Welcome to 2017!

There are lots of incredible adventures and fun activities in Britain, and you don’t necessarily need to be a daredevil or sports-freak to do them.

Discover four cool activities to get your teeth into this year.

Zip into the unknown

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Velocity – Europe’s Longest Zip line, Wales

Have you got a head for heights? If you are looking for fun activities in Britain and you like a side of scream with your view, then Europe’s longest, and the world’s fastest zip line could be for you.

Located in Wales, at 500ft,  you get to soar over Penrhyn Quarry at incredible speeds of up to 100 mph – head first.

At the top of the quarry you get to take in fantastic views over Anglesey and Isle of Man.

Top Tip: If you’re not so sure about a zip line, Zipworld also has some incredible indoor cave trampolines.

Price: £60
Time to allow: 2 hours
Buy here
Getting there: Located near the north tip of Snowdonia national park, it’s around a 5 hour trip from London so worth making a weekend or a week of it.

 

Head out on the Malt Whisky Trail

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Malt Whisky Trail, Scotland
Know someone who loves a tipple?

Then this should be at the top of your Christmas list.

Eight stops at distilleries across Speyside in Scotland, as well as an extra special treat.

A must for all whisky lovers – The Quaich bar is just one stop on a rather incredible trail around the history of Malt Whisky.

Described as the world’s leading whisky bar, here you can sample over 900 types of whiskey on offer ranging in age and price – from a couple of pounds to a couple of hundred pounds a sip.

Make sure to check out the beautiful authentic rooms that are perfect for cosying up in after a day of travelling and drinking the hard stuff.

The bar is authentically British, right down to all the handmade furniture which has all been made in Britain.

Price: Varies
Time to allow: A weekend to explore the area
Book: If you want to sample the Quaich Bar book here

A unique view of London

Fun activities in Britain: Up at the o2 in Greenwich, London City of London Emily Wren Brit Crowd

Up at the 02, Greenwich, London
Fancy a view of London like no other? Forget the usual towers, and head to the famous o2 arena in London, where you can literally walk across the dome and pause at the top to take in the spectacular views of the landscape around you.

Back in 2013 I was lucky enough to climb on a day with perfect conditions and witnessed the sun setting over London. It was a truly magnificent experience and one I’d happily repeat again!

There’s even a twilight climb for those who would like to see the twinkling lights of London from a height.

Fun activities in Britain: Up at the o2 in Greenwich, London City of London Emily Wren Brit Crowd The view

Price: £35
Time to allow: Around 2 hours including safety briefing
Buy: Tickets can be arranged in advance here
Getting there: Located at North Greenwich tube on the jubilee line – it’s less than a 2 minute walk to the entrance of the o2.

Hop on board

Fun activities in Britain: Flying Scotsman train in the UK photo by Peter-Trimming on Flickr Creative Commons gift guide

The world’s most famous train. Photo by Peter-Trimming, Creative Commons

Flying Scotsman experiences, across the UK

Fancy travelling on the world’s most famous train? 2017 sees the Flying Scotsman take on various routes around the UK as it continues its tour after restoration.

There are 14 journeys planned on the ‘Cathedrals Express’ (currently only 4 available to book) that range from a seat on the famous train to a full-course lunch & dinner service.

This really is a chance to embrace history  – if a member of your family is train-mad then this will be the trip for them!

Price: From £79 per person
Time to allow: Half a day/day
Buy: Certain trips available to book now
Location: Across the UK

Please note: These suggestions made by the Brit Crowd are not personal recommendations unless mentioned otherwise. All selections have been made without any application or input from the businesses shown. This is not a sponsored post – but places I would like to stay in.