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Your guide to August

Looking for ideas on what to do this August? Luckily, this month is full of exciting events, fun festivals and plenty of activities for the kids

We’ve reached summer’s halfway point but things are only just beginning to heat up. With plenty of ways to fill your calendar – exciting events, fun festivals and loads of activities for the kids – there’s no time for sulking about autumn’s impending return. It’s time to get out there and enjoy those beautiful, long sunny days while they last! Here’s what we have planned.

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Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Bristol, 10-13 August

Over 150 hot air balloons fill the Bristol skies during the biggest balloon meeting in Europe. Set your alarm for the crack of dawn to witness these majestic balloons ascend and take flight at 6 am every morning. Not an early bird? There are plenty of activities and stalls to visit at ground level throughout the day and evening.

Notting Hill Carnival

London, 26-28 August

Celebrate Caribbean culture with music, food, dancing and incredible costumes. On Sunday, family day, children lead the vibrant parade down to the World Music Stage where calypso, steel drum and soca performances ring out across Notting Hill for the rest of the day and into the evening. Can’t make it to London? Why not host your own Caribbean cook-out with our range of BBQ accessories.

Lendy Cowes Week Sailing Regatta

Isle of Wight, 25 July-5 August

Whichever way you choose to watch these invigorating yacht races, excitement is guaranteed. Hop on a spectator boat and find yourself in the middle of all the action. Haven’t found your sea legs? Watch ashore, with excellent views of the start and finish lines, then explore the seaside town of Cowes or relax on one of the many golden sandy beaches. We’ve got the swimming costumes covered.

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The Big Feastival

Chipping Norton, 25-28 August

Enjoy festival fun for the whole family on Alex James’ Cotswald farm. The Blur bassist-turned-cheesemaker has created a culinary and music festival with a chef’s line-up just as exciting as the band’s. Enjoy four days of mouth-watering feasts, kid’s entertainment and all the pomp and circumstance of a traditional music festival.

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World Athletics Championships

London, 4-13 August

Watch Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and Laura Muir whiz around the track at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London. Athletes from around the world will travel to our capital to compete in this biennial competition and attempt to beat these record holders. Will they keep up?

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Edinburgh Fringe

Edinburgh, 4-28 August

Every year, for three weeks in August, Edinburgh bursts at the seams with creativity. The city hosts, quite literally, thousands of performances ranging from theatre to dance and everything in between. Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival and is bound to have something for everyone in the family.