Explore our August bank holiday checklist

The August Bank Holiday Checklist

Since it’s the last special occasion of the summer, making the most of your August bank holiday is a must. Come rain or shine, you’re going to want to enjoy what precious time you have left before the kids go back to school.

From taking a trip to your local beach to hosting a BBQ and bringing out the paddling pool, we have plenty of family-friendly suggestions to ensure that this bank holiday is one to remember.

The Last BBQ

You simply can’t beat a BBQ on a bank holiday weekend. Whether you choose to keep it a small family affair or invite friends and neighbours around, it’s a great excuse to enjoy good food and even better company.

While you might have been barbequing
all summer long, the bank holiday gives you some extra time to impress guests. From experimenting with different marinades to making new salads and ice lollies for kids, the memories of this special event will help keep you warm even when the seasons change.

Grab your apron and bring out the burgers: it’s time to BBQ!

Get cooking with a gas BBQ

Make sure you've got a colourful towel if you're heading to the beach


If you haven’t managed to make it to your local beach yet this summer, the bank holiday weekend is the time to ensure it happens. To make a real day of it, prepare a picnic lunch and pack up the car with a picnic rug, beach towels and swimwear (if you’re brave enough!)

There’s also no need to panic if the weather doesn’t go to plan. Simply dress your little ones in wellies and raincoats for an exciting wet and windy adventure at the beach.

A Night
Under The Stars

For a budget-friendly family vacation that doesn’t involve a lot of fuss, why not try camping? Not only is this activity an ideal way to end the school holidays, but you and your kids can explore nature before having to go back to normal routines.

Luckily, you don’t need to travel far for a night under the stars. Just set up a tent or tepee in your own back garden to be close to home comforts.

Enjoy a night under the stars with a cosy tent

Enjoy outdoor dining with a 6 piece patio set

Garden Time

If you’ve spent a lot of time and energy preparing your garden for summer, you’re going to want to appreciate it at every opportunity. From enjoying an al fresco breakfast on your patio furniture to creating a cosy corner with outdoor lighting, there are plenty of ways to celebrate your hard work in the garden.

One fantastic garden addition to occupy little ones is to set up a paddling pool. Keeping them entertained for hours, you can sit back and relax while they splash away with siblings and friends.

With the bank holiday just around the corner, it’s also time to start shopping for back to school. To make sure your kids are prepared for the new school term, browse our great-quality school uniform collection, including school shoes for girls and boys, school shirts, gingham dresses and school blazers.