New Year’s Resolutions: How and where to achieve them

As we bid farewell to the old and embrace the shiny, brand-new chapter of 2024, it’s that time again – New Year’s resolutions are in the air! We’re not just talking about those promises we make to ourselves as the clock strikes midnight. We’re on a mission to turn resolutions into real victories!

Here’s to crushing those goals, sprinkling a bit of magic into our routines, and turning dreams into reality. Make this year the one where you not only dream big but live even bigger!

Be more adventurous

Tandem Skydive – Beccles Airfield

What could be more adventurous than skydiving? To get the full experience on your first (perhaps only) jump, a Tandem Skydive is the perfect way to go. Marvel in the pure joy of a free fall securely and safely as you’re attached to an experienced instructor. Beccles is a great location not far from the coast giving delightful sea views, once you’ve cleared through the clouds.

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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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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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Adventure Caving in the Mendip Hills

Group of young people cavingExploring a fascinating archaeological underground world can spark anyone’s inner thrill seeker and caving can take that experience to the next level. Wandering through the rugged formations and discovering never-before-seen treasures is a true adventure.

But, at Wookey Hole Caves under the Mendip Hills, you can up the ante and explore the wonderful world-famous cave from spectacular heights in a Wild Wookey Adventure Caving experience which has won many awards including a TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award in 2022 and 2023. Abseil, climb and crawl around the ultimate thrill-seekers playground, peek into secret caverns, gaze at rare geological formations and enjoy the breathtaking views of the cave from above.

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Dedicate time to family and friends

Watatunga Wildlife Reserve – Norfolk

Slotted into the West Norfolk countryside, you will be amazed that this wildlife safari exists on UK soil. Award-winning Watatunga Wildlife Reserve has the conservation and protection of endangered animals at the heart of what they do. All of their animals roam freely in the reserve without the cages and enclosures you commonly see across zoos and safaris in the UK.

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Mama Mia the Party – London

It’s clear that ABBA mania continues to spread across the world to this day with their recent comeback ‘tour’ selling tickets like hotcakes. Perhaps easier tickets to get your hands on are those for Mama Mia the Party at the O2 London. More than just live music, this is a fully immersive experience which will transport you into the movie to the island of Skopelos.

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Chessington World of Adventures, Chessington

Chessington World of AdventuresChessington World of Adventures is just what it says – adventurous. With varying experiences and attractions based around the animal kingdom fit for every type of visitor, this could arguably be one of the best theme parks for families. Check out their exclusive Zufari: Ride into Africa experience, an off-track journey with giraffes, rhinos and flamingos at your fingertips. Or perhaps try out their more thrill-seeker themed rides, including the hanging Vampire ride, or their new experience, Croc Drop.

If you’re looking to cool off, why not try their range of water rides including Tiger Rock, a log flume surrounded by tigers, and The Gruffalo River Ride, a journey along with the famous story of the Gruffalo and the mouse. They have plenty of shops and restaurants, with animal-themed food and plushies perfect for little ones.

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Monopoly Lifesized – London

Monopoly lifesizeEveryone loves a good board game. So, gather your friends and family to tackle the planet’s favourite board game at Monopoly Lifesized in the heart of London. This fantastic experience features a choice of four 15m x 15m boards, including a luxury board and the classic board. I

nside the game, you’ll have to complete a series of immersive challenges to win properties – that could be anything from staging a heist to solving a murder mystery. You’ve got just 80- minutes on the clock to claim victory against your loved ones. There’s simply no better way to get your entire clan together.

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Plan to go vegan in 2024? Check out our Ultimate Guide to the Best Vegan Restaurants in London.

Learn a new skill or hobby

Extreme surfing in Watergate Bay

extreme surfing- thrill seekers BritainRiding a wave can give you a huge rush of adrenaline and there are so many ways to surf and enjoy the sea, and where better to learn than in one of the most picturesque coastlines in the UK. Whether you want to bodyboard, paddleboard, kitesurf or simply surf, Wavehunters on Watergate Bay offers fun and safe lessons for those of all ages wanting to learn new surfing skills, as well as a supportive community for those who love the thrill of the water.

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Blacksmith Taster Experience

Blacksmith Taster ExperienceExperience the magic of blacksmithing with this captivating half-day taster session, making it an ideal Christmas gift for the adventurous and creative. This traditional craft experience offers an immersive introduction to general blacksmithing skills under the guidance of a skilled artisan. Participants will embark on the journey of crafting an outdoor drink holder and a bottle opener, tailored for summer BBQs and cosy evenings.

As the blacksmith instructs and inspires, participants learn to manipulate hot metal, mastering techniques like tapering, scrolling, and bending to bring their designs to life. This blacksmith taster experience promises not just a crafted piece but also cherished memories, making it a wonderful and unforgettable Christmas gift.

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Kayak on Lake Windermere – Lake District

Lake Windermere is the perfect place to get back to nature and forget about the troubles of the modern world for a while. Challenge yourself by kayaking through the blue waters in the heart of the Lake District. With more than 10 miles to explore, you decide when you’re done.

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Travel to new places/travel more often

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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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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Isle of Wight Festival

Isle of Wight FestivalLove jamming out to incredible music? It’s time to get your groove on at the Isle of Wight Festival! This year, from June 20th to 23rd, you can see stellar performances from some of the biggest names in the industry. We’re talking Pet Shop Boys, Green Day, The Prodigy, The Streets, Keane and Scouting For Girls – all the old-school icons! Why not bag your ticket and make a long weekend of it? The Isle of Wight is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to visit – especially in the summer!

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Irish Whiskey Museum – Dublin

Ireland is famous for countless things, but their whiskey is just one of many that have generated international intrigue. The Irish Whiskey Museum is a chance to experience the best-of-the-best whiskeys thanks to their well-loved guided tours, complete with tastings.

You’ll also learn all about the history of the drink as the knowledgeable guides walk you through the decades. When the tour is complete, why not stop by at the bar? There’s no better place to enjoy a glass of the famous tipple.

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Plaza de Cibeles – Madrid

A trip to Madrid wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Plaza de Cibeles, a legendary square that has become a symbol of the city itself. While a complex neo-classical arrangement of marble sculptures, fountains and lights make up the plaza’s centre, the Cibeles Palace is certainly the main event.

Visitors flock to the Plaza de Cibeles at all hours of the day to glimpse a sight of its famous architecture and walk the emblematic grounds. If you’re lucky enough to visit after a Real Madrid victory, you’ll likely see fans gathering around the Cibeles fountain in celebration.

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