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Looking for something awesome to do this Bank Holiday weekend? Check out our list of the top 10 events around the UK. They’re all accessible by train, and lots of them are free.

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1. Superheroes weekend: The Royal Armouries, Leeds

Do you dream of becoming the Dark Knight? Have you ever wondered what it would take to run like the Flash? Turn fantasy into reality at this spectacular Bank Holiday superheroes workshop. For little kids and big ones alike, the Superheroes Weekend features talks, demonstrations, super-powered guests and movie showings. Suit up and get down to Armouries Drive in Leeds to learn how to create your own comic, train with the Ninja Turtles and watch Storm Troopers in action. Up, up and away!

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29-31 August, free (except Superhero Training Workshop, Monday August 31)
Nearest station: Leeds station

2. Notting Hill Carnival: Notting Hill, London

The UK’s biggest street party kicks off its 51st shindig on August 30, for two days of colour, fun, music and food. Bands fire up their kettle drums at 9am on both days, and there’s a Children’s Day on Sunday. The Carnival route will be filled with dancers, street shows and performance stages. Grab some rice and peas, spice things up with a plate of Wicked Wings and dance the day away. Transport is super-busy: Tube and rail services are the best way to get around.

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30-31 August, free
Nearest station: Holland Park or Notting Hill Gate Tube

3. Beaumaris Medieval Festival, Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey

Ancient knights are preparing to joust the day away at beautiful Beaumaris Castle on Bank Holiday Weekend. Join hundreds of other families exploring the perfectly-preserved grounds of one of Wales’ best-loved monuments. Take part in dozens of medieval-themed activities, and thrill to the sight of armour-clad experts as they bash each other with swords and lances. Young adventurers will absolutely love it!

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29-31 August, £15.75 for a family ticket
Nearest station: Bangor station or Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch station (followed by 15 minute taxi journey)

4. World Bog Snorkelling Championships, Waen Rhydd bog, Llanwrtyd Wells

The Great British Bank Holiday wouldn’t be the same without some truly bonkers activities. The World Bog Snorkelling Championships, hailed by Lonely Planet in a list of 50 top things to do in the world, is one of the best. An army of hardy lunatics dressed in all manner of fancy costumes takes to the bog course for a challenging 110 m slog through a watery trench. Armed with a snorkel and a pair of flippers, contestants must defeat the run using only flipper power. Join in if you dare!

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30 August
Nearest station: Llanwrtyd station

5. Twinwood Festival, Twinwood Arena, Clapham, Bedfordshire

Calling all chaps, chapesses and mini-chaps! Twinwood Arena hosts three days of retro-themed music, dance lessons and shopping this Bank Holiday weekend. There’s a massive 30s- and 40s-flavoured marquee, a huge main stage featuring the best in classic Swing, and of course the live Lindy Hop hosted on the Control Tower Stage. Jive, shimmy and Charleston your way to a rockin’ good time.

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29-31 August, £96 adult 3-day pass, £15 child 3-day pass. Single day tickets are also available
Nearest Station: Bedford

6. Festival of Love, Southbank Centre, London

The Southbank Centre’s epic love-fest continues through the Bank Holiday weekend, with a colourful concoction of performance, food and activities. Come down with the crowds to celebrate all that’s best about being human. There’s a beach by the river, a ton of pop-up food stalls, and of course plenty of love. The Big Wedding Weekend kicks off on August 29, so if you want to renew your vows, convert your civil partnership or even tie the knot for the first time, get involved.

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Finishes 31 August, free
Nearest station: Embankment Tube station

7. Beach East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London

Can’t bear the thought of sitting in a nine-hour traffic jam to get to the coast? You don’t have to! Head to the Olympic Park instead, for an inner-city beach party of epic proportions. With more than 2,200 sq. m of sand imported for the occasion, the East Beach has everything you need except the sea. From funfair rides to tropical bars, it’s got something for all the family. Watch bands, play volleyball or just chill. Oh, and there’s a giant paddling pool for the kids. See? You don’t even need the ocean.

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Finishes 31 August, free
Nearest station: Stratford International

8. Liverpool International Music Festival

Every August Bank Holiday weekend, Liverpool celebrates its long relationship with music at the LIMF. This year’s lineup includes massive names, local legends and some brand new bands. Lose a weekend to the biggest dance, funk, soul and reggae acts in the world, in Sefton Park’s Summer Jam and the associated ‘Next Stop, New York’ event. Basement Jaxx headline, with appearances from Echo and the Bunnymen, Laura Mvula, Space and the epic Craig Charles Funk and Soul DJ set. Crack open a bottle of red and get down.

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27-31 August, free (priced tickets for some extra venues)
Nearest Station: St Michael’s station (Merseyrail)

9. Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The world’s biggest comedy festival wraps up on the Bank Holiday weekend. Shows that have lasted the distance will be in their final, most polished form for the last three days. Find out who’s been wowing the critics with breakout material, catch a barnstormer from a comedy legend, or just wander around and soak up the madness. Advance accommodation booking is advised.

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Finishes 31 August, prices vary
Nearest Station: Edinburgh

10. Sunshine Festival, Upton upon Severn


England’s biggest family festival hits Upton upon Severn’s massive stage and camping complex with a vengeance this year. Four stages will be playing host to a huge variety of music, from legendary 80s acts to massive cover and tribute bands. Don’t miss ABC, Bad Manners and Suzi Quatro. Eats are provided in an independent food village, where you’ll find fish and chips, hog roasts, pizza and Caribbean dishes. Yum.

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28-30 August, £85 per adult. Kids under 12 go free.
Nearest station: Great Malvern station

Looking for more recommendations for amazing days out around the UK? Take a look at our blog.

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