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

  • Scarborough   (0.1 miles from the centre of Scarborough Town Centre)
    Sleeps 5
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    Self catering apartment in Scarborough offering accommodation for 2. Enjoying sea views and a central location, the property is ideal for a short break or holiday.
     
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Accommodation in Grassington

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    Gold Award-winning Grassington guest house. On-site parking. Located 100yds from village square. Rated excellent by Tripadvisor travellers. WIFI. Delicious breakfasts.
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  • Hebden   (1.5 miles from the centre of Grassington)
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    £35
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    Country barn B&B in the Yorkshire Dales. Ideal for couples who enjoy walking and cycling. Two double rooms. Tasty breakfasts. Evening meals. Free parking, Wi-Fi and bike storage.
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  • Grassington   (0.1 miles from the centre of Grassington)
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    17th Century Coaching inn with rooms & restaurant in Grassington with cask ales, a real log fire & 15 ensuite rooms. Bar and restaurant holding up to 100 diners and outdoor seating
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Accommodation in Haworth

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    Sleeps 4
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    £282
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    Attractive rural Yorkshire holiday cottage with wood burner stove, lovely garden, private parking, laundry facilities & wonderful views. Peaceful farm location. Short breaks.
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  • Bradshaw   (5.7 miles from the centre of Haworth)
    Sleeps 6
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    £490
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    Spacious 4 Star cottage near Haworth & Halifax with a large south facing enclosed garden, private parking, digital TV & WiFi. Family friendly with toys and welcome pack on arrival.
     
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  • Stanbury   (3.1 miles from the centre of Haworth)
    Sleeps 7
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    £60
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    Luxury modern apartments near Haworth in the heart of Bronte Country, pet friendly with WiFi, digital TV and stunning country views. Short breaks and long-lets welcome. Sleep 1-7.
     
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Accommodation on the Coast of West Dorset

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    £325
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    Well presented family apartments in Weymouth accommodating between 2 and 6 people. Free onsite parking. 50 metres from the beach and close to attractions. No pets.
     
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  • Lyme Regis
    Sleeps 6
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    £595
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    Contemporary 3 bedroom bungalow just 3 miles from Lyme Regis & 1 mile from River Cottage. Family & mobility friendly. Access to 6 acres of meadows, parking and WiFi. Sleeps 6+Cot.
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  • Weymouth
    Sleeps 9
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    £570
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    Spacious cottage near Weymouth, family and pet friendly. Free WiFi and Old Stable games room. M2 accessible rating with 5 bedrooms, cosy woodburner and enclosed garden. Sleeps 9.
     
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Accommodation in York & City Centre

  • York   (0.3 miles from the centre of York & City Centre)
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    £260
    Per 2 night stay (seasonal) sleeps 2-6
     
    Delightful 1 & 2 bedroom apartments in York some with an extra sofa bed. Freeview TV, Wi-Fi, travel cots, 24 hour reception & secure entry. Washing machines. 2 night min stay.
     
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  • York   (0.4 miles from the centre of York & City Centre)
    Sleeps 3
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    £410
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    Modern two bedroom York apartment set within a gated development. Enclosed patio garden, allocated parking, free Wi-Fi service. Suitable for couples or a small family. No pets.
     
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  • York   (0.1 miles from the centre of York & City Centre)
    Sleeps 18
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    £410
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    Award-winning accommodation in the heart of York city centre comprising 3 stylish townhouses and 1 apartment. Private parking, free WiFi and short breaks. Sleep 4 to 18.
     
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Accommodation on the Isle of Man

  • Peel
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    £395
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    Immaculately presented cottage in Peel old town just 1 minutes' walk from the beach. Family friendly with a luxury bathroom, fully fitted kitchen & allocated parking. Sleeps 2/4.
     
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  • Port Erin
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    Stylish self-catering accommodation in Port Erin on the Isle of Man. Beach 1 minute walk. Shops & restaurants nearby. BBQ and Bike storage. Spectacular coastal location. Sleeps 6.
     
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  • Rushen
    Sleeps 4
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    Rushen holiday lodge providing cheap bunk accommodation suitable for small groups, with an en-suite bathroom and separate kitchen. Dogs welcome. Sleeps 4.
     
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Accommodation in Blackpool - South Shore

  • Blackpool Seafront
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    £40
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    Family-run seafront hotel in the heart of Blackpool. Between the Pleasure Beach, Tower and all major attractions. En-suite rooms include four poster. Free Wi-Fi and parking.
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Accommodation in Newquay Town Centre

  • Newquay   (0.2 miles from the centre of Newquay Town Centre)
    Sleeps 2
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    Contemporary third floor apartment in Newquay boasting fabulous views over Tolcarne Beach from the balcony. Great for couples with outdoor storage, peak time parking & Wi-Fi.
     
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  • Newquay   (0.3 miles from the centre of Newquay Town Centre)
    Sleeps 2
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    Well appointed apartment with panoramic views over Fistral Bay in Newquay. Ideal for couples and small families. Great location near coastal paths and town. Free parking and Wi-Fi.
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  • Newquay   (1.1 miles from the centre of Newquay Town Centre)
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    Friendly Newquay hotel accommodation with en-suite rooms and leisure facilities including a pool & sauna. WIFI. Restaurant & Bar. B&B & evening dinner. Special offers
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Accommodation in Tenby

  • Near Tenby   (1.2 miles from the centre of Tenby)
    Sleeps 6
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    £549
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 6
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    Stunning holiday lodge within a golf complex on the outskirts of Tenby. Restaurant/ bar on-site, parking, WiFi, verandah and balcony with views. Beach 5 minute walk. Sleeps 6.
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  • Tenby   (0.3 miles from the centre of Tenby)
    Sleeps 12
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    £825
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 12
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    Detached holiday cottage in Tenby with six bedrooms, well equipped kitchen, enclosed lawn garden & log fire. Parking for 3 cars. Pet friendly. Great for families/ groups. Sleeps 12
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  • Tenby   (1.2 miles from the centre of Tenby)
    Sleeps 6
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    £549
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    Luxury three bedroom Penally holiday lodge ideal for family breaks or golf holidays to Pembrokeshire. Decked veranda, balcony, 2 bath/ shower rooms, onsite bar/ restaurant.
     
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Accommodation in Bowness-on-Windermere

  • Bowness-On-Windermere   (0.1 miles from the centre of Bowness on Windermere)
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    £650
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    Wordsworth Court Holiday Cottages in Bowness on Windermere sleep six people close to all attractions, including pubs and restaurants. Balcony views of the lake
     
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  • Bowness on Windermere   (0.2 miles from the centre of Bowness on Windermere)
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    £33
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    Beautiful 4 Star guest house in the Central Lakes set in half an acre of mature gardens above Bowness on Windermere. Disabled facilities, pets welcome and WIFI access.
     
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  • Bowness on Windermere   (0.2 miles from the centre of Bowness on Windermere)
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    £405
    Per week. From £220 short breaks available
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    Luxury Bowness self catering cottages set in mature gardens, 300m from Lake Windermere and the village centre. Country club and pool on site. Great for couples and families.
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