Things To Do In England 2016

5 Unbelievable Things To Do in England

Forget Torremolinos next year, England is where it’s at with these unbelievable things to do in England.

1. ArcelorMittal Orbit slide, London

The big red ugly thing (in our humble opinion) in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is finally getting a purpose and opening the world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide next spring. Hurtle from 80m high to the depths of sunny Stratford in 40 seconds and you’ll see the Olympic view through transparent sections. A fiver well spent and one of our most hair raising things to do in England in 2016.

ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide

ArcelorMittal Orbit.
The image shown is an indicative impression and not the final design.

2. Re-opening of Hastings Pier

A touching good news story from the troubled piers of the south coast, Hasting Pier will finally reopen after an £11.4 million donation from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It’s looking pretty trendy from the artists impressions, the pier will host circuses, plays, concerts, film festivals, farmers’ markets, urban sports, a restaurant and more.

Hastings Pier

3. Brighton i360

A UFO has landed in Brighton. Standing at 162 metres high and with an observation pod rising to 138 metres, the i360 will be Britain’s highest observation tower outside London. Built on the axis of the Grade II* Regency Square, the site will also have a large beachside cafe/brasserie and an exhibition space focused on displaying work by local artists. 

Brighton i360

4. Etches Collection, Dorset

The Jurassic Coast is a great weekend away & it’s made even more fascinating by the new brand new Etches Collection museum, housing a collection of Jurassic Coast fossils. Set to showcase the life’s work of local collector Steve Etches, it will tell the story of the life and death under the seas of Kimmeridge over 150 million years ago. The state-of-the-art space will include an exhibition gallery, with CGI projections, transforming it into an aquarium in the blink of an eye. 

The Etches Collection

5. Magic Garden, Hampton Court Palace, London

A jousting arena, five tiltyard towers and a fire breathing dragon. What more from an adventure playground could the kids want (or you for that matter!). Hampton Court Palace has teamed up with a Chelsea-winning gardener to help plan the new Magic Garden.

The Magic Garden - Hampton Court Palace

Did we miss anything? Leave a comment below to give us and our readers the lowdown.

Visit EnglandThanks to the lovely Visit England for pointing us in the right direction for these amazing things to do in England.

VisitEngland is the country’s national tourist board. We work in partnership with the industry to develop the visitor experience across England, plan national tourism strategy, grow the value of tourism in England and provide advocacy for the industry and our visitors

Rupert Dannreuther

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I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.