#No 33 of my 101 challenges with my stoma bag is to do 30 of Visit Englands’ things to do before you die. There are 101 things on this list but me and Andy (my poor, understanding, and beaten down boyfriend) decided I would do 30 because of the challenge having to be finished by the time I’m 30 (clever I know!!). I have visited some of these places before, but most of the time due to my Crohn’s/Colitis I haven’t been able to enjoy the full experience – so I’m going to do some of them again, and do some of them for the first time.
Below are our choices, click on the links to read about mine and Winnie’s adventures, the ones in purple are done.
FOOD AND DRINK (7)
1 Taste oysters in Whitstable, Kent.
2 Have a pint in England’s oldest pub, Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, in Nottingham, dating back to 1189.
6 Mix martinis at Dukes Bar, in St James’s, London, spiritual home of James Bond
9 Tour the Black Friars gin distillery, in Plymouth, Devon.
15 Head to the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, in the Lake District
17 Tour an English vineyard, in Surrey, such as Denbies Wine Estate, the biggest in the country
19 Drink real cider in an orchard in Herefordshire.
HISTORY AND HERITAGE (4)
25 Gawp at the Gothic splendour of Lincoln Cathedral, tallest building in the world for 200 years
27 Ride the Settle-Carlisle steam train, across the Pennines and Ribblehead Viaduct, which appeared in the Harry Potter movies
38 Marvel at St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall, a tidal island crowned with a superb castle.
ARTS AND CULTURE (6)
48 See Blackpool illuminations.
55 Get in fancy dress for Bestival on the Isle of Wight.
61 Head by boat to Farne Islands nature reserve in Northumberland.
62 Strip off at Holkham Beach, Norfolk – it’s a naturist beach.
64 See thousands of the world’s plant species at The Eden Project in Cornwall.
66 Look for dolphins and basking sharks off the Scilly Isles.
72 Join a bat patrol at Cheddar Gorge, Somerset.
77 Look out for snowdrops at Fountains Abbey, North Yorks.
HEALTH AND FITNESS (6)
82 Scale England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike in the Lake District.
87 Pony trek in The New Forest.
91 Canoe along the Wye Valley in Herefordshire.
92 Try swimming in Grassington, Yorkshire Dales National Park.
97 Learn the art of mountain biking, in the Lake District
101 Have a go at the annual Cheese Rolling at Cooper’s Hill, Gloucs.
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