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The main events set to brighten up the Bank Holiday in Britain


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Bank Holiday revellers will be spoilt for choice this weekend – with everything from steam fairs to colourful carnivals taking place across the UK.   

But those enjoying the long weekend may need to prepare for a chilly start, as the country is set to say goodbye to its sweltering summer.

The Met Office has warned the mornings will be particularly chilly as a cold front brings in cooler air from the Atlantic – and there may even be a touch of frost overnight.

But it’s not all bad news – Saturday will see plenty of sunshine for most, with temperatures reaching 18 or 19C.

Reading Festival early birds were still smiling as they carried heavy bags of camping equipment along the River Thames

The festival, which also has a site in Bramham Park, Leeds, begins on Friday - with hundreds of acts across eight stages

The festival, which also has a site in Bramham Park, Leeds, begins on Friday – with hundreds of acts across eight stages

Music lovers at the festival will see headline performances from Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Kendrick Lamar, and Kings of Leon

Music lovers at the festival will see headline performances from Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Kendrick Lamar, and Kings of Leon

For those prepared to risk the weather, Reading and Leeds Festival kicks off on Friday with headline sets from Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Kendrick Lamar and Kings of Leon.

Excited festival-goers were pictured arriving to the two sites at Bramham Park, Leeds and Richfield Avenue, Reading yesterday towing backpacks, and even sleds, full of camping gear.

The annual festival takes place over three days, with hundreds of acts performing over eight stages.

Some well-prepared revellers even came with suitcases and trolleys as they carried their supplies to the Richfield Avenue site

Some well-prepared revellers even came with suitcases and trolleys as they carried their supplies to the Richfield Avenue site

But Reading and Leeds Festival isn't all about the music - and it's famous for a bustling night life

But Reading and Leeds Festival isn’t all about the music – and it’s famous for a bustling night life

But the event, which is often a wash-out, is also famous for its nightlife – with a fairground, DJ booths, and even a silent disco on site.

Tickets for this year’s Reading Festival are sold out, but there are still plenty of day and weekend passes available for its northern sister.  

If you’re looking to blow off steam in a calmer atmosphere, the Great Dorset Steam Fair will be in full swing at South Down Farm in Blandford until Monday.

The Great Dorset Steam Fair (pictured) will also be in full swing this Bank Holiday Weekend

The Great Dorset Steam Fair (pictured) will also be in full swing this Bank Holiday Weekend

The fair, at South Down Farm in Blandford, will be in place until Monday, and has an exhibition of vintage tractors

The fair, at South Down Farm in Blandford, will be in place until Monday, and has an exhibition of vintage tractors

The four-day even boasts dozens of attractions, including 'The Haunting' (pictured) - a sculpture made of scrap metal by artist Martin Galbavy

The four-day even boasts dozens of attractions, including ‘The Haunting’ (pictured) – a sculpture made of scrap metal by artist Martin Galbavy

The National Heritage Show, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary, opened its doors to hundreds of railway enthusiasts today.

The four-day event boasts dozens of attractions, including a vintage tractor exhibition – and even the opportunity to see them at work.

There is also live music and variety shows, and a daily parade of classic cars to bring back memories of the 1950s and 60s.

The National Heritage Show this year celebrated its 50th anniversary, with hundreds of railway enthusiasts due to attend

The National Heritage Show this year celebrated its 50th anniversary, with hundreds of railway enthusiasts due to attend

There is also a daily vintage car parade, with stunning vehicles from the 1950s and 1960s making an appearance

There is also a daily vintage car parade, with stunning vehicles from the 1950s and 1960s making an appearance

Masterchef finalists Billy Wright and Jack Layer are putting on a dining experience to remember with their ‘The Murdér Express’ show.

Visitors are invited to visit Pedley Street Station in Bethnal Green for an Agatha Christie-inspired dinner and show. 

The experience, curated by the Masterchef veterans, is available until September 22. 

Preparations are also well underway for the Notting Hill Carnival, which takes place in the neighbourhood from Friday.

Properties in Notting Hill have been boarded up ahead of the Notting Hill Carnival which takes place this Bank Holiday Weekend

Properties in Notting Hill have been boarded up ahead of the Notting Hill Carnival which takes place this Bank Holiday Weekend

The colourful street party celebrates the cultural diversity of those in the Notting Hill area over multiple days

The colourful street party celebrates the cultural diversity of those in the Notting Hill area over multiple days

Visitors can expect a steel band music competition at Emslie Horniman's Pleasance Park on the Saturday of the festival

Visitors can expect a steel band music competition at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park on the Saturday of the festival

The colourful street party continues until the Bank Holiday Monday, and aims to celebrate the cultural diversity of the area.

Visitors can expect a steel band music competition complete with street food and dancing at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance park on the Saturday of the carnival.

A grand finale on Monday will include the traditional Notting Hill Parade, with dancing and street performances along the way.

But plan your visit to Notting Hill well – travel to and from the carnival is expected to be extremely busy.  

The Grand Finale Notting Hill street parade will paint the streets of the neighbourhood with bright colours on Monday (pictured, Notting Hill carnival last year)

The Grand Finale Notting Hill street parade will paint the streets of the neighbourhood with bright colours on Monday (pictured, Notting Hill carnival last year)

Dancing, street performances, and steel bands are also expected to entertain visitors across the weekend in Notting Hill

Dancing, street performances, and steel bands are also expected to entertain visitors across the weekend in Notting Hill

But visitors to the festival have been warned to plan their visit carefully, as all travel routes are expected to be busy

But visitors to the festival have been warned to plan their visit carefully, as all travel routes are expected to be busy

A week-long festival dedicated to everyone’s favourite outlaw begins on Bank Holiday Monday, organised by the RSPB.

The Robin Hood Festival returns for its 34th year at Sherwood Forest, with storytelling, medieval music, and performances throughout.

Children are also welcome at this free medieval event, and can follow a trail through the forest to find the outlaw himself.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival also comes to a close this weekend – but there’s still plenty to keep revellers occupied over the Bank Holiday.

The festival, which began on August 3, is the largest arts festival in the world, taking place for three weeks every summer.

There are hundreds of acts to choose from, including variety shows, theatre performances, spoken word, and comedy sets.

The famed Edinburgh Fringe Festival comes to a close on Bank Holiday Monday - but there's still plenty to see in the last few days

The famed Edinburgh Fringe Festival comes to a close on Bank Holiday Monday – but there’s still plenty to see in the last few days

The largest arts festival in the world takes place over three weeks with thousands of performances (pictured, dance group Djuki Mala at this year's festival)

The largest arts festival in the world takes place over three weeks with thousands of performances (pictured, dance group Djuki Mala at this year’s festival)

There are hundreds of acts to choose from, including music, dance, spoken word, theatre, and acrobatic performers 

There are hundreds of acts to choose from, including music, dance, spoken word, theatre, and acrobatic performers 

The Extreme Sailing Series will visit Cardiff over the weekend for the seventh year running as part of the Cardiff Harbour Festival.

The enclosed bay provides the perfect vantage point for spectators to get a good look at stadium races.

There is even the chance for daredevils to get on board the flying GC32 catamarans during racing if you purchase an exclusive VIP package. 

Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend also takes place over this Bank Holiday weekend.

Pride Cymru's Big Weekend (pictured last year) will also take place over the Bank Holiday weekend - drawing crowds of 40,000

Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend (pictured last year) will also take place over the Bank Holiday weekend – drawing crowds of 40,000

Over 40,000 people are expected to attend in a technicolor celebration of equality on Cardiff’s City Hall Lawns from Friday afternoon.

The event will include a huge parade from city hall and past the Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle.

There will also be ‘entertainment spots’ along the extravagant parade, which will allow visitors to experience a whole host of entertainment throughout the weekend.

But if festivals aren’t your thing, the Knebworth Classic Car show is also on the books for this Bank Holiday weekend. 

Based at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire, the show will feature up to 1,000 classic and collectible motors each day. 

The Knebworth Classic Car show (pictured) is also on the books for this weekend, taking place on Sunday and Monday

The Knebworth Classic Car show (pictured) is also on the books for this weekend, taking place on Sunday and Monday

The show features thousands of classic and collectible motors in various exhibitions and parades across the jam-packed weekend

The show features thousands of classic and collectible motors in various exhibitions and parades across the jam-packed weekend

 

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