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When is August Bank Holiday 2019?

This Summer Bank Holiday weekend takes place in England on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of August 24th, 25th and 26th. So whether you're planning a city break, day-trip, or looking for events and fun things to do near you, this page will give you ideas and inspiration into what's on in South East England. And if you're looking for cost effective ways to keep the kids entertained, our family fun section is just for you.

With 300 miles of scenic coastline, hundreds of places to visit, and picturesque National Parks, the South East is your perfect British outdoor playground throughout the summer holidays, alive in August and brimming with a carnival atmosphere as it plays host to some of the most spectacular outdoor festivals and events.

From festivals and exhibitions to walks, music, children’s activities and free events, there really is something for everyone to enjoy in the beautiful south, not to mention some of the UK's cleanest beaches. There are also plenty of events to enjoy your UK weekend break whatever the weather so if the forecast is poor, there’s still plenty of things to do on a rainy day.

Things to do over August Bank Holiday weekend

  • Kent Life welcomes back the Ice Cream Festival on Monday 26th August. A treat for all the family with over 60 varieties of ice cream to try!
  • Fontwell Park’s brand-new Dino Discovery Family Fun Day is coming the racecourse on the 8th of September, offering the perfect way to bring the summer to a close.
  • The Ultimate Bank Holiday Family Weekend at Goodwood Racecourse! Visit Goodwood.com to buy tickets for the Gordon Enclosure in advance to receive 25% off up to four adult admission tickets. Just enter ABHTSE19 when requested at the checkout.
  • Royal Tunbridge Wells​ will come alive this September with a vibrant range of events showcasing the very best of regional food and drink.
  • The Solent Hotel & Spa are proud to have their upcoming Bigger Weekend on the 12th and 13th October.
  • Head for Herstmonceux Castle for the biggest England’s Medieval Festival; don’t miss Rye Jazz & Blues Festival and more over 1066 Country!
  • Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show, Lingfield, Sunday 25th & Monday 26th August. Watch breathtaking stunts by Atkinson Action Horses and world champ bike displays
  • By planning your day to the Rare Breeds Centre, you can fit in as much fun as you can manage! If it's a rainy day, you can enjoy our 'Meet the Animals' sessions in the Children's Barn, be brave and have a look around Creepy Crawly World, see the lambs, and other animals, and don't forget our indoor Play Barns for soft play, and indoor toys.
  • 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the cult classic ‘Quadrophenia’ - enter now for a chance to win 4 tickets to the exclusive celebrations on Sunday 25th August at Brighton Palace Pier including live music, Q&A and photo opps with the cast and of course a screening of the film itself. 
  • Treat yourself to some last-minute summer fun on the Isle of Wight.

What's on? Best August Bank Holiday Events

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  1. Inaugural 1066 Road Relay - Pevensey Castle to Rye

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    Sporting Event

    Pevensey

    The inaugural 1066 Relay will be a 5 stage off-road team relay following the historic route of the 1066 Country Walk.

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    From:
    8 May 2011to8 May 2022Open 09:00 - 17:00
  2. The Nuts Challenge

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    Type:

    Sporting Events

    Dorking

    Take on our award winning obstacle course race with a choice of 7k, 14k, 21k and 28k laps options! With over 120 man made and natural obstacles, Nuts is the perfect place to challenge yourself, raise money for charity or even get your work mates in…

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2018to1 Jan 2021Open 08:00 - 17:00
  3. Popstar Recording Experience & DJ Workshops

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    Type:

    Childrens Events

    Eastern Road, Bracknell

    Dreaming of being a pop star or wanting to be your favourite popstar for the day? Want to see the inner working of a Music Studio? or just have fun, then why not book one of our studio experience days.

    We offer the ultimate unique experiences. We…

    Dates

    From:
    8 Oct 2018to31 Dec 2019Open 09:00 - 21:00
  4. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 Year Exhibition at Beaulieu

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    Exhibition

    To celebrate the golden half century of one of the world’s favourite films Beaulieu is to launch its Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years exhibition which can be seen in the National Motor Museum from Saturday 20th October 2018. The exhibition will tell…

    Dates

    From:
    20 Oct 2018to20 Oct 2019
  5. Windsor 2-4-1 taster one hour kayak tour

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    Type:

    Participatory Event

    Windsor

    If you're new to kayaking why not try our Taster Tour and paddle Windsor for one hour? Now on special offer for a limited time only for the price of 2-4-1 offer!

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2019to31 Dec 2019
  6. Windsor Kayak Tour For Two With Bubbly

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    Participatory Event

    Windsor

    If you like to do something different and paddle gently down the River Thames this is the Tour for you.

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2019to31 Dec 2019
  7. Windsor Kayak Tour With Tuition

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    Type:

    Participatory Event

    Windsor

    Make a splash and try our unique Windsor 90 minute Tour with Tuition. Enjoy the awesome view of Windsor Castle, the oldest inhabited Castle in Europe.

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2019to31 Dec 2019
  8. Southamptons Western Walls and Vaults Walk

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    Type:

    Guided Walk

    Southampton

    Guided Tours of the Southampton's historic old town take place throughout the year, commencing from the south side of the Bargate near the entrance to the Bargate Shopping Centre.

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2019to31 Dec 2019
  9. FootGolf at Hinksey Heights

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    Type:

    Sporting Events

    Oxford

    Come and try out the increasingly popular game of FootGolf at Hinksey Heights Golf Club, Oxford

    Dig out your plus fours and Argyle socks and join us for a round of FootGolf - two hours of a fun workout with family & friends offering great value for…

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2019to31 Dec 2019Open 08:00 - 18:00
  10. Zog Trail at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest

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    Outdoor Event / Activities

    Goudhurst

    Head out on an exciting forest journey at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest with Zog and his friends!
    Follow the trail through the woods to find familiar characters from the story, collect stars as you learn like Zog did at dragon school, and…

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    From:
    11 Jan 2019to31 Dec 2019Open 09:30 - 16:00
  11. Footsteps in Time - costumed guided tour

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    Guided Walk

    Rochester

    Footsteps in Time are offering their costumed guided tours to the general public on a "turn up and go" basis.

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    From:
    24 Feb 2019to24 Nov 2019
  12. Polesden Lacey's Pop-up Conservation Studio

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    Heritage & History

    Dorking

    Interested in conservation? Why not give it a go at Polesden Lacey's pop-up Conservation Studio. Visit the house to discover what goes on behind the scenes as each month a different focus is presented. The event is daily from 1 March 2019. Normal…

    Dates

    From:
    1 Mar 2019to1 Oct 2019Open 11:00 - 16:00
  13. Beaulieu River Tours with New Forest Activities

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    Water Based Activities

    Beaulieu

    Beaulieu River Tours with New Forest Activities are great for those looking for a good amount of time out on the water. You can choose from either stable 'Canadian style' canoes or touring kayaks for your session. You can let them know beforehand…

    Dates

    From:
    2 Mar 2019to25 Oct 2019
  14. Surviving or Thriving – An exhibition on plants and us

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    Type:

    Exhibitions

    Ardingly

    • Opening 22nd March 2019 at the Millennium Seed Bank Atrium Gallery at Wakehurst
    • Based on research from Kew's pioneering State of the World's Plants and Fungi reports
    • Exhibition includes five monumental laser cut trees, each showcasing a…

    Dates

    From:
    22 Mar 2019to1 Sept 2020Open 10:00 - 04:00
  15. Curious About Windsor

    Type

    Type:

    Tour

    Peascod Street, Windsor

    Have fun discovering Windsor with two quirky heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt.
    Are you curious about Windsor? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather? Take one of our…

    Dates

    From:
    24 Mar 2019to26 Oct 2019Open 09:00 - 18:00
    From:
    27 Oct 2019to28 Mar 2020Open 12:00 - 16:00
  16. Curious About Henley On Thames

    Type

    Type:

    Tour

    Hart Street, Henley On Thames

    Have fun discovering Henley on Thames with two quirky heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt.
    Are you curious about Henley on Thames? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather? Take…

    Dates

    From:
    24 Mar 2019to26 Oct 2019Open 09:00 - 18:00
    From:
    27 Oct 2019to28 Mar 2020Open 10:00 - 16:00
  17. Curious About Marlow

    Type

    Type:

    Tour

    West Street, Marlow

    Have fun discovering Marlow with two quirky heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt.
    Are you curious about Marlow? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather? Take one of our…

    Dates

    From:
    24 Mar 2019to26 Oct 2019Open 09:00 - 18:00
    From:
    27 Oct 2019to28 Mar 2020Open 10:00 - 16:00
  18. Curious About Winchester

    Type

    Type:

    Tour

    The Close, Winchester

    Have fun discovering Winchester with two quirky heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt.
    Are you curious about Winchester? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather? Take one of our…

    Dates

    From:
    24 Mar 2019to26 Oct 2019Open 09:00 - 18:00
    From:
    27 Oct 2019to28 Mar 2020Open 10:00 - 16:00
  19. Curious About Southampton

    Type

    Type:

    Tour

    Town Quay, Southampton

    Have fun discovering Southampton with two quirky heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt.
    Are you curious about Southampton? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather? Take one of our…

    Dates

    From:
    24 Mar 2019to26 Oct 2019Open 09:00 - 18:00
    From:
    27 Oct 2019to28 Mar 2020Open 10:00 - 16:00
  20. Curious About Bournemouth

    Type

    Type:

    Tour

    Bournemouth

    Explore, Discover & Enjoy Bournemouth with two unique, heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt.
    Are you curious about Bournemouth? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather? Take one…

    Dates

    From:
    24 Mar 2019to26 Oct 2019Open 09:00 - 18:00
    From:
    27 Oct 2019to28 Mar 2020Open 10:00 - 16:00

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