Blog | The top ten day trips to take this summer…
It’s always a challenge to come up with interesting, local and affordable days out for the summer – we’ve done some of the leg-work for you with these 10 days out that won’t break the bank!
The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival
The Isle of Wight Garlic festival isn't for the faint-hearted; here you will find Britain's most pungent garlic, produced in nearby Newchurch. You’ll also find garlic ice cream and garlic fudge on the menu (along with non-garlicky beer for the over-18s!). Are you brave enough to have a taste?
Takes place on the 15and 16 August 2015. Tickets cost £8.50. Visit the website here.
Who doesn’t love a cup of tea? Keith and Sue Blayze certainly do – with the record-breaking 6,500 teapots they’ve collected (and the various house moves they’ve made to accommodate them all), they’ve created Teapot Island! Well worth a visit, Mr Blayze says he had lofty ambitions when they first came up with the idea: ‘We wanted the display to be like Disney. You go in one end and come out at the gift shop.’
Tickets cost £2.50. Visit the website here.
Can you think of a more fun way to while away the summer days than swimming in a sea of mud? Of course you can’t. Luckily for you, bog snorkelling is now an annual event at the Waen Rhydd peat bog near Llanwrtyd Wells in mid Wales. Once you’ve donned your snorkels and flippers, you have to complete two lengths of a water-filled trench cut through the bog. Good luck!
This year’s competition takes place on 30 August 2015. Visit the website and enter online here.
The Puzzling Place
Nestled away in the Lake District, you won’t be able to trust your senses after visiting this Puzzling Place. With an anti-gravity room to throw you off balance and a forced perspective room where you can watch your friends shrink before your very eyes, this is one interactive museum you won’t forget in a hurry!
Tickets cost £3.75. Visit the website here.
Set in five acres of woodland and gardens, you and your friends can locate more than 800 gnomes. You’ll find gnomes engaged in any number of conventional gnome activities, namely pushing wheelbarrows or fishing. If you wish to get the creative juices flowing, you’ll be delighted to hear that the opportunity to paint your own gnome awaits you indoors!
Tickets cost £5. Visit the website here.
What do you get when orienteering meets a treasure hunt? Letterboxing! A map reference or cryptic clue will lead you to a letterbox (usually some sort of pot), containing a stamp and a visitor's book. Once you’ve found it, you can take a copy of the stamp yourself and sign your own print in the book before moving on to the next one!
It’s free to take part, and you can find out more on the website here.
Run What Ya Brung
Or, in other words, take your car put it on a raceway and drive! The Run What Ya Brung event takes place regularly at Northamptonshire’s Santa Pod raceway. You can take part in as many races as you like and will receive a printout to show how fast you managed to go in your old banger!
Admission costs £10, signing on to the event costs £25. Visit the website here.
Gurn to win
Bear with us for a moment here. At the end of the summer holidays, this competition takes place in Cumbria at the Egremont Crab Fair. To win, you have to pull the most grotesque face possible whilst having your head stuck through a horse collar. We’re not sure what the prize is, but it’s probably not enough.
This year’s Crab Fair takes place on 18-19 September. Visit the website here.
Go Nessie spotting!
You’ll have heard of the Loch Ness Monster – a term coined in the early 1900s after a Londoner, George Spicer, insisted that he and his wife had seen some sort of pre-historic animal in the murky depths of Loch Ness. Nowadays, you can spend a pleasant day on the Loch in the sun, trying to catch your own glimpse of Nessie!
Ticket prices start at £10.50. Visit the Loch’s website here.