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Carfest South, Basingstoke, Hampshire

25 Aug 2023 - 27 Aug 2023

August Bank Holiday Weekend

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Make the most of the August Bank Holiday with our exciting list of activities and events across South East England.  It's the perfect time to holiday in the UK and create lasting memories with family and friends, whether you're seeking a relaxing getaway, thrilling family day out, or the chance to dive right into one of the many cultural festivities on offer. 

Things to do August Bank Holiday Weekend

Delve into our featured bank holiday events below and discover thrilling medieval jousts, bouncing family fun, magical live performances, delicious food and drink and some great festivals to soak up the last of the summer sunshine. In case the weather takes a turn, you will also find some fantastic indoor adventures to keep everyone busy no matter what the UK bank holiday weather brings plus some cost-effective ways to keep the kids entertained and out of the house.

Medieval fun at Dover Castle, Kent

Family Day-Out Ideas

  • Bouncy Castles in the Park, 23rd August - 28th August 2023
    Jump into a day of bouncing fun at Wellington Country Park, Reading, Berkshire.
  • Jousting at Hever Castle, 25th August - 28th August 2023
    Witness the thrilling spectacle of medieval jousting where knights clash in epic battles, Edenbridge, Kent
  • Woodland Adventure Day with New Forest Activities,27th August 2023
    Make the most of the bank holiday in the great outdoors with aerial adventures and archery, New Forest, Hampshire
  • Oxford Storytelling Festival, 25th August - 27th August 2023
    Experience captivating storytelling at the Oxford Storytelling Festival at Waterperry House and Gardens in Oxford, Oxfordshire
  • East Sussex Living History Festival, 26th August - 28th August 2023
    Dive into history at this living history event at Michelham Priory House & Gardens, Halisham, East Sussex
  • Gosport Vehicle Rally, 28th August 2023
    Explore over 200 vehicles and stalls in Stokes Bay, Gosport, Hampshire
  • Summertime Bonanza 26th August - 28th August 2023
    Bonanza of summer fun with even more all-weather family entertainment at Tapnell Farm, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

Summertime Festivals & Shows

  • Rye Jazz & Blues Festival, 23rd August - 28th August 2023
    Don't miss the Rye Jazz & Blues Festival, a sensational celebration of jazz and blues music in Rye, East Sussex
  • Ale and Craft Show, 26th August - 28th August 2023
    Music, locally brewed ales and a variety of talented craftsman come to Amberley Museum, Amberley, West Sussex
  • Ridgefest, 26th August 2023
    Celebrate with style at RidgeFest, an exciting wine event hosted by Ridgeview Wine Estate, Ditchling, East Sussex
  • Victorious Festival 2023, 25th - 27th  August 2023
    Headline acts include Jamiroquai, Kasabian & Mumford and Sons, Portsmouth, Hampshire
  • Sandwich Festival 2023, 26th August - 28th August 2023
    Don't miss the lively Sandwich Festival, a fantastic event filled with entertainment, food, and fun for all, Sandwich, Kent (F)
  • Carfest South 2023, 25th August - 27th August 2023.
    Experience the ultimate celebration of cars, music, food, and family fun at CarFest, Basingstoke, Hampshire
  • Henley Country Craft Show, 25th August - 28 August 2023
    Don't miss the Henley Craft Show, showcasing the finest crafts and creativity in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
  • Outdoor Theatre: Midsummer Night's Dream, 26th August 2023 
    A magical performance of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Bletchley Park, Bletchley, Buckinghamshire
  • Ticket to Ryde, 26th August - 27th August 2023 
    A bank holiday highlight, with music, stalls and free entry, staged to support Island charities, Ryde, Isle of Wight
  • Brogdale Cider Festival, 26th August - 27th August 2023 
    Indulge in a variety of ciders from around Kent, whilst grooving to live music, Faversham, Kent

Bank Holiday Indoor Adventures

  • West End Magic, 26th August 2023 
    A mesmerizing show featuring the best of West End magic acts at Theatre Royal Winchester, Hampshire
  • Chef's Table Dining Experience, 27th August 2023 
    Celebrate the weekend with a five course tasting menu and wines, Danesfield House Hotel, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
  • Paddington at Didcot Railway Centre, 28th August 2023 
    See Paddington™ who will meet and greet fans at intervals throughout the day, Didcot, Oxfordshire
  • Van Gogh Live, 26th August - 28th August 2023 
    Immersive, multi-sensory experience at the Brighton Dome's Corn Exchange, Brighton, East Sussex
  • Cutty Sark Afternoon Tea, 26th August - 27th August 2023 
    Enjoy a truly unique London afternoon tea experience underneath the Cutty Sark, Greenwich, London
  • Summer Fun at Milestones, 26th August - 28th August 2023 
    Take part in fun on the pier, pick up your ration at the sweet shop, wander the Victorian streets, Basingstoke, Hampshire
  • George and the Naughty Dragons, 26th August - 28th August 2023 
    Create a little dragon before heading to the Castle to hunt for naughty, hiding dragons at Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire
  • Summer Market at Basing House, 27th August - 28th August 2023 
    Summer fun at annual Basing House market, with stalls, entertainment and fairy trail for the children, Basingstoke, Hampshire

When is the next bank holiday?

The next bank holiday is Monday 28th August, this means the August bank holiday weekend runs from Saturday 26th August to Monday 28th August. This three-day long-weekend makes it an ideal opportunity to get away for a city break, or to head out for a day-trip, or to enjoy one of many events on your doorstep. This upcoming bank holiday is the last one before Christmas and is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends outdoors before the winter months start to draw in again.  

August Bank Holiday Events Near Me

You can find hundred's more events and things to do this August bank holiday 2023 in our events guide below, we cover those in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Dorset including the August Bank Holiday Monday.

If you are travelling to a part of South East England for a short break or day trip, use the 'map view' button to find something local.

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  1. Henley Country Craft Show

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    Henley-On-Thames

    Henley Country Craft Show, Stonor Park

    The UK's biggest, quality craft show with over 200 stands!

    Great shopping, delicious food and a feel-good atmosphere – the perfect family day out whatever the weather!

    Join us at Henley Country Craft Show in…

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    23 Aug 2024to26 Aug 2024Open 10:00 - 17:00
  2. Sandwich Festival 2024

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    Festival

    A weekend of free entertainment in the town centre and on the Quay Green.

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    5 July 2024to7 July 2024
  3. The Sound of Music

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    Theatre

    Chichester

    Austria, 1938. Free-spirited nun Maria is sent away from her abbey to become governess to the widowed Captain von Trapp's seven children. She brings music and laughter back to his unfeeling household, but the future holds more joy and jeopardy than…

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    15 Nov 2024to22 Dec 2024
  4. Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival

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    Festival

    Rye

    Exceptional artists hit the heart of Rye for the International Jazz and Blues Festival.

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    22 Aug 2024to26 Aug 2024
  5. Vintage Afternoon Tea Cruises with Hobbs of Henley

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    Participatory Event

    Henley On Thames

    A quintessentially English afternoon tea on the Thames at Henley on the spectacular New Orleans

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    16 June 2024
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    16 June 2024
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    21 July 2024Open 13:30 - 16:30
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    21 July 2024
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    25 Aug 2024
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    15 Sept 2024
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    10 Mar 2025
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    12 May 2025
  6. The Free Brighton Choir

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    Music

    Brighton

    Join the friendliest choir in town!

    The Free Brighton Choir is a volunteer-led singing group, open to everyone, regardless of age, singing ability or experience. No auditions, no requirements, no cost.

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    30 May 2024to18 Dec 2025
  7. Gosport Vehicle Rally

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    Bank Holiday

    Gosport

    Rev up for the Gosport Vehicle Rally on August 28, 2023. Discover a fascinating display of classic cars, vintage motorcycles, and other unique vehicles.

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    26 Aug 2024
  8. Fish and Chip Cruise

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    Water Based Activities

    Poole

    Join us for the great British tradition of fish & chip with City Cruises Poole. With delightful bites and stunning scenery of the Poole Harbour, your time on the water is a welcome retreat from land. While you feast, listen to our local skipper…

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    25 May 2024to4 Sept 2024Various Opening Times
  9. Victorious Festival

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    Festival

    Portsmouth

    Victorious Festival returns for 2024 - bringing some of the biggest bands and artists to Southsea Common.

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    23 Aug 2024to25 Aug 2024Open 10:00 - 23:00
  10. City of Oxford Walking Tour

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    Broad Street, Oxford

    Discover the vibrant history of the oldest university in the English-speaking world on the only official University of Oxford walking tour. Learn how Oxford grew from a small market town to become the city of dreaming spires.

    Starting and ending at…

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    25 Mar 2024to25 Nov 2024Open 11:00 - 13:00
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    25 Mar 2024to25 Nov 2024Open 14:00 - 16:00
  11. Sunday Roasts at The Rows & Vine

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    Food

    Fragbarrow Lane, Ditchling Common

    Live life in full flavour at The Rows & Vine, converted into a unique winter dining space by our Chardonnay vineyard. It's the perfect spot to sip, savour and celebrate.

    We are now serving seasonal Sunday Roasts alongside our small plates menu.…

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    22 Jan 2023to5 Jan 2025Open 12:00 - 17:00
  12. Carfest South 2024

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    Festivals

    Basingstoke

    Carfest South will be returning to Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire in August as One Big Carfest. The 2,500 acres farm, near Overton, is owned by ex-racing driver and 1979 Formula 1 World Champion Jody Scheckter.

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    23 Aug 2024to25 Aug 2024
  13. Sunday Carvery at The Oxen Bar & Grill

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    Food

    6 Milton Gate, Abingdon

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    11 June 2024to31 Dec 2024Various Opening Times