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Notting Hill carnival party

Choosing how to best spend the last Bank Holiday of the year is always challenging, with so much going on it’s always going to feel like you’re missing out on something. To save you time and energy, we’ve picked out six unmissable events taking place across the country, from festivals and carnival parties to outdoor cinema. Choose one or two, then relax. Now you can spend less time seeking out stuff to do and more time planning your outfit…

1. Shambala Festival, Northamptonshire

A favourite with FashionBite, Shambala takes the best bits of Glastonbury and shrinks them into a wholly more manageable form, ending the summer in an explosion of colour and creativity. 22nd – 25th

2. Picnic Cinema, Clitheroe

Picnic Cinema will host an Apocalypse Now-themed ‘Campover’ in Clitheroe on Saturday 24th August, inviting movie-goers to pitch tents and enjoy barbecues before they play the 1979 classic. Expect plenty of film-themed fun, going on well into the night… 24th 

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3. Liverpool International Music Festival, Liverpool

Chart-toppers JLS and The Saturdays will appear alongside Rebecca Ferguson, Stooshe and Eliza Dolittle at LIMF, a huge Liverpudlian celebration of music, but a come-back performance from archetypal Scottish band Texas is sure to draw the biggest crowd. 24th & 25th

4. Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival, Bury St Edmunds

In case you hadn’t noticed, here at FashionBite we like our food, so we can’t wait to fill our bellies in Bury over the Bank Holiday.We’ll be sampling succulent pork cuts at Henry’s Hog Roast and hearty fare at Doy’s Cheeses & Pies, then rounding things off with a delectable dessert courtesy of Dedham Cupcake Company. Heaven. 25th & 26th 


5. SW4, London

Love your dance music? Clapham Common is where you want to be over the Bank Holiday, bopping along at SW4 to the likes of Andy C, Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox, Example, Groove Armada, Pete Tong and Eric Prydz. Sunday tickets are still available. 24th & 25th

6. Winterwell Carnival Party, London

Finally, to ignore Notting Hill Carnival as a venue for August Bank Holiday fun would be unthinkable, but this year we suggest avoiding long toilet queues and crowded streets in favour of the enclosed Winterwell Carnival Party, a brand new event hosted by the creative types behind the ever popular Winterwell Festival. 25th

The debut Carnival party is set to burst onto the scene with a huge party at Westbourne Studios, with inventive fancy dress and music that won’t fail to get you moving, from house and electro, to swing, ska, blues and hip hop. If you’ve got enough energy and were lucky enough to nab tickets, head to the legendary Red Bull Music Academy party under the Westway the next day (26th), where you’ll see the world’s best dutty wine. Sorted.

Amy @ FashionBite xx

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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