Golf Lesson with a PGA Golf Pro and 18 Holes
Edinburgh, Scotland; Manchester, Greater Manchester; Shipley, West Yorkshire; Chepstow, Monmouthshire; Maidstone, Kent; Southampton, Hampshire; Norwich, Norfolk; Meriden, Warwickshire; Morley, Derbyshire;:: Even experienced players can sometimes benefit from a bit of coaching and you'll get just that - plus the opportunity to play 18 holes on a superb course. To begin, get a comprehensive golfing assessment from a PGA professional, followed by an intensive lesson. Depending on numbers, this will be an hour-long lesson in a small group, or a 30 minute one-to-one lesson. Afterwards, enjoy a round of golf and put those newfound skills to the test. Each venue has a championship course and many have hosted prestigious tournaments. Some clubs have two golf courses; you will play the resort's course or the championship course (depending on availability). For the next three months you'll be able to use the email golf helpline service (maximum six emails). Availability: Weekends and weekdays at some venues, weekdays only at others. Peak summer weekend dates are very popular and can be booked up far in advance. Weather: Bad weather may affect play. Marriott will call you the evening before your experience to advise if your tutorial is called off and to arrange an alternative date. Duration: Tuition will last for 60 minutes as part of a group or 30 minutes one-to-one. Numbers On Day: Tuition will be in a group of a maximum of four people to ensure lots of attention for everyone. Spectators: Guests are welcome at all of the country clubs, and can use the bar and restaurant facilities while they are waiting. Please note that guests do not play. Dress Code: Golf shoes MUST be worn (available for a small hire fee on the day). No jeans please. If you don't have your own set of clubs or other equipment, you can prehire some by contacting the golf shop direct (£15 to £35, depending on venue). Guidelines: You'll receive further location details when you have booked a date. Upon arrival please make your way directly to the golf academy or the driving range. Restrictions: No handicap certificate is required, but proficiency equivalent to a maximum 28 for men and 36 for women is expected. As a guide, you should be able to complete a professional course with an average of under 100 shots. Other Info: You must present your booking letter at the venue on the day. Why not turn your experience into a well-deserved break by booking accommodation (subject to availability)? For more info please ask when booking.
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High-Speed Passenger Ride for Two
Loughborough, Leicestershire; Loughborough, Leicestershire; Castle Donington, Derbyshire; Wigan, Lancashire;:: All the G-force, adrenaline and squint-eyed terror of competition-speed driving, but without the heavy responsibility of taking control of the wheel. Get chauffeured for several laps at breathless speed by a qualified motor racing instructor around a real UK racing circuit. Strap into a race prepared Lotus Elise, Abarth 500, Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Vauxhall VXR, Nissan 370Z or Caterham 7 and prepare for ride of a lifetime, with real racing lines, cornering and acceleration in a top-class race-prepared car. Availability: Passenger rides are available at most locations at least once a week. Generally a start time cannot be booked, instead enter your name on a rota and wait your turn. Weather: Driving may be cancelled or curtailed in extreme weather conditions which would make driving at speed dangerous. Please call the venue if in any doubt. Duration: The ride lasts for a few minutes. All venues request arrival well in advance of the booked time to ensure a prompt start. Numbers On Day: Share the car with just the driver. There might be other vehicles on the track at the same time. Spectators: Spectators are welcome, get them to bring a camera. Spectator facilities vary from circuit to circuit but are generally very good. Dogs aren't allowed at any circuits. Dress Code: Wear trousers, a long-sleeved top and trainers or flat-soled shoes. Helmets are provided. Guidelines: Receive further location details when a date has been booked. Restrictions: Restrictions (on age, height and weight) vary between locations so please check all details before booking. Some centres require under 18's be accompanied by an adult and over 50's produce a doctor's certificate. Other Info: Please note: you won't drive the car yourselves and the rides are taken separately.
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Skid Control Driving Experience for Two
Chippenham, Wiltshire;:: Controlling a skid is a useful skill and this experience teaches you all about it - both as a fun day out and as something you may need to use practically. You'll start with a safety briefing and a discussion on the cause and cures of different kinds of skids. Then you'll use techniques that simulate loss of car control, with the vehicle seeming to get away from you. Skidpan driving focuses on both avoidance and recovery and you'll learn the skills of driving on ice, aquaplaning and skid avoidance exercises with friendly and expert instructors, who'll always keep their head even if you're a bit spooked. Courses are held either on an oil-like surface or using a computerised skid frame. Some courses also include time trials to test your new skills. Availability: Selected dates at least once a month throughout the year. Weather: The weather is unlikely to affect your experience. Don't despair if it's raining - this experience is even more exciting and slippery when it's wet. Duration: The length of the session varies from venue to venue, but as a guide will be between 90 minutes and three hours, including safety briefing, instruction, driving time and debrief. Numbers On Day: The number of people attending will vary. There will be up to four participants sharing each car. Spectators: Spectators are welcome. Facilities vary depending on the venue. Dress Code: Dress warmly and comfortably. If you are on a course that uses a skidpan (as opposed to an electronic frame) wear old shoes if you can, as you might get oil or suds from the skidpan on them. Guidelines: We will send you further location details when you have booked a date. Restrictions: Anyone with a full manual driving licence is welcome. Height and weight restrictions also apply at some venues; please check when booking. Other Info: Anyone under the influence of drink or drugs will not be allowed to take part.
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Half Day Off Road Land or Range Rover Driving
Honiton, Devon; Market Harborough, Leicestershire; Skipton, North Yorkshire; Peckforton, Cheshire; Luton, Bedfordshire;:: With a spirit of adventure at the core of its character, the great outdoors has always been the territory of the Land Rover brand. On this experience you'll tackle some challenging terrain in one of the following king of the road vehicles - a Land Rover Defender, a Discovery or a Range Rover Sport. You'll start with a thorough safety briefing (and tea and coffee is provided at most venues too) before your instructor shows you around your vehicle, explaining the impressive capabilities of these 4x4s. Then get behind the wheel yourself to conquer the muddy climbs, drops and hazards of an exhilarating off road course, in stunning surroundings. Most venues have excellent facilities, including disabled access, catering, toilets, shelter and parking. Availability: Runs mostly on selected Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday dates once a month throughout the year (depending on venue, please check). We recommend you give several weeks advance notice for the most popular weekend dates. Weather: Driving may be cancelled or curtailed in extreme weather (like flooding or high winds) which makes off road driving dangerous. Wet weather often makes the best 4x4 driving conditions. Please call the venue if in any doubt. Duration: Your experience will last for around three hours, including a minimum of 30 to 40 minutes driving time. Numbers On Day: You'll share your session and Land or Range Rover with two other participants, taking turns to drive. Your instructor will be in the vehicle at all times. Spectators: Spectators are tricky to accommodate because this experience is so off road, but guests are welcome to come along, wait and use the on-site facilities where they exist (please check when booking). Dress Code: Dress for the outdoors, with stout footwear and a waterproof jacket. Guidelines: You'll receive further location details when you have booked a date. Restrictions: Minimum age varies from 17 to 23, depending on venue. You must hold a full manual driving licence; bring it with you. Some venues specify that you must have held your licence for at least two years, some also specify a maximum of six penalty points. Other Info: All these venues are British Off Road Driving Association members with the majority of instructors specially trained by Land Rover. They'll do their best to get you behind the wheel of your preferred model, subject to availability.
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Polo Day for Two
Chobham, Surrey:: Saddle up and get to grips with this fun and challenging game at the world's biggest polo training academy. Begin with a briefing on the fundamental rules and theory of the sport by expert polo instructors. Next, get a chance to practice aspects of the game such as polo riding, ball hitting, hooking and riding off, all of which will be explained on the day. Then mount a mechanical horse to master basic swings before jumping on a pony to take part in a 'stick and ball' session. After your training it's time to change into official polo gear and mount your horse to put your newfound skills to the test as you both play an instructional chukka. You are welcome to stay for the remainder of the day and watch full matches being played. Availability: Tuesday to Friday throughout the year, with occasional weekend dates (availability is subject to match schedules). The club is closed on Mondays. Weather: Polo is rarely cancelled due to bad weather. Duration: This experience usually starts at around 10am and ends around 4pm, but please call the centre a day or two before the event to confirm your attendance, and at what exact time the lesson will begin. Numbers On Day: There'll be up to four people taking part, with enough instructors to ensure lots of individual attention. Spectators: Spectators are welcome at the club and can watch play from the grandstands. Dogs are allowed, provided they are well behaved and kept on a lead. Dress Code: Dress warmly and comfortably. Wear jodhpurs if you have them. Bring riding boots or a pair of substantial shoes or boots with a low, solid heel (no high heels!). Bring a pair of thin leather or cotton gloves and a riding hat if you have them. Guidelines: Restrictions: Minimum age is 6. Minimum height is 5'. Minimum weight is 6 stone, maximum 20 stone. Please let us know when booking if you weigh more than 15 stone, so we can ensure a suitable horse is available. Suitable for experienced riders and complete novices. Other Info: The rules of the game dictate all players must use the polo stick with their right hand (even the left-handers!).
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Sports Car Treasure Hunt for Two
Brent Cross, London:: Why drive one sports car when you can drive six? The iconic cars used in the hunt for treasure are a Morgan +8, a HMC MK IV, an E-Type Jaguar, a TVR Griffith, a Porsche 911 Targa and an Aston Martin DB7. This unique driving experience begins with registration and coffee followed by a briefing and issue of some suggested routes and time schedules. Then in teams of two, search for clues in a fun treasure hunt through the picturesque Hertfordshire countryside, swapping cars at locations en route (alternating between driving and navigating throughout the day). Car driving has never been so enjoyable! It is not a race and consequently there's no need to break the speed limit to reach your destinations. Lunch and refreshments are included. Availability: Weekdays and weekend dates from March - October. At least one date per month. Weather: Only extreme weather conditions would affect this experience. Duration: The day runs from 8.30am to approximately 5.30pm. In a team of two, spend half the time driving and half navigating. Numbers On Day: There will be a maximum of 12 participants on the day and no more than two participants per car. Spectators: Dress Code: We recommend wearing thin soled, close fitting shoes and advise avoiding large soled, bulky boots or shoes, as the pedals can be closer together than those in an average car. Guidelines: Brent Cross tube station is on London Underground Northern Line and is about half a mile from the hotel (or a ten minute walk) and around 20 minutes outside of central London. Restrictions: Drivers must be aged between 30 and 65, with good physical and mental fitness. A full manual driving licence, held for a minimum of two years, is required, with no more than six (parking/speeding only) points on the licence. Other Info: An insurance excess deposit of £500 per person will be required to be pre-authorised on a credit card and held for the duration of the rental. Payable directly to the experience partner.
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Wimbledon Tour Day with Lunch for Two
Wimbledon, London:: Get an exclusive behind the scenes look at the revered All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, following in the footsteps of tennis legends. See the hallowed Wimbledon turf, picnic terraces, many of the players' facilities, the Millennium Building, the gorgeous water gardens with their amazing views over London and the famous new roof within the iconic Centre Court. Lunch is served up within the Wingfield Cafe and then explore the state-of-the-art Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum with interactive exhibits, including a 200-degree cinema. It is packed with tennis memorabilia including the original Wimbledon champions' trophies. End in true Wimbledon style with strawberries and champagne. Availability: Selected Saturdays (excluding Wimbledon fortnight) from April to October. Weather: Duration: Gates open at 10am (please arrive shortly after this for a prompt start). The tour begins at 10.30am, lunch is served around 12.30pm and champagne and strawberries around 2.45pm. The experience ends at around 3.30pm. Numbers On Day: A maximum of 30 people share the day. Spectators: Dress Code: Dress code is casual/smart. It's a walking tour (with lots of steps) and some sections are outdoors, so wear comfy shoes and bring a brolly if it's wet. Don't forget your camera. Guidelines: From underground District line to Southfields, the club is a 20 minute walk. By rail, Waterloo to Wimbledon, 25 mins away and well sign-posted from both stations. Bus 493 takes you from Wimbledon mainline station, Tooting Broadway and Southfields tube, stopping at the All England Club and running every 15 mins. There is plenty of off-site free parking on a Saturday. Please follow signs to the museum and make your way to the Wingfield cafe. Restrictions: Any tennis fan is welcome, but children under 16 years old must be accompanied by a participating adult. Other Info: District line to Southfields, the club is a 20 minute walk. By rail, Waterloo to Wimbledon, 25 mins. Bus 493 from Wimbledon mainline station, Tooting Broadway and Southfields tube, runs every 15 mins. Free parking available on neighbouring roads on Sats.
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Elite Supercar for the Weekend
King's Cross, London:: There are certain cars that stand out even in the world of supercars; some models are just a cut above the rest. Whether it's the acceleration of a Ferrari, the sophistication of a Maserati or the raw power of a Lamborghini, there's a purring motor delight for everyone. Experience driving the Ferrari 430 Spider, a Maserati GranCabrio Sport, Aston Martin DBS Volante, McLaren MP4-12C or a Lamborghini Gallardo Roadster. Each of these elite supercars comes with a generous 300 mile allowance. Although picking between these three breathtaking cars is tough, there is no doubt the hardest part will be handing the keys back at the end of it all. So take the wheel of something truly special and make it a weekend to remember with this ultimate gift for him. Availability: Weekends throughout the year. Vehicles can be collected from either a London or a Hertfordshire venue free of charge. Delivery can be arranged at additional cost (for which you will need to liaise directly). Weather: Duration: The car will be available for collection from 9am on Friday and must be returned by 4pm the following Monday. You will be charged a per mile rate if you exceed the allocated mileage for your vehicle. Numbers On Day: An additional driver can be added for £17.65, subject to the insurer's approval (for which you will need to liaise directly). Spectators: Dress Code: We recommend wearing thin soled, close fitting shoes and advise avoiding large soled, bulky boots or shoes, as the pedals can be closer together than those in an average car. Guidelines: Exit King's Cross mainline train station and turn left onto York Way. Continue over the canal bridge and turn immediately left at the traffic lights into King's Cross Freight Terminal. From the gatehouse, walk/drive straight ahead (one way system). Turn right at the corner of the main building and on your right you will see a large British racing green doorway. Go through and up the small staircase. Restrictions: Drivers 30 - 65 years only. Full manual driving licence, held for a minimum of two years required on the day. A credit/debit card deposit of £5,000 is required on collection. Other Info: Fully comprehensive insurance is included. The car is provided with a full tank of petrol and must be returned with a full tank.
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Sports Car for the Weekend
King's Cross, London:: Fulfil your dream of taking the wheel of your very own sports car for a weekend, whether for your own pleasure or to cap that very special occasion when you want to be seen to arrive in style. Take the keys of either the sleek Lotus Elise 111R, the BMW Z4 Roadster (2.5 Litre), the Porsche Boxster or the Moragan +4 and, with four days of weekend hire, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy your car of choice. All cars come with an allowance of 300 miles included and, although picking between these four beauties will be tough, there is no doubt the hardest part will be handing the keys back at the end of the weekend. Availability: Weekends throughout the year. Vehicles can be collected from either a London or a Hertfordshire venue free of charge. Delivery can be arranged at additional cost (for which you will need to liaise directly). Weather: Duration: The car will be available for collection from 9am on Friday and must be returned by 4pm the following Monday. You will be charged a per mile rate if you exceed the allocated mileage for your vehicle. Numbers On Day: An additional driver can be added for £17.65, subject to the insurer's approval (for which you will need to liaise directly). Spectators: Dress Code: We recommend wearing thin soled, close fitting shoes and advise avoiding large soled, bulky boots or shoes, as the pedals can be closer together than those in an average car. Guidelines: Exit King's Cross mainline train station and turn left onto York Way. After approximately 100 yards, cross the road at the first set of traffic lights. We are on the right hand side of the York Way, next to The American Hand Car Wash. Restrictions: Drivers 30 - 65 years only. Full manual driving licence, held for a minimum of two years required, with fewer than 6 points. A credit/debit card deposit of between £1,000 and £2,000 is required on collection. Other Info: Fully comprehensive insurance is included. The car is provided with a full tank of petrol and must be returned with a full tank.
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Supercar for the Weekend
King's Cross, London:: Here's your chance to enjoy four days of pure motoring bliss. Whether it's the refinement of Aston Martin driving, the handling of a Porsche or the raw power of a TVR, there's something here for everyone. Choose between the Aston Martin Vanquish, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Porsche 997 Cabriolet, the Morgan Aero 8 or the TVR Sagaris. The Aston Martin Vanquish comes with 300 mileage allowance included, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage with 400 mileage allowance included and the Porsche 997 Cabriolet and TVR Sagaris come with 600 mileage allowance included. Although picking between these modern classics is sure to be tough, driving experiences really don't come any better this! Availability: Weekends throughout the year. Vehicles can be collected from either a London or a Hertfordshire venue free of charge. Delivery can be arranged at additional cost (which must be organised directly). Weather: Duration: The car is available for collection from 9am on Friday and must be returned by 4pm the following Monday. If the allocated mileage for the vehicle is exceeded, it is subject to a per mile charge. Numbers On Day: An additional driver can be added for £17.65, subject to the insurer's approval (for which you need to liaise directly). Spectators: Dress Code: We recommend wearing thin soled, close fitting shoes and advise avoiding large soled, bulky boots or shoes, as the pedals can be closer together than those in an average car. Guidelines: Exit King's Cross mainline train station and turn left onto York Way. Continue over the canal bridge and turn immediately left at the traffic lights into King's Cross Freight Terminal. From the gatehouse, walk/drive straight ahead (one way system). Turn right at the corner of the main building and on your right you will see a large British racing green doorway. Go through and up the small staircase. Restrictions: Drivers 30 - 65 years only. Full manual driving licence, held for a minimum of two years required on the day. Depending on the car, a credit/debit card deposit of between £3,500 and £5,000 is required on collection. Other Info: Fully comprehensive insurance is included. The car is provided with a full tank of petrol and must be returned with a full tank.
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Monster Truck Driving Experience
East Grinstead, West Sussex:: This is the triathlon of massive vehicles. After a briefing, start off at the wheel of a hi-view jeep to warm up, before taking a British-spec monster truck over some tough, purpose-built terrain. Experience a deliberate sideways roll-over in a 4x4 buggy. Then it's the bit you've been waiting for - with the help of a stepladder, get into the cab of the full-spec, 66-inch terra-tyred American monster truck. Deep breath in, then drive this amazing vehicle over the top of two saloon cars (they'll be well and truly wrecked). Steering this 7.5 litre truck on a mission of destruction is a pure adrenaline rush. Availability: At least one weekend date per month throughout the year excluding January (during which time the venue closes). Weather: Driving may be cancelled in extreme weather conditions which would make it dangerous. Please call the venue if in doubt. Don't worry if it's raining - these are all-terrain vehicles and a bit of mud and water can make this experience more exhilarating. Duration: Lasts around two and a half hours including briefing, tuition, driving in all the vehicles and a debrief. Experience the American Monster for approximately 10 minutes. Numbers On Day: Between 15 and 20 people take part, with a maximum of three participants sharing a vehicle and instructor at any time. Spectators: Bring up to two spectators. Please note that there are no indoor viewing areas - spectators follow the event from course to course and some areas aren't visible. The site is not suitable for young children. Dress Code: Dress for an outdoor experience on uneven, hilly terrain and bring suitable footwear (hiking boots are ideal) and a camera. Guidelines: Restrictions: Minimum age is 18. A driving licence is not necessary to take part, but drivers need to be confident and familiar with manual car driving controls. Other Info: Alcohol or contra-indicated drugs must not be consumed before or during this experience. In the unlikely event of mechanical breakdown, an alternative vehicle will be supplied on the day.
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With race commentators and trophies to be won, this driving day is real racing in fantastic 1300cc saloon stock cars. After a briefing on safety and driving techniques, drive for four practise laps and two racing heats of eight laps each. Based on the points scored in the heats, each driver will be streamed into a championship final for up to ten electrifying laps against drivers of a similar ability. The winners of the four finals line up for eight laps in the Showdown Shootout race to find the ultimate champion. Conclude with a trophy presentation for the best drivers of the day. The adrenaline is pumped up throughout with commentary over the PA system, race marshals, fans and a great atmosphere - making it a fantastic day out. Birmingham, West Midlands Availability: Weekend dates approximately once every month throughout the year. Weather: Driving might be cancelled or curtailed in extreme weather conditions which would make driving at speed dangerous. If this happens, alternative dates are offered. Please call the venue if in any doubt. Duration: Lasts for around four hours. Please arrive a few minutes early for refreshments, to ensure a prompt start and allow for extra time at the end in case the experience runs over. Numbers On Day: Around 30 people take part, split into groups of eight. Spectators: Spectators are welcome, numbers must be confirmed at least a week in advance (pay £5 on the day, which includes a programme). Please note that some of the spectator facilities aren't covered and there is no catering licence on-site.. Dress Code: Dress warmly and comfortably and wear flat-soled shoes. The centre will provide all protective clothing and waterproofs. Guidelines: Exit the M6 at junction 6. Follow the A38 towards the city centre. Take the 2nd exit and follow the signposts towards Birmingham City Football Club. After 1.5 miles pass under a railway bridge and turn left into Landor Street (following signs to Birmingham Wheels Park). After a mile or so, turn right into the raceway and follow signs to the car park. The nearest train station is Birmingham New Street. Restrictions: Drivers aged 17 or over, with reasonably fitnes and not suffered a back or neck injury are welcome. Min height 4'10'', max 6'6'', max weight 20 stone. A driving licence is not required although experience of driving manual cars is. Other Info: The venue has disabled lavatories and good wheelchair access viewing areas. This is one of the top stock car tracks in the UK, operating championship events for professional and semi-professional stock car formulas.
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Tamworth, Staffordshire:: Get some practice in before going on holiday with a snowboarding lesson at SnowDome, the UK's top indoor real snow centre. You'll start off with a safety briefing and an introduction to all the equipment (which is all included). Then you'll try out some basic moves and find out whether you're a 'regular foot' or 'goofy foot' - that is, whether your leading leg is your left or your right. You'll get to grips with the right stance for balance, and then move on to gaining control of the toe edge and heel edge of the board and going down the slope, and back again - the 'falling leaf' manoeuvre. Your qualified instructor will be on hand throughout, to give you loads of help and to pick you up when you topple over. Availability: Seven days a week, subject to availability. Weather: SnowDome's real snow-covered slopes are indoors, so this experience won't be affected by the weather. Duration: Your experience will last for just under two hours, including a 10 minute briefing and an hour and 45 minutes on the snow. Please arrive a few minutes early to have your boots and board fitted. Numbers On Day: A maximum of six people take part in each lesson with a qualified instructor. Spectators: Friends and family can come along and watch you. There are excellent facilities for spectators and good views of the main slope from the balcony. Dress Code: Wrap up in lots of warm layers. Wear waterproofs (top and trousers) if you've got them. Warm gloves are essential. A snowboard, boots and protective headwear will be provided. There are (20p chargable) lockers and changing rooms available. Guidelines: SnowDome is easy to find, just five minutes from junction 10 of the M42, and only one and a half hours from North London, Bristol, Manchester or Leeds. From M42 junction 10, follow signs to Tamworth and the tourist information signs onward to SnowDome. Parking costs just £1 for the whole day. Restrictions: Minimum age is 17. You'll need to be reasonably physically fit. This experience is ideal for complete beginners. Other Info: Other on-site activities include tobogganing, adrenalin tubing, and ice-skating. SnowDome also has two bars and restaurants on-site.
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White Water Raft Charter for Six in Northamptonshire
Northampton, Northamptonshire:: Rediscover your sense of adventure (and what it's like to be soaked to the skin!) with this white water rafting experience in an inflatable six person raft. You'll start by being kitted out with all the equipment (note: this is not an experience for the style-conscious!), before a full safety briefing and instruction in rafting techniques. Then an experienced guide will take you onto the water for a series of runs down the breathtaking twists, turns and drops of this 300 metre man-made course. You're in for a wild and wet ride as you and the rest of your crew steer the raft through a series of turbulent rapids. The course is fed by electric pumps, so water levels are consistently high throughout the year, and it's floodlit for evening sessions. As a guide, this course is graded 2-3 on the UK's white water grading system, which starts at one (relaxed) and goes up to six (too rough to offer commercially). Availability: Selected Saturdays and Sundays from April to October. Dates are more scarce outside summer months. Dates fill quickly - book six to eight weeks in advance. Weather: For safety, certain conditions (including water not being released by the environmental agency) may lead to postponement. For morning bookings call the day before, for afternoon/evening bookings call before setting out to check. Duration: Sessions last around two hours from initial introduction to debrief, including at least five runs down the course. Please arrive a few minutes early to register and allow for time afterwards to shower and change. Sorry, latecomers can't be accommodated. Numbers On Day: This charter is for between four and six participants. A minimum of four participants is required to balance the raft. Spectators: Spectators are welcome to watch from the bank. A camera will come in handy. Spectators' safety remains their own responsibility at all times. There are usually covered facilities available, but they might not see all of the action from there. Dress Code: Bring swimwear, a towel and a pair of old trainers. Clothes will get wet. Wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets will be provided. If you wear glasses, you'll need to either secure them firmly or go without. Contact lenses are OK. Guidelines: Exit junction 15 off M1 onto A45 (East) towards Northampton/Wellingborough. Head for town centre/A428 and at the large roundabout turn right under the flyover towards Bedford. The slalom and rafting course is on the right within 300 yards and the red bricked centre is set back on the right. Go past the Marriott hotel, turn right at the mini roundabout into Rushmills then immediate right along the slip road following the fenced road to the centre. Restrictions: Minimum age 12. Maximum weight 16 stone. No experience is necessary but you must be able to swim, be confident in the water and fit enough to climb back into the raft if you fall out. For safety reasons the venue reserves the right to test your fitness. Other Info: You WILL get wet, but there are hot shower facilities at the venue. You might be expected to jump from the raft into still practice waters as part of your initial training session.
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Outdoor Endurance Karting
Chatham, Kent:: This fantastic outdoor circuit is where a lot of top Formula 1 drivers, including Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, first got into racing before being lured away by big bucks. Get behind the wheel of a RT8 390cc kart, which reaches speeds of up to 70 mph (and believe us, that will feel twice as fast in a kart). Start off with a safety briefing, followed by ten minutes of practice laps to get used to the karts and the full outdoor international circuit. Then drive against the other participants in a thirty minute endurance race that is ideal for novices and experts alike. Every driver receives printed lap times and there is a trophy presentation for the top three drivers. Do you have the competitive edge to cross the finish line first? Availability: One event is held every month, generally on a Monday evening but alternatively (and very occasionally) on a Sunday evening. Weather: Racing might be cancelled or curtailed in extreme weather conditions (i.e. ice or snow) which would make driving at high speed dangerous. Contact will be made if the experience is cancelled. Unused laps will be credited for another visit. Duration: The event lasts for two to three hours, with 40 minutes driving time (including practice). Safety rules dictate that missing any of the initial briefing means not being able to take part so please don't be late. Numbers On Day: Up to 35 drivers take part. Spectators: Spectators are welcome. The venue has state-of-the-art clubhouse facilities serving hot and cold food and it also offers excellent viewing areas. Dress Code: Wear trainers or similar flat shoes. A clean helmet, balaclava, competition-style race suit, gloves and rib protectors will be provided. Guidelines: From London, take A2/M2 to M2 junction 3 and keep left on the ramp. At roundabout take third exit onto A229 and next roundabout the second exit. Then you will see signs for Buckmore Park. Alternatively, from the M20, exit junction 6 and proceed up Bluebell Hill. At the top, exit left and keep to left lane. At lights take the first exit left. The nearest train station is Chatham and the nearest airport is Rochester. Restrictions: Minimum age is 16. Drivers don't need a driving licence or any driving experience. Minimum height is 5', maximum height is 6'4''. Maximum weight 18 stone. Other Info: To participate, do not drink any alcohol for a minimum of 12 hours before the experience. After the event has finished, feel free to relax in the on-site bar.
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Indoor Rock Climbing for Two
Fort William, Scottish Highlands:: This state-of-the-art indoor climbing wall is the perfect way to conquer the challenging art of climbing. You'll begin with a full briefing on safety and basic climbing techniques, where you'll learn the foundations of abseiling including belay, how to tie in and the essential moves you need to scale grooves and overhangs on your way to the top. Your fully qualified instructor will be on hand to give you supervision and encouragement throughout, so we can guarantee you'll be in safe hands. Climbing is both exciting and fun - you'll end your day with a massive sense of achievement. Availability: 9am to 10pm, seven days a week. Allow at least four weeks advance notice for weekend bookings. Book during off-peak periods (weekdays, excluding bank holidays, from March to July and September to January) and get an extra 20 minutes' climbing free. Weather: Duration: Your experience will last for about one and a half hours, including briefings, kit issue and a minimum of one hour 15 minutes in the rock bay. Please arrive a few minutes early to ensure a prompt start. Numbers On Day: A 6:1 ratio of clients to instructors gives the best input and most climbing. Spectators: Spectators are welcome and can watch from a special viewing area. There is a cafe serving hot and cold drinks and a selection of food. Dress Code: Please wear tight-fitting sportswear if you have it. Hire of all climbing equipment including footwear is included. Guidelines: Kinlochleven is in the western highlands of Scotland near Ben Nevis and Glencoe, around two hours' drive north of Glasgow. From the A82 take the B863. Once you enter Kinlochleven the venue is well signposted. Restrictions: Minimum age is seven. Parental consent is required for under 16's. There are no weight or height restrictions. Please be aware that you are required to sign and complete a disclaimer on the day before you can participate in your experience. Other Info: At 1,200 square metres, this is the UK's highest articulated rock climbing wall, featuring a variety of angles to suit beginner and intermediate climbers.
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Outdoor Endurance Karting for Two
Chatham, Kent:: 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 is essential as it is the combined position of both drivers' races that decides each team's final overall position. Every driver receives printed lap times and there is a trophy presentation for the top three teams. Availability: One Saturday evening per month. Weather: Racing might be cancelled or curtailed in extreme weather conditions (i.e. ice or snow) which would make driving at high speed dangerous. The venue make contact if the experience is cancelled. Unused laps are credited for another visit. Duration: The event lasts for three to four hours, with 30 minutes driving time each. Safety rules dictate that if the initial briefing is missed, you cannot take part so please don't be late. Numbers On Day: Each team is made up of two drivers (driving separately). Up to 70 drivers take part and a maximum of 35 karts are on the circuit at any one time. Spectators: Spectators are welcome. The venue has state-of-the-art clubhouse facilities serving hot and cold food and offering excellent viewing areas. Dress Code: Wear trainers or similar flat shoes. A clean helmet, balaclava, competition-style race suit, gloves and rib protectors will be provided. Guidelines: From London, take A2/M2 to M2 junction 3 and keep left on the ramp. At roundabout take third exit onto A229 and next roundabout the second exit. Then you will see signs for Buckmore Park. Alternatively, from the M20, exit junction 6 and proceed up Bluebell Hill. At the top, exit left and keep to left lane. At lights take the first exit left. The nearest train station is Chatham and the nearest airport is Rochester. Restrictions: Minimum age is 16. Drivers don't need a driving licence or any driving experience. Minimum height is 5', maximum height is 6'4''. Maximum weight 18 stone. Other Info: Don't drink any alcohol for a minimum of 12 hours before the experience, otherwise participation is not permitted. After the event has finished, feel free to relax in the on-site bar.
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Indoor Ice Climbing for Two
Fort William, Scottish Highlands:: Do you have what it takes to climb this 50 feet colossus? More than five times bigger than any other indoor ice climbing wall in the world, this is the perfect place to go ice climbing, even if you've never grasped an ice axe before. After a full safety briefing and being issued with the essentials, you'll tackle the icy wall with full supervision from your expert instructor, using a top-roped belay safety system. There are routes to suit every level of experience, ranging from simple, easy angled slopes for the beginner, through to hanging bollards and gully features for more experienced climbers. This is a thrilling experience which may be the first of many more to come. Availability: 9am to 10pm, seven days a week. Allow at least four weeks advance notice for weekend bookings. Weather: Duration: Your experience will last for about one and a half hours, including briefings, kit issue and a minimum of one hour in the ice bay. Please arrive a few minutes early to ensure a prompt start. Numbers On Day: A 1:4 ratio of instructors to climbers gives the best input and most climbing. A maximum of 12 people will be on the wall at any one time. Spectators: Spectators are welcome and can watch from a special viewing area. There is a cafe serving hot and cold drinks and a selection of food. Dress Code: Wear waterproofs if you have them, and lots of warm layers (multiple thin layers are more effective than a single bulky layer). Climbing equipment, warm clothing and specialist ice-climbing boots will be provided. Guidelines: Kinlochleven is in the western highlands of Scotland near Ben Nevis and Glencoe, around two hours' drive north of Glasgow. From the A82 take the B863. Once you enter Kinlochleven the venue is well signposted. Restrictions: Minimum age is 14. Parental consent is required for under 16's. There are no weight or height restrictions, but the minimum boot size is adult four. You'll need to be reasonably fit; as a guide you should be able to hold a 1kg weight at arms length. Other Info: The Ice Factor is the National Ice Climbing Centre and at 800 square metres is the world's largest indoor ice-climbing wall, with an ice cave, ice pillar, neve wall and fall-out gully.
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Introduction to Wakeboarding in Buckinghamshire
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire:: Wakeboarding is a sport so cool that lots of people have yet to learn about it. In fact it's the fastest growing watersport in the country and is like a cross between water-skiing, snowboarding and surfing. Get pulled across the water whilst hanging onto a cable, with each foot attached to a single wide board. After a full safety briefing, hit the water on this fun-filled adventure and set off around the purpose-built cable run. Start off knee-boarding to get to grips with the basics of balance, before putting wakeboarding theory into practice. After learning how to successfully turn corners, expect to be riding high like a true pro. Availability: One or two weekend dates each month between April to October. Weather: Very severe weather conditions might mean that wakeboarding is cancelled. Please call the venue if in any doubt. Duration: Lasts for approximately two hours, including a briefing (please arrive a few minutes in advance of the booked time to get ready). You're welcome to stay on afterwards and watch other sessions taking place. Numbers On Day: There will be up to 20 people taking part and the centre is open to the public. Spectators: Spectators are welcome and can watch (and laugh!) from the outdoor cafe, which sells food and drink. Dress Code: Special clothing and equipment will be provided on the day. However, please bring your own swimsuit and towels. Guidelines: Exit the M1 at j14 and head west towards Milton Keynes on the A509. 400 metres on, go over the first roundabout (third exit) keeping on the A509 and drive over the next roundabout (second exit) still on the A509 (with the lake on your left). At the next roundabout (near Siemens) turn left onto V10 Brickhill Street and at the next small roundabout turn left into the car park. Restrictions: Minimum age eight. Maximum weight 19 stone. You need to be able to swim 50 metres comfortably. Advise of any medical conditions when booking, e.g. back or neck problems, or MS, which can affect your grip. Not suitable for pregnant women. Other Info:
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Silver Plated Playing Card Holder
Easily carry your gaming passion wherever you go with Morpier's silver-plated card case including two decks of cards beautifully presented in a signature box. Made in Italy.
Silver Plated Mini Travel Roulette Wheel
Easily carry your gaming passion wherever you go with Morpier's silver-plated mini travel roulette wheel beautifully presented in a signature box. Made in Italy.
Horse Racing Behind the Scenes with Charlie Mann Racing
Hungerford, Berkshire:: Spend a morning with top racehorse trainer Charlie Mann or his professional assistant trainer at their Lambourn Stables, in the heart of horse racing country. You'll have an early start - but the gift experience begins with a hearty farmhouse breakfast with one of Charlie's jockeys. Then you'll head out to the gallops to watch the horses being put through their morning training session. Learn about the training and groundwork that it takes to turn a horse into a champion - and get some tips on spotting a winner. Charlie and his trainers have trained over 400 winners and can answer all your questions. A perfect present for horse racing enthusiasts. Availability: Every Wednesday and Saturday, from January to May and September to December. Weather: Bad weather won't affect the day - the horses need training whatever the weather! Duration: This experience lasts around three hours, starting about 8am. Numbers On Day: Up to four people take part. Spectators: Unsuitable for spectators. Dress Code: Dress warmly and bear in mind that the stables and gallops can be very muddy. Guidelines: Leave the M4 at junction 14, then at the roundabout take the exit onto the A338 signposted Wantage.Turn LEFT onto the Baydon Road B4000. Turn right onto the B4000 signposted Lambourn, Turn left onto Crowle Road. At T-Junction turn right onto Baydon Road. At T-Junction turn left onto Upper Lambourn Road - B4000. The turning to Neardown House will be the first Neardown Drive on your left, The second driveway leads to the Stables. Restrictions: Under 12's must be accompanied by a participating adult. Other Info: Please be aware that we cannot guarantee the presence of Charlie Mann on the day. If he is unavailable, his professional assistant trainer hosts.
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Roberts Expression DAB Radio
Roberts The design of the Expression evokes a wonderful combination of modern meets retro, retaining the stamp of quality synonymous with the brand. With curved ash-effect wooden edges that encase a metal grill both front and back, the radio with carry handle is completely portable and incorporates stereo speakers for high quality sound. The Expression is eco-friendly too, with a built-in battery charger and up to 100 hours of battery life. , DAB radios , Portable radios , 1 year guarantee.
House of Fraser
A tough, single walled camping mug made from titanium alloy by Life Venture. It features a folding handle for ease of storage and has a capacity of 450ml. It is ultralight, weighing only 60g, and perfect if you want to keep the weight of your kit to a minimum.
Take to the skies for a fairground ride that takes light aircraft flying to its limits. Experience classic aerobatic manoeuvres such as rolls, loops and spins. You think 'turn ' and you turn. You think 'roll ' and you roll. Turn it upside down and it flies just as if it were right side up. Each flight is an exhilarating, awesome experience so sit back and prepare to hold on!
Introductory Tank Driving
After a safety briefing you 'll find yourself at the controls of three amazing military vehicles. Then you'll get to watch one side show, which could be a look at the weapons inside the armoury or SAS woodland patrol experience, depending on which is available. You'll get to drive a Russian Gvozdika tank, a 432 Personnel Carrier and either a Lance Missile Carrier or Humvee (which was featured in the film Black Hawk Down). At the end of the day, the best driver gets to crush a car with a 56 ton Chieftain tank! Looking the part in a camouflage suit and helmet, you 're in for four solid hours of army fun.
Platinum Gift Voucher
Your voucher is valid for 10 months. Please make your selection before the expiry date printed on your voucher. You can only exchange your voucher for one of the experiences on the list. Your voucher can only be exchanged once. Please carefully read the participant restrictions associated with your chosen activity before ordering. Once exchanged, you will be sent a new 10 month voucher valid for the specific experience chosen along with instructions on booking the experience.
Raymond Weil Tango Gents Watch
Raymond Weil Tango Gents Watch, Silver Roman Numeral Dial with Date Window, 39mm Stainless Steel Case and Bracelet, Sapphire Crystal Glass, Quartz Movement, Water Resistant up to 50 Metres
Bannatyne Men's MOT in Manchester
Bannatyne's Health Club in Manchester offers a day to indulge the body with a men-only MOT. A qualified therapist will start the overhaul by performing a massage concentrating on deep tissues - a great stress buster! Why not take part in some exercises on the day and use the air-conditioned gym, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester Availability: Seven days a week. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 6pm, Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm. Please book at least four weeks in advance. Weather: Duration: The treatment time is pre-booked, and in total lasts for 55 minutes. Please arrive a few minutes prior to the time stated to ensure participation. The rest of the day is yours to spend relaxing and using the facilities. Numbers On Day: Spectators: Dress Code: Bring your own robe and slippers or pay £3 on the day to hire them (you can keep the slippers). Bring flip-flops, gym clothes, trainers, swimwear and a towel. Guidelines: Restrictions: The club is mixed, welcomes men and women aged 18 or over and has full access for disabled people. A medical questionnaire is to be completed by all guests upon arrival. If you have an underlying medical condition, a doctor's note must be produced. Other Info: Exercise classes are subject to availability and can be booked either in advance or on arrival. You MUST take and show your booking confirmation on the day (quoting the order reference number) in order to participate.
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Simply download a suitable game from App store, plug your iPhone into this unit and play like an arcade game! Retro-styled tabletop arcade game with classic games available through the App store. Compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch. No batteries required!
Ferrari versus Rally Driving at Rockingham
Start off with a short briefing from a qualified instructor who will talk through track driving techniques. Next the instructor will drive round the circuit in a sports saloon for five minutes of familiarisation laps to demonstrate the racing lines. Then take the driving seat of the fantastic 183 mph, 400 bhp, 0 - 60 mph in 4.5 seconds Ferrari 360. Have just enough time to get your breath back before pushing driving skills to the limit in a rally prepared Ford Focus. With an instructor alongside, try handbrake turns and power slides and put this car through its paces on a purpose-built rally course. Corby, Northamptonshire Availability: At least one Saturday per month throughout the year. Dates fill very quickly, so we recommend booking several at least six weeks in advance. Weather: Driving may be cancelled or curtailed in extreme weather conditions (e.g. snow, ice, heavy rain or high winds) which would make driving at speed dangerous. Please call the venue if in any doubt. Duration: Expect to be at the circuit for around two hours, including your briefing, six miles driving the Ferrari and 15 minutes in the rally car. Please arrive 30 minutes in advance of your booked time to ensure a prompt start. Numbers On Day: All in-car tuition is on a one-to-one basis. Briefings are held in groups of up to 30 people. There might be other vehicles on the race track at the same time as you. Spectators: Friends and family are welcome and there are excellent spectating and catering facilities on-site. Please note that animals are not allowed at the circuit (with the exception of guide dogs). Dress Code: Wear trousers, a long-sleeved shirt and flat-soled shoes. A helmet is provided. Guidelines: Exit the A14 at junction 7 onto the A43 (Kettering/Corby/Stamford). At the roundabout take the A6003 (Corby/Oakham) and continue over the next two roundabouts (the second has a BP garage) still on A6003, then turn right at the next roundabout towards Corby and follow signs to Rockingham Circuit. Restrictions: Minimum age is 18. Maximum weight is 18 stone. Minimum height is 5'0'', maximum 6'2''. You must have held a full British or international manual driving licence for at least 12 months which you must bring with you on the day in order to participate. Other Info: The race circuit is MSA (Motor Sports Association) approved for quality and safety. The organiser was established in 1978 and is a founder member of The Association of Racing Drivers' Schools. All instructors here are ARDS qualified.
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30 minute Tiger Moth Flight and IWM Duxford Entry
Take a 30 minute flight in a classic open cockpit Tiger Moth at a previous RAF airfield. This aircraft is a 1930s model and was used by the RAF as a primary trainer. The location in Duxford also saw real war-time action during the Battle of Britain and is rich in history. It is now home to Europe’s leading aviation museum where you can unearth an exceptional gathering of over 150 historic aircrafts from Biplanes and Spitfires to Concords, with free entry. These days the majority of Tiger Moths are privately owned in Britain, so this is a rare chance for you to take a flight in such a marvellous plane. Add a leather flying jacket, goggles and a helmet to the mix and you’re all set for a ride of pure nostalgia. Soaring above the commotion of modern life it will be easy to envisage yourself time travelling back to the 1930's. Your experience is made all the more incredible by being given the chance to fly this historic beauty yourself.
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30 Minute Helicopter Flight in Aberdeen
This 30 minute helicopter trial flight is perfect for any avid flying enthusiast. Following a full safety briefing and explanation on basic helicopter controls, jump into a dual-controlled training craft with a professional pilot and take to the skies. Once in the air, witness the incredible manoeuvrability of the craft first-hand, as the pilot takes it for a spin. During the flight (at the pilot's discretion), if you're feeling confident, take over the controls to experience the amazing sensation of piloting a helicopter. Location: Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Availability: Seven days a week throughout the year, excluding two weeks during the Christmas period. Weekends are particularly busy, please book at least four weeks in advance. Weather: Helicopter flying is a weather dependent activity, mainly due to wind speeds and cloud base above the ground. It is crucial that you call the centre for a weather check before setting out to ensure conditions are suitable. Duration: Your time in the helicopter is around 30 minutes from engines-on to engines-off. This includes warm-up, take-off and landing. Numbers On Day: Your briefing might be shared. Your flight will be held one a one-to-one basis with the instructor. Spectators: Spectators are welcome to watch you take off and land. A pair of binoculars or a camera will come in handy. Dress Code: Please bear in mind that the cockpit can get quite warm and dress accordingly. Bring sunblock and a hat in summer. Sunglasses are recommended all year round. Guidelines: From Aberdeen take A93 towards Banchory. Drive through Peterculter, crossing a stone bridge and turn right following signs to 'Culter Helipad RVP'. Turn left at the first junction and drive 2 miles, picking up signs to 'HJS Helicopters'. From Garlogie take the B1925 towards Banchory. Turn left following signpost to Drum Castle. After the Cullerie Stone Circle turn left onto single-track road past the farm. The helipad is 2 miles on your left. Restrictions: Minimum age is 16. Maximum weight is 15 stone (95kgs). Other Info: Flying time can count towards a Private Pilot's Licence. To qualify for a PPL you need a minimum of 45 hours dual-control flying, of which at least 10 hours must be solo flying.
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Full Monty Tank Driving
Brackley, Northamptonshire:: For gifts for men, you can't beat driving around in military vehicles and a spot of clay-pigeon shooting, so enjoy all the fun of being a soldier with none of the risks and get a tasty lunch included. Get kitted out in a camouflage suit and helmet and given a full safety briefing upon arrival. Drive a Russian Grozdilka tank, a Lance Missile carrier, an FV 432 armoured personnel carrier and a Supacat during this truly unique gift experience. The best driver gets to crush a car with a 56 ton Chieftain tank at the end of the day! Also, spend an hour in the armoury, learn how to fire a range of classic weapons like mortars and muskets and go on an SAS woodland patrol. Availability: At least one Saturday a month from March - October. Weather: The weather shouldn't stop this experience going ahead, but any cancellations are for your own safety. There are covered areas on-site to shelter in if it's wet. Duration: Lasts for around nine hours, including 30 minutes of driving time. Numbers On Day: A maximum of 72 people take part, split into smaller groups of 12, with more vehicles added for more people if necessary. Spectators: A £30 spectator fee (payable on the day) includes lunch and a ride on some of the vehicles. You must let us know spectator numbers in advance (min age 7). Facilities are basic but spectators will be able to watch most of the action. Dress Code: A camo suit and helmet are provided, so there's no need to wear anything special. Bring wellies and gloves (spectators too) - this one is not for the faint-hearted and everyone usually gets pretty muddy! Guidelines: Exit M1 junction 15a and take the A43 towards Silverstone. Around 8 miles past Silverstone (with Greenman Premier Lodge on right), take the B4525 to Helmdon. Spring Farm is 5 miles along this road. Rather than turning into Helmdon Village, continue straight over Helmdon/Brackley crossroads and look out for the RAF sign. Alternatively, from the M40 junction 10, take the A43 through Brackley. Turn left onto the B4525 and follow directions as above. Restrictions: Minimum age is 13. Minimum height is 5'2''. Participants need to be reasonably fit to take part. No previous driving experience is required. Other Info: Changes to the booking can be accepted strictly no less than 14 days in advance of the event date. Exact vehicles driven on the day may be subject to change, but be assured each one packs a serious punch!
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Victorinox Swiss Army Dive Master 500 Automatic Gents Watch
Victorinox Swiss Army Dive Master 500 Gents Watch, Black Dial with Date Window, Luminous Hands and Hour Markers, Stainless Steel Black Ice PVD Coated 43mm Case and Bracelet with Diver Extension, Scratch Resistant Sapphire Glass, Automatic Movement, Water Resistant upto 500 Meters
Science Museum Rocket Copters Gadget
Get them excited about scientific learning with this fun and innovative in air-rockets! Each rocket has a detachable 'copter blade' that when placed onto the rocket makes it spin very slowly to the ground. Place the detachable copter blade onto the rocket to make it spin slowly to the ground. 3 rockets included; You will receive a voucher in pack in order to redeem your free hydrophobic sand or Hologram projector. Vouchers for Hydrophobic sand can be used to claim the hologram projector. You will need to send off for this in the post. General information: For ages 6 years and over; EAN/MPN/UPC/ISBN: 5060096384663. WARNING(S): Not suitable for children under 3 years old.
Aston Martin Thrill in Loughborough
Loughborough, Leicestershire:: Drive 007's car of choice - the iconic Aston Martin - and experience the power and finesse of this awesome car at Prestwold Driving Centre in Leicestershire. Depending what's available on the day, drive either the V8 Vantage - a beautifully crafted modern classic with superb performance, or the DB9 - an uncompromising 6 litre 186mph speed machine. After a detailed briefing from a professional instructor, speed around Prestwold Hall's circuit for four exhilarating laps, on a track specially designed to put top-class cars through their paces. The Aston Martin driving experience will be assessed before the presentation of a commemorative certificate. Availability: Selected Saturdays and occasional weekdays. We recommend allowing several weeks booking notice for this popular experience. Weather: Driving may be cancelled or curtailed in extreme weather conditions (e.g. high winds, ice or heavy rain) which would make driving at speed dangerous. The venue makes contact if the experience is cancelled for any reason. Duration: Expect to be at the circuit for between half an hour to an hour, including a briefing and driving laps (driving time is up to ten minutes in total). Please arrive 45 minutes in advance of the booked time. Numbers On Day: Six people share each session. In-car tuition is one-to-one, briefings will be shared. Up to three people share each car during familiarisation laps in the hot hatch. Spectators: Spectators are welcome at Prestwold Hall, which boasts an American-style diner with a great view of some of the action. Children must be closely supervised at all times. Dogs are not permitted. Dress Code: Wear trousers, a long-sleeved shirt and flat-soled shoes. A helmet and any special equipment is provided. Guidelines: Prestwold Hall is east of Loughborough and accessible from the A6 (take the B675) and the M1 motorway (exit at junction 23, take the A512 to Loughborough, the A60 towards Nottingham and then the B676 and B675). Restrictions: Minimum height is 5'2'', maximum is 6'6''. Maximum weight is 18 stone. A full British or international manual driving licence held for at least 12 months must be produced on the day in order to participate. Other Info: The model of Aston Martin is confirmed on the day.Feel free to spend the day at Prestwold Hall to watch the other driving experiences taking place. When booking expect to be offered the choice of buying a collision damage waiver at £20 to £40 additional charge. Please note there is no obligation to purchase this optional waiver.
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Aston Martin Thrill in Staffordshire
Seighford, Staffordshire:: Prepare to be blown away by the pure power, finesse and refinement that encapsulates an Aston Martin driving thrill at Stafford Activity Centre. On the day drive the V8 Vantage; a beautifully crafted modern classic with performance to stir the soul. The V8 Vantage looks and sounds fantastic with V8 power that is begging to be taken to its limit around the tight corners, chicanes and straights of this mile-long circuit. Start off with a briefing on the circuit and driving techniques before taking the wheel for over six breathtaking miles. Complete the Aston Martin driving thrill with a presentation and a certificate to remember the experience by. Bring a guest along and they can even enjoy a free 4x4 off road passenger ride. Availability: Runs around four times a month, and can be on a Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday or Thursday. The circuit is closed from early December to mid-January. Weather: Driving might be cancelled or curtailed in extreme weather conditions (e.g. snow, ice, heavy rain or high winds) which would make driving at speed dangerous. Please call the venue Monday - Friday (if in any doubt). Duration: Expect to be at the circuit for up to an hour, including 6.6 miles driving. Please be aware that sessions start from 8am and sessions booked between 11am - 3pm incur a £10 charge. Please arrive a few minutes early to ensure a prompt start. Numbers On Day: All in-car tuition is on a one-to-one basis. Briefings are held in groups of up to 30 people. There are likely to be other vehicles on the track at the same time. Spectators: Spectators are welcome and each one is entitled to a free 4x4 off road passenger ride. Other extra (chargeable) drives and passenger rides are available on the day subject to availability. Dress Code: Dress comfortably (and warmly in winter) with trousers, long sleeves and narrow, flat-soled shoes to negotiate pedals that are close together. Guidelines: Exit the M6 at j14. At the roundabout take the exit signed A5013 Eccleshall then continue through Creswell onto Great Bridgeford and take a left turn to the B5405 Woodseaves. Ignore the left into Clanford Road signed Seighford but turn left when you see signs for 'Driving Experience Registration' into Clanford Road opposite the Ladfordfields Ind Estate. Pass the Gliding Club and the entrance to the Driving Centre is on the right. Restrictions: Maximum weight is 18 stone and maximum height is 6'6''. A full British or international manual driving licence held for at least 12 months must be produced on the day in order to participate. Other Info: From 7.45am - 5.45pm a free minibus operates every 30 minutes between Stafford train station and the Stafford Activity Centre. Participants who choose this greener way to travel receive a £10 voucher and spectators a £5 voucher to spend on-site When booking expect to be offered the choice of buying a collision damage waiver at £20 to £40 additional charge. Please note there is no obligation to purchase this optional waiver.
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Aqua Zorbing for Two in Berkshire
Get drenched with this highly thrilling aqua zorbing experience for two in Bradfield. Zip down a purpose-made zorbing run unharnessed, with water thrown into the dome before descent, to add an extra-thrilling element. After an initial briefing on safety, both slip into a gigantic inflatable ball otherwise known as the sphere, and after some gentle encouragement, shoot down the run at up to 30 mph. Exhilarating! Location: Bradfield, Berkshire Availability: Runs from April to September, at least one weekday per month (usually a Friday), as well as the occasional Saturday or Sunday. Dates fill quickly and we recommend booking several weeks in advance. Weather: High winds and heavy rain can make sphereing unsafe and any cancellations are made with safety in mind. It is necessary on the morning of the experience to call the weather line to check if the experience is going ahead. Duration: The experience lasts up to an hour, with a few seconds to a full minute actually spent in the ball rolling. Participants are welcome to spend the remainder of the day on-site. Numbers On Day: Two participants share the sphere each time, but there will be others onsite on the day. Spectators: Family and friends are welcome to come along on the day. Dress Code: Wear long sleeves to prevent the harness rubbing shoulders and gloves to improve grip. Aqua sphereing will be wet so a change of clothes and some towels are vital. Shoes and socks, jewellery, glasses and any other loose items must be removed. Guidelines: Restrictions: Must be fit, healthy and not pregnant. Min height 4 ft, max weight 18 stone. Min age 12, max 60. All participants must complete a brief health questionnaire before taking their ride. Parental consent required for any participant under 18. Other Info:
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Science Museum Floating Globe
This ultra modern Floating Globe from Science Museum is held in position by magnetic force generated by the display stand. It makes an unexpected gadget gift and would make a nice addition to the home. Full comprehensive world map; Gently spinning the globe whilst it is floating will result in continuous rotation. Multi-coloured backlight; Includes 1 x BS adaptor; Size H18, W8.5, D17cm; For ages 8 years and over; EAN/MPN/UPC/ISBN: 5013348029751.
Wacky Racers Driving Experience
Flash racing cars? Boring! Real maniacs prefer vrooming around on souped-up beds and sofas – and so can you on this mental day out where you’ll experience the surreal thrill of zooming about on superfast motorised furnishings.
Audi R8 Thrill
Take your pick from some of the country’s best race tracks and head of for a ride like no other. You’ll get behind the wheel of the gorgeous Audi R8 driven by countless celebrities such as Simon Cowell and Lady Gaga you’ll feel like a superstar. The fantastic Audi R8 has a 4.2 litre V8 engine and was built to take your breath away. Audi’s leading designers have pushed the boundaries of racing technology with futuristic construction and luxury refinement to deliver a genuine masterpiece. The R8’s features include a centrally-mounted high-revving V8 petrol engine Audi Space Frame construction; front and rear double wishbone suspension and the stability of quattro four-wheel-drive. To make your experience even more special why not choose a Real Race Track and follow in the footsteps of the world's most famous racing drivers on these iconic tracks venues for championship racing . All Real Race Tracks are marked with a * in the locations list.
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Introduction to Wakeboarding for Two in Buckinghamshire
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire:: 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 and continue learning. Have fun! Availability: One or two weekend dates each month between April to October. Weather: Very severe weather conditions might mean that wakeboarding is cancelled. Please call the venue if in any doubt. Duration: Lasts for approximately two hours, including a briefing (please arrive a few minutes in advance of the booked time to get ready). Feel free to stay on afterwards and watch other sessions taking place. Numbers On Day: Up to 20 people takie part and the centre is open to the public. Spectators: Spectators are welcome and can watch you (and laugh!) from the outdoor cafe, which sells food and drink. Dress Code: Special clothing and equipment will be provided on the day. However, please bring your own swimsuit and towels. Guidelines: Exit the M1 at j14 and head west towards Milton Keynes on the A509. 400 metres on, go over the first roundabout (third exit) keeping on the A509 and drive over the next roundabout (second exit) still on the A509 (with the lake on your left). At the next roundabout (near Siemens) turn left onto V10 Brickhill Street and at the next small roundabout turn left into the car park. Restrictions: Minimum age 8. Maximum weight 19 stone. Must be able to swim 50 metres comfortably. Please make any medical conditions known upon booking, e.g. back or neck problems, or MS, which can affect grip. Not suitable for pregnant women. Other Info: All equipment is included and all training is held with an experienced and qualified instructor.
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Aston Martin Thrill for Two
The V8 Vantage is a beautifully crafted modern classic. It looks and sounds fantastic, with V8 power that demands long straights and high-speed corners - something this race circuit provides in abundance. Begin with a short briefing from a qualified instructor, who will explain racing lines and track driving techniques. Next get driven around the circuit in a sports saloon for approximately two miles. Then take the driving seat of the 4.3 litre, 380 bhp Aston Martin V8 Vantage. This car has it all - pace, incredible handling and stunning design. Drive for six breathtaking miles in total. Location: Wigan, Lancashire Availability: Selected Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays throughout the year, plus occasional Mondays and Thursdays. Dates fill very quickly, so we recommend you book several weeks (at least six) in advance. Weather: Driving may be cancelled or curtailed in extreme weather conditions (e.g. snow, ice, heavy rain or high winds) which would make driving at speed dangerous. Please call the venue if in any doubt. Duration: Expect to be at the circuit for up to two hours, including your briefing and six miles driving the Aston. Please arrive 30 minutes in advance of your booked time to ensure a prompt start. Numbers On Day: All in-car tuition is on a one-to-one basis. Briefings are held in groups of up to 30 people. There might be other vehicles on the track at the same time as you (if you're lucky you'll experience some awesome overtaking). Spectators: Spectators are welcome and there are cafe/clubhouse facilities on-site. Please note that animals are not allowed at the circuit, with the exception of guide dogs. Dress Code: Wear trousers, a long-sleeved shirt and flat-soled shoes. A helmet is provided. Guidelines: Three Sisters Circuit is accessible from the northbound junction 25 of the M6. However, if approaching from the north there is no junction 25, so you need to loop round via junction 24. Exiting at J25, continue to the first roundabout and turn right following brown sign to Three Sisters. At next main set of traffic lights turn left, take first left into South Lancs. Industrial Estate then turn first left into Three Sisters Road. Restrictions: Minimum age is 18. Maximum weight is 20 stone. Minimum height is 5'0'', maximum 6'5''. You must have held a full British or international manual driving licence for at least 12 months which you must bring with you on the day in order to participate. Other Info: You are welcome to spend the remainder of your day at Three Sisters Race Circuit and watch other experiences taking place.
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Introduction to Clay Shooting for Two
Riseley, Bedfordshire:: With a fully loaded shotgun pulled tight to your shoulder, the wafting smell of gunpowder in the air and the clay in your sights, you and a friend will learn the basics of shooting with a fully qualified instructor. At one of the largest shooting clubs in the country you will receive private instruction and a large number of shots in your combined time slot. Within minutes even the most modest beginner will be picking off clays left, right and centre with the precision of a sharp shooter. Tea and coffee is provided on the day, and there are full restaurant facilities in the clubhouse where you can enjoy a full meal or a refreshing pint (after the action of course!) payable on the day. Happy hunting! Availability: Operates every day of the week including bank holidays. Closed Christmas, Boxing and New Year's Days. Weather: This experience will run in almost any weather conditions. Please call ahead if you have any concerns on the day. Duration: Your experience lasts for 30 minutes, but please allow an additional fifteen minutes for gun fitting and briefing. You are welcome to stay on-site for the remainder of the day. Numbers On Day: There will be others shooting at the venue on the same day. Spectators: There are safe areas for spectators who are also welcome to frequent the clubhouse and adjoining patio. Pets are not permitted on-site for safety reasons. Dress Code: Please dress with the vagaries of the British weather in mind for this outdoor experience. We recommend warm layers in which you can move freely. Guidelines: Exit the M1 at junction 13 and take the A421 towards Bedford, then join the A6 (Bedford). Follow this road right through the town centre and follow signs to Kettering. Riseley Road is a right hand turn approximately six miles outside of the town centre. Once on Riseley Road, turn left onto Knotting Lane and another left into the shooting ground. Restrictions: Minimum age is 12. Anyone 16 or under must be accompanied by a spectating adult. As the venue has wheelchair access, disabled participants are welcome (please advise details at the point of booking). Other Info: This shooting club is a member of the BASC (British Association for Shooting and Conservation) and the CPSA (Clay Pigeon Shooting Association) which grades the venue as premier plus.
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Horse Racing Day for Two
Brighton, East Sussex; Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire; Arundel, West Sussex; Great Yarmouth, Norfolk; Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear; Bath, Somerset; Sedgefield, County Durham; Uttoxeter, Staffordshire; Lingfield Park, Surrey; Rolleston, Nottinghamshire; Wolverhampton, West Midlands; Worcester, Worcestershire; Chepstow, Monmouthshire; Doncaster, South Yorkshire; Windsor, Berkshire;:: The pounding of hooves on the grass is a sound like no other and this day at the races is a great way to soak up the thrilling atmosphere of a race course. With all the buzz of the betting, seeing the horses and jockeys and the excitement of the race itself help ensure this experience does not disappoint. The package includes car parking for one vehicle, a welcome drink upon arrival, premier enclosure or equivalent tickets (depending on venue) and an official programme. Choose from nine amazing race courses around the UK for an exciting horse racing day out. Availability: Availability varies by venue, most offer weekday and weekend dates from April to October, others race all year round. Exclusions apply, please check the specific location for details before making a booking. Weather: Racing may be cancelled in the event of bad weather. Please call the racecourse if in any doubt. Duration: Gates open two hours before the first race. Expect the experience to last for six to seven hours. Numbers On Day: Spectators: Dress Code: Please dress smartly. Jeans, shorts or trainers are not permitted. Guidelines: Restrictions: Minimum age is 18. Other Info: Tickets are posted out approximately two weeks prior to the race meeting. Once booked this experience cannot be cancelled.
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Moosehead Bottle Opener
Moosehead Bottle Opener
Table top football game
Have hours of fun with all the family, with this stylishly designed table football game, all you need is a flat surface and the game can begin. To win the game all you need to is get to ten before your opponent in this classic arcade favourite.
Aston Martin Thrill
You're liable to wet your tuxedo with excitement as you roar around the circuit in a ludicrously powerful Aston Martin DB9 or AMV8. Combining gut-wrenching speed with serene handling, these classy British beasts need taming - and you're the one to do it. Beats dinner with Pussy Galore any day.
Camera Lens Mug
Designed to look (and feel) just like a regular camera lens, this detailed mug is perfect for bringing the world into focus first thing in the morning.