The kids may have been off school for a good few weeks but now it’s the adults turn to have a break. The August Bank Holiday is the last long weekend before Christmas so you’ll want to make the most. We’ve got a few ideas to help.
Visit a vineyard
The Surrey Hills were recently designated as a new wine region on the South East and there is a special trail, which takes in five of the area’s major vineyards. August is a great time to visit because the vines will be looking their best just before harvesting begins in September. You can print out a map here: surreyhillsvineyards.co.uk
Have a tree-top adventure
Go and enjoy one of Surrey's amazing outdoor high rope courses, such as Skywalk Adventure in Esher, Go Ape in Farnham or Wildwood Adventure in Guildford. Pick up some speed on the Zip wire, clamber across rickety bridges and test your balance on the tightropes while enjoying breath-taking views across the treetops and beyond.
Take a stroll among the gardens
From the enchanting Painshill Park, with its crystal grotto, waterwheel, and mystical follies to Churt’s inspiring Sculpture Park, where you will find over 800 pieces of artwork dotted among the flowers and of course RHS Wisley, Surrey has a plethora of gorgeous gardens to visit.
Go get rural
The Edenbridge & Oxted Show returns to The Ardenrun Showground in Lingfield from August 26th to 27th. At the heart of the show are close-up encounters with animals of all sizes and new attractions this year include Atkinson Action Horses, Team MAD BMX stunts, Henfolds Birds of Prey and Water Buffalo plus there’s all the usual favourites including the Sheep Show and the junior BMX bike track. What’s more the kids go free.
Tuck into a food festival
The Hampton Court Palace Food Festival returns to its historic setting over the August Bank Holiday weekend with celebrity chefs Michel Roux Jr, Nadiya Hussain and Melissa Hemsley, as well as artisan and street food producers from across the country.