Top ten bank holiday events under £10

26 August 2010

Families in the UK are expected to spend a total of £5.6 billion entertaining the children over the school holidays, according to research by But just because you don't want to spend a fortune doesn't mean this bank holiday can't be fun. Here's our guide to the wackier events going on around the UK, all for under £10.
The Cardiff Harbour Festival from the 28 to the 30 August promises 'fish and ships' with water displays, street entertainment and a continental market. On Saturday, local fishmongers will show easy ways to prepare fresh fish. It's a free event, but some charges may apply for specific activities.
28-30 August, all day, Inner Harbour, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff.
Free admission.
The Belfast Mela is a free summer festival with a difference. Mela, meaning 'to meet' in Sanskrit, is Northern Ireland's largest multicultural festival. There will be music, dance, arts and food from all over the globe, all taking place in Belfast's Botanic Gardens.
Sunday 29 August, 12-6pm, Botanic Gardens, Belfast.
Free admission.
On Saturday morning be enchanted with the story of Fantastic Mr Fox at Spinningfields's outdoor cinema in Manchester. It's free to watch the film so pitch up early to guarantee your place.
Saturday 28 August, 11am, Spinningfields, Manchester.
Free admission.
As part of the Pennine Lancashire Festival of Food and Culture, the fourth world gravy championship takes place on bank holiday Monday, where teams and individuals wrestle in a big pool of gravy. There is also inflatables and water bombs for the non-gravy lovers.
Monday 30 August, from 12pm, Rose n Bowl, 264 Newchurch Road, Stacksteads, Lancashire.
£1 for children, £2 for adult ticket.
Newlyn Fish Festival in Cornwall offers much more than just fish on bank holiday Monday. Celebrated chef Rich Stein is opening the fish festivities and festival goers can also enjoy live music, ready steady cook challenges with local chefs, boat displays and delicatessen stalls.
Monday 30 August, 9-5pm, Newlyn Harbour, Newlyn, Cornwall.
£4 for adults, children go free.
The famous Notting Hill Carnival stomps back into London this bank holiday weekend, with food stalls and parades aplenty. There's music and competitions throughout the weekend, but the real highlight is the parade on Monday, which winds its way round London's Notting Hill. It's a free event, but do budget to try some of the Jamaican food at one of the stalls.
29 – 30 August, all day, Notting Hill, London.
Free admission.
Mathew Street Music Festival in Liverpool celebrates the northern city's love of music. On Sunday and Monday the streets pack out with music for all ages and tastes, ranging from jazz to motown and from The Beatles to contemporary music. Give your eardrums a workout with six outdoor stages and 40 indoor venues – all for free.
29 – 30 August, 11-6pm, Liverpool city centre.
Free admission.
The Portsmouth International Kite Festival on Southsea Common takes place over the weekend. There will be guest kite designers and an impressive array of kite-flying – from Japanese kites to inflatable cartoon characters. It's free to watch, and there's a chance to fly your own kite at the end of each day.
28 – 30 August, 10.30 – 5pm, Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
Free admission.
Eat your way through an art exhibition at Cake Britain at The Future Gallery, Leicester Square, London, created by the Mad Artists' Tea Party. There will be also be cake stunts and workshops for children.
27 – 29 August, 10-6pm, The Future Gallery, Leicester Square, London.
Entry is free, in exchange for a donation that will go to three charities.
It's the last weekend of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this bank holiday, so grab your chance to see a slate of performances including dance, theatre, operas, musicals and exhibitions. Some performances are free, and most cost under £10. 
Until 31 August, all day, venues around Edinburgh.
Cost depending on performance.

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