When life is one long round of work, sleep, eat, there's nothing like having a few excursions planned to lift spirits. Having a little mini break or a day out to look forward too is great and it's even better if it has been bought for you as a present.

That's why we decided to put together this collection of days you can spend all over the UK getting in a bit of culture, visiting some iconic places, witnessing a new stage show or having a laugh at a comedy night to name but a handful of the ideas we've put together.

Of course, most of the events take place at the weekend, but if you are looking for mid-week activities and events we have those too - and often they can be excellent value for money as they are considered 'off-peak'. For example, if you're off work, a two night stay in a teepee on a Monday and Tuesday is the perfect way to spend a tranquil couple of days in the countryside, when it's far less busy too.

If you're looking for ideas for keeping the kids entertained during the school holidays we've got some suggestions that'll captivate, motivate and entertain the little ones. Whether it's wandering around the Harry Potter film studios, seeing big fish and sharks at the London Aquarium or a TOWIE tour that's perfect for die-hard fans of the Essex-based TV show, there's something for all children and their parents to enjoy together.

Culture-vultures will love our programme of events and shows. We've got Proms performances, big stage productions and even historical walking tours where you can go beyond the well-trodden tourist trail for a day discovering the ins and outs of the hidden parts of the city.

And finally, if you really want to push the boat out, forgot a single day trip out, go for the full short break experience with a four night break to the Emerald Isle, or a voyage to see Paris in the spring. We think these excursions will open your eyes to what the UK and Europe has to offer, with some truly fascinating and highly memorable days out for adults, kids, couples and families to enjoy.