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The summer holidays are here, six weeks of family fun, with the chance to spend time together, explore new places and try new things.  The South East has a packed calendar of events, you'll find an event or activity on every day, to keep you busy all over the summer holidays. Whether you are visiting South East England for your holiday, enjoying a day out in the region or planning a weekend break-away, you will find plenty to keep you entertained. 

Look out for dramatic firework displays, exciting outdoor adventures, super-sonic airshows, colourful carnivals and plush super cars events, plus a host of free fun activities this summer holidays 2024. With the school's out, the event list is ever growing, so make the most of the kid's summer holidays and make this an eventful summer you won't forget.

School Holiday Events and Activities

Our featured list below, covers every day of the school holiday, full of value-added activities or family-friendly events to enjoy.  Look out for the (F) which highlights the free events, making it even more cost-effective to spend time out and about in the region. Search for what's on in each county using the area search above or visit the specific county event pages, or head to the bottom of the page for a full listing of events across all nine counties over the UK summer holidays.

Coming to stay? Discover great value accommodation across the South East for a summer getaway. You can also search by destinations to link up with the local official tourism websites across the region.  Our newsletter archive and YouTube channel is a great place for inspiration and ideas and to discover things to do in South East England.

When are the Summer Holidays in 2024?

Most schools across the South East break up for the summer holidays on Tuesday 23rd / Wednesday 24th July 2024 with the majority of schools returning on Monday 2nd September 2024, although some areas do not return until Wednesday 4th September.  The summer holidays also include the August Bank Holiday on Monday 26th August, which always sees a host of events, family activities and music festivals running across the destination.  There is plenty to be excited about this summer, and the with the weather forecast looking good too, plan your school summer holiday adventures right here.  

Don't forget that you can also take advantage of many of the free things to do across the destination and our rainy day and sunny day guides will help ensure you enjoy a great day out whatever the English weather brings.

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What's on near me this Summer Holidays?

Find hundreds more events and things to do in the summer in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Dorset including the August Bank Holiday weekend in our guide below. Whether you're looking for something near you, some great family activities, or 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. 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
  2. Medieval Season at Battle Abbey

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    Family

    Battle

    Join us at Battle Abbey every day of the summer holidays to learn what life was like in medieval times. From jester workshops, have-a-go archery, storytelling, squire training to lessons in courtly etiquette there will be a different activity each…

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    From:
    20 July 2024to1 Sept 2024
  3. Steamboat 1 Hour Cruise at French Brothers

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    Water Based Activities

    Windsor

    This fantastic short cruise for all steam enthusiasts, takes place onboard one of our beautiful and genuine Victorian steam launches.

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    28 July 2024
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    10 Aug 2024
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    17 Aug 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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    From:
    22 Aug 2024to26 Aug 2024
  5. Pirates at Carisbrooke Castle!

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    Childrens Events

    NEWPORT

    Ahoy, me hearties! Set sail for Carisbrooke Castle this summer and get ready for a spectacular adventure on the high seas.

    See some of history's most famous pirates fight it out at close quarters, and listen to them tell their tales of booty,…

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    30 July 2024to1 Aug 2024Open 10:00 - 17:00
  6. 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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    From:
    23 Aug 2024to26 Aug 2024
  7. 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
  8. South Coast Blues Jam

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    Music

    Worthing

    Fun Monthly Sunday afternoon Jam session in Worthing for all Blues enthusiasts, singers, musicians and fans.

    Performers/Jammers: All will get a chance up on stage if they wish, we work on a first in, first up basis, so come early to ensure a good…

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    18 Aug 2024Open 12:45 - 16:00
  9. Weyfest

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    Festivals

    Tilford, Farnham

    Weyfest is more like a mini-holiday than a music festival. It is a stress-free weekend in the country, with over 30 hours of the finest music, camping, posh loos, friendly staff and plenty to occupy the kids with music, drama and creative arts…

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    From:
    15 Aug 2024to18 Aug 2024
  10. Jousting at Hever Castle - Select Dates

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    Childrens Events

    Edenbridge

    This summer the Knights of Royal England will be entertaining visitors with exhilarating displays of action, stunts, falls and fights in an authentic arena complete with a Royal Box. Battling it out in the saddle and on foot in one-to-one combat,…

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    From:
    13 July 2024to1 Sept 2024
  11. Smugglers Festival

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    Festival

    Smugglers Festival is a gathering on the last weekend of summer each year, on a beautiful woodland in East-Kent. It’s a small, intimate festival, rooted in community from the outset.

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    29 Aug 2024to1 Sept 2024
  12. Komedia Comedy Club

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    Comedy

    Brighton and Hove

    Discover the best in live comedy, featuring three top acts and an MC!

    Boasting the hottest line-ups including Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Jordan Brookes, Olga Koch, Barbara Nice, Jarred Christmas, Nina Conti, Sara Barron, and many more!

    Komedia is a…

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    19 July 2024to30 Nov 2024
  13. Magic of Thailand Festival in Brighton

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    Festival

    Brighton

    A two day Thai Festival to experience the taste of Thailand this summer at Preston Park is brought to you by Magic of Thailand, previously known as Brighton Thai Festival.

    Treat yourself to a weekend wonder and bring along your families and friends…

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    17 Aug 2024to18 Aug 2024Open 10:00 - 19:00
  14. Port Solent Kids Club

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    Childrens Events

    Portsmouth

    Port Solent's fantastic, fun Kids Clubs are a great holiday activity.

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    25 July 2024
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    1 Aug 2024
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    8 Aug 2024
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    15 Aug 2024
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    22 Aug 2024
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    29 Aug 2024
  15. Wilderness Festival

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    Festival

    Cornbury Park, Charlbury

    Wilderness is the multi-award winning 4-day festival combining live music, contemporary arts and an array of theatre, craftsmanship and dining experiences. It's a rich tapestry of musicians, chefs, thinkers, actors, outdoor experts and teachers.

    Dates

    From:
    1 Aug 2024to4 Aug 2024
  16. Sandown Main Carnival

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    Carnival

    SANDOWN

    Join in with the carnival fun with Sandown's Main Procession! See website for carnival route.

    Dates

    From:
    27 July 2024
  17. Ventnor Fringe

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    Festival

    VENTNOR

    The Ventnor Fringe is a unique celebration of the arts, showcasing emerging and established talent across every creative discipline.

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    From:
    19 July 2024to28 July 2024
  18. Cool-Aid Comedy - New Material Comedy Night

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    Comedy

    Brighton

    Brighton's longest running, and friendliest, new material comedy night.

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    From:
    17 July 2024to11 Dec 2024
  19. King George VI Weekend at Ascot

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    Sporting Event

    Ascot

    With the exception of Royal Ascot, King George weekend is the most important, historic and glamorous racing meeting on Ascot's calendar.

    Dates

    From:
    26 July 2024to27 July 2024
  20. Henley Country Craft Show

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    Shopping

    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…

    Dates

    From:
    23 Aug 2024to26 Aug 2024Open 10:00 - 17:00