Sarah’s main bucket list

cruise 1Leading up to my 40th birthday, I set myself a bucket list of 40 things and had so many amazing experiences like driving an HGV, eating lunch in a prison, hosting a radio show, milking a cow, seeing a volcano, etc. (see the bottom of this page to find out what else I did.) Now, leading up to my 50th, I’ve decided to do set myself more than 50 new challenges and experiences. With the ones I’ve done so far, do click on them to find out more but also please feel free to follow me if you’d like to join me on this journey

Experiences completed so far (since August 2017):

  1. Paid for a family’s meal in a restaurant without them knowing who paid
  2. Saw an original Banksy work
  3. Visited the Roman Baths
  4. Saw the Magna Carta in Salisbury
  5. Visited a Commonwealth war grave
  6. On TripAdvisor, reached 190,000 readers, got ‘top contributor’ badge, ‘top photographer’ badge and more than 50 ‘helpful votes’ from other people
  7. Went on holiday on my own – 7 days in France
  8. Went to the Hellfire Caves, Buckinghamshire
  9. Went to the Thursford Christmas Spectacular show
  10. Pulled a pint behind the bar
  11. Joined the National Trust and used our membership 3 times
  12. Learnt to play ‘Something’ on the ukulele
  13. Went up to the viewing deck of The Shard, London
  14. Did a snow angel
  15. Trained at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
  16. Slept in a 4 poster bed
  17. Photographed colourful Neal’s Yard, London
  18. Visited the Sky Garden, London
  19. Photographed the 9 3/4 Harry Potter platform sign at Kings Cross Station, London
  20. Walked through the Alnwick Poison Garden
  21. Ate dinner at the Alnwick Treehouse Restaurant, Northumberland
  22. Photographed the Angel of the North
  23. Visit 10 filming locations of films I’ve seen: Bridget Jones (London and Shere), Four Weddings and a Funeral (London), Sliding Doors (Docklands), Harry Potter (entrance to the Leaky Cauldron, London and Alnwick Castle), Notting Hill (the blue door), Love Actually (St. Luke’s Mews), The Holiday (Shere), Hot Fuzz (Wells)
  24. Drank whiskey in Scotland
  25. Went in a hot tub
  26. Went to a festival
  27. Explored 10 UK cities (Exeter, Salisbury, Canterbury, Bath, Chichester, Wells, Winchester, City of London, Newcastle and Chester)
  28. Ate at the Rollercoaster Restaurant
  29. Fed monkeys at Trentham Monkey Forest
  30. Saw a Royal Shakespeare Company performance in Stratford Upon Avon
  31. Went to The Making of Harry Potter: Studio Tour London
  32. Had owls swoop onto my arm
  33. Went on a cruise
  34. Photographed the Six Public Clocks art installation
  35. Visited God’s Own Junkyard
  36. Did 50 hours of voluntary work
  37. Had afternoon tea at ‘Downton Abbey’
  38. Went to Lordington Lavender
  39. Stood on the Meridian line at Greenwich
  40. Saw a sporting event at the London Olympic Stadium
  41. Ate breakfast whilst watching sunrise at Duck and Waffle, London
  42. Visited the ‘Italian village’ of Portmeirion in Wales
  43. Had a henna tattoo
  44. Won a photography competition
  45. Found the Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town
  46. Cooked every day for a month

Experiences in progress:

  • Try 50 new foods or drinks, including those not tried since the age of 10
  • Visit all of England’s 48 ceremonial counties (so far: 41)
  • Take a photo of Mont St. Michel, France (done) and St. Michael’s Mount, Cornwall
  • Visit 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites anywhere in the world that aren’t directly linked to my other challenges (so far: Kew Gardens, Avebury, Lake District, Historic Centre of Bruges, Palace of Versailles, Maritime Greenwich, Pontcysytlle Aqueduct, Ironbridge)
  • Visit Venice in Italy, Little Venice in London (done) and Little Venice in Colmar, France

Experiences yet to achieve (list still being added to):

  • Complete a furniture hack
  • Do a ‘Dino Snores for Grown Ups’ sleepover at the Natural History Museum, London
  • Go through the Eurotunnel
  • Learn to read Braille
  • Eat at Dans le Noir, London where you eat in the dark!
  • Complete a beginner’s course to learn a new language
  • Play bingo
  • Tour around Highgate Cemetery, London
  • Sleep in a castle
  • Go on the Orient Express
  • Meet my childhood heroes 
  • Have a trial helicopter lesson
  • Complete my Christmas bucket list
  • Go by train to John O’Groats
  • Take a photo of the Land’s End sign
  • Visit the Hindu Temple in Wembley
  • Go to the Lumière festival in London (held each January)
  • Carve and display a pumpkin on Hallowe’en
  • Go to the British Grand Prix
  • Go to the famous Lewes bonfire parade in East Sussex
  • Go to the Chelsea Flower Show 
  • Complete a 50-theme photography bucket list
  • Go to Eurovision in 2020
  • Visit friends in Texas
  • Be in the TV audience for The Last Leg
  • Drive a tank
  • Go to the tomato festival in La Tomatina, Spain
  • Take part in International Pillow Fight Day
  • Go to a ‘Pick Your Own’ and make something from my haul
  • Photograph the Coca Cola Christmas truck (as seen in the TV adverts)
  • Knit a blanket for charity
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Operate a drone
  • Create an object in a blacksmith’s forge
  • Have a professional manicure
  • Drive up Hardknott Pass in the Lake District
  • Have lunch on No Man’s Fort, Portsmouth
  • Go glamping
  • Visit 10 countries that I’ve never been to before
  • Watch a performance at the cliff-side Minack Theatre in Cornwall
  • Watch England play netball at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022
  • Go to a desert or rain forest
  • Drive along Route 66
  • Get at least grade C for GCSE history
  • Serve food to the homeless
  • Operate a pneumatic drill

…….and just in case you wondered what some of the things were I did leading up to my 40th, I wired a plug, milked a cow, co-hosted a radio show, hosted my own radio show, drove an HGV, drove a tractor, had a trial motorbike lesson, obtained 70 post-nominal letters from post-graduate training, etc., went to the Ice Bar in London, attended a belly dancing lesson, sat in the back of a police car, went in a police cell, saw a volcano, saw a glacier, performed at the London Street Piano event, was a counting assistant in the UK voting process (including for the EU referendum), wore a wig for a day, got 100 followers on my blog, went on a London Duck Tour, ate lunch in a prison, spent an evening at the Portsmouth Play Zone on adults night, went clubbing, took part in a musical flash mob, went on a cookery day course and then replicated the meal for friends, got my belly button pierced, ate a Brussel sprout, made a piece of jewellery and wore it at a social function, went to a betting shop and placed a bet on the Grand National…..amongst others!