Make Your World Bigger (DCL)
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Whether you are an adrenaline junkie, a budding chef, an adventure thrill-seeker or an animal lover, here’s your chance to win some really amazing prizes, from driving a Bond-style Aston Martin to learning the art of Michelin-starred cuisine from culinary demi-god Michel Roux.

Choose from 20 fantastic activities from our friends at Virgin Experience Days, and get ready to Make Your World Bigger!

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ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

MYWB Virgin Experience Days Competition – 1 May 2016 – 25 May 2016 

 

The following additional terms and conditions form part of the promotion information and rules for the above Competition, and should be read in conjunction with Discovery’s Competition General Terms and Conditions:

For the avoidance of doubt if there is any inconsistency between these additional terms and conditions and the General Competition Terms and Conditions, these additional terms and conditions shall prevail.

  1. By entering this Competition, the entrant will be deemed to have read and understood these additional terms and conditions and to have agreed to be bound by them.
  1. The Competition is open to UK and ROI residents only, excluding employees of Promoter (details of which are set out in paragraph 18) and their families, the Promoter's agents or anyone professionally associated with the promotion.
  1. Entrants who do not give correct details or those who make an entry on someone else’s behalf will be disqualified, at the Promoter’s discretion. No entries from agents, third parties, organized group or entries automatically generated by computer will be accepted. No bulk entries.
  1. Entrants must be eighteen (18) years old and above.  Proof of identification may be required at the request of the Promoter. Entrants must meet the eligibility requirements as specified herein. Failure to meet the eligibility requirements may result in an entry being invalid and/or forfeiture of any prize.
  1. Entrants expressly declare and represent that (i) they submit to English law and jurisdiction in participating in this Competition and (ii) they are individuals and not a company or any professional and/or commercial entity.
  1. This promotion will open for entries from 1 May 2016 and there will be four (4) entry periods:

a)      1 May 2016 – 4 May 2016 (“Competition Period 1”)

b)      1 May 2016 – 11 May 2016 (“Competition Period 2”)

c)      1 May 2016 – 18 May 2016 (“Competition Period 3”)

d)      1 May 2016 – 25 May 2016 (“Competition Period 4”)

Competition Period 1, Competition Period 2, Competition Period 3 and Competition Period 4 each a “Competition Period” and together, the “Competition Periods”.  The closing time for entries will be 17:00 on the closing dates indicated above (i.e. the closing time for entries will be 17:00 on 4 May 2016, 11 May 2016, 18 May 2016 and 25 May 2016).   Anyone who enters after the closing date of a particular Competition Period will be automatically entered into the following Competition Period.  Maximum one (1) entry per person, but that entry will guarantee entrance to that particular Competition Period, as well as the Competition Periods that follow.  So for example, an entry on 7 May 2016 will guarantee entry to Competition Period 2, Competition Period 3 and Competition Period 4. 

  1. By entering, the winner agrees to participate in any publicity or promotional activities as may be reasonably required by the Promoter. Further the Promoter reserves the right to use the names of the winner in any publicity.
  1. Method of Entry: The Competition can be entered by completing the Competition entry form which can be found at www.discoveryuk.com.  Entrants will be required to select one of the Virgin Experience Days prizes (details of which can be found in paragraph 9) which will be awarded to them should they be chosen as one of the prize winners (further details of the prize draw can be found in paragraph 10 and details of how the winners will be selected can be found in paragraph 11).  Entrants will be required to provide an email address, contact telephone number and confirm their choice of prize (should they win) upon entry to the Competition.  All entries will be moderated to ensure they meet the criteria set; any entry not meeting the minimum criteria may be disqualified or amended in Promoter’s sole discretion. Limited to one entry per person. 
  1. Prize: Twenty eight (28) entrants will each win a prize, and each prize will be specific to each entrant based on which Virgin Experience the entrant chose upon entry to the Competition.  The list of prizes contains twenty (20) Virgin Experience Days, full details of which can be found in Annex 1:

a)      Go Karting for two (2) people (valued at £97);

b)      Introductory Flying Lesson (valued at £129);

c)      Aston Martin Thrill (valued at £115);

d)      Dolphin Watching for two (2) people (valued at £75);

e)      Cornwall Sea Safari for two (2) people (valued at £79);

f)       North Wales Rib Ride for two (2) adults and two (2) children (valued at £79);

g)      Single Seater Racing Driver Experience (valued at £175);

h)      Introduction To Archery (valued at £56);

i)        Indoor Surfing (valued at £65);

j)        Introduction to PowerKite Sports (valued at £129);

k)      Horse Riding (valued at £125);

l)        Double Supercar Blast for two (2) people (valued at £109);

m)    Tandem Sky Dive (for one (1) person (valued at £285);

n)      Shadow A Zoo Keeper (valued at £199);

o)      Cheese Making for two (2) people (valued at £279);

p)      Italian Cookery for two (2) people at Caldesi Trattoria (valued at £85);

q)      Thames Rib Experience for two (2) people (valued at £105);

r)       Segway Experience for two (2) people (valued at £70);

s)       Indoor Sky Dive for two (2) people (valued at £49);

t)        Photography Course (valued at £119).

If a Virgin Experience requires a winning entrant to undertake any physical activity the entrant must ensure, before entering the competition, that they; (i) are in good health; and (ii) have no underlying medical condition and are taking no medication that could adversely affect them on their chosen Virgin Experience.  Failure to disclose this information may result in not being able to undertake their chosen Virgin Experience. 

  1. There will be four (4) prize draws, taking place on the following dates:

a)      The Competition 1 prize draw will take place on 5 May 2016 (“Prize Draw 1”)

b)      The Competition 2 prize draw will take place on 12 May 2016 (“Prize Draw 2”)

c)      The Competition 3 prize draw will take place on 19 May 2016 (“Prize Draw 3”)

d)      The Competition 4 prize draw will take place on 26 May 2016 (“Prize Draw 4”)

Together, Prize Draw 1, Prize Draw 2, Prize Draw 3 and Prize Draw 4 referred to as the “Prize Draws”. 

For each of the Prize Draws, seven (7) winners (for a total of twenty eight (28) Competition winners) will be selected (see paragraph 11 for more information on how the winners will be selected).  The winners will be contacted via email and will be then be required to provide a postal address for delivery of the prize voucher.  The winners must claim their prize within seven (7) days of the notification. If the prize is unclaimed after this time, it will lapse and the Promoter reserves the right to offer the unclaimed prize to a substitute winner selected in accordance with these additional terms and conditions. Having received the prize voucher, winners will be required to contact the prize provider directly and book their Virgin Experience.  All Virgin Experience prize vouchers are valid until 5 February 2017.    

  1. The twenty eight (28) prize winners shall be selected at random from all valid Competition entries and will each be awarded the prize they selected upon entry to the Competition.  An entrant is only eligible to win one (1) prize so a winner from Prize Draw 1 will not be eligible to win another prize in Prize Draw 2, Prize Draw 3 or Prize Draw 4 for example.  However, someone who enters during Competition Period 1 who is not chosen as a winner in Prize Draw 1 still has the opportunity to be chosen as a winner in the remaining Prize Draws.  The same concept applies for those who enter during Competition Period 2, and Competition Period 3.  The decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  1. The Promoter reserves the right to terminate or modify the Competition, modify these terms and conditions prior to the closing date, vary details of the prize, or substitute a prize of equivalent value should unforeseen circumstances require it.
  1. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and non-refundable and there is no cash alternative in whole or in part. The prize is subject to availability. In the event of circumstances outside of its control the Promoter reserves the right to substitute a similar or alternative prize of equal or greater value. The prize must be taken by the winner unless agreed otherwise in writing by the Promoter.
  1. Entries that are incomplete or late or those not in accordance with all the entry instructions are invalid. All submitted entries are the property of the Promoter and will not be returned.
  1. No purchase is necessary to enter the Competition.
  1. By entering the Competition all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by the rules and consent to the transfer of their personal data to the Data Controller (as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998) for the purposes of the administration of this Competition and any other purposes to which the entrant has consented. Please see Promoter’s privacy policy for further details http://www.discoveryuk.com/privacy-policy/. All entry instructions form part of the rules.
  1. The Promoter cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any participant entering the Competition or as a result of accepting any prize. The Promoter is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment or software, failure of any entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet, or at any website, including any injury to or resulting from participation or downloading of any materials in the Competition. Nothing shall exclude the Promoter’s liability for death or personal injury as a result of its negligence.
  1. Promoter’s details: Discovery Corporate Services Limited, Discovery House, Chiswick Park Building 2 London W4 5YB, United Kingdom. Company number: 08597513.

Annex 1

 

Full Prize Details

 

1) Go Karting for two (2) people (valued at £97)

(Full details can be found at http://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/go-karting-for-two):

 

Enjoy a ride to remember with this exciting go karting experience for two. You and a friend will have a blast racing around a purpose-built track in a couple of small but powerful go karts. These karts pack some punch, so give it all you’ve got as you hurtle your way up to the chicane then whizz your way around corners at controlled speeds.

There’s an impressive selection of locations across the UK to choose from for this adrenaline-pumping experience. Each venue boasts different features, such as flyovers and banked turns, indoor or outdoor tracks.

No matter which venue you choose, you’ll be getting a fantastic track in an experience to remember.


What's Included?

  • Safety briefing and initial instruction
  • Issue of helmets and overalls (if applicable)
  • Karting session - exact equipment used and number of laps varies by venue, which may be either indoors or outdoors
  • Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity

What happens on the day?

On arrival at your chosen location, most centres will ask you to sign an indemnity before you receive a full safety briefing and helmet. You’ll then make yourself aware of your chosen centre’s particular flag and light signals, to ensure you know when to go and when to stop. These usually follow international motorsport standards. Most centres use single-engine karts, while a few have twin-engine pro-karts. For more information about the karts available, please enquire with your chosen centre at the time of booking.

Once fully briefed, it’s time to get seated in your kart for your exhilarating ride on the purpose built track. Please note the format of your experience will vary by location.

Participant guidelines

  • Minimum age: this varies depending on location chosen,  please check the information in the contact details
  • Minimum height: 5ft 
  • Maximum height: 6ft 4in
  • Maximum weight: 18 stone
  • The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary according to venue
  • Participants must be reasonably able-bodied, and in good health

Availability

Availability of the experience varies according to venue; some are open seven days a week, others weekends and weekdays only.

We recommend you book at least four weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available. This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher.  All bookings are subject to availability.

How long should I allow for this experience?

Please allow approximately 1 to 2 hours for the whole experience.

Can I bring spectators?

Spectators are welcome, and facilities on site usually include the availability of hot drinks and snacks.

Additional information

Most centres use single-engine karts, powered by Honda or Briggs & Stratton engines.  A few have twin-engine pro-karts.  Most kart models are visually similar and conform to a standard ‘wheel-at-each-corner’ design.

At some venues customers are required to wear a balaclava under their helmet whilst participating in this experience. You can purchase a balaclava on the day for a small fee.

The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary according to location.

What about insurance?

The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.

A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.

How it works

All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and we’ll send a voucher and booking information to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.

Locations

This Virgin Experience is available at 23 locations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland only at:


2) Introductory Flying Lesson (valued at £129)

(Full details can be found at http://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/introductory-flying-lesson)

Feel the adrenalin rush as you take the controls of your light aircraft and soar across the sky, you’ll receive one-to-one training with a Civil Aviation Authority licensed instructor and will spend approximately 30 minutes in the air. What you learn will depend on your chosen location but all participants receive flying time that counts towards a Private Pilot's licence.

This experience has been described as “…exhilarating, a little scary but a lot of fun” and “A fantastic experience from beginning to end”.

What's Included?

  • Introduction to flying, aircraft controls and safety
  • One-to-one training from a CAA licensed instructor
  • 30 minutes flying time with the opportunity to take the controls
  • Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity

What happens on the day?

Your flying lesson starts with a pre-flight briefing from your qualified instructor. This will cover safety, and an introduction to some of the controls.

Once in the plane, you are given headphones so that you can hear conversations between your instructor and air traffic control. You will also be able to communicate with each other so you can be guided through your first lesson. Once in the air, you will be able to take the controls but your pilot will take over to land the plane at the airfield and taxi back.

Participant guidelines

  • Minimum age: 12 (under 18s need parental/guardian consent)
  • Minimum height: 4ft 10in
  • Maximum height:  6ft 4in
  • Maximum weight: 12 stone at County Down, 16 stone at Leeds, 14 to 18 stone at other locations
  • Participants should be in reasonable health and agile enough to climb into the aircraft
  • These are guidelines only and we ask that you check any queries at the time of booking

Availability

Flying lessons take place all year round and are normally available on any day of the week.

We recommend you book at least four weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available. This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher.  All bookings are subject to availability.

How long should I allow for this experience?

You should allow an hour for your whole experience, but the flight (from taxi to landing) will last approximately 25-30 minutes.

Can I bring spectators?

Spectators are usually welcome, without charge, but will not be able to accompany you in the plane.  Facilities for spectators vary between centres, so you should check with the centre when booking.

Additional information

The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary according to location.

What about insurance?

The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.

A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.

How it works

All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and we’ll send a voucher and booking information to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.

Packaging and Delivery

For information on our packaging and delivery please click here.

Locations

This Virgin Experience is available at 41 locations in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland only at:

3) Aston Martin Thrill (valued at £115)

(Full details can be found at http://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/aston-martin-thrill)

The Aston Martin is a hand-crafted sports car that offers electrifying performance and outstanding agility. Its low, purposeful stance is both elegant yet aggressive. Capable of going from 0 to 60mph in 4.9 seconds and reaching top speeds of 175mph this high-performance sports car is a modern classic that exudes style.

With the Aston Martin Thrill experience you have a huge range of tracks to choose from including Castle Combe and Rockingham, and you can even enjoy a few extras at certain locations like a demonstration lap. The number of laps and time spent in the driver’s seat differs per venue but wherever you choose you will receive expert instruction, safety gear and of course, the all-important ride of your life. This exhilarating drive will have you buzzing with excitement and in awe of this magnificent vehicle.

To make your experience even more special, why not choose a Real Race Track and follow in the footsteps of the world's most famous racing drivers on these iconic tracks, venues for championship racing. All Real Race Tracks are marked with a * in the locations list.

What's Included?

  • Welcome, introduction and briefing on safety and circuit driving techniques
  • Session driving an Aston Martin
  • Presentation of experience certificates and individual driving assessment
  • Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity

What happens on the day?

The course will begin with a short introductory briefing on driving techniques and safety, and then it’s on to the main event, your chance to get behind the wheel of a beautiful Aston Martin for an exhilarating drive.

The number of laps will depend on your chosen location and length of circuit but it will be between three and six. At the end of the experience you will take home a driving assessment or certificate depending on location.

Please note: At some venues there will be a demonstration lap with an instructor in a track prepared sports or saloon car prior to your drive in the Aston Martin and a debrief afterwards.

Participant guidelines

  • Minimum age: 17
  • Minimum height:  5ft
  • Maximum height: 6ft 4in (6ft 5in at Teesside, 6ft 6in at Anglesey, Seighford, Rockingham, Gainsborough, Chertsey and Elvington)
  • Maximum weight: 16 stone (18 stone at Rockingham, Gainsborough, Chertsey and Elvington and 18 stone 7lb at Anglesey and Seighford, 19 stone at Teesside)
  • A full manual driving license must be held. Participants will be required to present their original license on the day (photocopies will not be accepted)
  • All participants must be in reasonable health, if you are in doubt then please seek advice from your GP

Availability

This experience is available on selected dates throughout the year.

Please note - Lydden Hill has limited availability.

We recommend you book at least eight weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available. This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher.  All bookings are subject to availability.

How long should I allow for this experience?

You should allow approximately 30 minutes to 2 hours for the whole experience depending on location and numbers on the day.

Can I bring spectators?

Yes spectators are welcome.

Additional information

  • The operator reserves the right to substitute any vehicle due to unforeseen circumstances such as mechanical failure
  • No dogs are allowed at the venues
  • Please note: anyone deemed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be permitted to participate
  • Longcross Proving Ground in Surrey is a test track with little run-off and as such may be subject to speed restrictions imposed by the venue provider
  • Seighford - At this location the participant will receive a 5 minute 4x4 off road passenger session and up to 4 spectators (minimum height 4ft 10in) will also receive a 4x4 passenger ride
  • The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary according to location

What about insurance?

The centres contracted with us hold public indemnity liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover.

Some driving operators require customers to complete an Indemnity/Damage waiver form on the day of the experience.  This may state that the driver will be liable for a fixed amount of costs should they damage the vehicle whilst driving.  Most of these suppliers are able to provide Indemnity/Damage Waiver at a small additional fee (usually £20-£45) payable on site.  The purchase of this is optional and is in addition to the Public Liability Insurance held by all venues.  The full details of any indemnity or damage waiver will be provided by the activity operator.  We are unable to advise or comment on the content or suitability of these products.

A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.

How it works

All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and we’ll send a voucher and booking information to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.
 

Packaging and Delivery

For information on our packaging and delivery please click here.

Locations

This Virgin Experience is available at 14 locations in England and Wales only at:

4) Dolphin Watching for two (2) people (valued at £75)

(Full details can be found at http://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/dolphin-watching-for-two)

There’s nothing quite as special as watching wildlife in its natural habitat, and with this Dolphin Watching for two, you’ll have the chance to do just that, helping to support vital dolphin research all the while. Cardigan Bay is one of the best places in Europe for dolphin watching, and one of only two areas in the UK hosting a semi-resident population of bottlenose dolphins with a population of roughly 300 animals.

While you can often spot these amazing animals from the shore, the best way to see them is to venture out to sea. You will be captained and provided with a full commentary by your fully qualified skipper or guide who will take you to the most likely locations to spot a dolphin or two. A designated Special Area of Conservation, the location is recognised for its ecological importance and boasts a wide range of habitats and creatures. As well as dolphins you may also see harbour porpoises, Atlantic grey seals, sunfish and a variety of seabirds.

Although species sightings depend on the weather and time of year and cannot be guaranteed, nothing beats the special moment of a breach and the anticipation of spotting one of these impressive wild animals.

What's Included?

  • Dolphin Watching for Two
  • One of only two areas of the UK hosting a semi-resident population of bottlenose dolphins
  • The chance to also see harbour porpoise, Atlantic grey seals, sunfish and more
  • Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity

What happens on the day?

Upon arrival you will be greeted by a member of the team before boarding the 10 metre charter vessel for your experience. Once aboard your skipper will run through a safety speech including a life jacket demonstration and will provide a complete commentary as you journey out to sea. You’ll be out at sea for 2 hours, so don’t forget to dress for the elements.

Venturing into a designated Special Area of Conservation, throughout the trip there is a Code of Conduct to follow designed to minimise the disturbance of the wildlife and give you the best possible chance of seeing wildlife. These being wild animals, sightings are of course dependent on the weather and time of year and cannot be guaranteed.

Participant guidelines

  • Minimum age: 6
  • Maximum height: 6ft 4in
  • Maximum weight: 17 stone
  • A reasonable level of fitness is required, as you will need to step on and off the boat safely
  • This experience is not suitable for those who are pregnant, have back or neck problems and those with osteoporosis as all boats can experience unpredictable movements that can aggravate medical conditions. You MUST inform us of such conditions

Availability

Trips run daily, weather permitting, from Easter until the end of October.

We recommend you book at least eight weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on the voucher. This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher.  All bookings are subject to availability

How long should I allow for this experience?

Each trips last two hours but passengers are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to departure. Please allow two and half hours for the whole experience.

Additional information

Disable access is limited.

Refreshments are not included but there are cafes & shops near to both locations.

You must call the centre 48 to 72 hours before your experience (between 10.00 and 16.00) to confirm sailing and time of departure as this can vary, please be prepared for a morning trip but it is essential that you telephone to confirm the time as they are subject to change.

The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary according to location.

What about insurance?

The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.

A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.

How it works

All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and we’ll send a voucher and booking information to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.
 

Packaging and Delivery

For information on our packaging and delivery please click here.

Locations

This Virgin Experience is available at one (1) location in Wales only at:

5) Cornwall Sea Safari for two (2) people (valued at £79)

(Full details can be found at http://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/cornwall-sea-safari-for-two)

If you’re both in Cornwall for a visit, you should definitely put this experience on your to-do lists. You’ll feel the thrill of a ride on a 12- seater RIB and explore some of the stunning coastline all from the comfort of your seats. You’ll learn about the history of the area, its tales of smugglers, shipwrecks and more. There’ll be fascinating facts aplenty from your well informed skipper and the wildlife should be in abundance, so take your camera! Who knows what you’ll see?

With two hours on the water, you could spot peregrine falcons, hunting herons, jolly seals and maybe even a school of dolphins! Depending on the weather your skipper may take your group down the River Fal, the most exquisite area of natural beauty in Cornwall, where you’ll view the scenic fishing villages and wonder what life is like for the locals.

What's Included?

  • Two hour coastal RIB trip together
  • An informative commentary by the skipper
  • All adult wet weather clothing included
  • Entry into the Maritime Museum for two
  • Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity

What happens on the day?

The two of you are to arrive 30 minutes before your allocated departure time and meet at the front of the National Maritime Museum. When all passengers have arrived it’s time to head down to the departure point, where the adults will be given waterproof trousers and jackets if needed. Lifejackets for adults and children are handed out and you’ll then be ready for a safety briefing. After this you will be shown aboard the RIB 'Seaquest of Falmouth' and make your departure.

Your skipper will keep the commentary flowing, informing you of fascinating facts about shipwrecks, smugglers tales, local history and the marine environment. When your trip has come to an end and you are back on dry land you are free to discover the wonders in the National Maritime Museum. However, if your trip is in the late afternoon, you should visit the museum before your coastal trip.

Participant guidelines

  • Minimum age: 6 (under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult)
  • Maximum weight: 18 stone
  • If you are pregnant or have back or hip problems will not be able to take part

Availability

This experience is available all year round; however trip times and number of trips vary according to demand and time of year.

We recommend you book at least eight weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available. This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher.  All bookings are subject to availability.

Additional information

You are welcome to bring refreshments onto the boat and there is a restaurant in the Maritime Museum.

Whilst every effort will be made to find wildlife it is not always guaranteed.

The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary according to location.

What about insurance?

The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.

A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.

How it works

All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and we’ll send a voucher and booking information to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.
 

Packaging and Delivery

For information on our packaging and delivery please click here.

Locations

This Virgin Experience is available in England at one (1) location only at:

6) North Wales Rib Ride for two (2) adults and two (2) children (valued at £79)

If you and the family are looking for something different to do then how about taking a ride along the Menai Straits? You’ll all board a RIB which stands for Rigid Inflatable Boat, and go for a journey along the Welsh waters. Experience the exhilaration of hitting speeds of up to 50mph and take in the awesome sights of the surrounding area.

The beautiful coastline of North Wales, stately homes and iconic bridges will all pass you by. Don’t get too lost in thought though as you’ll soon be in Irish waters encountering the excitement of bumpy changes whilst passing through whirlpools and riding the waves. It’ll be a day to remember and the family won’t be quick to forget it.

What's Included?

  • Safety briefing
  • 55 minute RIB ride for two adults and two children as part of a group
  • Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity

What happens on the day?

Upon arrival you will all meet your guide for a safety briefing and learn about the equipment on-board the RIB. You’ll soon be on your way to the craft and will board to head out onto the waters of the Menai Straits. Take in the glorious views of North Wales and the awe-inspiring bridges of the Menai Straits.

You’ll see the beaches, bays and coastline- keep an eye out for the wildlife. Don’t forget your camera.

Participant guidelines

  • Minimum age: 4 (Children are considered to be aged 4-16, adults are considered to be over 16)
  • This experience is not suitable during pregnancy. A bad back advisory is included in the briefing, however the risk assessments they operate under include rough water driving techniques appropriate for the whole group

Availability

The experience is run from Easter to the end of September on weekends or every day during the school holidays. Sessions run between 10.00 and 18.00.

We recommend you book at least four weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available. This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher.  All bookings are subject to availability.

Can I bring spectators?

Spectators are welcome but due to the distances travelled they will only see the start and end of the trip.

Additional information

Life-rafts and safety equipment are stored on board. Group sizes will not exceed 11.

The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary according to location.

What about insurance?

The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.

A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.

How it works

All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and we’ll send a voucher and booking information to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.
 

Packaging and Delivery

For information on our packaging and delivery please click here.

Locations

This Virgin Experience in available at one (1) location in Wales only at:

7) Single Seater Racing Driving Experience (valued at £175)

(Full details can be found at http://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/single-seater-racing-driver-experience)

Enjoy the seriously fun experience of driving a single seater racing car. You’ll find yourself securely strapped in to your car, kitted up with a helmet, adjusting your mirrors to get ready to begin your experience. You will receive an initial briefing, followed by instruction from an expert instructor and time to become familiar with the track before being judged safe to drive solo and accelerate into the distance.

There are seven locations across the UK for you to choose from. Feel the speed and sense of sheer exhilaration as you whizz around the track, testing your concentration and the skills you have just learnt. It is a buzz that you won’t be able to shift and when the flag eventually brings you back to the pits you will be full of adrenaline.

To make your experience even more special, why not choose a Real Race Track and follow in the footsteps of the world's most famous racing drivers on these iconic tracks, venues for championship racing. All Real Race Tracks are marked with a * in the locations list.

What's Included?

  • Safety briefing and initial group instruction
  • Hands-on driving in a single-seater racing car
  • Track familiarisation in a high performance sports saloon or single-seater
  • Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity

What happens on the day?

On arrival you will normally be asked to sign an indemnity form which will also require parental/guardian signature for under 18's. Your training session will usually be shared with other drivers. You will be given an initial briefing, followed by track familiarisation and instruction from a qualified instructor before being allowed out solo in a single-seater racing car once you have been judged safe enough.

Choose one of seven circuits across the UK, each offer the same adrenaline filled experience but driving times may vary per location.

Participant guidelines

  • Minimum age: 17 (under 18’s need parental/guardian consent) at most locations
  • Restrictions vary at each location but generally:-
    Minimum height: 5ft
    Maximum height: 6ft 4in
    Maximum weight: 16 to 18 stone
  • Participants must hold a full UK driving licence, which must be presented on the day (some locations may require this to have been held for at least a year). Exact itinerary will vary by location and at certain venues all driving time is in the single seater

Availability

This experience is available on selected dates throughout the year.

Please note: the voucher is valid on selected Monday to Fridays at Knockhill. Selected weekend dates may be available for an upgrade of £30 payable direct and subject to availability.

We recommend you book at least eight weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available. This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher.  All bookings are subject to availability.

How long should I allow for this experience?

Allow two to three hours for your experience, although this may vary between centres.  Some centres may run the course on a more intensive time-scale and your visit may be shorter duration, but will contain as much driving time as a session shared with other group members. Driving times vary from 20 to 45 minutes depending on location.

Can I bring spectators?

Spectators are usually welcome. Occasionally a centre may make a small charge to cover insurance and refreshments. Some venues may have restrictions on small children due to safety regulations. Facilities for spectators vary between centres, so please check when booking.

Additional information

The course content and vehicles used on these courses vary slightly according to location but the majority have a mix of both sports saloons and single seater racing cars.

The operator reserves the right to substitute any vehicle due to unforeseen circumstances such as mechanical failure.

The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary according to location.

What about insurance?

The centres contracted with us hold public indemnity liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover.

Some driving operators require customers to complete an Indemnity/Damage waiver form on the day of the experience.  This may state that the driver will be liable for a fixed amount of costs should they damage the vehicle whilst driving.  Most of these suppliers are able to provide Indemnity/Damage Waiver at a small additional fee (usually £20-£45) payable on site.  The purchase of this is optional and is in addition to the Public Liability Insurance held by all venues.  The full details of any indemnity or damage waiver will be provided by the activity operator.  We are unable to advise or comment on the content or suitability of these products.

A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.

How it works

All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and we’ll send a voucher and booking information to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.
 

Packaging and Delivery

For information on our packaging and delivery please click here.

Locations

 

This Virgin Experience is available at seven (7) locations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland:

8) Introduction to Archery (valued at £56)

(Full details can be found at http://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/introduction-to-archery-for-one)

Try your hand at the ancient art of archery, amongst 250 acres of stunningly beautiful Surrey countryside. Archery dates back thousands of years and was historically used for hunting and combat but is still practiced as a recreational activity. This Introduction to Archery experience is perfect for all; from complete novices to more experienced archers who can also enjoy this chance to gain tuition and practice.

You'll have full use of bow and arrows and receive 1 hour’s archery instruction and practice starting with the necessary safety and training from a fully qualified instructor. You should be confident in hitting the target following tuition from the expert coach; this will help you to refine your technique. Master the patience and steady hand required for archery and you’ll be pleasantly surprised how quickly you'll improve.

What's Included?

  • 1 hour archery instruction and practice
  • Use of equipment
  • Introduction, safety talk and debrief
  • Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity

What happens on the day?

When you arrive at the site 15 minutes before the start time, you will be introduced to the instructor and receive a short safety briefing before you are issued with your bow and arrows. You will receive expert guidance throughout the experience, to help you hit the target. Learn the skill behind how to hold and aim the bow and arrow and the importance of keeping a steady hand.

Your archery session will last 1 hour, during this time you will become more confident with a bow and arrow and soon feel like a real Robin Hood.

Participant guidelines

  • Minimum age: 8 (under 18s need to be accompanied by a paying adult)

Availability

This experience will be available on selected Saturdays throughout the year.

We recommend you book at least four weeks in advance to ensure a date is available. This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher.  All bookings are subject to availability.

How long should I allow for this experience?

Please allow approximately 1 hour 30 minutes for the full experience.

Can I bring spectators?

Yes spectators are welcome.

Additional information

Please mention age of participant when making your booking.

The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary according to location.

What about insurance?

The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.

A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.

How it works

All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and we’ll send a voucher and booking information to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.
 

Packaging and Delivery

For information on our packaging and delivery please click here.

Locations

This Virgin Experience is available at one (1) location in England only at:

9) Indoor Surfing (valued at £65)

(Full details can be found at http://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/introduction-to-indoor-surfing-for-two)

If the two of you have always wanted to try out surfing but have been put off by the deep cold waters of the sea, then this experience is just what you need. No more excuses not to give it a go- enter the FlowRider®! This spectacular piece of machinery is an indoor surf simulator “For when the beach is out of reach”.

Offering you a combination of surfing, skateboarding and wakeboarding all in one place and indoors, it’s a fantastic way to learn. You’ll receive expert guidance and discover what it really feels like to be out on those waves. You don’t need any experience, just a sense of humour and determination- you shall perfect those moves! Suitable for all ages and abilities, in a safe and controlled environment, there’s nothing stopping you… ride those waves.

What's Included?

  • Full safety briefing
  • Use of wet suits and boards
  • Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity

What happens on the day?

The two of you will be greeted at reception by a member of staff and will be given an acceptance of risk form to complete. You’ll then be shown to your classroom briefing, where you’ll be briefed by an experienced instructor who will then hand you your wet suit.

You are then ready to make your way over to the FlowRider® where you’ll both be able to spend the next 60 minutes taking turns with the rest of the group to practice indoor surfing and body boarding. Be aware that you may fall off your board and into the water several times as you get to grips with what it takes to board and surf. Remember, it’s all a part of the fun.

Participant guidelines

  • Minimum age: 5 (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult who can sign the acceptance of risk on their behalf)
  • Indoor Surfing
  • Minimum height: 3ft 6in (4ft 4in if they want to attempt stand up flowboarding)
  • An average level of fitness and good level of mobility is required as this is a strenuous physical activity
  • Please be aware that this activity involves fast moving water and you will probably fall off your board. The Flow Rider uses powerful jets to blast sheets of water approximately four inches deep over the surface of the Flow Rider. Whilst you do not need to be a strong swimmer you must be comfortable around water.
  • This experience is not suitable for pregnant women and those with a history of heart, back, neck, shoulder or joint problems

Availability

The experience is available Wednesday to Sunday at specific times of the day and must be pre-booked.

We recommend you book at least four to six weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available. This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher.  All bookings are subject to availability.

How long should I allow for this experience?

You should allow approximately 3 hours on site for the whole experience and will spend 60 minutes participating on the FlowRider® in a group of up to 12 people.

Can I bring spectators?

Spectators are welcome and there is a free viewing gallery, although small children may be better kept in the lounge area as the viewing gallery is noisy.

Additional information

There is disabled access for the Flow House viewing gallery and café where refreshments may be purchased.

No experience is required as all training is given.

The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary according to location.

What about insurance?

The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.

A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.

How it works

All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and we’ll send a voucher and booking information to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.
 

Packaging and Delivery

For information on our packaging and delivery please click here.

Locations

This Virgin Experience is available at one (1) location in England only at:

10) Introduction to Powerkite Sports (valued at £129)

(Full details can be found at http://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/introduction-to-powerkite-sports)

Looking for a fun, new, extreme sport? Spend the day on the beach learning one of three Powerkite sports for a thrilling and unique experience, perfect for any adrenaline junkie. You’ll choose between Kite Surfing, Kite Landboarding or Kite Buggying, each one sure to give you a fast-paced ride along the shores of Portland Harbour, Dorset. This area benefits from prevailing south-west winds, making it an ideal location for kite sports.

Kite Surfing involves taking to the water with your feet strapped to the surf board, perfect for anyone who enjoys causing a splash. Or if you like the tricks of skateboarding and snowboarding, you might like to try Kite Landboarding for a fast, versatile ride on wheels. Or if it’s motor sports that you’re into, why not try Kite Buggying? This exhilarating sport uses a three-wheeled buggy powered by a kite to move across the sand. Whichever Powerkite sport you choose, you are guaranteed to have a fantastic adrenaline-packed day you’ll never forget.

What's Included?

  • Welcome and registration
  • Short classroom session, including a safety and equipment briefing
  • Choice of one the following Powerkite Sport sessions
    Kite Landboarding
    Kite Buggying
    Kite Surfing
  • Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity

What happens on the day?

Your chosen session will begin with a welcome and registration, followed by a short classroom session, including safety briefing and information on the equipment you will be using.

You will learn the basics of kite operation and how to use the wind to maximise speed and power. Then, if your sport is based on land you will have your first attempt at traction kiting, using the kite as your power source and resisting its pull, the power is then transmitted to the wheels. You will practice steering your board or buggy, and manoeuvre the kite to pick up speed and stop.

If you have chosen kite surfing, you will first watch your instructor as they show you how to launch, land and fly the kite before having a go yourself.

Participant guidelines

  • Minimum age: 15 ( under 18s require parental supervision)
  • Medical problems must be declared on a form to be completed before participation – in particular for individuals with limb injuries, disabilities, heart problems or epilepsy.  Instructors may also discuss your individual issues directly

Availability

Kite Surfing runs on selected days throughout the year. Please note that in the winter months (mid-October to mid-April) the water conditions are often unsuitable.

Kite Buggying and Kite Landboarding run on selected days between March and November.

Please check with the supplier when making a booking for updated availability.

We recommend you book at least four weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available.  This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher.  All bookings are subject to availability.

How long should I allow for this experience?

Please allow approximately 6 hours for the whole experience.

Can I bring spectators?

Spectators are welcome – due to the open landscape this sport can be easily viewed from a bank overlooking the harbour plus there are nearby refreshments and facilities.

Additional information

Wetsuits (for Kite Surfing Course only) are provided and all equipment needed to experience the sport is included.

There are full changing and shower facilities.

No experience is required as the taster day is aimed at complete beginners.

Refreshments and lunch may be purchased on the day.

The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary according to location.

What about insurance?

The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.

A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.

How it works

All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and we’ll send a voucher and booking information to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.
 

Packaging and Delivery

For information on our packaging and delivery please click here.

Locations

This Virgin Experience is available at one (1) location in England only at:

11) Introduction to Riding for two (2) people (valued at £125)

(Full details can be found at http://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/introduction-to-riding-for-two)

Get ready for an exciting adventure on four legs with this Introduction to Horse Riding for two. You will both learn the basics of this fun and easy activity before setting off on a 90 minute hack through the New Forest countryside.

This is the perfect experience for novices as you spend a full 30 minutes learning to ride and getting to know the horses before you leave the paddock and head out into the great outdoors. Once out on the hack, you’ll enjoy incredible views as you make your way through the enchanting trees and grasslands of the New Forest. Look out for ponies grazing and large cattle scattered over rolling fields. Perhaps you’ll be lucky and spot one of the many shy fallow deer that are found in the area. Whatever you come across on your ride, you’re sure to have a relaxing and enjoyable experience you’ll never forget.

What's Included?

  • Introduction and safety briefing
  • 30 minute lesson together
  • 90 minute hack in New Forest
  • Refreshments
  • Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity

What happens on the day?

On arrival at the riding centre, you’ll be met by your instructor and kitted out in all the necessary riding gear before being given a full briefing including safety procedures and techniques for handling your horse.

Then it’s time to mount your horses as you spend 30 minutes learning the basics of riding from within the safety of the riding centre. Your instructor will teach how to position yourself in the saddle and hold the reins before you give a little kick to signal to your horses that you want to go forward. You’ll also learn how to move left and right and come to a controlled stop.

At the end of your joint 30 minute lesson, you’ll both head out for a 90 minute hack together through the New Forest countryside before returning to the riding centre.

Participant guidelines

  • Minimum age: 12
  • Minimum height: 5ft
  • Maximum weight: 15 Stones
  • It is the responsibility of the participant to check with their GP if they have a condition that may be affected by physical exertion. This experience is not suitable during pregnancy and may also be unsuitable with some disabilities, so please check with our Customer Services Team before booking

Availability

This experience is available on selected dates throughout the year.

We recommend you book at least four weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available.  This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher.  All bookings are subject to availability.

How long should I allow for this experience?

Please allow approximately 2 hours for the whole experience.

Additional information

Unfortunately cameras cannot be taken on rides.

Riders are required to sign a registration form before they can ride.

The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary according to location.

What about insurance?

The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.

A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.

How it works

All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and we’ll send a voucher and booking information to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.
 

Packaging and Delivery

For information on our packaging and delivery please click here.

Locations

This Virgin Experience is available at one (1) location in England only at:

12) Double Supercar Blast at Top UK Race Tracks for two (2) people (valued at £109)

(Full details can be found at http://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/double-supercar-blast-at-top-uk-race-tracks)

Put two of your favourite supercars through their high-performance paces at one of three racetracks used by the racing professionals with this Double Supercar Blast at a Top UK Race Track.

There are nine fantastic supercars on offer here: choose two from a sleek and stunning Ferrari 360, jaw-dropping Lamborghini Gallardo, British and beautiful Aston Martin, powerful Audi R8, classic and iconic Porsche 911 Turbo, and a small but mighty Abarth 500, and prepare to have two of the greatest drives of your life. Each one’s been fine-tuned for performance and guaranteed to make your hair stand on end as your rip your way around every corner and bend, so all you need to decide is which two you’d like to try out most.

Following a full safety briefing you'll take the driver’s seat in your first choice of car and enjoy a thrilling drive of 3 miles, before swapping to your second choice for some supercar compare and contrast and to make an amazing driving day even more unforgettable.

What's Included?

  • Enjoy a Double Supercar Blast with up to 3 miles in each car at a leading UK race track
  • Choose two from: Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, Audi R8, Lamborghini, Abarth 500, Nissan GT-R, Jaguar F-Type and McLaren
  • Full safety briefing
  • Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity

What happens on the day?

Once you’ve arrived at your chosen race track, things will get underway with a full safety briefing from your qualified instructor.

Then it’ll be time for the main event and up to three miles driving in the first of your chosen supercars, before switching cars to do it all again in the second amazing vehicle of your choosing.

Participant guidelines

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Minimum height: 4ft 10in
  • Maximum height: 6ft 4in
  • Maximum weight: 20 Stone
  • Full driving license held for a minimum of 12 months and present the original at the event
  • All drivers must have a good understanding of the English language for instruction purposes
  • All drivers need to be in reasonable health
  • Please note: anyone deemed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be permitted to participate  

Availability

This experience is available on selected dates throughout the year at 11.20 or a time close to this.

Please note - Donington Park is available on 20 June and 30 October 2016 only, subject to availability.

We recommend you book at least eight weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available. This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher.  All bookings are subject to availability.

How long should I allow for this experience?

Please allow 1 hour 45 minutes for the full experience.

Can I bring spectators?

Spectators are welcome. All children must be accompanied by a non-participating adult.

No pets are allowed on site (except for guide dogs).

Race tracks can be noisy and so may not be suitable for small children.

Disabled access is available - please call the venue for more information when making a booking.

Additional information

If you wish to book your experience for a 08.20 slot then you will also receive a High Speed Passenger Ride.

The operator reserves the right to substitute any vehicle due to unforeseen circumstances such as mechanical failure.

The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary according to location.

What about insurance?

The centres contracted with us hold public indemnity liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover.

Some driving operators require customers to complete an Indemnity/Damage waiver form on the day of the experience.  This may state that the driver will be liable for a fixed amount of costs should they damage the vehicle whilst driving.  Most of these suppliers are able to provide Indemnity/Damage Waiver at a small additional fee (usually £20-£45) payable on site.  The purchase of this is optional and is in addition to the Public Liability Insurance held by all venues.  The full details of any indemnity or damage waiver will be provided by the activity operator.  We are unable to advise or comment on the content or suitability of these products.

A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.

How it works

All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and we’ll send a voucher and booking information to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.
 

Packaging and Delivery

For information on our packaging and delivery please click here.

Locations

This Virgin Experience is available at three (3) locations in England only at:

13) Tandem Skydive for one (1) person (valued at £285)

(Full details can be found at http://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/tandem-skydive)

Get into your jumpsuit, strap on those goggles and board the aircraft. This is a fantastic experience where you will feel the thrill of jumping from a plane door at a height of up to 12,000 feet. Enjoy the unique sensation of free fall before that all important moment when your parachute is deployed and it’s time to slow down and take in the spectacular scenery below you. There’s not much to worry about, you will be strapped to a qualified and experienced instructor the whole time so you can relax and enjoy the ride. Bring along some friends so they can witness you take on this unusual opportunity to display your adventurous side.

What's Included?

  • Safety briefing session
  • One jump, with a fully qualified BPA instructor
  • Provisional BPA membership
  • Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity

What happens on the day?

Upon arrival at the centre you will be asked to hand over your declaration of health form and if your instructor is satisfied with your level of fitness you will be enrolled as a provisional member of the British Parachute Association and issued with all the necessary equipment. You will be given a safety briefing and will practice the techniques required for your jump. As you will be jumping with your instructor, you can relax a little safe in the knowledge that you will be looked after. You will be kitted out in your special jumpsuit, fitted into a dual harness and handed the headgear with goggles. You’ll head up to the skies in a helicopter or small plane and once at an altitude of 10,000 feet it’s time to depart.

Participant guidelines

  • Minimum age: 16 (under 18s need parental consent and indemnity forms signed)
  • Maximum age: over 40s will require a BPA Tandem Student Declaration of Fitness Form 115 to be stamped and signed by their doctor
  • Maximum weight: Lincolnshire - 16 stone fully clothed (those close to the weight limit or with a Body Mass Index over 27.5 may have to wait for suitable wind conditions before the jump can take place). Kent - 14 stone 7Ib for men and 13 stone 7lb for women. All other locations - 15 stone
  • You must be in good health to jump, please consult your doctor with any health queries, certain health problems may mean you cannot jump
  • You are not able to take part if pregnant and will also be unable to jump if you appear intoxicated
  • Once your booking has been made you will be sent a declaration of fitness form. It is important that this is completed correctly and given to your instructor on the day of your jump, failure to do so will result in you not being able to take your experience and a complete forfeit of your voucher

Availability

Selected dates depending on location. We recommend you book at least four weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on the voucher. This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher.  All bookings are subject to availability.

How long should I allow for this experience?

You should expect to spend a full day at the centre but your actual jump will last 30 minutes.

Can I bring spectators?

Spectators are welcome and most centres have catering facilities available. Kindly note some centres do not allow children on site due to health and safety, please check at the time of booking.

Additional information

The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary according to location.

What about insurance?

The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.

A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.

How it works

All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and we’ll send a voucher and booking information to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.
 

Packaging and Delivery

For information on our packaging and delivery please click here.

Locations

This Virgin Experience is available at ten (10) locations in England only at:

14) Shadow a Zoo Keeper for a day for (valued at £199)

(Full details can be found at http://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/shadow-a-zookeeper-for-a-day)

Become a member of the dedicated animal team at the wonderful Paradise Wildlife Park with this Shadow a Zookeeper for a Day experience. Perfect for animal and zoo enthusiasts, this amazing opportunity will see you accompanying a zoo keeper during their daily tasks around the park.

You’ll clean out enclosures, make the habitats homely and prepare tasty meals for some of the animals. You’ll meet several of the planet’s rarest creatures, such as the gorgeous red pandas, as you aid the animals with important daily exercise.

Also included is a delicious lunch for you at Safari Sam’s Diner and you’ll be treated to a souvenir certificate and Paradise Wildlife Park t-shirt.

What's Included?

  • Entry into the Animal Park
  • Welcome refreshments on arrival
  • Help to clean, feed and walk the animals
  • Lunch
  • Souvenir t-shirt and certificate
  • Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity

What happens on the day?

On arrival at the animal park you will enjoy refreshments, before being greeted by a member of staff. You will then be shown into the animal park for a briefing on the day’s activities and essential health and safety information.

You will take part in all aspects of the animals’ care including cleaning, food preparation, feeding, walking the animals and helping out at daily events. Also included will be time spent with a variety of birds, reptiles, insects and mammals.

This is a fun and exciting day and as well as enjoying lunch you will also be presented with a t-shirt and certificate as souvenirs.

Participant guidelines

  • Minimum age: 14 (Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian)
  • Participants should be in reasonable health as some walking around the zoo will be required

Availability

This experience is available on selected dates throughout the year.

We recommend you book at least four to six weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available. This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher.  All bookings are subject to availability.

How long should I allow for this experience?

Please allow 8 hours for this experience.

Can I bring spectators?

Although spectators will not be able to accompany the voucher holder during their experience, they may pay normal admission prices to enter the park and enjoy the other attractions and animals.

Additional information

Disabled access is available, for further information please discuss with the supplier at the time of booking.

This experience is not exclusive and you may be joined by other people on the day.

The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary according to location.

What about insurance?

The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.

A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.

How it works

All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and we’ll send a voucher and booking information to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.
 

Packaging and Delivery

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Locations

This Virgin Experience is available at one (1) location in England only at:

15) Cheese Making for two (2) people at the Smart School of Cookery (valued at £279)

(Full details can be found at http://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/cheese-making-for-two-at-the-smart-school-of-cookery)

Cheese, glorious cheese! If you’ve got a taste for all things ‘fromage’, then this fabulous Cheese Making for Two at The Smart School of Cookery is just the ticket. This 4 hour experience is the perfect introduction to the world of cheese making – you’ll learn the art of crafting sublime mozzarella, ricotta, paneer and even your very own infused soft cheeses. Of course, the most important part of all is the tasting, and you’ll be able to accompany your creations with some scrumptious homemade chutneys, breads and oils, also made during the lesson.

The Smart School of Cookery, founded by BBC Masterchef contestant, Ann Hood offers an intimate learning and dining experience. Since then the school has expanded and diversified, offering new cookery adventures for all. Pairing fresh, local ingredients with professional yet informal tuition, you’re sure of a wonderful day from start to cheesy finish.

What's Included?

  • Cheese Making for Two at The Smart School of Cookery
  • Make a selection of cheeses including Mozzarella, Ricotta, Paneer and an infused soft cheese
  • Learn tips and tricks of the trade from celebrity and professional chefs
  • Choose from four Smart School venues
  • Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity

What happens on the day?

Upon arrival to your chosen Smart School of Cookery venue, you’re sure of a warm welcome before kicking off your culinary experience. You’ll begin by discussing the menu ahead, and then you’ll be kitted out in your apron, and recipes are e-mailed within 24 hours of class completion. Once briefed, it’ll be time to get cooking.

You’ll get to grips with making a variety of soft cheeses including mozzarella, ricotta and paneer, as well as getting creative with your own infused soft cheeses, and then it’ll be time to taste your handiwork alongside homemade breads, chutneys and oils.

Participant guidelines

  • Minimum age: 18

Availability

This experience is available on selected dates throughout the year.

We recommend you book at least eight weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available. This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher.  All bookings are subject to availability.

How long should I allow for this experience?

Please allow 4 hours for the experience.

Additional information

Please advise the supplier of any dietary and medical requirements or conditions.

The supplier regrets that a nut-free environment cannot be guaranteed in all situations.

All courses, itineraries and places are subject to availability and change.

Wheelchair access is available at all the venues.

Please note: vouchers cannot be used for private hen/stag or any other private event

Your voucher is valid for nine months from the date of issue. It is essential that you book and take your experience before this date as vouchers may not be extended beyond the expiration date.

This voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary according to location.

What about insurance?

The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.

A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.

How it works

All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and we’ll send a voucher and booking information to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.
 

Packaging and Delivery

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Locations

This Virgin Experience is available at four (4) locations in England only at:

16) The Caldesi Trattoria – Informal Italian Cookery Class at La Cucina Caldesi for two (2) people (valued at £85)

(Full details can be found at http://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/the-caldesi-trattoria-informal-italian-cookery-class-at-la-cucina-caldesi)

Discover some wonderful dishes and improve your culinary skills with The Caldesi Trattoria – Informal Italian Cookery Class at La Cucina Caldesi. A trattoria is an informal and sociable restaurant that can be found all over Italy. You will work with Stefano Borella, a talented chef who has worked at many renowned venues including the Savoy and Mayfair Hotel, and create an array of delicious seasonal trattoria-style dishes. Some of the things you could be making include hot potato croquettes filled with smoked cheese, courgette sformato and ricotta, lemon and cinnamon tart.

You will spend around 3 hours in the delightful surroundings of the cookery school, enjoying the time cooking with your fellow chefs. You will tuck into a delicious meal at the end consisting of your very own creations. A wonderful way to learn about Italian cooking.

What's Included?

  • 3 hour cookery class
  • Welcome tea, coffee and biscotti
  • All ingredients and kitchen equipment
  • Lunch on the dishes created
  • A glass of wine
  • Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity

What happens on the day?

When you arrive at the La Cucina Caldesi cookery school, you will be treated to tea and coffee before your class begins. Over the next 3 hours you will make a variety of dishes that would traditionally be served in a trattoria – an informal Italian restaurant.

You will be taught by Stefano Borella and cook dishes like sformato and bruschetta. At the end you will be able to sit down and enjoy your creations before heading home with a new knowledge of Italian cooking.

Participant guidelines

  • Minimum age: 18

Availability

This experience is available on selected dates throughout the year.

We recommend you book at least eight weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available. This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher.  All bookings are subject to availability.

How long should I allow for this experience?

You should allow approximately 3 hours for the whole experience.

Additional information

Please mention any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary.

What about insurance?

The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.

A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.

How it works

All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and we’ll send a voucher and booking information to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.
 

Packaging and Delivery

For information on our packaging and delivery please click here.

Locations

This Virgin Experience is available at one (1) location in England only at:

17) Thames Barrier RIB Voyage for two (2) people (valued at £105)

(Full details can be found at http://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/thames-barrier-rib-voyage-for-two)

This speed enhanced tour of the River Thames allows you to share something different. You’ll take a journey through the city at up to 35knots as the Thames is beaten up by the 400hp of engine on your RIB. This energetic tour zooms through the river amidst one of the greatest open air history museums in the world.

Your guides won’t quit with the intelligent banter and you’ll be taken past London Bridge, Canary Wharf, Greenwich, the O2 and on through the Thames Barrier. This tour differs to the run of the mill lot as the two of you may just get to experience, if the guides are up to showing off on the day, a few exciting boat manoeuvres as the Thames widens further up the river.

What's Included?

  • 80 minute high speed cruise from Millennium Pier to the Thames Barrier and back
  • See London’s most famous landmarks and bridges
  • Be entertained by the experienced tour guide on board
  • Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity

What happens on the day?

The two of you should arrive 15 minutes before your departure time so you can both be supplied with the necessary wet weather equipment and assisted into your life jackets before boarding the vessel. You will be given a safety briefing from the guide and then on the chimes of Big Ben the RIB will depart.

This journey will take you along several famous London’s landmarks and its spectacular bridges. The RIB’s award winning humorous conductors will keep the mood buzzing with their high-brow jokes and are on hand to ensure you have the best sightseeing experience ever. After 80 minutes of excitement you will return to Millennium Pier.

Participant guidelines

  • Children under 14 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian
  • If you have an existing medical condition which may be affected by this experience then you must consult your doctor before taking part.  Boats can encounter unpredictable movement that can aggravate existing medical conditions
  • Without exception, expectant mothers are not permitted on board at any stage of their pregnancy

Availability

Voyages run most weekends and during peak seasons will also run on a Friday afternoon.

We recommend you book at least four weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available. This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher.  All bookings are subject to availability.

How long should I allow for this experience?

The voyage lasts approximately 80 minutes, however you should allow 1 hour 50 minutes for the whole experience.

Additional information

There will be up to 12 passengers on the RIB.

The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary according to location.

What about insurance?

The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.

A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.

How it works

All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and we’ll send a voucher and booking information to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.
 

Packaging and Delivery

For information on our packaging and delivery please click here.

Locations

This Virgin Experience is available at one (1) location in England only at:

18) Forest Segway Adventure for two (2) people at Go Ape (valued at £70)

(Full details can be found at http://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/forest-segway-adventure-for-two-with-go-ape)

Get off the beaten track and back to nature for an hour of fun with Go Ape Forest Segway.

Go off exploring the forest on the latest in green technology – a great way to see the outdoors. Electrically powered and self-balancing, they are easy to use and fun to drive. You’ll feel like a ‘pro’ in no time as you zoom through the trails in this hour-long adventure, accessing rugged terrains in beautiful forests.

With nine different forest locations to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice in deciding where to explore. Wherever you choose, you’re sure to enjoy this unique way to experience one of the most beautiful natural environments the UK has to offer.

What's Included?

  • Introduction and safety briefing
  • Segway demonstration and practice session with an instructor
  • Segway ride through a forest
  • Go Ape Forest Segway Adventure voucher
  • Cancellation indemnity

What happens on the day?

On arrival at your chosen Go Ape location, you’ll be welcomed by your instructor and issued with a helmet before receiving a safety briefing and demonstration on how to use a Segway.

It’s not complicated, but it’s important and it will give you the confidence you need to get the most out of your experience. You will then have the chance to practice driving your Segway before embarking on your adventure through the forest.

Participant guidelines

  • Minimum age: 10
  • Child Riders (10 to 15 years) require adult supervision, with a ratio of one adult to every three under 16s
  • Youth Riders (16 to 17 years) do not require adult supervision and cannot supervise others
  • There's no upper age limit, so as long as you can stand for an hour, you can Go Ape Forest Segway
  • Minimum weight: 7 stone (45kg)
  • Maximum weight: 19 stone 7lb (125kg)
  • You must be able to stand comfortably for up to 60 minutes and make stepping up and down motions, as in climbing stairs. The experience is not suitable for those with serious medical conditions, bad backs or pregnant women. Please notify the supplier when booking if you have any medical conditions that may affect your experience

Availability

Opening times vary at each of the Go Ape sites. Courses close during December and January, partly because of the winter weather and partly so they can maintain the courses to their high Go Ape standards. Opening times vary on daylight hours – some open at 08.00 in the summer for those early birds.  
We recommend you book at least six weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available. This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher.  All bookings are subject to availability.

How long should I allow for this experience?

Please allow approximately 1 hour for this experience, including the safety briefing.

Can I bring spectators?

You are welcome to bring as many spectators as you wish, but they will not be able to participate in this experience without a valid voucher.

Additional information

Only recorded or special delivery is available with this product.

Please note that participants under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be unable to take part.

Go Ape vouchers cannot be replaced if they are lost, stolen or destroyed and cannot be refunded or exchanged for cash or other denominated vouchers.

If an intended purchase is for a higher amount than the face value of the vouchers, the difference can be made up with a credit card payment.

If a purchase is for a lower amount, no change can be given.

Your vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with any special promotions, discount tokens, coupons or cards.

Vouchers cannot be sold to any third parties without the consent of Go Ape. If they do give consent then such consent may be subject to any conditions which they impose. In any event you may not sell the Vouchers through the internet without their express written consent, which you must obtain before making any such sale. Go Ape reserve the right at all times to refuse to permit any sale of Vouchers by you to a third party.

Your voucher is valid for a minimum of nine months from the date of issue. Kindly note that vouchers may not be extended beyond their expiration date.

The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary according to location.

What about insurance?

The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.

A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.

How it works

All you have to do is pay for the product you wish to purchase and we’ll send a gift pack to you or directly to the recipient. A voucher and full activation details will be included in the pack.

Packaging and Delivery

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Locations

This Virgin Experience is available at nine (9) locations in England only at:

19) Introductory Skydiving for two (2) people (valued at £49)

(Full details can be found at http://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/introductory-indoor-skydiving-airkix)

Have you ever wanted to try skydiving but don’t think you quite have the nerve to willingly throw yourself out of a plane? The good news is you don’t have to. You can enjoy the thrill and sensation of sky diving with this fantastic introductory experience… indoors.

Imagine a wind tunnel, turned upright, so that the air travels upwards. Now imagine yourself caught in that powerful updraft. This concept is used by the sky diving community to practice their freefall technique before they take to the skies. Now you can try it at one of three locations across the UK. You’ll feel the thrill of being suspended in mid-air by a 120mph air stream. This introduction offers two flights lasting one minute each, that’s the same freefall time as three tandem skydives, but in a completely safe indoor environment.

What's Included?

  • Safety briefing and instruction including body flying techniques
  • Gear hire
  • Two flights of one minute duration each
  • Flight certificate
  • Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity

What happens on the day?

You will need to fill out a statement of risk before you arrive, you can do this online.

On arrival an hour before your flight time, you will check in and meet your instructor. You will then watch a training video and have a Q and A with your instructor before you being kitted out in a jumpsuit that is provided.

Then it’s time to make your way to the flight chamber. You will receive two flights of one minute each (that’s the same freefall time as three tandem skydives). Enjoy the feeling of being suspended in mid-air by the 120mph stream of air.

Participant guidelines

  • Minimum age: 4 (under 18s need parental consent)
  • Maximum Weight: 18 stone (114kgs)
  • Participants with a disability should contact the Centre directly at least two weeks prior to their flight date to ensure that you can be appropriately accommodated.
  • Participants should be in good general health. Participants will be unable to fly if they are under four years of age, are pregnant, have previously suffered from a dislocated shoulder, are wearing a hard plaster cast or are under the influence of alcohol or non-prescribed drugs. If you have a history of heart, back or neck complaints, or any general concerns, it is best to check before booking.

Availability

This experience is available on selected dates throughout the year which vary according to location. Please contact your chosen centre when booking for updated availability.

We recommend you book at least four weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available.  This is only a guideline and we advise you book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.  You must book and take your experience before the expiry date.  All bookings are subject to availability.

How long should I allow for this experience?

Please allow approximately 1 hour 45 minutes for your visit.

Can I bring spectators?

Yes spectators are welcome.

Additional information

The venues have disabled access, lifts and toilets. Food and drink is available in the vast array of neighbouring cafes, bars and restaurants.

Lockers are available to hire for a small fee.

The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary according to location.

What about insurance?

The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.

A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.

How it works

All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and we’ll send a voucher and booking information to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.
 

Packaging and Delivery

For information on our packaging and delivery please click here.

Locations

This Virgin Experience is available at three (3) locations in England only at:

20) One Day Photography Course (valued at £119)

(Full details can be found at http://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/one-day-photography-course)

Get the most out of your camera and learn to take better images with this One Day Photography Course. You’ll learn from a professional photographer how to use your DSLR camera’s manual settings to achieve better photographs in any condition, so you can effectively capture the moments in life you want to remember.

You’ll receive advice on how to use aperture, shutter speed, exposure control, ISO and white balance, to help you take stunning images wherever you go. Test out your new skills with expert tuition in this creative, hands-on, and practical course - perfect for photographers of all levels, whether you have some understanding of digital photography already or you’re new to this fantastic hobby.

What's Included?

  • One full day with a professional photographer
  • Advice on aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance and exposure control
  • The chance to test your new skills with expert tuition
  • Choice of 11 locations nationwide
  • Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity

What happens on the day?

On arrival at your chosen centre at the allocated time, you will be welcomed by your professional photographer. This one day photography course will provide you with practical and creative skills to help you get the most from your DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera. Even if you are using some of the manual controls on your camera but don't fully understand the principals - this course will suit you.

The day features several workshops in aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance and exposure control. It will also include the rules of compensation and how you can apply compensation creatively to drastically improve your photography. You’ll learn how to create depths of field and how to produce a sense of movement in your images when photographing action shots.

Suitable for photographers of all levels, from beginners to those with some understanding of digital photography, this course will teach you essential skills to help you produce stunning pictures that you’ll want to keep and treasure forever.

Participant guidelines

  • Minimum age: 16

Availability

This experience is available on selected weekends throughout the year.

We recommend you book at least four to six weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available.  This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher.  All bookings are subject to availability.

How long should I allow for this experience?

Please allow 8 hours for this experience.

Additional information

You will need a DSLR camera (Digital Single Lens Reflex). A compact, standard digital camera will not be sufficient. Please call the supplier for further details and types of cameras to bring.

Disabled access is available.

The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary according to location.

What about insurance?

The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.

A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.

How it works

All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and we’ll send a voucher and booking information to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.
 

Packaging and Delivery

For information on our packaging and delivery please click here.

Locations

This Virgin Experience is available at eleven (11) locations in England only at: