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!
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!
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.
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.
Folk songs have told stories of love, loss and life throughout the ages and fans will already be familiar with the beautiful harmonies and virtuoso playing associated with the genre. This unique festival is a chance to see some of the biggest names in folk, roots and acoustic music performing their best-known hits to crowds of music lovers in a glorious leafy, historic setting.
It’s all the excitement and buzz of a 3 day festival in one sublime summer day, and as well as the top quality music acts, festival-goers are treated to a wide variety of stalls and stands, including everything from art, crafts and workshops to clothes and CDs and plenty of delicious food available too.
The festival is renowned for bringing together a world class line-up of popular and established artists alongside a number of up-and-coming acts who are yet to break into the mainstream. Past acts including the ever-popular Billy Bragg, barnstorming sets by the Levellers and Bellowhead and music from the country-folk singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter, as well as big names such as Kate Rusby, Richard Thompson and Beth Orton.
Folk by the Oak is also one of the most laid-back festivals on the scene, and guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink with them and make themselves at home in the beautiful tree-lined setting at Hatfield House. This is where Elizabeth I spent much of her childhood and it is said that under ‘the oak’ in this park is where she learned that she was to be Queen.
Join in with the activities, browse the stalls, dance along or simply kick back and enjoy a whole day of exceptional live folk, roots and acoustic music!
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.
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 Concert for two experience.
This is a thrilling open air concert, set in the grounds of some of the UK’s most celebrated stately homes. Kicking off with a cavalry display, the event begins with a thundering of hooves as the mounted cavalry demonstrate their battlefield skill-at-arms with lances, rifles and spectacular horsemanship. Then enjoy the toe-tapping warm up act and look to the sky for the breathtaking parachute display.
Next, the evening gun salute heralds the arrival of Britain’s favourite warplane. Amidst a volley of gunfire, 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 Battle Proms orchestra to take to the stage with classical hits such as the events signature piece, 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.
Whether you’re planning a romantic evening for a loved one, or a celebration for a special couple, this could just be the unique experience you have been looking for. For safety reasons, please note barbecues, garden flares and pets are not permitted at the concert.
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 4:00pm or 4:30pm depending on the venue.
Please note, once you have booked your chosen venue tickets will be emailed to you to print at home at a least a week prior to the event. Seating is not provided so you are welcome to bring chairs/rugs as well as a picnic. Some public catering is available. In certain weather conditions, air displays will unfortunately not be possible due to safety reasons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
What did you get up to?
Arrived at the venue which was really easy to find, they had two big car parks which was free of charge to use. We were greeted by a friendly gentleman in their bar/restaurant, and 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.
What did you enjoy the most?
We loved how friendly the staff were at the venue – it really makes a different to your break!
1. Make sure you go to the beach, its beautiful on a sunny day!
2. If your big kids like myself and my partner then go and enjoy Dreamland, Margate – lots of fun for both adults and children.