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From the BBC

The UK’s Oddest Days Out

The weather’s on the turn, pushing day trippers indoors. So what are the idiosyncratic UK attractions that help us to laugh in the face of inclement conditions?

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From the Sunday Express

Celebrate Best Of The Barmy British

DURING the Olympics I’m going to set up a fake business in Stratford charging foreign tourists to enter “Shakespeare’s House”, which I will construct from mock-Tudor plywood screens surrounding a bouncy castle. “Of course he lived here,” I will say. “You know he was from Stratford, don’t you? Now please take off your shoes before entering.”

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From the Telegraph

Crap Days Out: 10 of the worst days out in Britain

There’s no getting around the fact: we are a nation who love a rubbish day out. From childhood we are raised to expect the dire. With every trip to Stonehenge or the York Quilt Museum our parents were saying: “Son, this is what your weekends are going to be like from now on – just a bit rubbish. So don’t get your hopes up.”

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From the Observer

Where not to spend your bank holiday: a guide to Britain’s worst days out

Crap Days Out celebrates the worst tourist traps Britain has to offer – but having a miserable bank holiday weekend is as British as half-cut morris dancers, says co-author Gareth Rubin

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From the Guardian

Simon Hoggart’s week: So, maybe Liverpool isn’t so bad after all

Even a Mancunian must admit the people are friendly, and admire the civic pride and great architecture. But there’s still no excuse for Gerry and the Pacemakers

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From the Daily Mail

Are these Britain’s dullest days out? A shrine to pencils, a teapot museum and a Bakelite collection among our pottiest attractions

The summer holidays are still dragging on and parents across the UK are struggling to find something — anything — to amuse their increasingly restless children.

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From the Press and Journal (Aberdeen)

Attack on Loch Ness branded monstrous

BUSINESS leaders and tourism operators leaped to the defence of the north’s most famous visitor attraction yesterday after it was mocked in a new travel guide.

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From the Sun

Teapot Island

(Not an island, but it’s OK if you like teapots)

SOME of Britain’s most eccentric tourist attractions get brutally ridiculed in new book Crap Days Out. Here are some of the authors’ vicious verdicts on places worth missing.

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From Wales on Sunday

New book affectionately hails ‘crappest days out’ in Wales

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From the Sunday Sun (North-East England)

Book takes pot shots at North East hot spots

WE’VE all had them…family outings so boring they deserve to be banished from the memory for good. Now a cheeky new book takes pot shots at what it says are dodgy days out across the North.

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From the Leicester Mercury

No such thing as bad publicity for Leicester’s space centre

National Space Centre bosses have welcomed its inclusion in a new book – even though it documents the worst places in Britain to spend a day out.

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From the Isle of Wight County Press

Stink over Garlic Festival views

THE Isle of Wight’s famous Garlic Festival has been branded as a ‘crap day out’in a book naming the UK’s most woeful tourist destinations.

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From AOL Travel

Revealed! Britain’s worst tourist attractions (Teapot Island, anyone?)

A new book called Crap Days Out has lifted the lid on some of Britain’s must-miss tourist attractions.

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From the Observer

This sceptred isle (leader column)

Bank holiday trips were always a disaster, we convince ourselves, with nothing to see. We weren’t looking hard enough.

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From the Scotsman

Book slates ‘internment camp’ Hogmanay

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From the BBC Russian Service

Something in Russian

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From the Scotsman

Hogmanay’s not our worst, by a long chalk (leader column)

IT IS a direct frontal attack on one of Scotland’s greatest tourist draws: Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations come in for a pasting in a new book that brands the event one of Britain’s worst days out.

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From MSN Travel

Revealed: Britain’s worst days out

Recently published travel tome Crap Days Out celebrates that proud British tradition, “rubbish tourism”.

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From BBC Oxford

Jo Thoenes show

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From BBC Somerset

Somerset’s drive

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