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5 Inspiring Ways to Spend the August Bank Holiday

The August bank holiday is the ideal opportunity to make the most of the tail-end of the summer and form some extra lasting memories. Many will take this as an opportunity to visit family, attend music festivals or simply get ready for the fast-approaching school year.
However, if you don’t have anything lined up, what exactly should you do?
With this in mind, we wanted to provide you with some great ideas and inspiration to make the most of your three-day weekend. Whether it’s just you and your partner, the whole family or you and a group of friends, we’ve got something for everyone.

1. A Day Trip to Paris

It is now easier than it has ever been to hop over to Paris for the day. This August bank holiday you could head over to France and take the chance to experience great food, historic landmarks and Parisian culture.
Imagine a day where you soak up the culture whilst enjoying tea on the streets of Paris, before you go for photos at the Champs Elysees, then dinner at the Eiffel Tower and back on the train home before you know it!
What about extending this to an overnight stay too? If you decide to go on the Sunday or Monday, remember that many shops and restaurants away from the tourist hot spots work on reduced hours or close altogether, so you’re better off sticking to the tourist destinations.

2. Al Fresco Dining Instead of a BBQ

Whilst we all love a good barbecue in the heart of the British summertime, why not mix it up by going al fresco in other ways instead?
We recently shared our guide to [ensuring you have the best al fresco dining experience] so take a look at our ideas for inspiration. Otherwise you could relax at a family picnic, have a garden party with friends or even just set up the table outside to enjoy a home-cooked meal.

3. Go to a Food Festival

Whether you want to find impressive produce, discover new dishes or become an expert in foreign cuisine, a food festival is a great place to fall in love with food all over again.
This handy calendar shares festivals throughout the year and lists nine that are taking place nationwide during the bank holiday.
See if there is a festival near you this August bank holiday and take the opportunity get some real French bread, an authentic Camembert or preferably both at the same time for a delicious post-festival snack.

4. Explore the Nations Parks and Beaches

There is no need to go abroad for an exciting adventure as Britain is full of national parks and beaches. All you need is a picnic, the family and a sense of adventure and you’ll be well on your way to having a fun day out.
If you want to find a great beach a little further afield, we’ve created a shortlist of great places you could go this bank holiday:
• Blackpool Sands
• Luskentyre (Outer Hebrides)
• Watergate Bay (Newquay)
• Porthcuno (Lands End)
• North Aberystwyth (Wales)
• Compton Bay (Isle of Wight)

If the parks are more your scene, Britain also boasts 15 incredible national parks for you to visit. The experience is made even better when accompanied by a charcuterie-inspired picnic, just don’t forget your favourite cheeses, olives and pate.

5. Take Advantage of the Free Museums

The UK Government decided to ensure that everyone could learn about British heritage, culture and art by providing free access to our museums. So why not take advantage of this initiative and open your eyes to new (and old) experiences in the process.
Favourites of ours would be the Victoria and Albert Museum for the Pink Floyd or Material of the Modern World exhibits. Alternatively, the Wallace Collection is a selection of fine French Art in Marylebone and is just a short walk away from Côte locations in Covent Garden, Kensington and Tavistock Street.

If you want to continue the French theme to your day at one of these locations or indeed any of our others nationwide, then end your day at Côte Brasserie. Book a table today.