5 unique experiences to try this year

by Anna Lane

Are you looking to branch out and try something different this year? There is a whole world of wonderful and wacky experiences available to try in the UK. As lockdown prevented us from getting outdoors and doing the things we love, it has made us think about the extraordinary activities we have yet to encounter.

Go beyond your usual everyday routine and have a day out you will never forget. To help you with your new quest for adventure, we have listed 5 unique experiences you should try this 2020.

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Flight Sim Experience

Ever dreamed of being an airline pilot and guiding your own plane? Flight simulators let you experience the thrills of flying without even leaving the ground. You will have the amazing opportunity to navigate with aircraft controls and different flight methods from the safety of a simulator. Gain confidence and master the different communication skills essential for any pilot. You can be assured that you will feel at ease whilst you practice in a stress-free environment guided by an instructor. Unlike regular flying, a stimulator can be used at any time regardless of the weather outside, making it a brilliant all-year-round experience.

Where to go: If you are looking to perfect your flying skills or just want to try something different we recommend visiting The Flight Sim Experience. Located in Salford, Manchester and offering a wide range of experiences and class pass courses. Take control and pilot the world's most popular commercial jet with the A320 Simulator. You will be fully instructed, and by the end, be able to land a 73 tonne aircraft. They are able to simulate any weather and if you are more experienced, any fault imaginable.

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Llama or Alpaca Trek

If you are looking for a unique way to explore the stunning landscape of the Lake District, you should go on a guided Llama or Alpaca Trek. An excellent way to appreciate the stunning views of the Lake District with a majestic llama or an adorable alpaca by your side for company. You will have the opportunity to walk through the rolling hills, ancient woodlands passing crystal clear lakes along the way. The area has a rich abundance of wildlife so the sightseeing opportunities are endless. Keep your eyes peeled for a fascinating expanse of birds, reptiles and fish. This will definitely be an experience you will never forget!

Where to go: If you are looking for a guided Llama or Alpaca Trek in the Lake district we recommend Woolly Farm. Choose either the valley trek through the rolling fields, ancient trees and woodland or the fell trek up Irton Pike and out onto the fell, where you’ll find amazing views toward Scafell Pike.

Book a Llama or Alpaca Trek at Woolly Farm

Mystery Tours

Are you curious about London’s dark history? Why not embark on a spooky mystery tour. Venture through dark and eerie alleyways into the streets of Whitechapel and Spitalfields and discover the hidden story each site has to tell. You will have the opportunity to witness the scenes of Jack the Ripper and try to solve the infamous case of London's most renowned serial killer. You will be taken back in time into the 19th Century and explore the dimly lit streets where the Whitechapel murders occurred.

Where to go: If you are interested in a mystery tour, book a tour at London Mystery Walks. You'll be Guided by Paul Mansfield, an expert in Ripperology with 20 years of experience as a London tour guide. Paul is a true expert and has helped make a total of four TV documentaries on the Ripper!

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Heritage Tram Tour

Blackpool is renowned for its beautiful coastline with an impressive long golden sandy beach and fabulous piers. Sightsee along this stunning coastal resort by going on the UK's only surviving first-generation tramway. The 11 miles long tramway dates back to 1885 and is one of the oldest electric tramways in the world. Get to know the rich history of the iconic city of Blackpool while being transported back in time riding along in one of the 80-year-old original Heritage Trams. A totally unique experience found nowhere else in the UK.

Where to go: Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours offer a wide range of guided tours along the Blackpool coast. If you want an experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat - try a ghost tram tour! Alternatively, if you are looking for a night time activity, go on the illuminations tour and experience the beautiful array of colourful city lights. 

Book a tram tour now at Blackpool Heritage Tours

Speedboat Tour

Sightseeing has never been more exhilarating than by a speedboat. It's great to explore your surroundings in a fun and exciting way. It's also very sociable as the boats fit up to 8 people. If you are looking for either a hen party, stag do or birthday celebration, this will be the ideal experience. Feel in safe hands instructed by an experienced guide who has a thorough knowledge of the area and its history.

Where to go: Portnellan Farm provides luxury speedboat tours through Loch Lomond. Cruise along at high speed whilst enjoying the stunning Scottish scenery surrounding you. Loch Lomond, at 23 miles long and 5 miles wide is the largest expanse of freshwater in the United Kingdom. It is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, rich history and abundant wildlife- a perfect place to explore!

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As you can see, there is no reason not to go beyond the ordinary this year! These are just a few of the large range of experiences we offer on the eola marketplace.

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