With Christmas now a distant memory, the third Monday of January – or “Blue Monday” (15th January 2018) as it’s more commonly known – is considered to be the most depressing day of the year.
In a bid to provide a ray of travel inspiration sunshine, VisitEngland – in collaboration with the tourism organisations of Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and London – has teamed up with top travel influencers to create a hub of inspiring experiences that reflect 24 hours in the UK – proof that you don’t have to visit far-flung destinations for mood-boosting experiences to banish those post-Christmas blues.
The group of international and British Instagrammers and bloggers travelled the length and breadth of the UK to enjoy a variety of unique experiences at every hour of the day, notching up 120 different experiences ranging from sipping quirky cocktails in a 1940s inspired speakeasy in London; coasteering in Scarborough; taking an exhilarating plane ride over the Pembrokeshire coast; enjoying a gin tour in Belfast and discovering Glasgow’s live music scene at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.
From today [15th January 2018], the videos will be released every hour on VisitBritain’s Facebook page, with followers encouraged to vote for their favourite “bucket list” moments from the 24 hour trips.
As a taster, we’ve rounded-up some of these mood-boosting experiences to enjoy at any hour of the day in the UK – which are sure to help put a spring in your step for the year ahead.
Mood-boosting experiences in the UK:
Brave the waves, coasteering in Scarborough, England
Prepare yourself for an exhilarating adventure as you swim along Scarborough’s sea cliffs, exploring gullies, caves and different rock formations created by the sea – before leaping from the rock face into the waves below. Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned pro, Scarborough Surf School offers a range of courses for various abilities – including more basic routes for families, to more demanding routes that will test the nerves with higher jumps and adrenaline inducing climbs. Sessions start from £40 p/p.
Take a ‘sea-fari’ in Oban, Scotland
Discover the breath-taking beauty of Oban’s stunning coastline aboard Seafari Adventures. Visit the world’s third largest whirlpool, the Gulf of Corryvreckan, and spot the area’s wildlife including porpoise, dolphins, whales, eagles, seals and otter. Seafari Adventures offers a range of excursions. Tours start from £42 per adult and from £32 per child.
Ride the longest tunnel slide in the world, London, England
At 178m long, ArcelorMittal Orbit is the longest and highest tunnel slide in the world. The 40 second trip takes visitors on a circular ride around the UK’s tallest public artwork – designed by Carsten Höller – through the famous loops and curves of the iconic structure, including a tight corkscrew, ending with a 50 metre straight run back down to earth. Tickets £16.50 per adult, £10.50 per child.
Take a gin jaunt in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Fans of Mother’s Ruin will enjoy this tour of Belfast’s vibrant pubs and bars, sampling locally produced gin and learning all about the history of the UK’s favourite tipple, as well as the chance to meet some of the distillers. The company offers a range of other award-winning food and drink tours for foodies, beer and whiskey lovers. The Gin Jaunt tour lasts approx. 3 hours. Tickets from £60 p/p.
Visit a theatre with a difference, Cornwall, England
Perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic Ocean, the Minack is one of the world’s most famous outdoor theatres. From March to October, the theatre plays host to a full programme of drama, musicals and opera, together with music, comedy and story-telling. The Mincack is open all year round for visitors to explore and discover the story of how the theatre came to be. Ticket information can be found on the website.
Ride Europe’s largest zip line, Snowdonia, Wales
The largest zip zone in Europe – Zip World Titan is a series of three zip wires set up in a disused quarry. Swoop at 70 mph above sheep-dotted moorland with striking windswept views of Snowdonia mountain range, lakes and streams. Tickets from £30 p/p.
Explore beautiful Barra, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Barra is the most southerly of the inhabited islands in the Outer Hebrides. Long famed for its beauty – boasting beaches, hills and moor all in a small island - Barra is a special place to visit, especially if you arrive by plane. The airport is one of the most unusual in the world, with flights landing on the beach at Cockle Strand in between tides.
Tangasdale lies on the Atlantic, facing the west side of Barra. The beach here is considered to be one of the best in the Hebrides. Each July, Tangasdale plays host to the Barra Live traditional music festival. The Isle of Barra Beach Hotel overlooks the beach and its restaurant serves a variety of dishes from the bistro and bar menu.
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