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Why You Should Visit England in August

By Alex Boag-Wyllie, Marketing Assistant
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See Off Summer in Style

August in England is a time of vibrant celebration and long, hazy days spent amidst nature. With the warmth of summer heavy in the air and an array of exciting events taking place across the country, it’s an ideal month to plan a visit. From the rolling hills of Yorkshire to the rugged coastline of Cornwall, England beckons with opportunities to immerse yourself in nature.

August is a month when lush greenery adorns the countryside. The scent of blooming flowers fills the air, inviting you to wander meandering trails and bask in the splendour around you. Whether exploring ancient castles, picnicking in sun-drenched meadows, or simply unwinding on a tranquil riverbank, August offers many opportunities to connect with nature.

But it’s not just the natural beauty that makes August in England so enchanting. The country’s cultural vibrancy is on full display during this time, with a calendar brimming with festivals, fairs, and events that showcase the diverse tapestry of English culture. From the vibrant festivities of Notting Hill Carnival to the unique Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, there’s something to captivate every imagination and ignite the spirit of adventure.

So, as the sun casts its golden glow over the English countryside, there’s no better time to heed the call of England’s beckoning charm. Read on to discover why August is a wonderful time to experience the charm of this captivating country.

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Summer Sun & Hours of Fun

The rolling green Yorkshire landscape on a bright, sunny day.

In August, England experiences pleasant weather, making it an inviting time for outdoor activities.

With maximum temperatures averaging around 21°C/70°F and minimum temperatures hovering around 12°C/53°F, August is slightly cooler than July.

While there are zero air frost days, with an average of 74.57mm of rainfall, it is the 5th wettest month of the year. Despite occasional rainfall, August boasts an impressive average of 180.78 hours of sunshine, the fourth highest of the year.

So whether you plan to hike an iconic English long distance trail or prefer a leisurely tour of the Cotswolds on an E-bike, the weather in England in August offers the perfect conditions.

August is Events Season

Image of a clear blue sky with dozens of hot air balloons taking off.

Hot Air Balloons

England is brimming with cultural and historical attractions that come to life. Read on to discover some of our favourite places to go in England in August.

Head west to Bristol to witness the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. First taking place in the late 1970s, the Fiesta is now Europe’s largest ballooning event. Held over three days, the Fiesta is free to attend. It promises an unforgettable sight as dozens of hot air balloons rise into the English sky at dawn and dusk.

Head into the Midlands to delve into history at the Bosworth Medieval Festival. The event commemorates the Battle of Bosworth Field. The battle marked the end of the turbulent Wars of the Roses as Henry Tudor defeated Richard III on 22nd August 1485. Expect battle reenactments, archery, and more as you immerse yourself in a pivotal moment in English history.

And don’t miss the Notting Hill Carnival, a vibrant celebration of Caribbean culture. Each August Bank Holiday weekend, the event lights up the streets of this part of London. First held in 1966, Notting Hill Carnival is an iconic part of the English event calendar in August.

 

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Festivals

Expanding to a second venue on the grounds of the opulent Holkham Hall in Norfolk is Gone Wild Festival. The original festival takes place at the historic Powderham Castle in Devon, and both events often take place in August. Former Royal Marines Officer Oli Mason founded the Gone Wild Festival in 2021. Partnered with survival expert Bear Grylls, this outdoor event is perfect for an adventure with family and friends.

Are you looking for a more conventional festival with a focus on wellness? Venture to the Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire. Here, escapism, bright colour, and wholesome adventure reign supreme. Immerse yourself in yoga workshops, long table banquets, and much more.

Whether you prefer to witness a unique balloon flight at dawn or dance through the night, England offers a wealth of experiences wherever you visit.

Things to Do in August

hree hikers walk in front of a quaint stone house and mill on a sunny day.

In August, England is alive with landscapes to explore, basking in the warm sun. Whether you prefer fossil hunting along England’s south coast or traversing the width of northern England by bike, the season is bursting with things to do.

The South

Head south of the country to experience the golden villages of this historic region basking in the glow of summer. Journey to the coast to enjoy a cooling sea breeze as the shimmering blue ocean ebbs and flows beneath rugged cliffs.

The North

Alternatively, head north to hike from coast to coast, crossing three unique national parks, alive with the magic of the season. Why not cross the border into Wales to witness ancient castles glowing in the bright sun or head out on a boat trip to see spectacular birds at play?

Whatever your adventure in England in August looks like, your ideal experience awaits.

August Snacks & Sightings

Corner of a wooden punnet of juicy plums.

August brings an abundance of seasonal delights for food enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Indulge in heat-loving crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, and chillies, which are at their prime this month. Savour fresher produce as you enjoy the perfect summer platter. August is the ideal time for beetroot, summer squash, and plums, to name just a few.

Venturing into the great outdoors, look out for house martins swooping after summer insects. Elsewhere, spot the green woodpecker, the UK’s largest woodpecker, and summer visitors like the hobby. Exploring along the coastline, pause to peer into rockpools teeming with life. Alternatively, wander through landscapes washed purple with blooming heather.

Discover England in August

August offers many experiences in England, from lively festivals and cultural events to culinary delights and opportunities to connect with nature. Whether seeking adventure, relaxation, cultural immersion, or all three, England invites you to embark on a memorable journey during this vibrant month. Plan your visit and discover why August is an ideal time to explore all that England has to offer.

Wilderness England Departure DatesAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
Self Guided – The Cotswold Way

1st Aug - 10th Aug 2024

Trip FullGuaranteed 1,045Trip Full
Luxury Walking – Highlights of England

2nd Aug - 11th Aug 2024

6 place(s) leftGuaranteed 4,195Book Now
Wilderness Walking – The Coast of Cornwall

10th Aug - 16th Aug 2024

2 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,595Book Now
Wilderness Walking – National Parks of the UK

11th Aug - 20th Aug 2024

Trip FullFULLY BOOKED 3,295Trip Full
Wilderness Walking – Hadrian’s Wall Path

11th Aug - 19th Aug 2024

Trip FullFULLY BOOKED 2,495Trip Full
Wilderness Walking – New Forest and South Downs

17th Aug - 23rd Aug 2024

8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,545Book Now
Deluxe Walking – Highlights of Wales

17th Aug - 23rd Aug 2024

3 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,395Book Now
Wilderness Walking – The Cotswolds

17th Aug - 23rd Aug 2024

8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,595Book Now
Self Guided – Hadrian’s Wall Path

18th Aug - 25th Aug 2024

Trip FullGuaranteed 985Trip Full
Wilderness Walking – Northumberland and the Lake District

24th Aug - 30th Aug 2024

Trip FullFULLY BOOKED 2,295Trip Full
Wilderness Walking – England Coast to Coast

25th Aug - 6th Sep 2024

8 place(s) leftAvailable 4,495Book Now
Road Cycling – Coast to Coast

25th Aug - 1st Sep 2024

12 place(s) leftAvailable 2,975Book Now
Self Guided – Hadrian’s Wall Path

28th Aug - 6th Sep 2024

Trip FullGuaranteed 1,125Trip Full
Self Guided – Hadrian’s Wall Path

28th Aug - 5th Sep 2024

Trip FullGuaranteed 1,075Trip Full

Meet the Author: Alex Boag-Wyllie

Born in the Scottish Highlands, I was lucky enough to spend my early childhood playing on beautiful, sweeping beaches and learning to ski (or, more often, fall over). My father’s job kept us on the move though, and I was soon just as at home amidst the rolling Wiltshire downs, the dramatic Yorkshire Dales and the expansive East Anglian coast. I’ve had almost 40 bedrooms to date across the UK, so I’m your gal if you need a good cafe recommendation (almost) anywhere in the country; if I haven’t been there yet, you can be sure it’s on my trip list…

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