So, you've got three fabulous days off and you're just not sure how to spend them? Look no further, we've come up with a list of top 5 things to do this Bank Holiday weekend, guaranteed to bring heaps of fun and excitement!...
Notting Hill Carnival
If you can't quite make it to the Caribbean, Maybe try London's Notting Hill Carnival this weekend. West London turns the heat up each year with sounds, smells and tastes of the Caribbean. It started out as a local street festival set up by the West Indian community in Notting Hill, and is now one of Europe's biggest festivals. If half naked women aren't quite your thing, then 'mamas jerk chicken' and other Caribbean food stalls will steal you away. All floats are alive with colour and West Indian beats. It's also great for kids on the Sunday as they can take part in a fancy dress competition.
West Wittering Beach
The summer is not over and the beach is absolutely the place to go on your days off. West Wittering near Chichester Harbour has a great stretch of white sandy beach and Dunes. It really is a stunning place to go when the sun is out, or for windy walks along the sea front. Make a day of it and have a spot of lunch at the Beach House, with a heated veranda and freshly caught seafood. The Selsey caught crab sharing platter is one not to miss. I mean you really feel aboard at this little spot.
A Picnic in Blenheim Palace and a wonder around the grounds would be my top pick. Located eight miles outside of Oxford, and home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace is a stunning property with state rooms that exhibit fine craftsmanship and artefacts that have been collected over the past 300 years. The tranquil gardens and grounds are simply stunning at this time of year, and the onsite café serves delicious sandwiches and cakes if you don't fancy bringing a picnic, but a pimms overlooking the bridge in the Oxfordshire countryside is perfect way to spend a day away from the office.
Dubbed 'the prettiest village in England', this small Cotswold village is one to visit. The cottages and grounds are an exhibition in themselves and the tea rooms are quintessentially British, you could almost be transported to the Georgian era. A cream tea would work very well as a start to your trip, followed by a stroll through the village, looking out for a First World War memorial, St Andrews Church which was built in 1291, and the Castle Combe race circuit which is just on the outside of the village.
Brecon Beacons National Park
If something a little bit different is what you are after this bank holiday, then get your hiking boots on (or trainers if you aren't that extreme) and head to Wales. The Brecon Beacons may not be as vast and as epic as New Zealand, but they are pretty good competitor. There are walking routes for all levels, and so much to see, plus you can get lots of fresh air! With the highest mountain range in Southern Britain, one can only imagine the views over the valleys. Whatever the weather you can also enjoy the waterfalls and caves in the area.
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