What's on this Bank Holiday weekend in the UK

Thursday, 26 August 2010 12:00 AM

The Notting Hill Carnival this Bank Holiday Weekend (photo: Natasha von Geldern)

The Notting Hill Carnival this Bank Holiday Weekend (photo: Natasha von Geldern)

There are some fantastic family outings on this weekend around the UK, from Hampton Court enjoying an array of beer and jazz to Durham revelling in a 'quiet riot'. The famous Notting Hill Carnival is set to liven up the capital.

Travelbite.co.uk brings you some special Bank Holiday treats to make the most of a three day weekend, with festivals galore to satisfy everyone from foodies to music lovers.

The Notting Hill Carnival

Come one, come all and watch as 20 miles of London comes alive with sounds, smells and colourful costumes surrounded by over 40 sound systems, all with incredible performances.

The Notting Hill Carnival is a one of a kind and has been held every August Bank Holiday since 1966 by the West Indian community, it is now run with 40,000 volunteers and over one million revellers every year.

The traditional sounds of the steel drum competition kick off the festivities on Saturday August 28th and Kids' Day is Sunday 29th, then on the Bank Holiday Monday the main parade takes place.

Durham entertains at the 'Streets Of' festival

There are many ways of planning a festival and luckily for us, Durham have managed to incorporate all types of performances in the family friendly Streets Of festival.

The festival opens on Saturday 28th August with the Streets of Play, with international buskers including acrobats, contortionists and daredevils wowing crowds with startling agility, skills and nerve including Glastonbury favourite Betty Brawn.

Following the day of entertainment comes a day of music with the Streets of Folk on August 29th with Scottish folk band Thee Peatbog Fairies headlining the main stage in the city's Milllennium place.

Finally on Monday 30th August, there is the Streets of Dance and all can join in. This includes the very odd spectacle of the 'Quiet Riot' where people are encouraged to bring their own favourite tunes on an ipod or MP3 player and dance in the streets with hundreds of fellow music lovers who are all enjoying their own tunes.

Medieval weekend at Muncaster Castle, Western Lake District

Muncaster Castle will turn into a living history experience this August Bank holiday, with an interactive medieval weekend.

An army of Lancastrian soldiers from the Red Wyvern Re-enactment Society will be descending on the Castle from August 28th to 30th to camp in the gardens for the weekend, with the aim of showing visitors what life in the 15th Century was like.

Visitors can even get an idea how difficult life would have been for the soldiers by trying on some of the heavy armour and weaponry. The Red Wyverns will also be rustling up some authentic medieval fare in the army kitchen.

The Newlyn Fish Festival, Cornwall

This is definitely one for the foodies out there. The Newlyn Fish Festival has something for everyone from cooking demonstrations, children's workshops, fish auctions plus lots of harbour entertainment including gig racing, helicopters and music.

Taking place along the sea front, there are loads of things to do and just as much to watch from displays on land and on water - tide permitting.

The festival that takes place on Monday August 30th and believe it or not, there's more to eat than just fish. There are many stalls selling all sorts from cakes, strawberries and cream, meats, preserves.and of course, Cornish pasties.

Pyrotechnic extravaganza, West Cumbria

West Cumbria is bracing itself for a storm of lights, sound and fire as the latest Lakes Alive event comes to Maryport Harbour on Monday August 30th .

This explosive show, assaulting the senses is being performed by leading French pyrotechnicians Commandos Percu, with an electrifying mix of music and fireworks.

Bombs Per Minute starts in darkness to the sound of a ticking clock and bell before the stage erupts with noise and is taking place on Maryport Harbour between 8.30 and 9.30pm.

Hampton Court Beer and Jazz Festival

The Hampton Court Beer and Jazz Festival</ a> is back for its second year and have already managed to bag some of the biggest names in jazz from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band who are being flown over from New Orleans for this one off show, to the UK's very own Ronnie Scotts' stars.

But this festival is not all about the music with over 200 real ales, ciders and summer beers to choose from, all made by British breweries, with of course the usual favourites of cider, pimms and cocktails to drink with whatever choice of food you end up going for.

Happening all weekend from 12pm to 10.30pm this is definitely one not to miss. To avoid disappointment it is recommended you book tickets.

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