If you’re looking for a day out but are bored of the boring art galleries or sick of getting sand between your toes, why not try one of these unorthodox and interesting places? You won’t regret it!
The Museum of Witchcraft, Cornwall
Exactly as you’d imagine, the Museum of Witchcraft is a museum stuffed to the rafters with witchcraft-related things. It has the largest collection of witchcraft artefacts in the world! With sections devoted to stone circles, white witches, divination and protective charms, there is so much worth seeing.
If you prefer to walk on the dark side, there is a section concerning Satanism, with a medallion presented to the museum by the Church of Satan! From shape-shifting to healing, the Museum of Witchcraft has enough to make it a truly magical day out.
The Cumberland Pencil Museum, Lake District
Enter through a reconstruction of the entrance to the Seathwaite mine – where graphite was originally discovered – to find out the interesting and peculiar history of pencils! The Pencil Museum takes you through the story of the Cumberland Pencil Company and how pencils were made, attracting more than 80,000 curious visitors every year.
It is the home of the world’s first pencil, as well as the world’s longest colour pencil and an amazing example from the Second World War, looking like something super-spy James Bond might use! Come along for laughter and learning; there are even fun days and workshops.
Photo credit: pencilmuseum.co.uk
Sewer Tour, Brighton
The only place in Britain where you can walk through the tunnels (read: sewers) of a town, the sewers of Brighton date back to the Victorians and serve as a fascinating lesson in history.
Tours start at the Palace Pier, last around an hour and teach you about all the “secrets of the sewers”. The Sewer Tour is surprisingly popular – one man proposed to his wife in them! Go to the Brighton Sewers for a day out that won’t stink! (Except it will. Just in a different way.)
Ness Botanical Gardens, Merseyside
For a peaceful day of feeling serene whilst surrounded by green, Ness Gardens is the perfect place. A beautiful site, the whole family can enjoy picnicking overlooking the Dee estuary or marvel at the selection of rare plants. Ness has one of the most interesting plant collections in the UK, so it’s worth a visit!
Ness Gardens also hold a wide variety of events, both musical and theatrical, so you can watch some Shakespeare while Grandad revels in the gorgeous wildflower meadow. The picturesque botanical gardens [http://www.nessgardens.org.uk/] are home to more than 10,000 types of plants!
Time for some construction-based fun! If you’re looking for a theme park based around heavy machinery – and let’s face it, who isn’t? – then look no further than Diggerland in Durham! Get your adrenaline pumping on the Sky Shuttle, or drive a Diggerland tractor or even a mini Landrover!
Even the rides are JCB-themed – you can be spun around in the bucket of a digger on Spindizzy or enjoy a ride on the Dig-a-round! There’s fun to be had for all the family here, but kids will love Diggerland the most. Also, if you’re not in Durham, there are others in Yorkshire, Devon and Kent!
Compiled by Tom Ronkins.
Compiled by Tom Ronkins.