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Shop local at Christmas – experience gift vouchers

Calling all present procrastinators! You're one click away from the perfect pressie with a voucher for a workshop, special meal or day out in Somerset and Dorset

Bring home the bacon

Learn how to how to make bacon, gammon, chorizo and pork sausages with The Real Cure’s award-winning Head Charcutier and founder James Smart in Shaftesbury. You’ll also make a smoker for cold smoking at home (and we don’t mean having a fag outside). £180

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Cook with a MasterChef

Spend the day with Bath-based MasterChef winner Ping Coombes (to be seen in BBC 1’s MasterChef, Champion of Champions on 31 Dec), cooking up signature Malaysian dishes and street food. The Masak Club Experience is £145.

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Aim high

It’s clay pigeons you’ll be zapping at Ling Shooting near Wellington, under the guidance of a team that includes triple Olympian and Bronze medallist Ed Ling and sister Abbey, 5 time British Champion, World cup and Commonwealth Medalist. Respect. From £50.

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Pig out

Tuck into a three-course lunch or dinner at The Pig–near Bath, The Pig-on the Beach or any of the other Pig hotels. Whichever one you choose, all the food will have come from within a 25-mile radius of the hotel. From £50.

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Holistic wellbeing

Discover how essential oils derived from plants can enhance general wellbeing in an aromatherapy workshop at Keyneston Mill, home to Parterre Fragrance, near Blandford Forum. £55

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Chip off the old choc

Join artisan chocolatier Jane Swayne of Gilbert & Swayne in Baltonsborough, for a day of chocolate making, using top notch organic choc and stuff like Somerset Membrillo and Somerset Cider Brandy. Lunch with wine included. £145

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Curtains up!

Send an e-voucher of any value to watch a show of the recipient’s choice at the Lighthouse Poole – there’s loads of live music, top-name comedy, drama and films coming up in 2022.

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Go on a truffle hunt

Go on the hunt for truffles, the edible – and amongst the world’s most expensive food – underground fungi, with The English Truffle Hunting Company in Dorset, Wilts and Hants. The day includes lunch and afternoon tea with truffles (natch). £175

Watch the birdie

Pick your predator – vultures, owls, falcons, eagles and hawks – to meet and handle at an experience day at the North Somerset Birds of Prey Centre in Congresbury. From £39.99

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Just add fizz

Afternoon tea with a glass of Taittinger at The Captain’s Club Hotel & Spa on the banks of the river Stour in Christchurch. Don’t mind if we do. From £29.50

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Father Christmas illo by Mohamed Hassan, Pixabay

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