That important milestone in the academic year, autumn half-term is upon us once more! We're not sure about you but our kids are shattered and definitely need a break to recover from all that homework, interactive white boarding and learning. I'm sure teachers across the country appreciate a holiday before the run up to Christmas! Half-term has kicked off in rather windy fashion but thankfully the impact wasn't as bad as the 24 hour media would have us believe. So mums (and dads) across the country are faced with the age old challenge of entertaining the kids. Instead of going down the easy route of games consoles, TV and DVDs why not do something different this half-term? There's probably lots to do within a twenty minute drive from where you live and Never Be Bored is packed full of great suggestions for things to do, and many of them are free! So whether you're enjoying some quality time with your nearest and dearest, on holiday or at work like normal, have a good week and get searching and sharing!
We have continued to expand the Never Be Bored database which has now exceeded over 5000 locations across the UK and Ireland. So if you're wondering what to do today in your local area, where to go with the kids this weekend or how to keep your friends entertained this evening - just type in your location into the search box at Never Be Bored. You will be surprised just how many suggestions we can give you, and if you think we're missing any good ones then do let us know.
If you're heading off to the US for a holiday or visiting friends and relatives, then check out our new site GreatDaysOutAndThingsToDo which will help you find the best things to do while you're there. And if you find things that we haven't yet discovered, then please add them to the site so that we can tell everyone else about them too.
As nights start to draw in early and the last of the warmth gradually recedes from the sunshine, we all have our fingers crossed for a few more weeks of Indian Summer before Autumn really starts to bite. We can't complain after a great 2013 season, but the first signs of Autumn colours and return of children to school gets many of us in the mood for more indoor pastimes. If you're in need of inspiration, we've got plenty of great indoor leisure activities to explore across over 4500 UK and Ireland locations.
Here comes the sun! It probably hasn't escaped your attention that the forecast for the most of the country is sun, sun and more sun. Assuming the Met Office computer hasn't thrown a wobbly then it's time to don the shades and enjoy the great British outdoors at its finest. We have lots of beaches listed so you can easily find a nice one to visit, or perhaps heading out to a theme park or outdoor attraction is more your thing ? National Trust properties are always a good day out, especially in fine weather and great value if you're a member. Whatever you get up to - enjoy!
Over two-thirds of Brits plan to holiday at home this year, according to a new report from Travelodge. This is a large increase over last year when just two in five opted for a break in the British Isles. Cost is the main reason and it's not hard to see why: the average cost of a foreign holiday is over £1000 per person compared to a shade under £400 in the UK. Also with the Pound weak against foreign currencies your holiday money won't go as far this year when abroad. The report claims the benefit to the UK economy will be a whopping £12 billion and it means people will get to discover the myriad of things on offer here on our doorstep.
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!
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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 most towns and cities in the UK - 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 provide a portal for 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 people 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 (and not so 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 or 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!
Entertainment - We all love to be entertained. Be it theatre, cinema, stand-up comedy, live music, ballet or opera, 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, 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 the bargain-hunter's 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 now well over 3000 in total with more being added each week, but here are some main of the ones: