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With summer in full swing, the end of August bank holiday weekend is definitely one to make the most of.

Get the best out of the long summer weekend with our guide to bank holidays events, places to visit, things to do, and bank holiday August breaks in Hampshire. 

Top August bank holiday days out in Hampshire

With a whole extra day to enjoy, the long weekend is a perfect time to explore Hampshire and you will be spoilt for choice with so many places to visit and things to do.

Hampshire is home to an abundance of amazing attractions for all ages. Choose from stately homes, theme parks, zoos, farms, museums, galleries, theatres, country parks, gardens, and many more. All you have to do is decide where you and your family or friends are going to visit first! 

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If the sun decides to shine, Hampshire’s coastline offers several beaches perfect for you to soak up the sun, and many perfect picnic spots.

Find out more about beaches in Hampshire

Read our blog on perfect places for a picnic in Hampshire

See our guide to the top 10 things to do on a sunny day out

We can’t guarantee great weather for the August Bank Holiday weekend, but there are some great options for rainy days out in the county.

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On a tight budget? You can still explore some of the fabulous, fun and free things to do in Hampshire. Check out our top 10 free days out in Hampshire guide here. 

Cycling Avington

August bank holiday outdoor activities in Hampshire 

Rain or shine, Hampshire has a whole host of outdoor activities to explore for all ages and abilities. 

You could experience stand-up paddleboarding, sail on the world-famous Solent, canoe up the Beaulieu River, go walking in Hampshire’s two National Parks, hit the mountain bike trails at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, or discover Hampshire’s popular road cycling routes.

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Hampshire is famous for its cycling, whether you are looking for long distance road cycling, mountain biking, or an off-road family bike ride. Visit our Cycling in Hampshire website for more information. 

Find out more about cycling in Hampshire

If you're looking to stretch your legs, you could discover the county on foot and enjoy walks or hikes through the scenic countryside of Hampshire's two National Parks or enjoy a stroll along the coast.

Find out more about walking and hiking in Hampshire 

With a gorgeous 230 miles of coastline along England’s sunny southern shores, Hampshire is a haven for watersports.  Within the county’s natural aquatic playground there are so many watersports to try, and the August bank holiday is a great time to dive right in and have some fun.

Read our blog about watersports in Hampshire

Try stand-up paddleboarding in Hampshire

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August bank holiday events in Hampshire


The August bank holiday weekend will see a jam-packed programme of exciting events including festivals, family fun, sporting events, and foodie events:

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Read our guide to the summer holidays in Hampshire

See our guide to summer in Hampshire

The Old Vine, Winchester

Best places to eat and drink in Hampshire

Hampshire is a county well known for its great selection of local producefine dining restaurants, friendly cafes, and cosy pubs. We’re proud of our fine food, from the exquisite dishes in our gourmet restaurants to the top-quality produce in our farmers' markets including fresh trout and watercress. You’ll find gastronomic delights in Hampshire all year round, at exciting food events and on foodie days out with the family. 

Go to our food and drink page here 

Read our blog on the best places to eat and drink outdoors  

See our guide to the best pub gardens in Hampshire 

Make a weekend of it – book an August bank holiday short break in Hampshire

Make the most of your visit by booking a night or two to stay in Hampshire.

Hampshire has a variety of places to stay – from quaint self-catering cottages to holiday centres and world-class hotels. If you are looking to get the family together or maybe treat them to a getaway – we are sure that you will find the perfect break in Hampshire.

The county is home to a scenic coastline, bustling cities and towns, two National Parks and an abundance of top family attractions, and August Bank Holiday is the perfect time to explore!

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August bank holiday camping in Hampshire

Looking to embark on a bank holiday camping adventure? Discover Hampshire’s many beautiful campsites over the long weekend, you’ll find woodland hideaways in the New Forest National Park and campsites nestled amongst the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park. If it’s camping by the sea you’re looking for? Hampshire is home to several campsites that offer a short walk to beaches along on the Solent coastline.

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For a bit more luxury with your camping, Hampshire is home to many gorgeous glamping sites offering all the excitement of camping but with a few more home comforts.

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Beaulieu, Home of the National Motor Museum
National Motor Museum at Bealieu

Beaulieu featuring the world famous National Motor Museum, Palace House home of the Montagu family and Abbey Ruins containing an exhibition of monastic life.

Carfest South
Carfest South

Carfest South will be returning to Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire this August. The 2,500 acres farm, near Overton, is owned by ex-racing driver and 1979 Formula 1 World Champion Jody Scheckter. Created by Chris Evans, to help raise funds for UK Children’s Charities, CarFest is the largest family fundraising festival in the UK.

Victorious Festival
Victorious Festival 2020

Victorious is a family friendly festival for music lovers, a stone’s throw from the sea. It’s a day festival located on the picturesque Southsea Seafront and takes place over August Bank Holiday Weekend.

50s & 60s Weekend at The Watercress Line
Show / Display
50s & 60s Weekend at The Watercress Line

Enjoy a taste of the great British summer holiday with the sights and sounds of the railway in the 50s and 60s at The Watercress Line.

Family Summer's End Concert at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens's Family Summer's End Picnic with Fireworks

Celebrate the end of the summer with the talented 75-piece orchestra and singers, Pops Incorporated UK. Internationally known having performed in Washington USA, Canada and Disney Land also the Royal Festival Hall London.

Outdoor Cinema: Mamma Mia 2! Here We Go Again at Chawton House
Mamma Mia 2!

Join Chawton House for an evening of summer fun on the South Lawn, with a screening of the 2018 box office hit Mamma Mia 2! Here We Go Again! Bring along a chair or picnic rug, find your perfect spot on the South Lawn and escape to the magical Greek island Kalokairi with this romantic comedy, inspired by the music of ABBA.

Sunset Chasers Paddling Tours with New Forest Activities
Water Based Activities
Sunset Chasers Paddling Tours with New Forest Activities

Bask in the warmth of a beautiful sunset on the Beaulieu River this summer with New Forest Activities. Chase the warm glow of the sun's last rays of the day as they settle on the river's calm waters.

Woodland Adventure Day with New Forest Activities
Outdoor Event / Activities
Woodland Adventure Day with New Forest Activities

A fantastic day of activities for all on a Woodland Adventure Day with New Forest Activities. During the morning you'll get the chance to light a fire, build a woodland shelter and learn all about the beautiful New Forest before testing your aim with a bow. In the afternoon you'll explore some of their woodland Low Ropes challenges before taking to the trees for your High Ropes adventure.

The Hundred: Southern Brave v Trent Rockets at The Ageas Bowl
Sporting Event
The Hundred: Southern Brave v Trent Rockets at The Ageas Bowl

The Hundred is the new 100-ball cricket competition, which started in the UK in 2021.

Hares of Hampshire
Outdoor Event / Activities
Hares of Hampshire art trail 2022 in Winchester and Southampton

In a spectacular public art event that will bound across the region for 10 weeks in the summer of 2022, Winchester and Southampton will be brought to life with a drove of Hares and their young Leverets sculptures, creating a free, fun, family-friendly trail of discovery for everyone to enjoy whilst exploring our great cities.

Awesome Archery at The Mary Rose Museum
Childrens Events
Awesome Archery at The Mary Rose Museum

Hit the target this summer! Being an archer on the Mary Rose required a lot of practice and strength. Tudors would learn archery from the age of 7! Come to the Mary Rose museum this summer and test your skills at our 'Have A Go' archery event!

Donkey Day at Exbury Gardens
Childrens Events
Meet, Pet & Ride Donkeys at Exbury Gardens

Back by popular demand, the lovely people from Kelly's Donkeys are returning to Exbury with their beautiful donkeys. You can choose to have a photo taken when you meet the donkeys or go for a gentle ride in the gardens.

Billy, the Sailor King at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Childrens Events
Billy, the Sailor King at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Join Portsmouth Historic Dockyard's storyteller and listen as they share tales of Billy, the Sailor King – Britain's only monarch who served in the Royal Navy.

Corgis Aboard! at Royal Navy Submarine Museum
Childrens Events
Corgis Aboard! at Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Join a storytelling special on the Royal Yacht featuring a rather mischievous corgi! Storytelling is a fun way to discover more about Royal Navy Submarine Museum's amazing collections, objects and people. All ages are welcome. Free with a valid ticket.

Steamship Shieldhall - One way trip from Southampton to Poole
Heritage & History
Steamship Shieldhall One way trip from Southampton to Poole

One way trip to Poole. Pass the cruise ship Celebrity Silhouette, and see the sights of Southampton Water, The Needles, Hengistbury Head and Poole Harbour, passing Brownsea Island and Sandbanks.

Petersfield Walking Festival
Petersfield Walking Festival

Do you enjoy a good walk in the countryside, a sedate evening stroll or perhaps need some encouragement to start walking? If so, come and join the inaugural Petersfield Walking Festival this August. It's an opportunity to explore new paths, kick start a walking habit, meet new people and to show off our stunning corner of the South Downs.