Things to do over August bank holiday weekend 2017

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It's the last bank holiday before Christmas – whether you fancy some culture, comedy or a carnival for the kids, this is your guide to making the most of it

We’ve selected some of the best things to do around the UK this August bank holiday weekend

1. Blenheim Palace Festival of Transport

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PS
27–28 August

This two-day event features a classic car show on Sunday and, on Monday, also includes motorcycles, Minis, Volkswagens, custom vehicles, kit cars and hot rods. With over 400 vehicles on display each day, this is the perfect event for petrolheads.

2. Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017

Around Edinburgh
Until 28 August

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the Edinburgh Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world – and one of the most eclectic. For 2017, the shows run the gamut from the first Edinburgh appearance since 2006 by former Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins to an opera about Bigfoot.

3. Fenland Country Fair

Quy Country Park, Stow cum Quy, Cambridgeshire, CB25 9AF
27–28 August

This traditional country fair takes place just five miles outside of Cambridge. Expect vintage cars and farm machinery, demonstrations of rural crafts, falconry and sheepdog displays, heavy horses, clay pigeon shooting and even ferret racing.

4. Glenurquhart Highland Gathering and Games

Blairbeg Park, Drumnadrochit, Inverness, IV63 6UQ
26 August

An annual event since 1945, the Glenurquhart Games include a hill race, tug of war competition, pipe bands, track running for adults and children, plus a brace of 'heavy events', including the shot putt, hammer throw and, of course, tossing the caber.

5. House Style

Chatworth House Style exhibition Hamish Bowles

Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP
Until 22 October

Curated by Hamish Bowles, international editor-at-large at American Vogue, this exhibition at the awe-inspiring stately home explores five centuries of fashion, and brings to life members of the Cavendish family, who have owned Chatsworth since the 16th century.

6. HUB Festival Cardiff

Womanby Street, Cardiff, CF10 1BR
25–27 August

Over three days, this celebration of everything artistic in Cardiff includes live music, art, comedy, spoken word, street food stalls and silent discos. And the 11 stages are all on the same street, so there's none of the traipsing around usually associated with city centre festivals.

7. Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally

Quay Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 2HH
25–28 August

Around 5,000 modern and vintage scooters descend on the seaside town of Ryde for a weekend of scooter-based events, culminating in a huge scooter ride out towards Sandown at 1pm on Sunday. And there's entertainment over the whole weekend at venues around the area.

8. Manchester Pride: The Big Weekend

Manchester Gay Village, Canal Street, Manchester, M1 3EZ
25–28 August

The Big Weekend is the flagship event of Manchester Pride, the award-winning festival by and for the LGBT community. A slew of pop and dance acts will be performing over the weekend, including Liberty X, Pixie Lott, Simian Mobile Disco and Mel C… not to mention a DJ set from Gok Wan.

9. Notting Hill Carnival

Nottinghill Carnival London 2017

London W10
27–28 August

Taking place across Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park, this annual bank holiday extravaganza features live music from Caribbean bands, spectacular street parades, DJs, dancing, carnival floats and much more. Sunday is the 'family day', while Monday tends to be busier.

10. Outdoor cinema screenings

Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AA
25–27 August

A host of classic movies will be given al fresco screenings in the courtyard of the Custard Factory, Birmingham's creative quarter. Between Friday and Sunday evenings, there will be screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Lion King, Grease, Back to the Future and 1989's Batman.

11. Picasso: Ceramics from the Attenborough Collection

Centre of Ceramic Art, York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW
Until 5 November

Think Picasso and you no doubt picture his Cubist paintings but the hugely prolific artist also produced over 2,800 ceramic works. Lord and Lady Attenborough began acquiring his ceramics in 1954 and this exhibition brings together highlights from their collection, all featuring Picasso's vibrant decoration.

12. Sidmouth Regatta

Sidmouth sailing regatta 2017 bank holiday

The Esplanade, Sidmouth, EX10 8AT
26–27 August

Enjoy a weekend of both sea and shore-based activities, including sailing races, a raft race, live music and spectacular fireworks. Preceding the regatta itself will be a display by the RAF Red Arrows at 6.30pm on Friday 25 August.

13. Vintage Family Weekend

Hillsborough Castle, The Square, Hillsborough, BT26 6AG
27–28 August

The castle travels back in time to the mid-20th century for this special bank holiday event. Watch a traditional Punch and Judy show, try out vintage crafts and games, or explore a trail among the 100 acres of breathtaking gardens to discover what was happening at the castle in the 1950s.

14. World Bog Snorkelling Championship

Waen Rhydd peat bog, Llanwrtyd Wells, LD5 4RB
27 August

Hundreds of competitors – many in fancy dress – travel from all over the world to find out who can negotiate two lengths of a 60-yard trench through the Waen Rhydd peat bog in the fastest time possible. Participants may wish to make use of the real ale and cider bar after they emerge from the swamp.

15. Worthing Carnival

Steyne Gardens, Worthing, BN11 3DZ
27–28 August

This is one of the UK's oldest carnivals (it first took place in 1921) and this year will be based around a medieval theme. Expect performances, markets, a big top, an inflatable assault course and, from 12.30pm on Monday, a carnival procession through the town.

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