Top tech to enjoy the bank holiday - rain or shine

The August bank holiday is coming. But how will you spend yours? Get more from your beach day or bike ride with the right tech…


For families hitting the beach

It doesn’t come much better than a traditional bank holiday at the seaside. Stretch out on the sand or paddle in the lapping surf. Tuck into piping-hot fish and chips and get sticky fingers with a bag of doughnuts. But where to go? Brighton, Bournemouth and Skegness were voted best beaches for summer 2017, says The Trainline.


Why not try…

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 compact camera will capture every moment of your adventures. Sony Cyber shot

This premium, pocket-friendly camera packs serious imaging power thanks to its 1-inch sensor – expect pictures rich in colour and detail.

Get the Sony Cyber-shot


For seasoned cyclists seeking adventure

Spring training rides on your road bike have boosted your fitness. Now, with miles behind you, the August bank holiday is the perfect time to take on a longer ride. The 137-mile Coast to Coast, which climbs and winds its way from the west coast to the east, is a perfect challenge. It pedals off from Cumbria and passes through scenery as challenging as it is stunning en route to Tynemouth in the North East.


Why not try…

The Garmin vivoactive HR fitness tracker will help you boast about your epic ride at the pub later on.

Garmin Vivofit HR

Featuring GPS capabilities, a strapless heart rate monitor and dedicated cycling app, you can track the distance, speed, time and calories.

Get the Garmin Vivoactive HR


For the friends planning a picnic in the park

Summer bank holidays and park picnics are like strawberries and cream. What could be better than sipping warm Prosecco while gossiping with friends, nibbling on all manner of lovely deli treats and leafing idly through your favourite magazine? Bliss.

How to picnic in style this summer


Why not try…

The UE Boom 2 wireless portable speaker can soundtrack your picnic.UE Boom

Designed to go where you go, you can stream Spotify from your phone to this speaker. It’s waterproof, shockproof and dirt-resistant, giving you up to 15 hours of battery life – perfect for an all-day picnic party. 

Get the Ultimate Ears Boom 2


What if it rains?

Bike rides and beaches are great ideas on days when the sun is shining. But what about a rainy bank holiday? We’ve got a couple of ideas for staying indoors. 

Why not camp out on the sofa with the latest big thing on Netflix? Lush royal epic The Crown, up for an Emmy, is the perfect fodder for a rainy afternoon.

Get Netflix on your TV with the Google Chromecast

Alternatively, take to the kitchen. There’s nothing more homely and comforting than baking a batch of muffins or a cake as the rain patters against the window. Make mixing your ingredients easy like Sunday morning with the KitchenAid Artisan.