With Christmas around the corner and Santa soon on the way you might be in that ‘last minute present panic’ but don’t worry here’s a list of 10 unusual but amazing gift ideas in Lancashire.
1. Zookeeper for the day at Blackpool Zoo
Become a zookeeper for the day at Blackpool Zoo and get up close and personal with some of the most endangered creatures on the planet. They can expect to bathe an elephant and feed a range of the breath taking species such as giraffes, penguins and lemurs. An opportunity like no other to experience the thrills of this amazing job. Vouchers are available to buy on the website but for more info on Blackpool Zoo click here.
2. Flight Simulator Experience, Rossendale
Looking for something thrilling for someone that everyone can be a part of? The recipient can enjoy a Flight Simulator Experience with replica cabin to seat 12 guests so customers can bring friends and family to enjoy their experience with them. There’s views out of the cabin window and plenty of leg room. Their experience will be tailored to what they want to do, ‘whether that’s flying from A-B, Touch and Go Manoeuvres or hand flying into some of the trickier locations’. For more info about the Flightdeck experience click here.
3. Shark Experience at Sea Life Blackpool
Seeking an adventurous gift? Come face to fin with the Sharks at Blackpool Sea Life. Yes, this does mean in the literal sense, this is a chance to get up close and personal with the awe inspiring creatures. Snorkel amongst them in the depths of the water and become a Shark Keeper for the day. If that’s to spine tingling then opt for the Shark Feeding Experience instead. Prices start from as little as £25 and you can save money by booking online. For more info Sea Life Blackpool click here.
4. Drive a train with East Lancs Railway
‘Step onto the footplate…step up to the challenge!’ Drive a train with East Lancashire Railway. With a range of voucher options this is the perfect present for a train lover, choose from Steam Experiences for those who wish to ‘explore distant horizons at speed with the power of steam’, or Diesel Experiences suited to lovers of ‘slightly blurred passing landscapes and very loud engines.’ Whatever it may be there is no doubt that this would make a fantastic gift. Vouchers are available to purchase here.
5. Circumnavigation tickets for Bowland Brewery at Holmes Mill
This a perfect gift if you need a gift for any beer lovers. Stocked with a minimum of 24 cask ales to choose from they'll never be short of options at Bowland Brewery. Step inside the beer hall and prepare to be overwhelmed with options, the hardest decision is which part of the bar they'll start from. ‘Simply choose which class they'd wish to travel, the point of departure and then make your way around.’ 1st Class will get you 24 pints, 2nd Class 24 half’s and 3rd Class 24 thirds. For more info about the Bowland Brewery click here.
Looking for a gift for someone that loves to see theatre? Look no further than Blackpool’s Grand Theatre for the best in award-winning touring shows, quality drama, comedy and dance. From ballet to panto, the Grand have got you covered so sit back relax and enjoy the show. Buy a voucher for the theatre here. Click here for more info about what’s on.
7. Afternoon Tea at Mitton Hall
Know someone dreaming of delicious sandwiches, light freshly baked scones with clotted cream and the finest cakes and pastries that will leave your mouth watering? Then the afternoon tea option at Mitton Hall is the perfect gift for them this Christmas. If that’s not enough you can even throw in a glass of Champagne for an extra treat. Enjoy beautiful food that matches the beautiful surroundings. For more info about Mitton Hall click here.
8. Courses at the Artisan Foodworks, Burscough
For those that love food and cooking alike why not gift them with a place on a course at the Artisan Foodworks. Choose from a number of options, two of them being; ‘Mastering Sourdough’, this is aimed at bread making novices or new beginners. The second option ‘Mastering Pies and Savoury Pastries’, this course will show you how to make different types of pastry to compliment your pies. Both options aim to broaden your knowledge and skills in each particular area. Each course includes all materials needed with food and refreshments provided throughout the day. For more info about courses at the Artisan click here.
9. Hire a Beach Hut, Lytham St Annes
Know someone that loves to spend their days at the beach? Why not hire a beach hut for the day, each hut comes equipped with electric heaters so get cosy and warm up on the sofa if there's a nip in the air. Feeling hungry? That’s fine, the huts also include a fridge and microwave to rustle up a picnic. Why not share a bit of the seaside with someone you love this Christmas? Vouchers are available to purchase through the website. For more info about the Beach Huts click here.
Trying to find a unique and intimate experience as a gift? The Northcote Cookery School offers a variety of different courses with a choice of half and full days. Four cooking stations can accommodate up to a maximum of 8 students in the heart of the kitchen. This is a great gift for someone that has a real passion for cooking with the added opportunity of experiencing all the theatre of a Michelin star kitchen. For more info about Northcote Cookery School click here.