It's summer's last hurrah so make it a good one by using these top sites to plan the perfect day out.

Fend off that back-to-school feeling this Bank Holiday weekend. It is summer’s last hurrah, after all, so it had better be a good one. Here, we identify the sites that will help you make the weekend go with a bang.

THE LUNA CINEMA
www.thelunacinema.com


The super cool, open air Luna Cinema puts on fab films in exceptional settings, from castles and cathedrals and parks to palaces. The Greatest Showman, The Goonies and Dunkirk are among the movies scheduled in various locations this weekend.

MARINE CONSERVATION SOCIETY
www.mcsuk.org/nearyou


Is this your last chance to hit the beach? The Marine Conservation Society’s website, incorporating The Good Beach Guide, will lead you to the finest beaches near you. It has information on facilities, water quality and whether or not dogs are allowed, too.

FOOD FESTIVAL FINDER
www.foodfestivalfinder.co.uk


Use this brilliant resource to track down the greatest gastronomic events occurring across the country. Particularly appealing this weekend is the River Cottage Festival in Devon, with its live music, cocktail classes and plentiful activities for children.

WAZE
www.waze.com


Avoid the worst of the Bank Holiday traffic with Waze, the world’s largest community-based navigation app. An absolute gift, this nifty app gives you the best route, every day, with real-time input from other drivers. You’ll never look back.

NATIONAL TRUST
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/walking


Why not try out a new walk this weekend? The ever-dependable National Trust website has suggestions, information and maps for every type of walk imaginable, from coastal walks and dog walks to evening strolls and walks that children will love.

THE GOOD PUB GUIDE
thegoodpubguide.co.uk


Every year, the Good Pub Guide editors select the very best pubs in the UK and judge them in a National Awards ceremony. This site is great if you have specific requests – a pub off the beaten track, for instance, or a place that will welcome your dog.

THE NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL
nhcarnival.org


Head to the capital for Europe’s largest street event. A riot of colours, flavours and sounds, Notting Hill Carnival has been decorating the streets of West London since 1966. Check the site for all the necessary visitor information.

WILD SWIMMING
www.wildswimming.co.uk


Wherever you are over the Bank Holiday weekend, this website will guide you to the best rivers, lakes and coves for an open-water swim. The blog is brilliant, too, for tips on how to make the most of the wild-swimming experience.

ENGLISH HERITAGE
www.english-heritage.org.uk


A treasure trove of monuments, buildings, events and historical places in which to stay, English Heritage is an invaluable tool. Does a jousting event tickle your fancy? Up for a haunted castle? Perhaps a palace garden is more your thing… This site is heaving with information and inspiration.

August 2018