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Bank holiday weekend ideas - 10 things to do

  • Things to to this August bank holiday weekend
  • Culinary treats - from Best Buy BBQs to baking cupcakes
  • Top tips for gardening and DIY over the long weekend

1. Have a (Best Buy) barbecue

A barbecue is the perfect way to enjoy the sun this long weekend - assuming it continues to shine that is. Invite your family and friends round to celebrate with good food and drink. Take a look at our barbecue reviews to find the best one for you.

2. Take a family-friendly break

Kids can get restless with time on their hands, so why not keep them occupied with a short family holiday? We’ve reviewed the best family tents for a cheap trip away that will keep the kids busy for hours.

3. Tackle some DIY jobs

Tackle all those DIY jobs that you’ve been putting off for weeks – it might save you money, too. See our essential guide to home repairs for advice on a variety of DIY tasks, from painting to clearing drains and toilets

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4. Get busy in the garden

From lawnmowers to hedge trimmers, visit our garden section for all the advice and reviews you need. We’ve even got a guide to growing your own food, a great way to get kids involved in gardening, too.

5. Shop for a Best Buy

There is often nothing better than treating yourself to the latest buys - and buying the right one can save money in the long run. Take a look at our reviews and how to guides, from fridge freezers to kettles - we’ve scientifically tested thousands of products to find our recommended Best Buys.

6. Spring clean

Boring but satisfying, a good spring clean can make you and your home feel rejuvenated. Our laundry and cleaning section has everything you need to do the job, including washing machine, vacuum cleaner and cleaning product reviews. Popping to the supermarket for cleaning supplies? Check out our shopping list of the best cleaning products before you buy.

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7. Bake cupcakes

Treat yourself and family by baking some delicious cupcakes. See our top five tips for baking the best cupcakes, and find out if you could save time by buying a dedicated cupcake maker.

8. Make your own ice cream

In the hot sun a cool ice cream is very welcome. Why not try making your own with an ice cream maker? We’ve tested a range of brands to help you decide which one would work best for you. Plus, we’ve got advice on how ice cream makers work and the best ingredients to use.

9. Kick off that renovation project

Have you been dreaming of a new kitchen or extension for a while? From designing the details to navigating planning and building regulations, visit our home improvements section for advice, reviews and tips to help you kick start a home renovation this weekend.

10. Save energy

OK, we know this isn’t the most exciting thing to do, but how much time do you have in your regular busy daily life to make a few small changes that could save you money? Our energy section is here to help, including tips on how to use less electricity, how to use less water and the best energy-saving light bulbs. For even more savings, our energy calculator enables you to compare gas and electricity suppliers to see if you're on the cheapest deal you could be.

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