10 awesome events this August

1st August 2019

Summer is in full swing and the biggest and most exciting events are setting the tone around Britain.

From festivals to exhibitions and everything in between, discover some of this month’s most amazing and fun-packed events. Whether you’re planning a staycation or your bank holiday weekend, don’t miss out on the fun and buy your train tickets now to get best deals.

Fringe Festival

© Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

The biggest celebration of arts and culture on the planet is back and it comes with thousands of performances across hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh. With theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, spoken word and exhibitions, let yourself be amazed and entertained.

Closest station: Edinburgh
When: Until 26th August


Calvin Harris, Fatboy Slim, Afrojack, The Chemical Brothers, deadmau5, Martin Garrix, Tiësto and Tchami are just a few of the electronic music legends to grace the stages at Creamfields this year. Whether you’re into the whole camping scene or just want to stay the day, get your festival gear ready as you soak up the music and enjoy the vibes.
Closest station: Liverpool Lime Street or Runcorn or Warrington
When: 22nd – 25th August

Manchester Pride

Pride month may be over but the celebrations across the nation are still going strong. With events running throughout bank holiday weekend, the festival will feature performances from Ariana Grande, Years & Years and Cheryl to name a few. In addition to the parade, dance the night away in parties all around the Gay Village and take a moment to remember those less fortunate at the candlelit vigil.

Closest stations: Manchester Piccadilly or Manchester Oxford Road
When: 23rd – 26th August

In Real Life, Olafur Eliasson- TATE Modern

This hotly anticipated exhibition has finally opened and it even comes with 2FOR1 when you go by train. Filled with interactive and captivating installations, see natural phenomena such as rainbows, and play with the way you perceive the world through shadows and reflections.  

Closest station: London Blackfriars or London Bridge
When: Until 5th January

Chihuly at Kew

For a limited time only, the world’s most celebrated contemporary glass artist, Dale Chihuly, has brought his unique art installations to the stunning backdrop of Kew Gardens. In a major exhibition of his work and featuring pieces never seen before in the UK, discover the perfect combination of art, science and nature with 2FOR1 when you go by train, as the dazzling sculptures transform the gardens and glasshouses.
Closest station: Kew Bridge
When: Until 27th October

Mayfield Lavender Farm

You’re not dreaming, it’s not the south of France, it’s Surrey! Wander round a sea of purple flowers as you reconnect with nature and hear the buzzing sound of the bees. Have a snack in the café, go on a tractor ride and discover their shop where you can buy your very own lavender plant and shop their lavender toiletries and culinary treats.

Closest stations: Sutton or Cheam
When: Until 1st September

The Monster! Bouncy Castle World

At 300 metres long, the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course is bigger, better, bouncier and more bonkers than ever before. Take on over 40 obstacles including the 18-metre “Mega Slide”, the mind-blowing “Exterminator” and the terrifying “House of Hell”. New for 2019 is Drag Queen Karaoke, Wheel of Glitter and for the over 18s, Boozy Bingo and Mega Beer Pong.
Closest station: Birmingham International
When: 16th – 20th August

Winchester Farmers’ Market

With up to 90 stalls, discover this award-winning market and the fabulous produce it brings. From bakeries to organic grocers and dairies to butchers, find affordable, delicious and great quality food and drink all from the Hampshire area.

Closest station: Winchester
When: The second and final Sunday of each month. 11th and 25th August

Earth Story at Eden Project


Discover the evolution of life as we know it through giant beasts, mind-blowing virtual reality, incredible stories and interactive exhibits. Take a journey through Earth’s astonishing past, precarious present and future as you find inspiration in projects and people working to save wildlife around the world.

Closest station: Par
When: Until 3rd September

Notting Hill Carnival

The August bank holiday is almost here which can only mean one thing for London: one of the world’s largest street carnivals is back. Celebrate Caribbean heritage with a costume-clad parade, dancing, food vendors and a steel band music competition in the streets of Notting Hill.

Closest stations: Paddington or Shepherd’s Bush
When: 24th – 26th August


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