The school holidays are in full swing and there are loads of events to keep the children busy. Read on to find out things to do with your family in August 2015.
1. Bristol Balloon Fiesta, Bristol
We visited the Fiesta last year and loved it; you can read about our day out here. This year the Bristol Balloon Fiesta is held from 6-9 August and is the largest of its kind in Europe. Balloon ascents are weather dependent and you’ll need to be there either at 6am or 6pm to watch take-offs. There are plenty of other attractions, including a large fairground, if the weather doesn’t play ball.
2. Cowes Week Family Day, Isle of Wight
Much of the excitement of Cowes Week takes place on the water but Sunday 9 August is the designated family day. Youngsters can enjoy a cardboard boat race, taster sailing sessions and pirate show. There’s an Ed Sheeran tribute show for the adults later in the evening. Full details here.
3. Superworm Trail, Forestry Commission sites, nationwide
If your children are 3-8 years old head along to a Superworm activity trail at your nearest participating Forestry Commission site. The trail is free although you’ll need to pay a parking charge and there’s an optional Superworm activity pack for £3.50. Most trails are open until the end of October but check the Forestry Commission website for full details of locations and timings.
4. Blackpool Air Show, Lancashire
Blackpool Air Show takes place on 9-10 August. The seafront show is free and features displays from, amongst others, the typhoon, vulcan and chinooks. I’m sure the Red Arrows display on Sunday will be a highlight (see some photos from the display we saw in Oxfordshire here). The full line up, with timings, is available here.
5. World Pipe Band championships, Glasgow
Glasgow’s World Pipe Band championships takes place on 14-15 August. In addition to the piping from over 200 bands there’s a kids’ zone, Highland Games, Highland dancing and a Scottish food village. Advance family tickets cost £10 for the Friday, £31 for the Saturday.
6. Weymouth Carnival, Dorset
On 19 August Weymouth will host the usual carnival mix of procession, fairground rides, stalls and beach events, all topped off with evening fireworks. And just in case you haven’t managed to see them this year the Red Arrows will be zooming in at 3pm.
7. Beaumaris Medieval Festival, Gwynedd
The Medieval festival takes place at Beaumaris Castle over the Bank Holiday weekend, 29-31 August. The weekend features interactive family entertainment including jesters, knights and falconry. A family ticket costs £15.75; further details here.
8. Spark Festival, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
Held on 30-31 August the free Spark Festival encompasses activities about the future and is led by UCL students. Kids can build a hovercraft, watch shaving foam expand in a vacuum and make mini rockets. Find out more details here.
9. Grasmere Sports & Show, Cumbria
We were in Grasmere a couple of years ago at the same time as this show but didn’t go. I only realised afterwards what we’d missed out on! Run in sprint and fell races, watch a ferret roadshow or take part in Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling. Book a family (2 adults, 3 children) ticket online for £22 otherwise it’s £10 for adults and £3 for children.
10. British Fireworks Championships, Plymouth, Devon
The Championships are held on 18-19 August and consist of 6 professional display companies competing to be the British Fireworks Champion. The displays start at 9.30pm so this is an event for older children. The Hoe is the main viewing area where you’ll also find a funfair and live music.
As always, if you have any further suggestions for days out in August please leave a comment.
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