Last Minute Father’s Day Gifts

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If you’re looking for the perfect Father’s Day Gift Experience (and may have left it a little late!) then continue reading. We’ve put together some great ways to show your Pops some appreciation this Sunday June 18th, and – what’s more – you can receive a gift in minutes with our email delivery option. So here’s what we at Experience Days think your Dad will love…


Supercar Driving 

129_5Hold on to your seats! We have hundreds of driving experiences on offer, including 4×4 Driving, Drifting and Passenger Hot Laps. Most popular of all, however, is Supercar Driving.

Whether you go for a Lamborghini, Ferrari, or Porsche, Supercar Driving is your chance to experience the immense horsepower of the world’s most exhilarating vehicles, on some of the UK’s best tracks.


Tandem Paragliding 

3071_2Paragliding is definitely one for the adventurous Daddies out there! Enjoy a bird’s-eye view, and witness some of the most stunning sights in the British countryside.

He may be quaking in his boots, but together you can share the experience of a lifetime in one of several locations throughout the UK.


Stadium Tours 

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It’s safe to say everyone’s Papa has a favourite sports team, so why not take him to see their Stadium? From the Emirates to Wimbledon, you can tour some of the worlds most iconic home grounds.

Go behind the scenes – in team changing rooms, VIP boxes, and news conference rooms – and enjoy exclusive access to club history and member’s stories.


 Beer Brewing & Tasting 

4075_1Whose Dad doesn’t like Beer!? Gift him the ultimate beer lover’s dream – the chance to make his own beer from scratch, and taste it of course!

From North to South, we have a huge variety of Brewing and Tasting locations, so you’re sure to find one nearby. Most of our beer experiences are available for two – so be sure he takes you with him!


Choice Voucher

3631_1Not sure what to go for? No problem! There’s also a range of Choice Vouchers to choose from.

These give your Dad free roam of our site, allowing him to choose anything he pleases. From overnight breaks to bungee jumps to abseiling and much, much more, you can gift your Dad the choice of any Experience Day!

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Expert Interview with Hebe – London Bar Consultants.

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This week, we caught up with Hebe from London Bar Consultants. From Gin to Whiskey – LBC have years of experience in what makes quality drinks. Hebe kindly told us a little more about how the company is run, and revealed her favourite things about hosting drinking classes! Keep reading to find out more…


Q. What inspired the creation of LBC?

A. We felt that the industry standards could be higher, and that we could bring a new approach to industry, with more care taken towards staff development, a fresh approach to hospitality and cocktails.

Q. What makes the perfect cocktail?
A. The perfect cocktail is achieved through balance. Be that between dilution or sweet and sour, or any other variable. For me, I’m big into my whiskey cocktails at the moment, anything fresh.

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Q. Do you have any funny customer stories to share?
A. We believe in offering a variety of drinks to our guests, encouraging them to try new things. Once a table ordered 6x of the same, so I sent over the team member to encourage them to reconsider and try something new. When that failed, I left the bar to demand they expand their horizons. What group orders six of the same gin? I started by downplaying the significance of the gin they ordered, but was cut short by the most well-dressed of guests, whom, wearing a monocle, introduced himself as the president of one of the world’s largest drink companies, and that he, and his guests would indeed be having 6x of the same gins.

Q. Before taking any of your classes, is there anything the customer should do in preparation?
A. Just relax. We are interpreting history, and so accuracy is not important. What is important is no bull-shit, and enjoying ourselves and the spirits.

Q. Do you have any unique, drink inventions?
A. Everything on our menus.

Q. Which is your favourite masterclass?
A. Whiskey. At the moment whiskey is undergoing an identity change and so it’s so rewarding to watch guests’ attitudes change drastically from rigid preconceived ideas to understanding over the course of the hour and a bit.

Q. Is there anything you would like to add that has not been mentioned?
A. Drink more Irish Whiskey.


We would like to say a massive thank you to Hebe for answering our questions!

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Wright Start: Expert Interview

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The WrightStart gives any child the opportunity to learn how to drive, however young they are. With a minimum age of 2 – this really is an excellent way to learn the basics of driving! Continue reading to find out more about this crazy idea and how it all began…

Q1. Could you tell us a little more about the Junior driving experiences?

The project started when my fiancé’s cousin, Holly, who was aged two at the time, decided to jump into my car on private land. We assembled a video of her driving for fun and posted it on social media. Within four days, we had nearly 15,000 hits.

Our current, more mature learner pupils wanted to know where their brothers and sisters could drive off-road, to which our response was ‘they can’t’. This is when we found a niche in the market and set upon finding suitable off-road facilities that could accommodate our requirements.

We use only fully qualified and insured instructors at our events and, where possible, tailor the driving experience to the individual. We have a gigantic area in Derby at our disposal so that anyone under 17 can get a head start in their driving careers with a fun and safe first driving experience. The idea is to teach them car basics, meaning people will save time and money when they start driving lessons at 17.

The experiences, run on weekends from March through to October, are divided into three age groups – as well as the minis, there is a junior group for seven- to twelve-year-olds and one for teens aged 13 to 17.

Q2. What is your favourite thing about running these driving experiences?

There are many things we all love about delivering Pre-17 Driving Experiences. If we had to pick just one it would probably be the fact that we can be part of introducing and providing a fun and safe first driving experience that will change the young driver’s life forever. Driving is such a key part of growing up and the working world and to be able to deliver that from such an early age is quite special, especially when you see the look on the parents and grandparents faces when they realise their little ones are actually driving and doing all the work.

Q3. Do you have any funny stories to share about your young drivers?

Surprisingly we don’t have any funny stories that we can recollect however most young drivers do try to persuade their parents if they can drive home, unfortunately they usually need to wait a few years.

Q4. What is the youngest age driver you’ve taught?

3 years old is the youngest we’ve had in the car. Alfie was one of the first customers we had and he absolutely loved it. We see him regularly throughout the year and he can’t get enough of steering around our coned course. There is an article in our local paper!

Q5. Do you have any plans for expansion in the future?

We are always looking to grow and keep the business moving forwards. We’ve brought some new features to the course and venue we operate in this year and have also introduced our new rewards and referral scheme. In regards to expansion, well, we are constantly looking to add new venues to our list and hope to spread into larger cities soon making us more accessible to everyone.

Q6. How would you say you differ from other driving experience companies?

WrightStart and WrightStart Experiences has always been different right from the start. As you’d expect we offer exceptional customer service to all of our customers and that is because we are a small family run business. Our two main instructors; Andy & Lewis are a father and son duo and this dynamic works really well. Not only this but what driving experience company do you know that can offer young driving experiences from such a young age and in real cars!

Q7. Lastly, is there anything you would like to add or share with your Experience Day customers?

We would love for all Experience Days customers to come down and visit us and see what is going on for yourselves.


We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone at the WrightStart for taking the time to answer our questions. What an excellent way to start learning how to drive!

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Painting Experience London With Minna George Studio – Customer Review

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We’ve received a fantastic review of our Drawing Experience London, run by Minna George Studios

I wanted to provide some feedback for the above day which I attended last year, a retirement gift from work. I’d been drawing and ‘colouring in’ for a while. What I did I did for my own amusement but people reflected kindly on it so I was thrilled with the opportunity to have someone else critique my work but more importantly to help me develop a broader sense of it and how I could develop it further. After a few e-mail exchanges with the delightful Minna, we arranged our day at her studio in Clapham. We’d agreed to explore technique, use of colour, paper and materials and I took along some of my things like watercolours, brushes and pens. Can’t say I wasn’t anxious. I was terrified but immediately welcomed and made at ease through easy discussion about my expectations and a review of some of my work.

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Minna had prepared a very detailed agenda for us which we walked through but Minna’s approach here was one hat was very flexible and although well prepared for a structured day was happy to flex this as we moved through. I was quickly at work and under ‘pressure’ for some output. We worked through the morning up to lunch which was very informal and a perfect accompaniment to the day. We explored other artists work online that Minna had picked out for me to illustrate further how I can develop composition and approach. The afternoon was spent on a final piece, bringing together the learning for the morning. Minna worked tirelessly to make me feel at ease, to encourage and shape my output so that I really felt that I had accomplished something very positive and fulfilling from the day.

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I really had a super experience from this day. I enjoyed it enormously. Minna was a terrific host and had thought hard about what she could do with me and I felt had pitched the activity and learning to my level, bringing out my skills by developing a more structured approach to my drawing and more confident execution from it. I can’t recommend it highly enough.


We would like to thank Jamie for submitting this wonderful review – we always love hearing about our customers’ experiences, and it’s great to get positive feedback!

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Expert Interview with North London Skydiving Centre

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If you’ve always wanted to know about the people that are crazy enough to throw themselves out of a plane every day, then keep reading! The North London Skydive Centre has a trusted team that ensure everyone has a safe and amazing skydive. Martin has taken the time to answer a couple of our questions for us…

Q. How was UK Skydiving started?
A. I personally started parachuting back in the late 1970’s. I’ve since made many thousands of jumps. For a while during the mid 1980’s I was employed as a design engineer and test jumper for Irvin GB Ltd working on military man carrying parachute systems – my claim to fame being the low-level paratroop parachute that I believe is still in service. In 1997 I was given the opportunity to purchase Chatteris Airfield and set up North London Skydiving Centre, the rest is – as they say – history.

Q. What would you say makes you stand out from other skydiving centres in England?
A. Everyone who works at North London Skydiving Centre is completely passionate about what we do and driven by the desire to provide our customers with a top quality service. Customer satisfaction is therefore at the top of our agenda and what drives our business. This is what sets us apart from other centres in the UK.

Q. What is the best thing about skydiving?
A. The exhilaration and feeling of freedom you get when you leave the aircraft and float effortlessly back to the ground safely suspended under a large open parachute. Unless you’ve done it, it’s almost impossible to describe in any meaningful way, you just need to give it a go.

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Q. Do the staff skydive often?
A. Yes, each make between 800 to 1000 jumps per year.

Q. If you could say one thing to every customer – what would it be?
A. Enjoy the experience. There’s nothing to compare with it!

Q. Do you have anything you would like to add that has not been covered?
A. Yes. Jumping out of an aircraft might on the face of it seem a bit of stupid thing to do – but in reality, it’s a fantastic experience that can change lives and can be done very safely. I would urge everyone to give it a go at least once in their life time. You’ll have a smile on your face for months afterwards!

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We would like to thank Martin for taking the time to answer our questions, we have really enjoyed finding out more about the North London Skydiving Centre and the people behind the magic!

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Father’s Day Competition – Things you need to know

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It’s that time of year again! Finally, a day dedicated to Dads – young and old. For all of you who’d like to show your Pops how much you appreciate him, this is the perfect way to do it. We’re picking TWO lucky winners (one in the US and one in the UK) to WIN a Brewery Experience for 2.

So whether you’re entering to win for your Father, Pops, Papa, Dad, Grandad, Opa or whatever you might call him – treat him this Father’s Day with a fantastic beer orientated experience.

How to enter:

  1. Like the Experience Days Facebook Page and the Father’s Day Competition Post
  2. Comment with your best DAD JOKE!

And that’s it! Everyone has their favourite dad joke knocking around, so tell us yours and you may just be the lucky winner!

 

**The two winners will be announced on 16th of June 2017 at 16:00 UK time and 11:00 EST**

Please note we close at 17:00 UK time (16:30 EST). We will be shut throughout the weekend, reopening at 9:00 UK (9:30 EST) on Monday morning.

Follow the link to the competition here: http://bit.ly/2rnfbXx

 

Cheers – and Happy Father’s Day!

*This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with, Facebook. The prize gift vouchers comply with Experience Days UK Terms & Conditions

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Staff Review: SUP with Active360

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This week, Maddie and I ventured back into the heart of London to try something a little unusual – Stand Up Paddleboarding! We were lucky enough to experience how beautiful The City can be on a warm summers day – with the weather on our side and perfect for paddleboarding (26 degrees!) .

A short tube hop away from Victoria, we arrived at Paddington Tube Station, ready to see what the day had in store for us. The Active360 boat was easy to find, and our instructor Anu was waiting for us by the barge on Paddington Basin. We got changed into our special paddleboarding shoes (provided), and Anu demonstrated how to paddle, get up onto the board and what to do if we fell in (which luckily, we didn’t!).

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After our safety instruction, we headed into the water. We both found the sensation quite daunting at first, as neither Maddie, nor I, had ever SUP’ed before. Within 15 minutes on the paddleboards, however, we were up and standing. Although wobbly at first, we quickly relaxed into it and could enjoy the beautiful sights around us.

We paddled through Paddington Basin, past old Dutch and French Barges, under various cute little bridges – including the half-penny bridge – all the way to the fork between Regents Canal and Little Venice. As ours was a private experience, we chose to make our way through Little Venice, which worked out wonderfully. There were dainty, little restaurants on the river bank, low branching trees and spots where geese and their chicks were all hanging out.

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We were surprised by how peaceful and green this part of London is, as this was not something we had experienced before. Our instructor Anu was a wonderful tour guide, explaining various sights along the way and disclosing interesting facts about various parts of the city.

All in all, it’s safe to say our SUP session was by far one of the best experiences we’ve done so far, and we’d both love to go again in future. It definitely showed London in a different light, far from what either of us had experienced before. We would like to say a massive thank you to Active360 for having us and – of course – to Anu for being an excellent tour guide!

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Harbour Hotel, Afternoon Tea – Staff Review

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As I arrived at the Harbour Hotel (one of the Mr and Mrs Smith’s boutique hotels) for afternoon tea I was impressed by the location. The front of the hotel overlooks the stunning coast of Brighton and the iconic pier, with the new i360 being only a short walk away. What better place to relax with your afternoon tea than with a view that provides the opportunity to really see Brighton’s vibrant beauty.

On arrival, we were warmly greeted and taken to our table by a well-presented member of the hotel team. As we walked through the hotel restaurant I was impressed by the spacious layout, which allows for a good level of privacy but with sufficient room to accommodate larger numbers of people on busy days. The design of the room was comfortable with a contemporary touch that is perfect for an afternoon tea for visitors of all ages.

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The three of us were quickly seated towards the back of the room, which was furnished with relaxing sofas that made us feel at ease. Within a few minutes, the server was asking for our order from an impressive selection of quality teas. The service was to a very high standard with friendly staff that were committed to making sure that we received everything we required.

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Within the Harbour Hotel, they created an ideal atmosphere for our traditional afternoon tea. The music was very appropriate and worked well with the delivery of a relaxing experience. As we saw the food arriving we were all very impressed by its presentation using a traditional tiered cake stand.

Within the Harbour high tea, there was a wide selection of sandwiches, wraps, cakes and scones. It was fantastic that at the beginning when we were given our food the server went through exactly what everything was and what ingredients they contained. This was especially useful for us as we were visiting for the first time and demonstrated a high level of customer care.

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All of the food was delicious with the variety of different fillings and flavours that really complimented each other. It was obvious that everyone was enjoying the food as this was the first time we all went quiet for a while! We especially enjoyed the scones and couldn’t help ourselves using up the entire pot of clotted cream. By the end, there was very little left and we all agreed that we were very satisfied with the amount of food that we had been given and the exceptional quality.

On reflection, I would definitely recommend to all my friends and family going to the Harbour Hotel for afternoon tea. With its perfect setting within Brighton, quality environment, good selection of food and tea being served at a professional standard this all makes for a memorable and quality experience.


We would like to thank Rebecca for publishing this great review and look forward to her joining the Experience Days team in June!

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Staff Review: Afternoon Tea at Malmaison Hotel

tea-experience-in-brightonIt took me approximately 0.3546 seconds to agree to try out the Afternoon Tea at the Malmaison Hotel in Brighton Marina. It took only a few seconds longer to Google the menu and check out what was on offer! Those mini burgers had my name written all over them…

On the day of the experience, Evie and I took the short journey from our office in the centre of Brighton to the Malmaison Hotel based in the Marina. Upon arrival, we were welcomed into the restaurant lounge area which overlooks the harbour and seated on a table by the window. After the final member of our party of 3 turned up, the awaiting staff attentively came over to take our order. To drink, Evie and I ordered two coffees and Abiola ordered from the selection of teas on offer, choosing a Lemon and Ginger infused brew. To accompany our drinks, we all went for the full monty and ordered the deluxe Afternoon Tea, including a vegetarian option for Abiola.

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With what seemed only a few minutes, the food arrived on a traditional tiered platter including the sweet, savoury and of course – the scones! Malmaison offers a modern twist to the traditional afternoon tea – for savoury bites the tier includes a hot smoked salmon and creme fraiche wrap, chipotle chicken and avocado wrap and a mini burger (bean burger for the vegetarian option). Following this – and personally my favourite part – the mass of sweet treats available includes gooey chocolate brownie, lemon and polenta cake, strawberry and vanilla pavlova, frozen summer berry smoothie and finally a peach and amaretto trifle. The food was delicious and the service outstanding, combined with the harbour view this Afternoon Tea is not one to be missed. My only regret was ordering a creamy coffee earlier as I couldn’t quite finish the food!

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Thanks again to Malmaison for letting us indulge on this delicious Afternoon Tea!

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Expert Interview with Greentrack Events

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Following our exciting time at Greentrack Events in Bournemouth, Peter kindly took time answering some of our questions on how Greentrack Events came about. Keep reading to find out more!

Q. How was Greentrack Events born?

As a result of chasing rainbows in other commercial directions, when reality came home and I had to put something together that was real and could appeal to the general public.

Q. How did your passion for military vehicles begin?

Back in the sixties, I spent three years with the Guards Brigade, where, in the 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards, after public duties, we were posted to Germany where for the first time we were issued with Humber APC’s. We used these for quite a long time before the Saracen APC superseded them. After leaving the Guards, one is always hankering to repeat the experience and one of the ways is to buy a reminder of those days, namely something of which you had first-hand knowledge of. I’m my case I was offered a Humber APC, which was not being used, by a local multi-millionaire who is married to Lord Montague’s niece. I then bought an Austin K9 3 3/4 tonne ex Royal Signals radio truck, closely followed by an Austin Champ jeep, now fitted with a Ben gun. This was followed by the Land Rover 101 ex-artillery tractor. Lastly, I acquired a long wheelbase Land Rover in reconnaissance trim.

Q. What would you say is the best thing about driving these military vehicles?

The best thing about driving these older ex-military vehicles is the nostalgia. The bigger military vehicles are really impracticable to own and let out for public driving, as they are inordinately expensive things to keep going and need a lot of backup. Our vehicles are unique and appeal to those people – sometimes with a military past – and generally because they look like ‘big boys toys !’ On top of that is the reasonable cost involved.

Q. Can you tell us a little more about the vehicles you have?

The Humber 1 tonne armoured is a 1954 troop carrier. Weight 5 1/4 tonnes, Rolls Royce 6 cylinder engine. 2 and 4 wheel drive. Designed to take a section of infantry, safely, to a position where they can de-bus and attack the enemy, then retreat. Ours was fitted out later as a Mk2 that went to Northern Ireland, which were up-armoured to stop more modern weapon penetration. They do about 6/8 mpg off road.

The Land Rover 101 forward Control, 1974, an ex-artillery tractor bought from Scotland about 8 years ago. Very able off-road performance and will do 70 mph on a good day! Used to tow a 105mm pack gun with a tonne of ammunition and a crew of 6. Powered by a 3.5 LTR Rover V8 petrol engine, it is a permanent 4-wheel drive vehicle. Not the least trace of power assistance anywhere on the vehicle!

The Austin Champ, 1955 Jeep was in service immediately before the Army bought Land Rovers. It’s a chunky looking vehicle with a R.R 2.9 litre engine. It is a soft top with canvas sides, when fitted, or completely open. Seats 4/5, they were not as reliable as the Land Rover as a lot of people thought that they were over engineered. Great to drive and will go as quickly in reverse as forward!

Austin K9 1954 Radio truck.  Ex Royal Signal, weighs 3 3/4 tonnes with a radio shack on the rear, behind the 2 seater cab. Excellent off road performance, 4-litre petrol engine, high driving position and has a ‘crash gearbox. Good looking as well!

Land Rover Long Wheelbase. 1974, kitted out as a reconnaissance vehicle, seats 7 max. Usual Land Rover performance, excellent off road. Great fun to drive.

Q. If you could say one thing to every customer what would it be?

Be prepared to leave us with a large smile on your face!

Q. Do you have any plans for expansion in the future? 

I feel that we have enough choice of vehicles at the moment to really please and give prospective clients a super time with us.

Q. Is there anything you would like to add/mention that has not been covered?

Besides the one-off drives, we love to have groups of up to 10 people where we can arrange something different for them, ie. a longer drive with BBQ lunch, an orienteering experience with some ‘sniper’ shooting and a bottle of ‘bubbly’.


We would like to thank Peter for taking the time to answer some of our curious questions and hope you enjoyed finding out a little more about Greentrack Events in Dorset.

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