Unsung British Attractions
Apologies for the no contact from my end in the last few weeks, I’ve been having ‘technicial difficulties’ with uploading posts from the internet available during my campervanning experience from Cairns up to Cape Tribulation to Cookstown and to Brisbane. I’ll be in Brisbane in a few days and will get the posts of my amazing rexy edventures in Australia soon!
Meanwhile, just because I’m in Australia doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun back home in Britain! Please find a guest post below from one of my amazing contributors about what you can do in Britain during their Summer. Enjoy!
Avoid the milling crowds and explore some of the lesser-known landmarks that Britain has to offer. From museums to gardens, we journey off the beaten track to explore the unsung sights of the UK.
Museum of London Docklands
Don’t miss this unlikely treasure trove of fascinating facts and maritime marvels. Embark on a journey into the history of the iconic Docklands from Roman London to modern day. Explore London and the darker side of its past in the sugar slavery exhibition, or experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Victorian East End in Sailor Town. No London theatre and hotel break would be complete without a visit to this fascinating museum.
Wookey Hole Caves, Somerset
This spellbinding subterranean network of caverns is jam-packed full of fun attractions. Look out for the Witch of Wookey Hole, a sorceress-shaped stalagmite situated in the Witch’s Kitchen, or set out on a prehistoric expedition to see King Kong and the Valley of the Dinosaurs. Scurvy sea-dogs can take on air-jet blasters and cannon balls in Pirates of the River Axe, plus there’s a genuine Victorian Penny Arcade for a truly nostalgic treat. Lose yourself in The Magical Mirror Maze, full of twists, turns and tricks of the eye, or hunt for elves and pixies in the peaceful Fairy Garden!
Land’s End, Cornwall
Head to the most westerly point of the country for a day out like no other. Intrepid knights can accept Arthur’s Quest, a brand-new interactive attraction narrative by the legendary Brian Blessed. See pirates come to life in a 4D movie spectacular, complete with motion-simulator seats and incredible sensory effects. Or why not take a leisurely wander along the cliff tops, taking in the breathtaking ocean views and keeping an eye out for grey seals, dolphins and local birdlife? Plus, get your own personalised photo next to the famous Land’s End signpost!
Time Machine Museum, Herefordshire
Hardcore sci-fi fans will love this unique independent museum, chock-full of TV props and costumes. Enter this strange and marvellous collection via a Tardis-style police box in the foyer, and prepare for an intergalactic experience as you encounter interactive Daleks and Cybermen. Meet R2-D2 and C3-PO, see props from the BBC comedy series Red Dwarf and enjoy the full-sized puppet displays from shows like Thunderbirds, Stingray, Joe 90 and Captain Scarlet.
Burghley Garden of Surprises, Lincolnshire
For a truly unusual day out, this secret garden has surprises around every corner. Look out for a moss house, revolving Caesar busts, a mirrored maze and the refreshing jets of water. In the Sculpture Garden there are giant bronze faces, creatures crafted from entwined branches, crystal shards, a grass maze and a neon-decorated icehouse to discover, plus don’t miss the deer park, perfect for quiet strolls.
King Arthur’s Labyrinth, Wales
Hidden beneath the Snowdonia Mountains, the legends of King Arthur come to life in a network of meandering tunnels and cavernous rooms. Put on your hard hat as the hooded boatman leads you on a watery voyage, encountering fiery dragons and bloody battles on your underground adventure. Back above ground, explore The Bards’ Quest, a path of hidden stories and secrets for the whole family to enjoy.
The Forbidden Corner, Yorkshire
Enter an enchanted world of strange statues, tricky tunnels and curious creatures on this day out with a difference. Navigate the magical labyrinth, where you’ll encounter a giant pointing tree, a stone stegosaurus, card-playing bears, silver swans, a dog-shaped shrub, a giant mousetrap and a hideous dwarf. For a lazy walk, head to the bewitching walled herb garden, where the Froggy Fountain comes to life every fifteen minutes, or feed the mirror carp from the Fish Temple. This is truly a day out like no other.
Enter the world of BeWILDerwood, the setting of the magical books by Tom Blofeld. Meet Swampy the Marsh Boggle, Mildred the Crocklebog, Hazel the Wood Witch, Vera the Hippopotamuddle and the BeWILDerbats in this fun-packed adventure park. There are tree houses to explore, zip-wires to ride and jungle bridges to climb across, plus little ones will love Toddlewood-on-the-Hill, a special area for the under-fives.
Dinosaur Isle, Isle of Wight
Fossil fanatics will be in their element in this pterodactyl-shaped purpose-built dinosaur museum. Show the kids that learning can be fun as you take a walk back through the Ice Age to the Cretaceous period, with over 1,000 fossilised remains, skeletons and full-sized animatronic dinosaurs.
Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, Dorset
Indulge animal lovers with some monkey magic at this thriving sanctuary, home to over 200 primates. There’s every kind of simian here, from marmosets and macaques to gibbons and tamarins, plus the largest group of chimpanzees outside of Africa. Don’t miss the orangutan crèche or the chimpanzee nursery for the ultimate “awww”-factor, plus there’s lots to keep little ones entertained, including a woodland walk and fun-packed adventure play area.
Learn the secrets of the rainforest at this tropical hothouse situated in the heart of Swansea. Find out the importance of eco-living in the interactive rainforest hut, meet the menagerie of creatures including a green-winged macaw, a Burmese python and a bearded dragon, plus get up close with free-flying butterflies in the Butterfly House. This botanical paradise has over 5,000 exotic plants, from the desert cactus to tropical trees, and with all that indoor fun, it’s a fantastic family day out whatever the weather.
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