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Take the slick Jaguar F-Type for a spin on the open road with this half day driving experience, available at a choice of four great UK pick up locations. Each route is designed to get the most from the experience and it´s the perfect way to become acquainted with the incredible capabilities of this powerful V8 495 bhp motoring masterpiece. Following licence checks, an indemnity and safety briefing, hit the road for three hours of driving action with an instructor sitting alongside to offer tips and...
Guess in what area of racing a lot of top Formula 1 drivers (including Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button) first got into? Now it is you who will be behind the wheel of a RT8 390 cc kart, which reaches speeds of up to 70 mph. Start off with a safety briefing, followed by five minutes of practice laps each to get used to the karts and the full outdoor international circuit. Then pit your combined driving skills against the other duos in an hour long endurance race. Each race for 30 minutes - teamwork...
Indulge in one of the many Bannatyne's Health Clubs across the UK. Wherever you choose to visit, each health club offers high quality facilities - state-of-the-art fully air-conditioned gymnasiums, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, saunas and steam rooms. Not only can both parties indulge in a day of pampering, each receives two Elemis treatments during time on-site. Elemis are internationally regarded for their exceptional products and wonderful treatments. Receive a 55 minute Pro Intense Elemis facial...
Exclusive to Red Letter Days, experience the true thrills and spills of riding a Harley-Davidson with this high-octane full day motorcycle pillion ride. Feel the rush of the wind on the open road while being driven around one of Southern England's best motorcycling routes. Led by an experienced biker on an ex-USA police Harley, this ride is certainly made for comfort! Soak in amazing views of the South Downs and ride through the tunnel of the world-famous Goodwood Motor Circuit to really hear the...
Take to the skies and soar like a bird with an exhilarating microlight flight. Start off with a safety briefing from a qualified instructor, before climbing into a dual-controlled ´flex wing´ microlight ready for take-off. Once in the air, enjoy the amazing speed and versatility of this zippy flying machine and during the flight, get a chance to take over the controls (under the guidance of an instructor) to experience piloting a microlight first-hand. Got the flying bug? This flight can count towards...
Take the iconic Aston Martin V8 Vantage for a spin around Britain´s most famous race circuit - Silverstone. With astounding power and rapid acceleration, this car is as satisfying to drive as it is to look at. Start with a briefing from a fully qualified instructor, including a discussion on racing lines and fundamental driving techniques. Next up, take the wheel of the sensational Aston Martin V8 Vantage yourself and put this amazing vehicle through its paces around the Silverstone circuit for nearly...
Experience a whole new way of flying with this exclusive hot air ballooning adventure for four. To begin, meet the professional pilot for a safety briefing before all pitching in with the preparation and inflation of the balloon itself. Once everything is set up, climb into the basket and get ready for the main event. Soar to heights of up to 3,000 feet and enjoy sensational views, peace and tranquillity, as the balloon effortlessly weaves in and out of the clouds. After safely returning to solid...
Take afternoon tea in the beautifully chic Park Lane Hotel in London's Mayfair. Tea is served in the hotel's Palm Court, an Art Deco style elegant lounge area. With something to suit everyone's tastes, you can choose from the venue's wide selection of loose traditional, herbal and oriental teas. To accompany, a variety of delicately prepared finger sandwiches with an assortment of fillings and breads is served, alongside scones with clotted cream and seasonal preserves, and an indulgent melody of...
Take an indulgent spa break with dinner with this perfect package at Radisson Blu Edwardian Guildford. Stay for one night in a standard double or twin room in this gorgeous hotel with excellent facilities, top class service and breakfast the next morning. For a culinary treat during the stay, choose to have either a two-course lunch or dinner from a set menu, or a traditional afternoon tea spread of cakes, scones, finger sandwiches and tea. Also included is a 60 minute treatment each, selecting either...
Drive two of the world's best supercars at a choice of famous circuits in the UK, certainly every motor enthusiasts dream. Choose from a host of incredible locations including Silverstone, Three Sisters, Donington Park, Oulton Park, Three Sisters Circuit and Brands Hatch and experience the speed and ferocity of the Ferrari 355 or F360 and the sheer style and expert handling of either the Aston Martin DB9 or V8 Vantage. The acceleration and accuracy of these cars is incredible. Receive a safety briefing...
Test two world-famous marques from a choice of top UK circuits including Donington Park and Brands Hatch. The Ferrari F360 is all about pace, handling and refinement and is capable of 0 - 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, reaching a top speed of 183 mph. With the R8, Audi have pushed the boundaries of racing technology and futuristic construction to deliver a 187 mph car which is as thrilling to drive as it is stunning to look at. Each venue follows the same format so whichever circuit is chosen, receive a...
The North Yorkshire dales has some of the most picturesque, undulating countryside throughout the nation and what better way to explore the surrounding area than in an iconic 4x4 off road driving experience. 4x4´s such as Range Rovers and Land Rovers really weren´t made for the motorways, and you can take them on a journey where they will really show their true colours. Your driving day will begin with tea and coffee followed by a necessary safety briefing before your instructor presents you with...
Based in the historic city of Oxford, this full day photography course is perfect for anyone who wants to get to grips with their DSLR camera. Great for total novices or those with a little knowledge, this hands-on course is led by experienced working photographers and covers all the essential aspects of digital photography. During the day, learn about exposure control, shutter speed, ISO and white balance, aperture and the principles of creative composition. At the end of the course, take home a...
Hold on tight for an adrenaline-fuelled ride in a real American muscle car at the iconic Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex. Following a welcome briefing, hop into the passenger seat of either the mighty V8 Mustang or the astounding Corvette Stingray to prepare for the exciting ride ahead. Once strapped in, a professional driver puts the car through its paces for three high-octane laps of the Goodwood Motor Circuit, while negotiating each and every one of its sudden twists, bends and turns. This...
What better way to congratulate someone on a job well done or a momentous achievement than to give them an experience to remember forever? Our Red Letter Days congratulations gift cards are absolutely packed full with adventurous, delicious, special, relaxing, indulgent and exciting days out and experiences waiting to be enjoyed. The best thing about this range of congratulations gifts is that the recipient is totally free to choose what they want and, with over 150 experiences to pick from, it´s...
Indulge in an elegant evening at Lovelady Shield - a charming Georgian country house hotel on the banks of the River Nent, nestled in the foothills of Alston Moor. Enjoy a four-course meal for two with canapes at the hotel's award-winning restaurant, where head chef Barrie Garton serves an imaginative and varied menu which he describes as 'British, with continental excursions'.
Bannatyne´s Charlton House provides an ideal setting in which to relax and unwind and boasts a selection of luxurious modern facilities. Enjoy three hours of luxurious pampering and take full advantage of the spa´s Moroccan style spa facilities which include restorative experience showers, an ice fountain, crystal steam room, hydrotherapy pool, Finnish sauna and (for those wishing to work up a real sweat), a gymnasium. To add an extra element of indulgence, a robe and some slippers are provided for...
Searching for 40th birthday gifts? This gift card from Red Letter Days gives your friend or loved one the power to choose from our great range of days out and gift experiences. Our gift cards allow them to celebrate the big day their way, meaning minimum fuss and a gift guaranteed to be remembered. With plenty of exciting experiences on offer, there really is something to suit everyone!
Mark the milestone of a 21st birthday and welcome a special boy or girl into the world of adulthood with a 21st birthday experience pack. Our gift cards allow them choose from a broad and exciting range of days out and experiences. Giving the gift of choice makes it easy for them to choose something personal, leaving them with special memories of a landmark birthday. From driving days to pampering gifts, our range of 21st birthday gifts cater to all tastes and interests.
Spend a night of secluded luxury at the stunning Bannatyne Hotel Hastings and enjoy a spot of exotic pampering in the process, a perfect way to recharge the batteries! Stay in a standard en suite twin or double room with a television, WiFi access, tea and coffee making amenities and tasteful furnishings. During the break, enjoy full use of the health club facilities which include a steam room, Jacuzzi, outdoor hot tubs, hydrotherapy pool, gym and relaxation room with heated loungers. To make the...
Ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at the THORPE PARK Resort? This is a brilliant opportunity to find out with an eye opening backstage tour offering a unique insight into the park´s world-class rollercoaster workshop. Visit areas usually reserved for authorised staff only and tour a rollercoaster workshop with an experienced guide sharing insider facts. There is even an engineer on-hand to answer questions about your own favourite rides. Uncover what goes into opening a major park ride...
Recharge the batteries with this luxury spa break at London´s K West Hotel and Spa, winner of the 2011 World Luxury Spa Awards ´Best Luxury Hotel Spa, UK´. Spend a night in an en suite deluxe-grade double room, complete with LLK London grooming products, a separate sitting area and a host of excellent amenities. Enjoy full use of the spa´s sumptuous state-of-the-art facilities which feature a steam room, sanarium, aromatherapy steam room, hydrotherapy pool, foot baths, , fitness suite and London...
Treat yourselves to a one night stay for two at Langtry Manor - a charming boutique hotel on the south coast. The romantic manor house was built in 1877 by Edward VII for his mistress Lillie Langtry, now a chic seaside retreat. You'll stay in a double or twin master room (or from November to March a four-poster bedded room) with flat screen freeview TV, Wifi and bathrobes. Full English breakfast is included. Langtry Manor is the perfect base for exploring Bournemouth and the beautiful Dorset coast...
Congregate in the Discovery Centre for complimentary refreshments, prior to being escorted to the Animal Park for a health and safety briefing. Get ready to become a member of the team for the day, experiencing all aspects of care including cleaning, food preparation, walking animals and feeding, helping out at daily events and more. This hands-on experience will give an insight into the work that goes on behind the scenes at a top wildlife park. Also spend time with birds, reptiles, insects and...
Experience London sightseeing like never before! Embark on a one hour Thames River adventure and travel past some of the capital's most famous landmarks in a custom-built RIB vessel which can pick up some serious speed. From The London Eye, travel upstream towards the Houses of Parliament and St. Paul's Cathedral before racing back down to Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf. The boat's knowledgeable skipper acts as a tour guide, so they can also talk about some of the history of the river and its many...
Looking for something fun, fast and thrilling? This quad safari for two at Ayrshire's famous Turnberry Resort is a brilliant session of speed and concentration with a little bit of challenge thrown in. After a safety briefing, get kitted out in all the protective gear and jump on a Yamaha Grizzly quad bike each. Set out on the safari and follow the instructor through countryside, hills, woods and ponds. Meet different obstacles along the way, designed to test out biking skills and add even more fun...
Two world-famous marques go head-to-head with this Ferrari versus Aston Martin driving experience at Prestwold in Leicestershire. This specifically designed racing circuit is perfect to test out the Ferrari 355, 360 or 430 and the Aston Martin DB9 or V8 Vantage - discover what makes these timeless classics so special. With no time to pause for breath negotiating the high-speed straights and sweeping bends of the Prestwold Hall circuit. After two training laps of the 1.8 mile long race track, expect...
Welcome to The Garage in County Durham where you are assured of a warm welcome with tea or coffee. This luxurious spa makes guests feel relaxed right from the start. Enjoy full access of the spa equipped with an outdoor Canadian hot tub in a secret garden with open log fire, an aptly named Shepherd's Hut log fired sauna, an ambient salt relaxation area, relaxation lounge featuring a log fire, indoor hot tubs and special 'car wash' showers. Away from the facilities, take time for lunch as part of...
A tour of Lancaster Brewery for two is the perfect way for a couple of real ale lovers to spend an hour. With the guidance of an expert brewer, walk through the brew house and hear about the beer making process and how the specialist beer makers create some of their classic beers such as Lancaster Blonde and Lancaster Black. As well as their classic range, the brewery also creates seasonal brews using extra ingredients such as ginger or strawberries, to create some tastefully different beers. After...
For an escape for two with period charm, stay at the timeless Walworth Castle - a 12th century castle set in 18 acres of lawns and woodlands in the heart of the Tees valley. Built in 1189, the building now operates as a country house hotel and includes historical features alongside 21st century facilities. The Farmers Bar is a perfect setting to unwind with a pint of ale. Stay in a standard double or twin room in the hotel's west wing (an annexe to the main castle) with views of the stunning gardens...
Karting isn't just for kids - it's how many Grand Prix champions (including former Formula 1 world champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton) start out. Whatever your racing ambitions, this experience is fun; whether you're a novice or an expert you'll enjoy this fast and furious session, racing others head-to-head around a specially-designed track. You'll start with a briefing on safety and driving technique. Then you'll take the wheel for some untimed practice laps to familiarise yourself with...
For meat lovers who are crazy about cooking, this central London culinary class is simply perfect. Learn the essentials of cooking successfully with different meats and poultry, including choosing the right cuts for certain meals. Enter the award-winning Cookery School kitchen, put on an apron and get down to some cooking. Learn to create meaty dishes such as grilled spatchcocked chicken, braised guinea fowl and lamb stew, all using top notch ingredients under the guidance of the class tutor. After...
After a safety briefing you´ll board your custom-built Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB). Heading upstream from The London Eye, see the Houses of Parliament before racing back down to Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf, with unrivalled views of Tate Modern, St. Paul´s Cathedral and the Tower of London along the way. Your experienced skipper knows lots of stories about the layers of history that have built up along the river and he´ll entertain everyone as you whisk around in 360-degree spins. He can tell you...
Enjoy some well-deserved downtime at Moorhill House on the outskirts of the New Forest´s Burley village. This alluring hotel provides a serene atmosphere in which to relax and beautiful gardens to admire or take a stroll in. Spend the night in an en suite twin or double room with a flat screen TV and WiFi. A sumptuous set three-course a la carte evening meal is included, as well as a hearty breakfast the following morning. Based at the edge of the village, the local area provides a great base for...
Test drive one of the world's most desired supercars with this high-octane Ferrari driving thrill in North Yorkshire. Kick off with a quick briefing before hopping into the passenger seat of a hot hatch for two demonstration laps courtesy of a seasoned driving instructor. Once familiar with racing lines and track handling techniques, slide behind the wheel of either the iconic Ferrari 355, 360 or 430 for six blistering miles of Leeds Raceway's demanding track and experience the unrivalled thrill...
Situated on the cusp of the North Yorkshire National Park, the award-winning Cropton Brewery has satisfied the palettes of many beer enthusiasts with their great selection of real ales since 1984. Begin the day with a brew and bacon sandwich in the neighbouring New Inn public house, before heading down to the brewery to get stuck in. Receive a practical introduction to the beer making process by mashing in, boiling, fermenting and conditioning your own ale. Next, sit down to a well-earned lunch and...
Head to rural Cambridgeshire for an informative wine tour and tasting at Chilford Hall Vineyard. Begin in the winery to learn about the fundamental aspects of winemaking - a knowledgeable guide will explain each stage of the process, from the pruning and picking of the grapes through to the blending and bottling of the final product. Following the tour, head to the Chilford Wines on-site shop to partake in a tutored wine tasting - an in-house expert illustrates how to identify the subtle tones and...
Get a double trouble aquatic buzz with this action-packed RIB (rigid inflatable boat) experience on the Solent for two. Kick off with a safety briefing and equipment demonstration before boarding the RIB and heading towards open water. Once out on the Solent, hold on tight for an adrenaline-fuelled blast of RIB powerboating action. See what this nimble little vessel can really do as the driver opens up the throttle and rides the swell. While out on the water, soak in the sights of the River Hamble...
This gift voucher gives youngsters their choice from a stimulating range of over 25 amazing experiences within our varied Red Letter Days selection. The thrilling choices available include whizzing around a racetrack in a Ferrari and taking the wheel of a rally car - and many more! This thoughtful gift offers the ideal activity day for every child.
Learn all about the sophisticated world of wine and how to decipher grapes, tannins and aromas with this informative and fun experience at London´s Vinopolis. Begin with a 15 minute ´How to Taste Wine´ session which runs through the basic knowledge needed to identify the flavours in different wines. Then, take a self-guided tour through Vinopolis, with interactive tasting and learning zones giving information about how different climates affect taste. Enjoy tasting different wines from the vast selection...
Enjoy a round of golf each set in a 2000 acre park created by Capability Brown within the great estate of Bowood House and gardens. Rise to the challenge with a range of tees on every hole. Carefully designed by Dave Thomas, architect of The Belfry, the championship golf course is one of golfing heaven that even the greatest (including players from the European Challenge Tour Championships) find thrilling and enjoyable. As well as a round each, the experience includes use of the three hole golf...
Definitely an experience for adrenaline junkies, on arrival meet with an instructor for a full safety briefing at this Oxfordshire venue, then slide behind the wheel of a front wheel drive Ford Puma. Get to grips with the art of skid control, the skills needed for power slides and the techniques used for handbrake turns. Spend at least 20 minutes mastering these techniques around the specially-prepared mixed-surface rally stage. Also, receive a high-speed passenger ride around the circuit to see...
Get a real taste of Thailand with this interactive hands-on cookery course held at a state-of-the-art kitchen in central London. Learn about various aromatic Thai spices such as galangal and lemon grass and how to tastefully incorporate them into a meal. Cook and prepare a selection of classic Thai dishes from scratch, whilst learning a host of new culinary skills including braising, double cooking, stir-frying and steaming. At the end of the class, sit down with the others to dine, and enjoy each...
Enter the fast and furious world of rally driving, which occupies a unique place in the motorsport domain. It requires great technique to learn the secrets of professional rally driving, with power slides, handbrake turns and skids to negotiate the loose surface rally stages on offer. Following a familiarisation ride with a qualified instructor at the aerodrome venue, drive two six-lap sessions with a rear wheel drive MkII Escort or a front wheel drive Nissan Micra. To conclude,, receive a commemorative...
Spend one night at the cosmopolitan Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel with a tasty evening meal at the in-house Arts Brasserie included. Stay in a classic grade twin or double room including en suite bathroom facilities, music centre, flat screen TV with movies on demand and high-speed internet access. During the stay, feel free to use the hotel's health club facilities, which include a Finnish sauna, heated indoor swimming pool, gymnasium and steam room. Abbots Well provides an excellent base for...
Escape for a night away to the lush greenery of Kent, the Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel is surrounded by 25 acres of private grounds and offers blissful respite from the busyness of everyday life. Stay in a modern double or twin room with complimentary WiFi and satellite TV and during the stay, take advantage of the hotel pool and fitness suite. In the evening, visit the hotel restaurant for an evening meal - choose either three courses from the daily brasserie menu or an allocation of £22...
Elvington track in Yorkshire is a great location for a unique Porsche driving day. This racing circuit evolved from a former RAF base, using its runway as part of the track. This not only makes it very fast but also very safe for Porsche driving beginners as it includes large run off areas. The handling and acceleration of a Porsche 996 Turbo is nothing like you will have experienced before. Begin with a briefing and two demo laps driven by your instructor, then drive for four breathtaking laps...
For a driving experience to remember, come to the Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire and meet a Ferrari 360 supercar. The experience starts on arrival with a short briefing from an instructor on safety and to introduce drivers to the particular racing lines of the circuit as well as specific track driving techniques. Next get familiar with the instructions from the passenger seat whilst the instructor drives round the circuit in a sports saloon for a couple of miles. Finally take a deep breath and get...
Sit down to an unforgettable meal at Ty Newydd - a country hotel and restaurant on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Enjoy a three-course meal for two from the a la carte menu or a sumptuous Sunday lunch on Sundays at the hotel's popular restaurant, which prides itself on its excellent cuisine, friendly service and a menu of traditional dishes using the freshest fish, Welsh meat and locally sourced seasonal produce.
For a pair of budding experts, this Saturday wine tasting session at Liverpool's Titanic Hotel is the ideal way to pick up priceless skills in the company of like-minded people. Begin with a talk on wine covering topics including the world's wine producing regions, different grape varieties, new world wines and the wine making process. Next comes the fun part - taste a varied selection of 13 reds and whites from around the globe and learn how to truly appreciate each drop, all under the guidance...
Relax and unwind at this beautifully picturesque venue and take refuge from the stress and strain of everyday life. Choose from one of the following relaxing 55 - 60 minute spa treatments - a pampering manicure, pedicure, facial, body scrub, body tan or full body massage. Each treatment is designed to provide total rejuvenation and is conducted by a professional therapist who takes pride in delivering the best possible service. Leave the spa feeling brand new and ready to face the world.
Set in the exquisite Burghley House grounds, this is the perfect setting for you to eat al fresco and enjoy a wonderful evening out. Proceedings kick off with displays from the Infantry and Napoleonic Cavalry and a cascade of shots from a vintage field gun, shadowed by an arranged display courtesy of Carolyn Grace in her LF Mark IX Spitfire, to the opening orchestral programme. Performing a portfolio of influential classics such as Jerusalem and Rule Britannia are The New English Concert Orchestra...
The incredible Lamborghini Gallardo is one of the world's most wanted vehicles by many, with its brute power and uncompromising handling proving an irresistible combination for many driving enthusiasts. You will get the chance to tear around the Vision Motorsport race track for four and a half miles, and we guarantee the entire experience will leave you speechless. Conclude your Lamborghini driving experience in Oxfordshire with a debrief, collecting a certificate as a memento for a unique experience...
This specially designed evening course is perfect for all budding wine connoisseurs wishing to improve their palette. Begin the class by being immersed into the magnificent world of premium wines. Resident experts will discuss various wine regions and grape varieties as well as teaching the class how to understand the subtle differences that make each wine individual. Sample six premium wines and savour each decadent flavour - whether a complete beginner or slightly experienced, this course is an...
A cross between water-skiing, snowboarding and surfing, wakeboarding is perfect for the any aquatic thrill-seeker. In fact with a fast learning curb, wakeboarding has emerged as fastest growing watersport in the country. After a full safety briefing, you'll have a chance to hit the water and put theory into practice on the cable ski. In order to get to grips with the basics of balance and manoeuvring, your session will start with on a knee board, before you progress to a fully-fledged wake board...
Cruise the open road with a satisfying drive in a Jaguar F-Type, a powerful yet nimble sports car capable of 0 - 60 in just over four seconds. From one of five top UK pick up locations, this full day driving session is an ideal way to get acquainted with the 495 bhp V8 supercharged beast. Begin with breakfast, then licence checks, a full indemnity and safety discussion before climbing behind the wheel of the Jaguar for around six hours of thrilling driving time along a chosen route, with an instructor...
Quad biking is a totally wild ride, perfect for a pair of thrill seekers that like going full throttle! Begin with a safety briefing, learn about the controls and get to grips with the quad by trying a few practise laps before setting out on the action-packed safari. The instructors are Lantra qualified and help with riding techniques and advice, as well as leading the ride. Head out and explore 2500 acres of land, encountering challenging forest terrain and slippery muddy descents. Make the most...
Treat the family to a fun day out. Go back in time as you board the carriage of a stunning steam train to relax and enjoy the sights of the Hampshire countryside. Trains travel between Alresford and Alton, where there is plenty to see and do. The beautiful market town of Alresford is the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll in rural surroundings. Stop off at Alton, once famed for their brewing, to sample some delicious dishes at the local restaurants or head to the Curtis Museum for the Jane Austen...
Take some time out for a little romance and pampering at Somerset´s Charlton House, voted 5th most romantic hotel by The Times in 2013. Spend the night in a comfy en suite deluxe twin or double room with complimentary WiFi access and a host of modern amenities. The large outdoor hot tub, cleansing crystal stream room, Finnish sauna, laconium, experience showers, ice fountain and fitness studio are all at your disposal. To add extra to the romancic feel, a bottle of champagne, chocolate dipped strawberries...
Escape to the seaside for a night away with dinner at the Bournemouth Carlton Hotel, a lovely four star establishment with an AA rosette winning restaurant, set on the famous East Cliff with spectacular views either across the bay or to the private, landscaped gardens. Situated near the centre of this vibrant town, stay for one night in a double room with en suite, Freeview TV, WiFi and breakfast the next morning. In the evening, make your way to Frederick's Restaurant for a delicious three-course...
Celebrate the Christmas season or welcome the new year with this fantastically festive afternoon tea at Moorhill House in Hampshire´s New Forest. When the days are shorter and the weather is cold, experience some Christmas cheer with a tasty afternoon treat in front of a crackling fire. Begin with a warming glass of fruity winter Pimms, before tucking into a selection of festive finger sandwiches with fillings such as honey roast ham with red onion jam and turkey with cranberry. Fresh cherry scones...
Looking for a day out with a difference? Then look no further than Diggerland, a theme park where you can experience the thrills of driving real JCB earthmoving equipment. The idea was the brainchild of Hugh Edeleanu, Chairman of HE Services (Plant Hire) Ltd, the largest supplier of construction machinery hire in Europe. He hit on the idea following Plant Hire family open days where the children´s fascination of machinery and their enjoyment levels were obvious. The concept of Diggerland was born...
Does your wardrobe need updating? Are you sick of wearing the same clothing? Sample a fantastic pampering retail experience where a House of Fraser personal shopper will guide you through some of the latest fashions and accessories at the store in the Lakeside Shopping Centre. With £200 of gift vouchers burning a hole in your pocket you'll have money to spend on whatever catches your eye. Your package includes a consultation during which you can discuss brands and shopping tastes so that the personal...
Those looking for an adrenaline-fuelled driving challenge need look no further! This thrilling Subaru driving experience day teaches rally driving secrets including handbrake turns, powerslides and skid control on a challenging mixed-surface rally stage. During the day, (the exact itinerary differs slightly depending on venue) receive a briefing, demonstration laps, expert tuition and between three and six rip-roaring hands-on rally driving sessions behind the wheel of the mighty Subaru Impreza....
A two night bed and breakfast stay for two at a stunning boutique hotel awaits you. The range offers a group of small, independent hotels and inns located across the UK - everything from sophisticated boutiques to rural cosy havens and special coastal retreats. There are no chains included, what you will find are independent and distinctive escape venues. Dinner isn´t included, so you are free either to book direct with the excellent hotel restaurant, or dine out. Subject to availability, you´ll...
Treat yourselves to a one night stay for two people at The Pilgrim - a charming country house hotel in the heart of the Wye Valley. Set in four acres of rolling Herefordshire parkland, this is a great place to escape and unwind in peaceful friendly surroundings. You'll stay in a garden view double room with tea and coffee making facilities, homemade shortbread, WiFi and freeview TV. A two-course meal from the restaurant's a la carte menu and a full English breakfast are included. The Pilgrim hotel...
Choose the dream combination of a Ferrari 360 and an Aston Martin V8 Vantage with this thrilling double supercar experience. After a safety briefing with a qualified instructor, jump behind the wheel of the sports car sophistication of the V8 Vantage and enjoy the speed and accuracy as you drive three laps around the three quarters of a mile circuit. Then, get in the driver´s seat of one of the greatest modern Ferraris, the 360 and take a further three thrilling lap drive. The memories of taking...
For those looking to either try something completely new or enhance their current appreciation for wine, this warm and welcoming wine tasting evening in Oxford is perfect. Spend two hours in the company of other budding wine aficionados and pick up a host of practical tasting tips from a resident expert. After an introduction and wine based chat comes the main event - taste six hand-picked wines from around the globe and learn how to decipher the subtle notes, tones and flavours in each and every...
Experience either the Porsche 996 or 997 versions of the 911 and the Nissan GT-R, and discover what makes these cars so special. The Porsche 911 is one of the world's most iconic and exciting sports cars, while the GT-R is the UK's fastest car in its range, reaching 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 195 mph. Kick off with a briefing on driving techniques and two training laps with your instructor driving a performance car to learn the racing lines. Next, take the wheel of the Porsche...
Indulge in a two night stay for two at Jesmond Dene House - a boutique hotel in quiet woodland settings located conveniently close to Newcastle City Centre and also perfect to explore the rest of the North East. Stay in a small double room with LCD TV, CD and DVD player, broadband internet access, bathrobes and slippers, mineral water, fresh fruit and Arran Aromatics toiletries. Full English breakfast is included at this former arts and crafts building which also features a cocktail bar and billiard...
Receive a fascinating insight into the world of Wedgwood at the Wedgwood Visitor Centre. Enjoy coffee and shortbread on arrival with a self-guided tour of the centre, including the £10.5 million museum where and learn all about Josiah Wedgwood and his company. Next up, enjoy a delicious, two-course lunch at the Ivyhouse restaurant. Then it´s time to get your hands dirty - literally! Try throwing a pot or painting a plate, to be fired and sent on to your home address. To conclude, each receive an...
Indulge in to a two night stay for two at Episode - a chic townhouse hotel in the heart of Royal Leamington Spa which has been beautifully refurbished and offers contemporary design with professional service. Stay in an individually decorated superior-grade double or twin room with en suite facilities, TV, internet access, complimentary toiletries and a bottle of wine on arrival. Breakfast is included. Episode is the perfect place to relax so why not visit the bar for one of the famous cocktails...
The supreme experience for any budding wine connoisseurs, this Saturday wine tasting session in historic Oxford offers the chance to sample some delicious wines while learning lots of new skills - and it includes lunch and champagne! Start with a talk which covers a host of interesting topics including the world´s different wine producing regions, the winemaking process, grape varieties and more. Next it´s time for the tasting - sample 13 reds and whites from around the world under the tuition of...
This spa in the heart of Birmingham is the perfect place to spend a day with a friend or loved one. Escape the outside world into an oasis containing two saunas and a steam room, vitality spa pool, lounge and restaurant, snug pods and even a gym with fitness classes all day. That´s not all, a 30 minute treatment is included for each person, choose from a signature body scrub, taster facial or lava shell back massage. And halfway through the day take a break to enjoy lunch together with a glass of...
For those partial to a pie or two, this culinary class at London's award-winning Cookery School is perfect. Learn essential pie making skills under the tuition of a Cookery School chef and create hearty British pies with fillings including chicken and mushroom, beef and ale and sweet apple, all made using top quality organic ingredients. During the class, uncover the secrets of puff pastry (a skill which is sure to take your pie making to the next level) and once the pies are finished, it's time...
A luxury afternoon tea at one of our hand-picked UK venues is sure to satisfy. Each of these chic and inviting establishments boasts a great location, excellent service and a perfectly luxurious setting in which to unwind and observe a quaint English tradition. Tuck into an indulgent spread (the exact menu varies depending on location) of special sweet treats, delicious cakes, pastries and delicate finger sandwiches, accompanied by a refreshing blend of tea and coffee - some venues even include a...
Enjoy a relaxing evening away with dinner at The Suffolk Golf and Spa hotel. Surrounded by an 18 hole championship golf course and beautiful Suffolk countryside, the hotel is well-known for providing top class service and a welcoming atmosphere. Stay in a superior twin or double room with en suite, make use of the great spa and sport facilities, including a pool and sauna, and in the evening, visit Genevieve Restaurant for a succulent three-course set meal which consists of a host of tasty traditional...
Not only were wind tunnels originally used for testing the aerodynamics of cars, they also provide an incredibly thrilling body flying experience. With wind speeds of 120 mph, the wind tunnel creates the sensation of freefall without the need to nosedive from a plane. Begin with a full safety briefing, before putting on a specialist flight suit and stepping into the tunnel. With an indoor skydiving instructor on hand to offer help and guidance throughout, hover in the air for two exhilarating sessions...
For anyone who wants to broaden their wine knowledge, this premium wine tasting experience is perfect. Expert wine tasters go through through the various wine regions, introducing fascinating new wines and exciting grape varieties. Within this two hour evening session, sample six premium wines, learning how to correctly taste and understand the subtlety of what makes each wine distinct. This experience is perfect for the wannabe wine connoisseur, whether total novice or with some previous experience...
This interactive wok cookery workshop in central London teaches a variety of cookery skills sure to spice up any meal. Learn specialist stir frying techniques in addition to the wrapping and rolling of simple starters. Under the expert tuition of a professional chef, create flavourful Asian dishes such as stir fried black bean rump steak, spring roll wrapping or sweet and sour prawns. To conclude, sit down as a group to sample each delicious dish. For those in a rush, there's even an option to have...
Take the family for a more relaxing way of travelling around London, and see the sights on a river cruiser along the Thames. Board the city cruiser and head down the River Thames towards Greenwich. This cruise offers a great insight into the layers of history that have built up along the river, with wonderful views of the Houses of Parliament, Tate Modern, St Paul's and many more iconic London landmarks. Flexibility makes it possible to disembark at any one of piers, explore, and then get back on...
Looking for an exciting city break in the Midlands? A stay at Birmingham's Strathallan Hotel is the answer. This two night break includes top quality en suite accommodation (twin or double room), a hearty cooked breakfast the following morning, full use of the gymnasium and free car parking during the stay. The Strathallan's accessible city location makes it an ideal base for enjoying Birmingham and all of the metropolitan excitement it has to offer. Enjoy a little retail therapy at the famous Bullring...
Indulge in a gourmet stay at the three AA Rosette winning Hipping Hall, a gorgeous venue that sits on the borders of Lancashire, Cumbria and North Yorkshire. Stay in a deluxe room with a luxurious bed and elegant en suite bathroom. There is a full English breakfast served on the morning of departure, but it's the evening before that holds the real gourmet treat. Starting with a glass of champagne each and canapes, sit down to a seven-course tasting menu filled with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients...
This relaxing tea and pamper treat at the stylish Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel is ideal for two friends or a couple in need of a bit of TLC. During the experience, each receive one indulgent 60 minute spa treatment from a choice of a full body massage, facials and body treatments, as well as a traditional afternoon tea spread at the hotel´s gorgeous Opus One restaurant. Tuck into fresh scones with clotted cream and jam, a selection of sweet cakes, finger sandwiches and a choice of speciality...
Revel in a whole day at this luxurious spa retreat in the heart of Edinburgh, with full access to all the facilities on offer, including a dry Finnish sauna, 15 metre swimming pool and Turkish steam room. There is also a fully-equipped cardio-vascular gym available for those who want to get active and the spa day also includes an ESPA Essential massage or an ESPA Intensive facial (or both guests can go for the mini versions). Afterwards, tuck into a healthy light lunch including mineral water (served...
Escape the stress and strain of a busy everyday life with a relaxing short break at Moorhill House, a grand hotel situated in Burley on the outskirts of the New Forest. Spend two nights in one of the hotel's en suite twin or double rooms with a flat screen TV and WiFi access. Moorhill Hill House provides the perfect base for exploring the quaint village of Burley or enjoying lots of fun outdoor pursuits in the New Forest, such as walking, cycling, horse riding and golf. For those wishing to stay...
Treat yourselves to a two night stay for two people at The Angel, a family owned hotel in Bury St Edmunds. Originally an elegant Georgian coaching inn, The Angel has been transformed, blending traditional features with contemporary style and warm, friendly service. You'll stay in a beautifully designed double or twin room with pure cotton bed linen, featherdown pillows, TV, WiFi, complimentary Temple Spa toiletries and a bottle of sparkling wine. Full English breakfast is included. Although the coach...
Glamping is fun, quirky, economical and in recent years has become extremely popular in the UK. This hand-picked range of campsites are all set in stunning natural surroundings and offer excellent facilities and comfort. Spend one relaxing night in an insulated camping pod equipped with home comforts and good cooking facilities (amenities differ according to venue) - some venues even include breakfast! As each campsite is set in a beautiful rural location, there are sure to be plenty of amazing things...
Escape for a relaxing short break for two with breakfast at the Marriott Glasgow Hotel. This luxurious hotel is right in the heart of the city, just a five minute walk from the bustling nightlife, first class shopping and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre that Glasgow is famous for. Each double or twin room is equipped with a desk, voice mail, 24 hour room service and an LCD TV. During the stay, feel free to make use of the hotel leisure club which boasts an indoor pool, sauna and gym...
Indulge in one of the many relaxing pamper days at a Bannatyne's Health Club. This experience includes an Elemis facial and a relaxing back, neck and shoulder massage each. Spend the whole day at the club on these spa days, with access to all of the facilities including a state-of-the-art air-conditioned gym, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. Also enjoy access to a range of exercise classes throughout the day, including pilates, spinning and aerobics.
Treat yourselves to a one night stay for two within the pretty village of Wye at The New Flying Horse - a charming 17th century posting house with nine bedrooms. Spend the night in a double or twin room with en suite facilities, a comfy bed, TV and WiFi. A three-course meal from the table d'hote menu and breakfast are included. The Chelsea Flower Show garden, A Soldier's Dream of Blighty - a nostalgic vision of a wartime English cottage garden (overall winner in 2006) is also located here. The Romans...
Get fit with a boot camp at one of Hillmott´s gorgeous retreats in either Oxfordshire, Peak District or Dorset. All are surrounded by beautiful scenery with plenty of room to push fitness levels. The session begins with an hour´s worth of TRX Suspension Training - a fun method of fitness which uses minimal equipment to give a full body workout. Afterwards, embark on a hour of high energy circuit training and concentrate on working and toning abs and bums. Over lunch an interesting and informative...
Step into a world of peace and tranquillity with this exotic Rasul treatment at Wilshire's Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa, a luxurious establishment surrounded by 27 acres of beautiful grounds. Begin by stepping into the sanctuary of the Rasul chamber and applying medicinal chakra muds to the body before herb infused steam fills the chamber and cleanses away any stresses and strains. Next, move onto the spa's luxurious showers to gently wash off the mud, leaving skin feeling refreshed and radiant. Feel...
Take a glorious trip to the heart of the Hampshire countryside and visit an English vineyard for a tour and wine tasting for two. Surrounded by gorgeous scenery, go on a tour of the vineyards, where a guide takes the group through the history of winemaking. After finding out exactly how grapes are grown, discover in detail how they are then pressed, fermented and bottled up. Finish with a wine tasting, choosing four wines from the tasting list. What an excellent opportunity to smell and taste the...
This wonderful spa in Birmingham offers an evening of magic for two, which means unlimited access to the spa facilities by night. With luxurious options such as the relaxation snug, a thermal suite (two saunas and a steam room), the lounge/restaurant or the vitality spa pool, it´s the perfect place to relax. Fitness bunnies can make the most of the fully equipped gymnasium. Add to that a session each in a dry flotation tank, where the treatment bed becomes a warm water filled mattress to effortlessly...
A trip to Diggerland guarantees a fun filled, exciting and action-packed day out for kids and adults of all ages. Children (and adults if they wish) have the opportunity to ride in and drive different types of construction machinery including dumper trucks, mini diggers and giant diggers (all under strict supervision). There are great opportunities to take photos or learn about the workings of the machines from the fully trained instructors constantly on hand. Diggerland is a day out with a difference...
Treat yourselves to a one night stay for two people at Dumbleton Hall - a luxury beautiful 19th century manor house hotel in the Vale of Evesham. You´ll stay in a double or twin room with complimentary toiletries, freeview TV, hospitality tray chocolates and champagne on arrival. Breakfast is included. This hotel is the perfect base for exploring the pretty villages and rolling countryside of the Cotswolds. If you´d rather stay in, you can explore the 19 acres of gardens, woodland and lake or head...
Everyone needs to recharge their batteries now and again and The George, an 18th century coaching inn in the heart of historic Lichfield, ticks all the right boxes for a great escape for two. Recently refurbished, this inn has a philosophy of personal service and attention to detail. Stay in a standard-grade double or twin room with en suite facilities, freeview TV, free WiFi and air conditioning. Breakfast for two and a welcome drink at the bar are included. Just a short stroll away lie Lichfield...
A two night stay for two people at The Olde Barn, a charming hotel set in Lincolnshire countryside, makes for a perfect short getaway. Originally a barn, this hotel was converted and these days you can stay in a superior-grade double or twin room with en suite facilities, TV and tea and coffee making amenities. Full English breakfast is included. Marston is the perfect base for exploring the rolling countryside, historical houses, castles market towns and villages of this part of Lincolnshire. Otherwise...
Take a two night stay at The Lambert Arms in Oxfordshire, a former coaching inn that has been refurbished to become a welcoming and relaxing hotel. Stay in a standard double room with en suite, wireless internet, plasma TV with Freeview and tea and coffee making amenities. Based at the foot of the scenic Chiltern Hills, the hotel is just 15 minutes from Oxford, making it the perfect location for a chilled out two night break. The relaxed environment is perfectly illustrated by the open fires and...
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