Given everything we’ve missed out on in 2020, there’s never been a better time to buy your friends and family ‘experience’ gifts this Christmas. Here at Visit Notts, we can’t wait to start making up for lost time and creating some cherished memories with our loved ones, so buying a voucher for an experience next year is a wonderful way to keep everyone’s spirits up this winter.

Whether your loved one is a total adrenalin junkie, a foodie, a history buff or a film fanatic, Nottinghamshire is full of amazing experiences just waiting to be discovered as soon as it’s safe to do so. And best of all, buying an experience gift gives you the perfect excuse to go along with them – everyone’s a winner! We’ve selected some of our favourite experience gifts to give you some ideas and inspiration.

Let your troubles float away with Trent River Cruises

Sail away down the river with Trent Bridge River Cruises. They offer a wide range of cruise packages, including Sunday Lunch, Disco Party Night, Afternoon Tea, Sunset Cruises and much more. Cruise lengths range between 2 to 3 hours, and you can enjoy the stunning river views as you enjoy the themed onboard refreshments. With prices starting from just £15.50 per person, this one won’t break the bank either! Check out their website for details on the different cruises available and how to book your voucher.

Experience the magic of the Heights of Abraham all year long

Want your special gift to last a little while longer? Then why not purchase an annual pass for the wonderful Heights of Abraham? The pass includes unlimited cable car rides, unlimited cavern tours and unlimited access to the Heights estate during their open season so that your loved one can create everlasting memories in the spring, summer and autumn. It even includes entry to the special events throughout the year, and costs £38 for adults 16 and over, £26 for children aged 5 – 15, and £32 for Over 60s. You can buy an annual pass here.

Try the Tour, talk and tasting experience at Hanwell Wine Estate

Set in the rolling countryside of south Nottinghamshire, Hanwell Wine Estate is an ideal place for a wonderful day out. Wine lovers will adore their Tour, Talk and Tasting Experience, which is the perfect way to learn about the journey from grape to glass, and includes a glass of wine, tea or coffee on arrival before the talk and guided tour of the beautiful vineyard and a tutored wine tasting to include 6 local wines. You can pick from Bronze, Silver and Gold packages with add-ons such as wine to take away and a homemade food platter to make the day extra special. To see the full range of vouchers available, please click here.

Reach new heights with the Go Ape! Gift experiences

For those who have been climbing the walls stuck inside during lockdown, a Go Ape! gift voucher will give them the chance to burn off some of that energy. You can choose to gift an experience (e.g. their famous Treetop Challenge for adults, Treetop Adventure for families, Nets Adventure for little ones or Forest Segway for those who prefer to be a little closer to the ground!). Alternatively, gift cards start at £10 so they can pick their preferred adventure! Each voucher lasts 365 days and can be redeemed at every Go Ape location where you find your chosen activity. You can buy them here.

Saddle up with Derbyshire Pony Trekking

Why not treat your loved one to something a little different this Christmas with a voucher for a horseback trek with Derbyshire Pony Trekking? They pride themselves on their personal touch and ability to cater for all riders to give you a safe and highly enjoyable experience you’ll never forget. You can choose from several different treks depending on your age and riding level. Please note that there are some age and weight restrictions for those wishing to ride – please visit their website to check this before making your purchase. Vouchers are currently valid for 12 months to give you extra peace of mind, and you can purchase one here.

Discover Nottingham's fascinating history with a Gold Star Guides gift voucher

Why not treat your loved one to a guided tour with Gold Star Guides? Tours are themed around a range of fascinating Nottingham topics, focusing on our historic figures, legends and literature, or specific areas of the city. You can choose from a public online tour (on scheduled dates), a private online tour on a date of your choosing, or face-to-face tours once these are permitted. Prices start from just £6 per person, and vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of issue. You can purchase a voucher here.

Escape from the real world with a Broadway Cinema gift voucher

Give the gift of cinema this Christmas with a voucher for Broadway Cinema, nationally recognised as the Midlands’ cultural leader for independent cinema, arts and technology. Broadway are committed to curating the best UK and international film, making this the ideal venue for film buffs. They’re looking forward to bringing back their world-class film screenings as soon as it’s permitted to do so, and you can purchase gift cards starting from just £10. You can purchase a voucher here.


Trent River Cruises
Boat Trip
Trent River Cruises

Trent River Cruises offer quality river cruises on The River Trent aboard the Trent Lady and Nottingham Crusader river boats.

Heights of Abraham
Heights of Abraham

Towering above the pretty village of Matlock Bath, in the Derwent Valley, is The Heights of Abraham, one of Britain’s top visitor attractions. The estate has been welcoming tourists for over two centuries, but it wasn’t until 1984 when an ambitious plan to install a cable car transport system was realized, that visitors could literally take off to The Heights.

Hanwell Wine Estate - Vineyard Experiences
Official Guided tours
Hanwell Wine Estate - Vineyard Experiences

Hanwell Wine Estate is set amongst the rolling countryside of South Nottinghamshire. Book your tour or wine tasting experience today.

Go Ape at Sherwood Pines
Adventure Park / Playground
Go Ape!
Derbyshire Pony Trekking
Family Fun
Derbyshire Pony Trekking

Come and experience treks through some of the most beautiful Countryside on the Derbyshire-/Nottinghamshire border including Poulter Country Park, Scarcliffe Park Woods, and the quaint village of Whaley.

Gold Star Guides
Tours & Tour Guides
Gold Star Guides

See Nottingham in a different way with Gold Star Guides!


Offering 4K projection, 7.1 surround sound and high-end comfort, Broadway is one of the UK’s leading independent cinemas that attracts over 400,000 visitors each year to its four-screen state-of-the-art cinemas, Cafébar and hireable meeting, workshop and office spaces.



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