We need a special pick-me-up. We’re all dreaming of escaping, of spending time outdoors, of taking holidays, of participating in exhilarating adventures, of enjoying new experiences.
Whilst it’s not possible to enjoy these things just yet, you can bring the dream a little closer by giving the gift of a unique experience in Wales to friends and family.
Many tourism and hospitality businesses offer flexible vouchers with long validity – giving plenty of time to plan for an adventure, providing much-needed support for businesses and giving your loved ones something to look forward to over the long winter months. All can be purchased online from the safety and comfort of your own home.
Detailed are some ideas of experiences in Wales to inspire you if you're shopping from your sofa. Contact the attractions, hotels and restaurants directly to book stays, visits and vouchers.
For adrenaline lovers give the gift of adventure! North Wales has been given the title of the adventure capital of Europe, thoroughly deserved due to the wide range of thrilling activities that are sure to get your heart racing. Try the longest zip line in Europe at Zip World, experience the world’s fastest RibRide or catch a guaranteed wave at Adventure Parc Snowdonia. Buy an adventure and activities experience to remember in Wales.
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
The COVID-19 emergency prevented the popular programme from returning to its home in the Australian jungle this year, but moving the production to the beautiful Gwrych Castle near Abergele in north Wales proved a great success. For super-fans of the programme, why not offer them an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the celebrities, by offering unique, adventurous activities in north Wales such as cliff-camping with Gaia Adventures, climbing and abseiling experiences, a I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Over There helicopter tour, or a stay at a (nearby, warm and luxurious) castle - Bodelwyddan.
Spa and wellness breaks
After the year we’ve had it would be tough to find someone who wouldn’t benefit from unwinding and relaxing at one of Wales’ many luxurious spa hotels next year. St Brides Spa Hotel, Saundersfoot boast one of the best views from an infinity pool in the UK; St David’s hotel in Cardiff’s ‘aqua beds’ provide the ultimate relaxation, Bodysgallen Hall near Llandudno offers views over Snowdonia and Anglesey, and Lake Vyrnwy in mid-Wales’ mud therapy chamber is bound to help anyone unwind after a long year. Vouchers can be purchased online for all. Take a look at travel writer Jonathan Gilbert’s favourite spa breaks in Wales.
Weekend city breaks
Craving a visit to a bustling, cosmopolitan town or city filled with bars, restaurants and shops? When it’s safe to visit, a city break in Wales can be a great option – with unique experiences such as spectacular castles, national museums, Victorian shopping arcades and a sophisticated food scene. Book onto a town and city sightseeing tour and discover some truly unique places to visit.
For those looking for an unusual gift, try a weekend away somewhere a little quirky. Yurt? Tipi? Italianate village? Wales has an array of places to stay. Stunning, world-renowned Portmeirion, the Italian village on the north Wales coast, has attracted guests ranging from H.G. Wells to The Beatles; Queen Victoria succumbed to the charms of Ynyshir – now home to a Michelin-star restaurant, and the splendid Llangoed Hall, once owned by designer Laura Ashley’s husband Sir Bernard Ashley, is said to be the site of the first Welsh parliament in AD 560. Discover our unique places to stay.
Wine, spirits, beer and cider tasting tours
What’s your favourite tipple? Wine, beer, cider, gin, whiskey, ale? Get your loved one a tour of one of Wales’ many vineyards, distilleries and breweries as a gift this year. Whiskey distillery Penderyn in the Brecon Beacons is hugely popular, as is Aber Falls in Abergwyngregyn on the north coast. The beautiful Llanerch vineyard also offers a luxurious overnight stay at the hotel, as well as a tour and tasting experience. Go behind the scenes to discover how Welsh beer and ale is made or enjoy a wine tasting experience, and combine it with a weekend away.
Wales is home to epic mountain bike trails and thrilling cycle routes. All across the country you’ll find superb facilities for riders and their bikes. Looking for a new hobby in 2021? Bike Park Wales near Merthyr Tydfil, is home to the UK’s longest and most exciting beginner descending mountain bike trail, as well as more advanced trails for the more experienced riders, and Antur ’Stiniog offers a thrilling experience for anyone visiting the north. The Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales, Newport is one of only five indoor velodromes in the UK – and a 3-hour, Ultimate Track Cycling Experience can be purchased as a gift for a top class indoor cycling experience. For the biking enthusiast in your life, treat them to an extra special present with a cycling and mountain biking break in Wales.