Expert Interview With UK Bungee Club

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We thought it was about time to have a chat with John, owner and founder of UK Bungee Club and one our very best experience providers. The level of professionalism and commitment to customer safety that the club projects makes it easy to understand why they are the market leader in bungee jumps. Here at Experience Days, many of our team have been lucky enough to jump and it is truly something we will never forget (you can see our jumps here). Although nerve wracking and nail bitingly scary, the rush of adrenaline is worth the anticipation and will leave you grinning ear-to-ear as you land back in reality. So, if you’ve been thinking about taking a step on the wild side and taking part in a bungee jump, have a read to find out a bit more about the adventure…

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Q: Please could you tell us a bit about the history of UK Bungee and what inspired you to join the bungee jumping industry?

A: Bungee first started on 1/4/79 in Bristol when 4 members of the dangerous sports club jumped from the Clifton suspension bridge in Bristol. What most people don’t know is that Bungee jumping is a British invention. I jumped in Australia in 1991 and was hooked. Coming back to the UK The UK Bungee Club had just started operations. I became a Roadie and worked for the club more or less every weekend during the summer of 1992 completing all my exams to become a site controller. By 1993 the bubble had burst with only a handful of operations left in the UK. We decided to put a 300ft Crane next to the Thames in Battersea and we have never looked back. Today we offer 10 locations nationwide including Belfast at heights of 150ft, 300ft and 400ft plus the only Bridge in the UK plus the world’s only indoor Bungee. Overseas operations have included Moscow, Abu Dhabi, Thailand, Brazil, Australia and South Africa to name but a few. The UK Bungee Club continues to be market leader in the UK for Bungee jumping and safety consultation with the health and safety executive.

Q:  How has the bungee industry or customers’ understanding of bungee changed over the years?

A: In the early days people were naturally scared of the product which was kind of the point. People were sceptical of the safety approach and the public needed educating. We were regularly inspected by local councils which we welcomed to spread the word regarding safety and that our operations were professional and run with integrity. Bungee is now recognised as a highly safe activity run by professionals. British health and safety is the best in the world and so by its very nature the attention to safety has been very high from inception back in 1992 when the company started. The general public know that with 25 years’ experience we are the company to jump with.

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Q: What’s the most frequently asked question by customers?

A: Believe it not have you killed anybody and will I die. Thankfully the answer is no to both of these.

Q: What’s next for the Bungee Industry in the UK? Any exciting news to share with us?

A: We are looking at our 25 year anniversary next year on the 16th July so potentially we are looking at a 400ft Crane jump at Wembley Stadium. Look out for information on the Experience Days website!

Thanks UK Bungee Club for letting us know a bit more about your story. You can buy a bungee jump here which is available from a number of different locations. If you haven’t got the courage to jump on your own, jump with a friend!

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Beer Brewing Experience With Home Brew Depot

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Beer is one of the most popular drinks in Britain, and is as much a part of our culture as brick red telephone boxes, Morris dancing, and afternoon tea! Given its rich history and little-known making process, we were very excited to be invited along to a beer brewing masterclass with Home Brew Depot.

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Simon, the head brewer, greeted us upon arrival and began the session with an introduction and explanation on what the day ahead would involve, then poured us all a drink to get started. We got stuck in straight away with the barley mashing, combining the grain and malt with around 18 litres of water in a mash tun, and mixing it with specially designed paddles. The barley actually tastes pretty good on its own, but the aim is to not eat all the grain first…

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The mixture then sits for an hour, so we all gathered round and had a group chat about beer brewing, getting to know each other and talking about our brewing experience and drinking preferences. Being the only girl amongst 14 men meant my experience wasn’t quite up to scratch, but Simon was overly accommodating and not in the least a ‘beer snob’, even when I told him I preferred lager!

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When the hour was up we headed back to the mash tuns to have a look, seeing how much water the barley had soaked up. The smell was quite something! Taking it in turns, more water was gathered which we had to sprinkle over the brew in a ‘rainfall effect’, using the paddles to disperse the water rather than dumping it all in one go, meaning the sand filter effect stays in place. We then used the tap at the base of the mash tun to decant the brew into large containers, which then went to boil.

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Whilst we waited for the boil stage, a menu was handed around so everyone could choose a freshly baked pizza for lunch – cooked right in front of us! Simon also poured us another beer to enjoy, and we all sat around chatting and drinking whilst the brew bubbled away (and Simon did all the cleaning to make sure the containers were sterile!). Bittering hops were added to the brew after a few minutes of boiling, then just before the boil stage finished, we added the aroma hops to give it that distinguished flavour. Finally, we rapidly cooled the brew in ice buckets so it could be poured into demijohns to take home.

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All-in-all the masterclass was highly informative and a wonderfully unique way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I learnt a great deal about the beer brewing process, and may even try some ales next time I’m down the local! Huge thanks to Simon for inviting us along and putting on a great experience. If you’d like to try the half day beer brewing yourself or know someone who would love it, there are two venues in London that operate throughout the year, making it a great gift for Father’s Day or Christmas!

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The Perfect London Day Out

The Perfect London Day Out

If you are looking for the perfect day out in London, you’ve come to the right place! We have taken the time to put together some of our best and most loved experiences on offer in London. From walking tours to driving days, bungee jumping to paddle boarding on the River Thames. The city has so much to offer, whether it’s an adrenaline fuelled activity or a tranquil afternoon wining and dining on a cruise. Keep reading to find out more about what you could get up to on your next trip to London!

Classic Thames Lunch Cruise for Two

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This experience is perfect if you’re looking to spend the day relaxing over a gourmet meal on the river. With an afternoon spent seeing London’s sights from a whole new angle and learning about the city’s vast history – you will definitely be entertained! The London Thames cruise is suitable for London first-timers as well as London natives. Being a frequent visitor of the city myself, this experience opened my eyes to London’s beautiful sights and rich royal history, which I had no idea about before! I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone who is interested in finding out more about the city, and wants to enjoy a delicious two course meal with excellent service. This makes the perfect romantic gift or a great family day out – you can make it whatever you want it to be!

Windsor Castle Bike Tour for Two

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Forget Boris Bikes, the best way to cycle around London is on a classic bicycle with a basket on the front, listening to an expert tour guide point out local landmarks. This gives you the perfect chance to see London whilst avoiding the crowded pavements! With a break for afternoon tea and cake midway, this day out is as quintessentially British as it gets. The lucky participants will be guided around the city, through Windsor Castle and Thames Valley, visiting Tudor Mansion and Eton Highstreet. This experience makes the perfect gift for anyone who wants to know more about London, whether they are a local or not!

Helicopter Tour of London

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Helicopter flights are one of the most popular experiences on offer. They are the perfect combination of excitement, adrenaline and sightseeing. On this helicopter tour over London you will get to see the city’s amazing landmarks from a bird’s eye view!

You will start your air tour in Essex, where you will first meet the captain who will be taking you around London’s skyline. Once you have set off you’ll have the best views of all of London’s famous architecture – Big Ben, The Shard, The 02 Arena, The Gherkin, Tower Bridge and London Eye. This is not the type of tour that people get to do everyday, so you will be one of the very lucky ones to see London from such a unique angle.

Ultimate Beatles London Tour For Two

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The Beatles London Tour is ideal for seeing the parts of London that The Beatles made so popular. This internationally and historically loved band has brought so much to the city of London, and on this tour you will visit the most renowned parts! With over 50 Beatles sites to see, you are sure to be amazed and learn all about the highly inspirational band and their relationship with the city. You’ll get to visit the apartment the band shared and learn all about it’s individual members; John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison! The perfect gift for Beatles fanatics and music lovers.

Adult Entry to ZSL London Zoo

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If you’re looking for a gift for animal lovers then look no more! ZSL London is one of the most famous zoos in the UK, and definitely worth a visit if you have not done so already. Spend the day learning about all the animals with the free talks, shows and activities at the zoo. With plenty of places for a pit stop and lots to explore, the day will fly by and you’ll find yourself constantly entertained. Go and see the Tiger Territory, Penguin Beach, Gorilla Kingdom, Meet the Monkeys, the huge Aquarium, and many more! This gift is perfect for a family day out, but is also suitable for just the grown-ups!

On-Road 2 Hour London Maserati Driving Experience

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This two hour luxury Maserati driving experience is by far one of the most unique experiences on our website. Perfect for those who love beautiful, fast and expensive cars, this experience gives you the chance to drive a soft top Maserati around London and its surrounding countryside. Your day will start in Hyde Park where you’ll meet the instructor, then it’ll be time to set off and test the Maserati out! The instructor will be with you at all times, and will be your personal tour guide, showing you all the amazing sights of London. This experience is perfect as a birthday present, anniversary gift or just as a special treat to yourself!

Introduction to Paddleboarding

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And finally, saving one of the best until last, we have stand up paddleboarding! SUP is the perfect way to combine fun with outdoor exercise, and will test your strength and agility in the water. This is a great activity to do with friends and family as a group, and is a unique way of sightseeing along the Thames. Through London’s waterways you will see London’s beautiful sights first hand and be able to manoeuvre in any direction on the river. You’ll almost definitely want to do it again once you have tried paddleboarding for the first time!

So there you have it, our London hot picks for the year. Hopefully you’ll be able to find the perfect group activity for you and your friends, or perhaps be inspired to take up a new hobby!

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Vineyard Tour And Wine Tasting With Carr Taylor

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This week we had the exciting opportunity to visit one of our local vineyards in nearby Hastings, run by the Carr-Taylor family. Linda and David Carr-Taylor planted the 21 acre vineyard in 1971, and it’s quickly grown to the 37 acres site it is today. Their son Alex, together with a small team, run the vineyard and its tours. Having won 36 awards and medals since 2011, Carr Taylor’s wines are well recognised and the vineyard tours highly recommended.

We left our office in Brighton and headed along the coast to Hastings, and although we had to navigate through narrow country roads to get to the vineyard, it was not difficult to find. The vineyard was well sign-posted and was immediately recognised on the Sat Nav – lucky as we’re not sure our maps skills are up to scratch! When we arrived, we parked in the large car park (free of charge) and made our way to the country-style shop.

With a few minutes spare, we looked around the shop to see what kind of wines and farm goods the vineyard produces. As we waited for the rest of the group to arrive were offered tea or coffee (included in the price) for a quick caffeine boost before our tour began. Once everyone was there, our highly enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide took us around the vineyard explaining how the vines are planted, pruned and picked from start to finish. He then took us to the mini factory-style building where the wines are manufactured and fermented, talking us through the whole process from bottling to distributing.

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After being taken through the entire process of the wine making, we were ready for the tasting! Our tour guide led us to an upstairs seating area where the walls were decorated in awards and certificates that the Carr Taylor Vineyard has won over the years – it was fair to say there was a lot! We tried six different wines including two whites, rose and sparkling whilst learning about the history of the vineyard and the Carr-Taylor family. It was a great, friendly and fun atmosphere. Our host was very enthusiastic and it was clear he knew a lot about wine and its production. He made the wine tasting fun and light-hearted, even juggling the wine bottles at the end!

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By the time we had finished the wine tasting, our lunch was ready, so we made our way downstairs and gathered in the back of the shop. There was a seating area with a country style buffet including salads, pates, chutneys, fresh bread and a large cheese board. Piling our plates high and grabbing our glass of wine (included in the price), we decided to sit outside as the sun was shining. As we ate our lunch we reflected on everything we had learnt and got chatting to a lovely couple who also attended the tour. Once we had finished, we decided to both buy a bottle of Carr-Taylor’s finest dry white wine to take home with us.

This was a great experience and it was lovely to visit a local vineyard, as there are not many in England! We would highly recommend the vineyard tour, wine tasting and lunch as a gift for someone else or simply to treat yourself! The sight is dog and family friendly and a great place to spend the afternoon topping up your wine knowledge and feel like a professional connoisseur. Whilst enjoying a nice glass of wine and a delicious lunch of course!

 

 

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Rainy Day Gift Guide

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As the summer is coming to an end and bad weather approaching, we have decided to put together a gift guide in aid of typical British weather. These activities are still just as fun and exciting – without having to battle the outdoor climate. Why not try something relaxing like a pampering spa session or an educational culinary class? If it is something more adventurous you’re after, why not try indoor ice climbing or surfing, or even go-karting! Keep reading to find out more about fun-filled activity ideas to do with the family, or great ways to treat that special someone to something new and exciting.

Indoor Ice Climbing

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Indoor ice climbing is a great way to explore your strength and agility on the ice. This is a little different to the more familiar wall climbing, as you’ll be using picks and axes to manoeuvre your way up the wall! This is the perfect activity if you are looking for a gift that is a little different, but still buckets of fun.

The ice wall will test your strength and stamina, with a surface of 300 metres squared to play with. You’ll be instructed by expert guides with one to one tuition, so you’ll learn all there is to know about facing the ice wall and getting to the top. This makes a great group activity, or if you fancy trying it for your self you can do that too, and perhaps develop a new hobby! With three locations across the UK, you’re guaranteed to find an ice climbing experience that you’ll love.

Spa Days

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Spending time in a relaxing, tranquil and calm environment is the ideal place to be when the weather is playing up! Enjoy being pampered with various treatments, relax in the pools and steam rooms, or go for a dip in the pool. With many locations to choose from, you can find a spa day that suits your budget and preferences, whether it’s a Harmony Spa Day for Two in Bournemouth or a Hillmotts Luxury Retreat in Buckinghamshire.

Take time out of day-to-day life and treat yourself to the perfect pampering session, or treat a loved one to a special gift on any occasion, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, Mother’s Day or a ‘thinking of you’ gift! To find out more and find your nearest spa day, have a browse of the various treatments and locations.

Culinary courses 

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We offer a huge range of culinary courses, such as chocolate making and tasting, cake baking, sushi making, or wine tasting. With a huge range to choose from, you are bound to find something you’ll love! These are great experiences to do no matter what the weather; whether it’s snowing or raining or just plain cold, you can still enjoy crafting new recipes and practising your skills in the kitchen! Perfect for aspiring chefs, wine connoisseurs and those who simply want to try something new, a culinary experience makes a wonderful gift for everyone – you can’t go wrong with food!

Indoor Surfing 

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Surfing is one of the most popular water sports in the world, but it can be a little scary if you have never surfed before and you take to the open sea immediately. On top of that, surfing in the wind and rain isn’t the most fun, so why not try this amazing indoor surfing experience! It gives you all the excitement and action of outdoor surfing; the waves, the water and the wet suit – except you’ll be indoors where it is warm! With a minimum age restriction of 6, indoor surfing is ideal for getting the kids active and having a family day out. This experience is perfect for beginners looking to try something new, or veterans wanting to improve their skills in the winter months.

Indoor Skydiving

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Another great, adrenaline fuelled activity is indoor skydiving. This is a unique and slightly different experience than the usual ‘rainy day’ activity, as you’ll spend your time floating in a powerful wind tunnel – not quite your average board game! You’ll be in the hands of the expert instructors at the centre, and taught the basics on how to position yourself to get the best flight. Once you’ve mastered the hand signals, you’ll enter the wind tunnel and experience the incredible sensation of freefall skydiving – just without the 15,000ft drop!

It’ll be like nothing you’ve ever done before, so enjoy the thrill and make sure you smile for the camera! This is an amazing experience and is utterly unforgettable, so it makes a great gift for adrenaline junkies.

Indoor Go-Karting

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Go-Karting is perfect for thrill seekers and driving enthusiasts alike, but comes without the risk of rain on the windshield putting a downer on the experience. Driving around the track at top speed and making as many laps as you can, this activity is great for satisfying your competitive streak! Whether you are competing against friends or family or other people you’ve met on the track – go-karting is a great experience for any group to try!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our blog post and it’s given you more of an idea of things to get up to when the weather outside is bad. Just because you are indoors does not mean that the fun has to stop!

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Expert Interview With GT Rush

 

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This week we had the privilege of interviewing Jamie Schachar, the owner of luxury car experience company GT Rush, based in London. The GT Rush experience is perfect for those who like driving fast and beautiful cars, but want to have the experience on real roads rather than a race track. Keep reading to find out more behind the inspiration for the company and Jamie’s exciting plans for the future…

Q1. What inspired you to start GT Rush?

I will never forget the first time a friend offered to let me drive his Porsche. I didn’t care much for cars back then. It only took a few minutes behind the wheel… the thrill and the adrenaline took over me and I was hooked!

I wanted to give as many people as possible the opportunity to have that life-changing, ‘wow’ moment – the sort of moment you never forget. At the same time, I wanted to offer something completely different to your traditional track day experience. I wanted to make it convenient, so we had to be based in central London, so our clients can get to us on the tube. And I wanted to provide a premium, personal and friendly service in a gorgeous and immaculately kept car.

Q2. What would you say your unique selling point is?

I believe that the experience of driving a luxury sports-car is in the details and about much more than just the car.

Of course the car is very important, but I believe the real emotion of driving a stunning performance car comes with that feeling that you’re not just stepping into any generic car on a track. When our clients ride with us, they’re not just driving any Maserati, they’re driving Harry, our celebrity, convertible, Maserati GranCabrio Sport, with his own Instagram fan page. And when our clients ride with us, they’re not confined to a track. We tailor the perfect route for them, cruising past their favourite, iconic London sites or journeying through England’s gorgeous countryside and country lanes.

But we don’t just offer the opportunity to drive a stunning car, we also provide real service. We are knowledgeable about cars as much as we are knowledgeable about London, and we are able to enhance the experience by sharing interesting and fun facts about our great city as we go. We take the time to ensure our clients are comfortable and that they get the very most out of the driving the car by trying out the various features the car has to offer in a fun and safe way. We are friendly and flexible, and we are always there for the client.

Q3. What would you say is the best thing about the GT Rush experience?

Nothing beats cruising around Regent’s Park or St. James’ Park in our gorgeous Maserati, with it’s luxurious leather interior, with the roof down and the wind in your hair. Then we put Harry into sports mode and hold it in second gear, and that beautiful growl pours out of the exhaust. That puts a smile on everyone’s, every time!

Q4. Have you got any interesting stories to share?

Yes. GT Rush is my first business. Starting your own business is a scary, challenging, incredible and amazing experience, all at the same time. It’s so incredibly satisfying though when you can feel and see it’s working, the customers really are having that ‘wow’ moment and some great reviews start coming in!

Harry has put me through my paces though… Right in the beginning, a friend had booked a ride and it was one of my first. I wanted it to be awesome. My friend and his fiancé stepped into the car, I passed over the keys and told my friend to unleash the beast! And the battery had gone flat… Argh! Gladly they were understanding and we re-booked for another day (and I gave them some extra time behind the wheel of course!) I immediately had the battery replaced and we now have a jumbo pack in the boot as well as back-up. Thankfully, Harry has been behaving ever since (we did have some words though!)

Q5. Please tell us more about the inspiration behind the car?

I’ve always loved Maseratis. It’s the sound! It’s like they were tuning a musical instrument, like a guitar, trying to get the optimal tone to resonate with something deep inside of you.

The GranCabrio is the perfect first car for us. It’s convertible and nothing beats cruising around London with the roof down! It has proper rear seats and I wanted our clients to be able to share their experience with their significant other, their friends or family. And it’s automatic, easy and an absolute joy to drive. Most of our clients are men, but we’ve also had quite a few ladies driving and they get along with Harry just fine!

I’ve always named my cars. I’ve owned a Josie and a Tina. I wanted the car to have personality, to be unique. Why Harry? Prince Harry of course! Royal, ginger (Harry has a red leather interior), fun and a bit cheeky!

Q6. Is there anything else you would like to add that has not yet been covered?

GT Rush right now feels a bit like a mad dog and an Englishman. Except it’s a car not a dog and I am actually Brazilian. But it’s just Harry and me which is the point!

I want to grow our fleet and give our customers choice. I also want to continue to give my clients that ‘wow’ feeling by offering something different and novel each time they come back. Our next car will probably be another GT, very possible an Aston DB9 Volante who will of course be called James. But at some point I would love to add a Tesla to the fleet. I believe Tesla is turning the automotive industry on it’s head and changing the world in the process. I want to introduce my clients to electric, it’s awesome power (it’s actually much faster than the Maserati believe it or not!) and show clients that you can have as much fun in a Tesla without pumping carbon into the atmosphere. Watch this space!

So now you know a lot more about the GT Rush Experience, with thanks to Jamie Schachar! We hope you’ve enjoyed finding out more about Harry the Maserati, if you’d like to find out more about booking this on road London experience, click this link and choose one of the unique On-Road London Maserati Experiences!

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Experience Days Goes Out!

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Here at Experience Days, our UK office recently went out for some fun in the sun! We were visited by our web designer Marcelo, who had travelled over from Argentina. So, we decided to do some typical tourist activities to show him the very best of Brighton (as if we needed an excuse to go out). It was his first visit to the UK and luckily the great British weather was on our side – it wouldn’t have been much fun on the pier if it had been pouring down!

On our first trip, we headed  down to the pier for a classic seaside dinner – fish and chips. You can’t beat one of Britain’s favourite meals when it’s done right, especially munching away whilst you’re sitting on the pier and the seagulls are soaring around you (as long as they aren’t trying to grab your food!) We decided to eat at the Palm Court Restaurant, which was definitely a good shout. We all stuck true to the classic, ordering cod and chips and the best complement – mushy peas. After we were finished and our bellies were full, we walked along the pier and watched the sunset along Brighton’s idyllic coastline.

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Next on our adventure was a visit to the brand new BA i360 observation tower built along the seafront. Everyone in the office has seen it being built over the last few years, so we were very excited to see what it would be like at the top! And what better way for Marcelo to see Brighton than from 450ft in the sky. As the sun was shining and the skies were clear, we could see for miles around the coast and across the Sussex Downs.  As I’m a not a lover of heights (and a bit of a scaredy-cat if I’m honest) I was apprehensive before I went on, but you barely notice the height and the views are worth the fear. There is also a bar in the ‘bubble’ where you can purchase a celebratory drink (to calm your nerves). We could even spot the office and our blue benches on the balcony!

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After our flight,  we set of for our last supper with Marcelo at the new Stock Burger restaurant. Many of us ordered the ‘Craft Beer Classic’; a mountain of beer battered onion rings, roast garlic mayo, smoked sweet cured streaky bacon, beef burger, crisp lettuce and classic stock burger sauce, it was impressive to say the least. Everyone in the office had a fab few days out, it was sad to see Marcelo go but hopefully we will all see him again soon.

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Fire Engine Driving Experience in Oxford

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A driving day spent at the wheels of a 1950’s Dennis V8 fire engine is a must for all classic car fans – this engine is a classic car with a twist! For all the old dreams of becoming a firefighter, this experience can make the childhood memories become reality.

Evie and I were lucky enough to be invited to take control of the wheels our self. We arrivied at the airfield, in Bicester near Oxford and saw the selection of vehicles on site, from fire engines, to army trucks and single seater race cars. We headed over to the driver sign up,  our eyes glued on the single seater cars whizzing around the track (they truly are speedy!) The driver sign up was a covered area, with a converted double decker bus selling hot drinks, rolls and burgers – great for a much needed energy boost after  your tiring laps.  As the typical British weather wasn’t on our side, we grabbed a cup of tea and waited our turn.

We were greeted by Simon, the owner of the driving day, and you could tell he loved what he does. He led us over to the fire engine and it was Evie who climbed aboard first. After a quick briefing of how the engine works, it was time to give it a go! With Simon seated next to her, he provided lots of  hints and tips to steer the beastly engine effectively. You truly do feel like real firefighter on the way to the next call as the sirens are played and the lights turned on. Just minus the gear!  Watching from the sidelines, Evie seemed at ease as she reversed the engine out the space, headed down the course and parked it up again. The experience includes trying to manoeuvre the fire engine around cones, without knocking them over of course. Once finished, Evie mentioned how much easier she found it than she imagined – it would be great for all drivers to try! Or if you haven’t got your licence,you can still take part and experience a Classic Fire Engine Passenger Drive. 

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After our time spent driving the fire engine, it was time to witness the speed and nimbleness of the single seater race cars. All drivers are given a safety briefing before getting geared up. Then it’s a case of putting on your helmet and overalls and take to the track (whilst looking like a true professional) As the drivers lapped around the course, you could see the exhilaration in their faces whilst they took the twists and turns at high speeds. At the site, there is also the option to take part in a Single Seater passenger drive – this is perfect for kids or those without a driving licence. The single seater passenger drive zipped around the course at full speeds whilst the professional driver mastered each corner. There is a great view of the track for spectators as they watch their friends and family in suspense.

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Evie and I had a great day out, we would definitely recommend this driving experience to every motor maniac that has wanted to try driving something a little bit different.

Check our Fire Engine Driving and  Passenger Drive, Leyland 4×4 Army Truck and Passenger Drive, Alvis Stalwart Military Truck Passenger Drive and Single Seater and Passenger drives for more information!

 

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Leyland 4×4 Army Truck Driving in Oxfordshire

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When it comes to driving, I have to say it isn’t one of my strongest qualities, but when I was invited to drive a Leyland 4×4 Army Truck for the day I couldn’t turn this down! It was going to be very different to the little cars I am used to.

After a smooth trip from Brighton up to the airfield in Bicester, Evie and I parked up and headed over to driver sign up tent to be met by one of the friendly driving team. The sign up tent was under cover (a great escape from the sudden downpour of rain) and was attached to a converted double decker bus, which sold a variety of hot and cold drinks, bacon rolls and burgers. After a quick cup of tea, we were ready to start. Simon, the main guy in charge of the track,  showed us over to the monstrous variety of army vehicles – and it was time to begin!

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Evie and I really enjoyed the day and learnt a thing or two about driving fire engines and army trucks. The airfield is also home to many other marvellous motors you can drive, including an Alvis Stewart Military Truck which you can take as a passenger drive, as well as the Leyland 4×4 Army Truck! Or a ride in a Dennis V8 Fire Engine or Classic 1950’s Fire Engine. If you are looking for more of an adrenaline rush, try the thrill of driving a Single Seater race car or experience a high speed passenger ride driven by a racing professional, or both!

Huge thanks to Simon for inviting us along for the day, hopefully you’ll recover from the emergency break soon enough…

 

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Latest Experience Gifts and Activities

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We have recently added some amazing new products to our website. With a huge variety to choose from – you are bound to find something that tickles your fancy! Keep reading to find out more about the amazing things you could get up to with your family or friends.

Chocolate Workshop

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This Devon based chocolate making workshop is an amazing way to exercise your chocolate handling skills. With a large variety of recipes and skills to learn, from chocolate tempering, melting and swirling, you’ll be a chocolate master in no time! Whether you want to learn new skills or just have fun making and baking with chocolate, there is no doubt that this is the perfect cooking workshop for true chocoholics! The ingredients in this class are some of the best you can get – and of course you’ll get to try your delicious creations at the end, or take them home to show and share with friends and family!

Introduction To Paddle Boarding 

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Paddle boarding is an exciting way of getting fit, having fun in the great outdoors and learning a new water sport! Also known as SUP, this introduction in particular is in various locations around London and provides a unique way of seeing our famous capital. Paddleboarding makes a great gift for anyone who wants to try something new and adventurous and is a great activity for family or friends – even with the kids! With an expert instructor leading the way you’ll pick up the technique in no time, and discover a new hobby that you can enjoy developing!

R22 Trial Flight Lesson

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Fancy seeing Wales from a whole new perspective? Why not check out this Trial Flight lesson in an R22 helicopter! Definitely one for the thrill-seekers; not only do you get to go up into the sky and admire the sights, but you’ll get to learn how to fly as well! You’ll have an instructor next to you at all times, guiding you through your flight and ensuring you’re developing your skills whilst having an unforgettable time. This is one aerial adventure you’ll most definitely crave to do it again!

DTV Shredder Adventure 

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For something utterly new, unique and out of this world, the DTV Shredder ticks all the boxes. The vehicle lets you battle a whole variety of terrains, and is often described as an on-land jet ski due to its individual make up. Controlling it with right and left movements, the Shredder is an amazing machine that can tackle snow, ice, sand and mud! An incredible way to test your agility and try something you (and probably everyone you know) have never done before.

London Cabaret Show 

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This fun-filled, action-packed cabaret show in London is one of the most exciting ways to spend a night out with friends. With a whole evening of glittering entertainment and a delicious tapas dinner, you’ll enjoy music, dancing, performances and great food. The night finishes with a DJ set so you can dance the night away until the early hours, and practise your own cabaret moves! This stunning performance is truly unforgettable and spectacular, and makes a unique gift that is guaranteed to beat the usual pair of socks.

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