Top family getaways for the August Bank Holiday

Spending the Bank Holiday with the kids in tow? These locations are tipped to be bustling over the last long weekend of summer...

It seems Brits have had their fill of the beach, with research revealing that UK holidaymakers are opting for city breaks rather than seeking the shore this Bank Holiday.

According to stats from, the urban retreat has come out on top in the popularity stakes with these UK destinations, some of which bridging city and sea, topping the tables...

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With the infamous Notting Hill Carnival taking place on the Bank Holiday weekend, it’s no surprise that London has come out top on in the popularity contest. The carnival weekend kicks off on Saturday with three days of open-air concerts, dance, steel bands and costumes galore. Bring the clan along for the Sunday family day for a bank holiday full of culture and an experience the kids will never forget. From the colourful parade to family workshops and costumes awards, your weekend will be far from boring.



It’s a classic beach break and no bank holiday round up would be complete without it, yes it’s the one and only Blackpool.  The infamous attractions are as exciting as ever, from Pleasure Beach to the Winter Gardens and of course, the iconic Blackpool Tower. This bank holiday treat the kids and extend your trip and book in to the many shows and activities from the Hot Ice Show to Cats the Musical. The Blackpool Tower Circus is in its final weeks so take advantage of the perfect timing and have a fun filled day of astonishing stunts, comedy acts and silly clown antics.



A bucket and spade might not normally top your city break essentials list, but if you’re heading to Glasgow, get yours in the case. It might not be renowned for its golden sands but hundreds of bikini-clad holidaymakers will be bathing on its beach banks this long weekend with the return of the Riverside Museum this summer.

Located in the city’s West End, you can switch between urban chic and frisbee on the beach in a flash.

After a day in the sun head to The Corky, a secret cinema screening kids classics only. It’s the perfect end to a family fun day so keep an eye on The Corky Facebook page for film showing updates.


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As beach capital of the South, it’s no surprise that Brighton remains a steady contender for bank holiday weekend. With the beautiful coastline, iconic pier and traditional seaside quirks there’s never a dull moment even if there are clouds overhead. This Bank Holiday, make sure to schedule in a visit to the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival. The popular annual festival sees thousands of visitors each year who call by to feast on the impressive selection of local food.  With a huge range on offer, including cheap eats, it’s the perfect way to spend lunchtime with the family – and get around those fights over who fancies what to eat!



Capital of the North, Manchester is a new entry in the bank holiday mix but not one to underestimate. With an array of museums with exhibitions and activities geared up specifically for kids, quirky cafes and a bustling city centre, Manchester is guaranteed to deliver an action packed weekend. And this bank holiday the city is hosting one of its biggest celebrations of the year; Pride. If you’re visiting the city of Northern soul this bank holiday make sure to park yourself along the Pride Parade route and marvel at the flamboyant carnival along with thousands of spectators from all walks of life.


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