After Barack Obama knocks a visit to Stonehenge off his bucket list, what else is there to do in Britain before you die?
When Barack Obama ordered his helicopter pilot to make an unscheduled stop at Stonehenge on Friday, following the Nato summit in Wales, he explained that the prehistoric landmark in Wiltshire was something he had always wanted to see.
“Knocked it off the bucket list,” he said.
A visit to Stonehenge also features on the “Great British Bucket List”, published in April – 50 feats to complete in Britain, which includes things as mundane as watching a box set of Only Fools and Horses to more active experiences, such as walking the Lake District and sailing around the Isle of Wight.
Top of the list was eating fish and chips on a seaside pier followed by whale watching in Wales.
Having a pint in the Rovers Return, the fictional pub in ITV’s Coronation Street, is one thing Britons apparently must do before they die, as is seeing Morris dancers at a country pub.
Others said people must take a ferry across the Mersey and see the Christmas lights in Oxford Street in London before they die.
The Great British Bucket List was compiled by Ask Jeeves, the search engine, which asked 1,000 people what they would like to do before they die.
The phrase “Bucket List” comes from the idiom “kick the bucket” – meaning to die.
The phrase became increasingly popular after the 2007 film The Bucket List, staring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as two terminally ill men who escape from a cancer ward to go on a road trip with a wish list of things to do before they die.
Their adventures include skydiving, visiting the Taj Mahal, riding motorcycles on the Great Wall of China and going on a lion safari in Africa.
In contrast, Ask Jeeves found that Britons would be content with having a picnic, seeing inside the Houses of Parliament and going to a test match.
A spokesman for Ask Jeeves said: “It may take some time to do all 50 but at least you will not have to pay thousands to travel the world to do so.
“Most of these bucket lists include the kind of ambitions that look wonderful on paper but are out of reach for millions of us.
“Instead, we thought it would be good to look closer to home to find the kind of experiences Brits think everyone should try at least once.”
The Great British Bucket List in full
1. Eat fish and chips on a seaside pier
2. See whales off Wales
3. Go to a night at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall
4. Visit Giant’s Causeway
5. Have a picnic at an open air concert
6. Go up in the London Eye
7. Travel Scotland’s West Coast by rail
8. Watch a Shakespeare play in Stratford-upon-Avon
9. Dine in a Gordon Ramsay restaurant
10. Go to a British Grand Prix
11. See inside the Houses of Parliament
12. Get the Ffestiniog railway in Snowdonia
13. Go to Glastonbury festival
14. Hold the FA Cup trophy in your hands
15. Take in the view from the top of the Shard
16. Be at Stonehenge on longest day of the year
17. See the Trooping the Colour
18. Go to a cricket test match
19. Visit ‘The Prisoner’ village in Portmeirion, Wales
20. Have tea at Betty’s tearooms, Harrogate
21. See a traditional Christmas pantomime
22. Watch a British player at Wimbledon
23. Do a ‘Wainwright’ walk in the Lake District
24. Drive round Brands Hatch motor racing circuit in Kent
25. Visit a whisky distillery
26. Go to a Six Nations rugby match
27. Go on a Jack the Ripper guided walk in London’s East End
28. Have a pint in the Rovers Return, the fictional pub in ITV’s Coronation Street
29. See Lake Windermere by boat
30. Go on a historic London pub tour
31. Experience the Notting Hill Carnival
32. Try a deep fried Mars Bar
33. See the fireball ceremony at Stonehaven, Scotland, on New Year’s Eve
34. Sail round the Isle of Wight
35. Attend the Grand National, Guineas and Gold Cup horse races
36. Go to a World Darts Final
37. Take a selfie at both John O’Groats and Land’s End
38. Take a ferry across the Mersey
39. Climb Ben Nevis
40. See Tower Bridge raised
41. Visit Borough food market, London
42. Eat Haggis on Burns Night, in Scotland
43. See Morris dancers at a country pub
44. See the Christmas Lights on Oxford Street
45. Be at a recording of The X Factor or Britain’s Got Talent
46. See Blackpool Illuminations
47. Watch a boxset of Only Fools and Horses
48. Watch the Boat Race
49. Attend first day of Harrods sale
50. Watch the London Marathon live
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