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Top Ten Things To Do This August Bank Holiday

Top 10 things to do on  August Bank Holiday

Top 10 things to do on  August Bank Holiday

The Newlyn Fish Festival, Cornwall, Monday 31 August
The village of Newlyn, just south of Penzance, fishes some of the UK’s best seafood, and there’s plenty on display during its yearly festival, which helps raise money for the Fishermen’s Mission.

Sanjay Kumar, head chef at Falmouth’s Green Bank boutique hotel, will be demonstrating some great seafood recipes, and there will be cooking workshops for kids.

Other attractions include gig racing, helicopter displays, a chance to look around the Penlee lifeboat, live bands and much more. Most importantly, you’ll find an array of fresh local seafood to scoff. For kids there’s a bouncy castle and a grassy area with entertainment.
www.newlynfishfestival.org.uk
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Brecon Beacons Summer Fayre, Wales, 29-31 August
It’s all going on in the glorious surroundings of this national park over the bank holiday weekend.

At the visitor centre near Libanus there will be 70 stands showcasing an array of local food, arts and crafts. For kids there are traditional Punch and Judy shows, and they can try face-painting, badge-making and pottery turning. They even have a vintage 1950s double-decker bus to play in.

You can have a go at archery, paintballing, and that country fair favourite, welly wanging. There will be wonderful Welsh produce to buy, too, including fruit ‘n’ veg, ales, fine Welsh lamb and scrumptious pies and cakes.
www.breconbeacons.org
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England’s Medieval Festival, Herstmonceau Castle, East Sussex, 29-31 August
In the middle of the Sussex countryside, this 15th-century moated castle makes the perfect setting for a magnificent celebration of medieval life, whose centrepiece is a mock-battle involving 1,000 knights, bowmen and men-at-arms. These dedicated re-enactors ‘lay siege’ to the castle twice daily (it must tire them out, poor things).

Over the weekend there’ll be lots of other fun events, including jousting competitions, fire-eating, falconry displays, and medieval puppeteers with 12-foot stick puppets.

No medieval event would be complete without a hog roast, and there’s one here to enjoy, after watching all that exertion has made you peckish.
www.englandsmedievalfestival.com
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Last night of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, ends Monday 31 August
The bastard son of the Edinburgh Festival has, over the years, eclipsed its more respectable parent in terms of fame.

Every year, hundreds of comedy hopefuls make their way up to Edinburgh to pursue their dreams. Reputations are won and lost, stars are born, agents wheel and deal.

For visitors, meanwhile, it’s just one whole lot of fun, with shows going on day and night, the pubs doing a roaring trade, and a fantastic atmosphere throughout the Scottish capital, with thousands of visitors from all over the world.
www.edfringe.com
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Stoneleigh Park Country Festival, Warwickshire, 29-31 August
No child can resist the thrill of a monster truck, and there is a small army of them doing their crazy stunts at this fun festival. You can also take an off-road ride in a Range Rover.

There’s horsey stuff, too: the Pony Club’s Mounted Games features the nation’s best young riders demonstrating their skills. And even the dogs get a look-in, with an agility competition.

Smaller kids have a soft play area magic shows. Peppa Pig makes a guest appearance on Monday, while Bob the Builder is around on Saturday and Sunday. Can you attend? Yes you can!
www.stoneleighfestival.co.uk
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Knebworth Classic Motor Show, Hertfordshire, 30-31 August
Vintage and classic cars of every stripe with be making a gleaming entrance at this show, with more than 2,000 vehicles to admire.

There are saloon cars, sporty models, military vehicles and a collection of American cars, always an amusing highlight. If you’re looking to pick up a classic car, many of them are for sale, but most people come along just to admire these beauties.

You can visit Knebworth’s large adventure playground, and stroll in its formal gardens, at no extra charge, and at the show itself, the Dinosaur Trail and miniature railway are hits with small children.
www.classicmotorshow.com/knebworth-classic-motor-show.htm
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Hampton Court Palace Beer and Jazz Festival, London, 27-31 August
There are some big acts at this ‘pint sized’ summer festival at the beautiful Thames-side Tudor Palace, the former home of Henry VIII.

On Monday, the James Taylor Quartet (of Starsky and Hutch theme-tune fame) strut their stuff, and Courtney Pine also performs during the weekend. On Friday the Chicago Blues Brothers will perform a crowd-pleasing set.

The idea to combine jazz with ale is an inspired one. A range of hoppy summer beers will feature among the brews from all over the UK. And a new Hampton Court beer will debut at the festival, in honour of Henry VIII’s 500th birthday.
www.hamptoncourtbeerandjazz.com
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Hope Cove Weekend, South Devon, 29-31 August
The South Hams is one of Devon’s loveliest areas, full of idyllic tucked-away coves such as this one. Over the bank holiday weekend, good, old-fashioned seaside fun is very much the order of the day.

On Saturday there’s a sandcastle competition, street entertainers and a firework display in the evening. Sunday sees dinghy racing, swimming races and a fishing competition, and Monday is the day of the children’s tug ‘o’ war and fancy-dress competition, among other things.

There’s live music, too, and lots of food and drink to sustain visitors throughout the weekend.
www.kingsbridge.info/hopecoveweekend.html
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Festival of the Tree at Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire, 24-31 August
The UK’s most important arboretum has a week’s worth of tree-related events as part of its annual celebration.

One of the most popular events is the tree sculpting. Talented artists get to work with chainsaws and chisels all week, and on bank holiday Monday, their creations will be auctioned off, all proceeds going to Tree Aid.

Exhibitree, an exhibition of woodcraft, with everything from furniture to works of art, is another yearly hit, and in the Family Tree area there are wooden rides, skittles and other fun stuff.
www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt
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Banksy Versus Bristol Museum, ends Monday 31 August
The first ‘legit’ exhibition of the works of the street artist Banksy has being wowing the crowds all summer, so turn up early for your last opportunity to catch it.

Banksy began by making little stencils on buildings around London, in the Nineties. A few years later, stars such as Madonna were snapping up his works for tens of thousands of dollars.

For the exhibition, the Bristol-born artist has taken over the Edwardian museum. But rather than replacing what was already there, the playful artist has added 100 of his own works among the existing exhibits. Expect lots of humour and inventiveness.
www.bristol.gov.uk/museums
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