Top five things to do in August

Head to a festival

The festival season is now in full swing and August plays host to two of the UK’s biggest: V Festival and Reading and Leeds. If you fancy something slightly more relaxed you should consider Green Man, where Band of Horses and Kings of Convenience headline. Alternatively, if dance music is your thing take a trip to London for SW4 on Clapham Common.

Festival dates: Green Man, 15-18th; V Festival, 17–18th; Reading and Leeds festivals, 23–25th; SW4, 24-25th.

Entertain the kids

The summer holidays have hit the midway point and we’re sure the kids are starting to get a little restless by now. Don’t worry, help is at hand – August is officially Kids Week. All this month children can experience the magic of London theatre for free – for every full paying adult, a child aged 16 or under goes for free.

Take to the terraces

This month sees the start of the 2013/14 football season, and with the return of Jose Mourinho, the retirement of Alex Ferguson and the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini at Man City, getting off to a good start will be vital.

Highlights of the opening month include: Fulham vs Arsenal; Man Utd vs Chelsea; Cardiff City vs Man City; Newcastle vs West Ham; and Crystal Palace vs Tottenham.

How low can you go?

Don’t worry, we’re not asking you to test your limbo skills. Instead, you should check out the eye-watering gymnastics on display at London Wonderground’s Limbo. The show runs until the end of September, and can be found on London’s Southbank.

Catch a movie at Somerset House

Take advantage of the warm summer nights by catching a classic movie in the serene setting of Somerset House’s open-air cinema. During August Film4 are curating a series of cinematic events at the iconic venue – watch the video below for more information:

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House 2013