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 120,000 readers, got ‘top contributor’ badge, ‘top photographer’ badge and more than 40 ‘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. Went to the British Museum
  21. Walked through the Alnwick Poison Garden
  22. Ate dinner at the Alnwick Treehouse Restaurant, Northumberland
  23. Photographed the Angel of the North
  24. 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)
  25. Drank whiskey in Scotland
  26. Went in a hot tub
  27. Went to a festival
  28. Explored 10 UK cities (Exeter, Salisbury, Canterbury, Bath, Chichester, Wells, Winchester, City of London, Newcastle and Chester)
  29. Ate at the Rollercoaster Restaurant
  30. Fed monkeys at Trentham Monkey Forest
  31. Saw a Royal Shakespeare Company performance in Stratford Upon Avon
  32. Went to The Making of Harry Potter: Studio Tour London
  33. Had owls swoop onto my arm
  34. Went on a cruise
  35. Photographed the Six Public Clocks art installation
  36. Visited God’s Own Junkyard
  37. Did 50 hours of voluntary work
  38. Had afternoon tea at ‘Downton Abbey’
  39. Went to Lordington Lavender
  40. Stood on the Meridian line at Greenwich
  41. Saw a sporting event at the London Olympic Stadium

Experiences in progress:

  • Try 50 new foods, including foods not tried since childhood
  • Visit all of England’s 48 ceremonial counties (so far: 39)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Do a tour around Highgate Cemetery, London
  • Sleep in a castle
  • Go on the Orient Express
  • Meet my childhood heroes (Fame UK Reunion Convention, May 2019 in Liverpool)
  • Have a trial helicopter lesson
  • Go by train all the way up to John O’Groats
  • Take a photo of the Lands End sign
  • Find the Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town
  • Photograph the colour of Carnaby Street
  • Visit ’10 Downing Street’
  • Visit the Kyoto Gardens in Kensington
  • Visit the Hindu Temple in Wembley
  • Go to the Lumière festival in London (held each January)
  • 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
  • Go to the ballet
  • Enter a photography competition
  • Be in the TV audience for The Last Leg
  • Drive a tank
  • Cook a meal every day in August
  • 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
  • Take photos of colourful Portmeirion, Wales
  • Have a go at church bell ringing
  • Watch a film at the Backyard Cinema in London
  • Operate a drone
  • Visit the New Forest and take photos of its ponies
  • 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 outdoor 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!