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Top UK Breaks To Make Your Bank Holiday Weekend!

Crack open the champagne – the August 3-day weekend is upon us! If you’re still struggling to come up with fun ideas to fill your free time, check out these great activities on offer right here in the UK.

Go outdoors

If you’re fed up of being stuck inside on bank holiday weekend, venture out and stretch your legs in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales! Go walking along the cliffs of Malham Cove to Gordale Scar, climb to the top of Ingleborough, or explore quaint villages like Grassington and Pateley Bridge.

UK bank holiday break in Yorkshire Dales

City Living

This weekend is the perfect time to visit London, with Notting Hill Carnival kicking off with its Family Day on Sunday and continuing into Monday with colourful floats, street food and pop-up bars. If you need a break from the festival chaos, check out a museum or go shopping in the markets of Camden.

UK bank holiday break at Notting Hill Carnival
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Hit the Beach

We’re not holding out much hope for sun this bank holiday, but if you’re determined to spend your weekend at the coast you can’t beat Cornwall! If it’s too cold for surfing, why not discover the island of St Michael’s Mount or visit Polperro? Don’t forget to sample a traditional Cornish pasty!

UK bank holiday break in Cornwall

Be a Culture Vulture

Discover rich history and culture in York, a spectacular walled city dating back to Roman times. Kids will love taking a trip back in time at the Castle Museum or learning to be a Viking at Jorvik, and the shopping street known as The Shambles has something for the whole family.

UK bank holiday break in York

Get Your Adrenalin Fix

The UK has plenty of options for the thrill seekers among us! Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Lightwater Valley are home to some of the most exhilarating rollercoasters in the country, or if you’re not daunted by heights you can tackle one of Go Ape or Aerial Extreme’s forest canopy courses.

UK bank holiday break at Go Ape
Image credit: Kismihok on Flickr.

By Kate Moxon - Holiday homebird at