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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    Lovely Victorian 4 Star Guest House B&B situated on Scarborough's picturesque South Cliff near Spa complex/Esplanade, 10 en-suite rooms all centrally heated.
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  • Scarborough   (0.4 miles from the centre of Scarborough Town Centre)
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    Elevated Edwardian guest house in Scarborough. Family friendly, with hearty breakfasts and a comfortable guest lounge. En-suite rooms and small dogs welcome.
     
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    Ground floor Scarborough apartment ideal for families, with distant castle views. Parking available, close to train station. Open all year. No booking fee payable. Sleeps 5.
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Accommodation in 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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  • Grassington   (0.4 miles from the centre of Grassington)
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    Yorkshire Dales farmhouse B&B, 10 minutes' walk from Grassington centre. Lounge with open fire, riverside garden, WiFi, free fishing & parking.
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  • Hebden   (1.5 miles from the centre of Grassington)
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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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Accommodation in Haworth

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    Sleeps 6
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    Haworth holiday park near the Yorkshire Dales, with static caravans and an on-site bar, shop, games room and play area. Great for families. Pets welcome. WiFi. Sleeps 4-6.
     
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  • Haworth   (1.4 miles from the centre of Haworth)
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    Haworth holiday park with camping pods. On-site facilities include play areas, a bar, a shop, communal WiFi and a games room. Laundry facilities and toilets on site. Sleeps 5.
     
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  • Trawden   (6.3 miles from the centre of Haworth)
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    Grade II Listed Wycoller B&B gem just 10 miles from Bronte village Haworth with private parking, evening meals on request and free WiFi. Perfect for walking and cycling holidays.
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Accommodation on the Coast of West Dorset

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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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  • Lyme Regis
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    Delightful cottage in Lyme Regis with beautiful sea views. Perfect for Jurassic Coast touring with free parking. Ideal romantic breaks or family holidays. Sleeps 2+2
     
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  • Portland
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    Luxury cottage on the Isle of Portland with stunning open plan living space, enclosed private patio garden, parking, free WiFi & pets welcome. A perfect romantic retreat. Sleeps 2.
     
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Accommodation in York & City Centre

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    York guest house, 3 night break £27pp Mon-Thur, Full breakfast 10 min walk to town centre/attractions, LCD Freeview TV and free WIFI Internet, non smoking. Free parking onsite.
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    High-quality B&B in York. Accommodation offering a friendly welcome, comfortable en-suite rooms and a delicious locally-sourced breakfast. Free parking and WiFi.
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Accommodation on the Isle of Man

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    4 star gold, self catered accommodation in the Isle of Man. Sleeps up to 4 people. Family friendly with spacious garden and BBQ. Free Wi-Fi. Close to Douglas amenities
     
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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

  • Newquay   (0.1 miles from the centre of Newquay Town Centre)
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    Five contemporary apartments situated just a short walk from the beach & shops in Newquay. Great for couples & families, the nightlife is set closeby. No pets. Sleep 2-4 people.
     
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  • Newquay   (0.7 miles from the centre of Newquay Town Centre)
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    Contemporary Fistral Beach apartment in Newquay with seaviews, two bedrooms, two bath/ shower rooms, double sofa bed and Wi-Fi service. Off peak short breaks.
     
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  • Newquay   (0.3 miles from the centre of Newquay Town Centre)
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    A modern and bright 2 bedroom ground floor apartment, sleeping 4. Beautiful views of the headland and out to sea
     
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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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  • Tenby   (0.1 miles from the centre of Tenby)
    Sleeps 10
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    Luxuriously appointed 5 bedroom holiday rental in Tenby just 80 yards from the beach. Two reserved parking spaces, dishwasher, laundry facilities & Wi-Fi. Courtyard garden.
     
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  • Tenby   (0.1 miles from the centre of Tenby)
    Sleeps 6
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    Elegant Grade II listed Tenby holiday cottage with gas wood burner effect stove, stone walled courtyard, reserved parking & Wi-Fi. Dog friendly by arrangement.
     
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Accommodation in Bowness-on-Windermere

  • 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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  • Windermere   (0.8 miles from the centre of Bowness on Windermere)
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    Stunning Windermere hotel with indoor pool and sauna just a short walk from the lake. Restaurant with lake views, garden, terrace and luxury facilities. Close to activities/walks.
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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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