Britain’s top experiences to gift this Christmas

Unwrap the magic of meaningful memories this Christmas with our guide to extraordinary experiences to gift your loved ones.

In a world where moments matter more than possessions, we’ve handpicked a collection of unique and unforgettable adventures that go beyond the ordinary.

Motown Supper Immersive Dining

Motown experienceThis Christmas, gift the magic of the Motown Supper Immersive Dining and Live Show experience – a journey back to the swinging sixties where the spirit of Motown comes alive in a spectacular evening of live music and tasty dining.

Step onto the red carpet for a night that celebrates the heartbeat of American music, offering two courses of the finest soul food and a welcome drink to set the stage for an unforgettable evening. A live band will take you on a musical journey, performing iconic tracks from the likes of Diana Ross and the Supremes to the legendary Marvin Gaye, immersing you in the soulful rhythms and timeless melodies of Motown history. This immersive dining and live show is more than an event, it’s a celebration of an era, making it the perfect Christmas gift for music enthusiasts.

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Afternoon Tea at the Ritz London

The Ritz LondonAfternoon tea at The Ritz is a once-in-a-lifetime sort of thing, high on the bucket list of all age groups. Gentlemen must wear jackets and ties, and anyone in denim will be turned away at the door, so this certainly isn’t a drop-in-at-the-last-minute sort of place.

If you want to plan a real treat and get a peak at the life of society’s upper crust, this is the place to do it. Expect plates and cakes covered with gold leaf, and the finest teas in the world – the perfect gift this Christmas!

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Brands Hatch Track Day

Brands HatchShopping for a petrolhead this Christmas? There’s nothing quite like that feeling of putting some wheels on the track yourself! The Brands Hatch Circuit hosted 12 runnings of the Formula One British Grand Prix making this an iconic UK racetrack, and it remains at the heart of British Motorsport today continuing to host many racing events.

A General Track Day is a fantastic experience to gift this Christmas, where the receiver can make memories to cherish.

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Premium Balloon Experience with Crazy Bear

Hot air balloonDeparting from the Crazy Bear Stadhampton hotel, boasting the award-winning restaurant, bar and The Crazy Bear Farm & Farm Shop, this isn’t just any balloon ride. The premium journey kicks off the moment you arrive, with a warm Crazy Bear welcome featuring tea, coffee and pastries. Step into one of the country’s largest and most luxurious balloon baskets, complete with doors for easy access and prepare for a soaring adventure over the stunning Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire countryside.

And the experience doesn’t end in the sky – after a gentle landing, they’ll whisk you back to The Crazy Bear Stadhampton for a well-deserved celebration with Champagne in the bar. Elevate your Christmas gifting game with an experience that promises not just a ride but a celebration of luxury and thrill.

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Afternoon tea on the Shakespeare Express

Steam train cream teaCelebrate the magic of Christmas with the gift of a unique and nostalgic journey on the Shakespeare Express. This enchanting experience invites you to step back in time aboard a vintage steam train, winding its way through the picturesque Warwickshire countryside. Departing from Birmingham every Sunday, the Afternoon Tea Express promises a delightful 60-mile trip behind a renowned steam locomotive from the former Great Western Railway.

The vintage carriages have a sense of charm and nostalgia, setting the perfect backdrop for a leisurely afternoon tea at your seat. Take a break in Stratford-upon-Avon, capturing stunning photographs in the historic surroundings before the return journey. With tickets including afternoon tea and a complimentary drink of Prosecco or a soft beverage, the Shakespeare Express is an unforgettable experience, making it an ideal Christmas gift for those who appreciate the romance of a bygone era.

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Canoe along the highest aqueduct in the world

Pontcysyllte AqueductGift the thrill of adventure this Christmas with the Aqueduct Canoe Tour for Two – an ideal present for those seeking a memorable outdoor experience. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Dee Valley, embark on a canoe journey over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the highest of its kind in the world. As you paddle, soak in the breathtaking scenery of the Dee Valley and its diverse wildlife. Guided by the knowledgeable Bearded Men staff, the tour includes engaging games and challenges to enhance the excitement.

For the daring souls, take a moment to gaze over the 126ft drop, offering a mesmerizing view of the River Dee below. Located just a short distance from Llangollen, this adventure adds a touch of thrill to a day of exploration in the wonders of North Wales, making it an exceptional and exhilarating Christmas gift for the adventurous spirit in your life.

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Keeper for a Day at Whipsnade Zoo

Elephant at Whipsnade ZooThe Keeper for a Day experience at Whipsnade Zoo is a gift that promises cherished memories for wildlife enthusiasts. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allows you to get up close and personal with some of the zoo’s most beloved animals, guided by an expert Zookeeper.

The day kicks off with a briefing over breakfast, where you’ll discover which animals you’ll be assisting in caring for throughout the day, ranging from majestic rhinos and giraffes to endearing elephants. Responsibilities as a keeper may include mucking out the enclosures of Asian rhinos and elephants, feeding giraffes their mid-morning snack, and attending to other animals in the afternoon. This immersive experience provides a special insight into the world of zookeeping, making it a truly exceptional and thoughtful Christmas gift for those wanting a deeper connection with wildlife.

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Blacksmith Taster Experience

Blacksmith Taster ExperienceExperience the magic of blacksmithing with this captivating half-day taster session, making it an ideal Christmas gift for the adventurous and creative. This traditional craft experience offers an immersive introduction to general blacksmithing skills under the guidance of a skilled artisan. Participants will embark on the journey of crafting an outdoor drink holder and a bottle opener, tailored for summer BBQs and cosy evenings.

As the blacksmith instructs and inspires, participants learn to manipulate hot metal, mastering techniques like tapering, scrolling, and bending to bring their designs to life. This blacksmith taster experience promises not just a crafted piece but also cherished memories, making it a wonderful and unforgettable Christmas gift.

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