Whatever the weather this bank holiday weekend there's plenty of activities on offer to keep the whole family entertained.

Here at What's On we've made a list of the region's best activities to make the most of the long weekend...

Oswestry Balloon Carnival

Oswestry Balloon Carnival returns in aid of Nightingale House Hospice this month, with more than 25 hot air balloons taking to the skies across the bank holiday weekend.

Away from the balloon displays, there’s plenty of family fun to be had. Visitors can also browse around market stalls, check out food vendors and enjoy a farmers’ market.

Oswestry Balloon Carnival will be at Oswestry Cae Glas Park 24th & 25th August. For more information, CLICK HERE.


Shrewsbury Steam Rally - Onslow Park

The annual Shrewsbury Steam Rally is one of Shropshire’s biggest events of the year, with something for all the family. Each year the Rally attracts thousands of people to marvel at the many vintage and steam-powered vehicles of all shapes and sizes, either in action in the Main Arena or on static display for closer inspection.

Other attractions include a working field, a crafts & hobbies marquee, a fairground and plenty of food and drink. 

Shrewsbury Steam Rally will take place 25th & 26th August at Onslow Park. For more information and to book tickets, CLICK HERE.


Shrewsbury Folk Festival - West Midland Showground

A highlight of any folk fan’s calendar, this four-day fest brings together centuries of  musical tradition in one picturesque setting.

Take along the whole family for dance and workshops as well as live music.

Line-up includes: Kate Rusby, Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders ft the Hi Riders Soul Revue, Oysterband, Eddi Reader, Martyn Joseph, Skerryvore, Faustus, Martin Barre, Steve Knightley, Mankala, Blair Dunlop (pictured), Grace Petrie and Jiggy.

Shrewsbury Folk Festival takes place at the West Midland Showground, 23-26 August. For more information and to book tickets, CLICK HERE.


Ironbridge Gorge Museums

Situated on the River Severn, the beautiful visitor attraction of Ironbridge Gorge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with an extensive programme of school summer holiday activities taking place at the museums.

  • Summer Tile Decorating Workshop at Jackfield Tile Museum (26th August) - Take inspiration from some of the classic designs at the museum and create your own ceramic masterpiece!
  • Summer Clay Crafts at Coalport China Museum (until 31st August) - Use quick drying paint to decorate a money box, fridge magnet, ceramic flower or paper plate everyday over the school holidays. On Friday 23rd and Monday 26th, you can try your hand at sculpting with air-drying clay.
  • Paint-bots at Enginuity (until 25th August) - Build a painting machine that dances across the floor and leaves a trail of colourful paint behind.

For more information about the Ironbridge Gorge Museums and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.


Princess Picnic Party - Theatre Severn

Join the Snow Sisters, for an enchanting indoor picnic packed with fun and games, dancing and sing-a-long songs for boys and girls. Plus prizes to be won and photos with the princesses! Go dressed to impress as your favourite princess or any character of your choice.

The Princess Picnic will take place at Shrewsbury's Theatre Severn on Saturday 24th August. For more information and to book tickets, CLICK HERE.


Sweeney Summer Gin Fest - Sweeney Hall

Meet the exhibitors, sample their wares and buy a bottle of your favourite. A plethora of live music will be taking place on both days, alongside street food vendors and tghe Hall's wood fired pizzas.

Don't miss the fireworks display to close the event on both Saturday and Sunday evening!

Sweeney Hall's fourth annual Gin fest will take place at Sweeney Hall on 24th & 25th August. For more infomation and to book tickets, CLICK HERE.


Music Tech and DJ Skills for Girls - The Hive

This workshop is designed for girls aged 13-18, with no previous experience required. A fantastic opportunity to learn specific skills around listening for sound quality, timing, rhythm and become familiar with digital and acoustic sound and related tech equipment and DJing. Led by professional female musicians.

This event will take place Friday 23rd August. For more information and to book tickets, CLICK HERE.


Bank Holiday activities elsewhere in the Midlands:

Insomnia65 - NEC

Insomnia returns to the NEC for another four-day games-fest this August bank holiday, bringing together e-players from across the country and beyond and welcoming all levels and ages.

Featuring UK first plays of the latest games like Ghost Recon: Breakpoint and Just Dance 2020 as well as hands-on gameplay of Borderlands 3 and more! Meet internet sensations WillNE, Seapeekay, Dangthatsalongname, Jacksucksatlife and more to be announced.

Huge Esports tournaments including Insomnia Masters and Belong Arena Clash finals will battle out on the Esports stage and witness the best gaming entertainment on the Main Stage. If that isn’t enough, hang out in our VR, Indie, Retro, Competitive & Battle Royale zones and prepare yourself for 4 days of non-stop gaming!

Insomnia65 will take place 23-26 August. For more information and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.


Dragon Slayer - Warwick Castle

Following a hugely popular run last year, Dragon Slayer is back for 2019, with this Bank Holiday weekend marking the final performances of the year.

Performances feature displays of fearless horseback fire-jousting, perilous stunt riding and a ‘dazzling’ confrontation between Guy - a heroic figure likened to Robin Hood and Saint George - and his nemesis, the fire-breathing dragon. 

Unique to the Midlands, Dragon Slayer’s finale features a projection canvas measuring 31 metres by 80 metres and lit with 150,000 lumens of light - the equivalent to more than 500 house lightbulbs. 

For those wishing to experience even more medieval merriment, the venue also offers a hog roast or period-themed banquet to accompany the show. 

Dragon Slayer is at Warwick Castle until Monday 26th August. For more information and to book tickets, CLICK HERE.


Unicorn Rides - Arley Arboretum

Back again by huge popular demand! Join the unicorn themed pony rides through the enchanted woodland in the grounds of the beautiful Arley Arboretum, and tuck in to Unicorn Treats at the Unicorn Bar!

This activity will suit children from the age of 3 – 12 (depending on size and height of the child), all riding children must be accompanied by at least 1 adult.

Unicorn Rides will be available until Monday 26th August. For more information and to book tickets, CLICK HERE.


Historic Heroes - Black Country Living Museum

Uncover inspiring stories and follow in the footsteps of Black Country heroes. 

Enjoy the delights of traditional family fun and playtime in the last century, banish boredom with traditional street games including hopscotch and skipping. Take up the challenge to see how long you can keep the hoop rolling in the hoop and stick game and test your skill with a cup and ball and the whip and top.

For more information about BCLM's Historic heroes event and to book tickets, CLICK HERE.


Lichfield Food Festival

The 2019 Lichfield Food Festival Market is set to be the biggest yet with three days to showcase over 320 specialist artisan food and drink traders. From Prosecco to Pies, Tipples to Truffles, Chutneys to Charcuterie, Towering Burgers to Traybakes, from Gin tasting to Gluten-free indulgences, Vegan to Vietenamese, the festival has everything every visitor could wish for!

Lichfield Food Festival will take place 24th - 26th August. For more information, CLICK HERE.