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Of course, we’ve all got our fingers crossed that the weather will be kind and the sun will shine this August bank holiday… It’s such a brilliant opportunity to get out and about for fun with the family.

Have you made your plans yet? Well, it’s not too late! Here’s a quick guide to ‘what’s on’ in some of our most popular destinations – and, best of all, these fantastic events are all completely free!


Notting Hill Carnival (Sunday and Monday)

Still Europe’s biggest street festival, Notting Hill Carnival is a colourful celebration of our capital’s multicultural community. The whole family will enjoy the two days of steel bands, salsa beats and delicious food on offer.

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Camden Beach at The Roundhouse (until Saturday)

There’s no need to head to the coast to enjoy all the best bits of a day out at the beach this bank holiday… 150 tonnes of sand have been used to create the 900 square foot Camden Beech, complete with deckchairs, beech huts and games.

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Films on the Flytower (Friday and Saturday)

The August bank holiday weekend is your last chance to catch this unique outdoor cinema experience. One to take your older kids along to, Friday’s screening is ‘The Red Shoes’ and ‘Theatre of Blood’ will be showing on Saturday. Get there early to guarantee a deckchair seat.

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Gareth Watling Art Exhibition at Potteric Carr (Sunday)

Meet famous wildlife artist Gareth Watling, who returns to his home town to show some of his fantastic work. Then you can take a lovely stroll around the picturesque Potteric Carr nature reserve itself.

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Blooming Good Fun at Lakeside Village (Monday)

Kids will love this brilliant allotment workshop, where they can decorate their own plant pot, plant their seed inside and then take it home with them to watch it grow. Once it’s sprouted, you’re invited to bring it back and plant it in the Lakeside Village allotment.

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Dinosaurs at Stevenage Museum (all weekend)

Find out what these ancient creatures ate, how they lived and why they died out. This exciting exhibition is only on until the end of August, so hurry!

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Church Farm (all weekend)

Just outside of Hull in Ardley is Church Farm, a working ecological farm where you can spend a fin-filled day meeting and feeding the animals. For just £10 an adult (and £8 per child), you can also take part in the Camping Under the Stars event of Saturday night.

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