With some sunny weather finally forecast and the schools out for summer, August can be a busy month, and there are plenty of top events to get involved in. Whether you’re looking to entertain the kids over the holidays, take in a spot of culture or find something to pass an afternoon when the heavens open, there’s something for everyone, whichever part of the country you live in.
If you’re in the capital over the August Bank Holiday, then the Notting Hill Carnival is a truly unmissable event. With brightly coloured street floats, live music, dancing and some amazing Caribbean cuisine on offer, this is one of the highlights of London’s cultural calendar and a treat for the senses. Also running in the capital over the course of the summer, the South Bank’s Underbelly Festival is a fantastic mix of music, comedy, circus acts and family shows, and well worth checking out if you’re in the area.
For those in the North East of the country, the Castle Howard Proms on the 19th of August promises to be every bit as spectacular as it has been in previous years. The concert will be rounded off with an amazing firework and laser display, making for an excellent evening’s entertainment and a great group outing for friends and family.
There’s a phenomenal line-up for foodies this August too, with the Big Feastival taking place in Kingham, Oxfordshire, and the Food Rocks event in Lyme Regis. There’s also the Winchester Cheese and Chilli Festival on the 19th, the Bolton Food and Drink Festival on the 25th and the Foodies Festival at Alexandra Palace, north London, between the 26th and 28th of the month.
However much we might hope for a barbecue summer, there will inevitably be days when rain stops play. If you’re stuck indoors, there are plenty of events you can catch up with on TV, including the BBC Proms the rugby Challenge Cup Final on the 26th, the start of the US Open Golf tournament on the 28th and coverage of the Leeds and Reading music festivals
There’s no guarantee the sun will put in an appearance, but even rain can’t dampen the spirits with such a packed calendar of things to do and see. Whatever your interests and however you want to spend the glorious month of August, you’re sure to find some amazing events to see you through the summer.