Chocolate Heaven Workshop for Two in Brighton
Brighton, East Sussex:: Question: what is better than sampling delectable Belgian chocolate as it cascades out of a flowing fountain? Answer: sampling the chocolate whilst you learn how to make your own handmade chocolate gifts. The chocolate heaven experience for two based in Brighton gives you a practical demonstration of the chocolate making process where you'll learn some chocolatier expertise, then make your own chocolate delights. Learn how to mix the chocolate and make the truffle fillings as well as showing your creativity as you decorate individual chocolates and wrap them, ready to present as the perfect gift for any chocolate lover. Availability: Saturdays, once every month throughout the year. Weather: Duration: Workshops last for around two and a half hours. Please arrive a few minutes in advance of your booked start time to ensure a prompt start. Numbers On Day: There'll be up to 26 people taking part. Spectators: Dress Code: Wear comfortable shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting messy - aprons are provided, but you might still end up with chocolate on your clothes. Guidelines: Restrictions: Minimum age is 14. This experience isn't suitable for severe nut allergy sufferers, as the equipment may have come into contact with nuts. Other Info:
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Country House Escape for Two at Muckrach Lodge Hotel, Scottish Highlands
Treat yourselves to a one night stay for two people at Muckrach Lodge - a boutique country hideaway set in 10 acres of mature grounds in the Cairngorms National Park. Muckrach is an old granite shooting lodge, now transformed into a chic retreat, seamlessly blending period features with contemporary style and friendly service. Stay in a superior grade double or twin room with widescreen TV, DVD player, sumptuous Egyptian cotton bed linen and bathrobes. Full Scottish breakfast is included. Muckrach is the perfect base for exploring the stunning Spey Valley with its salmon fishing, rafting, hiking and bird watching. There are castles, whisky distilleries and beautiful mysterious Loch Ness further afield. Grantown-on-Spey, Scottish Highlands Availability: Any date (excluding Christmas and New Year). Book as far in advance as possible (minimum eight weeks recommended). Subject to availability, receive a complimentary upgrade on arrival. Weather: Duration: The stay is for one night. Check in anytime after 2pm. Check out before noon. Numbers On Day: Spectators: Dress Code: Guidelines: Restrictions: Children can stay in your room for a small charge - please arrange with the hotel direct. Well-behaved dogs are also welcome for £10 per night. Other Info: Dinner isn't included, but the hotel has an excellent restaurant serving the best local produce (including veg and herbs from the hotel's own garden) cooked simply with passion, innovation and flair. To book a table, call the hotel direct.
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Brewery Day and Beer Tasting at Sadler's Brewery, West Midlands
Stourbridge, West Midlands:: Learn the art of brewing and make your own beer with Sadler's Ales. Relax with a tea or coffee before meeting the brewer of this family-run brewery. Receive an introduction to the brewing process before tucking into a delicious breakfast with a speciality Mud City Stout on the side, brewed with raw cocoa, vanilla pods, flaked oats, wheat and a blend of dark malts. This hearty fare is needed before everyone goes on to be shown how to mash, boil and pitch their own beer and it can be thirsty work! After the manual labour, tuck into a tasty Hop Picker's Platter lunch with a beer tasting session at the brewery's drinking and dining area. This experience concludes with a relaxing pint or two and the presentation of a gift pack of award-winning bottled ales to take home and enjoy. Availability: Runs every Friday throughout the year. Weather: Duration: The day starts at 9am with tea and coffee and lasts up until 5pm. Numbers On Day: Share the experience with up to five others. Spectators: Dress Code: Wear something you don't mind getting a little dirty (it's easy to spill malt and hops) and a pair of wellington boots (or other sturdy covered shoes). Guidelines: Restrictions: Alcohol is part of this experience so the minimum age is 18. Other Info: The brewery is a member of the Campaign for Real Ale.
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White Water Rafting for Two in Northamptonshire
Northampton, Northamptonshire:: Set off for an adrenaline-fuelled white water rafting experience for two in England aboard an inflatable six person raft. Start by being kitted out with all the equipment before a full safety briefing and instruction in white water rafting. Then an instructor will take you both on a succession of jaw-dropping rides where you and the rest of your crew will steer the raft through a series of turbulent white water rafting rapids on the man-made 300m course. Fed by electric pumps so water levels are consistently high throughout the year and the course is also 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 dates from March to October. Dates are more scarce outside summer months. Weekend 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 experience is for two people. The raft holds up to six people plus a qualified instructor. 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 are provided. If you wear glasses, 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: Expect to get wet, but there are hot shower facilities at the venue. Rafters might be expected to jump from the raft into still practice waters as part of the initial training session.
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30 Minute Light Aircraft Flight in Nottinghamshire
Retford, Nottinghamshire:: Get airborne with a stimulating light aircraft flight in Nottinghamshire. After a detailed pre-flight briefing and explanation of elementary flying methods, hop into a dual-controlled two-seater Cessna 152 training plane with an experienced tutor to head to the heights for a 30 minute flight. Watch incredible views unfold and during the flight, you may be asked to take over the flying responsibilities and take this nimble aircraft for a spin. Availability: Seven days a week. The venue is closed on Christmas Day. Weekends can get very busy, if you want a weekend date we recommend booking at least two weeks in advance (even earlier for summer weekends). Weather: Flying is a weather dependent activity and it's essential that you call the venue for a weather check before setting out. If your flight is cancelled because of the weather, it will be re-booked for an alternative date or time. Duration: Lasts around 45 minutes, including a 30 minute flight. Flight times are approximate and are the chocks-off to chocks-on duration. Numbers On Day: The briefing might be shared. The flight is held on a one-to-one basis with the instructor. Spectators: Spectators are welcome to watch the take off and landing. There is a cafe on-site with excellent views of the runway. Dress Code: Wear flat-soled shoes. Sunglasses are recommended all year round. Guidelines: Restrictions: Maximum weight is 17 stone. Maximum height is 6'4''. For security reasons, photographic id (ideally a passport) MUST be produced by all passengers on the day or they wont be permitted to fly. Other Info: Flying time can count towards a Private Pilot's Licence. To qualify for a PPL 35 hours of dual control and 10 hours solo flying is required.
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Organic Chocolate Making Workshop in London
Hackney, London:: This organic chocolate making workshop based in London is a perfect opportunity to learn the skills of an expert chocolatier. Learn how to make homemade treats using delicious decorations and organic chocolate and the perfect chocolate truffles from raw ingredients. You'll be able to experiment with flavours and can mix chilli and other exotic components to create amazing new chocolate sensations. At the end of the session, take home some personally created chocolates or some giant buttons. Availability: Classes run each Sunday and some Saturdays. Weather: Duration: Expect to be on-site for a maximum of two and a half hours. Numbers On Day: Share the experience with up to 22 other chocolate loving participants. Spectators: The experience is exclusively for paying participants and therefore spectators cannot be accommodated. Dress Code: Wear comfortable shoes and clothes that are fine to get dirty - aprons are provided, but chocolate can still end up on clothing. Guidelines: Restrictions: Minimum age is 14. This experience isn't suitable for severe nut allergy sufferers, as the equipment may have come into contact with nuts. Other Info: Please note that the chocolate is organic but other ingredients used are not. This means that the decorated chocolates taken away are not organic.
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Beccles, Suffolk; Peterborough, Cambridgeshire; Swansea, Wales; Durham, County Durham; Flookburgh, Cumbria; Salisbury, Wiltshire; Swindon, Wiltshire; Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire; Brigg, Lincolnshire;:: Enjoy the unrivalled thrill of freefalling towards the ground from 10,000 feet up in the air with this adrenaline-pumping tandem skydiving experience. Receive a thorough safety briefing on skydiving and proper landing techniques before climbing into the plane and heading skywards. After being securely harnessed to a qualified instructor, get ready to step into the air! Having jumped from the plane, experience around 30 seconds of exhilarating freefall before the instructor opens the parachute and takes control. Then all that's left to do is enjoy the view and gently float back down to earth. For an additional cost on the day, buy a video of the jump to take home and show off to friends and family. Availability: Venues operate at least one weekend date and some on selected weekdays. The main season is from March to October. Please note that weekends are particularly busy and should be booked several weeks in advance. Weather: Jumping is always subject to weather conditions and cancellations for this reason are made with safety in mind. It is crucial to call the venue the morning of the jump to check on weather conditions. Duration: Duration is dependent on factors like the weather and the number of participants on the day. As a guide, training and jump take around an hour, but expect to be at the venue for much of the day. Numbers On Day: Training might be shared, the jump is one-to-one with a fully qualified skydiver. Spectators: Spectators are welcome. A camera and binoculars will come in handy. Dress Code: Dress warmly and comfortably, wear trainers and bring a sweater as it can get cold on the airfield. Guidelines: Receive further location details once a date has been booked Restrictions: Maximum weight limits vary by venue, from 15 to 16 stone. Minimum age is 16. All jumpers are required to complete a health and safety form to confirm they are fit and able to jump. Other Info: Most venues operate jumps on a first-come, first-served basis on the day. The chance to buy a video of the jump for an additional cost on the day is usually available.
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Cowboy Trail Riding Adventure for Three
Saddle up Wild West style with this enjoyable trail riding experience based in the beautiful surroundings of the New Forest. You'll be riding a striking Western Paint horse in a traditional cowboy style - western-style riding is a lot more comfortable and easier to grasp than the traditional English method, and perfect for riding long distances. Expert wranglers will take you away from the burdens of everyday life and into the glorious countryside on a relaxing two hour trail. Your experience will conclude back at the ranch with a barbeque meal and lots of hot coffee. Location: New Milton, Hampshire Availability: Weekends at least once a month between March and October, plus occasional weekdays. Weather: This experience won't be cancelled due to bad weather - if it's raining you're going to get wet! Duration: Your experience can last up to two to three hours (depending on group size on the day). Please aim to arrive early; traffic congestion at Lyndhurst can add considerable time to weekend or holiday journeys. Numbers On Day: There will be a maximum of 12 people riding. Spectators: Spectators must be booked and paid for a minimum of three days in advance, direct with the venue, at £12.50 per person to include the barbecue meal. Please note that they can wave you off but they won't be able to see most of the riding. Dress Code: Dress for the weather. Bring a long-sleeved top and wear long trousers and sturdy boots or shoes with a small heel (no trainers or flat shoes). If you have a riding hat please bring it along; if not, one will be provided. Guidelines: From London take the M3 southbound joining the M27 westbound. At junction 2 take A326 towards Hythe. Continue straight over four roundabouts, taking an immediate left onto the slip road. At the traffic lights turn right onto A35, towards Lyndhurst. Follow the one way system around Lyndhurst to the A35, signposted Christchurch / Bournemouth. Continue for 8 miles, turning left onto the B3058, New Milton. Burley Villa is 1.5 miles along the B3058. Restrictions: Minimum age 12. Minimum height 5'. Max weight 15 stone. Not suitable for pregnant women or anyone with visual or hearing impairments. Epileptics need a medical declaration signed by their doctor. Any other disabilities must be declared prior to booking. Other Info: All western trails are mixed ability and are conducted at a gentle pace, walk and trot only. Complete beginners welcome. Sorry, but cameras can't be taken on the ride.
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Health Spa Break for Four at The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh
Enjoy a spot of pampering for four at Balmoral Spa - a stylish retreat situated in the bustling heart of Edinburgh. Stay overnight in twin or double rooms and enjoy full access to the spa facilities, which include a 15 metre swimming pool, dry Finnish sauna and Turkish steam rooms. The spa also offers a fully-equipped cardiovascular gym for those wishing to work up a sweat! During the stay, indulge in an express facial and body massage treatment each, plus lunch in Hadrian's Brasserie (served upstairs and not in the spa itself so fulldress is required). Herbal tea refreshments, a healthy, flavourful dinner and breakfast the following day are also included. Location: Edinburgh, Scotland Availability: Monday to Thursday dates throughout the year. The spa is very popular, please allow several weeks booking notice. Weather: Duration: The room keys will be available from 2pm. Check out is at 12pm the following day. Facilities can be used from 6.30am on day one until 10pm on day two. Each treatment will last for half an hour. Numbers On Day: Spectators: Dress Code: Bring swimwear plus gymwear and trainers if you're planning to use the gym. Towels, fluffy robes and slippers are provided. Guidelines: The Balmoral is centrally located in the heart of the city, next to Waverley Station. Restrictions: Minimum age is 18. The spa welcomes both men and women. Other Info: A range of holistic treatments are available at additional cost; for more information or to book please call the spa direct at least 14 days in advance.
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Red Letter Days £500 Gift Card
UK Wide:: A Red Letter Days gift card offers the ultimate in flexibility. The lucky recipient can select from a wide range of experiences, including: a Marriott Two Night Hotel Break, Subaru Impreza or Night Rally Driving, Health Spa Break for Two, Sunrise Hot Air Ballooning for Two, Two Night Luxury Tepee Retreat or Break for Two, Weekend Sports Car Hire and a Ferrari versus Porche Driving. Choose a gift card and give the gift of choice! Availability: Weather: Duration: Numbers On Day: Spectators: Dress Code: Guidelines: Restrictions: Other Info: Total flexibility means the gift card can be used to book any experience. Choose something higher in price and simply pay the difference or retain account credit if you pick an experience that costs less. The selection available is subject to change.
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The Original Chocolate Making Workshop for Two in London
Hackney, London:: From the moment you both step inside the inviting kitchens and smell the mouth-watering scent of organic chocolate, indulgence begins. This chocolate workshop offers up the opportunity to make your own chocolate treats and take home around 15 - 20 pieces afterwards. The class also features a briefing on the art of chocolate making, learn about the journey a chocolate bean takes before it becomes the delicious bar of chocolate you love. Next up - sample some yummy Florida orange milk chocolate before learning how to cool down molten chocolate for the perfect consistency. To finish off - cut, dip and decorate your chocolates with truffle filling, coconut, white chocolate shavings and edible stars and hearts. Availability: Classes run each Sunday and some Saturdays. Weather: Duration: The experience will last for 2 to 2 and a half hours. Numbers On Day: Share the experience with up to 22 other chocolate loving participants. Spectators: The experience is exclusively for paying participants and therefore spectators cannot be accommodated. Dress Code: Wear comfortable shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting messy - aprons are provided, but you may still end up with chocolate on your clothes. Guidelines: Restrictions: Minimum age is 14. This experience isn't suitable for severe nut allergy sufferers, as the equipment may have come into contact with nuts. Other Info: Please note that the chocolate is organic but other ingredients used are not. This means that the decorated chocolates you take away are not organic.
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