7 local experiences to gift this season
The old adage is 'buy experiences, not things' - and with this many amazing workshops, classes and days out on our doorstep, who are we to argue?
Zoo keeper for a day at Banham Zoo
Got wildlife lovers on your list? They’ll go bananas for the animal experiences at Banham Zoo, which let you get down and dirty mucking out pens, making up enrichment and of course, feeding the animals. Options for both adults and children available.
Gin-making experience at St Giles
Instead of a bottle of the clear stuff in their stocking, why not give your lucky recipient the chance to make their own? This two-hour gin-making experience at St Giles distillery in Norwich gives you a tour of the distillery, a sampling session of the St Giles gins, a G&T to sip and your very own 50cl bottle of gin, designed and made by you. Bottoms up!
£150 for two people
Ski or snowboard lessons at Norfolk Snowsports
Ideal if recent events have put a dent in your ski holiday plans, do the next best thing and get out on the dry slopes. If you’re worried about gifting something too athletic, then tubing vouchers are also available and require basically no skill at all (trust me).
Macaron making at Macarons & More
Calling all star bakers! Learn how to make this notoriously tricky treat under the expert guidance of baker and MasterChef contestant, Tim Kinnaird. Macarons not your thing? There are classes for doughnuts, pork pies, brownies and more.
A round of golf at Dunston Hall
A genius buy for the tricky men in your life, a day spent on an 18-hole, par 71 USPGA-rated golf course is sure to go down better than novelty golf-themed mugs (again). Feeling super spenny? Treat them to a year’s membership for £375.
Paddleboarding day with Go Paddle, Norfolk
The ideal gift for someone who wants to try something a little different, treat them to a day out on the river with Go Paddle, who provides equipment hire and lessons for all ability levels.
A spa day at PIGSPA
What’s better than a treatment at a Muddy Award-winning day spa? One that someone else has paid for, obviously! Half a day a PIGSPA at The Pigs, Melton Constable includes a glass of fizz, exclusive use of the Spa Garden and hot tub, a 30-minute treatment and a 2-course lunch. Yes please, Santa!