Things to do this August bank holiday

Things to do this August bank holiday

What’s on in and around Guildford this August Bank Holiday?

Did somebody say post-lockdown bank holiday weekend? Yes that’s right, this is not a drill. Buckle up. You’ve got a three-day weekend to plan, so we suggest you gather as many of your nearest and dearest, as we’ve spoilt you for choice with a roundup of 10 unmissable events on August Bank Holiday in and around the Guildford area.

From days at the races, live music festivals to alfresco movie nights and fun for all the family. We’ve got something here for everybody. Most of us haven’t been able to have the Summer 2021 we’d hoped for, so we owe it to ourselves to celebrate the end of Summer with a wild weekend.

Please note, for these events you are required to purchase tickets, so we’d recommend booking early to avoid disappointment!

Let’s Love Life Charity Festival

Dance under the trees at the small boutique dance festival at the outdoor Rushmoor Arena in Aldershot. Spread over 68 acres of land, 3 stages, for 12 hours with over 25 International DJ’s, you can enjoy an evening of quality music including genres from house, deep house, tech house, to techno and club classics.

The line up includes Seb Fontaine, Faithless, Alex P, Leftwing:Kody, Martin Ikin, Rob Roar, Slipmatt, Tristan Ingram and many more.

Even better, all proceeds go towards the Little Roo Fund at St Peters Chertsey Neonatal Unit, which raises money for the premature babes on the unit.

Let's Love Life Charity Festival

Tickets from £33.25 | Suitable for children accompanied by an adult.

Rushmoor Arena in Aldershot | Saturday 28th August | 12 noon – 11.30pm

Bank Holiday Family Fun Day at The Jockey Club: Epsom Downs

The race is on at Epsom with an afternoon of fantastic horse racing combined with free entertainment and activities for all the family. From face painting to pony rides, a mobile climbing wall to football darts, there’s something for all ages.

You won’t go hungry with a world-class range of dining experiences, hospitality and food concessions. The Blue Riband Bar & Kitchen is the go-to place to enjoy a British classic and you won’t miss a moment as you can dine on the balcony overlooking the Parade Ring and racecourse.

The Jockey Club Epsom

 Tickets from £20 | Children go free.

The Jockey Club, Epsom | Monday 30th August | First Race 2.00pm | Last Race 5.30pm

All Points East August Bank Holiday Weekend

Make it a four-day weekend at the much anticipated multi-genre music festival in East London’s, Victoria Park. Awarded ‘Festival of the Year’ in 2019 by Q Magazine and ‘Best Festival’ at the Music Week Awards.

With 6 stages to choose from and a lineup that certainly will not disappoint, you’ll be spoilt for choice with headlining artists such as, London Grammar, Jorja Smith, Loyle Carner, Jamie XX, Kano, Foals and Bombay Bicycle Club.

What’s more, on Sunday you can enjoy an excellent Field Day lineup featuring a live set by Bicep.

Tickets from £78.95.

Victoria Park, East London | Friday 27th – Monday 30th August 

Ladies Day ft. Jess Glynne Live After Racing

Spend your weekend at the most glamorous event of the horse racing calendar at the beautiful Royal Windsor Racecourse on Ladies Day. Watch 7 exhilarating races including the Group 3 Water Hill Stakes – the most valuable and prestigious race of the year.

For afterwards, experience the glitz and glamour at the end of Summer party hosted by the Grammy winning singer/songwriter, Jess Glynne. Dance the night away at what promises to be a ‘chart-busting celebration to remember’.

Tickets from £40 | £25 for U18.

Royal Windsor Racecourse, Windsor | Saturday 28th August | Gates open 14.20 | Last Race 19.30

The Duke of Cambridge – Open Air Cinema

Enjoy movies in the meadow and all of your picnic favourites at the Open Air Cinema Experience at this local family-friendly village pub in Tilford. With classic films screening back-to-back all day, you can relax knowing there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Food & drink will be served throughout the day with the option of booking garden tables. See the film schedule below.

Friday – Harry Potter, Scoob, Grease and Mamma Mia

Saturday – Minions, SING, The Greatest Showman and Dirty Dancing

Sunday – The Greatest Showman, Tom and Jerry, Grease and Bohemian Rhapsody

Monday – Mary Poppins Returns and Trolls

Tickets from £15 for adults | £8 for children. 

The Duke of Cambridge, Tilford | Friday 27th – Monday 30th August | 10am – 10pm

Goodwood August Bank Holiday presented by NOW

Enjoy a day at the races with the whole family as NOW presents the one and only Three Friday Night epic takeover. Dance the night away as the ‘King of Ibiza’, Carl Cox, lights up the parade ring after an evening of thrilling racing.

On Saturday and Sunday, you can enjoy a variety of entertainment suitable for the whole family, from traditional fairground rides, a petting farm, donkey rides to face painters, live music and circus

Tickets from £40 | Suitable for children accompanied by an adult | Children under 12 go free. 

Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester | Friday 27th – Sunday 29th August

Wokingham Festival

Eat and drink your way around a variety of international street food vendors and pop-up bars at the independent festival run by the community, for the community.

Enjoy a selection of excellent live music with an eclectic mix of local, national and international artists. The line-up includes The Skangsters, Unikque, Wille & The Bandits and Silent Disco by CraigGazey.

This local festival is the perfect choice for a relaxed weekend with the family with a variety of entertainment provided for the little ones, including a circus scene, spider mountain and face painting.

Tickets from £10 | Book in advance to save £3. 

Twyford Road, Wokingham | Saturday 28th – Monday 30th August

The Late Summer Market at Basing House

This outdoor Summer Market is the perfect family outing in the stunning setting of Basing House. You can enjoy Morris dancers and a live sax band, as well as, browse craft and gift market stalls.

There’s plenty of activities to suit all with traditional fete competitions and the Mills Cottage Farm animal display. You can also explore the grounds and ruins of Basing House and stop for a cream tea at the Bothy Tea Room.

Tickets from £2.50.

Basing House, Basingstoke | Sunday 29th – Monday 30th August | 11am – 4pm 

Edenbridge & Oxted Agriculture Show

Celebrate the country way of life at the local Agriculture Show in Lingfield filled with competitions, demonstrations and displays all weekend. Experience close up encounters with animals of all sizes, from pets, poultry, horses, dogs, falconry to ferrets, bees and bats.

Enjoy a taste of the countryside with locally produced food and drink concessions, along with, trade shopping stands, from handmade crafts and gifts, clothing for leisure and country pursuits, to products and services for homes, gardens and pets.

Tickets from £18 | Free entry for children up to 15 years.

Ardenrun Showground, Tandridge Lane, Lingfield | Sunday 29th – Monday 30th August

The Boileroom

Discover emerging diverse, national and local artists at the award-winning venue in Stoke Fields, Guildford. A venue that’s renowned for creating an inclusive space for all to enjoy talented artists across all genres of contemporary music.

During bank holiday weekend, you can choose from three gigs, with ‘The Wandering Hearts’: the UK’s popular folk-Americana band performing on the Friday, ‘The Professionals’: an English punk rock band performing on Sunday and ‘Katy J Pearson’: a West Country alternative pop songwriter performing on Monday.

Tickets from £17 | Aged 14 and over only.

The Boileroom, Stoke Fields | Friday 27th – Monday 30th August | 7pm till late
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