Christmas 2017: Experience presents

Give an "experience" this Christmas and you will have a present with a difference. Let them be a zoo keeper for the day or learn to drive! The possibilities are endless and so is the fun to be had, and memories to be made...Read the a&u guide to the top "experience" gifts for Christmas 2017.

Safari Keeper for the Day!

See the animals at Woburn Safari Park at close hand and experience the life of a keeper. This "experience" definitely has the 'WOW' factor giving animal lovers small and large a chance to see majestic and endangered animals up close. Starting from just £89 per person, Woburn’s VIP up close encounters and off road adventures make the perfect gift, allowing adventure lovers to see animals including lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes and rhinos. 

We think the Junior Keeper For the Day experience at Woburn Safari Park would be a great gift for children aged 8-15 years. Your child will spend 3.5 hours helping the keepers with their daily care routines for the ponies and donkeys, get up close and meet the wallabies and lemurs. Junior Keepers will also go on a Safari Off Road Adventure through the Road Safari with a guide, in a VIP Land Rover! It costs £199 for the first child and is reduced to £99 for a second child, booking on the same day (maximum two juniors). One adult can accompany the kids free of charge with a second adult at £99. Woburn is also offering special gift vouchers, tickets and festive fun for little ones including the chance to join them for Christmas Elf Crafts at the Mammoth Play Ark. Just perfect if you've a little one to keep entertained. Book online at

Fly a Helicopter

Give your child a thrill they won't forget easily with a helicopter lesson! Your child will fly a Robinson R22 helicopter with a qualified instructor hovering hundreds of feet above the ground. Minimum age is 10 years. 30 Minute Helicopter Flying Experience £89

Become a Young Blacksmith

Experience life as blacksmith and forge a piece of ironwork at Oldfield Forge Academy in Hereforshire. Learn all about the history of blacksmithing in a fun and enjoyable way. Plus your child will also be presented with a certificate from The Academy, making  them an honorary blacksmith! Course takes three hours. Aprons and all materials are provided. Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult. Become a Young Blacksmith £85 by Oldfield Forge

Indoor Skydiving

Ever dreamed you could fly? Well now you can actually do a family! You'll learn to fly indoors in a purpose built wind tunnel. We think the Family Flights experience with 10 flights to share between five people from £159.99 sounds like a blast! Venues include Milton Keynes, Basingstoke and Manchester. Age 3 to 103 from

Circus Skills

Amaze and amuse your friends after you've been on this unique Circus Skills workshop. For three hours kids aged 8-16 can learn skills such as trapeze, diabolo and tightwire. There are also courses for under 8s and adults too if you fancy yourself on a tightrope...! Youth Circus Experience Day 230-530pm in London on select days £58 per person call 020 7613 4141 or book online at

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Driving Experience

Kids aged 10-16 can learn to drive with a government-approved instructor. Learn to start, drive, navigate corners, break, change gear and even reverse on an especially designed realistic road system. Your little driver will get behind the wheels of the latest dual-control Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 SRi car. All young drivers will receive a personalised Drive Diary in which they can record their progress. 30 minute Young Driver Experience £29 at 46 locations across the UK

Record a song

Budding popstars and perfomers will love the chance to record a CD single in a professional music recording studio. You can go solo or bring a friend or sibling along to record a duet. Your little superstar will be helped by professional sound engineers and producers to record a proper song with all the finishing touches any chart-topping star would receive. At the end of their session, they will be presented with a CD of their recorded track to take home and play over and over again, reliving their moment of musical glory. Kids Superstar Singer £69

Master a Segway

Learn how to glide on a Segway and then have off road adventures navigating sharp turns and challenging terrain. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Minimum height is 4'6'' and min weight is 7.1 stone and maximum weight is 18.4 stone. Segway Rally Blast for Two, 30 minutes, £27.00 

Cimb the O2

Thrill seekers will love climbing the iconic O2 in this exhilarating 90 minute experience that takes you on a guided expedition over the roof of The O2 via a fabric walkway which is suspended 2 metres above the roof. Don't forget your mobile (no big cameras allowed) as the views of the capital are spectacular. Climbers must be at least 9 years old and 1.2 metres tall and be accompanied by an adult. Why not make the journey there and back exciting too by going on the Thames. Get a Daily River Roamer ticket for unlimited travel along the River Thames. Book your Up at The O2 climb from £30 per person


Power Boat on the Thames

See the Thames from the river and take in some sights on this high-speed power boat aka Thames Rocket! You'll be given specialist gear but wrap up warm as it gets cold when you're going fast. Your Skipper will point out areas of interest and share a few interesting facts about the river.  Under 14s need to be accompanied by an adult. Thames Rocket Powerboating for Two £60

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