Our Family Bucket List

So this is it, our family bucket list. It’s not our list of things to do before we die it’s our list of things to enjoy with Jamie while we are living. It’s more of a life list and it’s based around our son (some for when he’s older).

It was started by me, Suzy aka Jamie’s Mummy in mid 2016. Around about the time that I found out my Dad had an incurable cancer. Life took a whole new meaning and perspective for me. One of the final things he said was ‘Life is for living’. Too right, so let’s live it! And so our bucket list began.

I started looking on Pinterest (my one stop source for ideas), but all I could find for a family bucket list was general ideas. Nothing really realistic or all encompassing. A lot of lists just focused on travel, some just on lifestyle. So over the next few months I created our own list that involved everything and anything that our son may enjoy. Through research and general ideas this is what I came up with. My list is ever evolving, updating and changing.

We’ve already completed a few of these before, but for the sake of this blog record I am starting afresh. So why not follow us on social media and on here? I hope that we can inspire you. If you feel like I’m missing something please comment below.

Bucket List:

  1. Be front row at a concert
  2. Be in the audience for a TV show
  3. Build a gingerbread house
  4. Build a snowman bigger than you
  5. Complete a Maize Maze = completed read here
  6. Cook marshmallows on an open fire
  7. Dress up for Halloween and have a party
  8. Eat at Hard rock café
  9. Eat at each different national chain restaurant – ongoing
  10. Eat at each different ‘cuisine/style’ of restaurant – ongoing
  11. Eat Candy floss at a fair
  12. Eat fish and chips on a beach
  13. Eat pasta in Italy
  14. Enjoy lots of free days out – Ongoing read here
  15. Experience a white Christmas
  16. Find a real fossil
  17. Float in the Dead sea
  18. Fly a kite
  19. Follow a trail in a city = completed read here
  20. Gardening – Grown own fruit and vegetables
  21. Go and see a major airshow display = completed Read here
  22. Go bowling
  23. Go canoeing
  24. Go crabbing off a pier
  25. Go fishing at a lake
  26. Go fishing on a boat
  27. Go for afternoon tea somewhere = completed. Read here
  28. Go Geocaching
  29. Go Go Karting
  30. Go Ice skating = completed, read here
  31. Go Indoor skydiving
  32. Go Llama trekking
  33. Go on a Go Ape adventure
  34. Go on a Gruffalo trail = completed, read here
  35. Go on a Easter egg hunt
  36. Go on a pony trek
  37. Go on a scavenger hunt
  38. Go on ‘themed’ walk in woods
  39. Go pond dipping
  40. Go roller skating
  41. Go pumpkin picking = completed, read here
  42. Go strawberry picking
  43. Go to a bubble rush
  44. Go to a carnival
  45. Go to a children’s festival = completed read here
  46. Go to a circus
  47. Go to a ‘dress up’ event
  48. Go to a fire station open day
  49. Go to a Grand prix formula 1
  50. Go to a large outdoor water park
  51. Go to a major American civil war re-enactment event
  52. Go to a major Sealed knot re-enactment event – completed read here
  53. Go to a medieval dinner event = completed read here
  54. Go to a music festival
  55. Go to an open-air concert and take a picnic
  56. Go to a pantomime = completed read here
  57. Go to a ‘proper’ Christmas market
  58. Go to a rodeo
  59. Go to a Wild wild west show
  60. Go to see a live Orchestra = completed read here
  61. Go to a County Show = completed, read here
  62. Go to the Goose fair, Nottingham = completed, read here
  63. Go to watch American baseball
  64. Go to see a film at a classic cinema = completed, read here
  65. Go to see a football match
  66. Go to see Ben and Holly at the theatre = completed read here
  67. Go to see Disney on Ice = completed read here
  68. Go to see the seals at a major seal colony in the UK = completed read here
  69. Go to top Eiffel tower
  70. Go to watch horse racing – day at the races = completed read here
  71. Go to Woodhall Spa 1940s weekend and dress up = completed read here
  72. Go whale and/or dolphin watching
  73. Grow a fruit tree
  74. Have afternoon tea at Betty’s = completed read here
  75. Have and care for your own pet
  76. Have an owl/falconry experience
  77. Have a pillow fight
  78. Have a ride on a camel = completed read here
  79. Have a ride on a tourist boat in the UK = completed read here
  80. Have a themed birthday party
  81. Have a water balloon fight
  82. Have own butterfly ‘house’ watch ‘grow and set free
  83. Have your face painted
  84. Holiday – Amalfi coast, Italy
  85. Holiday – Barge on the Norfolk broads
  86. Holiday – Go glamping somewhere = completed read here
  87. Holiday – Go on a cruise
  88. Holiday – Go on a major train journey, that involves sleeping on it
  89. Holiday – Go on an African safari
  90. Holiday – In a forest park
  91. Holiday – In a luxury static caravan
  92. Holiday – Sleep in a tree house
  93. Holiday – to Australia
  94. Holiday – to Bahamas, swim with dolphins etc
  95. Holiday – to Barcelona, see the sights
  96. Holiday – to Brighton and see the sights, pier etc.
  97. Holiday – to Budapest, Hungary
  98. Holiday – to Butlins = completed read here
  99. Holiday – to Canada
  100. Holiday – to Carcasonne and Cap D’agde, France
  101. Holiday – to China, Beijing and Hong kong
  102. Holiday – to Corfu (again), north of the island
  103. Holiday – to Cornwall
  104. Holiday – to Corsica, France
  105. Holiday – to Crete, Greece
  106. Holiday – to Croatia, Dubrovnik
  107. Holiday – to Cyprus
  108. Holiday – to Denmark, Copenhagen, LEGOLAND, Viking centre and stunning castles
  109. Holiday – to Disneyland Paris again!
  110. Holiday – to Dubai
  111. Holiday – to each of the Canary islands that you can fly to –  ongoing
  112. Holiday – to Florence, Italy
  113. Holiday – to Florida (Disneyworld universal.) = completed read Disney posts here
  114. Holiday – to Germany
  115. Holiday – to Greece
  116. Holiday – to Iceland, visit the blue lagoon etc.
  117. Holiday – to Indonesia
  118. Holiday – to Isle of Skye (the dinosaur isle)
  119. Holiday – to London
  120. Holiday – to Madagascar
  121. Holiday – to Majorca, Spain
  122. Holiday – to Menorca, Spain
  123. Holiday – to Mexico, sightseeing tour
  124. Holiday – to Morocco
  125. Holiday – to Mykanos, Greece
  126. Holiday – to New England, Cape cod etc.
  127. Holiday – to New Zealand
  128. Holiday – to Norway, fjords etc.
  129. Holiday – to Paris France
  130. Holiday – to Peru, Machu Picchu
  131. Holiday – to Porto, Portugal
  132. Holiday – to Portugal, Algarve, Porto, Lisbon
  133. Holiday – to Prague
  134. Holiday – to Ribby Hall near Blackpool = completed read here
  135. Holiday – to Rome, Italy – see all the major sights
  136. Holiday – to Santorini, Greece
  137. Holiday – to Sardinia, Italy
  138. Holiday – to Scotland
  139. Holiday – to Sicily, Italy
  140. Holiday – to somewhere not been to in France before
  141. Holiday – to somewhere really exotic with palm trees and stunning beaches
  142. Holiday – to South Africa, Cape town etc
  143. Holiday – to Spain
  144. Holiday – to Sri Lanka –  must stay at the Kandalama
  145. Holiday – to Strasbourg, France
  146. Holiday – to Sun city in South Africa
  147. Holiday – to Switzerland, go up the Matterhorn, visit Lucerne etc
  148. Holiday – to Tattershall lakes (since the revamp)
  149. Holiday – to Thailand
  150. Holiday – to The Channel Islands
  151. Holiday – to Galapagos islands
  152. Holiday – tour of the Caribbean islands
  153. Holiday – to Venice, Italy = completed, read here
  154. Holiday – to Wales
  155. Holiday – to West coast of USA, Grand canyon, Vegas, Hollywood, San Francisco, California, Alcatraz
  156. Holiday – with Eurocamp, somewhere with massive pool area
  157. Join in with the RSPB birdwatch = completed read here
  158. Learn how to play any musical instrument
  159. Learn how to ride a bike
  160. Learn how to swim without armbands
  161. London – go on a cruise of the Thames
  162. London – go on a house of Parliament tour
  163. London –  see Buckingham palace
  164. London –  see the changing of the guard
  165. London – visit all 5 merlin pass places
  166. London – visit and eat at the Rainforest cafe
  167. London –  visit hms Belfast
  168. London –  visit London zoo
  169. London –  visit  national maritime museum
  170. London –  visit  St Paul’s cathedral
  171. London –  visit  the British museum
  172. London –  visit  the Cutty sark
  173. London –  visit  the London transport museum
  174. London –  visit  the National gallery and portrait gallery
  175. London –  visit  natural history museum
  176. London –  visit  science museum
  177. London –  visit  tower of London
  178. London –  visit Trafalgar square
  179. London –  visit Westminster abbey
  180. Look properly at the stars
  181. Make and eat bonfire toffee
  182. Make and eat toffee apples
  183. Make a worm farm
  184. Meet peppa pig, hopefully on a special event day
  185. Meet Santa as much as possible! – in as many different ways as possible
  186. Merlin – visit all 7 places in Blackpool
  187. Merlin – Alton towers
  188. Merlin – Chessington world adventures
  189. Merlin –  visit LEGOLAND
  190. Merlin –  visit Thorpe park
  191. Merlin – visit one of their Sea life centres
  192. Merlin – Warwick castle
  193. Paint a pot at a paint a pot cafe
  194. Pick your own pumpkins for Halloween = completed read here
  195. Play as many crazy golf courses as possible = ongoing 1st one read here
  196. Ride on a donkey = completed read here
  197. Ride on a pirate ship = completed read here
  198. Ride on a pony = completed read here
  199. See a bird show
  200. See a dolphin show = completed read here
  201. See a famous waterfall
  202. See all 7 wonders of the modern world
  203. See a medieval joust at a castle = completed read here
  204. See a play and a musical in the West end of London
  205. See a Punch and Judy show = completed read here
  206. See a tennis match at Wimbledon
  207. See Cirque De Soleil
  208. See lots of hot air balloons take off
  209. See monster trucks live
  210. See the Aurora Borealis
  211. See the Grand prismatic spring in Yellowstone national park
  212. See the puffins in North Yorkshire
  213. See the red arrows at a major air show
  214. See the tulips and windmills in Holland
  215. Sign up for a year art subscription box
  216. Splash in a splash park
  217. Start a family tradition
  218. Stay in a castle
  219. Stay in an over water bungalow
  220. Stay in at least 50 different hotels – ongoing various reviews
  221. Stay in each of the major hotel chains = ongoing – Travelodge
  222. Stroke and hold as many different animals as possible
  223. Swim in a lido = completed read here
  224. Swim with dolphins
  225. Theatre – see the Wizard of oz
  226. Theatre – Take our show mad boy as much as possible = ongoing read here
  227. Transportation – Go on at least 5 open top tourist buses = ongoing Lincoln
  228. Transportation – Go on a barge
  229. Transportation – Go on a boat on a boating lake
  230. Transportation – Go on a cable car
  231. Transportation – Go on a glass bottom boat = completed read here
  232. Transportation – Go on a pedalo
  233. Transportation – Go on a red double decker London bus
  234. Transportation – Go on a sea/sand train = completed read here
  235. Transportation – Go on a tram
  236. Transportation – Go on a water taxi
  237. Transportation – Go on Ffestiniog railway
  238. Transportation –  Go on North Yorkshire moors railway
  239. Transportation – Go on Snowdon mountain railway, Gwynedd
  240. Transportation – Go on the Settle to Carlisle railway
  241. Transportation – Go sailing on a yatch
  242. Transportation – Ride in a dune buggy in the desert
  243. Transportation – Ride in a Gondola in Venice = completed read here
  244. Transportation – Ride in a horse drawn carriage
  245. Transportation – Ride on a miniature steam train = completed read here
  246. Transportation – Ride on a paddle steamer = completed read here
  247. Transportation – Ride on a steam train = completed read here
  248. Transportation – Ride on a Thomas steam train – day out with Thomas
  249. Transportation – Travel on Semmering railway
  250. Visit at least 10 different castles = ongoing – Bolsover, Castle Rising, Belvoir castle
  251. Visit at least 10 different English heritage places = ongoing – Thornton Abbey & Gainsborough
  252. Visit at least 10 different Historic houses association places = ongoing
  253. Visit at least 10 different museums = ongoing – Lincs life, National railway
  254. Visit at least 10 different National trust places = ongoing – Belton House
  255. Visit at least 10 different UNESCO sites
  256. Visit at least 10 different zoos = ongoing – Woburn
  257. Visit at least 5 different aquariums = ongoing Bournemouth Oceanarium
  258. Visit 5 different air museums – ongoing – Lincs Aviation
  259. Visit 6 different Cathedrals/Minsters – ongoing – York
  260. Visit 5 different nature reserves – ongoing – Gibraltar Point, Donna Nook, Whisby
  261. Visit a big maze
  262. Visit a children’s museum
  263. Visit a county show = completed read here
  264. Visit a large cave
  265. Visit Alcazar de Segovia castle, Near Madrid Spain
  266. Visit a famous pier
  267. Visit all 5 towns in Cinque terre, Italy
  268. Visit Alnwick castle
  269. Visit a model village
  270. Visit and climb a lighthouse
  271. Visit and explore a ‘ghost’ town
  272. Visit Arundel castle
  273. Visit as many farm parks as possible = ongoing – Tattershall, Sacrewell, Manor farm
  274. Visit Athens, Greece including the Acropolis
  275. Visit Bamburgh castle, Northumberland
  276. Visit Bath and see the sights
  277. Visit Beaulieu National Motor museum = completed read here
  278. Visit Belvoir castle, Lincolnshire = Completed read here
  279. Visit Bewilderwood, Norfolk = completed read here
  280. Visit Blackpool
  281. Visit Blackpool illuminations
  282. Visit Blackpool pleasure beach
  283. Visit Blackpool zoo
  284. Visit Blenheim palace = completed read here
  285. Visit Bodiam castle
  286. Visit Bolton abbey
  287. Visit Bosworth battlefield on an event day = Completed read here
  288. Visit Bournemouth and see the sights = completed read here
  289. Visit Bourton on the water (Cotswolds – Birdland, model village, motor museum, dragonfly maze etc)
  290. Visit Bran castle
  291. Visit Bristol zoo
  292. Visit Burghley house, Lincolnshire
  293. Visit Butterfly house, near Sheffield = completed, read here
  294. Visit Calke Abbey and it’s adventure playground, NT
  295. Visit Cambridge and see the sights, go punting
  296. Visit Castle Howard
  297. Visit Chatsworth house and farm park, Derbyshire
  298. Visit Cheddar gorge, Somerset
  299. Visit Chester zoo
  300. Visit Christmas at Blenheim = completed read here
  301. Visit Cleethorpes and all family attractions
  302. Visit Colchester zoo
  303. Visit Conkers = completed read here
  304. Visit Conwy castle, Wales
  305. Visit Corvin castle, Hunedoara Romania
  306. Visit Cragside and it’s fab adventure playground, NT
  307. Visit Creswell Crags in Nottinghamshire = completed read here
  308. Visit Crich tramway village = completed read here
  309. Visit Croft castle and it’s natural play area, NT
  310. Visit Diggerland, Yorkshire
  311. Visit Dinosaur adventure park, Norfolk = completed read here
  312. Visit Donna Nook, when the seals are there = completed read here
  313. Visit Drayton manor theme park and Thomas land
  314. Visit Dudmanston and it’s playgrounds, NT
  315. Visit Edinburgh and see the sights
  316. Visit Eilean Donan castle, Highlands of Scotland
  317. Visit Eltz castle, Wierschem Germany
  318. Visit Eureka the national children’s museum
  319. Visit Fantasy island, Skegness = Completed Read here and here
  320. Visit Flamborough head = completed read here
  321. Visit Flamingo land
  322. Visit Florida everglades and go on an air boat
  323. Visit – Go to the summer Olympics
  324. Visit – Great Yarmouth
  325. Visit Grimsthorpe castle and gardens
  326. Visit Gulliver’s land, Milton Keynes
  327. Visit Halstatt, Austria and the salt mines
  328. Visit Hampton court palace
  329. Visit Harewood house
  330. Visit Hastings and Battle
  331. Visit Hull museums
  332. Visit Imperial war museum Duxford
  333. Visit Kenilworth castle
  334. Visit Kidzania, London
  335. Visit Knebworth house and gardens
  336. Visit Knowsley safari park
  337. Visit Leeds castle, Kent
  338. Visit Lightwater valley theme park
  339. Visit Longleat
  340. Visit Longleat festival of lights
  341. Visit Longshaw and it’s natural play
  342. Visit Lowestoft and see the sights
  343. Visit Magna, Yorkshire on a nice day
  344. Visit Margate and see the sights
  345. Visit Marwell zoo
  346. Visit Matlock bath (Heights of Abraham, Gulliver’s kingdom, caves, fish and chips on the parade, farm park)
  347. Visit Mijas, Spain and see the famous donkeys
  348. Visit Mont St Michel and St Michael’s point
  349. Visit Mother Shipton’s cave
  350. Visit Mount Rushmore
  351. Visit Museum of Lincolnshire life = Completed read here
  352. Visit National railway museum York = Completed read here
  353. Visit National space centre Leicester = Completed read here
  354. Visit Neuschwanstein castle Bavaria Germany
  355. Visit Nene Valley for a Day with Thomas
  356. Visit Normanby hall country park
  357. Visit Paignton zoo
  358. Visit Peppa pig world
  359. Visit Petra, Jordan
  360. Visit Portmerion, Wales
  361. Visit Robin hoods bay
  362. Visit Rockingham castle
  363. Visit Ronda, Spain
  364. Visit Rufford Abbey and park = completed read here
  365. Visit and stay at Sandringham house
  366. Visit Scarborough
  367. Visit Sherwood forest
  368. Visit Skegness and all family attractions
  369. Visit Skipton castle
  370. Visit Slimbridge wildfowl centre
  371. Visit somewhere to celebrate Chinese New Year
  372. Visit somewhere that makes and sells its own ice cream
  373. Visit Springfields Adventureland = completed read here
  374. Visit Stanwick lakes, East Northants
  375. Visit Stokesay castle
  376. Visit Stonehenge and Glastonbury
  377. Visit Stourhead estate, national trust, Wiltshire in the autumn
  378. Visit Stratford upon avon = completed read here
  379. Visit Sudbury Hall and the museum of childhood, NT
  380. Visit Sundown adventureworld, Notts = completed, read here
  381. Visit Tatton park
  382. Visit The Deep, Hull = completed read here
  383. Visit the Edinburgh festival
  384. Visit the forbidden corner, Yorkshire
  385. Visit the Giant’s causeway, Northern Ireland
  386. Visit the Palace of Pena, Lisbon Portugal
  387. Visit the shipwreck beach in Zakynthos, Greece
  388. Visit Wizarding world of Harry Potter
  389. Visit Twinlakes, Leics = completed, read here
  390. Visit Twinlakes at Halloween
  391. Visit Twycross zoo = completed, read here
  392. Visit Vatican city
  393. Visit Warner Bros studio, Harry Potter
  394. Visit Warwick castle
  395. Visit Whisby nature reserve = Completed read here
  396. Visit White post farm, Notts
  397. Visit Wickstead park
  398. Visit Windsor castle
  399. Visit Woburn safari park = Completed read here
  400. Visit Woods filled with bluebells = Completed read here
  401. Walk in all the local woods
  402. Visit York – Castle museum, minster, railway museum = Completed read here
  403. Visit Yorkshire wildlife park = completed read here
  404. Walk on the great wall of China
  405. Watch a movie outdoors with a picnic
  406. Watch turtles hatch and run for the ocean
  407. Winter – Go on a husky drawn sledge
  408. Winter – Go on the santa express rail journey
  409. Winter – Go tobogganing
  410. Winter – Go to different Santa railway experiences
  411. Winter – Go to LaplandUK
  412. Winter – Go to Sundown to meet Santa = completed read here
  413. Winter – Go to Winter wonderland in London
  414. Winter – Have a snowball fight
  415. Winter – Lapland holiday to meet santa etc.
  416. Winter – Ride on a snow mobile
  417. Winter –  Visit Drayton manors Thomas Christmas
  418. Winter – Visit winter wonderland Manchester

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