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18 August, 2016
Cool Events Happening This August Bank Holiday
By London Designer Outlet
Summer is upon us once again, and isn’t it just glorious? Highs of 30 degrees in some places mean getting the family outside has never been a better idea, from heading down to the beach for a swim to just grabbing ice cream and lounging in the park. Well, the jewel in Summer’s crown is fast approaching, in the form of the glorious August Bank Holiday weekend! And of course, there are lots of things to do over an excellent three day weekend – so you’d best get planning!
Fulham Football Club Takeover @ London Designer Outlet
As Wembley is the spiritual home of football, what kind of Bank Holiday weekend would it be without London’s oldest Premier League football club coaches visiting LDO to hang out with the whole family, train with the kids in some fantastic sporting activities, and create some special family fun before the Summer Holidays are over and dreaded school returns!
Fulham Football Club Takeover is taking place over Friday 26th to Monday 29th August, and is the perfect Bank Holiday weekend event for sporty youngsters as well as kids just looking to try out different activities. We’ve got the fully-trained coaches from Craven Cottage to train kids with fun, inflatable games, developing skills in three different sports: Football, American Football, and Tennis.
Sports vary from day to day, with each session lasting an hour – so get there early to book your place, as it’s first come, first served! Spending the Bank Holiday weekend with the coaches from a Championship team before having to go back to school? It’s the perfect way to see out the Summer. And no, we don’t offer training sessions for Mum and Dad. Sorry!
Notting Hill Carnival
Europe’s biggest street festival returns, as always, to W10 over two days of multicultural summer splendour on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th August. Sprawling throughout Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park, Notting Hill Carnival is a spectacular celebration of vibrant colour, music, dance, and drama that celebrates London’s Caribbean communities.
What can you expect to see and do there? Well, it has everything any worthwhile street party should boast. Live music, including dub and reggae soundsystems, salsa dancing, soca floats and steel pan drums fill the air, with a range of the newest and most established acts worldwide making an appearance – including Jah Observer, Rampage Soundsystem, and Heartless Crew. Some of the finest Caribbean street food will be appearing to make bellies rumble, too – including rice and peas, jerk chicken, patties, swordfish and roti. Mmmm!
All you need to remember to bring with you are your friends, a bottle of water, comfortable shoes, warm clothing (for when it gets chilly in the evening!) and some money to spend on that tasty, tasty cuisine. Happening every year since 1964, It’s the original West London street party – and it’s only getting bigger and better!
Wembley Tours and the 1966 Exhibition
50 years of hurt can never stop us dreaming! On the 50th anniversary of the fateful year England hosted – and won – the World Cup, Wembley Stadium has amassed an exclusive collection of 1966 football memorabilia, and brought it home to Three Lions’ proud home turf. Some of the displays will be shown for the first time, including the exact ball from the final, the infamous 1966 crossbar, an unused and never before seen World Cup Winner’s medal, and the iconic, beautiful Jules Rimet World Cup Trophy as lifted by the inimitable Bobby Moore. And yes, it is still gleaming.
The Wembley Tours come to life with stunning 360° videos and augmented reality content, recreating the most impressive and famous sporting and musical moments from football’s golden years gone by. You’ll get up close and personal, behind the scenes of England’s most prestigious stadium. Sense the history in the England changing rooms, take the England Manager's hot-seat in the Press Room, feel the tense anticipation of the Players Tunnel, climb the 107 sacred Trophy Winner's steps, and visit the Royal Box to get your hands on the Emirates FA Cup – only a replica, of course!
The Wembley Tour and 1966 Exhibition are the perfect way to spend the Bank Holiday weekend with football fanatic kids – and big kids alike! (We’re looking at you, Dad!) With 8 tours going every day, and family tickets from £45, there’s never been a better time to check out Wembley Stadium’s hallowed walls.
South West Four
South West Four (hereafter referred to as SW4) is an incredible weekender festival that attracts some of the greatest DJs and artists from across the globe. Taking place over August 27th and 28th on Clapham Common, the mighty SW4 returns for 2016 boasting bigger drops, brighter lights and bassier anthems to set South London alight and really see out the Summer in style.
Ticket prices start from £55, and the local amenities and transport links mean you can grab some tasty food to keep yourself and your friends going from any number of fantastic family-owned restaurants, get a cocktail in Clapham Old Town, and still get the tube back from Clapham North or Clapham South Underground stations at the end of the night.
This year’s SW4 features the likes of Rudimental, The Chemical Brothers, Andy C, Dizzee Rascal and Knife Party – something tells us you’re not going to want to miss it!
The Challenge Cup Final
The Ladbrokes Challenge Cup is Rugby League’s most historic and prestigious competition, and it remains the only knock-out tournament of its kind to include teams from all levels of the sport – including teams from the community, university, and armed forces game competing alongside the professional teams of the Rugby League. Unsurprisingly, this makes the Challenge Cup final a big, big deal – it’s the Rugby League’s big day out at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 27th August, where amongst unbeatable skill and special live guest performances Warrington Wolves and Hull FC will make history in an elite clash.
It’s the perfect day out for budding rugby fans, as the 119-year old competition comes to a dramatic conclusion in front of more than 80,000 of them from all over the country. Also included Is the Champion Schools final, in which two of the best Year 7 school teams – featuring the stars of tomorrow – take to the iconic Wembley turf to battle it out before the main final. Tickets are excellent value for money, starting from £25 with concessions for under 16s, over 65s, students and serving military personnel.
After last season’s all-Yorkshire affair, Warrington have their work cut out for them after last lifting the trophy back in 2012. A win for Hull FC would end their 11-year wait for Challenge Cup glory. One thing is certain – we will be treated to another thrilling encounter! So grab yourself a beer, make the edge of your seat as comfortable as it can be, and get ready to relish in the finest Rugby competition that only Wembley knows how to do.
The Silver Screen
The Summer of Blockbusters is refusing to let up. After box office smashes Jason Bourne, Suicide Squad and Finding Dory, this Bank Holiday weekend will treat us to yet more excellent films. Hot on the heels of DC’s finest are some top titles bound to get you clamouring for a Cineworld seat.
The hilarious War Dogs (starring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller) is an arms dealer-driven crime war comedy set in Afghanistan, and is tipped to be the funniest film based on a true story since Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Mark Wahlberg’s outing in Pain and Gain. Mechanic: Resurrection boasts a star-studded cast (Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh) and features some breathtaking scenery across four continents… in between all the massive action, gun fights and explosions, anyway! Bad Moms is a laugh out loud comedy from the writers of The Hangover that stars the likes of Mila Kunis and Jada Pinkett-Smith as a group of fun-loving, foulmouthed mothers determined to take down the “perfect mothers” running the PTA at their children’s school – hilarity ensues!
There are no excuses this Bank Holiday weekend – get the family out and about, enjoy some fantastic events, delicious food, glorious music, exciting sports, and edge-of-your-seat cinema. Just remember – when you’re feeling a bit peckish, or fancy a nip in for some new gear, pop into one of our many, many outlet shops and restaurants for a bite to eat or a bargain or two. After all, it is Bank Holiday!