5 December 2014

Bollocks to Alton Towers - a travel related Christmas stocking filler

Sorry for such an abrupt title, blame the authors for that one. Looking for that little stocking filler for a loved one or friend? Then how about some books that will give you ideas of places to visit around the UK for the year ahead? Bollocks to Alton Towers and its follow-up Far from the Sodding Crowd are travel books that will take you to some of the UK's more unusual attractions or 'Uncommonly British Days Out' as the book suggests. In fact I've already reviewed one of the attractions featured; Bekonscot Model Village a few posts ago.


What makes these books a joy to read is not only the humour portrayed amongst its pages but the fact that they don't preach at you, demanding you to go. They give you an historical perspective, explaining why they were created, the people behind these attractions and what makes them so special and unique, making you fascinated in them and curious to visit.  As an example among the many weird and wonderful places mentioned are;

British Lawnmower Museum
Gnome Magic (a theme park of sorts for gnomes)
Christ's House (rather appropriate for the time of year. It's in Bedford, England if you're wondering)
Clarks Shoe Museum
Bubblecar Museum 

There are many more across the two books, highlighting the diverse nature of the UK's many attractions. Although not in colour and quite wordy in places it is nevertheless an invaluable travel book to take on your journeys and a funny one to boot. The link below takes you to a documentary based on these books. So let me know what you think and if you have any other travel related stocking fillers let me know. Would be glad to hear from you. 

A documentary based upon the books

Coming soon: Wintertour 2014 (The Five Cities tour of Japan) 
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