The power of 5. This year August will have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. It’s a quirk of the calendar that offers the promise of a long, lazy summer.
Whilst Facebook posts and Twitter trends would have us believe that this only happens roughly once in a millennium, the truth is rather more prosaic. The last time August had 5 weekends was just 6 years ago in 2008, and the next time will be in 2025.
Still, why wait for even 11 years? Let’s make hay while the sun shines in August 2014. And to help you harvest this bountiful crop of weekends. So book up and enjoy some of these events and activities while you’re with us.
The first weekend of August
Is this the bonus weekend or is it that the last one? Never mind, either way we’re off to Yorkshire where, on 3rd August it’s Moorfest. This celebration of the North York Moors National Park is a family day out, with face-painting, craft making and storytelling, and the Park Rangers are on hand to give you a flavour of their work. It’s ideally located for Cropton and Keldy, where you can practice some of the outdoor skills you have learnt.
The second weekend of August
Next, we’re heading to Sherwood Forest for the 30th Annual Robin Hood Festival which runs from 4th to 10th August at the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre. The infamous outlaw will be there with his merry men, and there’ll be jousting, eating, drinking and general all-round merrymaking.
Also nearby, start your Sherwood weekend at the atmospheric Clumber Park Outdoor Theatre. On Friday 8th August at 6.30pm it’s George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl.
The third weekend of August
Further south, the middle weekend in August can be spent beachcombing in Cornwall – at Looe, near Deerpark, there is the spectacle of the Merlin Rockets Sailing Championship. Over in Hampshire, and a short drive from Blackwood Forest, see prehistoric creatures come to life in the Rise of the Dinosaurs at Marwell Zoo in Winchester.
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At Thorpe Forest, for something completely different, how about the Norfolk Tank Museum’s Military Vehicle Weekend. Working Chieftain and Centurion tanks, BBQ, bouncy castles and even cakes and flowers – something for everyone!
The fourth weekend of August
Scotland awaits. It’s back to school north of the border by this stage, but hey- they can’t take your weekends off you. And of course, further south the holidays are still in full swing and a late break might be just the ticket.
From your base in Strathyre, catch the tail end of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the last performance of the Edinburgh Tattoo on 23rd August.
Another little gem, just 20 the minutes from Strathyre and less than an hour from Argyll, is Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival of Music (main picture), an intimate family friendly 3 day festival, beneath the ancient oak trees of the Cardross Estate, near Lake of Monteith in Stirlingshire. Live music, workshops for kids and adults, arts, crafts, delicious local food and drink and, in their own glorious words, “dancing and joy.”
The fifth weekend of August
A final fling before August, and the summer itself, is out. Down in the Forest of Dean, Jonathan’s Jungle Roadshow is in town at the Dean Heritage Centre, from 26th-31st August. It’s a chance to get up close and personal with snakes, spiders, bugs and beasts. Definitely recommended for everyone with a 10 year old boy in the family!
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Finally, see August out with a bang. The Edinburgh International Festival closes on 31st August with a spectacular firework display which you can watch before heading back to your cabin at Strathyre for a last glass of Pimms and a relaxing soak in the hot tub.
Whatever you you do and wherever you go, be our guest. Here’s to a fun filled August that will make 2014 a summer to remember forever -or at least for the next 11 years.