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Fun things to do this August Bank Holiday

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The crown jewel of the British summer is packed with things to do – from rocking out at Leeds and Reading to going Caribbean-crazy at the Notting Hill Carnival! We’ve scoured the cities (and the countryside) for some of the best ways to spend your long weekend. If you want to avoid those traffic jams, book advance cheap train tickets with and get where you’re going in style. We’ll even reward you with loyalty points to spend on future adventures!

Leeds and Reading festivals

Get your rock hands out and salute some of the biggest names in the business, as the iconic “end of summer” festivals take to the stage in Leeds and Reading. If you haven’t got tickets for Reading yet, you’ll be looking for returns: Leeds is still offering a bunch of day passes. Bring the noise!

The Notting Hill Carnival, London 

This one’s an absolute must for train travel. The streets all around Notting Hill are closed for the most famous party in the world. Get your cheap train tickets from, pop a can of Red Stripe and get your whistle out. It’s Carnival time! Expect more people than you thought could ever fit into a London street, massive headdresses and mouthwateringly awesome Caribbean food. Oh, and beats enough for everyone. Winner.

England’s Medieval Festival, Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex

Herstmonceux is easily the most impressive castle in the UK – and on Bank Holiday weekend it transforms into a medieval wonderland, complete with jousting, jesters and a nightly hog roast. You can camp, glamp and B&B for the whole thing or just pop down for the day. Oh, and did we mention that 1,000 knights storm the castle on a daily basis? Avaunt, sirrah!

Horrible Histories at Warwick Castle, near Birmingham

All that jousting’s got us in the mood for more historical japes – and fun doesn’t come much more educational than the legendary Horrible Histories Foul Fayre! This year’s Bank Holiday visit to Warwick Castle will see you encountering Vile Victorians, Smashing Saxons, Vicious Vikings and Slimy Stuarts – not to mention the maladjusted folk of the Measly Middle Ages. The Castle is split into five themed areas filled with gut-busting games and hideous historical facts: perfect for kids who’ve gone stir crazy over the holidays!

Camden Beach, The Roundhouse, London

Camden’s iconic music and theatre venue is bringing back the hugely popular alternative to upping sticks and heading off for the beach: 150 tonnes of sand, deckchairs, Tiki bars and pier-end entertainments dropped on a terrace in the middle of town! The mocked-up beach outing is free to enter, and features everything the discerning city-dweller could ask for – including a reggae night on August 23, featuring DJ Emmanuel and Iam1. You can even book a private beach hut. Cheers!

Devon and Cornwall’s beaches

If you want to get out to an actual beach, join the wetsuit-and-bucket brigade heading down the M5 for the Bank Holiday weekend. North Devon and Cornwall are blessed with some of the most beautiful and accessible beaches in the UK, and you can get involved with any kind of accommodation you like. Fancy a yurt? No worries. Learn to surf, live on chips and beer and get into arguments about whether it’s jam or cream first on a scone. can sort you out with car hire if you want to get into the wilds of Devon and Cornwall more easily. Beat the motorway queues by booking cheap train tickets (book in advance for a cheaper price) and we’ll help you arrange for a car to travel on to the coast.

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