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   (0.2 miles from the centre of 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   (0.4 miles from the centre of Scarborough Town Centre)
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    Beautifully modernised Victorian guest house on Scarborough's North Bay with free WiFi and parking, award-winning breakfasts, evening meals & stylish double/ twin en-suite rooms.
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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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Accommodation in Grassington

  • Burnsall   (2.5 miles from the centre of Grassington)
    Sleeps 4
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    Yorkshire Dales cottage in Burnsall village overlooking a 16th century stone bridge and the river Wharfe with cosy woodburner and wonderful fell views. Inn nearby. Garage parking.
     
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  • Grassington   (0.0 miles from the centre of Grassington)
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    £80
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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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    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 2
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  • Stanbury   (3.1 miles from the centre of Haworth)
    Sleeps 7
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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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  • Haworth   (1.4 miles from the centre of Haworth)
    Sleeps 6
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    £295
    Per week (seasonal). Short breaks from £175, monthly from £9
     
    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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Accommodation on the Coast of West Dorset

  • West Dorset Coast
    Sleeps 5
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    Beautiful Grade II listed 3 bedroom holiday cottage near West Bay with 2 bathrooms, a wood burner, enclosed garden, Wi-Fi, travel cot, high chair & parking for one car. No pets.
     
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  • Near Seaton
    Sleeps 4
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    £666
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 6
     
    Stunning Victorian stone cottage in Axmouth close to River Cottage HQ with a charming enclosed garden, patio, short breaks, WiFi and all modern comforts. Jurassic Coast 1 mile.
     
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  • West Dorset Coast
    Sleeps 6
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    Luxury Salway Ash self-catering cottage providing light, airy and modern accommodation within 42-acre grounds, including a private garden. WiFi and parking included.
     
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Accommodation in York & City Centre

  • York   (1.2 miles from the centre of York & City Centre)
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    10% discount on last minute bookings!
    Family run York B&B, a stroll along the Riverside promenade leads to the city centre/ attractions. Free WIFI, private car parking, guest lounge. Silver Award winning accommodation.
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  • York   (0.3 miles from the centre of York & City Centre)
    Sleeps 2
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    A contemporary and luxurious ground floor holiday apartment in York city centre. Only 2 minutes from shops, restaurants and attractions. Secure parking. Patio. Free Wi-Fi. Sleeps 2
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  • York   (0.7 miles from the centre of York & City Centre)
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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

  • Glen Maye
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    Glen Cottage is a cosy retreat situated in the beautiful village of Glen Maye on the scenic west coast of the Isle of Man. Traditional self catering cottage.
     
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  • Glen Wyllin
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    Isle of Man holiday cottage near Peel. Ground floor self-catering accommodation with enclosed garden. Family friendly. Close to beaches and local attractions.
     
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  • Port Erin
    Sleeps 6
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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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Accommodation in Blackpool - South Shore

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    Stylish comfortable Blackpool hotel on South Shore with a great family atmosphere, hearty breakfasts, free parking & WiFi. Just 100m off the Promenade and close to Pleasure Beach.
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  • Blackpool
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    Seafront hotel on Blackpool's New South Promenade with bar and lounges, evening meals and hearty breakfasts. Free parking and free WiFi throughout. 41 ensuite rooms and lift access
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Accommodation in Newquay Town Centre

  • Newquay   (1.3 miles from the centre of Newquay Town Centre)
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    Luxury boutique guest house in Newquay with fabulous outdoor heated swimming pool, games room, spacious licensed bar and stunning gardens. 12 en-suite rooms. Free parking and WiFi.
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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   (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

  • 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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  • Tenby   (0.1 miles from the centre of Tenby)
    Sleeps 10
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    £1,371
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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   (0.5 miles from the centre of Tenby)
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    £34
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    Relaxed welcoming Tenby guest house a 10 minute stroll from North Beach with free parking and WiFi. 12 en-suite rooms including family and four poster rooms. Full cooked breakfasts
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Accommodation in Bowness-on-Windermere

  • Bowness on Windermere   (0.5 miles from the centre of Bowness on Windermere)
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    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 390 reviews
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    Classic Victorian guest house in Bowness, 10 minutes' walk from Lake Windermere, restaurants and shops. 8 luxury rooms, free WiFi and off road parking. Locally sourced breakfasts.
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  • 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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