With another long weekend on the way, we've put together some brilliant ideas for what to do August bank holiday around the UK, no matter where you are. And it's a great chance to take advantage of our latest offer on site: The Sanderson A Painters Garden Cosmetics Bowling Bag (worth £16!) is currently yours for FREE when you spend £20 or more online. This bumper sized cosmetics bowling bag is perfect for long weekends and day trips wherever – don't miss out!
Cardigan Bay in West Wales is home to Europe's largest population of Bottlenose Dolphins and also plays host to the Atlantic Grey Seal and Harbour Porpoise, plus a wide variety of birds including Razorbills, Guillimots, Gannets, Oyster Catchers and more. Most operators don't guarantee seeing dolphins, but you do stand a good chance (the best time of the year for dolphin watching is between March and September) and the longer the trip, the more likely you are to come across a playful pod. Either way it's a great family day out, enjoying nature in all its glory. 2012 has already delivered some amazing sightings; check out this video taken in April of some of the sights you could (could!) well see...
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The Edinburgh Festival is the largest arts festival in the world, and this year takes place between 3rd August and 27th August. Venues are created all over the beautiful city of Edinburgh, from large capacity theatres to tiny basements in pubs, to host theatre, comedy, dance, musicals, operas, exhibitions and more. And if you go for the last weekend there is often some bargains to be had, with venues offering cut price tickets to fill seats. It's a real treat with an atmosphere like no other, where you can see some of the world's greatest comedians or discover the next emerging stars of the stage – many up-coming talents head to the 'fringe' with little more than a script and a pocket full of dreams.
“Iceberg. Dead ahead, sir.” Why not visit the birthplace of the world's most famous ship? The Titanic Belfast experience features a stunning new building that's unique in architectural design, influenced by several maritime themes, including ice crystals, ships' hulls and the insignia of White Star Line (the British shipping company that owned RMS Titanic). The six-floor building is located in the heart of Belfast, right beside the historic site of this world-famous ship’s construction. As you walk through the doors you will see the building’s giant Titanic atrium, followed by exact replicas of the first, second and third class cabins, the dining areas, and the ship’s engine rooms. A state-of-the-art visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic, from its conception through to its tragic end.
Bourton Football in the River
The most eccentric of our August bank holiday events; take a journey to the Windrush banks in Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, to experience a sporting event like no other. The Bourton-on-the-Water Football in the River 2012 kicks off Monday 27 August and turns the usually peacefully trickling River Windrush into a rather competitive battle. The event, that dates back over 100 years, sees two six-a-side teams of players from Bourton Rovers Football Club braving the chilly knee-high waters to undoubtedly give the crowds plenty to cheer about. Get there early for the best view at the font – but if you do, it's best to take some waterproofs!
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