It’s safe to say that this year’s summer has been a bit of an unpredictable one. From downpours and night-long thunderstorms to record high temperatures, who knows what the weather will bring us this August bank holiday? However we’ve got a whole host of exciting events to suit the whole family this bank holiday to ensure you’re having fun whatever the weather. Check them out!
Hidden Cinema, The Village Screen x Historic England
This August bank holiday for the first time, Moseley Community Hub at the School of Art, Birmingham will be open to the public for exclusive film screenings – including Moana, Dumbo, and other well-loved classics. The 120 year old Grade II listed venue functioned as an art school for 75 years to an impressive alumni, but is now open as a special community centre and will transform this bank holiday as a unique pop-up cinema experience.
It’s bigger, better, and bouncier than before! Following two sell out years, The Monster is returning to its home in Alexandra Palace for another knock out August bank holiday weekend. This year will be better than ever with a MEGA line up of brand-new activities and games, including drag queen bingo, mega beer pong, boozy bingo and so much more. Plus for the first time, The Monster Kids will see child-friendly sessions over the bank holiday to keep everybody entertained!
Shooting straight to number one last week with his brand new album ‘No.6 Collaborations Project’, global megastar Ed Sheeran will be spending his bank holiday in Ipswich this august as he plays four nights across the long weekend. Last year, he smashed the record of biggest ever solo tour in the UK after four consecutive nights at Wembley Stadium, making him a fully-fledged live pro. Don’t miss Ed at Chantry Park next month for an unmissable experience of new hits, plus all your sing-a-long throwbacks.
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
If you’re looking for more culture this bank holiday, why not immerse yourself in a 360 degree experience inviting you to see through the eyes of Vincent Van Gogh. Following successful runs in Brussels and Naples, this new exhibition will open in York St Mary’s for UK visitors to marvel as the huge projections of paintings come alive with digital animation and an emotive soundtrack.
UK Parliament Tours
In the place where history continues to be written every week, there’s plenty to see and do. You can explore this predominantly Victorian building and learn how Parliament has been central to the last 1,000 years of history – from the all-powerful Norman kings right through to today’s constitutional monarchy. Tours around the Houses of Parliament are suitable for all ages and occasions. Entertain the whole family this bank holiday with a range of guided and non-guided tours.
In support of children’s charities CarFest, the brainchild of Chris Evans, returns to Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire for a non-stop weekend of live music, awesome cars, celebrity chefs and more activities to keep the whole family entertained. This year is all about taking visitors on a musical journey through the ages, with Sister Sledge, Boy George, The Human League, Jack Savoretti, Tom Odell, Kaiser Chiefs and so many more taking to the stage all in the name of a great cause.
Insomnia Gaming Festival, i65
Whether you’re a hardcore or casual gamer, Insomnia Gaming Festival has something for you this bank holiday across four days of non-stop, gaming fun. Featuring interactive exhibitions of some of the latest games – including some yet to be released, huge main stage gaming shows, meet and greets with your favourite YouTubers, plus old school retro and indie games amongst so much more. There’s also the Insomnia BYOC in which you can play games all night long, plus an esports stage where you can witness gamers battle it out for prizes.
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