The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for those who prefer to shop for experiences. We’re all longing for being able to get out and experience things. This post is mainly aimed at those in the North, but I am sure with a quick google search you can find similar experiences near you.
The Spa Break
Seaham Hall Spa is one of my favourites in the North East. Their £150 (per person) spa break includes a 60-minute treatment of your choice, access to their indoor and outdoor pools and other facilities and a two-course meal in their incredible Asian restaurant. I can’t describe how beautiful the Hall is and how excellent the treatments are. I was lucky enough to spend the day there at the start of November, and hopefully they’ll have their doors fully opened soon.
Mix Your Own Gin
Bealim House’ Ginvention is a stroke of genius. For £25 per person you can infuse your own flavours of gin (and enjoy drinking them while you’re there). This is a super fun way to spend an afternoon, with food also available to order and the bar has a great industrial vibe. Book in and have something to look forward to.
A full review of my experience there can be found here
A Murder Mystery Experience
I haven’t done this exact experience but dinner on a steam train with a murder mystery night is something I have done, and is a great giggle for the entire family, it’s distinctly different enough to be a unique experience and unlikely something anyone else will have booked. The one linked is based for Manchester, with
Dinner & An Overnight Stay with a Twist
Going out for a meal is one thing, but a combination of incredible food, amazing drinks and a whole load of history switches things. My favourite restaurant (in the world so far) is the Witchery in Edinburgh. Situated right by the castle you can book to stay, and also for a meal (or one or the other). Plus, you can spend the weekend in Edinburgh, win, win, win.
Ps. my full post on things to do in Edinburgh can be found here 😉
For the Beer Lovers
OK, pub crawls have a time and a place but a sophisticated day visiting three craft breweries and getting to taste the beers sound like a great day out. You’ll be out for around 5-hours, you get to try four beers at each brewery. The tour takes place on a Saturday and costs £70 per person, you can book for groups of up to 8.
Up, Up and Away
Every fancied a romantic experience for two in a hot air balloon? You can take one across the beautiful Northumberland countryside. Well, if you can part with £300 and have no problem with being 3,000 feet above the ground you can.
Not ready to step outside – The at Home Gin Experience
Let’s face it, for some of us there will be a need to stay safe for a little longer. Warner Edwards began hosting their live gin experiences this year, and you will receive a box filled with gin, mixers, snacks, a guide and the spices you need. A 90-minute experience for £55. Alternatively, you can book in to visit Fall’s farm with Curiosity or their Curiosity & Cocktails Tour when they re-open.
The sky above Kielder is protected, which means there is no artificial light and it is a brilliant dark sky experience in the UK, you can book gift certificates for the observatory, where you can head up to Kielder and do some star gazing through the eye of their telescopes and listen to their interactive talks on all things space. Christmas Gift vouchers start from £10.
Just Keep Swimming
If your Christmas gift recipient is a lover of the outdoors, you can book from a range of different open water swims in the lake district, some with guided walks and short swims and some a little longer depending on experience. If you fancied it you can also book Adventure Swim Breaks too. If you’re looking for somewhere incredible to stay while you’re there I couldn’t recommend Lodore Falls enough.
If like me, you think, that really isn’t for me… Chances are you’ll be wrong. Go Ape really is good fun for everyone swimming from the treetops, you’re very securely fastened in and it’s guaranteed to make you laugh (and occasionally scream throughout the day. There are Go Ape’s all over the country so hopefully you can find one nearby. We did the one in Sherwood forest and stayed in a log cabin nearby.