The weather outlook is changeable for this weekends bank holiday but don’t let that stop you from celebrating the end of the summer. Here are some ideas on where to go to enjoy Britain at its best – inside or out!
Best for Crowds
Notting Hill Carnival traditionally brings the summer festivals to a close with its eclectic mix of floats, bands, dancing and food. Hailed as Europes biggest street festival, the capitals Caribbean communities celebrate with a vivid two day spectacle.
Where to eat. If you don’t fancy the jerk chicken or fried plantain head to The Ledbury for a 2 Michelin star experience or escape across The Serpentine in Hyde Park to Magazine Restaurant at The Gallery.
2. Best for History
Wander around the stunning Tudor gardens of Great Fosters in Egham and take in over four centuries of celebrated history. Built most likely as a royal hunting lodge in 1550 the hotel possesses a plethora of original details and has been visited by the great and the good from Queen Elizabeth 1 to Charlie Chaplin.
Where to eat. Dine in Great Fosters restaurant the Estate Grill and enjoy produce from the estate and meat cooked on the Josper Grill. Alternatively head to the Fox and Hounds, one of Englefield Green’s oldest pubs, and take advantage of its glamorous bar and extensive organic English menu.
3. Best for Modern Art
A crumbling lido in Weston-super-Mare is the site of Banky’s latest installation, Dismaland Bemusement Park. Labelled the art event of the year he has called it a ‘Festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism’. Family friendly it is not however, with a warning of unsuitability for small children. The Guardian called it ‘hilarious, eye-opening and occasionally breathtakingly shocking’. Whatever floats your boat?!
Where to eat. With views across to Wales, Hattusa Restaurant at Berwick Lodge is a hidden secret. Enjoy seasonal menus inspired by local produce in this charming house. If you prefer town, then find your way to Wilks Restaurant in Redlands for some Michelin dining in an informal yet stylish environment.
4. Best for Laughs
Of course it has to be the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which celebrates its last night on Monday 31st August. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.
Where to eat. Rather spoilt for choice these days but our recommendation would be two eponymous choices. Try Restaurant Martin Wishart at 54 The Shore for an intimate yet sophisticated meal. For food with drama and visual stimulation visit Mark Greenaway Restaurant overlooking the Queen Street Gardens.
5. Best for Tree’s
The UK’s most important arboretum Westonbirt, is holding Treefest, a week’s worth of tree-related events as part of its annual celebration. Families can take part in a range of hands-on activities and crafts, and there are some great arena shows including falconry and axe racing to amaze and entertain. Talented artists get to work with chainsaws and chisels all week, and on bank holiday Monday, their creations will be auctioned off, all proceeds going to Tree Aid.
Where to eat. Calcot Manor is just a stones throw from Westonbirt and its Conservatory restaurant is a fresh, light and elegant space with panoramic views of the hotels 220 acre estate. Just a little further but in the other direction is the delectable Luckham Park Hotel and Brasserie restaurant offering all day dining within its fabulous walled garden.
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