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Things to do across the UK in August

Aug 7, 2015

by Jenny Gresham handmade and vintage goods

What’s normally a jam-packed month filled with weddings, summer holidays and picnics (when it’s not raining of course), should you get a spare moment then here are my top five picks of things to do this month…

First up is the Isle of Wight annual Garlic Festival. Although I’ve never visited myself, I definitely thought it was worth a mention as I quite simply love garlic and I figured there were lots of other garlic lovers out there who would like to go too!

As I live in Camden, this was a no brainer. Taking place across the summer, Camden’s famed markets are staying open a little later than usual with DJ sets and tasty street food. Absolute bliss when all of the tourists will have moved on – plenty more space to explore! Read the full run-down here.

Whilst there, make sure to visit the Backyard Cinema where you can watch old movies all whilst enjoying a delicious Honest burger. For those have you that haven’t heard of Honest Burger, I can safely say that in my opinion this is the best burger in London.

Edinburgh Fringe is a must-do every year. An amazing arts festival in an incredible city that’s already bursting full of fun things to do. Why not stay in an Air BnB? There are so many beautiful ones dotted around.

Over the bank holiday weekend is Southsea’s (Portsmouth) Victorious Festival – it’s right by the seaside, looks super fun AND Basement Jaxx is playing – what more could you want? You can shop, you can eat and you can dance – tickets are still available but be quick!

If you’re in the Bristol area I highly recommend the Banksy Tour, see the sights of the city all and take in his incredible talent. Make sure to also head over to the Pear Cafe run by food writer Elly Curshen.

A last minute suggestion, but taking place right now is the Bristol Balloon Fiesta. An unmissable opportunity, if you’re not too far away be sure to look up into the sky and see the array of balloons in all shapes and sizes!

What have you got planned this month? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @EtsyUK!

Here’s more Etsy antics going on this August

Take a trip around the world with ‘Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust’
Alice in Wonderland 150th anniversary: UK events
Join Etsy at the WI Centennial Fair!


  • ChunkAtATime

    Fernando Eizaguirre from EizaArt said 4 years ago

    These will all be so fun

  • CjAliveindia

    Sam Jain from SamrudhiHandicrafts said 4 years ago

    Great article

  • damask20

    Diane Morrison from TheGoldNeedle said 4 years ago

    A good read. Never knew about the backyard cinema. Thanks for sharing.

  • samsbrowne

    Sam Browne from HandyMandyPurses said 4 years ago

    I'm going to the Southport Flower Show 20-23 August. The show gardens are great but my particular favourite is the Floral Art section - the theme this year is China and I'm looking forward to some great creative designs :)

  • createdbyhannah

    Hannah Stevens from HannahStevensShop said 4 years ago

    For Nottingham and East Midlands people there's the Bird In Borrowed Feathers Summer Market happening on the 29th & 30th August, right in the city centre! Around 50 local and national designers and crafters, plus local vintage sellers and food producers too. (Lots of people from the Nottingham Etsy Team too!) See more -

  • eldris

    Gaby Brereton from eldrisCREATIONS said 4 years ago

    I live near the Isle of Wight. I was wondering where that garlic smell was coming from ;P

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