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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    Four star guest house in Scarborough with sea view rooms, private parking and fresh, local ingredients used for breakfast. Short walk to the town centre. Families welcome.
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  • Scarborough   (0.4 miles from the centre of Scarborough Town Centre)
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    Budget Scarborough hotel set in a wonderful location overlooking South Bay Beach. Ensuite double & family rooms, on site bar/ cafe, nearby public parking. WiFi available.
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    Regency hotel in the centre of Scarborough 500 metres from South Bay with indoor pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and gym. Family & pet friendly. WiFi and function suites. Restaurant & 2 bars.
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Accommodation in Grassington

  • Grassington   (4.8 miles from the centre of Grassington)
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    Fully equipped Wharfedale caravans near Skipton with 2 bedrooms. Showers & beautiful views. Located on a quiet caravan park/farm site within the Bolton Abbey Estate. Sleep 4.
     
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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

  • Haworth   (1.4 miles from the centre of Haworth)
    Sleeps 4
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    Haworth holiday park providing accommodation in Mega Pods, for the ultimate glamping experience. On-site bar, shop, games room and play areas. WiFi and parking. Sleeps 4.
     
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  • Haworth   (0.1 miles from the centre of Haworth)
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    This is a first-class, stone-built, traditional end-terraced cottage, in a courtyard of private properties in the very heart of Haworth and can sleep four people in two bedrooms.
     
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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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Accommodation on the Coast of West Dorset

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    Superb family friendly holiday park in Dorset set a 15 minute walk from Bowleaze Cove. Indoor & outdoor pools, kid's clubs, restaurant & glamping accommodation.
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    Family friendly Haven holiday park near Weymouth set one mile from the beach. Plenty of leisure facilities, entertainment & sports activities. Choice of eateries. Dog friendly.
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    Family friendly Haven holiday park in Dorset close to the Jurassic Coast & West Bay. Indoor pool, restaurant with large terrace, new glamping accommodation. Dog friendly.
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Accommodation in York & City Centre

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    Newly refurbished central York Travelodge with discounted parking, 30 minutes of initial free Wi-Fi, early check in/ late check out & family rooms. Breakfast box. Pet friendly.
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    Luxurious B&B accommodation in York, perfect for a short break in the historic city. On site restaurant and bar, within easy reach of attractions and next to the River Ouse.
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  • York   (0.2 miles from the centre of York & City Centre)
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  • Central Promenade
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    Stylish two bedroom apartment on Douglas seafront with stunning sea and promenade views. Ideal for business and leisure with modern kitchen and bathroom. Limited parking onsite.
     
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    Beautifully Appointed Douglas B&B, 100 yards from the beach. Great location. Delicious breakfasts. All rooms en-suite. WiFi available throughout.
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Accommodation in Blackpool - South Shore

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    Welcoming family run guest house in Blackpool ideal for contractors, couples and families. Close to the South Pier & Pleasure Beach. Parking & wifi service. Full cooked breakfast.
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Accommodation in Newquay Town Centre

  • Newquay   (0.4 miles from the centre of Newquay Town Centre)
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    Modern Travelodge hotel in Newquay with newly refurbished double & family rooms. Bar/ cafe, flexible check in/ out times by arrangement, pet friendly. Chargeable parking nearby.
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  • Newquay   (0.5 miles from the centre of Newquay Town Centre)
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    Luxurious 8 bedroom Newquay self catering home set 100 metres from the beach. Perfect for groups with hot tub, BBQ area, modern lounge, chill out room & 3D TV. Families welcome.
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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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Accommodation in Tenby

  • Tenby   (0.8 miles from the centre of Tenby)
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    Award winning family holiday park in Tenby with new glamping tents, great choice of caravans, leisure facilities & nearby Blue Flag beach. Short breaks. Dog friendly.
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  • St Florence, Nr Tenby   (2.7 miles from the centre of Tenby)
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    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 3-6
     
    Beautifully presented range of South Wales holiday cottages near Tenby set on a 145 acre working farm. Shared indoor pool, one cottage with private hot tub. Short breaks.
     
  • Saundersfoot   (3.3 miles from the centre of Tenby)
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    Family-friendly Saundersfoot holiday park with static caravans and touring pitches. Excellent leisure facilities, shop and chip shop takeaway. Live entertainment. Nearby beaches.
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Accommodation in Bowness-on-Windermere

  • Bowness on Windermere   (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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    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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  • Bowness On Windermere   (0.4 miles from the centre of Bowness on Windermere)
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    In Bowness-on-Windermere, Elim Lodge Guest House offers hearty Lakeland breakfasts and cosy rooms with free Wi-Fi. The shores of Lake Windermere are just a 10-minute walk away.
     
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