With an extra day of leisure, the August bank holiday is the perfect opportunity to relish in the outdoors with the people closest to you. Although we can’t guarantee the weather, we can offer you our pick at fun-filled activities with this useful guide.

Instead of rushing to do those DIY chores you should’ve done last bank holiday, why not embrace something different? From outdoor festivals to sport events, there’s plenty to choose from no matter your interests or age.

We’ve picked some of our favourite events happening over the weekend, to save you the hassle.

For festivals rich in culture

It’s one of the biggest free music events of the year. Notting Hill Carnival is a huge celebration of Caribbean culture. From food, music to costumes, the Caribbean’s know how to throw a party and you’re invited. Expect music that will make you want to get up and dance; street food celebrating West Indian delicacies; exotic costumes that will leave you in awe.

Dancers at Notting Hill carnival

You can’t miss the fun either. Head to Ladbroke Grove and follow the crowds and the music. For a more family-orientated experience, check out the Sunday when the children’s parade starts from 9am.

Enjoy a historic adventure

Treat your kids to an exciting adventure by exploring some of the country’s rich history. With an English Heritage membership, you can guarantee access to hundreds of historic places across the country. Every venture is an explorative and educational dive, that thankfully won’t cost you a lot of money.

If you’re looking to stay close to home, you can visit the Wrest Park in Bedfordshire. Take a walk around the astonishing grounds and peek inside the old country manor house to get a feel for the 19th-century architecture and lavish design. After walking around the Chinese gardens, finish the day with a bite to eat in the café while your kids have fun in the play area.

Family at Chinese gardens in park

Discover the wildlife

For a fun-filled outdoor adventure, you don’t have to go far. If you and your children love spending time outside taking in nature’s beauty, then we have just the thing to fill your diary. Discover animal sanctuaries, like the East Sussex Falconry and the Kent Owl Academy, where you can spend time looking after the unique animals. Find out some unusual facts about the animals to impress your friends and be enthralled by the animal’s rare characteristics. Break up your day with a walk or come prepared to have a picnic.

Close up of an Owl

Theme park

Get lost in excitement with breath-taking amusement rides. Chessington World of Adventures is just a drive away and has plenty of attractions for your children to enjoy. Whatever your kids’ age, the rides are all creatively designed from children’s books to capture their imagination. The site also hosts a zoo, Go Ape, as well as plenty of restaurants to enjoy.

Big theme park ride in motion

See London like never before

Bank holidays don’t come every month, and neither do free adventures. This bank holiday, why not celebrate school finishing for summer with a zip wire over Westfield shopping centre. Start from the top of a treehouse and descent along a 40-metre zip line to see a unique view from the top of the shopping centre. And, better yet, it’s totally free!

Westfield shopping centre building

Bank holidays are the perfect opportunity to get together as a family and make fond new memories. It’s a chance to escape the stress and enjoy some relaxation. And as our guide has shown, you don’t have to travel far to have your fun. There are a lot of activities around your local area for you to enjoy – you just have to look! Wherever or whatever you plan this weekend, read our packing guide to make sure you’re prepared for anything.