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Make the most of the Bank Holiday with these must-book activities and events

Make the most of the Bank Holiday with these must-book activities and events
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August 2021
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The August Bank Holiday is just around the corner, and with lockdown restrictions almost all gone, everyone will be making the most of the extra day off.

Here's everything you need to book now

Book a festival 

This three-day music and arts extravaganza has been growing in popularity since its debut in 2015, and the Lindisfarne Festival has some spectacular performances you won’t want to miss this year. Headlined by Grammy Award-winning British electronic music duo, Groove Armada, and BRIT Award and Mercury Music Prize winner, Dizzee Rascal, the line up for 2021 has got us excited – you’ve even got a chance to win a pair of tickets by entering our competition, so don’t miss out – enter now! 

Book afternoon tea

If you’re looking for something more relaxing to do this Bank Holiday, we can’t think of anything better than booking an afternoon tea with our nearest and dearest. Whether you want a traditional affair with finger sandwiches and dainty desserts, or just you’re looking to try something new, we have the ultimate list of places to try in the North East and Yorkshire.

Book a Shakespeare show 

A spectacular show of Shakespeare awaits as the production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream comes to an end at Theatre Space North East, so make sure to see the show before it’s too late. Presenting a modern verse translation, Tony-Award Winning writer Jeff Whitty has a fairy- and forest-filled show set against the charming village backdrop of St Pauls Churchyard in Ryhope. Tickets for the show are free but must be prebooked here

Book a food and drink festival 

The Great Northern Food and Drink Festival takes place this weekend and with more than 200 vendors expected to showcase their goods there will be plenty of foodie produce to explore. Expect to see a wide variety of food, drink and craft stalls, as well as locally-produced meats, cheese and baked goods over the course of the weekend. Head to their website to find out more. 

Book a day of adventure 

Five on the Farm Festival takes places this Bank Holiday weekend and is set to be a real crowd pleaser. Star guests include Amanda Owen and Yorkshire Vet’s Julian Norton alongside other famous faces across seven stage areas at Cannon Hall Farm. With more than 70 hours of live entertainment all jam packed into one day, there is a huge amount to explore. Get your tickets here to ensure a family fun day out this Bank Holiday weekend. 

Book a brunch

Whether you’re nursing a hangover, or just wanting to indulge in some delicious breakfast dishes, there are loads of places you can book this weekend. If the sun is shining book Burds café in Jesmond for breakfast on the terrace, or Flamingo Café on Seaham Harbour Marina which has stunning views of the coast and serves up tasty yet healthy meals. If pancakes are more your style the Wild Plum in Harrogate is the place to book for pretty plates and spectacular stacks. Or, try Impossible York for traditional English breakfasts that are sure to cure any Bank Holiday hangover. 

Book an escape room 

This family-fun real-life adventure has taken the UK by storm over the last few years and with many different puzzles and room adventures to explore, an escape room is the perfect rainy-day activity. There are plenty of escape rooms around the North East and Yorkshire to book up this Bank Holiday weekend so if the weather is looking dull, inject some excitement with a trip to the escape rooms.

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