowness on Windermere, just a 10 minute walk from boat trips and shops/ restaurants. Family rooms, WiFi and Parking. Packed lunches on request.
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  • Windermere   (0.8 miles from the centre of Bowness on Windermere)
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    4 Star Silver Award guest house in Windermere, a 10 minute stroll from the Lake. Charming Victorian property close to restaurants & inns. Breakfast Award and six en-suite rooms.
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  • Bowness On Windermere   (0.4 miles from the centre of Bowness on Windermere)
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    Luxury 4* Silver Accommodation in the heart of Bowness with its beautiful lake, restaurants & shops. 4 Poster & Family Rooms. Ask about our free champagne, chocs & 1/2 price rooms!
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