Quirky UK staycation experiences including a night on the Spicebus

I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want….. it’s a Spice Girls sleepover (Picture: Metro.co.uk/ Christian Hewison/ Host Student)

Staycations have an unfair reputation of being a bit boring, but holidaying in the UK doesn’t have to be dull.

Murder-mystery fans can delight as an Agatha Christie evening comes to the Thames.

Meanwhile, Spice Girls fans can boogie down to the Isle of Wight to live it up in the actual bus Baby, Posh, Ginger, Scary and Sporty partied on in the 1997 Spiceworld movie.

Looking for a more practical holiday solution?

Staying in luxury student accommodation could be the answer to a bargain city-break.

Stay local for less

Not your average student digs (Picture: Host Student)

New hospitality brand Zeni is harnessing high-end student accommodation over the summer to provide apartments and studios in popular cities from just £25 a night, so you can enjoy city-break on a budget in places such as Sheffield, London, Liverpool, Cardiff and Exeter.

Throughout August, Zeni is offering running clubs, table tennis tournaments, happy hours, yoga sessions and cook-alongs all free of charge for guests.

You’ll also be given insights and tips about the local area, with experiences, tours and excursions on offer – perfect for a fun staycation.

Check it out here

Death on the… Thames

Will you solve the mystery?

OK, so it’s not the Nile but City Cruises has just launched a murder-mystery dinner cruise that will have you tapping into your inner Hercule Poirot.

The action will take place against a backdrop of London landmarks, including the Shard, HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge, as you decipher the clues to find the murderer while enjoying a glass of fizz and a three-course meal.

It’s guaranteed to be a killer night out. Fake moustaches optional…

Tickets cost £75.

Check out dates and booking info here

Spice up your life…

Take a ride on the original Spicebus (Picture: Christian Hewison)

…with a sleepover on the original Union-Flag emblazoned bus that appeared in the 1997 Spice World Movie.

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Spice Girls’ debut single, Wannabe, so, if this is what you really, really want, what better way to celebrate?

The double decker, which sleeps three, is now on the Isle of Wight.

The exterior has been kept the same, while the inside has been redesigned with pink Union Jack cinema chairs, a ‘Girl Power’ neon light installation, animal print and disco balls.

One night stay from £78pp

Head here to check it out

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