The next time you take the short hop across to the UK, discover something completely new, try an activity you’ve never taken part in before, or revisit somewhere you love. Here’s our round up of the top things to do up and down the country. Read on for inspiration…
THE CHEESE CRAWL
Yes, that’s correct, you did read that right: there is a crawl dedicated to cheese! Whether you’ve got a taste for mature cheeses or just like a bit of cheddar, this crawl has something for all the senses. Sample some of the finest dairy delights and challenge your knowledge by taking part in the interactive Cheese Trivia quiz. Start your tour in Mayfair and embark on the 2-hour pongy walk!
Where: Statue of Goddess Diana, Green Park, Picadilly, London, SW1A 1RG
When: Every Saturday
Cost: Tickets from £25.00
Opening times: 12:00 – 14:15
LONDON HARRY POTTER TOUR
Bring the magic to life this bank holiday and hit up the Harry Potter hot spots! Live out your Hogwarts dream with a trip that will take you from muggle to wizard in no time. You may want to leave the invisibly cloak at home because the photo ops are endless!
Here’s a quick itinerary to consider:
- Kings Cross – Arrive in London, heading straight to the Harry Potter store and to take a picture at Platform 9 ¾.
- London Zoo – The talking snake scene in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone movie was filmed in the reptile house here in 2001. Relive that infamous scene and check out the animals. Buy your tickets for the zoo online and book hotels in advance and enjoy a lower cost.
- Tower Bridge – Take a walk along Tower Bridge, where Harry flew over on his Broomstick in the Order of the Phoenix as he made his way to a new safe location. You could also plan a visit to Millennium Bridge which was destroyed by Death Eaters in Deathly Hallow.
- Leadenhall Market – Scenes for Diagon Alley were filmed here. Look for the blue door that was used for the Leaky Cauldron.
- Warner Brothers Studio Tour – Once you’re done in London head to Leavesden where the studio tour is based. Walk through the Forbidden Forest, meet fantastic creatures and experience the props and sets first-hand that were used in the films. During the bank holiday, check out the goblet of fire that is on display.
Where: Multiple locations in London
When: Anytime of year
Opening times: Varied travel costs and entry to certain locations
Cost: Dependent on location
If you’re looking to broaden your knowledge this holiday, the Manchester Museum will have your mind boggling with culture and treasures from the natural world. Favourite features include live amphibians and reptiles along with T-Rex fossils, perfect for the dinosaur fanatics! Don’t be discouraged with the common ‘look but don’t touch’ misconception around museums; you’ll have the opportunity handle objects from many collections and even take part in hands-on activities.
Break up the day by taking a pit stop at the museum’s in-house café where you can reflect on your newly found knowledge with a nice cuppa. If you’re feeling particularly mature and refined, why not go for a glass of wine?
Where: Oxford Road, The University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, England
Opening Times: 10:00 – 17:00
Cost: Free entry
THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN EDINBURGH
Calling all green fingers! This is one for every plant enthusiast bucket-list. This world-renowned centre for plant science, horticulture and education was founded in in 1670 and now reaches over four gardens (Edinburgh, Benmore, Dawyck and Logan).
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a total upgrade on your local garden centre and is the perfect spot for a picnic and pictures!
Where: Arboretum Pl, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ
Opening Times: 10:00 -16:00
Cost: Dependent on garden and age
ROUTE 66 – (DRIVE-THRU CINEMA)
Give your Netflix binge a break this bank holiday and pull up at Liverpool’s old school drive-thru cinema! Live life like you’re in a retro movie from the comfort of your own car. Tune into the film using your car radio and enjoy having snacks ordered to your car. This is certainly a movie night worth rolling up to!
Where: Waterloo Road/Regent Road, Atlantic Park, Liverpool L3 7BE, England
Time: Film times vary
Cost: From £20.00 per car
A DAY ON THE SEAFRONT
Stripy deck chairs, the sound of slot machines and, the twinkle of arcade games – the perfect British beach experience! We would all be lying if we said we didn’t enjoy a trip to the sunny seaside and Brighton is up there with the best. The pebble beach means that there will be no sandy surprises once your home, only the brilliant memories. Try paddle boarding or kayaking via one of the water sport vendors on the beach to build up an appetite for that tasty fish and chips. Top off the day with a soft scoop which will be available whatever the weather!
Where: Madeira Drive, BN2 1TW
When: All year round
Time: 10:00 -20:00
Cost: Free. Activities vary in cost
Everyday life is hectic at times and so why not take a trip to Cotswold and experience a relaxed pace of life? This quaint and un-spoilt region of England is almost like an old English fairy tale land where time has stood still for 300 years. Dabble in the rich history, culture and the natural beauty on offer. From ancient limestone villages, rolling wolds countryside, beautiful gardens, historic castles and stately homes, you’ll most definitely feel like you’ve stepped into a Jane Austin novel.
But don’t be fooled by the quiet nature of this region, there is tons to do from visiting the Broadway Tower, cosy café’s in Bourton-on-the-water, friendly farms and much more.
You can discover this beautiful place in many ways like walking tours and organised coach tours however, we suggest the hot air balloon tour over the wolds seeing as you’ll already be on cloud 9 in this dream land!
Where: Cotswold, Oxfordshire
Cost: Varied on activities
Ready to embrace that long weekend? Plan a trip to one of these destinations and savour that long weekend.