We love a good stocking filler. The kids’ Christmas lists are chock-full of the latest toys and gadgets. How about something that will not have you clearing out space in your closet? An experience day is just the ticket for trying something new and scheduling in some quality family time. Whether it’s for your partner, your little ones or the whole family, we’ve picked out our favourite experience days.

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For mum

All aboard for five-course dining

Step back in time when you board the Belmond Northern Belle for a luxurious dining experience on a train hearkening back to the 1930s. You’ll be greeted with a glass of champagne before being treated to five exquisite courses made from local product and seasonal British delicacies, as you take in the breathtaking British countryside.

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Afternoon tea and pampering

Who doesn’t love a spot of being looked after? Certainly not us! Book into the May Fair hotel for a spa day and afternoon tea. One of London’s most luxurious venues, The May Fair hotel is the place to properly unwind in the shower, steam room and sauna. Afterwards, tuck into its signature chocolate-themed afternoon tea. We don’t think that day could get any better, right?

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A spa weekend getaway

Everyone needs an escape from everyday life from time-to-time, so how about a spa weekend break could be just what’s called for. You know you’ll be in safe hands with a Champney’s spa too. Treat yourself to a 50-minute lava shell massage and 25-minute head massage, then spend the rest of the weekend lounging about the luxurious spa facilities. Then indulge in delicious a la carte dining at dinner.

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For dad

A bird’s eye view of the capital

Take in the city from on high with a helicopter ride across the city. For 30 minutes, you’ll fly over each of the historic landmarks, including St Paul’s Cathedral, The Tower of London and The Houses of Parliament. This is a truly unique experience that anyone would enjoy, not just dads!

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Zip wiring over Snowdonia

Experience the world’s longest and fastest zip line in Europe. This ‘flight’ takes place through the awe-inspiring welsh Snowdonia mountains. Start on the Little Zipper that sends you down to the slate quarry at 40mph then graduate to the Big Zipper where you’ll reach 100mph and you zoom one mile across the mountain lake. We’re sold.

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Off-roading in a 4×4

Test out your driving skills off-road and tackle some steep slopes, slippery mud and tough turns, all with the help of an instructor. This is the perfect gift for a motor lover who’s up to the challenge!

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For the little ones

Get chocolate making

A chocolate workshop is a perfect gift to anyone with a sweet tooth. The children will delve into the world of cocoa at Hotel Chocolat (in Leeds or Covent Garden) and with expert guidance follow a chocolate decorating session to create sweet chocolatey treats. It’ll then be packaged up in a lovely box and they can take it home with them.

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Making some magic

A must-see for any Harry Potter fan, this studio tour allows you to step right into the world of witches and wizards. See the original sets, costumes and props from all eight of the Harry Potter films. Guzzle down on a Butterbeer and have your photo taken on a flying broomstick! Next, enjoy a delicious afternoon tea at the Mercure Hunton Park Hotel.

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A thrilling ride

Let them take to the race track in this junior driving experience. No experience necessary! If your kids can’t wait to get behind the wheel (and are 10 years old or over), now’s their chance to hop into a Porsche Boxster S Martini racing car. They’ll be taught how to drive this incredible sports car with the help of a qualified instructor.

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For the whole family

Up in the treetops

After a getaway but not sure where to go? Book a unique break in a luxurious treehouse because camping with the kids, well that’s just stressful. The house up in the trees sleeps two adults and two kids and comes complete with furniture, cushions, lanterns and a wood-burning stove.

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A photoshoot for superheroes

Whack on your costume or delve into this cinematic CAPOW experience. Pick out your favourite Marvel character from a line-up of fantastic superhero costume options. Grab your props then strike a pose in front of realistic movie backdrops. After the photo sesh, expert photographers can add in some special effects, including laser beams and explosions. Awesome!

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If you’re still not sure

You can’t go wrong with a Family Days Out Choice voucher. Let the kids choose your weekend activity or a school holiday treat. It could be anything from crazy golf to animal experience days, even ghost tours and paint-balling! The voucher is valid for 10 months, so you’ve got ages to decide what you’ll get up to.

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