National Wonders

Join us on a journey across this amazingly wonderful nation of ours

What is National Wonders?

National Wonders is our series of short videos highlighting the brilliantly wacky side of our beloved country. Sure, we all know about Westminster Abbey and Stonehenge, but what about Olney's pancake race and bottle kicking in Hallaton?

Join our tour guide, Ben, as he takes you to some of England's most unique events and meets the amazing people behind them.

So get involved and see more below as we ask, ‘Is this really how the UK spends a day?’


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Places to visit

Longleat Maze

Enter the longest maze in the world with Ben as he drops some facts and a few nuts to find his way.

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The Crooked House

Dive into the Midlands to find a pub where marbles roll uphill and Ben's legs don't work quite as they should.

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Still Life Museum

Is it a cafe or a museum? Ben's not quite sure. All we know is you can get coffee and the back-end of a zebra.

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Seven noses of Soho

Ben thinks he nose noses... (Sorry!) But can he find all seven scattered across London?

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The UK's smallest park

Explore Prince's Park with Ben as he undertakes the world's shortest fun-run and manages to lose his dog.

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The Derwent Pencil Museum

Travel to Keswick, the birthplace of the pencil, to discover the worlds' largest colouring pencil and more!

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Events to take part in

Tar Barrels of Ottery St Mary

In the most daring National Wonder yet, Ben gets up close with flaming barrels of tar and a very large bonfire.

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World Black Pudding Throwing Championships

Ever wanted to see a presenter get hit by a black pudding? Ben's visit to Ramsbottom didn't go quite to plan!

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Dr Fright's Halloween Nights

Dare you enter this horrifying scare maze with Ben? He's pretty confident he'll be fine, but how long will that last?

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World Bog Snorkelling Championships

Dive into the World Bog Snorkelling Championships with Ben in this wet and wild edition of National Wonders.

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World Egg Throwing Championships

Ben tries his hand at egg tossing, egg roulette and more than a few egg-cellent puns in Swaton, Lincolnshire.

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Obby oss

Venture to the Cornish town of Padstow to get a glimpse of some 'osses' and investigate a pregnant maiden.

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Hallaton bottle kicking

Join Ben in Hallaton, Leicestershire as he takes on three beer kegs, two rival villages and one very large pie.

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The Jorvik Viking Festival

See Ben try his first battle cry, admire beards and even get up close and personal with some weaponry.

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The Olney Pancake Race

Watch Ben head to Olney, where he finds wigs, firemen, a transatlantic rivalry... and the odd pancake or two.

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