It's the last long weekend of summer. It's an extra day to spend chilling out in cafés, mooching around galleries and roaming free in the fresh air. Make the most of it with Northern. Jump aboard and let us take you to exciting Northern cities or fun-packed Northern coastlines. Whether you've already made plans or are looking for some inspiration, Northern can take you there.

We'll help you reach your favourite haunts and explore some undiscovered places too - and with Advance Purchase tickets available until 23:59 the night before you travel, getting there could cost less than you might think Find out how much you can save with an Advance Ticket and book your next adventure now by visiting the Advance Purchase page..

It's the August Bank Holiday, and with Northern you've places to go and sights to see. 

Visiting Blackpool

Michael Jordan's Magic and Illusion Show

Michael Jordans High Jinx Magic, Illusion and Circus show is a fast paced mix of Magic, Illusions, Juggling Escapology and Music Michael Jordan’s profile in the world of entertainment has been growing rapidly since 2007 when at only 16 he was awarded the British Ring Shield for “most entertaining act” by his peers of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, going on to win the legendary Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year in 2009 and then representing the UK in both the European and World Championships of Magic in 2011 and 2012.

Appearances on Penn and Teller Fool us for ITV led to Theatre tours and Corporate work, culminating in him producing his own full length magic and Illusion show at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach from May to November in 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015. With a range of stunning fast paced illusions and eclectic mix of stage and circus skills we are sure you will be amazed, entertained and have a fantastic time in his company.

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Igloo Doo at Wyndyke Farm

After a number of sell out events we've decided to give the great outdoors a try, and what better way to start than to make it snow in August!

  • MAIN IGLOO - Deep House/Tech House
  • VINYL ONLY IGLOO - Disco/90's House/Acid/Techno/Garage
  • URBAN IGLOO - Hip Hop/Grime/Drum and Bass
  • LIVE AREA - Accoustic/Funk/Disco/Classic Covers
  • Fully Licenced Bar!
  • BBQ/Hog Roast! (Vegetarian options will be available)
  • Chill Out Area!
  • Full VOID Sound System!
  • and 1 or 2 surprises ;)

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Visiting Bridlington

Bridlington Beaches

With miles of beautiful sandy coastline, Bridlington is the perfect seaside town for traditional British day at the beach.

Choose from the fantastic family - oriented north beach, flanked by the remarkable chalk cliffs of Flamborough Headland, the town’s funfair and amusements, and the harbour. While the serenity of the expansive South Beach is just a short walk down the promenade.

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Visiting Bolton

Bolton Food and Drink Festival

Looking for a great way to spend the August Bank Holiday? Then this one’s for you... the biggest food and drink festival in the North West returns to Bolton for a tenth year of food-related entertainment and celebrity chef demonstrations.

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Visiting Carlisle

Carlisle Castle Military Weekend

This August Bank Holiday weekend, we're celebrating Carlisle's long military history with a multi-period Military Weekend.

Daily activities include:

  • Talks throughout the day from a WW1 British Army Soldier & a WW1 Medic.
  • Living History Camp to explore
  • Hands-on kids drills sessions
  • Cumbria's Museum of Military Life will display WW1 & WW2 equipment for the public to handle and clothing for children to try on.
  • Viewing of Mallin's The Battle of the Somme film inside Cumbria's Museum of Military Life.

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Visiting Darlington

Medieval Day - Walworth Castle Birds of Prey

Make your own coat of arms in Ozzy's Workshops,Fancy Dress - Prizes for 1,2,3rd Place (prize for best parent too!), Meet the birds, Flying displays, Quizzes, Nature Trail through the ancient woodland.

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Visiting Leeds

Sister Act Show

It’s one of the biggest shows in broadway and West End history, so there’s no better way to spend your August bank holiday than by seeing Sister Act at Leeds Grand Theatre. Starring Alexandra Burke, the show has been A1:D27 and choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel-Horwood and brings new life to the classic tale of Deloris Van Cartier whose world is flipped upside down when she witnessing a murder and has to go hide in a convent.

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Carnival King and Queen Show

It’s that time of year again. This weekend will see carnival fever take over Leeds, and down at West Yorkshire Playhouse, they have something of a tradition building. For the third year running, they’ll be putting on the Leeds Carnival King and Queen Show. There’ll be a live band playing steel pan beats and soca rhythms, as the best costumes from all across the UK are shown off – it’s the perfect warm up to the parade on bank holiday Monday.

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Family Art Workshops

The Tetley have not one, but two Family Art Workshops to make the most of. The first is on Saturday afternoon – Body Stencils with Nichola Pemberton takes inspiration from the colours and poses in The Tetley’s current Stass Paraskos exhibition to create drawings of family members. The second is on Monday afternoon – Sculptural Shapes with Joe Howlett brings together bright colours with a range of different shapes to create sculptures.

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Leeds West Indian Carnival

One of the highlights of the city’s cultural calendar, bank holiday weekend comes alive for the Leeds West Indian Carnival. The longest-running carnival of its kind in Europe, it will see a huge parade passing through through Chapeltown, before descending upon Potternewton Park for a day of live music, dancing, entertainment, food and drink, and of course, great costumes.

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Leeds Festival

It’s not an August bank holiday weekend if Leeds Festival isn’t on. This year, they’ve gone all out to find some of the biggest headliners in the world with Biffy Clyro, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Disclosure and Foals all making their mark. Also on the bill across the three days are Chvrches, Imagine Dragons, The Vaccines, Two Door Cinema Club, Nas, The 1975 and Courteeners.

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Merrion Street Festival

The Merrion Street Festival will return for the long weekend, bringing with it the usual activities and events. All the bars on the strip will fling open their doors and stick a slew of tables out in the street, where you can enjoy a few drinks and a bite to eat. It’s family friendly, so feel free to bring the kids to enjoy the live music which will be playing all day.

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Visiting Cross Gates, Leeds

Murder on the Terrace

Heartbreak Productions have a reputation for putting on intriguing theatre in outdoor locations in Leeds, and this bank holiday weekend will be no different. They’re putting their own spin on David Kerby-Kendall’s murder-mystery Murder on the Terrace at Temple Newsam. It follows Charles Standen-Delliver as he prepares to take over his uncle Lord Cava’s sparkling wine empire, but with plans to change it considerably, people aren’t happy and he gets knocked off – but by who?

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Temple Newsam Beer Festival

Temple Newsam will be one of the star attractions this bank holiday as it gets set to host its first ever beer festival. Organised by the Friends of Temple Newsam Park, it aims to show people how great the landmark can be, and what better way to do that than with a weekend of cracking food and drink. Across four days, there’ll be six sessions, each ticketed separately, with two sessions each on Saturday and Sunday. There’ll also be plenty of children’s entertainment, so why not make it a family affair?

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Visiting Lincoln

Steampunk Festival

Watch the cobbled streets of historic Lincoln become transformed by the Victorian Steampunk Society's annual festival - from top hats and flying goggles, to corset and flamboyant feathers – join in with Lincoln’s Victorian fantasy.

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Craft Market

Lincoln’s Craft Market offers bespoke, and beautifully hand-crafted ornaments, jewellery and pottery that is available to peruse and purchase at this intimate market, all at reasonable prices.

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Lincoln Ghost Bus Tour

Be spooked this August Bank Holiday weekend and explore haunted Lincoln by open-top bus with a local ghost expert.

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Lincoln Ghost Bus Tour

Be spooked this August Bank Holiday weekend and explore haunted Lincoln by open-top bus with a local ghost expert.

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Visiting Liverpool

Folk Festival on the Dock - The Albert Dock

BBC Radio 2 DJ,  Janice Long , has been announced as the host of the main stage at next month’s Folk Festival on the Dock (August 26-29). The Liverpool-born DJ, who is a patron to Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, was the first female presenter of Top of the Pops and is renowned for promoting new talent, giving the likes of Amy Winehouse, The Smiths, Primal Scream, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Adele their first big break. 

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Grease at St Helen's Theatre Royal

It’s time to dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and take a trip to a simpler time as RTDA get ready for ‘bad boy’ Danny and ‘the girl next door’ Sandy to fall in love all over again.

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Sarah Millican at Liverpool Echo Arena

In just 7 years Sarah Millican has gone from winning the Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to becoming one of the UK’s most successful and multi-award-winning comedians, who also holds the record as the highest selling female comedian in the DVD market. This autumn, Sarah will delight her fans as she heads out on the road again for her fourth stand-up tour, Outsider, visiting The Auditorium, the intimate theatre style sister venue to Echo Arena on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August 2016.

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Visiting Manchester

Manchester Pride

Manchester Pride is an award-winning festival by, and for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community. The festival is officially the best LGBT event in the UK, as voted for by readers of the Pink Paper for five consecutive years. The Manchester Pride festival runs throughout August. There are four elements to the festival:

  • Pride Fringe with over 40 art, music, culture, debate and sports events
  • The Big Weekend; Over 70 hours of live music, across two stages, Dance Arena, Lifestyle Expo area, market stalls and much more
  • The Parade - Running through the heart of the city, a colourful, vibrant celebration of LGBT life.
  • The Candlelit Vigil - Remember those who we have lost to the HIV virus or those living with HIV.

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I am Team GB at the National Football Museum

The National Football Museum are happy to be part of 'I Am Team GB'; the nation's biggest sports day on Saturday 27 August.

Of course we'll be offering our fair share of football fun, with skills sessions and games for youngsters throughout the day. But, inspired by the successes of Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympics, we'll be offering all visitors tasters of some other sports you might have enjoyed watching in Brazil.

There'll be the chance to try out Fencing, Table Tennis and Handball during an action-packed day, plus British Cycling will be on hand to help you find out how you can get more involved with the sport that has delivered more British Gold than any other at this Olympics!

Let us know if you're coming down and getting involved in a new sport: use #IAmTeamGB on social media.

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Visiting Newcastle

Crafty Pirates at Bede's World

Grab your socks and watch the docks, Crafty Pirates are back! 3 days of buying booty from all corners of the world, fantastic foods, Drink! and entertainment for all the family, Disabled Pirates accessible site, Pirate Dogs welcome.

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Exhale Newcastle August Bank Holiday Special

It wouldn’t be an August Bank Holiday without an absolutely huge Exhale rave to look forward to – and we are happy to confirm we’ll once again be taking over downstairs at the toon’s best club for a five party you can’t experience anywhere else. After 16 sell-out shows in a row we suggest getting your tickets in early!

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Visiting Nottingham

Summer Night's Film Festival

Summer Nights is a festival of outdoor film screenings in beautiful heritage locations throughout the summer. Once again the festival will be visiting Wollaton Hall in August 2016.

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Visiting Scarborough

Scarborough Beach

Scarborough is one of Britain’s favourite seaside resorts, and is home to some of Yorkshire’s most stunning beaches.

Just 10 minutes stroll from the train station, and its close proximity to the town centre and amenities, make the South Beach ideal for both visitors and locals alike.

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Visiting Stoke-on-Trent

A Tribute to David Bowie at The Trentham Estae

Make a Hot Summer Saturday Date with a live music tribute to David Bowie at Trentham this year!

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Visiting Whitby

Sandsend Beach

Set against a backdrop of grassy cliffs, where the wide sweep of beach from Whitby ends, this stretch is quieter and prettier than its famous neighbour.

Children play in the little becks that flow across the sand and ducks waddle across the green in charming Sandsend village. This is a great place for fossil hunting at low tide.

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Visiting York

Little Diggers - Medieval Toys and Games at York Dig

Join us and discover what it would have been like to be kid in the past.In this fun session, aimed at 2-5 year olds we will be exploring historical toys and games. With games, activities and a take home craft!

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