Top 10 Bank Holiday Events 2016

August Bank holiday events

It’s the last bank holiday of the year, make the most of it with one of these fun events…

Clacton Air Show

25 – 28 Aug, Clacton Air Show & Food and Drink Festival, Essex

Kick start you bank holiday weekend with the Clacton Air Show, taking place 25 -26 August on the seafront and West Greensward. This year the event celebrates its 25th anniversary. Free to attend, watch the planes shoot across the sky with impressive aerobatic displays and enjoy entertainment on the ground. The Clacton Food and Drink Festival continues into the weekend from 27-28 August, with an array of delicious food from local traders and celebrity chef kitchen.

27-29 Aug, Fenland Country Fair, Stow cum Quy Park, Cambs

Now in its 36th year the Fenland Country Fair promises superb, traditional rural entertainment for three days at Stow-cum Quy Park over the August Bank Holiday weekend. With free admission for children under 11, there are plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained, animals galore from birds to bees and some fantastic displays including the fun dog show and heavy horse show. Adults £12.50.

28-29 Aug, WWII Weekend, Audley End House 

Take the grandkids out for the day and be propelled into wartime Britain this bank holiday at Audley End House and Gardens. It’s an action packed event with 1940s music, fashion and food, wartime theatre, storytelling and much more. Adult £18.80, child aged 5-15 £11.60.

27-29 Aug, Big Bang WeekendRoyal Gunpowder Mills

Let the grandchildren make some noise over the weekend with Royal Gunpowder Mill’s big bang weekend. There will be mad experiments, rocket launches and explosive fun in Prof.Nitrate’s Madlab.

27-28 Aug, 5th Cider & Wine Festival, Dedham Vale Vineyard

What could be better thansipping fine wine in the glorious Essex countryside? If this sounds like your idea of the perfect bank holiday head to Dedham Vale Vineyard. The popular vineyard will be hosting two full days of entertainment. Ciders, local ales and English wine will line the winery and there will be food stalls and live music outside overlooking the lake. Well-behaved dogs are also welcome on leads.

27 Aug, Celebration of the 80s, Holkham Hall

One for all party and music lovers! Dance the night away with a celebration of all things 80s at Holkham Hall this bank holiday weekend. Enjoy music from big names such as Level 42, Go West, Big Country, Jaki Graham, Nathan Moore and Heatwave, against the backdrop of this stunning stately home. Tickets £39.50.

28-29 Aug, Classic Motor Show and Vintage Fair, Knebworth House

If you’re a fan of all things vintage stop by Knebworth House this bank holiday for an extravaganza of classic motors and vintage clothing. They’ll be a huge selection cars on display, parades and trade stands. Don’t miss the ‘Decibel Duel’, taking place in the live arena, where owners compete to find the loudest car of the show. Entry includes access to the gardens, dinosaur trail and park and adventure playground.

28 August, Beccles Antiques Street Market, Suffolk

Pulling in the crowds every bank holiday, join residents and visitors from, 8am-4.30pm and browse this fantastic market. Good quality antiques and collectables including furniture, silver, china, jewellery, vintage design, decorative items and more will line the streets of Beecles. It’s a popular event worth experiencing.

Cromer 28 Aug, World Pier Crabbing Championships, Cromer 

The World Pier Crabbing Championships & Dinky Beach Hut Auction take place on Cromer Pier. With stalls, entertainers, crabbing and auction, and perhaps sunshine, paddling and ice creams too, it’s a day of unmissable seaside fun.


28-29 Aug, Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival, Suffolk

With different offerings throughout the town centre including a Farmers’ Market and cooking demonstrations, the free event is fast becoming a significant fixture in the East Anglian foodie calendar. You’ll see famous faces popping up throughout the weekend, including Galton Blackiston of the Michelin-starred Morston Hall in North Norfolk on Sunday, who returns after his popular appearance at last year’s festival. On Monday James Tanner, resident chef on ITV’s Lorraine heads up the menu. If you love food, this is not to be missed!

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