Bank Holiday Weekend on a Budget

The Bank Holiday weekend is fast approaching, so with a rare golden opportunity to spend time with family, it’s important to make the most of it. With summer drawing to a close, we’ve put together some of the best ways to enjoy this Bank Holiday weekend around the UK without breaking the bank!

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Britain’s biggest street party is back

Notting Hill Carnival will be gracing the streets of London once more this August Bank Holiday. With an exciting and eclectic mix of live music, dancing, floats and all the street food you could wish for, it promises to be a great day out for all the family. The carnival runs from Saturday through till Monday, with a special Children’s Parade on Sunday. For more information to plan your day, be sure to check out their website.


An eclectic mix of live music, dancing, floats and all the street food you could wish for at Notting Hill Carnival


Dive into Underwater Realms

An excellent interactive children’s exhibition is available at Birmingham Aquarium this Bank Holiday. As well as experiencing all the usual sea life attractions at the aquarium, you and the kids will be able to take part in a treasure hunt around the exhibition and build a Lego sea creature! The Lego City Deep Sea Experience will be running from now until Monday, with tickets priced at just £12.50 if you buy online; see the website for tickets.


Europe’s Largest Free Music Event

The Liverpool International Musical Festival returns this year, promising to be an enjoyable (and cheap!) experience for everyone. Home to international music legends, The Beatles, Liverpool boasts a fantastic musical scene, so the opportunity to enjoy this festival for free is definitely not one to be missed! The festival runs from Thursday to Monday, so be sure to have a look at their website for more details.

History in Action

This Bank Holiday, Arundel Castle, in Sussex, is playing host to a 3-day family friendly event, charting 2000 years of history. Historical ensembles will be performing, so expect a day of creative crafts, olden-day outfits, and brutal battles! The big finale on Monday will see representatives from each era in combat, fighting for the title of the “Last Period Standing”. With entry to the castle from just £9, this promises to be a fun and educational day out, so see their website for more information.


Look forward to a day of creative crafts, olden-day outfits, and brutal battles at Arundel Castle


Celebrate with Pride

Manchester’s LGBT Pride Parade takes place this Bank Holiday and is free for all the family to attend! Expect vibrant colours, costumes, dancing and music, with a carnival party atmosphere to match. The main event takes place on the Saturday, but if you fancy more, The Big Weekend is taking place with four days of music spanning the weekend, and tickets are reasonably priced at just £15 per day (£5 for children).

Go Back to Basics in the Great Outdoors

We all know how unreliable the UK weather can be, but the weather for the Bank Holiday Weekend doesn’t look set to be abysmal! Why not take advantage of it and head down to the beach or go camping? This is both fun and free, and there are loads of great spots around the UK to enjoy the seaside or find a perfect camping spot. Maybe even combine both and try a coastal campsite – have a look at The Telegraph’s top 20.

Hopefully there’s more than enough here to have tickled your fancy, so you can enjoy this Bank Holiday to the full without splashing too much cash!