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’ or boys’ weekend trip, hen do/stag do or a couples getaway!
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The most common leisure activity in the UK is watching TV. It’s a fact.
With a huge variety of fantastic TV shows available on numerous affordable streaming platforms, it’s a nice and easy way to spend a weekend, relax and unwind.
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, gym or for a walk.
This all sounds great but what if you get bored with your 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 we all know how fickle the UK weather can be!), 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 super jealous on Monday!
QUIRKY UK WEEKEND IDEAS: GHOST HUNTING
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 get to take part in fascinating experiments such as table tipping, glass divination, vigils, and séances.
Are you brave enough to take part in this experience?
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 haunted: The Queen Anne Hotel in San Francisco and The Mermaid Inn in Rye, East Sussex, UK. I ended up not sleeping at all because I was so frightened.
You can read all about my scary night at The Mermaid Inn here: THE MOST HAUNTED HOTEL IN THE UK.
What can I say, ghost hunting is not for the faint-hearted for sure!
If you feel brave enough to try the ghost hunting experience, you can book it with one of the below providers.
UNUSUAL UK WEEKEND IDEAS: SPELUNKING
Fancy a trip to the center of the earth and 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.
There are a lot of places in the UK where you can go spelunking.
I’ve tried Go Below in Snowdonia where you can choose from three different types of adventure. It was an amazing experience and I could not recommend it enough!
Check out these TOP 10 CAVING DESTINATIONS IN THE UK for other places where you can try spelunking.
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.
UNIQUE UK WEEKEND IDEAS: GLAMPING
You may not be a big fan of camping but what if you could camp 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.
I am talking about 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… The list goes on!
With glamping, everything will be set up for you and in terms of facilities, it’s no different than staying in a nice hotel.
Most glamping places include an en suite, kitchen facilities, and TV.
You have a wide variety of options when it comes to glamping.
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!
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.
OFFBEAT UK WEEKEND IDEAS: ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE
If you are a fan of zombie movies and TV shows like “The Walking Dead”, you will absolutely love this adrenaline-pumping zombie survival 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.
It’s not only a great weekend activity but also a fantastic idea for a corporate team-building event.
I hope you survive!
COOL UK WEEKEND IDEAS: GET LOST
Unplanned adventures often make the best memories!
Don’t plan anything. Just choose a small town or village you have never visited before, pack your bag and go.
And so the adventure begins!
Stay in a random 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!
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!
And make sure to also check out these UK STAYCATION IDEAS.
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