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There are 5 weekends in August this year– how will you fill them?

What are you going to do with your bumper crop of weekends this August? Try some of these ideas, from family fun at the seaside to romantic getaways for two.

1st – 2nd August – Seaside family fun

For the first weekend of August, have a good old fashioned family seaside holiday - with a forest twist. Deerpark, although hidden in a forest valley, is just 10 minutes from the pretty fishing village of Looe where there is a safe bucket-and-spade beach and endless rock pools. On Saturday 1st August catch the Grand Carnival Procession, the exciting finale of the week-long Looe carnival.

Looe

8th-9th August – Outdoor adventures

If sunbathing by the pool is your idea of hell, head to the Forest of Dean for adventure instead. When you book your Forest of Dean cabin, sign up for some outdoor activities too, from climbing to caving to kayaking. Onsite, explore the forest and test your survival skills with the Forest Ranger. Still standing? Take a canoe down the river Wye, then hop on your mountain bike and tackle some tough forest trails.

At the end of a full day, we know you’re not the type to sit back and do nothing, so head up the road to Coleford Music Festival which runs from the 7th -9th August and is full of live music, workshops, stalls and street food.

15th-16th August – Dog days

Being a dog owner can put a dampener on your holiday. Of course you don’t want to leave your faithful friend behind but how do you find dog-friendly accommodation, beaches where dogs are welcome and activities that include dogs?

You’ve guessed it, Forest Holidays. May we suggest Thorpe Forest, with acres of woodland, streams and meadows for long dog walks. The coast is just over an hour away and there are many summer-long dog-friendly beaches. Burnham Overy Staithe in Norfolk is never crowded, even in August – might be something to do with the 2km walk to get there. In Suffolk try the mile-long beach to the north of Aldeburgh, between the Wentworth Hotel and Thorpeness. While you are over that way, enter your dog into the Fun Dog Show at nearby Blaxhall Village Hall on Saturday 15th August. Who knows, your pet pooch might win a rosette for most handsome dog, waggiest tail or best trick.

Burnham Overy Staithe

22nd-23rd August – Friends at the proms

Summer is the time to gather old friends or extended family and enjoy long lazy days together. Our cabin locations are a great choice for these get-togethers. Pile into a Golden Oak Treehouse cabin, which sleeps up to 10, or book two or more neighbouring cabins. Enjoy walks in the wood, barbecues out on the decking and champagne in the hot tub. Head for Cropton and you can even use the fabulous new Pavilion rooms for your celebrations.

While you are up at Cropton (or Keldy) take the opportunity to head for the Proms Spectacular at Castle Howard on Saturday 22nd August. It promises to be a wonderful evening, celebrating 25 years of live music at Castle Howard. Pack your picnics, rugs and chairs and a generous amount of wine and enjoy a rousing celebration in the company of your favourite people.

Castle Howard

29th-31st August – Bank holiday romance

August goes out in style with a 3 day weekend. The question is, how to make the most of it? Families may well be looking ahead to September now, passing on the holiday baton to carefree couples. How about a Hideaway cabin for two, deep in Blackwood Forest? This luxury cabin is designed with romance in mind, complete with hot tub, hammock on the decking and a large, sunken bath for two! The romance continues with woodland walks, movie nights in your cabin and stargazing from your hot tub.

If you are to drag yourself away from all that luxury, it has to be for something special. Try plunging into the colour and energy of the Notting Hill Carnival which is on over the bank holiday weekend. London is just one hour away by train and is a fabulous contrast to the peace and quiet of the woods.