Bounce into the weekend at Dreamland Margate, home to the world's biggest bouncy castle! Designed for adults and children alike, the epic structure is taller than the Great Wall of China and roughly three times the size of the Berlin Wall. At nearly thirteen meters high, twenty-one meters wide, and filled with 1,143 cubic metres of air, the impressive bouncy castle can fit up to 100 people at a time.
Want to be one of them? Simply head down to the amusement park before Saturday 26th August, where a bounce on the inflatable costs just £3.50 per person.
Fever-Tree Gin School
Amazing news for gin fans! Fever-Tree is launching its very own Fever-Tree Gin School on 23rd August, inviting guests to take part in an immersive tasting, crafting and distilling experience. The focus of the class is less on taking notes and more about tasting notes, as guests create a liquid that is totally unique to their flavour preferences.
The hour-long session will get underway with a free welcome Gin and Fever-Tree cocktail, before guests select the ingredients that suit their palette and preferences to create their own 500ml bottle. Tickets for this summer's Fever-Tree Gin School can be found via designmynight.
FOOD AND DRINK
Fancy lunch or dinner with a view? Michelin-starred restaurant The Elephant has launched on the roof of John Lewis Oxford Street, offering a seasonal and changing menu. Shoppers can take respite at the top of the department store and enjoy a set lunch or pre-theatre dinner menu, inspired by the flavours of Devon. Dishes include Paignton crab, Mayfield farmhouse chicken crackling and cured trout.
East Village (E20) screenings
This weekend on 19th and 20th August, East Village in Stratford will host a series of free, outdoor screenings. Family favourites include Inside Out, Moana, Secret Life of Pets and Nanny McPhee, while the classics Twelve Angry Men and Singing in the Rain will also be shown.
Visitors can make a day of it and enjoy the delicious food and drink of the local retailers as well as visit the East Village Market, every Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
Reading and Leeds festivals
It's the last chance to get your hands on tickets for the Reading and Leeds festivals, taking place from 25th to 27th August. The amazing yearly event will see headline performances from rock titans Muse, rap god Eminem and Brit rock faves Kasabian. In addition to these fantastic headliners, Reading and Leeds are set to showcase the best in modern music with sets from over 200 additional incredible acts.
Tickets to Leeds on Sunday and Reading on Saturday have already sold out, but those who've missed the boat can still purchase tickets to other days in the fab August Bank Holiday festival weekend.
FOOD AND DRINK
A new brunch menu has landed at Fucina, promising a modern Italian take on breakfast and lunch classics plus free-flowing Aperol Spritzes and Hugos. Italian-inspired dishes include a mortadella taleggio fondue and a bubble and squeak risotto with crispy panko crusted egg and parmesan. The new Colazione by Fucina seasonal menu will be available on weekends from 12pm to 4pm.
Canary Wharf Jazz Festival
London's largest free jazz festival returns to Canary Wharf this weekend from Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th August. With a line-up set to rival New Orleans in the 1920s, Canary Wharf will play host to the smooth sounds of the UK's most remarkable jazz artists. Rob Barron Quintet will open the show, while other headline acts include Riot Jazz Brass Band and Melt Yourself Down. Head down to Canada Square Park for the free live music weekend!
FOOD AND DRINK
A Banquet in Toad Hall
The Literary Hour are back with another whimsical supper club, this time centred around much-loved book, Wind In The Willows. Prepare for an evening of nostalgia as bygone dreams of feasting in Toad Hall become a delicious reality with a five-course immersive banquet inspired by the adventures of Mole, Ratty and Toad. You'll be greeted with a cocktail on arrival before the fun begins. Tickets are £53.
For one day only on Sunday 20th August, Joe Stilgoe will be taking to the stage at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre for a special performance. Joe, a singer, pianist, entertainer and self-confessed film buff, will be performing songs from some of the most memorable moments in cinematic history - including Tarantino, Pixar, Paramount, Hollywood's Golden Age and more. Book tickets now to see Joe and his remarkable band perform outdoors.
FOOD AND DRINK
Going away for the bank holiday from Gatwick Airport South Terminal? Jamie Oliver has launched his new flagship restaurant, The Diner, at the airport, paying homage to great American comfort food. Comprising a relaxed restaurant, an art-deco inspired bar and a deli 'grab and go' section, The Diner offers all of Jamie's classics such as the Insanity Burger and his Naughty Chocolate Pancakes.
"Airports can be pretty crazy places so we're creating the perfect space to chill out with some good food, and maybe a drink or two, before you start your holiday. Everyone is welcome, no matter how long you stay," said Jamie.