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Created on 21 August 2012

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Fancy something a little different? There are lots of weird and wonderful things to do around the country see some of our favourite all year round events. Search locations and months to find some truly wacky events like the biggest liar in the world competition.


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  • 1 Literary Pub Tour All year round in Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour, Edinburgh Weird & Wonderful

    The two actor-guides in the Literary Pub Tour take visitors around old and new Edinburgh with dramatised stories of the city's literary wits. Starting at the Beehive Inn, it takes in historic pubs and quirky landmarks, ending at the Café Royal.

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  • 2 Town Crier Proclamations 1 May - 25 Aug 2012; not Mon or Sun (annual) in The Cross Weird & Wonderful

    Town criers tend to be seen as eccentric and extrovert characters these days. Grab your chance to see one at work at The Cross in Chester. Dressed in a colourful period costume, they maintain this ancient way of broadcasting the news.

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  • 3 York Maze Jul - Sep 2012 (annual) in York Maze York Maze. Courtesy of Tom Pearcy Weird & Wonderful

    A popular American pastime is to plant fields with maize, then cut paths to create a maze in the tall crop. The tradition has arrived in England and in late summer you can come and get lost at York Maze!

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  • 4 Camden Markets Daily in Camden Camden Markets Weird & Wonderful

    The most colourful, diverse and labyrinthine of London's flea markets, Camden Market is one of the city's biggest tourist attractions. if you visit on a Sunday, you'll discover just how busy it can get.

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  • 5 Ghost Tours at Hampton Court Palace Oct 2012 - Mar 2013; Fri and Sun only (annual) in Hampton Court Palace Hampton Court Palace Ghost Tour. Photo by Richard Lea-Hair, courtesy of Richard Lea-Hair and newsteam.co.uk Weird & Wonderful

    Stories of the strange goings-on throughout the centuries at Hampton Court Palace will raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Discover the palace's spooky secrets on this 90-minute ghost tour, held on Fridays and Sundays until spring.

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  • 6 The Lost Gardens of Heligan All year round in Pentewan Mud Maid on the Woodland Walk, The Lost Gardens of Heligan Weird & Wonderful

    The 400-year-old Heligan Estate fell into ruin in the early years of the 20th century. In the 1990s, overgrowth was hacked back, decaying structures repaired and gardens replanted. A highlight is the magical warren of Victorian walled fruit and vegetable gardens.

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