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Cheap and free things to do this August Bank Holiday
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With the August Bank Holiday right around the corner, we’ve rounded up a few ways you can enjoy the three-day weekend without spending a fortune.
Head to the beach
The bank holiday weekend is set to be a scorcher so take advantage of the rays by heading to the beach.
In Brighton there’s lots going on to keep the family entertained.
The Volks Tavern and Komedia will be holding Mod Weekender events on the 24th and 25th. Highlights include live bands, a scooter competition, DJ sessions, market stalls and an exhibition. Volks Tavern events will be free but you will need to pay for tickets at Komedia.
Meanwhile at Churchill Square you can celebrate Brighton’s iconic stick of rock with live entertainment, rock making demonstrations, music, storytelling and treasure hunts. The best bit is you can take part for free.
If you’re in West Sussex you can enjoy the last few days of the Arundel Festival.
On Saturday 24th the annual bathtub race takes place along the River Arun, which is free to watch.
There’s more festival fun to be had with hot air balloon rides, helicopter trips, street entertainment, fireworks, farmer’s markets, dance troupes, street theatre and shows at Arundel Castle.
Most of the festival is free but you will need to buy tickets for the rides and some shows.
Burst into colour
On the 24th of August the Holi One Colour Festival will land in Manchester.
Inspired by the Hindu Holi festival it is meant to welcome the colourful spring but has also come to represent a chance to forget differences between age, gender and caste. It is celebrated with a bonfire and the chance to throw colourful powder at each other.
The festival is being taking around the world where revellers dress up in white and come together to enjoy music, dance and art as well as perform this ritual.
Tickets are still available for the Manchester event and start from £16.99.
All about fish
The Newlyn Fish Festival in Cornwall will take place on Monday 26th of August and is free to get into.
The festival takes place every year to raise awareness about the fishing industry as well as raise money for the Fishermen’s Mission, a charity that provides emergency support for fishermen.
On the day there will be a fish display, fish auction, cooking demonstrations and cooking workshops.
Plus there will be art, trade and craft stalls, a bouncy castle and live music to keep everyone busy.
Join the party
On the 25th and 26th of August you could head to the Notting Hill Carnival in West London.
This vibrant street party has taken place on the Sunday and Monday of the August Bank Holiday weekend every year since 1965.
Visitors can join the biggest party in town for free and follow the impressive floats and dancers along the route as well as enjoy the food stalls and live music.
Sunday is children’s day while bank holiday Monday is adult’s day.
The Scoop in London is putting on free outdoor theatre every Wednesday to Sunday in August.
The sunken riverside amphitheatre seats 800 people so there’s plenty of room to catch a performance.
Over the bank holiday weekend family-friendly Prince of Thebes (6pm) is showing and later on Oedipus and Antigone (10pm) explores the Oedipus myth.#
Step back in time
If you fancy some medieval themed fun the Bruce Festival takes place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th at Pittencrieff Park in Dunfermline.
The weekend’s festivities celebrate Robert the Bruce or Robert I who fought for Scottish independence.
A medieval village will be set up in the park where visitors get to step back in time with falconry displays, battle re-enactments and jousting. Entry is free.
The National Trust is putting on loads of events for the bank holiday weekend at sites up and down the country.
If you can get to Studland Beach in Dorset there’s a 1950s themed afternoon tea party on Sunday or a 1950s themed BBQ on bank holiday Monday. Both are taking place at the Knoll Beach Café.
While over at Hatchlands Park in Surrey there will be live music, games, archery and pony rides the whole family can enjoy.
Most venues won’t charge more than the normal admission cost, but see individual events for prices.
The best of Welsh art
The 12th annual Brecon Beacons Summer Fayre takes place over the bank holiday weekend.
Held in the Welsh National Park Visitor Centre near Libanus there will be over 70 stands with the best of Welsh food, drinks, arts and crafts.
Other festivities include live music, workshops, demonstrations, games and activities for the kids. The vintage 1950s double-decker bus turned playground is sure to be a hit.
Entry is free.
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