The Best August Bank Holiday Events & Festivals in 2022

Enjoy your August bank holiday properly at any one of these unreal events and festivals.

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 20th Jan 2022

You can’t beat a bank holiday, can you? Having a long weekend is always welcomed with open arms. That blissful feeling is only multiplied when you’re dead on Sunday and you remember you don’t have to go in on Monday. Then when the workweek begins, you’re only in for four days before you’re whisked away into another weekend. It’s a truly magical experience. 

And it’s too good of an opportunity to ruin. To take full advantage, you need a plan. 

And that’s why we’re here. To help you figure out what to do with your August bank holiday. Whether it’s a music festival you’re after or something a bit different, we’ve got you covered. 

So here are the best August bank holiday events and festivals you should check out. 



All Points East

When: 19th -28th August

Where: Victoria Park, London

2022 lineup: Gorillaz, The Chemical Brothers, Kraftwerk, Tame Impala, The National, Disclosure, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 

All Points East is back with a lineup that’s simply to die for. While APE is technically over the bank holiday weekend, it’s also on the Friday and Saturday before. Even better!

This years lineup that’s left us drooling features all the headliners mentioned above as well as Idles, Pusha T, Cici, Daniel Avery, FKJ, Caroline Polachek, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, James Blake, Koffee, Michael Kiwanuka, Sleaford Mods, and more. As always, there’s a huge range of sounds on offer including indie, hip hop, electronic, pop, rock, punk, RnB, soul and more. 

Anyone who can’t get enough of music will love this festival.


Find tickets for All Points East Festival - here




Maiden Voyage

When: 28th August

Where: Lee Valley Park, London

2022 lineup: Ahadadream, Acid Arab, D Double E, Floorplan, Hunee, Lady Shaka, ObjektOcto Octa, Shanti Celeste, Sherelle, Underground Resistance and many more

Maiden Voyage curates a lineup of incredibly diverse artists who tend to throw genre out the window. You’ll find many artists who clearly have influences spanning over a range of genres and styles, resulting in some of the most creative music you’ve ever heard. 

One of the worst bits about festivals is artist clashing. It’s insanely frustrating and can dampen the day. It seems like Maiden Voyage is all too aware of the struggle, staying one step ahead by keeping artists on just one stage. This way you won’t miss any artists. Perfect! 

The perfect event for music lovers, Maiden Voyage is all about the music and helping you find your new favourite artist, whether they be local or international talent. 


Find tickets for Maiden Voyage Festival - here




Planet Circus OMG!

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When: Multiple dates in August including 25th - 30th

Where: Filey Road, Scarborough

Not everyone wants to spend the bank holiday at a music festival, and that's okay. Instead, why not check out Europe's most established circus act? Planet Circus creates insane shows using acrobatics, high wire tricks, acrobatics, death-defying stunts, and more. We would tell you what else is in store, but surely you’d prefer to keep it a surprise. 

Perfect fun for all the family, you can catch these daredevils in Scarborough over the August bank holiday weekend. Oh, and animal lovers can rest easy as the show only includes human talent. 


Find tickets for Planet Circus OMG! - here




Reading and Leeds Festival

When: 26th - 28th August

Where: Reading - Richfield Avenue / Leeds - Bramham Park

2022 lineup: Arctic Monkeys, Halsey, Dave, Megan Thee Stallion, Rage Against The Machine, Bring Me The Horizon 

One of the countries biggest, most loved festivals is back with a monster lineup that’ll keep everyone in your friend group happy. There are heavier acts such as Rage Against The Machine and Bring Me The Horizon. The indie kid can look forward to Arctic Monkeys. Hip hop fans have Dave and Megan Thee Stallion. And those who love a bit of pop can sing along to Halsey. And that’s just the headliners. 

R&L pushes the boundaries every year by throwing genre out the window and prioritising the most sought out acts. As hefty as the lineup is, there are still plenty more acts to be announced, and we can’t wait to see who else will join the bill. 

So grab your wellies, your raincoat and your sunglasses (British weather, eh?) because R&L is back for another mad August bank holiday. 


Find tickets for Reading Festival - here / Find tickets for Leeds Festival - here




Wootown Festival

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When: 27th August

Where: Sixways Stadium, Worcester

2022 lineup: TBA

We don’t have a lineup for Worcester's biggest party just yet, but the organisers have promised it’ll be huge. Colour us excited. Wootown is perfect for anyone who just wants to escape the world and dance until your feet hurt, your legs are weak, and your smile is hurting your cheeks. You know the feeling. 

Wootown features bass, drum and bass, house and similar genres that are perfect for letting go to. What’s more, the festival is incredibly affordable, starting at just £20 per ticket. And if you’re skint, no problem. The payment plan allows you to pay for your ticket in instalments of just £8. Brilliant.

And if you still haven’t got it all out of your system, head over to the after-party that will be raging until 3:30. It’s a bank holiday, after all. You might as well go for it.


Find tickets for Wootown Festival - here




Creamfields North

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When: 25th - 28th August

Where: Daresby, Cheshire

2022 lineup: David Guetta, Camelphat, Nina KravizAbove & Beyond, Martin Garrix, Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox

Creamfields is the festival for those who love raving, dancing and electronic music. It’s one of the most loved festivals in the country. So much so that, this year, like many festivals, it sold out in record time. But that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. Many people sell their tickets when they realise they can’t make it. So keep your chin up and keep an eye out for people selling tickets. 

As always, the fest has given us a world-class lineup to look forward to, including Nina Kraviz, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Camelphat, Martin Garrix, Above & Beyond, Carl Cox and Tiesto. And there are still many more acts to be announced! Keep an eye out for more announcements. We know we will. 


Find tickets for Creamfields North - here




The Ska & Reggae mini fest

When: 27th August 

Where: The Countryman, Norwich

2022 lineup: Ultimate Madnezz, Lily Ayers, Double Barrel, Rich, The Ska Man International

Or take it slow and skank out at The Ska & Reggae mini fest over in Norwich. Early bird tickets are available now for just £20 per ticket and under 12’s go free. Why not make it a lovely family day out? 

The lineup for this year includes some great talent such as Ultimate Madnezz, Lily Ayers, Double Barrel, Rich, and The Ska Man International. As well as enjoying the soothing sounds of reggae and ska, you can also indulge in delicious food, revel in a great atmosphere created by amazing people, and check out the merchandise stalls. 

Take it slow this August bank holiday at The Ska & Reggae mini fest. 


Find tickets for The Ska & Reggae mini fest - here




Victorious Festival

When: 26th - 28th August 

Where: Southsea Seafront, Southsea

2022 lineup: Stereophonics, James, Self Esteem, Sugababes, The Wombats, Becky Hill, more headliners TBA 

Victorious Festival is rapidly becoming many music fans favourite festival, striking a chord with its reasonable ticket prices, stunning location on the south coast and a huge free kids area. Spanning across multiple genres, festival-goers can catch some of the most influential rock and indie bands as well as the hottest DJs.

This year’s Friday headliner is the band behind “Dakota” and “Have A Nice Day”, Stereophonics. The headliners for Saturday and Sunday are yet to be announced but seeing as previous lineups featured The Prodigy, Annie Mac, Paul Weller, The Libertines, Clean Bandit, The Specials, and New Order, we’re sure whoever they announce will be perfect.


Find tickets for Victorious Festival - here




Manchester Pride

When: 27th - 30th August 

Where: TBA

2022 lineup: TBA

The North’s biggest pride event is back for the August bank holiday. All we know so far is that Manchester Pride is going ahead. No artists have been announced just yet, but past events have included Zara Larsson, Annie Mac, Sigala, Lucy Spraggan, Ariana Grande, Rita Ora, Example and other brilliant artists.

The location hasn’t been confirmed yet either, but it’s usually held in Manchester’s Gay Village. As well as music, last years event also had DJs, a silent disco, inclusive events, stalls to buy souvenirs, and an unmatched welcoming party atmosphere. Anyone from Manchester will tell you there’s no party like a Gay Village Party. It's the perfect occasion to let go and be yourself in a crowd of the most accepting, loving people you'll ever meet. 




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When: 25th - 28th August

Where: North Lakes Country Park, Silloth, Cumbria

2022 lineup: TBA 

Solfest is back again for another beautiful weekend of live music, DJ sets, and other activities to get stuck into.

Sadly, we don’t have the lineup yet but last year’s featured some amazing artists, including Basement Jaxx, Razorlight, Maximo Park, Echo & The Bunnymen, Melt Yourself Down, This Is The Kit and others. 

And if you need a break from the music, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy such as comedy in the designated tent, new world cuisine to try, walkabout performers, workshops, browsing the market hall, or just resting by the lake. And for the littluns, there’s a designated kids area complete with workshops, an arcade, a play park, a sandpit and more. 

It’s the perfect day out for those who want to make the bank holiday special. 


Find tickets for Solfest 2022 - here




Alfresco Festival

When: 25th - 29th August 

Where: The Woods, Edenbridge

2022 lineup: TBA 

We are dying to see who Alfresco Festival put on the lineup this year after the stunning lineup of 2021. Last year Daniel Avery, Paranoid London, Daniele Baldelli, Optimo, Dombrance, Lowlife, Crazy P Soundsystem absolutely smashed it for a lucky crowd of ravers. 

We believe bank holidays are the perfect time to escape and let go. And if you go too hard, at least you only have a four-day week to drag yourself through. With this in mind, Alfresco Festival is the perfect August bank holiday event. Tucked away deep in the woods, it’s the best location to let go and enjoy your long weekend.

It has an 8-year reputation for being inclusive for all ages, with plenty of free entertainment and activities on offer. For those who are looking for a dance down in the depths of a forest, you couldn't come to a better place. It's a wonderful event with a low capacity, making for a lovely boutique experience.


Find tickets for Alfresco Festival 2022 - here




Moovin Festival

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When: 26th August 

Where: Whitebottom Farm, Stockport

2022 lineup: TBA

The Moovin Festival lineup hasn't been revealed for this year yet, but there can be little doubt that it will contain some of the biggest names and best room shakers around. Just south of Manchester is where you'll find this haven of house, drum and bass, acid house and more. A party that started with a few hundred people is growing year upon year and has a glowing reputation.

Previous acts who have played the festival include Groove Armada, 808 State, Basement Jaxx, Stockport native Mr. Scruff, Soul II Soul, Inner City and other big names. Although they have grown, the festival does retain its boutique status by limiting it to a few thousand to keep it intimate, exclusive and making people hungry for more after each edition. 


Find tickets for Moovin Festival 2022 - here




Lost Village Festival

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When: 25th - 29th August

Where: Lost Village Festival, Lincolnshire

2022 lineup: TBA

Another festival that offers a wide array of activities and genres, Lost Village Festival should definitely be on your radar. Last years lineup had some serious talent such as Bombay Bicycle Club, Arlo Parks, Caribou, Four Tet, Daniel Avery, Honey Dijon, Fatima Yamaha, so we’re buzzing to find out what’s in store for 2022.

In terms of extra activities, there’s food that's to die for, including lakeside banquets, global street food, and world-renowned festivals. You can also find some popular comedians. Past editions included Katherine Ryan, Joel Dommett, Joe Lycett and Angela Barnes.

And there's more. Check out creative workshops, talks, debates, interviews, yoga, massages, sound therapies, tarot readings, and more. For a dreamy August bank holiday, Lost Village Festival is the one.


Find tickets for Lost Village Festival 2022 - here




We know it seems like the August bank holiday is ages away but now is a better time than ever to secure tickets for an event that will take your bank holiday from great to unforgettable. There’s loads on, so get looking and booking!



Has this list of August bank holiday festivals got you in the mood for similar events? Check out our festival finder here to see where else you can party this year. 




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