It’s the Easter bank holiday and people up and down the land are celebrating it by spending time with family, jetting off for a long weekend or even just spending a little too much time in a beer garden than is sensible.
The sun is out but threatening to disappear – it’s a bank holiday, after all – and the newspapers are full of traffic stories as there’s not really very much else going on. News has taken the long weekend off too.
Well timed then comes the Great British Bucket List, a compilation of the top 50 things to do in the UK before you die.
Top of the poll, compiled by AskJeeves, is that great British tradition of eating fish and chips on a seaside pier. In fact food features quite heavily on the list with haggis, Gordon Ramsey and picnics all making the top 50.
Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway, the Ffestiniog railway in Wales and Ben Nevis were just some of the natural landmarks on the list, along with tourist favourites Tower Bridge, Stonehenge and the Lake District.
The country’s love of sport was also reflected in the list of British must-dos with holding the FA Cup, attending a Six Nations rugby game and watching the London Marathon all recommended.
But where would the Britain be without its eccentricity? The weird and wonderful Portmeirion in Wales, watching a boxset of Only Fools and Horses and eating a deep fried Mars bar are among the wackier selection of tips.
Of all the things on the list, I’ve done a rather measly 18 of them. I don’t particularly desire to watch a live recording of the X Factor but watching the fireball ceremony in Stonehaven, Scotland, on New Year’s Eve has long been on my bucket list.
Here’s the list in full. How many can you check off?
1. Eat fish and chips on a seaside pier
2. See whales off Wales
3. Go to a night at the Proms at the Albert Hall
4. Visit Giant’s Causeway
5. Have a picnic at an open air concert
6. Go up in the London Eye
7. Travel Scotland’s West Coast by rail
8. Watch a Shakespeare play in Stratford-upon-Avon
9. Dine in a Gordon Ramsay restaurant
10. Go to a British Grand Prix
11. See inside the Houses of Parliament
12. Get the Ffestiniog railway in Snowdonia
13. Go to Glastonbury festival
14. Hold the FA Cup trophy in your hands
15. Take in the view from the top of the Shard
16. Be at Stonehenge on longest day of the year
17. See the Trooping the Colour
18. Go to a cricket test match
19. Visit ‘The Prisoner’ village in Portmeirion, Wales
20. Have tea at Betty’s tearooms, Harrogate
21. See a traditional Christmas pantomime
22. Watch a British player at Wimbledon
23. Do a ‘Wainwright’ walk in the Lake District
24. Drive round Brands Hatch motor racing circuit in Kent
25. Visit a whisky distillery
26. Go to a Six Nations rugby match
27. Go on a Jack the Ripper guided walk in London’s East End
28. Have a pint in the Rovers Return, the fictional pub in ITV’s Coronation Street
29. See Lake Windermere by boat
30. Go on a historic London pub tour
31. Experience the Notting Hill Carnival
32. Try a deep fried Mars Bar
33. See the fireball ceremony at Stonehaven, Scotland, on New Year’s Eve
34. Sail round the Isle of Wight
35. Attend the Grand National, Guineas and Gold Cup horse races
36. Go to a World Darts Final
37. Take a selfie at both John O’Groats and Land’s End
38. Take a ferry across the Mersey
39. Climb Ben Nevis
40. See Tower Bridge raised
41. Visit Borough food market, London
42. Eat Haggis on Burns Night, in Scotland
43. See Morris Dancers at a country pub
44. See the Christmas Lights on Oxford Street
45. Be at a recording of X-Factor or Britain’s Got Talent
46. See Blackpool Illuminations
47. Watch a boxset of Only Fools and Horses
48. Watch the Boat Race
49. Attend first day of Harrods sale
50. Watch the London Marathon live
:: The British bucket list was compiled from a survey of 1,000 people who use the internet search engine Ask Jeeves.