By Parkdean Resorts on 03/03/2017
Wherever you are in Britain you’ll never be too far away from stunning countryside, historic towns, sandy beaches or weathered mountaintops - all offering up countless opportunities for an adventure.
But as well as the iconic British activities that we all know and love, such as lunch in a cosy country pub or fish and chips on a seaside pier, there are some experiences that are simply unmissable.
If you’re looking for inspiration, here are just a few of the extraordinary things to see and do in Britain that you might want to add to your Great British Bucket List.
Fossil Hunting on the Jurassic Coast
Many people are fascinated by dinosaurs, and the questions about the creatures that once roamed the earth are endless. Fossil hunting on England’s iconic Jurassic Coast offers us a unique opportunity to travel back in time and discover some of the animals and plants that lived before us.
The Jurassic Coast is famous all over the world for fossil hunting and the rare treasures that can be unearthed up and down this unique stretch of coastline. On many of the beaches along the shore, you have the chance to find the remains of ancient animals and plants that have been preserved for millions of years.
If it’s your first time fossil hunting, the best way to get started is by joining a guided walk to find out what to look for and how to spot rare finds. Charmouth Beach and Lyme Regis are some of the best locations for fossil hunting and guided walks can be joined at the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre or the Lyme Regis Museum.
The Jurassic Coast is a landscape lover’s paradise, with sweeping beaches, dramatic clifftops, beautiful coves and unique landmarks. Less than 20 minutes from this World Heritage Site, West Bay Holiday Park is the perfect place to stay if you’d like to tick this one off your bucket list.
Video sourced from Jon Shoreman
Marvel at Stonehenge
Believed to have been built between 3000 BC to 2000 BC, Stonehenge is one of the most famous prehistoric sites on earth. This wonder of the world offers up the chance to walk in the footsteps of your ancestors and often features on the list of the most iconic things to experience and places to visit around the world.
Just over an hours’ drive from Hayling Island Holiday Park and Sandford Holiday Park, the area is shrouded in mystery. Although it has been studied for centuries, many questions still remain around its construction and purpose. Endless ideas have been put forward over the years about who built it, when and why. Theories range from it being a place of worship, to something created by aliens!
Video sourced from Chances1957
Watch for Dolphins and Whales in Wales
The deep waters off the Pembrokeshire coastline are some of the best in the UK for spotting marine wildlife. If you’re a nature lover, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to tick this off your Great British Bucket List.
Cardigan Bay is famous for being home to the UK’s largest pod of bottlenose dolphins, and is also a great place to spot a variety of whale species such as minke whale, sei whale, fin whale and the orca. Seals and porpoises are also regular visitors to this part of the Celtic Deep too.
Your best chance to spot some of these elusive creatures is by taking one of many boat trips from various locations along the coastline. Whilst catching a glimpse of a whale can’t be guaranteed, you’ll get the opportunity to see other marine wildlife on your travels. With stunning views over Cardigan Bay, Brynowen Holiday Park is the perfect place to stay.
Explore Hadrian’s Wall
Stretching for almost 80 miles across the North of England, Hadrian’s Wall is one of the most famous Roman sites in Britain. Built by a force of around 15,000 men in just under six years, it reaches from east to west, crossing a diverse landscape which provides a dramatic backdrop for this ancient engineering marvel.
There was once over 80 castles and forts along the wall, and some of these can still been seen today at Corbridge and Vindolanda. Housesteads, the wall’s most dramatic site, is the best preserved Roman fort in the country.
There are many walks and paths to follow along the stretch of Hadrian’s Wall, so you can literally walk in the footsteps of Roman soldiers. Various sites along the wall have museums and exhibitions, so you can find out more about the Romans that once called this place home.
At just under an hour’s drive to Housesteads fort, with many sections of the wall much closer, Sandy Bay Holiday Park is the perfect base for exploring Hadrian’s Wall.
Video sourced from James McKelvey
Ride the Snowdon Mountain Railway
Take a train ride into the clouds on the Snowdon Mountain Railway and visit the rooftop of Wales. Passing by plunging waterfalls and historic ruins, from the start of the journey in the village of Llanberis to the moment your train reaches the crest of the mountain, you’ll be surrounded by unforgettable scenery.
On a clear day, long-reaching views can stretch across Wales and take in all four corners of the UK, with England, Scotland, and Ireland visible from the summit.
The Snowdon Mountain Railway offers the chance for everyone to experience what it feels like to reach the top of a mountain. Relax with a hot drink in the Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre and gaze out of the panoramic windows at the stunning mountain backdrop.
Weather permitting, there are two services operating on the mountain side. The diesel service is open from mid-March to the end of October and the heritage steam experience on the Snowdon Lilly is open from May to September.
Catch the train from Llanberis station, only 45 minutes from Ty Mawr Holiday Park, to get a spectacular bird’s eye view.