Fish And Chips Is British
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A poll has proven British people really do like to be beside the seaside – after eating fish and chips on a pier topped a list of 50 things Brits want to do before they die.

The Great British Bucket List includes classic British pursuits like a night at the Proms – which came third – and watching morris dancers (43rd).

The list, generated from a poll of 1,000 British adults by internet search engine Ask Jeeves, offers typically British alternatives to wish-list destinations in far-flung corners of the globe.

In the 2007 film The Bucket List, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman played two terminally ill men who escape from a cancer ward to go on a road trip with a wish list of things to do before they die. Their list included skydiving, visiting the Taj Mahal, riding motorcycles on the Great Wall of China and an African safari.

The British list shuns these kinds of choices and includes climbing Ben Nevis (39th), seeing Lake Windermere by boat (29th) or taking a ferry across the Mersey (38th). And rather than take a ride on the Orient Express, Brits would prefer to stay closer to home and travel Scotland's west coast by rail (7th).

A spokesman for Ask Jeeves said: "It may take some time to do all 50 but at least you will not have to pay thousands to travel the world to do so.

"Most of these bucket lists include the kind of ambitions that look wonderful on paper but are out of reach for millions of us. Instead, we thought it would be good to look closer to home to find the kind of experiences Brits think everyone should try at least once."

The Great British Bucket List in full

1. Eat fish and chips on a seaside pier
2. See whales off Wales
3. Go to a night at the Proms at the Albert Hall
4. Visit Giant's Causeway
5. Have a picnic at an open air concert
6. Go up in the London Eye
7. Travel Scotland's West Coast by rail
8. Watch a Shakespeare play in Stratford-upon-Avon
9. Dine in a Gordon Ramsay restaurant
10. Go to a British Grand Prix
11. See inside the Houses of Parliament
12. Get the Ffestiniog railway in Snowdonia
13. Go to Glastonbury festival
14. Hold the FA Cup in your hands
15. Take in the view from the top of the Shard
16. Be at Stonehenge on longest day of the year
17. See the Trooping the Colour
18. Go to a cricket test match
19. Visit 'The Prisoner' village in Portmeirion, Wales
20. Have tea at Betty's tearooms, Harrogate
21. See a traditional Christmas pantomime
22. Watch a British player at Wimbledon
23. Do a 'Wainwright' walk in the Lake District
24. Drive round Brands Hatch motor racing circuit in Kent
25. Visit a whisky distillery
26. Go to a Six Nations rugby match
27. Go on a Jack the Ripper guided walk in London's East End
28. Have a pint in the Rovers Return, the fictional pub in ITV's Coronation Street
29. See Lake Windermere by boat
30. Go on a historic London pub tour
31. Experience the Notting Hill Carnival
32. Try a deep fried Mars Bar
33. See the fireball ceremony at Stonehaven, Scotland, on New Year's Eve
34. Sail round the Isle of Wight
35. Attend the Grand National, Guineas and Gold Cup horse races
36. Go to a World Darts Final
37. Take a selfie at both John O'Groats and Land's End
38. Take a ferry across the Mersey
39. Climb Ben Nevis
40. See Tower Bridge raised
41. Visit Borough food market, London
42. Eat Haggis on Burns Night, in Scotland
43. See Morris Dancers at a country pub
44. See the Christmas Lights on Oxford Street
45. Be at a recording of X-Factor or Britain's Got Talent
46. See Blackpool Illuminations
47. Watch a boxset of Only Fools and Horses
48. Watch the Boat Race
49. Attend first day of Harrods sale
50. Watch the London Marathon live

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