UK Weekend With A Twist: Top 5 Quirky Adventure Ideas

Are you bored with your weekend routine? Do you crave adventure? Check out these quirky UK weekend ideas – a list of unusual weekend activities, perfect for a girls’ weekend trip, hen do/stag do or a couples getaway!

The most common leisure activity in the UK is watching television. It’s a fact. I must admit I do love staying in at the weekend, ordering takeaway, and catching up on my favorite TV series.

When we decide to go out, it usually means going to the pub, restaurant, shopping or gym.

This all sounds great but sometimes we get bored with our weekend routine and hungry for some real adventure.

You are now probably thinking that getting adventurous will cost you a fortune, be weather dependant and make you travel for hours to even get there.

Well, guess what! My selected quirky UK weekend ideas are not weather dependant. In addition, these activities are totally affordable and they are available all over the UK so you won’t have to travel far from home.

Check out my quirky UK weekend ideas below and make everyone at the office jealous on Monday!

1. Quirky UK weekend ideas: Become a ghost hunter

If you are a horror movie enthusiast like me, this will be right up your street!

You will have an opportunity to conduct your own overnight ghost hunt alongside professional paranormal investigators and psychic mediums in the UK’s most haunted locations!

Think abandoned mental asylums, castles, and haunted mansions. You will be provided with professional equipment like EVP Meters, Ouija boards, and K2 Meters.

Unusual UK weekend ideas - ghost hunting

Are you brave enough to take part in a séance and experiments like glass divination or table tipping?

I haven’t had the courage so far but it’s been on my mind for a while now…

I’ve stayed in two hotels that have the reputation of being one of the most haunted hotels in San Francisco and in the whole of the UK and ended up not sleeping at all because I was so frightened.

What can I say, ghost hunting is not for the faint-hearted for sure!

Check out Haunted Rooms, Dusk Till Dawn Events, and Haunted Happenings for the next ghost hunting events happening all over the UK.

2. Unusual UK weekend ideas: Take a journey to the center of the earth

Fancy visiting the underworld? Go caving!

The exploration of caves, also known as spelunking, is an adrenaline-pumping fun guided by qualified and experienced instructors.

You get to experience zip-lining through caverns, boating across a lake, traversing over an abyss, scaling a waterfall and climbing up a vertical shaft, or abseiling your way down to the deepest point in the UK!

No previous experience is necessary and all equipment is provided.

Unusual UK weekend ideas - spelunking

There are a lot of places in the UK where you can go spelunking, I recommend Go Below in Snowdonia where you can choose from three different types of adventure.

If you are claustrophobic or scared of heights, make sure to check the level of difficulty and types of challenges before booking as some adventures may involve small spaces and heights.

3. Unique UK weekend ideas: Go camping like a Royal

Glamping, also known as glamour or luxury camping is for those of us who would like to live the experience less the inconvenience that comes with it like the hassle of setting up a tent, bringing your own cooking equipment and sleeping bags, uncomfortable sleeping arrangements, communal toilets and showers, lack of privacy…shall I carry on?

Unusual UK weekend ideas - glamping

With glamping, everything has been set up for you and in terms of facilities, it’s no different than staying in a nice hotel.

Many glamping places include an en suite, kitchen facilities, and even a TV!

You have a wide variety of options, you could stay in a glamping pod/wigwam, yurt, tipi, bell tent, gypsy caravan, narrow boat, Shepherd’s Hut, Hobbit Hut or even a treehouse!

You can search for glamping experiences on Airbnb, Glamping UK, Canopy & Stars, and Love Glamping.

It’s worth mentioning that some of the glamping experiences are available from time to time on discount websites like Groupon or Wowcher so if you time it right you can grab yourself a bargain.

I have previously purchased a great deal from Groupon: £79 for a two night stay in a deluxe wigwam at The National Diving & Activity Centre in South Wales which included Prosecco and Belgian chocolates on arrival, as well as a free breakfast on one day!

It was my first glamping experience and it made me want to thoroughly explore the wonderful world of glamour camping.

4. Offbeat UK weekend ideas: Survive a Zombie apocalypse

If you are a fan of zombie movies and TV shows like “The Walking Dead”, this adrenaline-pumping zombie survival experience will be perfect for you.

quirky UK weekend ideas - zombie apocalypse experience

The lethal virus has taken over and it’s your job to save the world!

Your aim is to complete the missions assigned to you without getting infected. The dead hide in the shadows and they can attack at any time, will you survive?

It’s not only a great weekend activity but also a fantastic idea for a corporate team-building event.

Check out the events happening near you soon on Zombie Experiences and The Last Survivors.

5. Cool UK weekend ideas: Get lost

As most unplanned adventures are often the best ones, choose a small town or village you have never visited before, pack your bag and just go.

Stay in a B&B, visit the local attractions and pubs, make friends with the residents and listen to their stories.

Check out the local antique market, alpaca farm, or old cemetery.

Visit the local charity shops as from my experience you can find some real gems there!

Embrace the unknown, for two days become a shameless tourist. You will be surprised where this may take you!

Unusual UK weekend ideas - exploring small villages

There is something therapeutic about this experience as we tend to live our lives according to a set schedule by mechanically planning every day.

When you don’t know what is going to happen and where the adventure will take you, time seems to slow down and you are able to enjoy every minute.

I hope you like my list of fun weekend activities and I have encouraged you to try some of them, if not all!

These ideas are also perfect for a girls’ weekend away, a hen do/stag do, or a couples getaway.

Thank you so much for reading!



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