Bank Holiday: Things to do and places to go

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There’s nothing more exciting than realising that there’s a bank holiday weekend on the horizon. The thought of turning off all your alarms, catching up on sleep or watching a box set or two, is a feeling that can’t be matched.

Although we’ve already had four bank holidays, arguably, the summer bank holiday trumps them all. It’s the weekend that hosts Europe’s biggest street party- Notting Hill Carnival, it’s the last break before the kids go back to school and if you’re a Christmas enthusiast then it means the countdown to the festivities are even more imminent.

However, the good news doesn’t end here because we are expected to have temperatures of up to 29 degrees! Can I get an Amen? Surely, this is even more of a reason to ditch the pj’s, the box sets and get out and about?

Well luckily for you we’ve compiled a list of things to do and go this bank holiday weekend.

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

If you love to a good party then you’ll definitely not want to miss Britain’s biggest one yet! For two days only, the usually dormant streets of West London will be awoken by the music and parades of Notting Hill Carnival.  It’s a chance for everyone, young and old, to embrace the rich, vibrant and diverse Caribbean culture, from the music, to the food and the impressive colourful costumes.  Not to mention, the tropical weather expected, which means we’ll all get to experience the Caribbean right here in London.

When: 25-26th August

Where: Notting Hill, London

Price: Free

Squeg and Bonez

Squeg and Bonez

Squeg and Bonez

The carnival celebrations continue this weekend, with Squeg and Bonez celebrating the event with their very own Caribbean inspired vegan menu, along with two special-edition cocktails. So, if you’re looking for somewhere to eat on the 24th and 25th of August head down to the restaurant.

When: 24th-25th August

Where: 171 Mare St, London E8 3RH

Foodies Festival, Oxford

Chop Shop at The Foodies Festival, photo taken by @sophlouisep

Chop Shop at The Foodies Festival, photo taken by @sophlouisep

The UK’s biggest food festival returns to South Park, Oxford, after making the rounds in Bristol, Birmingham, London and Edinburgh. You can expect the day to be filled with live music, workshops (for adults and children), and of course top chefs to be in attendance, including MasterChef Finalist 2019 Delia Maria Asser.

When: 24th-26th August

Where: Oxford

Price: Children under 12 and dogs go free. Visit their website for ticket prices: https://foodiesfestival.com/oxford-food-festival/

The Big Feastival

The Big Feastival

The Big Feastival

Dubbed as ‘your go-to family festival’, the Big Festival ensures that every family member has a weekend to remember. The jam-packed itinerary includes live acts from the likes of Rudimental and Jess Glyme, as well as family favourites such as Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol. Aside from the entertainment, the festival has a line-up of top chefs, variety of food and activities to keep you all occupied.

When: 23rd-25th August

Where: Alex James’, The Cotswolds

Price: Visit the website for more details on single day and weekend tickets: https://thebigfeastival.com/tickets