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August is the last month of summer in England, offering a final opportunity to enjoy the sun and outdoors. From the bustling streets of London to the Cotswolds' serene countryside and Cornwall's picturesque coastlines, there is a lot to see in England in August. There are also lively festivals, including the Notting Hill Carnival and Reading Festival. Whether you are drawn to culture, heritage, or the great outdoors, a trip to England in August provides a wealth of opportunities for memorable experiences.

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England Weather in August

Stonehenge during sunset.
Make your way to Stonehenge in August to observe the slightly earlier sunset, signaling the nearing of Autumn.

August in England offers pleasant temperatures across the country. The average daytime high is 23°C (73°F), which cools off to around 19°C (66°F) at night. The southeastern regions enjoy temperatures ranging from 12°C to 22°C (54°F to 72°F). The northern regions tend to be a few degrees warmer. The mercury reading gradually dips towards the month’s end.

August is also the least humid month in England, boasting 72% relative humidity. As the month progresses, the country experiences a gradual decrease in daylight hours, signaling the approach of autumn. However, the days are still long, allowing for extended outdoor enjoyment, especially in northern regions like the city of York, where you can admire ancient Roman architecture or cycle your way around town till the break of dawn.

Read our best time to visit England article for a more detailed month-by-month overview.

Weather in England in August - Rainfall and Temperatures

Avg Daily (°C)232319
Avg Nightly (°C)151813
Avg Daily (°F)747467
Avg Nightly (°F)596556
Avg Rainfall (mm)363826

Why visit England in August

Caribbean dancer dancing in Notting Hill Carnival.
Experience the vibrant rhythms of the Caribbean at the Notting Hill Carnival, where dancers bring the streets to life.
People dining at an outdoor cafe in England during August.
Dine at an outdoor cafe in England before the weather turns cooler post-August.

 England continues to draw a large crowd in August, thanks to the pleasant weather conditions that offer endless exploration opportunities. Below are some reasons why you should plan a trip to England in August.

  • Explore outdoor attractions: The long summer daylight hours and dry conditions of August are perfect for exploring the great English outdoors. Visit the much-famed parks in London, enjoy your all-English afternoon tea in an outdoor cafe, hike the majestic Yorkshire Three Peaks, or stroll through the historic city of Bath.

  • Vacation excitement: August is the busiest tourist season, as it marks the summer break for all schools across England. Both locals and visitors come together to enjoy the country's attractions, creating an energetic and lively ambiance, particularly in popular tourist destinations, especially in the seaside towns of Cornwall and Brighton. Businesses start extending their opening hours, and a plethora of special events and entertainment options become available.

  • Events and festivals: England hosts numerous events and festivals in August. From the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival in London to the renowned Cowes Week on the Isle of Wight, from the musical Houghton Festival in Norfolk to the traditional Boomtown Fair in Hampshire and the Reading Festival, the array of festivities caters to a wide range of tastes and interests.


A hot air balloon with the British flag in International Balloon Fiesta.
Marvel at 100s of competing hot air balloons taking flight at Bristol's International Balloon Fiesta in August.

August is a fantastic time to explore England's diverse landscapes and cultural offerings. From lively festivals in London to the Cotswolds' tranquil countryside and Cornwall's stunning coastal beauty, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

London boasts some of the most delightful weather in August, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities. On your London trip, explore Hyde Park, attend a performance at the Regent’s Open Air Theatre, and savor British beers at the Great British Beer Festival.

A few hours' ride from London will take you to Bristol, where you can experience the International Balloon Fiesta that happens every August. Witness over 100 hot air balloons ascend to the skies. If art is more your thing, you can enjoy the street art of Banksy and Inkie.

Like elsewhere in Europe, August is also the most popular month for surfing in England. Beaches such as Fistral Beach and Saltburn-by-the-Sea offer steady summer waves that are perfect for both beginners and experts.

August is a perfect time for a Cotswolds day out. Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds is a postcard-perfect destination to visit. Known as the "Venice of the Cotswolds," it offers charming bridges over the River Windrush and lush countryside. Enjoy leisurely walks visit the Model Village, Birdland Park and Gardens, and the Cotswold Motoring Museum.

Need help planning your August trip to England?

Visiting England in August promises a delightful combination of sunshine, exciting activities and vibrant events you won't want to miss. While popular attractions may see increased crowds, planning your tours during the weekdays can help you avoid the rush.

For further insights and travel inspiration, consult our extensive England travel guide. You can contact our local travel experts to plan a customized trip to England.

Published by Supriya Rayamajhi, updated on October 16, 2023

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