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5 great things to do by car this bank holiday

5 great things to do by car this bank holiday

The sun is still high, but the end of summer is nigh, finishing with the Bank Holiday Weekend. To make the most of this warm weather, we have compiled a list of fun things to do with your family and friends, before you head back to the dreary life of work, university or school!

Notting Hill Carnival : 28th-29th August

Feel the carnival vibes

Whether or not you live in London it is a must to experience Notting Hill Carnival at least once in your life! The generally tranquil area comes ablaze with life at this time of year, in preparation for the Carnival and throughout the weekend. If with children, you should visit on the Sunday, which has a slightly calmer atmosphere than the Grand Finale, taking place on Monday. Due to road closures around West London all weekend, it's a good idea to park further out and take the tube to one of Notting Hill's four stations, such as Ladbroke Grove.

Edinburgh Fringe : 5th-29th August

Feel the benefits of the fringe

Whether you're heading to Edinburgh for a day trip or going for a city break, be sure to check out Edinburgh Fringe! Any journey to this historical place is guaranteed to be scenic, whether you're driving along the M8 from Glasgow or catching the train from another part of the UK. There are plenty of exciting free activities, ranging from plays to comedy shows, to workshops! If
you want a rest from the hustle and bustle of the festival, there are plenty of relaxing parks around the city.

Manchester Pride Big Weekend : 26th-29th August

Enjoy a big gay day of peace, love and understanding…

If you're based in the North, head to Manchester for Pride's Big Weekend! Although the events are ticketed, there are plenty of afterparties you'll be able to attend. Furthermore, there will be enough buzz around the Canal Street area that there's no way you can miss out – if you really want a front seat on the action, there are still tickets available on the website to join in on the fun! Although it is a busy event, there are plenty of car parks around Central Manchester, and the city is relatively small so there is no need to worry about parking in a quieter area and walking from there!

Insomnia58 Games Festival : 26th-29th August

Perfect if you hate the sunshine…

Perfect for gamers of any age and ability, this Birmingham-based festival is great for a day out with the family or with your gaming friends! Travelling by car is stress-free with a free shuttle bus providing transportation between the 16,500-space parking lot and the NEC. There are still tickets left for this popular event, and with a range of exhibits, from exploring the world of eSports, to creating your own robots in the RobotArena, you're sure to have a great day!

Mayfield Lavender Fields

Lavender fields forever

If you're looking for a chance to unwind this bank holiday weekend, why don't you drive North of London for a picnic at Mayfield Lavender Fields. Despite being a short distance from Central London, this idyllic location is a far cry from the hectic city life you leave behind.

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