The best August bank holiday festivals and events

Don’t waste your time off stuck indoors. Check out the best August bank holiday 2024 events and festivals here and secure your tickets.

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 21st Feb 2024

It's only a couple of months until Mondays start feeling like the best day of the week. That’s right we’re talking about bank holidays, especially one in particular that keeps us pushing through summer; the August Bank Holiday. Here at Skiddle, we rank Bank Holidays quite high, considering they're literally the best thing that has ever happened to the UK since Chinese takeaways, and while the August Bank Holiday may seem far away, there is nothing wrong with a bit of festival prep

Known as the best time in the year with the combination of the sun (when the UK weather is feeling generous), and a bucketload of bevs leading to a hangover can officially be a Monday problem (result!). So whether you're looking for just a one-day event or a Bank Holiday extension to get leathered; we've got you covered.

So let us kickstart the buzz, and get into the best August Bank Holiday festivals and events in 2024, that’ll have you scouring the UK. 




August Bank Holiday 2024 events


Tuff Groove 100th Birthday Party


Photo: Tuff Groove Recording/ Facebook

When: Saturday 24th August 2024

Where: The Lower Third in London

Want to be a part of a big celebration this August Bank Holiday? Well, look no further because Tuff Groove Recordings is holding a birthday party for their 100th release and they're welcoming everyone to join. Based in The Lower Third in London, it'll be filled with all the best sounds of Hard House, with the company of some amazing guests. 

This will also be DJ Paul King's last ever event (for now), so if you want to get the chance to witness some heavy djing get yourself down to The Lower Third this August Bank Holiday. 


For more information on Tuff Groove 100th Birthday Party click - here



Back By Dope Demand 


Photo: Back By Dope Demand/ Facebook

When: Sunday 25th August 2024

Where: Impossible Manchester in Manchester

Sometimes the name speaks for itself, and with this event it definitely does. Held in the vibrant location of Impossible in Manchester, Back By Dope Demand is hosting a big 3 part party to kick the August bank holiday into full swing. With a bottomless brunch from 2pm - 5pm, followed by a rooftop party from 5pm - 10pm, then a Kable Club Bassment from 10pm - 4am to seal the night in. 

So if you're looking for the full package filled with banging food, unreal company, and the sound of Trance, Old Skool and 90s blasting through the speakers, then this might be the event for you. 


For more information on Back By Dope Demand click - here



Déjà vu presents 'The After Party'


Photo: Nick Manning/ Facebook

When: Sunday 25th August 2024

Where: 61 Bar and Venue in Taunton

We got any house music lovers in the building? Who we kidding of course we do, and we have an event that is going to be right up your alley for this August Bank Holiday. Heading down south for this one we've got Deja Vu events presenting a jam-packed after party filled with nothing but house bangers. 

With some talented DJs on the list to bring in the tunes, this is the perfect way to spend your Sunday, and even better tickets are crazy cheap right now so get them while you can!


For more information on Déjà vu presents 'The After Party' click - here 



Busted at Dreamland


Photo: Dreamland Margate/ Facebook

When: Friday 23rd August 2024

Where: Dreamland in Margate

Each year Dreamland brings out the full works for their Margate summer series and this year is no different, as they have no other than Busted crashing onto their Margate shores. Off the back of their 20th-anniversary tour, Busted will be on the Dreamland Margate stages bringing you all their best tunes from 'Year 3000' to 'What I Go To School For'. 

Plus with a bucket load of attractions from numerous food vans to fairground attractions, this is the perfect place to enter your fangirl era this August Bank Holiday.


For more information on Busted at Dreamland click - here 



Dave Pearce


Photo: Dave Pearce/ Facebook

When: Friday 23rd August 2024

Where: Unit Nine in Milton Keynes

Fridays never felt so good especially if you're in Milton Keynes beause there is only one place to be during this August Bank Holiday weekend and that's at Unit Nine because the one and only Dave Pearce is going to be on the decks brining you all the best trance and dance anthems. 

Known as an absolute legend in the DJ world, this is going to be a night remember as on the bill is a whole bunch of house classics from the likees of, Tiësto, Crystal Waters, Livin Joy, Groove Armada, Faithless, Fat Boy Slim, Daft Punk and so many more. So get your tickets and get down to Unit Nice to have  an ultimate selection of what a proper firday night looks like. 


For more information on Dave Pearce click - here



PARTY! PARTY! Boat party


Photo: Thames Boat Parties/ Facebook

When: Saturday 24th August 2024

Where: Westminster Pier in London

It wouldn't really be a bank holiday if we didn't mention at least one boat party. Happening on the Westminster Pier, one of London's best boat parties is making a return sailing all through the River Themes while blasting the best of pop and hip hop. From 7.30 pm to 6 am, the boat will be in full swing giving you plenty of time to not just party but also gaze on the stunning views of London. 

Best get them seasick tables out if you don't want to miss out on this one!


For more information on PARTY! PARTY! Boat Party click - here




August bank holiday festivals in 2024






When: Thursday 22nd - Sunday 25th August 2024 

Where: Darebury in Cheshire

As one of the biggest events happening on the August Bank Holiday, there is nothing that you would rather be doing than getting yourself down to Creamfields. As the wonderful festival that it is, Creamfields hits hard on the list it brings you everything you’d expect from a bank holiday weekend. 

With fairground attractions, a heavy lineup, and more than enough scenery to get any party-goer going this is the best place to be without worrying about them Sunday scaries the next day. And even better if you’re trying to keep it professional in the workplace, creams is in the most beautiful place possible meaning that you can opt for just saying you went for a really scenic walk that just happened to be surrounded by absolute bangers. 


For more information on Creamfields click - here



Moovin Festival



When: Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th August 2024

Where: Whitebottom Farm in Stockport

Big names, boomin' baselines, and boutique festivals in a bull field can only indicate one thing; movin festival is back and ready for business. With each year being an absolute dream, Movin festival has now become the place to be during the August bank holiday; and we couldn’t agree more. 

Based only a couple miles from Manchester, Movin Festival is based on the beautiful views of the eco-friendly Whitebottom farm in the stunning countryside in Campstall. Plus with their unmissable lineup, there is no doubt that this will be an event to look out for. 

You can secure weekend tickets or day tickets to enjoy Moovin, a fest known for its wholesome, chilled-out vibes. 


For more information on Moovin Festival click - here




Photo: Solfest/ Facebook

When: Thursday 24th - Sunday 27th August 2023

Where: North Lakes Country Park in Silloth, Cumbria

Returning for its 20th anniversary, Solfest is definitely a place to be during the August Bank Holiday. Classed as one of Cumbria's brightest and best music and arts festivals. Surrounded by a diverse range of stages that'll be filled with class artists to help you bring in all the summer vibes. Including, De La Soul, N-Trance, Utah Saints, The Wailers, The Bluetones, Dutty Moonshine Big Band and loads more.

Plus just when you couldn't think this festival couldn't get any more wholesome, Solfest is run by army volunteers, (things we love to see), who pride themselves on being one of the biggest independent festivals with a stunning view! With plenty of genre's to choose from, including reggae, indie, rock, folk, punk, and some sprinkles of hip-hop, DnB, and house, Solfest is here to hit every vibe you're looking for this August Bank Holiday.


For more information on Solfest click - here



Crooked House In The Park



When: Sunday 25th August 2024

Where: Venue TBA in Litchfield 

We try our best not to be too biased about certain festivals,  but with it being a Crooked House Event, it was super hard not too. Based in Litchfield, Crooked House In The Park is letting 2024 know it's back, and better than ever. And after a sell-out year last year, they're ready to bring in another one.

With 6 stages full of an array of genres from house, trance, UK garage, drum n bass, and reggae; with Mungo's Hifi ft Charlie P, Jam Jah SoundSystem, Milo Sadler and more as just some of the names headline their Rum and Reggae stage. Who's ready for a session of straight jammin'?

So get ready for mind-blowing visuals, fairground rides, stage of art sound, and 12 hours of non-stop madness. 


For more information on Crooked House In The Park click - here



MKF - Milton Keynes Festival 

Photo: Milton Keynes Festival/ Facebook

When: Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th August 2024

Where: Campbell Park in Milton Keynes

Another one for the August bank holiday is MKF, also known as Milton Keynes Festival, a 2 day event full of pure tribute acts. Though they get slated pretty hard on social media, the Concrete Jungle is taking a big win by providing you with all the best talents on their grounds of Campbell Park. 

Heavy on the rock, indie, metal, alternative, and pop rock genres there is a full spread of things to enjoy at the Milton Keys Festival. And even better it’s family-friendly, so now you don’t have to worry about finding a babysitter. With 30 live bands, 2 stages of music, food and beer stalls, and funfair attractions, it’s definitely worth checking out for those August Bank Holiday plans. 


For more information on MKF- Milton Keynes Festival click - here



Old Skool Neverland Festival


When: Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th August 2024

Where: Basingstoke

We've got something brand spanking new on the list here, and if you're a fan of hip hop, bassline and heavy UKG then this is going to be right up your street. Bringing all the legends that had us bopping our heads to some serious beats is,  Old Skool Neverland Festival. With their list full of everything we love about baseline to blast it through their speakers over 3 days in Basingstoke, and we couldn't be more gassed about this one. 

On the agenda for this banging Bank Holiday Festival is, Wiley, Romeo & Lisa Mafia, Luck and Neat, Artful Dodger, Big Brovaz, and plenty more. 


For more information on Old Skool Neverland Festival click - here



All Points East


Photo: All Points East/ Facebook

When: Friday 16th - Sunday 25th August 2024

Where: Victoria Park in London

We may be pushing it with this one, but as it runs through the Bank Holiday weekend, we couldn't not include it. Running over two weeks and stacked with an incredible lineup of artists is All Points East. Run by AEG who are also behind London's Summertime Hyde Park Festival, you know that this festival is one you can't miss out on.

From jazzy geniuses, Ezra Collective to lyrical legend Loyle Carner, Nas, Floating Points, Santie and so much more, including four free entry day, and community events known as 'In The Neighbourhood'. Mark your calendars for this banger.


For more information on All Points East click - here



Eastern Electrics


Photo: Eastern Electrics/ Facebook

When: Saturday 24th August 2024

Where: Morden Park in London

The August Bank Holiday is looking pretty busy, and we’ve got another event coming up that might make deciding that little bit harder. Back again in London, we've got Eastern Electrics Festival as they return for another unbeatable selection of all day music. 

Providing world-class underground DJs, and urban acts to bring some noise to their now 7 stages hosted by some iconic clubbing institutions. With high-quality production and hot sounds to (hopefully) match that scorching summer weather, this is an August Bank Holiday festival you'll want in your plans.


For more information on Eastern Electrics Festival click - here



Noughty 90s Festival Newcastle


Photo: Noughty 90s Festival/ Facebook

When: Saturday 24th August 2024

Where: Leazes Park in Newcastle Upon Tyne

Newcastle get ready for some big throwback energy this August Bank Holiday weekend because Noughty 90s festival is heading your way for a day of unmissable partying. With the highest level of unreal vibes buzzing throughout the day, Noughty 90s festival is the best day out for those looking to let loose in the sun. 

With a solid lineup from the likes of, B*witched, Daren Styles, Basshunter, East 17, Andy Whitby, Gareth Gates, Dan Harding and loads more! There will be three different stages; a pop stage, a dance stage, and Andy Whitby and friends giving you more than enough choice to enjoy two of the biggest decades!


For more information on Noughty 90s Festival click - here




With an extra day off to recover, it’s illegal to not get up to some fun over any bank holiday weekend. So grab your tickets and expect to have to weekend of your life!

If none of these events seems like your scene, there are so many more festivals and events over the summer bank holiday weekend to check out. From house and techno, EDM, trance and so many more!

Check out Skiddle's festival page to see what tickles your fancy!



Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.