The summer getaway is one of the high points of the year, something we look forward to throughout the long winter months. But somehow it always sneaks up without warning, and before we know it we're planning for a last minute break.
If you are wondering whether there is anywhere left to go this summer, we have put together a fantastic list of events for you to enjoy on your August bank holiday long weekend.
1. The Wind in the Willows
Take a long weekend in our cabins in Forest of Dean, and make sure you fit in time for a family day out at Sandford Parks Lido on Saturday 28 August. Pack a picnic and hop in the car for the short 45 minute drive to Cheltenham. Explore the gardens, enjoy an energetic afternoon in one of the UK’s largest outdoor swimming pools, complete with slides and children's pool and then get dressed ready for an evening's entertainment.
Spread out your blanket and settle back with a glass of wine to enjoy a fabulous adaption of the much loved classic tale, The Wind in the Willows. A wonderful end to your adventure for the whole family.
2. Cowal Highland Gathering
It may not be a bank holiday weekend in Scotland, but it's still the perfect time to visit the lochside location of Ardgartan Argyll. Enjoy an amazing family day at the Cowal Highland Gathering on 25 - 27 August, a picturesque 50 minute drive from your cabin.
Billed as the world's largest Highland Games, there's a full programme of events including the World Highland Dancing Championship, displays from the Xtreme Stunt Team and plenty of traditional Highland sports. Of course, this then leaves the rest of the bank holiday weekend to relax and explore the countryside from your cabin.
3. Operation Virus
Bring your detective skills to the fore in Operation Virus, running on Sunday 28 August and Monday 29 August in Bury St. Edmunds, a short drive from our Thorpe Forest location. In this unique challenge, you and your team have 60 minutes to solve a number of puzzles that allow you to locate a biological weapon and remove the threat posed by a mad scientist. A completely different way to spend the bank holiday, and a brilliant reason to gather your group of friends or family together for a break.
Once you've saved the world, take some time out to relax in your beautiful forest cabin, followed by a barbecue out on the decking before sinking into the hot tub. For the more active groups, Thorpe Forest is perfectly placed for cycling, hiking, and exploring.
4. North York Moors National Park
There are so many events on in the North York Moors National Park that it's difficult to name just one. Luckily, you can extend your bank holiday weekend into a week in our cabins at Cropton or Keldy and take full advantage of the programme. Take part in the first ever River Festival at Danby on 28 August or go on a Rock Pool Rummage with a ranger at Robin Hood's Bay on 2 September, where you'll discover more about the amazing creatures that live in the rock pools along our coastlines.
5. Graze Festival
End the summer in style with a day packed full of music, arts and food at Hampshire's Graze Festival. A wonderful day for families or groups, the festival is in Twyford, Winchester, just a short distance from Blackwood Forest, where you can spend the weekend in style and wash away the festival face paint before exploring the natural setting of the forest surroundings.
6. Cornwall Folk Festival
If you're a fan of cider, then the Cornwall Folk Festival is the place you want to be this August bank holiday. With music from national and international folk musicians, get your dancing shoes on before refreshing yourself with local cider brewed in the traditional way by Haywood Farm. Head back to your forest cabin at Deerpark, just 40 minutes' drive away, to enjoy a quieter end to the weekend.
Forest Holidays locations are perfectly located throughout the United Kingdom so that whether you are after a short break over the August bank holiday, or feel like fitting in a full week before the return to school, you'll be sure to find an adventure waiting for you.