In a drive to provide even more local results for everyone across the UK, we have been busy adding over 1000 new locations to the Never Be Bored database.This brings the total to over 3000 locations all carefully geo-coded by hand - and it's still increasing by the day. So whether you live in Puddletown or Donkey Town, Bonnybridge or Narberth we have hopefully got plenty of things for you to do in your area. If we haven't yet added your town or village yet, then do let us know !
Stop the press! It's Bank Holiday Monday and...the sun is shining (apart from North-West Scotland, sorry guys)! We hope you enjoy the extra day off whatever it is you plan to get up to (perhaps abandon that indoors DIY project though and make the most of the weather). We've just reached a new milestone and now have listings pages for 3000 places in the UK, so wherever you are, or wherever you're going there should be something to do. And if you visit or try something new be sure to let us know so we can add your suggestion!
Now the sunshine is starting to shine again on our green and pleasant land, it is time to start thinking about digging out your favourite beach wear, buckets and spades in readiness for a good old fashioned British seaside holiday. There are so many fantastic resorts, coves and beaches to explore around our coastline that it would be criminal to spend your hard earned money anywhere else this year. We Brits need to stick together, so come on in and find your perfect holiday destination on Never Be Bored. Whether it's the long sandy beaches of Devon and Cornwall or the wild remote coastline of the Scottish Highlands - we've got it all here to explore!
In readiness for the eventual start of Spring and hopefully a warm and sunny Summer this year, Never Be Bored has expanded its coverage to over 2000 village, town and city locations across the UK and Ireland. So wherever you live in these Isles, or you are off to on your travels, we hope to have plenty of great ideas for interesting things to do and exciting places to go during your leisure time. We've been working hard during the cold winter months to add lots of new content, and have been really pleased to get so many suggestions from our users. So keep your ideas coming into us, especially if you see any of our new pages which are not yet filled with great stuff to do.
Only one week to go until Easter Sunday, the children are off school and the winter seems to have returned with a vengeance for many of us across the UK. So if you're looking for something to do in this cold snap, perhaps for a few adults or a whole family, whether it's nice and local or a new place you're visiting - then start searching the Never Be Bored website to get lots of great ideas! And if you find something we've missed then please, please, please do let us know here
While developing Never Be Bored, we have come across some great places to buy the things we often need to help make the most of our leisure time. We’ve listed a few of our favourites on our blog here, with affiliate links to their websites, so that any purchases made by people being referred by us will help pay for the on-going development of Never Be Bored. Over time we plan to develop an online shop within the main Never Be Bored site.
We've been busy working on making the NBB mobile experience even better. Everything has now been tweaked, optimised and generally smartened up for phones so finding things to do near you is a slicker and more enjoyable experience. And for those of you lucky enough to own an Android smartphone or tablet you can now download a handy free NBB app from Google Play. It's a challenge, so we'd love your feedback. And while you're at it, add your favourite places - your suggestions are what makes the NBB world go round!
Have you cut back on leisure spending? You might think 'nice to haves' would be a major casualty of the recession but this short article suggests otherwise.
It probably hasn't escaped your attention that Christmas is just around the corner. That's right, 2012 is drawing to a close in a blaze of glory (and by glory we mean turkey, sprouts and Christmas pud). At this time of family,friends and over-indulgence it's a good time to reflect on the year. Against a backdrop of economic woe there was still plenty to celebrate including the Jubilee, Olympics and Paralympics.
And with many people tightening their purse strings, holidays in good ol' Blighty were more popular than ever, as were 'staycations'. So we hope NeverBeBored has provided a useful service this past year. If you have any ideas on how to improve the site we'd love to hear them.
Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year!
After years of development, months of hype, thousands of miles of torch bearing and a thrilling opening ceremony - the 2012 Olympic Games are now off to a flying start.
We wish all of the athletes the very best of luck for success and, for all those visiting the events, an exciting and enjoyable time.
For people who are not so enthusiastic about the Olympics and may be looking for alternative things to do - then take a look here on Never Be Bored. We have plenty of non-Olympian activities and days out in your area for everyone to enjoy!
There is an old saying that “the best things in life are FREE” - and here at Never Be Bored we completely agree with this.
So if you’re looking for something to do in your local area that isn’t going to cost you an arm and a leg, then look out for all the activities marked on our site as FREE.
To the best of our knowledge these will not cost you a penny to participate in, if they do then please let us know so we can update the site.
And if you know of any more FREE things to do in your neighbourhood that you would recommend to others, then click on the “Add your favourite place” link at the top of every page and tell us all about it (and don't forget to mention that it is FREE!)
NeverBeBored.co.uk is devoted to providing the very best ways to spend your free time.
Sunny weekend with the kids? Something to do with your mates on a rainy day? You've come to the right place. On holiday in an area you don't know or simply need some inspiration for a good meal out or B&B? You'll find the answer here. More about the site...
We currently have guides for 150 towns and cities in the UK and 700 villages - all lovingly compiled by hand (see list).
But we need people to add great things to do to make the site even better.
Our aim is to be the first port of call to find interesting places to visit, eat and drink as well as sports, entertainment, leisure, shopping and places to stay.
A recent report by researcher Juliet Schor for RESOLVE concluded that if people had more free time the net effect would be beneficial for the economy and environment.
She claims it would cut unemployment, reduce carbon emissions, and of course give people a higher quality of life.
Shor states: 'As a growing movement of downshifters attests, short hour lifestyles allow people to build stronger social connections, maintain their physical and mental health, and engage in activities that are creative and meaningful.'
Why not mention it to your boss?
Basically we didn't like the stuff already out there on the web and thought we could do a better job. We wanted a site we'd use ourselves, with a particular emphasis on quality, useful content and simplicity. Helping people find things to do with kids and the coolest free things out there was a priority too.
We also wanted everything to be vetted manually too to stop the spurious 'reviews' that plague rival sites. We're not perfect, and don't claim to be, but the thought of helping you discover new and interesting things to do fills us a with a warm fuzzy feeling.
Lots and lots of great ideas for things to see and do in the UK. We've created seven unique categories to help you find all the best places and accommodation.
Visit - These are your big attractions. Museums, theme parks, art galleries, country parks, nature reserves, stately homes, gardens, zoos, beaches, basically the kind of things you'd plan a day out around. Think Alton Towers, London Eye, Legoland, Edinburgh Castle, Tate Gallery, National History Museum, Whipsnade Zoo, Sherwood Forest, Waddesdon Manor. And if it's a free attraction we tell you...because we're nice like that!
Eat and Drink - Here you'll find info on the best restaurants, bars, pubs, takeaways, picnic spots and cafes. So whether you're partial to Italian, Chinese, Mexican, Indian, Japenese or traditional English fare, we should have you covered!
Watch Listen and Nights Out - We all love to be entertained. Be it theatre, cinema, stand-up comedy, live music, ballet, opera, or a night out clubbing, we have details of hundreds of great venues and locations that will pander to your every entertainment need!
Sport and Leisure - If health and fitness is more your cup of tea we have details of gyms, leisure centres, swimming pools, aerobic classes, and a variety of specialist sport clubs such as scuba diving or bowls. For those with extreme sport leanings you'll find climbing walls, surfing schools, water sport centres, skate parks, bungee jump locations, dry ski slopes, snowboard centres, and even Zorbing! If you fancy something more sedate you'll find golf courses/clubs, cycle routes, walking guides and horse riding schools.
Shop and Treat Yourself - Definitely our most indulgent section! We'll let you know where the main shopping centres are, out of town retail parks and bargain-hunter favourite: designer outlet villages! Once you're all shopped out we'll guide you to a luxurious day spa for a well-earned massage and manicure. You'll also find details of hair and beauty salons and mobile beauty therapists.
Stay - To help you find the perfect night's sleep we have details of a wide range of accommodation including hotels, bed & breakfasts, guest houses, travel inns and hostels. So whether you're looking for 4* star luxury or budget accommodation, you should find what you're looking for!
Kids - Looking for ideas to keep the kids entertained? Look no further! We have soft play centres, farms, ten pin bowling alleys, cinemas, parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, leisure centres...more or less all the stuff we loved doing when we were kids!
Well, there are well over 1000 in total with more being added each week, but here are some main of the ones: