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Things To Do

You may want to celebrate an event (Christmas, a birthday, an anniversary etc) with a party at your own home, a special meal out, a trip to the theatre, a weekend break or a trip in an air balloon! Whatever takes your fancy, here are some ideas and websites to help you.

If you want to put your own very special event together such as a marquee in the garden, someone to do the catering, some entertainment and a firework display to round it off, the information for all of that is here too. For more ideas about your own event, take a look at the LaterLife Guide to Organising that Special Party.


The following guides may also be of interest:

Hobbies and Interests
Adult education
Arts and Crafts
Concessions & discounts

Check out the LaterLife Out of the Box series.

Through highlighting a different hobby or activity in each article, this series can get you started on new ideas for things to do.

Here is a selection to get you thinking:

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More Ideas of Things to do

This section acts as a Directory to help anyone when they are stuck for things to do. There is so much time for leisure in retirement so why not choose a different website every now and again to get exposed to new places and activities.

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Eating Out and In made easy
Theatre and Events
Staying Out
Weather Report


Eating Out and In made easy

Restaurants in UK, dine-out! Britain's Ultimate Restaurant Guide - This is a search based website that allows you to find a restaurant in your local area. There are various search options available to allow you to choose the best restaurant for your needs.

OpenTable: UK Restaurants can provide a restaurant & party booking service where you can find, choose, and book the best of more than 1,200 restaurants, bars and venues in 30 cities nationwide.

FirstChoice Caterers Quality caterers throughout the UK. Full range of services from plain catering to music entertainment and decoration. Range of menus from finger buffets to full dinners and more. Contact details on site


Theatre and Events

A visit to the theatre can make an enjoyable evening as well as a memorable one. By booking on-line you can avoid the queuing at the box office, and guarantee your seats well in advance of your special date.

Who's on stage in the West End?  Need help finding your theatre? Go to Ticketmaster for all the help that you need.

If you are hard of hearing, or know anyone who is, but would still like to go to the theatre, Culturehive is an organisation that is funded by the Arts Council England to provide access to plays and musicals for the 9 million hard of hearing, deaf and deafened people in the UK through the use of captions. Captions are similar to television subtitles, but are in the theatre. Captioning has enabled many people to return to theatre, together with their family and friends, perhaps after many years’ absence or sometimes for the first time ever.

What's on stage Britain's National Performing Arts Information Service. Providing news, views, whats on where and on-line ticket purchases. This is an excellent database of theatre and classical music events in the UK.

EntsWeb is a UK based international directory of music, entertainment and leisure. EntsWeb will help you find entertainers, musicians and leisure activities plus information and facts on entertainment, music, and leisure. A great resource if you are planning an Event.

UK Firework Review If you want to make your special event go with a bang, why not invest in a fireworks display. This website offers advice to a beginner looking to create a display in a backgarden or a professional looking for reviews.


Staying Out

Hotels, Bed & Breakfast, Pubs & Inns, Self Catering  & Attractions in Britain Great information site for everything you need to plan a trip within the British Isles.

Fancy a break? Warner Hotels are for you
Take a look at these web only special offers from Warner Holidays. Warner pride themselves on their high quality hotels and resorts with packages aimed specifically at adults. Click on the logo to view the latest offers and information on the hotels featured. - Over 600 selected and reviewed hotels for all your online hotel reservations



If you have a head for heights and fancy something exciting then take a look atVirgin Balloon Flights which covers the majority of the UK.

If you are located in the South East contact The British School of Ballooning, the UK's longest running ballooning company which also offers last minute discounts if you fancy a spur of the moment balloon!

Alternatively if you are looking to learn Ballooning - This is good looking site with lots of information about the pleasures of ballooning. If you're after something different to do, then this site could be worth a visit.


Weather Report

Because the UK doesn't always mean rain... Check your local weather forecast here to see if this will impact on what you want to do.


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