The Very Best Bank Holiday Events Happening Across The UK

The Very Best Bank Holiday Events Happening Across The UK

August bank holiday is finally upon us, but what’s there to do if you’re not heading to Notting Hill Carnival? We’ve rounded up the best events across the country, so you don't have to...

Looking to make the most of the last bank holiday of the year? It’s not all about Notting Hill Carnival, you know. Here’s how to celebrate the three-day weekend around the country...

Come with ME Ibiza Sessions

Sunday 28th August
So what do you get if you combine some banging Ibiza tunes with a yummy brunch? The recipe for a fantastic bank holiday Sunday, right? From 12 noon until late, ME London’s Radio Rooftop Bar will play host this weekend to the  ‘Come with ME Ibiza Sessions’ featuring a live set from one of Ibiza’s top DJs Anna Tur, together with some pretty fabulous cocktail and brunch options — we’re already pre-ordering the ricotta pancakes with banana and honeycomb butter — all served up with a fantastic view of London’s iconic skyline. Doesn’t get much better than being on the White Isle itself…

Tickets from £21.59

Hotel Black Cat 
Friday 26th August
London Wonderground at the Southbank Centre is one of the places to be over the bank holiday weekend, and we’ll definitely be catching the gorgeous noir cabaret Hotel Black Cat on it’s last night the Paradiso Spiegeltent on Friday 26th. Think decadent grandeur, beautiful ballerinas, acrobats and an evening of opulent madness and you’ll be on the right track. Don’t forget your feathers.

Tickets from £21.25

South West Four
Saturday 27th- Sunday 28th August
Returning to south London’s Clapham Common for another year of dance chicanery, festival SW4 is back with probably it’s biggest line-up ever. Featuring a veritable mix tape of artists both young and old, it’ll surely be British dance behemoths Chemical Brothers that’ll be pulling in the biggest (and most bonkers) crowd come Sunday night. Superstar DJs, here we go!

Tickets from £62.50

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Manchester Pride's The Big Weekend
Friday 26th August - Monday 29th August
Taking place in Manchester's world famous Gay Village, Manchester Pride's The Big Weekend is about to kick off another summer bank holiday in style with a jam-packed schedule of events. The annual LGBT celebration draws in tens of thousands every year, and with names such as Groove Armada, Will Young and hot new one-to-watch Shura topping the music bill, 2016 is most definitely going to be an absolute smasher. 

Visit for all ticketing info.

Picture courtesy of Carl Sukonik

Glasgow Summer Sessions
Friday 26th August - Saturday 27th August
Set in the grounds of Bellahouston Park, Glasgow's Summer Session line-up is a who's who of amazing indie talent - perfect for those looking for some great live music over the August Bank Holiday. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will be headlining Friday's stage, whereas Scottish heroes Biffy Clyro will be smashing shizz out of the park (quite literally) on the Saturday night. Other billed acts include Richard Ashcroft and Fall Out Boy.

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Brighton '16 - Modernist & 60s Weekender
Friday 26th - Sunday 28th August
Pioneers of all things Mod, the New Untouchables started the Brighton Modernist/60s weekender in 2004 at the fabulous Komedia venue, and now that the event is entering it's 12th year, you can expect everything and more from this iconic Brighton Bank Holiday festival. Expect lots of vintage market stalls, live bands and of course, scooters galore.

Visit for all ticketing information.

Summer of Love Sundays
Sunday 28th August
Birmingham's beloved Northern Soul and Motown bar The Night Owl plays host to a free bank holiday party on Sunday 28th August, from 7pm until 10pm. Fans of smooth grooves can party their socks off to some of the choicest soul tunes around, and feast on delicious drum BBQ jerk chicken. Who needs Notting Hill Carnival? See for more details.

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Cult Screens
Saturday 27th August
Why not spend an evening in the grounds of Bristol's beautiful Clifton College this weekend, and catch a screening of Quintin Tarantino's classic Pulp Fiction outdoors. Choose from a deckchair, floor cushion, or bean bag for your bum, then settle in for some Chuck Berry jive action over some popcorn and beers. 

Tickets from £14.50

Asylum Steampunk Festival
Friday 26th August - Monday 29th August
Europe's biggest Steampunk festival comes to Lincoln this Bank Holiday weekend, with a packed programme of art, literature, music, fashion, comedy and tonnes of fun. Watch the cobbled streets of historic Lincoln come alive with top hats, flying goggles, corsets and flamboyant feathers! Attracting visitors from all over the world, this zany annual event celebrates everything steam powered. See for more information.

Hus Av Blues
Sunday 28th August
Hackney's live music venue Oslo launches their new weekly 'Hus Av Blues' show this Bank Holiday Sunday, featuring live blues sessions, raw and authentic acoustic performers as well as rock n'roll & Motown DJs. Oh, and did we mention their uh-mazing Sunday roast dinners? Get involved. Check for more information.

National Bat Day
Monday 29th August
Celebrate National Bat Day by spending the evening bat watching at Cherryburn, Northumberland against the glorious backdrop of the Tyne Valley. Accompanied by a National Trust Ranger, you can explore the 19th-century farmhouse and cottage of one of Northumberland’s greatest artists, Thomas Bewick, whilst seeking out the tiny creatures while they are at their most active. Uh, amazing? Visit for more information.


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