The August bank holiday is almost here and it’s the perfect excuse to end the summer holidays in style before the kids head back to school.
And as it’s the last one we’re getting before Christmas , you might want to make it count – especially if you’re running low on annual leave.
Of course there will be plenty of top events and activities for the family , but sometimes a long weekend can be just the thing for a family break; and if you haven’t planned anything yet, the good news is that it’s not too late to snap up a bargain getaway this weekend.
Not only are there some great last-minute deals, but there are plenty of ways to snap up a cheap staycation to mark the last of the summer holidays.
Check out our guide below…
1. Cadbury World and hotel stay from £163 per family
Always wanted to treat the kids to a trip to Cadbury World, but don’t live close enough to justify the journey?
SuperBreak is offering up a hotel stay and tickets to the chocolate bonanza, with prices from £163 for a family of four.
The package includes an overnight stay at the 3-star Cobden Hotel, as well as day admission to Cadbury World. Valid for a 25th August arrival. You can find out more on the SuperBreak website .
2. Theme park short breaks
Theme parks don’t exactly have a reputation for being budget-friendly, but that doesn’t mean you need to break the bank.
Instead of day tickets, it’s worth looking out for short breaks as these often come with extra perks such as a second day for free in the park, a hearty breakfast in the morning, extra hours in the park not to mention stays in the on-site themed hotels.
3. London mini break with tickets to Wicked from £140pp
Treat yourselves to a mini getaway in London complete with a trip to the West End.
Based on Gregory Maguire’s novel, the story follows witches Glinda and Elphaba on an adventure to find their destiny in the magical Land of Oz.
SuperBreak is offering an overnight stay at the 3-star Royal National Hotel, including stalls tickets to see Wicked at the Adelphi Theatre – all from £140 per person. Valid for a 25th August arrival. You can find out more on the SuperBreak website .
4. Luxury spa break from £115pp
Lastminute.com currently has a deal on The Spa at Tylney Hall Hotel with prices from £115pp for an overnight break.
That includes a stay in a double room, choice of one 30-minute spa treatment, a full English breakfast the following morning and full use of the health suite facilities (including the gym, pools, whirpool, sauna and tennis courts). You can find out more on Lastminute.com .
Looking for more spa break inspiration? Check out our round-up of the UK’s best spa hotels .
5. Edinburgh Fringe Festival breaks
The festival officially ends on the 27th August meaning you could still get to the Scottish capital in time to catch some of the action.
Never been to the city before? We’ve got a handy guide to Edinburgh including the best cheap hotels, restaurants and attractions not to miss while you’re there.
easyJet currently still has flights from London with available seats – return fares start from £140pp .
6. Weekend breaks from £249 for the whole family
Parkdean Resorts is currently offering a host of deals for the August bank holiday weekend dates with prices from £249 for the whole family.
Destinations on offer range from Cornwall to Scotland, so there’s bound to be somewhere near you if you’re looking to make the most of the free day of annual leave and enjoy a long weekend with the kids.
You can find out more on the Parkdean Resorts website .
Find more cheap UK breaks for the August bank holiday
Whether you’re looking to explore a new city, enjoy a countryside break with the kids or hit the seaside, there are plenty of ways to have a long weekend that doesn’t break the bank.
Check out our round-ups of the best offers and discounts below.