Cheap last-minute getaways to escape the dreary weather this bank holiday

Rainy and partly cloudy – that’s the sad state of affairs in the weather forecast for this August bank holiday.

And at the time of writing, the three-day weekend isn’t set to get any hotter than 21 degrees with a breeze in London.

Sure, it’s not awful, but for a summer bank holiday, it’s definitely not all that exciting either.

If you’re seeing the weather reports and longing to escape the dreariness, there are some expert-recommended, budget-friendly, last-minute options to choose from.

Chris Webber​, head of holidays and deals at Ice Travel Group, tells ‘If you’re looking for a last-minute getaway for the bank holiday, there are two things that come into play – budget and time.

‘With that in mind, it’s going to be some of those closer-to-home mainland Europe destinations that are going to check those boxes.’

So what are some of your options?

Costa Brava

Sure it’ll be raining around Girona too on Saturday and Sunday, but at least it’ll be warm, and the sun will come out on Monday.

‘Somewhere like Costa Brava is good value and close (a flight takes around two hours),’ Chris says.

‘We found a three-night break departing on Saturday 26 from £389pp [per person], staying at the Gran Flamingo Hotel in Lloret de Mar. Flights out are at 6.20am from Gatwick.’


If you want something even more budget-friendly, Chris says, ‘a city destination could be the way to go.

‘There’s a two-night break in Munich from £316pp.

‘That’s staying room only at the four-star INNSIDE Munchen Neue Messe, departing Heathrow at 4.25pm.’


At the time of writing, you can get two tickets to Amsterdam and a three-night stay at OZO Hotels Arena Amsterdam for £362pp.

You’d just have to get up pretty early because the flight leaves from Luton at 6am on Saturday morning, and you’ll land back at Luton at 8:55am on Monday morning.


At the time of writing, you can get flights and a two-night stay (Saturday and Sunday) in Paris for £267pp.

You’d be staying at the Libertel Montmartre Opéra hotel and flying to and from Luton airport.


If however, you’d like to stay on home turf, Alice Jong, research and insights senior analyst at Tripadvisor, recommends Sheffield as the cheapest UK city destination based on the average nightly rate for hotels during this bank holiday.

If you’re looking for a bit of inspo, these five Sheff hotels earned Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice awards, which are given to businesses in the top 10% of hotels listed on the site based on traveller reviews:

  • Leopold Hotel, Sheffield – two can stay from Saturday-Monday for £98.
  • Premier Inn Sheffield City Centre (Angel Street), Sheffield – two can stay from Saturday-Monday.
  • Premier Inn Sheffield City Centre (St. Mary’s Gate), Sheffield – two can stay from Saturday-Monday for £89.
  • Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria Sheffield, Sheffield – two can stay from Saturday-Monday for £129.
  • easyHotel Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield – two can stay from Saturday-Monday for £56.

But bear in mind the weather there this bank holiday will be even worse than it is in London, and beware of the planned train strikes!

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