3 Alternative Days Out in The UK

No matter what the time of year or the weather, there are always plenty of things to do in and around the UK. Most of these activities will be well known and popular among those that want to enjoy a nice day out. However, if you are looking for something a little different, then there are also many ways that you can enjoy a day out. Let us take a look at 3 alternative days out in the UK and why you should give them a try. 

Alternative Days Out in The UK

1. Horse Racing

Although horse racing is enjoyed by millions of people every year, it isn’t always the first thing you think about when planning a day out. However, there are numerous ways that you can have fun and feel the excitement of a horse meeting. 

There are a number of horse race meetings that take place over the course of a year. Although you might think of it as a summer sport, there are actually meetings that take place at other times as well. The development of all-weather courses means that racing can continue longer than it could previously. 

You can find many horse race meetings all over the country, so you can choose to attend a large horse racing event, or something smaller.  You can also arrange for special events to take place at a racecourse such as an engagement party or a birthday party. Many courses offer hospitality where you can rent a room or a box so you can also see the racing. 

These events can be enjoyed whether you decide to place a bet or not, so there is no need to think that you need a lot of money to go and enjoy horse racing. 

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2. See the Northern Lights

Because of the position of the UK, we can often see spectacles in the night sky that other countries cannot. One of these is the Northern Lights, which can be seen from certain parts of the country. The Northern Lights is a magical spectacle of nature that truly has to be seen to be believed. These particles are electrically charged by the sun, and create wonderful colours when they hit the Earth’s atmosphere. 

Northumberland has the largest sight, but it can also be seen in certain areas of Wales and the Peak District. You need to have a clear night to see the Northern Lights in all of their glory, which isn’t always guaranteed in the UK, however, there are other ways that you can see them if you feel more adventurous. 

There are chartered flights that can take you up to see the Northern Lights a little closer. Another way is to travel to Iceland where the Northern Lights can be seen clearly. Although these other options require more thought and planning, they are a good alternative.

3. Fly a Spitfire

If you have ever been to an air show, you will no doubt have seen the amazing old planes that have been lovingly restored to service. One of these most famous planes is the Spitfire, which played a huge role in World War II. 

Although many of these planes are single-seater, there are now a few available that have a co-pilot seat. These were either old training versions or those that have been converted to two-seater aircraft. 

For those that want to try something different, you can now pay to go up in a Spitfire with a trained pilot and experience the thrill of flying in these amazing machines. These flights usually take approximately 30 minutes, and during that time, you are given the control to fly the plane yourself. 

While experiences such as these are not cheap, they are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and something that any plane or Spitfire enthusiast would love to do. There are a couple of locations around the country that offer these flights, so there will likely be a place near to you. 


These are just a few of the many things that you can do in the UK. No matter what you like to do or your interests, there is bound to be something that you will enjoy. 

Last Updated on May 8, 2023

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