It all depends on which camp you sit in – do you approach the last and longest weekend of August with sadness because of September’s back-to-work vibe, or do you embrace it knowing that the kids who’ve been under your feet for the best part of seven weeks will soon return to school?
Whatever you’re feeling, sitting at home is not an option. Bank Holiday Weekends are rare and precious treats and there’s all manner of things to do up and down the country, whether you’re single, married, with kids or retired.
British bank holidays are public holidays and have been recognised since 1871. The name Bank Holiday comes from the time when banks were shut and so no trading could take place. For the millennials amongst you, there wasn’t even internet banking then!
And while there are eight permanent bank and public holidays in England, Wales and Scotland, we should all be envious of Northern Ireland which treats their workers to 10.
So what to do? If uniform shopping isn’t on your radar, and nor should it be, here’s a quick guide to some Bank Holiday fun.
TimeOut, as ever, should be your first port of call for London happenings. It’s guide – http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/top-10-things-to-do-this-august-bank-holiday – is a whistle-stop tour of the capital, packed with treats for everyone and every budget.
From the Notting Hill Carnival to the Southbank Festival of Love, they’ve got it covered.
Of course, if you’re outside the Big Smoke, then why not show your support at the Bog Snorkelling Championships in Wales (http://www.green-events.co.uk/events.html?page=2&id=57) or head across to the North West and take your choice between Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend or the Bolton Food and Drink Festival (http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/august-bank-holiday-2016-manchester-11757023).
So it doesn’t matter whether you’re celebrating or commiserating, make this a Bank Holiday to remember!