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   (0.4 miles from the centre of Scarborough Town Centre)
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    Family run Scarborough B&B situated just a five minute walk from the beach. All rooms ensuite, free wifi & Freeview TV. Family rooms & ground floor room available.
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  • Scarborough   (0.3 miles from the centre of Scarborough Town Centre)
    Sleeps 4
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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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  • Scarborough   (0.3 miles from the centre of Scarborough Town Centre)
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    Enjoy a pet friendly break to Scarborough when booking with Sykes Cottages. Superb range of accommodation for 2-20 people. Facilities may inc hot tubs & enclosed gardens.
     
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Accommodation in Grassington

  • Grassington   (0.0 miles from the centre of Grassington)
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    Grassington inn providing B&B accommodation with an on-site restaurant and bar, in the Yorkshire Dales. Pet-friendly and ideal for walking, cycling and fishing breaks.
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  • Grassington   (0.1 miles from the centre of Grassington)
    Sleeps 4
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    Grassington cottage gem in the heart of the village with 2 bedrooms, a country cottage style kitchen, parking and shed storage. Ideal for festivals & Tour De France route. Sleeps 4
     
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  • Grassington   (0.1 miles from the centre of 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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Accommodation in Haworth

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    Stunning Gold Award cottage on the edge of Thornton village, birthplace of the Brontes, 5 miles from Haworth. Free WiFi and courtyard garden. Beautiful rural location. Welcome pack
     
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  • Haworth   (1.7 miles from the centre of Haworth)
    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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  • Haworth   (1.4 miles from the centre of Haworth)
    Sleeps 5
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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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Accommodation on the Coast of West Dorset

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    Family run 3 Star guest house just 100 yds from beach and esplanade at Weymouth. Very well appointed rooms. Off street parking. Town Centre just 10 mins walk.
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  • Lyme Regis
    Sleeps 2
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    £360
    per week (seasonal) Sleeps 2 adults, 2 children
     
    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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    Weymouth B&B hotel with sea views, located right on the beach. Wide range of rooms available. Full English breakfasts daily. Friendly, informal service. Call direct for best rates.
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Accommodation in York & City Centre

  • York   (0.1 miles from the centre of York & City Centre)
    Sleeps 18
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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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  • York   (0.1 miles from the centre of York & City Centre)
    Sleeps 2
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    £450
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    Stylish contemporary cottage with private parking in York city centre. Free WiFi, electric woodburner and walled garden. Close to attractions. Short breaks available. Sleeps 2.
     
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  • York   (0.6 miles from the centre of York & City Centre)
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    City centre York apartments for business or leisure, with WiFi and free parking. Suitable for families, with skyline views toward the city and modern facilities. Sleeps 4.
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Accommodation on the Isle of Man

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    Beautiful cottage retreat on the north west coast of the Isle of Man at Kirk Michael. A year round romantic retreat ideal for couples. Pet friendly with parking. Wi-Fi. Sleeps 2.
     
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  • Rushen
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    Isle of Man holiday cottage in Ballafayle close to Ramsey. Ideal for couples or for a family looking for a relaxing rural break. Stunning views. Free Wi-Fi and car parking.
     
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Accommodation in Blackpool - South Shore

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    Sleeps 6
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    Modern Blackpool holiday apartments close the South Pier & Pleasure Beach. Great for couples & families - short breaks welcome. Wifi, digital TV & modern kitchens. Sleep 2-6.
     
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  • South Shore Blackpool
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    Fantastic value quality B&B accommodation in Blackpool, just 5 minutes' from Pleasure Beach with spacious family suites and four poster doubles. Licensed bar, WiFi & free parking.
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    Licensed Blackpool B&B, moments from the Pleasure Beach, with great facilities for couples and families. On-site bar. Most rooms en-suite. Free WiFi and parking.
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Accommodation in Newquay Town Centre

  • Newquay   (0.8 miles from the centre of Newquay Town Centre)
    Sleeps 6
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    Contemporary two bedroom Newquay apartment with extra double sofa bed in the lounge, Juliet balcony, allocated parking & laundry facilities. Off peak short breaks.
     
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  • Newquay   (1.4 miles from the centre of Newquay Town Centre)
    Sleeps 2
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    Beautifully furnished 1 bedroom Newquay apartment set just a 5 minute walk from Porth Beach. Furnished terrace, Wi-Fi service, cot/ high chair for infants. Off peak short breaks.
     
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  • Newquay   (0.2 miles from the centre of Newquay Town Centre)
    Sleeps 4
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    Luxury contemporary two bedroom duplex apartment in central Newquay with WiFi, private parking for one car, patio and shared storage space for wetsuits/ surfboards. Sleeps 4.
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Accommodation in Tenby

  • Tenby   (1.2 miles from the centre of Tenby)
    Sleeps 6
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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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  • Tenby   (0.3 miles from the centre of Tenby)
    Sleeps 7
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    Luxury four bedroom Tenby holiday cottage with plenty of period features. Decked outdoor seating area, off road parking, Freesat TV & laundry facilities. Short breaks. No pets.
     
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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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Accommodation in Bowness-on-Windermere

  • Lake District   (0.2 miles from the centre of Bowness on Windermere)
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    £246
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    Superb range of pet friendly cottages in the Lake District offered by Sykes Cottages with fell walks from your door. Facilities include cosy woodburners, gardens & WiFi. Sleep 2-20
     
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  • Lindale   (0.4 miles from the centre of Bowness on Windermere)
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  • Bowness on Windermere   (0.4 miles from the centre of Bowness on Windermere)
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    £55
    Per luxury double room per night (2 sharing)
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    Character pet friendly B&B accommodation in the heart of Bowness. Up to 2 dogs welcome free of charge. Well behaved pets welcome in rooms & dining set up in lounge.
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