The bank holiday sales are fantastic opportunities to grab a great deal on lots of our favourite gadget, electronics and gaming items from a wide range of retailers. It’s certainly something worth a look while weighing up the possibilities of the usual rain vs barbecue debacle of a British bank holiday weekend.
We usually get a cheeky heads-up on some of the discounts and will be putting together an extensive list of our deal highlights from the top retailers out there. Actually, we’ve seen a few decent deals make a break for it already, so why wait?
If you’d prefer to dig out a discounted treasure of your own, you’ll find links to the big stores that are sporting an August bank holiday sale below. Keep an eye on this article, as we’ll update it with some fresh offers due to appear each day.
Bank Holiday Sales: Quick Links
The retailers below are bound to be saving some special deals for the bank holiday sales starting in a few days. Some launch pages are live now, but we expect the real discounts to start from Friday.
When do the bank holiday sales start?
The next bank holiday technically starts Monday August 28 in the UK. But usually we see the bank holiday sales spread over the whole weekend. So we were expecting the deals to start on the Friday August 25.
As you can see below though, some retailers just couldn’t wait and there are some excellent deals to be had below. Order quick enough and you might get them delivered in time for the weekend! The best bargains will be made available on a first come, first served basis, so don’t leave it until the Monday to check out the bank holiday sale items – it might be too late!
The latest items in the Bank Holiday sales
Amazon Echo Dot £99.99 @ Amazon – was £149.99
That’s a massive £50 discount on both the black and white version of Amazon’s Alexa-ready smart speaker and the best price we’ve ever seen as the lowest it got around Black Friday was £120.
Amazon Echo Dot £39 @ Tesco – was £49.99
Use voucher code TDX-HMFR. We see this dip to £45 every other month or so, with the lowest £40 price being reserved for the Christmas shopping season. So £39 is a fantastic summer price for one of the best smart home speakers on the planet and a lot cheaper than the regular full-sized Echo above albeit at the cost of quieter (but still decent) speakers. If this sells out at Tesco, we’ve spotted it for £44.99 at Amazon, John Lewis and Very too.
Amazon Echo and Echo Dot package £123.99 @ Argos – was £200
Compared to the usual prices for buying both version of the Amazon Echo speakers, you’re saving £76. Factoring in the deals above though, it’s more like £15. Still, this is the best bundle price we’ve ever seen. The link above is for the black tower speaker (then choose which Dot you want). Here’s a link for the white Echo tower bundle.
Google Home £99 @ Currys, John Lewis, Argos – was £129
Google Home has faced stiff competition from the Amazon Echo devices, but it’s arguably a better fit for you if you enjoy the Google/Android ecosystem already. Plus you can play the free version of Spotify on Google Home – Premium only on the Amazon Echo. We’ve seen this excellent price once or twice before, but rarely as the Google-flavoured smart speaker is usually £129.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with Type Cover £649 – was £749
With the newer version out now, Microsoft has unleashed a long overdue discount on the still excellent previous model. The Type cover is usually a separate purchase costing about £100. Compared to buying the Surface Pro 4 on its own, you’re getting it for about £15.
Nintendo Switch £259.99 @ Tesco – save £20
Use voucher code TDX-WFTW to save £20. To be honest, Nintendo Switch deals have been so rare as the new console has been selling out straight away so we’re surprised to see Tesco eager to knock £20 off an item that must be selling well anyway. Not that we’re complaining as this is the best Nintendo Switch price in the UK!
PS4 Pro, 90 days PS+, 4 games, £329.99 @ Tesco
Ok, this one requires smashing multiple offers together. Use this link for a PS4 Pro bundle with Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, than add the following items manually and they’ll discount down to £349.99. So add: Doom, Fallout 4, Dishonored 2and 90 days PlayStation Plus. Then use the voucher code TDX-WFTW at checkout to knock another £20 off.
1TB Xbox One S, Forza Horizon 3, GTA V £229.99 @ Argos
We’d be taking a look at this Xbox One deal even if it was for the standard 500GB console. For the larger 1TB model though, this is an essential bundle if you’re in the market for the Xbox One S. Forza Horizon is a gorgeous and fun racer too. This special offer even bundles in a copy of Grand Theft Auto V for free. Win sauce.
1TB Xbox One S, Forza Horizon 3, extra controller, chat pad £229.99 @ Tesco
Use voucher code TDX-WFTW to save £20. A similar deal to the one above, but arguably better if you’d prefer an extra controller. You’re also getting an attachable chatpad accessory for a controller to. Simply use the link above and follow the individual steps to get this bundle.
Xbox One X pre-order £449.99 @ Argos
UK Xbox One X pre-orders have sold out at every retailer except for Argos. While we do think more stock will arrive at other retailers before the November 7 release date, it looks unlikely anyone will be offering any discounts. But if you want an Xbox One X at launch for sure, better safe than sorry and all that. Plus, you’re getting the Project Scorpio Edition here, later pre-orders might just be the basic version.
PlayStation VR, PS4 camera, two games £339.99 @ John Lewis
This PlayStation VR bundle is packed with freebies. Not least the PS4 camera, which is an essential component of your PSVR setup – we’re not being dramatic, it won’t work without it. You’re getting a pair of decent games in VR Worlds and Farpoint too. As it’s John Lewis, there’s also a two year warranty.
Oculus Rift and Oculus Touch controllers £399 @ Currys / Amazon
The deal has been around for a few weeks over summer, but it’s a promotion due to end soon. Essentially, you’re saving £100 each on the Oculus Rift headset and the excellent Oculus Touch controllers, making the bundle £200 cheaper than normal. It’s the best Oculus Rift deal ever and makes it almost as affordable as PlayStation VR despite being widely regarded as a superior piece of kit on the PC.
Chromecast £19 @ Currys – was £30
Chromecast has always been a bit of a steal at just £30. So at £19, you really don’t have any excuses. Chromecast allows you to watch content from your mobile or tablet on your TV, via a wireless signal. Clips or playlists on YouTube, video downloads, Netflix, Amazon Prime and video content bought or rented from the Google Play store all looks fantastic in smooth HD. If you’re after something with a 4K kick instead though…
Chromecast Ultra £54 @ Currys – was £69
Discounts on the Chromecast Ultra are annoyingly rare and we always found the initial £69 price-tag a little steep given how cheap the regular Chromecast is. This bank holiday sale price is looking harder to resist though especially if you’ve been dying to get some more 4K content on your TV. Like the older Chromecast, you can stream content straight from your phone or tablet, but now in 4K (you’ll probably need to upgrade your Netflix membership to get 4K though).
PlayStation VR | Farpoint | VR Worlds | PS+ sub | £329 @ Tesco
Tesco currently has an offer where you can get the PlayStation VR headset, Farpoint, VR Worlds and a 3-month PS Plus subscription for just £329 by ordering this PSVR bundle adding the headset and games to your baket via the three steps, then adding the PS Plus sub manually and then using the voucher code TDX-WFTW at checkout.
Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition (PS4, Xbox One, Switch) £79.99 @ Amazon
While technically not a deal as there’s no discount, we thought we’d give this a mention as it’s highly sought after and has been sold out for a while. If you just want the game, it’s under £20 digitally, so this is all about the Collector’s Edition goodies including an old school MegaDrive statue with Sonic on top and an golden ring that haves us feeling a bit Gollum-like to say the least. It’s precious to us it is!
Beeline smart navigation for bikes £76.09 – was £99.99
Beeline is an innovative (and super cheap!) gadget that’s essentially a basic sat nav for bicycles. Pop in your destination via the smartphone app you’ll get easy to read arrow-based directions. It’s super simple meaning you only need to glance at it to see which turns to make, making it easier to keep your eyes on the road and fellow road users. It’s waterproof too. Simple, safe and over £20 cheaper than anywhere at Amazon this weekend.
Garmin Vivoactive HR GPS Smartwatch £144.99, was £174.99
This Garmin smartwatch/fitness tracker comes with all the bells and whistles of a top end device. In addition to tracking your activity distance and times, you’re getting a heart-rate monitor, GPS tracking and a waterproof design. So yes, you don’t even have to take it off when you go swimming – or running outdoors during a British summer, I can’t quite decide which one’s wetter at the moment.
Philips Fidelio X2 Hi-Res Headphones £129.99 – was £269.99
That’s a big discount right there. We’ve seen these go for £150 on Amazon pre-owned. If you’ve been waiting a while to treat yourself to a quality pair of over-ear headphones, we don’t think you’ll see a better deal on these for some time. These were a popular pick last year on Black Friday and this deal has gone even cheaper, not bad at all for a pair of headphones that are often rated higher than ones costing over a grand.
Russell Hobbs Windsor 4-slice toaster £19 @ Currys – was £39.99
Four-slice toasters are near essential if you and your loved ones all get up at the same time in the morning. Usually though you really have to spend silly money to get one that looks this good. Available in red, black or cream for half price, this has us hoping our exiting toaster gives up the ghost so we can treat ourselves to a bit of lush.
15% off Adobe Creative Cloud membership fees
We’ve teamed up with Adobe to offer you an exclusive 15% discount on Creative Cloud membership. So you’ll pay just £42.46 a month for the first year instead of the usual price of £49.94. Don’t worry about it expiring this weekend though, as the offer actually runs until September 20. Subscribers get full access to over 20 premium creative Adobe apps, including:
Stay tuned for the latest picks from the August bank holiday sales. We’ve got loads more items to add over the next few days.