Bank Holiday Blues

If you’re anything like me, I’m suffering from some serious Bank Holiday blues and already counting down to the next one.

This weekend I attended Bolt Fest. A family friendly rock tribute festival with market stalls, food and drink stalls as well as a children’s play area. We took some camping chairs and a picnic blanket and soaked up the sunshine whilst listening to some great live music. Although my favourite part was obviously the cost. The event was free apart from a small booking fee of £2.50. We had a fantastic time and will certainly be returning next year.


This got me thinking about my plans for the next Bank Holiday. I’ve had a good look around to find some free events across the country

Edinburgh – Edinburgh Art Festival – 28 Aug – 31 Aug 2015

“The UK’s largest annual celebration of visual art, attracting over 250,000 visitors each year, Edinburgh Art Festival brings together the capital’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces, alongside new public art commissions by established and emerging artists and an innovative programme of special events

Manchester – Manchester Pride Parade – 29th August 2015
“A carnival atmosphere will fill the streets of Manchester and is set to enthrall the thousands of spectators – young and old, gay and straight, friends and family – who come down to see the glamorous and the outrageously fabulous people who take part!”

Liverpool – Liverpool International Music Festival – 28 Aug – 31 Aug 2015

“The beating heart of the festival, Summer Jam will see Sefton Park transformed into a fun, free, and family-friendly alfresco party. The park’s acres of rolling meadows will play host to some of the biggest names in music including headliners such as Basement Jaxx, Labrinth and local heroes Echo & the Bunnymen performing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, sitting alongside hot talents such as Katy B, Naughty Boy, Laura Mvula, Becky Hill and more for an unforgettable end to the summer season

Birmingham – Summer Southside –  24th – 25th August ( Not BH but thought it was worth a mention)

“This extravaganza of dance, stunts, acrobatics, circus performances, interactive workshops and plenty more takes place on the streets and squares near the Birmingham Hippodrome”

London – London Mela – 31st August

“The London Mela – Europe’s largest outdoor South Asian festival – returns to Gunnersbury Park, Ealing, on Sunday 31 August for a spectacular line up of live music, dance, visual arts and food from South Asia. Over 80,000 people enjoyed last year’s creative triumph and this year the festival is set to be even bigger and better than ever with nine zones”

Cornwall – Newlyn Fish Festival – 31st August 2015

“Satisfy your appetite with the best seafood you can get whilst enjoying great cooking demos, live entertainment or bidding at the seafood auction. August Bank Holiday Monday sees the annual Cornish celebration of the sea, fishing and seafood at the 26th Newlyn Fish Festival, where you will find more fish than you can shake a mermaid’s tail at!”

I hope this has given you some inspiration for your next Bank Holiday and will banish those blues.

Let me know if you are aware of any other free events over the August Bank Holiday that you would like to share.

Love Nic x


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