Gift a give they will love with ‘experience’ gifts this Christmas! Not only can you gift somthing a bit different and unique, but it is a great way to support local businesses and attractions and watch your carbon footprint in your gift giving!

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.

Experience the magic of the Heights of Abraham all year long

Two elderly people looking over Matlock at the Heights of Abraham

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 £48 for adults 16 and over, £34 for children aged 5 – 15, and £145 for a family pass (2 adults & 2 children). You can buy an annual pass here.

Try a vineyard tour and tasting at Hanwell Wine Estate

Photo of the Vineyard at Hanwell on a sunny day

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 vineyard tour and tasting events, which are the perfect way to learn about the journey from grape to glass, and includes a guided tour of the beautiful vineyard and a tutored wine tasting to include 6 local wines. You can customise your tour package to include a delicious selection of cheeses to make the day extra special. To see the options available, please click here.

Reach new heights with the Go Ape! Gift experiences

Young girl with a hard hat on at Go Ape!

For those who love an adrenaline adventure, a Go Ape! gift voucher will give loved ones the chance to experience the thrill of moving through the treetops. You can choose to gift an experience (e.g. their famous Treetop Challenge for adults 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.

Escape from the real world with a Broadway Cinema gift voucher

Image of Broadway Cinema

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. And the best part is that the recipient can choose whatver they are most interested in! You can purchase gift cards starting from just £10. You can purchase a voucher here.

This blog was updated by Jack Woolley, PR and Communications Specialist at Visit Nottinghamshire in 2023. Originally published in 2020.


Heights of Abraham
Heights of Abraham | Visit Nottinghamshire

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.

Go Ape at Sherwood Pines
Half Term Activities
Go Ape at Sherwood Pines | Nottingham

Go Ape and live life adventurously at Sherwood Pines, Nottingham.

Broadway | Nottingham

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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