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Adventure activity Christmas gift ideas

Written by Fiona

November 08 2016

Christmas is coming and the search for inspired and inspiring gifts is once again calling. For a unique experience that will also generate powerful, the gift of an adventure activity is hard to beat.

Hot air balloon rides

Hot air balloon ride.Pic credit: John Sutton

Hot air balloon ride.Pic credit: John Sutton

Romantic, thrilling and impressive, hot air balloon thrill flights have been popular since the late 18th century. A subtle and less hurried style of flight, hot air balloon travel now benefits from modern technological innovation and safety.

Hot air balloon rides offer an once-in-a-lifetime experience and create long-lasting memories. The flights are available across the UK.

Formula 1 experience


Have you ever wondered what it must be like to power down a racetrack in a Formula 1 race car? There are plenty of companies across the UK offering Formula 1 experiences at many world-class racetracks. So why not treat someone special with this formula 1 gift idea.

Indoor Skydiving

Skydiving must rank as one of the most exhilarating adventure activities, but it does have the drawback of requiring the skydiver to first leap out of an aircraft at considerable altitude. With the advent of indoor skydiving, however, there is a less challenging but nonetheless exhilarating experience available.

An iFLY experience is available in three locations across the UK. Instead of leaping from a flying aircraft, the participant is born up in a large cylindrical shaft by a huge fan. This generates 120mph winds that allow the participant to experience flying in the air in much the same way that those in freefall do. The adventure package involves tuition, safety briefing and actual flying time.

Ben Nevis guided ascent

At 1,345 metres above sea level, Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles. A guided hike to the top is an unforgettable experience and reveals amazing views, wildlife spotting and the chance to see rare plants. There are many mountain guides in Scotland who will be only too happy to guide people to the summit.

Spy School

All children, male and female, can relate to the thrills, adventure and romance associated with the world of spies. Kids Spy Academy offers a day at Spy Camp learning the skills and getting to know the gadgets that spies need to do their job.

Aimed specifically at young people aged between 10 and 16 years, this will give them the chance to use telescopic-sighted air rifles and laser guns, decipher encoded clues and learn to pass through a security network of laser beams.

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