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The UK’s largest things

Sarah P 19 October 2020

Our biggest UK holiday home sleeps 51 people in 19 bedrooms - that’s pretty big! Whilst group getaways aren't possible at the moment, it has got us thinking about some of the other BIGGEST things in the UK. We’re not talking about attractions and landmarks; we mean random everyday items that have been made BIG. Using the Guinness Book of Records, we’ve pulled together 10 of the UK's LARGEST things, including chocolate bars and whisky bottles, and drawn them to scale to show just how enormous they are in comparison to their normal size. We think you’ll be in for a BIG shock…

1. The UK’s largest knitting needles

Created in June 2017 by Wiltshire College student Elizabeth Bond, the UK’s largest knitting needles measure 4.42 metres long and have a diameter of 9.01cm. Elizabeth made these to boost her Art and Design final year project.

2. The UK’s largest kettle

The largest kettle in the UK has maintained its title since the 1800s, when it was built in Taunton, Somerset for the hardware merchants Fisher and Son. The giant copper structure stood 0.9 meters high with a girth of 1.8 meters, and it could hold a capacity of 90 litres – now that’s a lot of tea!

3. The UK’s largest inflatable beach ball

Fans of the Paramount Pictures 2017 Baywatch movie may remember this giant inflatable beach ball from the movie’s marketing campaign! At 19.97 metres in diameter, the huge ball was displayed in May 2017 on a barge on the River Thames when the members of the cast received certificates.

4. The UK’s largest cosy coupe

This iconic child’s toy car, first created by Little Tikes, was scaled up and given a real-life engine in August 2016 by brothers, John Bitmead and Geof Bitmead. The owners of Attitude Motors, specialising in custom cars for TV and film, they used an old Daewoo Matiz to pull this off. The final vehicle measured 2.7 meters long and was complete with a gas tank, airbags, headlights, and mirrors. It took 1,000 hours to build, cost £4,000, and could reach up to 70mph!

5. Largest UK’s largest scone

The record for the biggest scone was set in November 2017 to celebrate Belfast flour producer Neill's Flour’s 150th anniversary. Alongside Patton’s Bakery in Newtownards, celebrity chef Jenny Bristow and catering students from the Belfast Metropolitan College. The huge scone weighed a whopping 141.8kg!

6. The UK’s largest hot cross bun

The RSPB unveiled the world’s largest hot cross bun in April 2012 to celebrate its special Easter events and activities. The gigantic bun weighed 168kg and was baked at Greenhalgh's bakery in Bolton, and transported to Saltholme wildlife reserve. The huge baking tin was then to be reused as a birdbath at the RSPB’s headquarters.   

7. The UK’s largest bottle of Scotch whisky

Even the heaviest whisky drinker might feel a bit out of their depth with a bottle containing 228 litres. In August 2012, The Famous Grouse created this mega bottle, which stood at 1.7 metres tall and took three hours to fill. It was presented at The Famous Grouse Experience in Perthshire to coincide with the brand’s birthday.

8. The UK’s largest chocolate bar

To celebrate their 100th birthday, the popular chocolate brand Thornton’s produced this mega bar off the back of an employee’s love of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Measuring an impressive 4 meters long x 4 meters wide and weighing an incredible 5,792.50 kg, this was no mean feat, completed by Master Chocolatier, Keith Hurdman, along with a team of 50 planners and makers!

9. The UK’s largest serving of fish & chips

Synonymous with British holidays, we had to include this one! In February 2018 Chef Cristian Genete and his team at Robata at Resorts World Birmingham set about attempting to break the world record. While it was no easy challenge, the team achieved it with a monster portion weighing 54.99 kg.

10. The world’s largest deck chair in the UK

The world’s largest deckchair came to Bournemouth in March 2012, when Iconic British drinks brand Pimms commissioned it to mark the official start of British Springtime. The giant red and striped deckchair stood at 8.5 meters tall and 5.5 metres wide and was positioned on Bournemouth seafront for several days.

Impressed by these BIG things? We certainly were, and that’s just a handful of them! Now enough of that, back to the BIG holidays! Need some inspiration on group accommodation? Head to our collection to see our full range of BIG cottages and places to stay.


Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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