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1st March 2015
Spring is on its way - at last!

The nights are getting lighter, the days are getting warmer, the birds and bees are starting to flutter, and we humans can breathe a sigh of relief that another winter is nearly over. Officially the astronomical spring doesn't start in the UK until 20th March 2015, but here at Never Be Bored we're optimistic that the 1st March is good enough to start feeling that Spring is here again. So dust off your outdoor shoes and get your springtime clothes ready to head out and find some fun things to do in your leisure time!

3rd December 2014
Christmas is coming...

Yes it's that time of year again, as most of you will have noticed with the madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday hyping up consumer activity in the shops and on-line. But Christmas and New Year are about much more than presents and festivities. Of great importance is spending precious time with your family, relatives and friends, enjoying the opportunity to reflect on the past year and look forward to the next one. So if you're keen to find some new things to do locally during your time off, then check out Never Be Bored and invite your family and friends to join you too!

21st October 2014
At last - the half-term break is upon us!

Anyone (un)fortunate enough to have children at school can probably relate to parents across the country dealing with their warn out offspring after a looong term at school. Brains are frazzled, tempers are flaring and there's a 'we need a break' feeling in the air. Thankfully the half-term holiday is almost here so provide some much-needed R&R. Well, for the kids at least - it's business as usual for the mums and dads wracking their brain to answer the eternal question: 'What can we do with the children?' As always Never Be Bored is on hand to assist you in this quest. There are so many great things to do with kids (and adults!) right on most people's doorstep. Many are very reasonably priced, some free, and all a good way to keep everyone entertained. So check out where you live (or where you're visiting) and plan a great day out.

20th August 2014
Make the most of your August Bank Holiday long weekend

Well summer is almost over and it's been a pretty good one across the UK this year. There's just one more chance for a long and hopefully sunny bank holiday weekend, before the autumn and winter weather starts to roll in. So make the most of it and do something new and exciting wherever you are this weekend. If you're not sure what to do then check out our latest suggestions by just typing in your location in the Never Be Bored search bar!

17th July 2014
Summer holidays are about to begin

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.

12th April 2014
Easter is on its way

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.

24th February 2013
Places to Shop

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.


Welcome 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 need your help

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.

Researcher claims increasing leisure time is good for the economy!

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?

Why did we make this website?

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.

What will you find?

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!

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