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Top ten things to do this August bank holiday

Staying at home is just not an option this August bank holiday weekend...

Trinity Mas Troupe, Carnival, Notting Hill Carnival
By Time Out London Things To Do |

Make the most out of the last – and longest – weekend in August (Saturday August 24 - Monday August 26 2019). Yes, you can always jump in a London lido or snooze in a big old London park, but this August bank holiday is positively packed with things to do. You’ve gained a day off work, so make it count. 

Check out top ten ways to let loose from Friday to Monday and before Tuesday kicks in again. Find more great bank holiday weekend ideas here

RECOMMENDED: Our full guide to the bank holiday in London

The best things to do this bank holiday

Notting Hill Carnival
© David Tett Photography

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival 2019 is a vivid spectacle representing London’s multicultural past and present. This August bank holiday, don’t go anywhere without reading our guide, which includes invaluable Notting Hill Carnival information, route details and tips on having fun and staying safe. Feel the energy of the mas bands, watch the Notting Hill Carnival Children’s Day parade and don’t be afraid to get a little lost in the streets of the Grove. 


Chihuly at Kew: Reflections on nature

icon-location-pin Kew Gardens, Kew

The squiggly glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly have been stretching their colourful tendrils out in Kew Gardens’ foliage since April, but this might be your last chance to see them sparkling in the sunlight. Arrive early (11am or erm, 1.30pm, depending on your outlook) and you might catch a free introductory tour of the gardens too.

Fruit picking
Photograph: Parkside Farm
Things to do

Pick your own fruit and veg

Spend a day out on a pick-your-own farm in (or near) London this back holiday weekend. Whether you want to pluck summer-ripe berries, leafy greens and root veg or gather autumnal apples, pumpkins and squashes, these farms all have acres of PYO fields to keep you busy. Strawberries are getting harder to find, but there’s still plenty of apples and blackberries to fill your punnet. Remember, always call your chosen farm ahead of your visit to check what’s ripe for picking. 

English Wine Fair

Where springs to mind when you think of wine? Saint Emilion, Bordeaux? How about say… Kent? English wine is on the rise, in fact there are 500 vineyards around the country growing grapes to meet demand. Try some for yourself with a wine weekend at King’s Cross Canopy Market, where a ticket gets you a glass of (English) sparkling wine on arrival and five tiny winey samples. No plonk, promise. Canopy Market. m King’s Cross. Fri Aug 23-Mon Aug 26. Free (ticketed entry with wine £20). Find out more here

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