Schools are getting ready to break up for the summer, leaving many parents wondering how to keep them occupied without spending too much money. Luckily we have found you lots of free things to do across all the big cities like London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds together with most of the towns across the UK. And if you're heading off to the seaside resorts like Brighton, Torquay, Bournemouth and Rhyll or the countryside retreats like the Lake District, Peak District or New Forest, then check out Never Be Bored for all the best things to do while you're there.
The school holidays are upon us again, the sun is starting to make an appearance and there is a spring like feel in the air at last! So it's time to pack the bags and head off for a short break or a few days out, with or without the kids depending on your circumstances. No matter what you're looking to do with your spare time, we have plenty of ideas for some great places to go and things to keep all the family entertained.
For all those people who are still suffering from the winter storms and flood water, we wish you a speedy recovery and some warm weather to help everything dry out and get back to normal again. For everyone else who has been locked up indoors watching the rain and wind, it's time to get on those welly boots and check out if everything is OK in your neighbourhood. Hopefully it all is, and you'll soon be back to checking out Never Be Bored for things to do!
Now that the Christmas festivities are coming to a close, the sherry and turkey sandwiches are running low, it's time to look forward to the New Year and all that 2014 will bring. Let's hope that it's a happy and prosperous one for everyone, the weather is conducive to plenty of fun days out, and if you're in need of any inspiration then remember Never Be Bored is here to help!
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.
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.
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: