Here’s our pick of the top things to do in cities around the UK.
Aside from the fabulous Notting Hill Carnival, there are tons of other events on in the capital, as usual. Snag last minute tickets to South West Four in Clapham Common to party with some of the biggest names in dance and house. For a street party a bit less rowdy than the one in Notting Hill, try the Hackney Downs Free Festival.
There’ll be street food, booze and music to get down to. Check out the Cider Festival & Hog Roast at Spitalfields for some comfort food and good times. If you’re less into partying and more in the mood for a horror flick or two, make your way to the West End for Frightfest. Kick off your Bank Holiday Monday with a disco brunch at Paradise Garage.
Party it up at Manchester Pride with Kylie Minogue and Sir Ian McKellen in the city’s famous Gay Village. Then make your way over to the Levy Beer Fete for food, beer and live music from some of Manchester’s finest independents. For a more relaxed afternoon, visit the Vintage Fair at Manchester Cathedral. End the long weekend with some mellow tunes from indie-folk stalwart Sufjan Stevens at the O2 Apollo.
Get your jam on at this year’s Liverpool International Music Festival with Katy B and Basement Jaxx. Alternatively, check out Creamfields for dance tunes from Avicii, Fatboy Slim and Tiesto. Beatles fans are in luck as the Bank Holiday Weekend coincides with International Beatleweek, featuring tributes to the Fab Four all around town. Vinyl snobs should head over to the Liverpool Record Fair, hosted by the Bluecoat.
Head to Cofton Park for Fusion Festival to see McBusted, Tinie Tempah, Ed Sheeran, Rudimental and tons more. Foodies should go to the Lichfield Food Festival for street food, local brews and cookery lessons. Gin fans shouldn’t miss the Gin Festival, featuring over 100 different gins.
Go back in time to the sights and sounds of the 1960s with the Brighton Mod Weekender. The Fiddler’s Elbow Folk & Cider Festival is back with live music and tasty tipples, as well as their legendary Sunday street party. Also check out the Brighton Records Fair, the Ancient Mariner Street Party and the Alternative Notting Hill Carnival.
Head over to the Garden Party at Hifi and Wire in Leeds city centre for good music, after parties and some of the best indie food around. If you can’t make it to the Notting Hill Carnival but are craving Caribbean festivities, try the Leeds West Indian Carnival on Monday. For a quieter weekend, the Kirkstall Deli Market boasts more than 40 stalls and is open over the bank holiday in one of Britain’s best preserved abbeys.
Catch the tail end of the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe. If you haven’t quite had your fill of quirky, head down to the Portobello Beach Promenade for the annual Big Beach Busk on Saturday. This weekend also marks the end of the Edinburgh Book Festival in Charlotte Square Gardens. For a bit of international flair, try the Edinburgh Mela, celebrating music, dance and performance from all over the world.
Brighten your day with the 5k Colour Run in Titanic Quarter. Get last minute tickets to the Tennent’s Vital festival, featuring Calvin Harris, The Script and Ellie Goulding, among many more. For a multicultural experience, check out the Belfast Mela
By Reenat Sinay