Make the most of your bank holiday weekend!

The bank holiday weekend is fast approaching and we want to encourage you to take a break and make the most of your few days off!

We’ve put together a few ideas for the bank holiday, that will help you to relax and take advantage of the break.

1. Get outside 

While you have a break, make sure you take the opportunity to go outside and get some fresh air! Whether you decide to go for a bike ride, a walk around a park near you or drive to somewhere for a hike, use your bank holiday weekend to get out.

The AllTrails app is a really great tool for finding walking, cycling or running routes near you, so if you’re not sure of where to go, download the app here.

2. Have a picnic 

We’re hoping for some nice weather on the bank holiday weekend and if we are lucky enough to see some sun, take advantage and get outside for a picnic! You could even go for a nice walk and bring your picnic with you.

To help you out, we’ve listed a few places in Hertfordshire that would be great for a picnic! Click here to find out where to go. If you don’t want to make your own food for your picnic, you could also use this as an opportunity to support your local businesses and grab some food from the local cafe’s to take with you!

3. Go camping 

Camping is a great activity for the bank holiday weekend, especially if the weather is nice. It will help you to get outside and allow you to appreciate some of the nature nearby. If getting down and dirty isn’t for you then why not look for some glamping spots instead. Click here to find out what’s available nearby.

4. Take a staycation 

If you wanted to take it a step further and make the most of your time off, you could organise a staycation! Whether you fancy a caravan trip to Wales, or a cottage stay in Devon, this could be your chance for a holiday!

If you fancy a unique stay somewhere out in the country, there are plenty of places where you can get away from the hussle and bussle of things. Click here to check out some unique stays.

5. Explore a new city 

You could use the bank holiday weekend to explore a new city that you might have always wanted to go to! Now that we are being encouraged to get out more, exploring a new city is the perfect activity to get you out and about! Often, we always want to go abroad for our holidays but there are some great cities in the UK too: Bath, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Cardiff – there are loads of places to choose from, so get exploring!

6. Go for a brunch

If you’re a food lover, why not make the most of the bank holiday weekend by going for a nice brunch with family or friends! If you fancied celebrating the occasion a bit more, you could even take it bottomless and enjoy your food with an endless supply of prosecco! To find out what places are open for brunch near you, click here.

7. Make a meal of it 

Remember the 50% off Eat out to help out scheme ends on the bank holiday Monday, so make sure you take advantage of the last day of the scheme! You can see what restaurants near you are involved in the scheme here. I would advise you book in advance though as this scheme has proved to be very popular!

8. Get historical

If history’s your thing, why not take the opportunity to go to some museums on your bank holiday!

Most of them have opened back up now and there is always lots to see, plus they are free so it’s a great day out for the family.

If you prefer historic buildings, then check out the National Trust buildings and gardens near you. Not only will your visit help to protect these amazing buildings, they can make a great day out! Click here for more information and for up to date safety measures.

9. A trip to the cinema

We all love a trip to the cinema, but understandably lots of us are still worried about returning to our indoor cinemas during the pandemic. If this is the case for you, but you really miss seeing your favourite films on the big screen, why not take your cinema visit outside! There are lots of open air cinema’s and drive-in cinema’s taking place all over the country, and the bank holiday weekend could be the opportunity for you to check them out! Click here to see what’s on near you.

10. Attend a summer festival (virtually)

Lots of festivals often take place over the bank holiday weekend, and this year is no different, except that these will now be taking place virtually! Why not get into your festival gear and have your very own festival in your back garden, while you watch the acts from some of our favourite festivals.

Reading & Leeds festival are broadcasting the best highlights of their festival on BBC iPlayer, including the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters and Billie Eilish. You can tune into the festival here.

Creamfields festival is also going virtual with a live streaming event over the bank holiday, including sets from more than 40 artists, with donations going to mental health charity Mind. If you want to get involved, click here.

Whatever you decide to do this bank holiday, make sure you take some time for yourself! If you’ve been living a pretty hectic life recently (and we know a lot of you have!), then why not stay at home for the weekend and use the bank holiday weekend to relax!
You could have a movie marathon or binge watch a Netflix series, or you could even touch up on your baking skills. Whatever helps you to chill-out, use this weekend to destress!
It’s been a busy and stressful time for a lot of us, so take advantage of the next few days and treat yourself to some ‘me-time.’


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