The Perfect Bank Holiday Weekend

The summer bank holiday is probably the most important bank holiday of the year (if the weather is nice!) and everyone likes to do something different with their day off: some of us like to take a long weekend, while others spend the day relaxing. There are many different ways to spend the bank holiday, but is there a perfect way to spend the summer bank holiday? We’ve interviewed Sherin from Hi Fashion, Christiana from Christiana Gabriella, and Wande from Wandesworld, to see how they would spend their day off—do their answers match up with your dream bank holiday?


How would you spend your perfect summer bank holiday weekend?

Sherin: I always make the most of my bank holidays and keep them as relaxed as possible so I can enjoy my day off. Most of them are spent with a bit of a lie in, a large breakfast then spending the day with family by going out shopping or to the park weather permitting.

Wande: Either catching up with friends over ice cream, or in a roof top bar nibbling on some snacks. Friends and food are usually a good combination. As I’m someone who likes to jet off spontaneously; sun sand and sea never goes a miss.

Christiana: The perfect bank holiday weekend for me would have to be an impromptu BBQ in the garden or park, invite my favourite people, whack a few bottles into the ice box, put some music on and chill out until sunset!

Do you intend to book something to do in advance, or decide on the day?

Sherin: I always plan on making a plan, but I never manage to make a proper plan, so I always make plans on the day.

Wande: I usually check the weather and have a look at what’s predicted. It it’s nice then I’ll plan a picnic or something outdoorsy, if not then I’m on the next flight out of here.

Christiana: I usually decide on the day so I can base it around the weather! If it’s a good day then we will most definitely venture out but if it’s raining then we will most likely spend the day with the sofa and Netflix.

What would be your bank holiday fashion essentials?

Sherin: When I do go out on a bank holiday, I do a lot of walking, so a comfortable pair of trainers are always my necessity.

Wande: Shorts, sandals, sunglasses and a feroda hat. You can never go wrong with those.

Christiana: My fashion essentials for the summer bank holiday would be a pair of sunglasses, a large tote handbag and a pair of flip flops!

If you could go anywhere for the bank Holiday where would you go?

Sherin: I would love to go to one of the UK’s beaches, especially during the warmer bank holidays.

Wande: Spain! Hot tanned men, sun, sea, and sand. Did I mention tanned men?

Christiana: My favourite place to go in the UK would have to be Bournemouth.. I have been there a few occasions on girlie weekends and family outings and it has always been fun.

What are the best attractions and things to do in your chosen location?

Sherin: I love going to all the funfairs and beachside casino’s at the likes of Brighton or Southend. It’s always great for a day out.

Wande: Swim, soak up some sun, enjoy ice cream, and eat good food.

Christiana: Bournemouth is best known for their beautiful sand beaches (which stretches for seven miles!). There are also beautiful gardens located in the  centre town which includes a tropical garden and rock gardens. Christchurch road has a great selection of vintage and independent shops.

How would you spend your perfect bank Holiday? Fill in our survey now and let us know!

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Steal her Style: Kate Middleton

The Commonwealth Games 2014 went down a storm! It sure was a great year for the home nations with England topping the table and Scotland receiving more medals than ever before. Welsh gymnast Francesca Jones was also awarded the prestigious David Dixon award at the games Closing Ceremony. Go Team GB!

20th Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain - 29 Jul 2014Cheering the athletes on was our favourite Royal and she definitely did not disappoint in the style stakes. Keeping her outfit simple yet sophisticated, Kate wore a popping blue shift dress under a fitted navy blazer. Styling her outfit with minimal accessories, Kate looked effortlessly elegant.

Kate also wore this chic blazer numerous times during her Glasgow trip.  Oh we do love a wardrobe staple!

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Fireworks concert ends the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain  - 06 Sep 2009

Edinburgh Festival: The Ultimate Guide

The most celebrated arts festival in the world has officially started. The Edinburgh Fringe will run from August 1st-25th and play host to everything from dance to street theatre. This sedate and calm city will once again explode with atmosphere! We have put together our ultimate guide to make sure you get a slice of the action.

What to See

With over 2,500 shows and 40,000 performances, there is something for everyone and with so many free acts on offer you have to make sure you try a variety. You never know, you might just be watching the next big name!

If you were a fan of Fawlty Towers then The Fawlty Towers Dining Experience is always a winner. Eat a 3 course meal served to you in true Fawlty Towers style.

Have you always fancied making it big on the stage? Budding actor or just after a giggle, head to Blind Hamlet where the audience is invited on stage to tell the famous story. Also, don’t forget to stop off at The Famous Spiegeltent to enjoy entertainment, food stalls and the al fresco terraced area.

After dark: When the Fringe is on it only means one thing, Hot Dub Time Machine is in town. The sell-out travelling dance night channels music from throughout the decades to create dancefloor time-travel.


Credit: Steve Black/REX

Where to Stay

With many boutique hotels to choose from, Edinburgh has the perfect hotel for every budget. We suggest Hotel Du Vin if you want to stay right in the heart of the action. Don’t worry though, there will still be time to relax as once you walk off the street and into their courtyard, you will feel the tranquillity.

To leave the action behind, head to Prestonfield House or Malmaison and enjoy the quieter areas of the city. If luxury hotels are not for you, try and grab yourself a unique apartment on Air BnB.

Where to Eat

There are enough eateries in Edinburgh to keep any foodie happy. With all restaurants busy during the festival, it is always best to book ahead.  The unique addition to Edinburgh’s restaurant scene, Timberyard, will be sure not to disappoint your taste buds and if the sun breaks through the clouds, their south facing yard is a hidden treasure.

If a quick snack is what you are after then stop off at Urban Angel for a tasty slice of home baking and a freshly-squeezed green juice or smoothie.

There’s no need to book our final suggestion:  local secret turned tourist attraction, the Mosque Kitchen, offers homemade curries at cheap prices to sit in or takeaway. Trust us – the queue is worth the wait!

Where to Drink

Edinburgh is bursting with unique cocktail bars and pubs. Need a central cocktail pit stop? Head straight to Bramble. It may not look much from the outside but this candlelit bar is a firm favourite with celebs (Gerard Butler has been spotted!). Plus, this basement bar definitely knows its cocktails – we recommend a ‘Red Rum’.

If it’s a quirky drink setting that attracts you then hop further along the street to Panda and Sons and find the entrance to the bar hidden behind a traditional bookcase.

Soaking up the atmosphere in the Grassmarket? Make sure you step away from the pubs to sip a cocktail on the balcony of Dragonfly.

After dark: If you’re still going strong into the early hours, Cabaret Voltaire just off the Cowgate area will keep your feet dancing until 5am.


Credit: Martina Salvi/REX

Where to Shop

To get a break away from the bustling streets of the city centre, head out to the Gyle Shopping Centre where you will find the perfect store for some retail therapy, M&Co! Also,  if the sun starts to shine, head towards Musselburgh where you will not only find the beach but also another local M&Co store.

Plus, don’t forget to pack the essentials:

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Waterproof everything
  • Sunglasses (Scottish weather is unpredictable!)
  • Pre-booked tickets
  • Your Edinburgh Festival Guide

You can shop for your last minute essentials right here.

 Photo credits: Martina Salvi/REX and Steve Black/REX

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