August Bank Holiday Escapes
Take a look at our top things to do this August, from exploring National Trust properties and hidden gems across the UK, to sampling delicious treats at food festivals and thrill-seeking at top theme parks. There's something for the whole family to enjoy and you can stay close to the action on our Club Sites, making your Bank Holiday escape even easier.
1. Escape to the Coast, St Agnes, Cornwall
Few things can beat a beach break and St Agnes is the perfect base to explore the cream of Cornwall. There’s a huge variety of events and attractions to choose from throughout the whole of August, from fabulous fireworks at Flambards to amazing outdoor theatre, world class art galleries and fabulously fresh local farmers' markets – there's something to suit everyone.
Fab for: Beach breaks and culture seekers
Purse planning: Spend as little or as much as you want
Where: South West Cornwall
Perfect place to pitch up: St Agnes Club Site, Beacon Drive, St Agnes, Cornwall, TR5 0NU
Spend three magical days rekindling nostalgic summer holidays of days past at Goodwood. Enjoy a wide variety of entertainment from live music and traditional fairground rides to a petting zoo and spectacular fireworks.
Fab for: A fun-filled weekend
Purse planning: Adult tickets from £12, under 18s free
Where: Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PX
Perfect place to pitch up: 9.4 miles away at Rowan Park Club Site, Rowan Way, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO22 9RP
The UK’s biggest food festival is back this Bank Holiday (24-26 August), it’s a mouth-watering masterpiece, combining marvellous live music and munchable morsels. Mull over the delectable delights from over 30 street food stalls, take part in a wide variety of cookery workshops and witness the mastery of top chefs cooking live.
Fab for: Wannabe culinary wizards
Purse planning: Ticket prices from £19 per person
Where: South Park, Headington Road, Oxford, OX3 0EB
Perfect place to pitch up: 34.5 miles away at Bourton-on-the-Water Club Site, Cheltenham Road, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 3BU
Europe's largest street festival takes place in West London on Sunday 25 August. Be mesmerised by this amazing spectacle and enjoy traditional Caribbean food, from goat curry to jerk chicken, plus fantastic live music including reggae and salsa.
Fab for: An exhilarating memorable break
Purse planning: Free
Where: West London district of Notting Hill
Perfect place to pitch up: 20.5 miles away at Alderstead Heath Club Site, Dean Lane, Merstham, Redhill, Surrey. RH1 3AH
From 2-26 August dive into the amusing and unbelievable world of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. You may have thought that it was too late to enjoy the festival, with most accommodation being booked up months in advance, but if you’re happy to go a little further out, Balbirnie Park has availability and is not too far away from the action. Enjoy stand-up comedy, theatre, musicals, opera and more.
Fab for: A humorous, culture-filled holiday
Purse planning: Ticket prices vary from show to show with many shows free or by donation
Where: Edinburgh City and its environs
Perfect place to pitch up: Around 34 miles away from the city centre at Balbirnie Park Club Site, Glenrothes, Fife, KY7 6NR, Scotland
Head to the hills this August and experience the breathtaking landscapes, exhilarating coastline and cultural highlights that make this part of the UK such a spectacular destination for a summer break. This August there’s something to float everyone’s boat from fantastic live music events, fascinating art exhibitions, theatre performances and even the Resolution Play & pre-theatre dinner experience – perfect for history buffs.
Fab for: A diverse break in a beautiful setting
Purse planning: Spend as little or as much as you want
Where: Across the whole of North Yorkshire
Perfect place to pitch up: North Yorkshire Moors Caravan Club Site, Sneaton, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 5JE
Why not take some time this August to explore the extraordinary walking trails of the Brecon Beacons and its famous National Park? The Bank Holiday provides the perfect excuse to explore the many events on across Wales - enjoy the music at the Castell Roc Festival or take in the histories at the Victorian Festival.
Fab for: History enthusiasts and music lovers
Where: Across Wales
Perfect place to pitch up: Tredegar House, Tredegar House, Coedkernew, Newport, Newport, NP10 8TW and Aberbran Club Site, Aberbran, Brecon, Powys, LD3 9NH, Wales
Explore the deep this summer at Anglesey Zoo with ocean-themed activities every day throughout August. All the family will be fascinated by the engaging talks and fish feeds!
Fab for: All Ages
Purse planning: Members save 20% on admission with the Great Savings Guide, otherwise under 3’s – free, 3-15 year-olds – from £7.25, Adults 16+ – from £8.25
Where: Brynsiencyn, Isle of Anglesey, LL61 6TQ
Perfect place to pitch up: 16 miles away at Cae Mawr Club Site, Llangefni Road, Marianglas, Anglesey, LL73 8NY, Wales
Young adventurers will love a day out at Groombridge Place. Immerse yourself in a magical world of mystery and intrigue. Spend the day wandering pretty tree-lined forest paths with water pools, experience the giant tree swings, brave a raised boardwalk with zip wires and rope swings, wooden bridges, a maze and Crusoe’s World complete with an impressive pirate ship.
Fab for: All ages
Purse planning: Ticket prices from £12.95 for adults, children from £9.95
Where: Groombridge Place, Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9QG
Perfect place to pitch up: Under 20 miles away at Broomfield Farm Club Site, Stalkers Lane, East Hoathly, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6QS
10. Alton Towers
Experience an exhilarating Bank Holiday at one of the UK’s most famous theme parks. Alton Towers is geared up for children of all ages this summer. With the world’s only CBeebies Land in full swing for smaller people and a new ride, The Wicker Man, for older thrill seekers!
Fab for: Over 10s
Purse planning: Members save up to 49% on admission with the Great Savings Guide; otherwise under 3’s – free, 3-11 year-olds – from £48, adults – from £56
Where: Alton, Staffordshire, ST10 4DB
Perfect place to pitch up: 10 miles away at Uttoxeter Racecourse Club Site, Wood Lane, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 8BD
11. Hatchlands Park
With 400 glorious acres to explore this beautiful parkland is the perfect place to visit any time of the year. There’s an outdoor theatre and cinema, a fantastic children’s adventure area complete with a treehouse, and over 50 activities to try your hand at. Over and around the Bank Holiday weekend there are also a number of special events and attractions including pony rides, have-a-go archery, and a fantastical outdoor theatre show with music, puppetry and a cast of colourful characters.
Fab for: Under 16s
Purse planning: Adults from £11.80, children from £5.90
Where: East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RT
Perfect place to pitch up: Under 20 miles away at Slinfold Club Site, Spring Lane, Slinfold, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 0RT
Please note: pitches are subject to availability. Availability correct as of 31 July 2018.