Best places to visit in August

August’s warm and sunny weather and array of festivals and events means you have plenty of options for things to see and do

Bristol

Hot air balloons over Bristol. Credit: Visit Britain/Rod Edwards

Bristol in southwest England is a city that simply erupts with life in the Summer. The city’s annual Balloon Fiesta (9-12 August) provides four days of fun as the city’s sky is filled with 130 hot-air balloons, creating a kaleidoscope of colour over the Clifton Suspension Bridge. There are also, on the ground at Ashton Court Estate, fairground attractions and stalls offering local produce and crafts.

Minack Theatre, Cornwall

Minack Theatre. Credit: Visit England/Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre, situated four miles from Land’s End, Cornwall, is beautifully perched on the very edge of a cliff face. The theatre was originally opened in 1932 in order for locals to perform their favourite Shakespeare plays. Most of the plays performed are still by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

During your visit, don’t miss out on a wander through the theatre’s gardens, which wrap around the theatre, dotted with plants that rarely grow in a climate as mild as Britain’s.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh Festival
Edinburgh Festival

The legendary, arts-focused Edinburgh Festival creates a month-long buzz in Scotland’s capital. Expect world-famous acts as well as emerging talent – and with over 50,000 opera, theatre, dance, music and comedy performances in every conceivable space across the city, there’s plenty to keep you busy.

Dorset

Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is simply beautiful at this time of year. Stroll through the historic seaside town of Lyme Regis, splash in the sea at Chesil Beach or Lulworth Cove, or take in the views from ancient Abbotsbury.

Lulworth Cove
Lulworth Cove. Credit: Pixabay