Around the Mendips this Bank Holiday weekend? You’re not alone. More than 5 million Brits are planning a holiday at home for the August Bank Holiday weekend this year according to a VisitEngland survey released today.
VisitEngland’s Bank Holiday Trip Tracker survey shows that 5.1 million Brits are planning an overnight holiday trip in the UK this weekend, with 4.6 million planning a holiday in England.
Brits holidaying at home for the long weekend are expected to generate about £1.25 billion for the UK economy, of which £1.1 billion will be spent in England.
VisitEngland Director Patricia Yates said: “Record numbers of Brits have been taking holidays at home this year and with so much going on this summer the August Bank Holiday weekend is another chance to enjoy a great holiday whether on a seaside, countryside or city break.”
The survey also shows that a further 3.6 million people are still undecided about whether to take an overnight holiday trip in England over the Bank Holiday weekend with about 40% saying they are waiting to see what the weather is like and about 20% saying they like to decide at the last minute.
Around the Mendips we have some great events and the weather isn’t bad. According to the BBC forecast Friday seems the best day, with Bank Holiday Monday as a close second. There may be a little rain over the Mendips on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, but nothing to stop getting out and about.
So, aside from the traditional BBQ what’s on around the Mendips? Here’s 11 ideas for an afternoon out:
- The Festival Players are established as one of our most popular touring Shakespeare companies and 2016 is set to be one of the group’s best visits yet to Glastonbury Abbey. An iconic play that needs no introduction, expect traditional costumes and a highly accomplished cast.
- Mendip Mower Racing: If the other half has a thing about stripy lawns and ride-on mowers they’ll love this and hopefully get it out of their system. This three day – yes three – is run by the YMCA and under 12s get in free. Ticket price includes entry to beer festival and there will be classic cars too! Add in racing & bands add you have a perfect storm on a lawn. It’s been said it’s ‘enjoyable insanity’ and it’s near Cross, off the A38.
- Children of Somerset perform a fast moving version of the tale of The Three Musketeers around the gardens of Monacute House on Saturday 27 August.
- Are you a fan of sci-fi and comics? The world of science-fiction and super-heroes come to Weston. Stars of Time hosts various Doctor Whos and actors from your favourite TV shows.
- A cast of just five actors present every single one of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales in under two hours on Saturday 27 August! Join the pilgrims at the Bishop’s Palace, Wells for puppetry and poetry, music and magic, talking chickens and burnt bottoms. Fast-paced, physical and funny, this show is pure medieval mayhem for the whole family.
- On Sunday 28 August there’s one of the six open days this year at the North Somerset Bird Of Prey Centre. They offer the chance to watch and interact with some of natures greatest avian predators.
- Bambalan in Bristol presents a silent disco – where the DJ beams music direct to you headphones – over lunch on the Sunday 28 August.
- Take a cook on the wild side on Bank Holiday Monday at Dyrham. Wild cooking for children at the Badminton Plantation, from 12noon – 1pm, free at Dyrham Park. Usual entrance fee applies. Ask for directions when you arrive and volunteers will help you find the activity.
- Spanning the spectrums of House, Techno, Drum & Bass and Breaks, Field Trip festival near Trowbridge, Wiltshire promises to deliver the very best dance music has to offer this weekend.
- Outdoor cinema from Cult Screens at Clifton College – enjoy the guilty pleasure of Dirty Dancing in the open air on Sunday.
- Celebrate Bristol beer week which starts on Saturday 27. From sour beer, cheese and beer pairings this festival is the last word in craft ale
Not enough for you? Take a look at the What’s on page for more inspiration!