As part of our Try Something New month we're offering Yours readers a 20 per cent discount off all days out and short breaks when booked during the month of August with Buyagift.com. There's lots to choose from including trips to major London attractions, country escapes and royal attracttions!
We've handpicked our favourites below but there's plenty more summer days out to be found at www.buyagift.com. To get your discount simply enter the code Yours2015 when you pay online.
Days out in London
The view from the Shard with 3-course Michelin dining and prosecco for two, £115
Already an integral part of London’s iconic skyline, The Shard reaches an incredible 308m, rendering it Western Europe’s tallest building. Day or night, London’s most famous landmarks are breathtaking; you won’t want to forget your camera! Afterwards you'll be treated to a fabulous meal in Del Mercato’s award-winning Ristorante. Three delicious courses each will be accompanied by a chilled glass of Prosecco at this Michelin recommended eatery, located in the heart of bustling Borough Market.
Yoga for two at the view from the Shard plus free goodie bag each, £80
An unforgettable experience which has already received rave reviews, this amazing Yoga session is held at a standing height of 1,016ft (310m). The Shard is Western Europe’s tallest building and you’ll be able to take in sensational views over London stretching as far as Windsor Castle and the Thames Estuary during your one-hour session, which is headed up by award-winning instructors. On warmer days your session might even take place out on the open-air platform on the 72nd floor. All sessions will include a private viewing session 15 minutes before and 45 minutes after the class, as well as a goodie bag each!
Tour of Houses of Parliament, afternoon tea and Thames cruise for two, £99
With this voucher you’ll visit the Houses of Parliament, where you’ll be granted access to the House of Lords and House of Commons. You will be guided by an audio tour including the incredible medieval structure of Westminster Hall, the Queen’s Robing Room and the Royal Gallery, featuring leading Parliamentary figures such as Mr Speaker and Black Rod. Set on the River Thames in the City of Westminster, you’ll receive a pass entitling you to 24 hours unlimited travel on Thames river cruises, taking in unique views of landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral, and world-famous Tower of London. What’s more, your day out will include a delicious afternoon tea at the Park Plaza County Hall.
Adult Tower of London and sightseeing cruise ticket for two, £72
The Tower of London has been an integral part of British royal history for nearly 1000 years. Only at the Tower can you marvel at the breathtaking Crown Jewels, stand on the execution site of three English queens and hear the legends that make a visit to the Tower a day to remember. This great offer also allows you to take a sightseeing trip down the Thames, providing an insight into the many layers of history that have built up along the river.
Great British Escapes
Overnight National Parks Escape for two, £89
Two Night National Parks Escape for two, £129
From lakes to moors, woodlands to mountain peaks, the UK’s National Parks encompass some truly breath-taking scenery and are a pleasure to explore, whether on foot, by car or bicycle or on horseback. Fish in the Lake District, see the wild ponies of Exmoor, explore the quaint villages of Cumbria or whatever takes your fancy, and know you’ve a warm welcome, comfortable room and delicious breakfast to come back to.
Overnight Coastal Escape for two, £89
Two Night Coastal Escape for two, £129
With this incredible choice voucher you can take someone special and enjoy an unforgettable break for two at some of the UK’s most picturesque, charming and comfortable coastal retreats. Whether you decide to enjoy the attractions on the pier, stroll along the coastline, take a dip in the sea or soak up the sun on one of Britain’s best beaches, this is the perfect opportunity to get out of the city and enjoy an amazing coastal adventure with someone special.
Two night country and rural escape with dinner, £149
Take a break and breathe some truly clean air in the UK’s wonderful countryside with this two-night dinner, bed and breakfast choice voucher for two. Browse our range of accommodation in all four corners of the UK; from the glittering peaks of Snowdonia to the lush foliage and sparkling waters of the Norfolk Broads, some of the most beautiful landscapes you’ll ever see are yours for the visiting when you opt for this voucher.
One night glamping break for two, £49
If you’d like to experience sleeping under the stars without lugging a leaky tent and camping kit across the country, glamping is for you. With a purpose-built and private camping pod, timber tent or wigwam ready for your arrival there’s no time lost pitching a tent before you get out and explore. With a choice of many different locations to suit everyone, you’re guaranteed to enjoy a memorable night, with this very modern take on camping.
Buckingham Palace entry to Queens gallery for two and afternoon tea with champagne at the Grosvenor, £93
A must-visit for all fans of classic and historical art! The Queen’s Gallery has enjoyed a £20-million expansion and is set within the grand surrounds of Buckingham Palace, featuring a rotating collection of around 450 works – from renaissance paintings to 15th century artefacts. Following your visit, you will enjoy the most English of traditions, afternoon tea, at the luxurious Grosvenor Hotel, enjoying a sumptuous spread of sandwiches, scones and delicious cakes – and of course a choice of tea and a glass of Champagne!
Buckingham Palace Queen’s gallery with 4 course Michelin meal and champagne for two, £79
With this voucher, you’ll begin by exploring the gallery, a truly stunning setting for up to 450 incredible artworks and artefacts. Marvel at portraits of past monarchs, delight in renaissance pieces and compare today’s fashions with furniture from the Georgian era. Once you’ve seen the collection, it’s time for a marvellous meal at Sixtyone by Searcys which is set in the five-star Montcalm Hotel. You’ll enjoy the special menu designed by Chef Patron Arnaud Stevens, a flute of champagne to enjoy with your meal, and a tea or coffee to finish – all in all, a truly royal experience!
Kensington Palace visit with afternoon tea for two at 5* Baglioni Hotel, £80
At Kensington Palace you’ll be able to admire the King and Queen’s State Apartments, the Royal Collection and various fascinating exhibits indoors, before wandering the breathtaking gardens. This incredible building has been home to royals for hundreds of years and was the birthplace of Queen Victoria. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy delightful sandwiches, sweet treats, fruit and of course, teas, at the 5-star, Michelin recommended Baglioni Hotel,
situated just minutes away, overlooking the Palace.
Entry to Blenheim Palace with three course champagne lunch, £99
Visit one of the most luxurious and lavish buildings in the UK with a day out for two at Blenheim Palace; a World Heritage Site home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. From the beautiful formal gardens and lake to the stunning and elaborate 18th Century Baroque rooms, you are guaranteed a fantastic, historical day out. After walking the grounds and the palace, you’ll enjoy a three-course lunch from a delicious set menu which incl udes a complimentary glass of champagne!
Hampton Court Palace entry with afternoon tea in Fountain Court for two, £62
Take a free audio guide around the stunning palace, wander around at your own pace or even be accompanied by a costumed guide as you explore the many rooms and artefacts including the Tudor Kitchens, the crown of King Henry VIII and more. The beautiful gardens are just waiting to be discovered outside, including the famous seven-foot-high maze! Afterwards, head over to the palace’s splendid Fountain Court café where you’ll be treated to a majestic afternoon tea with delicious sandwiches, scones and hot drinks.
Sporting Days Out
Adult Wimbledon tennis tour for two, £48
Family Wimbledon tennis Tour, £75
You'll be given a behind the scenes tour of the grounds that is second to none, with fantastic insight from your blue badge guide. You'll visit court number one and centre court, the site of some of the greatest matches in the history of the sport. Your guide will lead you through the beautiful picnic terraces and up to the water gardens with amazing views of London before heading to the marvellous interactive Wimbledon Tennis Museum. Here you can discover the history of tennis, viewing all the trophies and even meeting the “ghost” of John McEnroe!
Tour of Lord's cricket ground for two, £36
Family tour of Lord's cricket ground, £49
You’ll start at the fantastic MCC Museum, with its plethora of fascinating exhibits and memorabilia donated from some of the greats of the game, including the precious Ashes Urn. You’ll be taken to the famous Long Room, filled with beautiful portraits and paintings of some of the greatest moments in the sport’s history, before being led down to the player’s dressing room where you can soak up the atmosphere of a match day. You’ll also pass the Lords Board of Honours which is littered with the names of the game’s greats.
Family stadium tour gift voucher, £50
For the sports fan with everything, give them a gift they will never forget. They'll be given the choice of visiting one of nine of the country’s greatest sporting arenas, for a fascinating behind the scenes guided tour. They will take in the sights normally restricted to match day spectators, ranging from the players changing rooms to the tunnel leading out the playing field. Football fans can visit the homes of their favourite team, as well as international stadiums at Twickenham, Lords and of course Wembley!
- To book the experiences above and for more great offers visit www.buyagift.com. Use the code Yours2015 to get a 20 per cent discount
- There are more ideas for days out and holidays in Yours magazine, out every fortnight on a Tuesday.