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UK Staycation: Food and Drink Experiences in England

As everyone begins to go out to eat and drink again we’ve selected some experiences to make it more adventurous.

As they continue to celebrate ‘The Great British Staycation’ of 2020, are giving up to 60% off experiences purchased through them and some include eating and drinking out. We at The Rucksack News have chosen our favourite places to discover food and drinks which add a little adventure to the experience.

Afternoon Tea in the Domes of a Secret Garden: Kensington, London

Described as a magical dining space, the secret garden domes of Kensington are hidden away down the back streets. The igloo-style domes are both private and cosy, but you can still watch the outside world go by whilst enjoying an afternoon tea. Tiers of savoury and sweet treats will be served alongside a glass of champagne which should be savoured for at least two hours. Each dome also has a musician theme to it, including David Bowie and George Michael.

It is recommended to book four weeks in advance.

At the time of publishing this experience is at the special price of £60 for two people.

There are plenty of other experiences to enjoy whilst in London too.

Dine On Board a River Cruise: York, North Yorkshire

Step on board a York River Cruise and enjoy either a two-course lunch by day or an evening three course dinner. Take in the sights of the River Ouse to the sound of soft music and occasional commentary from the skipper with regards to the surrounding scenery and history. Wildlife, architecture and picturesque views can all be enjoyed whilst on board.

It is recommended to check restrictions and dates before purchasing.

Segway Adventure with Three Course Meal: Various Locations

Combining adventure skills with culinary delights, this experience includes 60-minutes of Segway fun and a three-course meal with a drink at Zizzi Italian restaurant.

After an introduction and training session on the Segway, participants can enjoy the off-road rally course, designed to be thrilling and exhilarating. Also, hopefully receiving a certificate at the end.

A three-course meal can then be enjoyed at Zizzi. Choose from their set menu which includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Meals are accompanied with a glass of wine or soft drink.

This experience can be enjoyed at various locations across England, Scotland and Wales plus there is one venue in Northern Ireland.

Orchard Tour with Cider Tasting: Bridport, Dorset

Be welcomed to Dorset Nectar with a glass of organic apple juice. The tour will take guests around the orchard then to see the cider press and apple burn whilst learning about the cider making process. Guests will then enjoy a tasting of the artisan cider.

The surrounding area of Bridport is a historic yet vibrant market town.

At the time of publishing this experience is just £7.50 for two people and the voucher is valid for 10 months after purchase.

Steam Train Ride with Cream Tea at the Whistlestop Cafe: Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Enjoy a steam train ride that will take you back in time along the East Somerset Railway to enjoy the scenic views of the Mendip countryside. A cream tea of scones, butter, jam and clotted cream will be served with tea or coffee at the Whistlestop Café after the journey.

The experience includes the chance to learn how this traditional railway works with entry to the engine shed, signal box, miniature railway, museum, David Shepherd Discovery Centre and gift shop.

At the time of publishing this experience is just £28 for two people.

Brewhouse Brewery and Kitchen Experience: Chester or Wilmslow, Cheshire

Hosting two different experiences at both Cheshire locations plus various other places across the country, Brewhouse and Kitchen is the perfect choice for beer lovers everywhere.

For those wanting to taste some resident beers of different styles alongside a gourmet burger then that is exactly what one of the experiences consists of. The Beer Master Class and Gourmet Burger is an informative tasting of 8 beers alongside the choice of a burger from their menu. Expect to spend a couple of hours there.

For something a bit more advanced and in depth, there is the Brewery Experience Day lasting several hours.

Arriving in the morning to a sandwich and hot drink the brewing process will be explained. Learning about the mash tun and mashing process, adding hops and fermentation, participants will make their own beer.

Lunch is included throughout the day, as are beer breaks. Each participant will also gain a brewing certificate and leave with a mini keg of beer.

Medieval Banquet: Central London

Take a seat around the banquet table and be taken back to medieval times. Four courses of a banquet style feast will be served whilst ale, wine and soft drinks flow. This night will be full of knights, princesses, jugglers, music, dancing and wenches with King Henry VIII and 800 years of history. Dress up accordingly and make this an experience to remember.

At the time of publishing this cost £75 for two people on a weekday night.

Gin and Canapes Cruise: Poole Harbour, Dorset

Enjoy sailing around the islands of Poole Harbour with views of Brownsea Castle on a vintage motor yacht. A distiller will be on board to host a gin masterclass covering the production, botanicals and history of this much-loved national drink.

Each guest will receive two tokens to choose from a selection of gin and tonics at the bar which can be enjoyed with the gin inspired canapes served during the sailing.

At the time of publishing this cost £69 for two people.

Vineyard Tour and Tasting with Lunch: Various Locations

With a choice of seven vineyards across England, this experience consists of a vineyard tour, wine-tasting and lunch, also with wine. Learn the wine making process from the grapes growing in the vine, through the fermentation and to the final bottling and drinking. The tasting will be hosted by an expert to reveal the tastes, bouquet and how the grape growing conditions can change the final product. Lunch will be served, accompanied with wine.

This experience is available in 7 location within Cambridgeshire, Devon, West Yorkshire, East Sussex, Shropshire and Suffolk.

Forest Walk with Alpacas and Afternoon Tea: Swadlincote, Derbyshire

Take a walk with alpacas through Charnwood Forest. Each guest will be paired with their very own alpaca partner for a 30-minute walk, taking in the 110 acres of farmland. This is a chance to learn about and understand the cheekiness and personalities of these much-loved animals whilst getting up close.

Afternoon tea will be served in the café after the walk, giving the chance to relax and enjoy a selection of sandwiches, sweet potato fries with banana ketchup, cakes, scones and tea or coffee with a glass of bubbly to wash it all down.

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