The Best August Bank Holiday Events & Festivals in 2022
Enjoy your August bank holiday properly at any one of these unreal events and festivals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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