Best UK Days Out 2016!
If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you’ll know I bemoan a wasted day. Sure, there’s a time and a place to stay tucked up, watching re-runs of The Walking Dead, but when this becomes your entire weekend, it’s time to start spicing things up with a few alternative activities. Whether you’ve got the entire family in tow, or you’re riding solo, there’s a wealth of fun, cultural, and downright stupid adventures to be had out in the wilderness.
So get out of bed, throw open your curtains, put on your walking shoes and heed my advice, because I’ve seen plenty of what the UK has to offer a wandering mind like my own. I know where adventure lies, and I’m more than happy to share some of my secrets.
The Eden Project
The record breaking 5 time winner of the British Travel Awards’ Best UK Leisure Attraction (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011) seems like a good place to start. The mind blowing Eden Project in Cornwall is a vast ecological wonder, housing a vast selection of tropical flora from around the globe. The centrepiece of this scientific achievement is a series of gardens housed in tropical-climate biomes; giant domes which recreate various geographical conditions.
The site itself is set in a crater the size of 30 football pitches and has a wealth of hidden scientific wonders that will intrigue adults and children alike, such as the world’s largest greenhouse, adult workshops, and live music every weekend. The food is reasonably priced and there’s plenty of activities to pad out an entire day with.
Ever wanted to watch your favourite film under the starry night sky? The Rooftop Cinema Club does exactly what it says on the tin, showing a regular roster of cult classics during the warmer seasons on London’s most picturesque rooftops in Shoreditch, Stratford, Kensington and Peckham. These also include another two locations in New York and Los Angeles.
Popular past screenings have included Blade Runner, Dirty Dancing, This is Spinal Tap, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and The Breakfast Club. During the winter months, you can also take shelter in the Underground Film Club, a similar concept based in London which is held in the Waterloo Vaults; an underground art space with a similar roster of classic films on show.
Sailing the Lake District
The Lake District is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK,(and a favourite place of mine!) and if you’re one of those people naturally drawn to water, sailing Ullswater cannot be recommended enough. Ullswater itself is one of the most picture perfect lakes in the UK, and whilst sailing isn’t common all year round, the annual Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy takes place during the summer.
The event is one of the biggest and best sailing regattas in the world, and due to the leisurely pace of the event, sailors of all different skills are welcome to take part. You’re also welcome to brush up on your sailing skills at the Ullswater Yacht Club sailing school, or even invest in some sturdy sailing clothing at the club shop. So get yourself a trusty crew together and a go for gold, as finishing top 3 in a Lord Birkett regatta is great honour.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Every August for 3 weeks, Edinburgh transforms into a stage for the biggest arts festival in the world; the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The festival offers everything from comedy, performance art and live music to cabaret, theatre and film. The 2015 festival brought 50,459 performances of 3,314 shows across 313 venues, and 2016 is set to be even bigger for the Scottish capital.
The festival is also a registered charity, in the form of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. It aims to promote and support independent artists and venues across Scotland, ensuring the festival helps develop their careers and support small businesses during the 3 weeks it takes place. Its second objective is view the Green Arts Initiative, with the ongoing aim of lowering Scotland’s carbon emissions during the festival.
I hope I given you some ideas of what to do with the family or just with your partner. There are so many good/fun activities out there, it's just a matter of putting the work in to find them! Let me know if you have done any of these or if I've given you any ideas as to what to do on that half-term with the kids or during some precious time off with your other half! =)