Happy bank holiday weekend! An extra day off work sends everyone into a state of happiness. Read our round-up of amazing things to do read more
Not sure how to spend your extra day off? Read our edit of the best things to do in both the country and the city. From the best coffee shop in Brighton to heavenly pasta dishes in London, these are the amazing things to do this bank holiday weekend.
Wimbledon Park Food Festival
This foodie hot spot is the ultimate place to be this bank holiday weekend. Running from Saturday 25th to Monday 27th, there will be over 45 food stalls offering pastries,Â crĂŞpes, fudge, a gourmet BBQ, sushi, cheeses and charcuterie, plus plenty of sampling opportunities along the way (much to our delight). Elsewhere, there are fun activities to keep the children busy when they’ve finished polishing up all those samples. From aÂ pop-up petting farm to face painting and a Kids Zone withÂ a plethora of games, there is something here for everyone. Our tip:Â leave room for food as you’ll want to try it all.
To learn more and book your ticket, click hereÂ
Go for an afternoon tea
You’ve got an extra day this weekend, so why not use it to while away an afternoon drinking tea and eating homemade scones. Over at Laura Ashley The Tea Room in Burnham Beeches you can guarantee first-class cakes, delicious local wines and even better interiors. Sink into the cushiony lilac chairs and marvel at the breathtakingly beautiful country views over a tea of your choice. Take your friends or simply come alone. We truly couldn’t think of anything better.
Traditional Afternoon TeaÂ starts fromÂ ÂŁ24.Â For afternoon tea, callÂ 01628 429955 to book your place.
VisitÂ The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland
Just an hours flight from Gatwick makes hopping across the waters toÂ Northern IrelandÂ even easier than before. With three days to play with, why not book a flight on Friday night and come back on Monday for a short mini-break. The Giant’s Causeway is a must-see sight the whole family will love. This National Trust treasure is a landscape of dramatic cliffs, perfect for afternoon walks (Scotland is also seen from the highest point). You don’t need to do stuff to enjoy this place â€” just take a picnic, wrap up warm and take in the scenery. The climb to the top is long but the salty sea breeze and ocean views are worth it. And if you’ve still got time on your three-day trip, Northern Ireland also serves up some seriously brilliant drinks worth trying. FromÂ Irish coffee with generous dashings of whiskey to pints ofÂ Guinness, you’ve got three days to try them all â€” the perfect treat for the bank holiday weekend.
Get crafty at the MAKEMORE Festival
Running at Victoria Park from the 23rd – 27th of August, the MAKEMORE festival is made for makers and doers. You’ll get your hands dirty here â€” there are crafts for everyone. From some of the city’s best street food to live music, football matches and workshops, we couldn’t think of a better way to spend the weekend. You’re not going to get bored here either â€” there isÂ a full line-up planned with guaranteed fun for the whole family. Our tip: go early to avoid the crowds. You’ll be first in line for the events, too. This is where you’ll find creative energy this bank holiday weekend.
Tickets start from ÂŁ28 for adults and children under 10 go free. Book your tickets here.
Visit the Red Roaster in Brighton for coffee
While away a lazy Sunday morning at the Redroaster CafĂ© â€” by far the best coffee shop in Brighton. Situated in a former post office and humming with artistic energy, the interiors inside have been reimagined into a smart botanical space by interior designer Hana Hakim. The menu is under the direction of Michelin Chef Matt Gillian and is worth making a fuss about. Stop by to try the delicious butternut squash and avocado on toasted rye bread, finished off with a creamy flat white. And with just a five-minute walk to the beachfront, you can escape to the pier for an ice cream in the sun straight after.
Red Roaster is situated on 1D St James’s Street, Brighton, BN2 1RE
Enjoy the best pasta place in London
Padella is the place to go. Renowned for its heavenlyÂ pasta dishes, long queues of eager customers and no-booking policy,Â it has become theÂ city’s buzziest dinnertime spot. Heading to London this bank holiday weekend? Add it to your list of brilliant places to eat it. The dishes start from ÂŁ4 (the gnocchi with nutmeg butter is divine) so there’s no need to worry about sky-high London dinner prices. But be quick â€” you can’t book and the queues get long. Leave yourself plenty of time because it will be so worth it.
Padella is situated atÂ 6 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TQ
Words by Lisa Walden