5 last-minute UK city breaks for Bank Holiday

The August Bank Holiday is upon you and you haven't had a second to make a plan – but all is not lost. Whether it's home or away, there's still time to enjoy a city break in the UK. Head to Notting Hill Carnival in London, get some beachtime in Brighton, enjoy the likes of Basement Jaxx, Laura Mvula and Echo at Liverpool's first year of its International Music Festival or enjoy a walking tour in Glasgow, where Glasgow Summer Sessions will be transforming the Scottish city into a musical hub. Take a ride on the UK's tallest rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach or head to a museum and shop till you drop in the capital of the north, Manchester.

Check out 5 city breaks and what to do over the August Bank Holiday weekend...


With the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival taking place on the Bank Holiday weekend, it’s no surprise that London comes out on top in our pick. The carnival weekend kicks off on Saturday with three days of open-air concerts, dance, steel bands and costumes galore. Take the clan along for the Sunday family day for a bank holiday full of culture and an experience the kids will never forget. From the colourful parade to family workshops and costumes awards, your weekend will be far from boring.

As beach capital of the South, it’s no surprise that Brighton remains a steady contender for bank holiday weekend. With the beautiful coastline, iconic pier and traditional seaside quirks there’s never a dull moment, even if there are clouds overhead. This Bank Holiday, make sure to schedule in a visit to the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival. The popular annual festival sees thousands of visitors each year who call by to feast on the impressive selection of local food. With a huge range on offer, including cheap eats, it’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon with the family.

This Scottish gem plays host to the two-day Glasgow Summer Sessions event over the bank holiday weekend, featuring Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding and Paolo Nutini. But you can happily soak up the vibrant atmosphere with a walk around the city, which is a Unesco City of Music and steeped in aural heritage.

It’s a classic beach break and no bank holiday round up would be complete without it, yes it’s the one and only Blackpool. The attractions are as exciting as ever, from Pleasure Beach to the Winter Gardens and of course, the iconic Blackpool Tower. This bank holiday treat the kids and extend your trip and book in to the many shows and activities from the Hot Ice Show to Cats the Musical. The Blackpool Tower Circus is in its final weeks so take advantage of the perfect timing and have a fun filled day of astonishing stunts, comedy acts and silly clown antics.

Capital of the north, Manchester is a new entry in the bank holiday mix but not one to underestimate. Visit one of many museums, quirky cafes and a bustling city centre. Go on a tour of the Coronation Street set, tuck into the range of fine dining on offer, shop till you drop in the Trafford Centre and then make the most of the bustling city's great nightlife. And this bank holiday promises to be more colourful than ever – the city is hosting one of its biggest celebrations of the year, Pride.

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