Falling over 27th-29th of August, the bank holiday is the perfect opportunity to make the most of the summer sunshine before the Autumn months loom ahead. As tempting as it is to binge watch that new series you’ve been saving, or to catch up on some well needed sleep there are loads of great things going on around the country that you won’t want to ignore. So get prepared and start planning your fun filled long weekend!

Whether it’s a beach in the city, some 50s nostalgia or a weekend filled with music, here’s our pick of some events that you don’t want to miss out on.

Beach East

Beach East is the UK’s largest urban beach featuring tonnes of sand, a paddling pool, rides and bars. It’s closing party happens to be over the bank holiday weekend, so grab your bikini and get yourself down to East London to soak up the last of the summer sun. With performances and dance alongside live music, it’s fun for the whole family.

Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford

When: 23rd July – 4th September

How much: £2

Website: www.beacheast.co.uk

Leeds Festival

Leeds Festival in West Yorkshire is known for its diverse line up of bands and DJ’s. Falling over the bank holiday weekend, it’s the perfect time to let your hair down without having to take any time off work. This year find Biffy Clyro, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Foals heading the bill, alongside many other great acts.

Where: Bramham Park, Leeds

When: 26th – 28th August

How much: £213 + booking fee with weekend camping

Website: www.leedsfestival.com

Edinburgh Fringe

Edinburgh Fringe festival holds over 3,000 events across the Scottish capital in August. Feel inspired by talks, plays and concerts in historic venues throughout the city. With a wide range of shows on over the bank holiday weekend, you’re bound to find something you’ll love.

Where: Venues across Edinburgh

When: 5th – 29th August

How much: Ticket prices for each event vary

Website: www.edfringe.com

Goodwood’s Bank Holiday Meeting

These Bank Holiday Meetings at historic racing venue Goodwood in West Sussex are filled with retro themed fun. With live music and traditional fairground rides including a vintage Big Wheel, helter-skelter and merry-go round, this event is nostalgic entertainment for the whole family. Don’t miss the fireworks display on the Friday night!

Where: Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester

When: 26th – 28th August

How much: From £10-£35 per day depending on booking

Website: www.goodwood.com

Sensational Butterflies

Enjoy an educational experience over the long weekend with Sensational Butterflies at the Natural History Museum in London. Get up close with free flying moths and butterflies from all around the world, and learn interesting facts about each exotic species. A great day out that both adults and children will enjoy.

Where: Natural History Museum, South Kensington

When: 24th March – 11th September

How much: £5.85 per person/£19.80 for a family ticket

Website: www.nhm.ac.uk