24 things to do for your 2024 Bucket List

As we step into a new year filled with possibilities, it’s the perfect time to set your sights on exciting experiences and make memories that will last a lifetime. From thrilling adventures to peaceful moments, our bucket list features a wide range of activities to suit every taste.

Whether you’re a wanderlust-driven traveller, an avid learner, or someone seeking personal growth, our 2024 bucket list is designed to inspire and motivate. Join us as we explore 24 unique and exhilarating opportunities to make your 2024 unforgettable. Let the adventure begin!

1. Discover Solstice at Stonehenge

Now Stonehenge may seem like a basic bucket list addition which most people have done already. But did you do it right? Solstice at Stonehenge is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to visit the inner circle of Stonehenge and experience it the way it was intended. Stonehenge was built to align with the sun during the summer and winter solstices. On the days of the summer and winter solstice, admission to Stonehenge is completely free.

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2. Celebrate Burns night in Scotland

Traditional Scottish Burns SupperWhy not join the people of Scotland on 25th January to celebrate the life and legacy of poet Robert Burns with a traditional Burns Supper? Comprising haggis, neeps, and tatties washed down with a whisky or two, this tradition began in 1801 when Burns’ friends marked the 5th anniversary of his death.

Over 200 years later, Scotland still celebrates one of their most famous creatives by hosting several must-visit events. Why not head to Edinburgh for Burns & Beyond, a collection of live music and incredible art? Or join the people of Aberdeen at the Burns Night Supper Celebration. There are endless ways to celebrate!

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3. Rock out at Download Festival

Download FestivalSince the ’80s, Donington Park has been a ‘metal Mecca’ of sorts, from the days of Monsters of Rock through to Download Festival, which has graced the site annually since 2003. Having played host to some of the biggest names in heavy music, this year the festival headliners include Queens Of The Stone Age, Avenged Sevenfold and Fall Out Boy.

But there’s more to this festival than just the headliners – the whole weekend is absolutely jam-packed with bands from almost every subgenre of rock music you can think of.

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4. Abseil the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London

ArcelorMittal Orbit in LondonLooking for an exhilarating and adventurous experience? Standing 80 metres above London’s Olympic Park, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is the UK’s tallest sculpture. Wire and Sky offers a thrilling abseiling experience where you can enjoy incredible views over the city whilst dangling in free space.

On the other hand, you can take a thrilling ride down the world’s longest slide! Whether you’re a keen adventurer or someone wanting to conquer their fears and try something new, the adrenaline rush paired with the impressive panoramic views will no doubt give you something to brag about when your feet touch the floor.

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5. Spend St Patrick’s Day in Ireland

St Patrick's Day in IrelandImmerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of St. Patrick’s Day by joining the world-renowned St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in Dublin. As it winds through the heart of Ireland’s capital from Parnell Street to Kevin Street, this national celebration promises to captivate and entertain the multitude lining the streets.

Be part of the magic from the best vantage point of the Grandstands along the route. Offering covered, tiered, allocated seating strategically placed at five different locations, each Grandstand provides a unique perspective to witness the dynamic and innovative performers, musicians, dancers and artists, along with world-class marching bands from around the globe.

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6. Go to Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham FestivalCheltenham Festival is the biggest event in horse race-jumping. The ultimate destination for the adrenaline addict or the horse enthusiast, it’s also just a great few days out for anyone who likes a bit of a party. Immerse yourself in the thrilling world of jump racing at the Cheltenham Festival 2024, the crowning jewel of equestrian excitement.

This year promises an unparalleled celebration as it marks 100 years of the prestigious Gold Cup. Brace yourself for an extraordinary week, where each day unfolds a unique spectacle. Revel in the intensity of Champion Day on Tuesday, witness the elegance of Style Wednesday, experience the Irish spirit on St Patrick’s Day on Thursday, or culminate in the grandeur of Gold Cup Day on Friday.

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7. Canoe along the tallest aqueduct in the world

Pontcysyllte AqueductExperience the thrill of adventure by canoeing along the tallest aqueduct in the world. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Dee Valley, embark on a canoe journey over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the highest of its kind in the world. As you paddle, soak in the breathtaking scenery of the Dee Valley and its diverse wildlife. For the daring souls, take a moment to gaze over the 126ft drop, offering a mesmerizing view of the River Dee below. Located just a short distance from Llangollen, this adventure adds a touch of thrill to a day of exploration in the wonders of North Wales.

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8. Experience May Morning in Oxford

May Morning in the city of Oxford is famous due to the thousands who crowd the streets at 6am to listen to a Latin hymn sung from the top of Magdalen College tower. This gathering is an experience like no other, but the festivities don’t end there. May Day traditions take place across the city throughout the day, including Maypole dancing in the streets, a visit from Jack-in-the-Green and a performance of Morris Dancers outside the Ashmolean Museum. The famous Cotswold Morris is the native dance of Oxfordshire, so this is surely the best place to witness it!

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9. Discover Llyn Y Fan Fach at Brecon Beacons, Wales

Located on the Black Mountain in Brecon Beacons National Park, Llyn Y Fan Fach is a safe haven to relax and discover the local legend. A Lady of the Lake is said to have risen from the waters and married a local man, but their marriage was bewitched and upon his wrongdoing, the lady was returned to the lake. The folklore has lived on to this day, as many believe you may still see a prominent furrow across the mountain proving the story’s truth.

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10. Enjoy Afternoon tea overlooking Buckingham Palace

Afternoon tea at Buckingham PalaceIndulge in the epitome of elegance and treat yourself to a traditional English Afternoon Tea at The Rubens. Nestled in the heart of London, the Palace Lounge offers a captivating view of the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, creating an exquisite backdrop for your tea experience. The Rubens is renowned for having one of the best Afternoon Teas in London, with a noteworthy Vegan Afternoon Tea as well. Paying homage to this classic British tradition, they infuse fresh twists and cater to various dietary restrictions, offering vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and halal menus.

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11. Brave the world’s fastest zipline at ZipWorld, North Wales

Zipworld UKIf you want to fly without wings, then ZipWorld’s Velocity 2 adventure lets you do just that. Get yourself harnessed up and discover the freedom of flight as you zoom head first on the world’s fastest zipline across the Penrhyn Quarry. Don’t forget to take a look around at the amazing scenery on your way down as you may reach speeds of over 100mph! This zipping adventure is suitable for the whole family, so why not gather them all for an extra adrenaline-fuelled family race to the finish?

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12. Get nostalgic at Goodwood Revival

Goodwood RevivalStep back in time and embrace the magic of motoring nostalgia at the Goodwood Revival Festival. This extraordinary event transports you to the golden era of vintage glamour, where the roar of classic engines and the allure of bygone fashion create an unforgettable atmosphere. Immerse yourself in the timeless elegance of the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s, as Goodwood’s historic circuit comes alive with the revving engines of iconic cars.

From the spirited races to the impeccably dressed attendees, every detail is a homage to a glamorous past. Whether you’re a vintage enthusiast, a motorsport fan, or simply someone seeking a unique and charming experience, the Goodwood Revival promises a weekend of unparalleled entertainment.

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13. Marvel at The Glass Palace in Madrid

If you’re keen to spot some of Madrid’s most renowned architectural masterpieces, the Palacio de Cristal is a must-visit landmark. Located in the heart of El Retiro Park, this impressive glass palace stands tall in the shape of a Greek cross – built in 1887. It was originally modelled on London’s famous Crystal Palace and now plays host to a series of breathtaking exhibitions, organised by the Reina Sofia Museum. Once you’re done taking in everything the palace has to offer, take a stroll around Retiro’s vista or hire a boat to explore the park’s idyllic lake.

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14. Find The Fairy Pools in Skye, Scotland

Be transported to a world of wonder when you visit The Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye. These tranquil crystal clear waters are perfect for relaxing and reconnecting with nature. Head out on your journey early in the morning to make a day of it hiking and relaxing as you rediscover yourself in the picturesque Scottish hills. You may even brave a dip in the pools, although don’t expect them to be warm even in summer.

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15. Witness the Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium

Wembley StadiumSeize the opportunity of a lifetime by securing tickets to the Champions League Final at the iconic Wembley Stadium in 2024. Immerse yourself in the electric atmosphere as football’s elite battle for glory on one of the grandest stages in the world. Wembley’s hallowed turf has witnessed historic moments, and now it awaits the next chapter in football history.

Feel the pulse of the crowd, witness jaw-dropping skills and experience the unparalleled thrill of the beautiful game at its pinnacle. Don’t miss this chance to be part of a global celebration of football excellence. Grab your tickets now and join the fervent crowd in cheering for champions-to-be under the dazzling lights of Wembley Stadium.

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16. Ride in a hot air balloon

Hot air balloonA ride in a hot air balloon is a true bucket list experience and you can elevate your trip by turning it into a premium day out. Departing from the Crazy Bear Stadhampton hotel, boasting the award-winning restaurant, bar and The Crazy Bear Farm & Farm Shop, this isn’t just any balloon ride.

The premium journey kicks off the moment you arrive, with a warm Crazy Bear welcome featuring tea, coffee and pastries. Step into one of the country’s largest and most luxurious balloon baskets, complete with doors for easy access and prepare for a soaring adventure over the stunning Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire countryside. And the experience doesn’t end in the sky – after a gentle landing, they’ll whisk you back to The Crazy Bear Stadhampton for a well-deserved celebration with Champagne in the bar.

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17. Try Canyoning in the Yorkshire Dales

Canyoning in Yorkshire - Britain thrill seekingScrambling, jumping, crawling, climbing, swimming and abseiling. Canyoning embodies all of these fun activities in some of the most dramatic environments. In the western Yorkshire Dales right by the Ingleton trail is Beezley Falls– which has the highest jumps and the biggest chutes in Britain perfect for an epic heart racing canyoning experience.

There is something for everyone here with the upper falls section being the most challenging with thrilling rapids, smooth rock chutes, 8 metre jumps and an epic zip ride finisher into a refreshing pool below. The lower falls section is a more family-friendly experience where you can marvel at the 12 metre high waterfall from a safe distance and explore the rocks, thrashing water and crevices by swimming and wading your way around.

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18. Attend a candlelight orchestra performance

Candlelight Concerts LondonPrepare to be captivated by the joy of live music at one of London’s Candlelit Concerts. Held at some of the city’s finest venues, the top musicians of London and beyond will serenade you with songs from your favourite artists or composers, with a beautiful candlelight backdrop. There is a wide range of concert themes ranging from the hits of pop sensations Beyonce and Ed Sheeran to classics such as Vivaldi’s Four Seasons held at Freemasons’ Hall. You can even witness live music from the notorious Legend of Zelda video game! With ticket prices starting from just £9, this is a memorable experience available to all.

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19. Head to Silverstone for the Formula 1 British Grand Prix

Every July, racing car fanatics can witness the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire. The fantastic event sees the world’s top racers tackle a series of challenging corners (and each other) over 52 gruelling laps. Why not make a weekend of it? Head to the track on Thursday for the British Grand Prix Opening Concert, witness the practice sessions on Friday, and the crucial qualifying on Saturday. And when the racing stops the party starts with DJs and global sensations performing across the weekend. One thing’s for sure, this is certainly an event not to miss!

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20. Experience the pinnacle of entertainment at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 

Edinburgh Fringe FestivalRunning for 3 jam-packed weeks in August is the globally renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This vibrant festival celebrates art and culture with spectacular creatives in attendance from all around the world. There’ll be hundreds of performances taking place, showcasing a myriad of genres from cabaret to opera, music, dance, comedy, circus, and more. Everywhere you turn, whether you’re strolling along the Royal Mile or having a wander around Grassmarket, there’s an opportunity to immerse in this fabulous event. Enjoy Scotland’s capital in its prime this August by attending the Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

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21. Take a tour of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Sagrada FamiliaLa Sagrada Familia, which loosely translates to ‘Temple of the Sacred Family’, is a popular tourist attraction in the Spanish city of Barcelona. Constructed in 1882 by Antoni Gaudí and still not finished even to this day, the temple is rich with culture and packed with stunning traditional architecture and innovation.

Inside, the stone pillars are separated by stunning stained-glass windows, murals and colours that twinkle in the sunlight. There are many areas of the temple to see, including the two Facade Murals, the garden, the interior and even Gaudi’s tomb. This location is a must-visit if you’re in Barcelona, as it is one of the most famous landmarks in the country.

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22. Specate at Wimbledon

Wimbledon championship logoWimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, with the first match played over 145 years ago in 1877. But it’s also known as one of the most prestigious, attracting royalty, celebrities, and tennis enthusiasts from around the globe. The matches will take place over two weeks in July and there is ample opportunity to get tickets. If you are not lucky enough to secure tickets in advance, you can join the (lengthy) queue to try and bag tickets on the day.

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23. See the Northern Lights in Scotland

Northern Lights ScotlandEmbark on a celestial journey to northern Scotland and unlock the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Northern Lights – nature’s own breathtaking theatrical performance. This mesmerizing display is not reserved for far-flung Arctic destinations alone. Surprisingly, northern Scotland shares a latitude with renowned watching locations like Stavanger in Norway and Nunivak Island in Alaska, offering you a remarkable chance to witness the enchanting ‘Mirrie Dancers.’

Plan your visit during the autumn and winter seasons when extended periods of darkness and clear nights enhance the probability of experiencing these ethereal displays. Cold nights, clear skies, minimal light pollution, and heightened solar activity create the perfect canvas for this celestial dance. Stay up until the wee hours, and let the Northern Lights weave their magical tapestry across the Scottish skies, making your journey an unforgettable encounter with nature’s dazzling wonders.

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24. Run the Great North Run

Great North RunThe Great North Run is a captivating and iconic half marathon that captivates the hearts of thousands of participants and spectators alike. Taking place in the vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne, this renowned event is a celebration of community, athleticism, and determination.

The race kicks off with a surge of energy as runners embark on a 13.1-mile journey through the city’s streets, cheered on by enthusiastic crowds lining the route. The atmosphere is electric, with a sense of achievement filling the air. Runners will pass iconic landmarks, such as the Tyne Bridge, as they push their limits and embrace the challenge. The spirit of the Great North Run is infectious, with people of all abilities coming together to achieve personal milestones and support charitable causes. It is a testament to the power of running to unite people and create lifelong memories.

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