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If you’ve not booked your summer holiday yet, how about an August event to inspire you? There are still plenty of holiday rentals with availability, so whether you want to go to a music festival in Wales or a food festival in Derbyshire, booking a place nearby these August events is a breeze.
The British summertime is shaping up to be a scorcher this year, so who needs Greece or Spain when you can enjoy a sunny staycation? Choose from coastal cottages, light and airy apartments, rentals with pools and much, much more. Combine your stay with one of these amazing August festivals and you’ve got all the makings of a perfect holiday!
When: 2 – 5 August 2018
The award-winning festival is powered by sun, wind and people! Situated just outside the town, high above the Wye Valley, the Green Gathering festival site affords spectacular views across the Severn estuary. The neoclassical ruins of Piercefield House provide an atmospheric backdrop to the festival, and the surrounding countryside and woodland – complete with standing stones, caves and local legends – is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With outdoor stages hosting music, spoken word, permaculture and crafts, and skillshares from renewable power to thatching workshops, this August festival is definitely worth going on holiday for!
When: 3 – 27 August
The Edinburgh International Festival is an unparalleled celebration of the performing arts. Committed to virtuosity and originality, the International Festival presents some of the finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre for three weeks in August. Compelling, exciting and often surprising, the International Festival is, quite simply, an unmissable experience. And as there are so many fantastic rentals to choose from in Edinburgh, you won’t need to miss any of this August event.
When: 3 – 4 August
Celebrate the best of country sporting life at this year’s Highland Field Sports Fair.
The 41st annual, family-friendly event will be held in the scenic grounds of Moy Hall. Field events and competitions will take place throughout both days and include clay pigeon shooting, small bore rifle shooting and archery. There’s a packed main ring programme and plenty of have-a-go events for beginners of all ages! And to top it off, there’s an array of independent traders and crafters, and a food hall to tempt the taste buds!
When: 4 – 5 August
World cuisine, artisan gin, European cheese, real ale, Argentinian dance, hotpod yoga and live music are just some of the delights on offer at this exciting festival. But the fun doesn’t stop there! Children will be kept entertained all day with ball pools, a bouncy castle, face painting, and a penalty shootout, and on the Saturday evening, the whole family can enjoy a spectacular firework display to finish the festival. And the icing on this very delicious cake? The event is free and is set in the beautiful surroundings of Queens Park.
When: 4 – 5 August
If you thought life in the Iron Age might have been a wee bit dull, you’re in for a shock! Come to the Scottish Crannog Centre for two days of prehistoric food, plants and herbs, bronze-casting, Gaelic singing, logboats, pottery, wire jewellery, fire-making, lathes and stone-drills. Plus, there’ll be demonstrations of stone-carving with David McGovern, textiles with Debbie Zawinski, blacksmithing with Lyndon Carson, leather tanning with Peter Ananin and spoon carving with Jon Mac. There’ll also be Crannog leather bag making workshops with Hamish Odinson, and children’s whittling and carving workshops with Julie Durkacz.
When: 5 – 6 August
30,000 people, 300 exhibitor stands, 320 trophies and £88,000 in prize money… This fantastic event is the biggest two-day agricultural show in Scotland! Classes range from the best cattle, sheep and horses, through to working dogs, poultry and vintage vehicles. Main ring entertainment on the Sunday is a mobile pageant and Devana Dog Agility Display, and on the Monday, a spectacular Heavy Horse Turnout display. Don’t miss the food marquee where you can sample some of Scotland’s best produce, or take the children along to Old MacDonald’s InFARMation and try your skills at Scotty’s Circus Workshop. For more information, please visit www.turriffshow.org
When: 10 – 12 August
This fun-filled knees-up is so much more than just a beer festival! Now in its fifth year, the festival has grown and developed, enabling the organisers to bring you an epic couple of days surrounded by beautiful countryside. Expect an exciting range of beer, cider, rum, gin, prosecco, great live music and mouth-watering street food! Kids will love it here too, as activities include bouncy castles, soft play, a magician, ice cream and much, much more. So if you’re looking for a family holiday in August, how about kicking it off at the Banchory Beer Festival?
When: 10 – 12 August
This August the Devon Street Food Festival will return to Ilfracombe for a glorious weekend of fantastic fresh food and delicious drinks. Taking place from 12 -10pm daily, an outstanding array of different food will be on offer, from sizzling Souvlaki and gooey gourmet mac ’n’ cheese, to mouthwatering Moroccan tagine and sensational smoked meats. Hungry visitors will be able to enjoy a range of amazing food from all over the world, alongside an ice-cold pint of beer or a fresh zesty Mojito courtesy of the Pop Up Bar Hire Company. If you’re already feeling peckish, why not book a break nearby to make the most of this tempting festival?
When: 23 – 28 August
Nestling on the Powys/Herefordshire border, the Presteigne Festival has become a focal point for those seeking “musical nourishment and artistic discovery” in the beautiful surroundings of the Welsh Marches. With a truly forward-looking outlook, the organisation works closely with composers and artists to create inspiring events for an ever-widening festival audience. Expect a fresh mix of contemporary works, carefully balanced with twentieth century classics. The Presteigne Festival’s six music-filled days span the August Bank Holiday period, so it’s a great event to incorporate into your summer holiday in Wales.
When: 24 – 26 August
This fabulous August festival is a three-day celebration of great food and drink, located in a beautiful tented village on the pier in Donegal town. Throughout the weekend, there’ll be cookery demonstrations by celebrity and local chefs, gin, beer and cocktail masterclasses, a fireworks display over Donegal Bay, live music and street entertainment. With 130 renowned exhibitors being showcased, you can meander the stalls, sample the food and meet the producers of some of the finest food and drink. For more information, please visit www.atasteofdonegal.com