Five August Bank Holiday getaway ideas

  • 09th August 2014

Traditionally, the August Bank Holiday weekend in the UK marks the end of summer. But don’t despair! There are plenty of good things to do and see – why not take to the skies with bmi regional and try something different?

We’ve compiled 5 getaway ideas for activities in cities easily reached from our airport network.

The Wild Dolphin Project
Nearest bmi regional airport – Aberdeen (from Bristol, Manchester & Norwich)

Did you know that Aberdeen is one of the best places in the UK to go dolphin watching? Well, until the end of August you can spot some fabulous dolphins in the city itself thanks to the Wild Dolphin Project.

The project is the brainchild of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation and the ARCHIE Foundation, together with Wild in Art – a leading player in public art events. It comprises 50 life-sized fibreglass bottlenose dolphins, painted by local artists, placed around the city to create a fun arts trail. Inspiration has come from the wild bottlenose dolphins that live just off the coast of Aberdeen.

The Bank Holiday weekend is the final weekend to see these wonderful dolphins as they will be removed on 29 August and auctioned to raise funds for the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and to protect local wild dolphins.

Love Food Festival & TreeFest Westonbirt Arboretum
Nearest bmi regional airport – Bristol (from Aberdeen, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich & Milan)

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Every year, the Love Food Festival in Bristol aims to encourage families out into the countryside to learn about where our food comes from and to generate an enduring interest in growing and cooking food.

Another annual event held over the August Bank Holiday is the Forestry Commission’s TreeFest at the National Arboretum at Westonbirt in Gloucestershire. As it’s name suggests, Treefest celebrates the beauty of nature. The arboretum has around 15,000 trees from all over the world for visitors to explore. and the festival also offers wood carving demonstrations, live music, good food and much more.

This year sees the Love Food Festival and TreesFest join forces at the National Arboretum. So, visitors to the newly combined event will not only get to sample delicious food from The South West’s best independent food producers, they will enjoy the National Arboretum’s beautiful trees, lots of family activities, wood carving demonstrations, live music, and much more.

The event is on for three days over the Bank Holiday Weekend: 23 – 25 August 2014.

Manchester Pride Big Weekend
Nearest bmi regional airport – Manchester (from Aberdeen)

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Throughout August the LGBT community in Manchester organises The Manchester Pride Festival with more than 40 events covering art, live music, debate, culture and sport.

It is one of the longest running and most popular gay festivals in the UK, attracting thousands of visitors to the city’s Canal Street bars and clubs each year. As well as celebrating LGBT life, Manchester Pride aims to challenge discrimination and supports a range of charities, and has raised more than £1million since 2003.

One of the biggest draws is the Parade, held on the Saturday of the the Bank Holiday weekend – this year that’s 23 August. From 1:00pm onwards this exuberant and colourful parade will march through the Manchester’s city centre, creating a carnival atmosphere and entertaining thousands of spectators.

The parade starts from Liverpool Road, heads down Deansgate onto John Dalton Street, passes Albert Square and continues onto Princess Street, finishing at the end of Whitworth Street – right by Manchester’s Gay Village.
For more details see the Manchester Pride website.

WW1 Centenary Commemorations, Mons, Belgium
Nearest bmi regional airport – Brussels (from East Midlands & Newcastle Airports)

2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1, which began with fighting in Belgium. The first major action seen by the British Expeditionary Force was at The Battle of Mons on 23 August 1914.

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Until mid September, there are guided tours of the battlefield every Saturday and Sunday between 2:00pm and 5:00pm. On Saturday 23 August – the 100 anniversary of the battle – there will be an extra tour starting at 10:00am. Full details and how to book tickets can be found on the Visit Mons website, here.

Sommerfestival 2014, Munich, Germany
Nearest bmi regional airport – Munich (from Bristol)

The Olympic Park in Munich (where the 1972 Olympic Games were held) is the venue for the annual Sommerfestival – a month of festivities including carnival rides, water sports, food and family entertainment. There are also free daily concerts on an outdoor stage by the Olympic Lake.


However you choose to spend your Bank Holiday weekend, we hope you have a good one.

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