Bollocks to Alton Towers: Uncommonly British Days Out

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Penguin UK, Mar 2, 2006 - Humor - 416 pages
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The British Lawnmower Museum, Keith Harding's World of Mechanical Music and Mad Jack's Sugar Loaf. In a world of theme parks, interactive exhibits, over-priced merchandise and queues, don't worry, these are names to stir the soul. Reassuring evidence that there's still somewhere to turn in search of the small, fascinating, unique and, dammit, British.

In a stumbling journey across the country in search of the best we have to offer our intrepid heroes discovered dinosaurs in South London, a cold war castle in Essex, grown men pretending to be warships in Scarborough, unexplained tunnels under Liverpool and a terraced house in Bedford being kept warm for Jesus's return. And along the way they met the people behind them all: enthusiasts, eccentrics and, you know, those who just sort of fell into looking after a vast collection of gnomes ...

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User Review  - ascapola - LibraryThing

An enjoyable read, that supports my own view that the modest and quirky places are often the best places to visit. The book whetted my appetite for the following destinations that I haven't yet ... Read full review

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User Review  - bibliobibuli - LibraryThing

Bollocks to Alton Towers is a sort of alternative travel guide to places in UK. Most books of this sort direct you to the famous tourist spots (like the amusement park, Alton Towers, in the title ... Read full review


Blackgang Chine
British Lawnmower Museum
Peasholm Park Naval Warfare
Louis Tussauds House of Wax
Kelvedon Nuclear Bunker
Porteath Bee Centre
Mad Jacks Sugar Loaf
Keith and Dufftown Railway
Williamson Tunnels
Barometer World
Edinburgh Camera Obscura
Crystal Palace Dinosaurs
House of Marbles
Dennis Severs House
Bletchley Park

EastEnders Set
Pitt Rivers Museum
Eden Ostrich World
Keith Hardings World of Mechanical Music
Shah Jahan Mosque
Beckham Trail
Mother Shiptons Cave and Dripping Well
Apollo Pavilion
Hamilton Toy Collection
Cumberland Pencil Museum
Pack OCards Inn
Orford Ness
Exhibition Road
Tebay Services
Ripon Tramp Museum
South Bridge Vaults
Gnome Magic
A la Ronde
Port Sunlight
Morpeth Bagpipe Museum
Avebury Stone Circle
Christs House
An Uncommonly British Index

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About the author (2006)

Robin Halstead, Jason Hazeley, Alex Morris and Joel Morris are the creators and writers of The Framley Examiner, the spoof online local paper. They are also regular contributors to Viz. On average they were born on 2 November 1971

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