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Hangloose@Eden is home to some of the country’s best adrenaline activity rides, including SkyWire - England’s longest zip-wire. Take in spectacular views of the Cornish coast and countryside before soaring 660m, head first, above the world famous Eden Biomes.
Fly on England's longest and fastest zip wire then choose to next to either plummet at 50mph from 65ft over a cliff edge on a giant swing, or take a leap of faith from a 12-metre platform on to a giant air bag!
Once you’ve checked in, head to the harnessing area where you’ll get kitted up. Looking the part in your specially designed flight suit you will be transported to the dispatch tower to receive a comprehensive and reassuring safety brief. 100 metres above the ground and right over the cliff edge, prepare to be suspended face first in a superman style flying position. Don’t panic, the experienced instructors are with you every step of the way. They’ll even hold your hand if you need it. This feels like the closest thing to flying, get ready to cruise 660 meters at a cool 60mph, in no more than 40 seconds. It’s half a mile of pure exhilaration and you’ll get to see Eden, the coast and the Cornish countryside like you’ve never seen it before. At the other end the automatic braking system will ensure you come to a gentle stop, even if your heart is still pounding.
Then it’s time to choose which exciting experience to participate in next, or you may choose to stop to buy yourself a drink or snack before you next adventure. However, if you can’t contain your eagerness you can choose to go straight on to one of the following experiences:
Giant Gravity Swing – Plummet at 50mph from 65ft over a cliff edge, in a giant swing. Experience some serious G force swiftly followed by the weightlessness of zero gravity. You can ride solo or with up to two friends.
Big Air – Release your inner stunt man on this epic jump onto a giant air bag. Work your way up the tower, starting on a 2 metre high platform, walk to the edge and take the plunge. Then it is up to the 6 metre platform for another jump, then finally the top of the tower at 12 metres if you dare!
Do you have an adrenaline junkie or thrill seeker in your life in need of a serious buzz? Or maybe it’s you and a power crazy partner that are the action addicts. Either way, the voucher holder will need to brace themselves for an exclusive, adrenaline fuelled zorbing experience. As if hurtling down a hill in a plastic ball at top speeds of 30mph with 40 litres of water wasn't enough action, this ride will be experienced in complete darkness. That’s right; you won’t be able to see a thing. As all internal light and external sound is absorbed, prepare for a sensory thrill like no other. With this location being home to the only ‘Black Hole’ zorb ball in the world, you will be one of the first courageous people to experience this revolutionary ride.
Upon arrival, you will receive a safety briefing before entering your first zorb. You and a friend will experience one amazing hydro ride before entering the black hole for another journey in the pitch black, with approximately 40 litres of water! Prepare to scream as you roll, spin and bounce your way down the exciting zorb run.
Grab a paddle and head down stream while soaking up the beautiful Shropshire countryside with this Canadian Canoeing Adventure Day for Two experience.
Aboard a Canadian style canoe, you will paddle along the longest river in Britain, The River Severn, which winds through some of the most beautiful and un-spoilt counties in the country, offering fantastic views and is teeming with wildlife.
Once you arrive at your location, you will receive a safety briefing and learn about the best canoeing techniques to help make your experience as enjoyable as possible. You will travel 6 miles from Bridgnorth to Hampton Loade, where you will stop for lunch and have the opportunity to purchase food at the nearby pub or, if the weather is nice, bring a picnic and eat outdoors. In the afternoon you continue 4.5 miles downstream to Arley where your return journey will be on the Severn Valley Steam Railway, which delivers you back to the train station at Bridgnorth.
There is something fun and natural about finding a route, getting to grips with rock face and making progress against the obstacles it presents. Five feet or 50 feet off the ground, the moves are the same but it is what's in your head that makes all the difference. Can you make it to the top?
This is an introductory session which will enable you to learn the basic skills of rock climbing. The session will be tailored to your ability and aspirations. With a qualified local guide you will scale the rock face and depending on location you may have the chance to abseil back down. There is an enormous sense of achievement so don't forget your camera or your friends will never believe you!
Zorbing is one of the most entertaining ways of travelling and sure to make you laugh! Getting up to speeds of 25mph, you and your partner will experience an exhilarating thrill as you bounce and roll your way through the zorbing area in a giant inflatable ball.
For the harnessed ride, you will both be strapped in securely and facing one another, meaning you will be able to see every giggle and shriek from each other at all angles! If you are partial to a splash or two, the hydro ride will be the roll of your life. You will be joined by approximately 40 litres of water and this time, you won’t be strapped in, meaning you will be free to slip and slide to your heart’s content!
Upon arrival, you will receive a full safety briefing and be taken to a designated safe area to await your turn to ride. When it's your turn to go, you'll be taken into the exclusive Zorbing area. Once inside the sphere, you'll be given all the essential information as to how to ride the inflatable ball safely and securely, and then it’s down to you to let your thrilling adventure roll out!
Raft building has to be one of the ultimate quick thinking and team building experiences out there. You'll have to work together and create a raft, against the clock, that won't fall apart on the water, otherwise you'll be getting very wet!
The experience will begin with a safety briefing and talk about the challenge that lays ahead. Then you will have a set amount of time to build a raft that can tackle a course set out by the instructors. The winners are the ones that don't sink!
Turn back the clock and enjoy a great day out on a vintage sailing barge.
You and your partner will have a relaxing day out on this historic vessel, with the emphasis being on enjoying the scenery and the thrill of seeing these large vessels under sail. You will also have the opportunity to become involved in hoisting sails and steering if you wish. Time spent at the controls will depend on the skipper, weather, number of passengers and individual enthusiasm.
A light lunch is included with this experience which is traditionally a cheese and ham ploughman’s with a delicious dessert. Eat and enjoy your lunch whilst looking out from this stunning barge. Please note the type of food available may vary depending on the time of year.
One of Britain's most successful Olympic sailors of all time is Ben Ainslie. He is a four times Olympic gold and one time Olympic silver medalist. With this experience you will have the opportunity to have a go at this tricky sport for yourself. This sailing experience is perfect for introducing you both to this tricky sport. Who knows, you could become the next great sailing duo!
The experience will begin with a safety briefing and instruction on the techniques required for sailing.
You will be learning in a dinghy, which is a small boat controlled by using the five essential controls: the sails, underwater foils, the trim, the balance and the choice of route. Then it will be time to go out to the water and try it for yourselves.
If you’re looking for an experience that will get your adrenaline pumping, then look no further than the triple whammy. Flying along a zip wire, abseiling into the ‘Abyss’ and parachute simulators, this experience has everything covered. Once you’re into your safety harness it's time for the fun to begin. This isn’t for the faint hearted!
Your experience will begin by being kitted out in the safety harness. Then it's off to your first activity, the 250ft indoor zip wire. Climb the long and winding walkway into the rafters to the 250ft indoor zip wire, six stories above the ground. The jumpmaster will attach you and then as you push off take a look below and you'll see the restaurant, friends and family below you as you travel at 30mph before safely entering the landing zone.
Next it's off to climb 143 steps to the abseil zone. A trained instructor will instruct you how to descend and then it's up to you to abseil into the Abyss from 150ft down into the chasm that is the face of steel and the dark and gloomy Abyss.
Last but definitely not least, with your heart pounding, climb the 143 steps again for the final buzz on the 150ft drop. You will have sensory overload as you plummet to the ground before landing safely on terra firma.
Photographs and merchandise can be purchased on site.
Thunderous noise, churning water and rapids all around you - some serious teamwork is required to get you through it all. This is the unbelievable thrill of white water rafting.
You can raft on man-made rapids, which are guaranteed to give you lots of white water excitement! Alternatively you can try natural white water rafting in the Scottish Highlands, where you will enjoy the excitement of this sport in beautiful unspoilt surroundings.
The session starts with a thorough safety briefing by a qualified instructor, followed by tuition where you'll learn to perfect your paddling technique. Then it’s time to take to the river on a raft.
For natural rapids, white water rafting is dependent on water levels and therefore can only run if the water is high enough. We ensure that you have a thorough safety briefing and that you are professionally looked after by a qualified instructor. Then you enjoy travelling down river on the raft.
For man made rapids, pumps control the discharge of the water down the 300 metre white water course allowing the centre to control the flow rates, therefore altering the course's difficulty and the skill levels required to paddle it. After a dry land briefing session and issue of equipment you will spend 1 1/2 hours white water rafting.
You may be required to help carry the raft and equipment during your experience. Several stretches of river are used, some are a 45-minute bus ride from the meeting point (transportation is included). The rafting is dependent on water levels and therefore can only run if the water is high enough.
Windsurfing is a surface water sport using a windsurf board usually two to four meters long and powered by the effect of the wind on a sail. Until the 1990's, participants would regularly use different names to describe the sport, including sailboarding and board sailing. Also despite the term 'windsurfing' becoming the accepted name for the sport, participants are still actually called 'sailors' and not 'surfers'. Why not become a 'sailor' and enjoy a session learning to windsurf or, if you've already tried it, just brush up on your skills. A highly qualified and motivated instructor is on hand, they are ready to get you hooked on the exciting sport of windsurfing.
The experience will begin with a safety briefing and the techniques required for windsurfing. Then it will be time to go out to the water and try it.
Relax and indulge in a delicious lunch aboard a warm and cosy narrow boat slowly cruising along the picturesque Leeds- Liverpool canal. Canal Boat Cruises are located at Riley Green in the idyllic Lancashire country side at their lovely Riley Green Marina which is set against the stunning backdrop of the historic Hoghton Tower.
The first half hour of your canal cruise will take you west passing through delightful countryside where you will be heading towards Withnell Fold Nature Reserve before turning around just after bridge 89. Then heading east, you will pass under the M65 bridge through Riley Green Marina. You will continue on towards Finningtons Bridge 91B and onto the outskirts of Feniscowles where you will turn around at Feniscowles bridge 93B.
This voucher entitles two people to a three-course lunch cruise along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. The canal boat restaurant has a fully licenced bar that is open prior to, during and after the lunch cruise. Exact contents of your lunch depends on the season and availability but will always be sourced locally.
Nestled away in 32 acres of woodland and paddocks in the heart of rural Shropshire, Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom is a small family run zoo located on the outskirts of Telford. With animals such as meerkats, lemurs, snakes and owls and even African wildcats, the zoo is a fantastic day out for people of all ages.
Upon arrival you will be greeted by a friendly member of the Hoo Farm team, who will allow you to get up close and personal with four top predators from three different continents. During this hour long experience, you will get to stroke the servals, feed the foxes, pat one of the owls and pet a Burmese python.
You will be accompanied by an experienced and knowledgeable member of staff at all times who will be more than happy to answer any questions that you have.
Participants must be able bodied and 10 years or older.
From storybook castles to breath-taking stately homes, England's fascinating heritage is just waiting to be discovered! With an English Heritage annual membership you can explore over 400 castles, gardens, abbeys, ruins and more.
From the iconic Stonehenge to King Arthur's Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, to Osborne House, the former holiday home of Queen Victoria, adventure awaits with unlimited days out, all year round.
As an added bonus, members can bring up to six children from within the same family group for free! Members can also benefit from free or reduced price entry to hundreds of special events, a free members' magazine and a handbook to help plan your visits.
Upon validation of your voucher, you will be emailed a membership form which you will need to complete and post to English Heritage in order to activate your membership.
Archery is a fun sport that has been around for centuries. The bow and arrow was once a weapon of war but is now used for recreational use. You need a lot of patience and a steady hand to get the bull’s eye with this experience.
The experience will begin with a safety briefing. Here they will give you the rules of when to fire and when to collect the arrows. It is then your turn to start aiming for that centre target.
Combine your passion for exploring London with learning about the techniques of architectural photography on this tutored tour around the city. Your guide will be a professional photographer and what better city to explore than London?
London is ever changing, building amazing glass and metal structures like the Shard in the same vicinity as age-old cathedrals and churches. You'll capture some fantastic views of the city that has it all and discover incredible remnants of the past that have influenced photographers ever since the invention of the camera.
The tour will take you beyond familiar guidebook trails, with an emphasis on the back streets and alleys that offer a wealth of historic buildings that tell the true story of the city.
The perfect gift for a couple keen to get into photography! You will need a digital camera, ideally with a wide angle lens for this experience.
Nestled away in 32 acres of woodland and paddocks in the heart of rural Shropshire, Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom is a small family run zoo located on the outskirts of Telford. With animals such as meerkats, lemurs, snakes and owls and even African wildcats, the zoo is a fantastic day out for people of all ages.
Upon arrival you will be greeted by a friendly member of the Hoo Farm team, who will introduce you to a trio of critically endangered species from Indonesia. This hour long experience begins with a close up meeting with a friendly raccoon or raccoon dog.
Next, you’ll move on to the bush-tailed possum, who is always happy for a cuddle and some affection. This incredible experience ends when you meet Rae, who is a titular binturong, a bushy-tailed creature who originates from South East Asia.
All participants must be able bodied and 10 years or older.
Seize the opportunity to get up close and personal with one of Africa’s big cats. This unforgettable 20 minute experience gives you the opportunity to meet two servals, Zeus and Duma. Recognised by their bold spotted black on tawny fur, servals are the second fastest cat reaching speeds of up to 50mph, as well as being able to jump 9 feet high. However, there’s no need to be scared as they love human attention and will happily nuzzle up to you.
After you have met the servals you will then meet a family of meerkats, letting them climb and play all over you and you will also meet two Black and White ruffed lemurs.
Your experienced keeper will ensure your safety with the animals at all times and help you gain the most out of your experience. Don't forget your camera to capture this exotic experience!
Come and meet a playful troop of lemurs, with bright orange eyes and a long tail you'll have a job to miss these exceptional creatures. You’ll be able to enter the enclosure and give them their feed whilst learning about their unique characters from the specialist keeper.
Depending on your chosen location you will meet either ring-tailed, red ruffed or black and white ruffed lemurs.
Bring your camera, this is a fantastic chance to get a great snap of these amazing creatures who are always willing to strike a pose!
Once you arrive you will head straight for the lemur enclosure. After a health and safety briefing, you will need to wash your hands before entering the enclosure. The lemur specialist will be on hand to give you insightful information and oversee you as you interact with the animals. You will be given a small tub of insects, eggs, fruit, veg or cat biscuits to feed the lemurs with.
You may also receive an adoption pack for one or for two, depending on location.
Enjoy an unforgettable evening of glorious entertainment with this Outdoor Proms experience for two, including a bottle of Prosecco to share.
This is a thrilling open air concert, set in the grounds of some of the UK’s most celebrated stately homes.
The event begins with a thundering of hooves as the mounted cavalry demonstrate their battlefield skill-at-arms with lances, rifles and spectacular horsemanship. Enjoy a chilled glass of Prosecco as you tap your toes to the lively warm up act and look to the sky for the breathtaking parachute display.
Next, the English Field Artillery Company herald the arrival of Britain’s favourite warplane. Amidst a volley of gunfire from a vintage field gun, you hear the unmistakable sound of the Spitfire engine rumbling overhead, followed by a meticulously choreographed aerial display which takes place in the evening sky above.
Then it’s time for the New English Concert Orchestra to take to the stage with classical hits such as Beethoven’s Battle Symphony, with a full complement of nearly 200 cannons, plus musket fire and fireworks providing a unique and breath-taking musical performance.
The evening will close with a traditional flag-waving sing-along, culminating in a dazzling fireworks extravaganza.
As part of your experience you will enjoy a chilled bottle of Prosecco to toast the evening, complete with two long stem plastic flutes which will be ready for collection on arrival at the concert.
Whether you’re seeking the perfect gift for your other half or a special couple in your life, this could be the unique experience you have been looking for.
For safety reasons, barbecues, garden flares and pets are not permitted at the concert. Most people bring a picnic although some public catering is available. There is no seating at these concerts so please bring along rugs or garden chairs. The use of recording equipment is prohibited and please allow sufficient time to park your car as no vehicles are allowed on the concert area. The car park opens at 2:00pm and gates to the concert arena open at 4pm or 4:30pm depending on the venue.
When you have booked your chosen venue, tickets for the proms will be emailed to you to print at home approximately two weeks prior to the event. In certain weather conditions, air displays will unfortunately not be possible due to safety reasons. Please collect your Prosecco from the blue 'Picnic Collection Point' gazebo (adjacent to the main box office) within 2 hours of the gates opening.
It may surprise you to know that there is a wealth of marine wildlife around the UK and one of the best places to see it is off the coast of Cornwall. You can find a range of marine animals including; Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Basking Sharks, Atlantic Grey Seals, Sun Fishes, and much more. There's also a wealth of birds too, including; Gannets, Fulmars, Peregrine Falcons, Guillemots, Cormorants and Shags. Bring your binoculars and see how many species you can spot! You never quite know what you might find on this trip as sea temperatures are always changing, so more and more unusual species are being found around Cornish shores. As an added bonus, this experience also entitles you entrance to the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth.
This two hour coastal and wildlife safari explores the stunning local cornish coastline. Once you are on the boat you will be looking for wildlife whilst listening to an informative and entertaining commentary from the skipper. You'll also hear all about the fascinating area including its history, shipwrecks, smugglers tales and the marine environment. Please note there is no guarantee that you will see any animals. On the day of your experience you will be given a separate voucher that will entitle you to entrance to the National Maritime Museum, which you can visit at any time that day when you are not on your sea safari.
This is your chance to experience an amazing hour where you will have the chance to swim with prehistoric creatures.
Upon arrival you will have a meet and greet with the reptile handlers and be given a brief overview of what to expect in the experience. You'll then get changed and be introduced to the crocs where you will swim amongst them for 30 minutes. There will be plenty of photo opportunities and you’ll receive a souvenir photograph of you and the croc to take home as a keepsake.
After your experience, you’ll have the chance to look at some of the other reptiles including some of their deadly venomous snakes.
Snakes are a divisive creature - some people are fascinated by them and love nothing more than the chance to get their hands on these scaly creatures whereas others cannot get over their reputation for being potentially dangerous.
This informative and interesting experience is a chance to learn about some of the most venomous snakes in the world not just in theory but in practice as guests will be able to see some of them up close. Experienced keepers will handle the snakes, including a presentation which will provide a wealth of information about the snakes themselves including how to reduce the chances of getting bitten by looking out for a few simple clues as to what the snake is thinking. This is the only show of its kind and a real treat for anyone who enjoys learning about animals and appreciates the chance to witness some of the most fascinating and misunderstood animals in the flesh.
This experience for two begins with a warm welcome from the keepers who will take guests on a tour of the reptile area and show them some of the other creatures that live in the reptile house which will not be featured in the show. Then it’s time to head to the show area where visitors will get the chance to see an exclusive live show which includes some of the most venomous snakes in the world and the experts who know them best.
The presentation will include a range of information about which snakes have been maligned by the media and which have earned their reputation as a threat to humans. Guests will also learn how snake venom is used in medicine and discover how they can avoid being the victim of a snake attack by spotting their warning signs and everyone will learn the secrets of the snake charmers.
Quad Biking is the perfect way to get outdoors, sample the different types of terrain the world has to offer and see how much these machines can really handle.
Powerful, easy to handle and great fun to ride, even if you’re a complete novice you’ll soon be riding down forest tracks like a seasoned professional, thanks to expert instructors.
Your day will begin with a full safety briefing, followed by getting to grips with the vehicle’s controls and learning the riding techniques necessary to give you the most from your experience.
The location you will attend boasts 70+ acres of woodland split into 2 separate circuits, easy and hard. The easy session will see you mastering the basics, taking on the open woodland and cutting between and behind any trees/obstacles that get in your way. Once mastered and ready, you will be taken onto the harder circuit which consists of navigation between some very tight trees (the wheels just fit), up and down steep hills and through some very boggy and muddy sections for 30 fun minutes!
Thrilling, fast and furious, this double driving experience is one way to get your heart racing!
Treat yourself and a friend to two laps in a choice between three truly spectacular cars - the Nissan R34, Camaro SS or the Mk1 Escort RS.
The Chevrolet Camaro SS is an iconic American Muscle car, seen in plenty of on screen action over the years, especially in the famous Fast and Furious films. This 1969 SS has a crazy 580bhp from its big block V8 engine, adjustable air suspension and wide custom wheels.
The Nissan R34 is just like Brian’s from the Fast and Furious films; well known for some great car chase action! With twin turbos and the Skyline’s active 4 wheel drive handling, this will be a unique, hugely enjoyable driving experience.
The Mk1 Escort is one of the most loved classic cars in the UK and the RS is based on Paul Walker's in the Fast and Furious 6 movie. Jump in the beautiful Mk1 and experience the unique driving thrill that only a classic Mk1 Escort can deliver!
Your experience will begin with a welcome introduction and safety briefing. You and a friend will then pick a car each and get behind the wheel where you will drive 3 laps/miles of the track.
Please note, there will be a supplement fee if you choose to visit the Dunsfold or Castle Combe venue.
The person driving the car will be required to sign a disclaimer accepting liability in the event of damage to the vehicle. The driver will be given an option to purchase damage waiver cover when booking to minimise their financial exposure should there be an accident. Drivers are under no obligation to purchase this optional waiver. Full details are available at the time of booking.
Ever wanted to be a passenger in an F1 car? Quite simply the nearest experience to it will be riding as a passenger in a Radical SR3 Supersport race car, driven by an expert race instructor. The braking and acceleration for this supercar is just breathtaking. As for the sound, it's quite incredible! This Radical SR3 is equipped with the latest sequential race gearbox and boasts almost 300bhp.
You will be able to choose to enjoy two laps for yourselves, or to share the experience with a guest by enjoying one lap each.
Upon arrival your experience will begin with a registration and welcome in the hospitality suite/marquee. You will then be introduced to your Radical race car instructor who will be driving you around the track at incredible speeds. Next you'll be taken to the car and a second instructor will strap you into your seat and fit you with a helmet. Then finally you will be taken out for your thrilling passenger ride in the Radical race car. Please note we advise that passengers don't eat anything for an hour or so before the experience!
You and a friend can enjoy the exhilarating thrill of flying a helicopter without even leaving the ground with this Helicopter Simulator for Two experience.
For budding pilots this is the ultimate way to experience what it’s really like to sit in the Captain’s seat of a Jetranger helicopter, which has been crafted to look and feel exactly like a real cockpit with authentic dials and controls. Every button and switch is accurate in looks and replicates the functions of a real helicopter.
Upon arrival you will be greeted by the friendly staff at Heilds Aviation, where you’ll be shown to the simulator, given a pre-flight briefing of the controls and then it’s time to take to the virtual skies.
You will both spend 30 minutes each in the simulator perfecting the controls.
This is a fantastic gift for any helicopter enthusiast.
This wonderful afternoon tea treat is the perfect way to celebrate a quintessential British past-time.
Afternoon tea has been a British institution since Anna Maria Russell - the seventh Duchess of Bedford - asked her footman to bring her a pot of tea with light refreshment one afternoon in 1840. The ritual caught on and afternoon tea became the corner stone of high society dining. These days taking tea as a light afternoon meal has become much more accessible, without losing a crumb of its wonderful charm.
The Palm Court at Sheraton in Park Lane, London, is Mayfair’s premium meeting place. Perfectly located in the heart of the city and offering a glimpse into the magic and history of the roaring 20’s with stunning Art Deco features setting the scene.
On arrival you will be greeted by a member of staff who will seat you in the beautiful Palm Court Restaurant. You will be served a glass of Mὂet & Chandon Champagne, a selection of freshly prepared finger sandwiches, delicious scones with thick clotted cream and yummy seasonal preserves, a selection of fine French pastries and a choice of exquisite teas sourced from around the globe.
The friendly staff will cater to your every need, ensuring that this is an experience to remember and one that you will want to repeat again and again.
Could there be anything more relaxing than travelling quietly along a river whilst witnessing a wonderful display of nature that slowly passes you by? This is a truly magical experience where the emphasis is on enjoying the scenery, the good food and the idea of dining on these magnificent vessels.
Depending on your chosen venue, you will be able to enjoy lunch or dinner on a leisurely cruise or aboard a boat that is moored in a scenic location.
Sailing on a Thames Barge for Two: You and your partner will be offered a relaxing day out on these historic vessels, with the emphasis being on enjoying the scenery, good food and the thrill of seeing these large vessels under sail. (Ipswich, Suffolk)
Lunch or Sunset Picnic Boat Cruise for Two: During the cruise you have the chance to stretch your legs in the gorgeous countryside. Your journey includes a delectable gourmet picnic lunch, sourced from some of Oxford's finest caterers. (Oxford, Oxfordshire)
Canal Boat Lunch Cruise: Relax and indulge in a delicious lunch aboard a warm and cosy narrow boat slowly cruising along the picturesque Leeds-Liverpool Canal. This is a three hour, three-course lunch cruise which will be made from locally sourced produce. (Hoghton, Lancashire)
For those who like their gin, this experience is a must. You and your guest will taste and compare a variety of artisan gins whilst learning about the dark history of this juniper flavoured delight.
Upon arrival you will be greeted by the Smart School of Cookery’s in-house gin experts who will give you a brief overview of what to expect from the session and then the fun begins.
Learn about the history of this quintessential spirit, from how the gin craze took London by storm in the 1700’s, where adults were consuming on average a whopping half a pint of gin a day, to discovering the best foods to pair up the different types of gin with.
Throughout the session you will taste an array of mouth-watering gins, such as the fruity red sloe gin and the sweet oak flavoured, barrel aged gin. If that isn’t enough to send your taste buds into overdrive there will be some tempting savoury canapes served to accompany your favourite tipple.
Dine beneath sparkling chandeliers in the warm, friendly surroundings of Ruthin Castle, a magical welsh 4 star hotel that dates back over 700 years. You will enjoy a delicious three-course meal with a glass of house red or white wine in Bertie’s restaurant. Bertie’s boasts prestigious accolades including 1 AA Rosettes for outstanding food and service. Ruthin Castle is set in acres of woods and parkland, the perfect backdrop for a special day out together.
Your experience will include a three-course meal for two people, a glass of house wine each (red or white), followed by tea or coffee.
You and your guest will learn about the history of Japanese whisky whilst making and tasting delicious cocktails, accompanied by light nibbles.
On arrival you will be greeted with a signature cocktail and meet your whisky expert alongside with a small tapas plate to share. Japanese whisky is the essence of Map Maison, it is their speciality spirit and as popularity for the spirit has grown, so has their collection. You and your guest will discover new favourites whilst you learn about the heritage of Japanese whisky and sample three different brands. You will then choose one experimental cocktail each and come behind the bar yourself to make them.
Finally, you’ll receive a mini MAP Lab bottled cocktail to take away.
Anyone with an interest in wine will know that part of the enjoyment comes from sipping a glass in stunning surroundings with a convivial atmosphere. Laithwaite's Wine provide all that and more with their wine events fun and informal gatherings which take place all around the country. They are designed to make learning about wine and tasting the varieties on offer an experience that everyone can enjoy.
With wine makers and tasting experts on hand to answer questions and offer guidance, it’s ideal for those who are completely new to the wine tasting game as well as those who might have tried something similar before. The events take place in locations all around the UK and each one is a unique experience. You can choose the nearest one to you, or go for an event a little further afield, at a venue which holds a particular appeal or just in an area which takes your fancy.
As part of your experience you will also receive one mixed case of wine to enjoy at home. The six bottles include wines which have been voted for by Laithwaite's customers. You can share them with friends or keep it for just the two of you! These will be sent to you when you book your experience.
Beginning with a warm welcome from Laithwaite’s staff you will enter a world of wine where you will be able to sample fantastic wines from across the globe, including a number presented by their producers. Learn the stories behind the bottles with educated guidance from our friendly team who will be on hand to help pour and answer any questions you may have. If you are entering the event a novice, you will most certainly be leaving a connoisseur!
With events across the UK there is typically one a year at each location, therefore you should call the number provided in your gift pack at your earliest convenience to check forthcoming availability.
You may be charged a supplement fee if you wish to go to a more expensive event. The Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow (live events), London (live event/vintage festival) and Cardiff (live event) venues will all incur a supplement fee.
Please note, your voucher is not your ticket you must pre-book your tasting experience.
Do you love wining and dining but find yourself bored of eating at the same old restaurants? Then this experience is for you. We have got some of the UK's most unusual, novel and quirky restaurants and dining experiences, be it the location, the building, the food, the entertainment or all four.
Here's a taste of what's included: a fantastic jazz evening, relax and be entertained with a lovely meal and wine; perhaps you may prefer to take a brewery tour and then sit back with a beer and a four course meal in the brewery; or enjoy a relaxing day out at one of England leading vineyards with a two-course lunch and coffee.
No matter what tickles your fancy there's something for everyone.
The content of the meal served varies from location to location and the packages generally consist of a three course meal with wine. Please enquire when booking.
Please note that the minimum age for the Jazz Café in Reading is 25 years.
Discover the fascinating world of English Wine with this fabulous Vineyard Experience with Lunch for Two.
Throughout the UK, acres upon acres of vines produce thousands of bottles of top quality luscious wines each year. This experience is an ideal opportunity to find out more about the English wine industry while enjoying a tour of one of England’s finest vineyards, followed by a tasting session where you can sample some of the most popular wines.
During the tour an experienced guide will explain the history of English wine from how vines are grown and pruned through to picking the grapes, fermentation, blending and bottling at the end. You’ll learn about how vines are produced on a commercial scale and the reasons for the choice of grapes which are selected.
Your experience will be completed by sitting down to a delicious lunch where, at some locations, each couple will be presented with a bottle of complimentary wine as a souvenir of their vineyard visit.
*Please note exact programmes vary depending on the location, please check on booking.
Feel your tension drift away with this unique floatation therapy session. This experience consists of floating for an hour or more in a 10" deep solution of Epsom salts within a specially designed tank that eliminates all outside distractions.
The solution is constantly maintained at the average body temperature of 98.6 degrees fahrenheit. The buoyancy of the solution allows your body to be supported on the surface of the water, giving the impression of weightlessness.
Floatation is not just an alternative form of rest; it creates a depth of relaxation not found in any other form of therapy. Even after just a few minutes of floating, you feel the wonderful effects. An hour long session is enough to emerge feeling refreshed physically and mentally.
Your session will be in a private lockable room equipped with a shower. The door and lighting can be controlled from inside the tank or room. You and your guest will take it in turns as only one person is allowed in the flotation room at any one time.
What could be better than spending an indulgent time together enjoying afternoon tea along with use of the spa facilities?
You and your guest will revel in the quintessentially British institution that is afternoon tea. You will be served a sandwich, a delicious scone with clotted cream and seasonal preserves, a cake and of course a choice of tea, coffee or soft drink each. As well as entry to the spa for the day you will receive a 25 minute mini treatment each. Treatments vary depending on your chosen location.
You can choose to have your afternoon tea before or after using the spa facilities and receiving your treatment. The spa facilities typically include an extensive air conditioned gym, classes including Tai Chi, pilates, boxercise, pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and aerobics etc (subject to availability).
Any additional treatments can be purchased direct with the supplier.
Please note that at the Beaconsfield location the emphasis is on relaxation. The venue offers you the chance to soak up the countryside and unwind in the relaxation room. There are no wet facilities available. The venue offers a cream tea and 55 minute treatment each.
An aerial view of almost any area in the UK will reveal an extensive network of footpaths criss-crossing large swathes of the countryside. We all enjoy the benefits of taking to the great outdoors and making the most of the beautiful surroundings.
A walking break is a great way to visit some of the most scenic areas of countryside and embrace nature in all its glory. With the full benefit of local knowledge you will be able to seek out some lesser known spots to enjoy a picnic, uncover local sites which may have been popular amongst walkers for centuries or just cast your eyes around in the hope of seeing some of the local wildlife. Experienced walkers can push themselves with some of the more challenging routes, but there are plenty of paths which are a little easier for those who prefer a more relaxing stroll. Any walker will love the chance to indulge their passion for getting out and about on a
break made just for them.
Each overnight stay booking will have access to two walking maps of the particular area chosen to ensure you make the most of your stay.
There are plenty of things that make Britain great, arguably the best of which is our beautiful countryside - from the Highlands to the West Country and everywhere in between you can see stunning scenery, dramatic coastlines and discover the secrets of our nation’s flora and fauna. Our coastal regions are equally exciting with beautiful sea views and that special sea air smell that seems to transport us away.
From mountains and valleys to moorland and beaches, the National Parks encompass some of the rarest and most beautiful natural phenomena the countryside has to offer. Our coastlines tell their own unique story and offer a variety of bays, headlands, islands and peninsulas, but also the traditional British seaside experiences of fish and chips and end of the pier entertainment.
So if you’re keen to learn more about our country’s hidden glory, want to get out and about in the countryside or explore the coastal areas we’re famous for, then this is the perfect choice for you.
Whilst modern life has left its mark on many of the UK’s most popular short break destinations, there is something about a trip to the seaside that retains a charm which harks back to traditional holidays from simpler times.
Whether you have fond memories of donkey rides across the sand and knobbly knee competitions or you just enjoy the bracing effects of the sea air and a chance to paddle, this break is ideal for anyone who likes to be beside the seaside. There is nothing quite like a stroll along the beach with the tide lapping at your feet and the sound of seagulls overhead. You can walk along the pier and try your hand at the variety of amusements on offer, sit on the beach and enjoy the sound of the surf crashing on the shore or even test your mettle with some water sports if you’re really feeling adventurous.
You will be able to choose from a selection of seaside B&Bs in coastal locations throughout the UK, details of which will be provided in your booking instructions.
Escape the stresses of modern day living and get closer to nature with this fantastic Two Night Camping Experience.
Camping can be great fun and this experience allows you to enjoy all the joys of camping without having to rough it.
If you're not aspiring to be Bear Grylls then this experience is a great alternative and could be seen more as glamping than clamping with its comfortable and inviting camping pods. The camping pods resemble wooden huts and have many advantages over most tents. For a start, they are guaranteed to stay dry inside, which is particularly handy when you can’t rely on the great British weather. If you're looking for a short break away to escape somewhere different and quirky with your partner, camping pods are the perfect getaway.
This voucher entitles two adults to a two night's stay in a camping pod. You can book additional nights at an extra fee at time of booking. Camping pods are generally empty shells so for comfort we recommend you take blow up beds and bedding, however, this does not apply to all pods and we advise that you check on booking. Restrictions may apply to days of the week and months of the year for some locations.
*Please note, at the Paignton location you are unable to take pets.
There is plenty of truth in the old saying ‘a change is as good as a rest’, and this two night getaway is an ideal example of how a short break can bring you a whole new perspective on life.
Wherever you live and whatever you enjoy doing, going somewhere different and spending some time together is sure to make you feel relaxed and refreshed. With many locations to choose from, you can select a break which will allow you to pursue a favourite hobby, engage with nature, or indulge yourself in a lazy couple of days wandering around the shops and people watching in cafés.
However you choose to unwind, this two night break has a location which will suit you perfectly. You will be able to choose from a selection of hotels or guest houses across the UK, a list of which will be available at the point of validation.
This is a two night stay for two people. Please note breakfast is not included and can be purchased at each location. Locations are subject to change and availability. Restrictions and supplements may apply, please check when booking.
The Hussar, Margate, Kent
Verity from National Accounts, July 2019
Arrived at the venue which was really easy to find, they had two big car parks which was free of charge to use. We entered the venue to be greeted by a friendly gentleman in their bar/restaurant, we handed our voucher in and was taken to our en-suite room. The room was really clean and tidy, it had a large bathroom and they had even shaped the towels on the bed into elephants which I thought was a lovely touch. We dropped our bags and went and explored the seaside town, got some delicious fish and chips and sat on the beach. The bed was extremely comfy, the room had tea and coffee making facilities, the hotel also has free Wi-Fi for guests to use. After a great night’s sleep we woke up early and went for breakfast, which was absolutely delicious, great quality food. We decided to stay in Margate for the day and enjoy more of the seaside. If your big kids like myself and my partner then go and enjoy Dreamland, Margate – lots of fun for both adults and children.
Make sure you go to the beach, its beautiful on a sunny day!