It’s the bank holiday weekend we’ve all been waiting for and it’s almost upon us! Londoners are desperately holding onto late night drinks on outdoor rooftops, picnics in the parks and BBQ’s in back gardens. But if you’re wondering what to do this weekend in London to make the bank holiday more memorable and you need some last minute inspiration then we’ve got you covered. Take a look through the event-venues guide to the August bank holiday weekend…
Notting Hill Carnival
Europe’s biggest street festival is back for another August bank holiday and it is not to be missed! For those of you that are unfamiliar with Notting Hill Carnival, this annual festivity celebrates London’s Caribbean communities, culture and traditions which has been taking place since 1966. Enjoy Soca floats, steel bands and tasty Caribbean food whilst parading the streets of West London to the likes of reggae, dub and salsa music. Whether you choose to go on the Sunday to indulge in the rich multicultural vibes with your family or on the Monday to have the rave of your life, Notting Hall Carnival is sure to be the unforgettable highlight of your bank holiday weekend.
Pick your own fruit and veg
Head out of town to the rolling countryside of Middlesex and roll up your sleeves as it’s the best time for pick-your-own season. Whether you crave the likes of summer-ripe berries, root veg and leafy greens or you want nothing other than to collect pumpkins, squashes and autumnal apples, you can plan a fun-filled day to bump up your green count. Why not check out Parkside Farm in Enfield which grows 20 different crops across its 50 acres and is in easy reach from the city?Alternatively, Hewitts Farm in Bromley can offer free tractor rides on Sundays through the 78-acre family-run farm.
Paint Jam Tropical
Paint and party? Why the hell not! Paint Jam Tropical brings you a quirky night out in an innovative pop-up art studio which takes place in unexpected secret spaces. With different themes in each paint workshop including pop art, splatter painting, Bauhaus, graffiti, abstract surrealism and life painting, get expressive and don’t worry about your skills… this is art for everyone! With a DJ playing live music, an art teacher to help guide with any artistic blocks you may have and a bar with the juices to get your creativity flowing, this is the ultimate fun night out for expression this summer bank holiday.
Morden Park House 90’s Outdoor Cinema
Lights, Camera, Action! This August bank holiday will be transforming the courtyard of Morden Park House into a time machine, taking you back to the good old 90’s in the form of a pop-up outdoor cinema. The eclectic selection of films lined up are bound to have you reminiscing, as Clueless, Pulp Fiction and more iconic movies will be hitting the big screen. Choose from the selection of family favourites, cult masterpieces and teen rom-coms alongside appetising popcorn, hotdogs and sweet treats, as well as a bar to get the last sweet sips of summer.
Vintage Market at the Mansion – Beckenham Place Mansion
Bank Holiday Monday markets are the absolute best opportunity to combine gentle retail therapy with a relaxing and entertaining day out. Travel through a superb array of vintage stalls, indulge in the overflowing drink stands and fill your bellies with the delicious street food, where you can also pamper your taste buds with brownies, ice-cream and coffee. Not only will this vintage market bring you what you may expect of a bank holiday market, but you can also enjoy the marvellous swimming lake and new playground for those of you that are still kids at heart.
Migrateful Cookery Classes
Migrateful is a very interesting way to help make a small positive change in someone’s life whilst getting an enlightening and flavourful experience in return this bank holiday. This social enterprise supports refugees, asylum seekers and long-term migrants through running their own cookery classes for you to come along and learn how to cook 3 of their cultural dishes from scratch, only to enjoy feasting on your creation after in a family style dinner. Travel all around the world through the universal language of food from South America, Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East!
The Monster – Alexandra Palace
Want to unleash your competitive streak in a 300-metre long and 40 hazards-deep giant inflatable obstacle course? Well look no further, Alexandra Palace brings you The Monster. Bigger, better and bouncier than before, this is the epitome of a party playground for adults. You’ll never meet boredom as there are a platter of activities to keep you satisfied, including the 18 metre Mega Slide, the terrifying House of Hell and the gobsmacking Exterminator, not to mention boozy bingo, drag queen karaoke and a few other amusing sessions taking place. Keep the party going in flamingo ball pits whilst the DJ plays your favourite hits of the summer!
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