Your guide to August
Six ways to end summer with a bang
Keep reading to see how we’ll be soaking up the last of summer with our guide to the best events taking place in the UK this month. Tu-approved.
For seven weeks only, Kerb Camden is opening the market late so you can enjoy your bao bun with a side of a bass courtesy of a few big-name London DJs every Friday night. If you haven’t checked out Kerb Camden Market before, where in food’s name have you been? Oli Baba’s halloumi fries, Burger & Beyond’s 90 day aged beef patty stacks, Club Mexicana’s tofish tacos – there are 34 traders to gorge on plus a bevvy of signature cocktails to wash it all down. The recipe for a perfect balmy summer evening if you ask us.
Definitely one for the gram, you’ll want to pack your camera for the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, with over 130 hot air balloons from across the globe, it really is a sight to see. Held over four days in August at Ashton Court Estate, the event is completely free and there’s even a fairground too.
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House returns for two weeks this August, bringing you a film lover’s dream season at London’s ultimate outdoor film destination. Laugh, cry, jump out of your skin and cheer along under the stars to classics like The Wizard of Oz and Sleeping Beauty. Or if modern crime thrillers are more your thing, checkout American Animals. There’s a flick for everyone.
Where better to ring in the bank holiday than at London Notting Hill Carnival? This annual event takes over the streets of Notting Hill to celebrate London’s Caribbean communities with live music, street food and arguably the city’s most extravagant summer street parade. The festivities take place across the entire weekend but if you can’t hack both days, choose Saturday for party vibes and Sunday for a family day out.
The UK’s first Gin and Rum Festival tour is stopping off at Manchester this August, and what a way to spend a weekend. There will be seven themed bars serving over 120 different gins and rums so you’ll be spoilt for choice – plus succulent street food and master classes for the drinks connoisseurs out there.
International Beatleweek Festival celebrates the music of one of pop’s most renowned groups, The Beatles, in the city where it all began. Twist and shout to over 70 bands playing all day, every day in the Cavern Club, (birthplace of The Beatles), and head out into the city as the event spans famous venues so you can get a real feel for Liverpool.
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