Treat yourself to an August Bank Holiday getaway
This August Bank Holiday treat yourself to a trip away to recharge after the summer season. Lots of our sites have plenty of activities nearby to keep you occupied over the Bank Holiday weekend. We’ve provided a comprehensive list of popular family sites and sites that are perfect for a relaxing, quieter break, along with our members’ top tips, so you can make the most of your weekend away.
We’ve labelled each site to show you which sites are perfect for family fun or great for adults looking for peace and quiet, so you can choose a site to suit you:
If you’re looking for a stunning getaway in a national park this Bank Holiday the beautiful moorland views of the Yorkshire countryside won’t disappoint. Our North Yorkshire Moors Club Site is a walker’s paradise. If you're bringing your best four-legged friend, why not take the scenic drive across the moors to the Rievaulx Terrace for National Dog Day on Saturday 26 August!
Our members’ top tip: Make sure to visit the Falling Foss Tea Gardens, you won’t be disappointed!
If peace and tranquillity is what’s needed on the long weekend, visit our Nunnykirk Club Site in Northumberland. And if you’re up for a little active adventuring, then why not join The Great North Bike Ride on Sunday 27 August covering 60 miles of beautiful Northumbrian coastline. Don’t worry, you can take it at your own pace!
Travel a little further afield and discover the beauty of the Scottish Coast at our Garlieston Club Site where you'll be delighted by the charm of the local village. Take a drive along the rugged coastline and visit the Caerlaverock Wetland Centre ‘Durham to Dumfries’ Exhibition by the Fishburn Art Group.
Our members’ top tips: The nearby Harbour Inn pub has been highly recommended, with great food and a dog-friendly restaurant.
Golf enthusiasts, anglers and nature lovers will be in their element at this wonderful site in the heart of the Grampian countryside. And the bank holiday weekend promises to be a particular treat if you plan a visit to the Lonach Highland Gathering & Games which will showcase traditional sports and events including pipe bands, tug-o-war and Highland dancing!
Our members’ top tips: This site is an ideal touring base for the famous Castle and Whisky Trails slightly further afield.
Located in the fabulous Brecon Beacons National Park, our Aberbran Club site is one of the best locations in the country for those with a passion for walking. And you can take your pick from a range of brilliant events on offer over the Bank Holiday weekend. There's the Llangynidr Show, The Talgarth Festival of the Black Mountains and of course, the annual Brecon Beacons National Park Summer Fayre. Enjoy!
Our members’ top tips: A visit to the Brecon Cathedral, first built in the 11th Century, offers astounding historical views.
Nestled in the valleys of the luscious Denbighshire countryside this site is perfectly placed to explore the mountains of Snowdonia National Park. Why not join in with one of the fastest growing outdoor activities in the UK...Nordic Walking! Explore the Erddig Estate on Saturday 26th August and get a full body workout with specially designed walking poles.
Our members’ top tips: The area is well regarded as a walker's paradise with a choice of simple strolls to a trek over the Berwyns.
Set in the Cotswold Hills in West Oxfordshire the unspoilt village of Burford is a pleasure to visit. If you're up for a feel good festival of food and music then our Burford Club Site is the perfect place to stay for "The Big Feastival” in Chipping Norton. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something a bit more low key, The Blenheim Palace Festival of Transport in Woodstock is returning for another year and is the perfect day out for motor lovers!
Our members’ top tips: The nearby Cotswold Wildlife Park makes for an excellent day out.
Lose yourself to nature at our Brora Club site located in the Scottish Highlands. Just 300 yards from a sandy beach you can enjoy birds, seals, dolphins and deer at this incredible coastal location. Pay a visit to the charity garden open day ‘The Lookout’ before it closes on the 28th. The ¾ acre elevated coastal garden has incredible views over the Moray Firth.
Our members’ top tips: Wake up early and talk a stroll along the beach and watch the sun rise… Our members tell us that the surrounding beaches are perfect for dogs.
Located in the stunning Arreton Valley on the Isle of Wight, the Southland Club site is in a convenient location to explore all parts of the island as well as the finest beaches. Head north to enjoy the Cowes Classic 2017, International Powerboat Race on the Saturday. Or if that’s not quite your thing, take a guided nature walk around Newtown Meadows.
Our members’ top tips: A visit to the Pointer Inn is well recommended, dog-friendly and with great tasting food.
With a railway station just a 5 minute stroll away, this lovely site is great for country walks as well as exploring the local area. If you enjoy live music then check out the local ‘Glaston-Bury’ festival at a range of venues across the town over the bank holiday weekend. Alternatively, there’s a Family Fun Weekend at the East Lancashire Railway.
Our members’ top tips: A visit to Bury Market is a must, with easy access via the railway.
The selection of fantastic beaches and stunning panoramic sea views at this site on the Cornish coast will truly take your breath away. Ilfracombe hosts The Sunwest Beer & Music Festival over the whole bank holiday weekend and don't miss the Ilfracombe Carnival on August 27th where an eclectic mix of floats will keep you entertained for an evening.
Our members’ top tips: Explore the vast network of footpaths leading from the site, right the way across the farmland and out on to the coastal path.
This fishing haven in the Cambridgeshire countryside is perfect for a peaceful getaway. The Annual Flower Festival at the Crowland Abbey in Peterborough is a themed event focusing on Art and Artists and takes place over the whole bank holiday weekend. If you’re looking to try the local ales, the 40th Peterborough Beer Festival runs from 22nd - 26th August.
Our members’ top tips: Being an adult-only site, this site is perfect for sitting back, relaxing, and taking in the countryside.
Situated in the peaceful and tranquil Lincolnshire countryside this site has an abundance of wildlife and countryside walks. On Sunday 27th August, the Cranwell Aviation and Heritage Centre opens its doors to aviation enthusiasts and is an annual favourite. Try your hand at flight simulators and plenty of other interactive exhibits.
Nestled in the picturesque countryside and just a stone’s throw from London you are spoilt for choice of things to do at our Alderstead Heath Club Site. Wings and Wheels at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey (home to BBC’s Top Gear!) will be a great family day out with five whole hours of air displays. The Egham Royal Show is also a popular annual event.
With the famous Blackpool attractions and the more relaxed towns and sandy beaches of Lytham and St Anne’s just a few miles south, there is plenty to please the whole family. It’s also the perfect base for you to explore the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. Illuminasia, the world’s largest indoor illumination experience is sure to be real weekend highlight for the kids!
Our members’ top tips: The Fish & Chip van on site on Saturday nights is a real winner, or if you’d like to venture out to eat, Plum Tree Farm promises a hearty, home-cooked meal.
A fantastic site to visit over the Bank Holiday weekend, our Looe Club Site has distant coastal views of Looe Bay, a heated outdoor pool, and is in close proximity to The Eden Project - the largest indoor rainforest in the world. Take the kids to Party In The Park, in Liskeard on Saturday 26 for a day of bouncy castles, face painting, stalls, live music and refreshments.
Our members’ top tips: The Coddy Shack, a few hundred yards down the road towards Looe, is excellent for quality take away fish & chips, or sit in for the live music at the weekend.
Set in the stunning parkland of the Longleat Estate in Wiltshire and only a short drive from the lively towns of Bath and Bristol, this site is literally on the doorstop of Longleat Safari Park. Don’t miss ‘Marvellous Monsters’ - 20 larger-than-life animatronic bugs that have taken over the park, it’s a great day out for the whole family.
Our members’ top tips: Listen out for the lions from Longleat Safari Park at dusk when you retire to bed and pretend you are in Africa on safari!
A peaceful and relaxing site for a family getaway, our Black Horse Farm Site on the Kent Downs is also in a great spot to visit the historic city of Canterbury. Be sure to visit ‘bOing!’, Kent’s International Family Festival, showcasing the world’s best performances for families with performers from Finland, Norway, The Netherlands and Portugal. There’s also ‘A New Day Festival’ at Mount Ephraim Gardens in Faversham on Saturday 26 if it’s live music that you’re after.
Our members’ top tips: Go over to Whitstable and head to the seafood markets for some great fresh seafood for a great price.
Nestled between the River Dart and the coast, this wonderful site with hillside views is a great base for you to enjoy the Dartmouth Royal Regatta over the long weekend. With air displays, scavenger hunts, fancy dress and ice cream eating competitions the kids will never want to leave. There’s also Splashdown Water Park nearby and ‘Sea Change 2017’, the local town festival of music and culture run by a local record shop.
Nestled on the edge of the magnificent beauty of the Cotswolds, you can enjoy nature walks, picnics and explore the thriving market town of Cirencester. Over the long weekend The Stroud Fringe Festival comes to town. This vibrant town-wide festival presents the best in music, theatre and performing arts. With four official stages, parades, street entertainment, creative children’s workshops, and great food and drink, you won’t want to miss out.
Our members’ top tips: Cirencester town itself is easily accessible on foot, but a visit to the Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village, Dragonfly Maze and Birdland Park are all worth a trip with the family.
This site is a surprising rural treasure and is perfectly placed to explore the many great venues and attractions in the local area. Cadbury’s World and the Transport Museum are sure to entertain, but make sure you head down to Becketts Farm this bank holiday for some family fun at the fair!
Our members’ top tips: The site gives way to easy cycle paths along country lanes to canal towpath into the centre of Birmingham - perfect for a family bike-ride.
Set amongst some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland, our Culloden Moor site is also just six miles from Inverness and there are plenty of beautiful locations in the surrounding area. On the Saturday, take a scenic drive to Blairbeg Park for a family day out at the Glenurquhart Highland Gathering and Games. Enjoy caber tossing, tug o’ war and track running for adults and children.
Surrounded by the Malvern Hills and rich in local history, this site is great for family walking adventures. On the bank holiday weekend The Worcester Festival will delight the whole family with a wide range of events from family quizzes, face painting, exhibitions and safari trails. This closing weekend also culminates in a fantastic firework display.
Our members’ top tips: Malvern is a great area for cycling through the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
This pretty site in East Devon is just perfect for a visit to the Sidmouth Regatta. There’s a whole weekend of activities in store, including air displays by the Red Arrows, sea races, live music and a spectacular firework display on the Saturday evening. Sunday’s activities are especially designed for children and families so should be a great family escape!
Our members’ top tips: Visit the Donkey Sanctuary - it’s free with quiet walks around the paddocks and close encounters with friendly donkeys.
Set around the Strathclyde Loch the kids will love the on-site woodland walk and play area. Head over to Calderglen Country Park for a Summer Pirate Hunt for 5-12 year olds. Nature lovers over 8 years can try something a bit different on a luxury badger safari! There’s even an option to pack the kids off to ‘Forest School’ at Muddy Adventures.
Our members’ top tips: This site is great for those wanting leisurely country walks, or easy access to city trip to Glasgow.
Go on... treat the kids to that visit to Alton Towers this bank holiday. Our Uttoxeter Club Site is in a great location near the thrill of the rides and excitement, and you’re sure to create some family memories you’ll never forget. And if you’re searching for something a bit more low key... get lost in the Maize Maze at National Forest Adventure Farm.
Our members’ top tips: Excellent base for racing days and live music events, plus the site is great for dog walking with plenty of dog-friendly pubs nearby.