Why not do something a little different this weekend?
By Hugh Wilson, Commercial Writer
The Huffington Post
When you work hard during the week, it’s more important than ever to kick back on the weekends, seeking out activities that indulge your passions, fill your senses and give you the thrill that only trying something new and exciting can do. Break the mould this weekend and go exploring with our round-up of off-the-beaten track bars, restaurants and alternative cultural attractions to inspire you.
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1Solent Forts, Portsmouth
Enjoy an altogether more languid hospitality experience at one of the Solent Forts, three remarkable man-made fortresses that lie off England’s south coast. Once used to guard against Napoleon and Hitler, two of the forts now offer luxurious overnight stays and high-end dining. After an exquisite meal, sink into a comfortable leather sofa for dessert. With the stars above you and surrounded by sparkling seas, you’ll luxuriate in a feast for all the senses.
2The Pump Room, Bath
The Pump Room
Lovers of Jane Austen will sense her presence in Bath’s elegant Pump Room, as it’s where the Pride And Prejudice author spent many a happy afternoon indulging in tea, cake and chat. This Regency-era eatery retains all its genteel olde worlde charm, but today offers a chic modern menu alongside the more traditional afternoon tea, which includes delicious cakes, macarons and savouries. You can also savour a glass of Bath spa water, once thought to be a cure for all sorts of maladies.
3Two Rivers restaurant, Hull
Two Rivers restaurant
Two Rivers is a unique restaurant located in The Deep, one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world. Inspired by locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, the food is excellent, but the magical ambience and the stunning views are even better. Watch the aquarium’s celebrated sea life glide slowly by from the comfort of your table, as the restaurant lights gradually dim to mimic the setting of a tropical sun.
4Regents Park Open Air Theatre
Regents Park Open Air Theatre
It’s not for everyone, but for those who love the sense of openness and freedom you get from being outdoors in the summertime, why not pencil in an evening of al fresco entertainment at Regent’s Park’s Open Air Theatre? The natural outdoor setting is a feast for the senses with the star-studded sky and twinkling fairy lights creating a uniquely romantic atmosphere.
5Sharmanka Kinetic Gallery And Theatre, Glasgow
Sharmanka Kinetic Gallery And Theatre
Founded by sculptor-mechanic Eduard Bersudsky and theatre director Tatyana Jakovskaya in St Petersburg in 1989, the offbeat Sharmanka Kinetic Gallery And Theatre has a chilling touch of the Victorian fairground about it. Forged in old metal and pieces of scrap, hundreds of carved figures perform an incredible choreography to haunting music and synchronised light, telling the funny and tragic stories of the human spirit.
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