FAB's Top 5 Christmas Gift Experiences

Finding a unique gift experience can be challenging, which is why we have done the hard work for you! These are our favourite activity gifts for couples to use within the South West. We think the best experience gifts are the ones you can enjoy together and that buying an experience from local businesses this Christmas is not only more environmental but helps to support them.


  1. Learn to surf at The Wave; A great Christmas gift voucher for couples 


The Wave is a new inland surf venue for the city slickers who are not close to the coast and have always wanted to give surfing a go. The consistent size of waves makes this the perfect environment for beginners.

A surf voucher for the wave is the perfect Christmas gift for 2 and the voucher can be used on beginner sessions which includes wetsuit hire and a 1.5 hour lesson. You will receive on land instruction delivered by a team of coaches and then it's time for some wave action. Gift vouchers are also available for more intermediate surfers to book a session. Gnarly dude!

Check out The Wave

  1. A luxury gift for couples; Hot air balloon ride with Fly Away Ballooning

This is one of the best experience gifts out there and definitely going to win you brownie points. Fly Away Ballooning have Christmas gift vouchers available that couldn’t be easier to book and include a personalised voucher emailed or posted to you. Fly Away Ballooning offer shared and private balloon experiences.

The experience lasts between 3-4 hours and includes the opportunity to get involved, a one hour balloon flight and a complimentary tipple with return travel back to the launch site.

This is a memory to last a lifetime, take amazing photos and cuddle your loved one close whilst you enjoy this joyful experience.

Fly Away Ballooning also has partnerships with some fantastic accommodation providers including;

 Treat your partner, friend or family with a FAB voucher

  1. Christmas gift for two; Joint National Trust membership

 Long driveway leading to huge national trust property with family strolling around

The joint membership is a perfect gift for couples and it lasts a whole year! Annual joint memberships are available and gives you access to over 500 National Trust sites, free parking at National Trust car parks and a National Trust handbook. You can buy it as a gift and you recieve a lovely package.

You will be surprised by how many National Trust sites there are near you that you will have never visited. Give the gift of adventure and explore historic houses and castles, walk or cycle the countryside and enjoy the coastline views. This is a great christmas gift idea that can be enjoyed all year round.

 Join the National Trust

  1. A great activity gift for couples; a course at River Cottage HQ

 A group of people learning to cook during a cooking course

A brilliant present for the food lover (or the kitchen shy) a River Cottage gift voucher can be used on all River Cottage courses including baking, foraging, preserving and fermentation, cookery and gardening to name a few!

The River Cottage HQ is set in a wonderful location, with produce straight from the kitchen garden you are sure to leave knowledgable and with a happy stomach! A unique gift voucher experience to remember.

 See all available River Cottage courses

  1. An unusual gift for couples; tickets to a music gig at the Eden Project

 A music stage with the eden project in the background glowing green and orange

This is such a fantastic gift idea for the music lovers, watch one of your favourite bands together at an Eden Session, concerts that are held at the Eden project. 

One of the most unique music venues in the South West, included with your ticket purchase is free entry to the Eden Project. You can spend your day exploring the indoor jungle, gazing at the exotic plants and learning how the Eden was created. Then by night enjoy the music with a backdrop of the iconic biomes finish off the night by staying on-site. Choose from Airstreams, Landpods, bell tents or wild camping pitches, there's no doubt you will be heading home with big smiles and memories that last.

 Get groovy at Eden Sessions

The best Hotel Christmas Vouchers in the South West

Other ways to celebrate weekend experiences for couples is with a dreamy stay away at one of these fantastic South West venues.

  • Somerset has the beautiful Newt Inn, with amazing gardens to explore and a dining experience showcasing local ingredients.
  • The Devon south coast is host to The Burgh Island Hotel, steeped in history with an art deco design and stunning views of the sea.
  • Cornwalls Harlyn Bay is home to The Pig Hotel, a historic house just a short stroll from the beach with a fantastic dining experience, the motto here is simple food done well.

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