UK: Top Alternative Days Out

The UK is blessed with some weird and wonderful attractions and days out, from quirky museums to crazy outdoor pursuits no sane person would sign up for. In this post, we aren’t going to bore you rigid with talk of popular theme parks and quilt museums. We don’t want to send you on a scenic tour of the Cotswolds or the Lake District either.

You’ve probably done all those things a thousand times. Sure, they are all fun, but let’s push the boat out this time so you can try something different!

The Great Escape

Sherlock fans will have a ball at clueQuest in London. If you remember the challenging 80s game, the Crystal Maze, you will know exactly what type of fun to expect. Friends and family can sign up for a mind-bending 60-minute session in a mystery room. Your task is to find the clues, solve the puzzles, and escape the room.

You don’t need special skills to have fun at clueQuest, but you do need to employ some lateral thinking. Brainiacs will love the challenge, so sign up for a clever, fun day out!

Be a Zookeeper for a Day

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Is your secret crush Steve Backshall or Michaela Strachan? If your dream is to shovel elephant poo or talk to the monkeys, a day as a zoo keeper could be a top experience. This one is ideal for couples or even small groups.

Bristol Zoo, Chester Zoo, London Zoo, and Whipsnade all offer zookeeper experience days. This is no cushy tour of the site, so expect to get your hands dirty. Some zoos have fixed itineraries and you get no choice over which animals you spend time with, but other programs let you choose.

Climb the O2

If you have a head for heights, walk up all 52-metres of the O2 building in London and enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of London. Take a selfie from the very top, but try not to fall off because that’s not cool…

Take a Helicopter Tour

Helicopter Tour, London

Helicopter tours offer a whole new perspective on some iconic landmarks. Book a helicopter tour in London and enjoy the thrill of a lifetime. If you have ever wanted to see the Houses of Parliament or Buckingham Palace from above, now is your chance.

Ghosts and Ghouls

The UK is full of haunted houses, spooky castles, and sites of paranormal activity. It would take too long to visit all of them in a day, but there is no reason why you can’t take a quick tour of the most haunted places in your region.

Borley Rectory is reputed to be the most haunted place in England, but the Ancient Ram Inn in Gloucestershire and Pendle Hill in Lancashire come a close second. Pluckley Village in Kent is said to be the most haunted village in the UK and is a favourite destination for ghost hunters. But if vampires get your blood pumping, head to Whitby, the fictional birthplace of Count Dracula

Bog Snorkelling

Bog Snorkelling

Bog snorkelling is not yet in the Olympics, but it might be one day! Head to Waen Rhydd peat bog in Wales. People come from all over the world to test their skills in this peat bog. If you are an adventurous type, don your snorkel and flippers and take part, or if you prefer to spectate, persuade your other half to jump in – just make sure you capture the moment on Instagram.

Britain’s Ancient Heritage

Take a tour of England’s ancient heritage. Begin at Neolithic Stonehenge and end up in York, where there are historical artefacts dating back to the Vikings.

Visit a Sewage Plant

To be fair, not everyone is obsessed with bodily functions, but if you have a burning desire to find out what happens when you flush the toilet, take a visit to a sewage plant to satisfy your curiosity. A visit to the Abbey Pumping Station in Leicester will reveal all – in glorious, colourful detail. Waste is transported from Abbey Pumping Station to Wanlip Sewage Works. You can follow its journey through a see-through pipe and interact with a talking toilet.

If none of the above takes your fancy, go racing at Santa Pod in Northamptonshire or try letterboxing on Dartmoor. There is always fun to be had in the UK!


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  1. August 15, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    A sewage plant. Egad I have never visited one of those! Unique idea 🙂

    • August 17, 2017 / 6:41 pm

      Very unique 🙂 a crazy idea, but you’d be surprised at how popular visiting is! I’ll be honest it’s not something I would have ever considered but I guess it’s a good job people are interested in the way things like that work.

      • August 17, 2017 / 8:03 pm

        You can take me word for it – I am surprised and more. x

  2. Always a Foreigner
    August 16, 2017 / 2:10 am

    Wow, these sound very interesting! I think I would do all of them except snorkel in a bog and visit a sewage plant…:/ Still an awesome list!

    • August 17, 2017 / 6:42 pm

      Thank you. Something for everyone right? I love unique things and some of these are very unique 🙂

  3. daysoutNOW
    November 11, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    Sewage plant, what a load of crap…literally. No honestly, I love new crazy ideas for days out, no matter how mad they seem. Love the helicopter ride idea, or zoo keeper for a day. Brilliant thanks