Sarah’s main bucket list

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 250,000 readers, got ‘top contributor’ badge, ‘top photographer’ badge and more than 75 ‘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 dinner every day for a month
  47. Went to the ballet
  48. Photographed a Coca Cola Christmas truck
  49. Went on the Eurotunnel
  50. Met my childhood heroes: the cast of Fame
  51. Went on a stadium tour of Anfield, home to Liverpool F.C.
  52. Went to the Chelsea Flower Show
  53. Photographed the John O’Groats sign
  54. Played the bagpipes
  55. Tried 50 new foods/drinks
  56. Joined the police on its ‘Ride Along’ scheme
  57. Went on the Eurostar to Paris
  58. Visited 10 UNESCO sites: Kew Gardens, Avebury, Lake District, Historic Centre of Bruges, Palace of Versailles, Maritime Greenwich, Pontcysytlle Aqueduct, Ironbridge, Liverpool and banks of the river Seine
  59. Went to Shocktober Fest
  60. Did an off road driving experience

Experiences in progress:

  • Visit all of England’s 48 ceremonial counties since August 2017 (so far: 41)
  • Take a photo of Mont St. Michel, France (done) and St. Michael’s Mount, Cornwall
  • 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

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

Have a trial helicopter lesson

Complete my Christmas bucket list

Take a photo of the Land’s End sign

Visit the Hindu Temple in Wembley

Go to the British Grand Prix

Go to the famous Lewes bonfire parade in East Sussex

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

Knit a blanket for charity

See the Northern Lights

Go to a film premiere at Leicester Square, London

Watch a film at the Backyard Cinema

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 level 4 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!