Frequently asked questions

About Things To Do

Activities

Partners

Other issues

About Things To Do

  • What is Things To Do?

    Things To Do helps the public discover great local activities offered by the BBC and our partners connected to our TV and radio programmes, and other BBC campaigns. We’re working with hundreds of organisations such as the RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts as well as partners such as Culture24.

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  • Why is the BBC offering Things To Do?

    The BBC already provides activities relating to our Learning campaigns and many other programmes across bbc.co.uk. Things To Do aims to bring these activities together on one site to inspire audiences to get involved in hands on activities across a range of genres, from Nature, Science and History to Arts & Culture, Sport, Music and Outdoors & Adventure.

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  • Is this a new listings site?

    Things To Do is not a listings website so it's not the place to find comprehensive regional listings. All activities are run by BBC not-for-profit or publicly funded partners and promoted by BBC TV, radio and campaigns.

    We will, however, include links to commercial websites that do have listings information so that you can visit them.

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  • Who are Culture24?

    Culture24 already work directly with cultural venues across the UK to collect, promote and share their data. They are the official cultural data provider for the BBC Things To Do website and is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. The Culture24 website includes complete listings from the UK's arts and heritage sectors.

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Activities

  • What sort of activities are included?

    All the activities we feature are free or not-for-profit, offered by the BBC or one of our partners and connected to our TV, radio and campaigns content. A typical partner activity could be a Hands On History (the BBC's history campaign) Norman shield making activity at your local museum, a nature walk run by the Ramblers or an adventure sports taster session at your local sports centre. We'll also tell you when the BBC's coming to your neck of the woods with roadshows such as the Bang Goes the Theory Tour and the Wallace & Gromit Tour.

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  • Are all the activities free?

    The BBC is funded by the licence fee so our aim is to provide licence fee payers with the most cost effective options, which are usually free though in some instances there may be a small cost involved. Where there is a charge we ask partners to ensure these are for cost recovery, i.e. charging a price which is no greater than the cost of actually running the activity itself. This may include location hire and materials. Any other costs associated with attending such as venue entrance charges, parking should be detailed although costs for food and drink may not be.

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  • I've spotted a mistake on an activity page, who can I contact?

    If you have spotted any mistakes with regards to location, facts or inactive links, please email the Things To Do team using the ‘Contact us’ link at the bottom of this page. We will do our best to moderate the mistake as soon as possible and refer it back to the organisation responsible for the event.

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  • How will I know whether an event is fully booked? How do I book a place?

    We encourage our partners to update their activities when events are fully booked or cancelled, but to be best to check on the website of the organiser, or get in touch using the contact details on the activity page.

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  • I can't find any activities going on in my location. Why?

    As new BBC campaigns start we'll have a wider range of activities in our system e.g. Outdoors & Adventure, Sports activities etc. covering a wider range of areas. So watch this space…

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Partners

  • Who are Things To Do partners?

    Things To Do partners are third-party, not-for-profit and publicly funded organisations who offer activities to the public and whose goals match those of our current project and campaigns. Things To Do Partners are not affiliated with the BBC; they run their activities independently from the BBC and the BBC does not approve their activities.

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  • How do I become a Things To Do partner?

    Our partners range in size from big organisations like the RSPB and the British Museum to smaller partners such as local museums, libraries and nature groups. If you work for an organisation outside of the cultural sector (e.g. a nature charity) who offer free, non-commercial activities and would like to find out more about whether you could register as a Things To Do partner, please go to www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo/activitymaker or get in touch using the ‘Contact us’ link at the bottom of this page. If you work for an organisation in the cultural sector and would like to find out more about whether activities you run could feature on the Things To Do website, please visit the Culture 24 website: www.culture24.org.uk/bbcpartnership.

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  • What are the criteria for becoming a Things To Do partner?

    Our partners range in size from big organisations to smaller partners such as local museums, libraries and nature/outdoors groups. In order for your organisation’s activities to appear on the Things To Do website, you’ll need to meet the following criteria: - You are a not-for-profit or publicly funded organisation. - You run activities which involve an element of active participation and/or learning - The activities you run are free or cost-recovery - The activities you offer have similar aims and objectives to current BBC projects or campaigns.

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Other issues

  • I want to get work experience - can you help?

    If you want work experience at the BBC, please visit the BBC's work experience website.

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  • We are a local listings site, can you link to us?

    We do link to listings/events sites where editorially appropriate and review suggested links regularly. If you think your link is relevant, please email the team using the 'Contact us' link at the bottom of the page.

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