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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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Explore family-friendly attractions in Hampshire


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.

See top 10 rainy days out in Hampshire


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.

Explore outdoor activities in Hampshire


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

Find out more about sailing in Hampshire


August bank holiday events in Hampshire

CarFest


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

See August bank holiday events in Hampshire

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.

Find out more about glamping in Hampshire
 


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